The vision for The Shoreline Center came from years of searching to find adequate services for our child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The vision for The Shoreline Center came from years of searching to find adequate services for our child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We found it challenging to meet the demands of our family when spending countless hours on the road, waiting for and researching therapy options. The Shoreline Center offers local, quality services tailored to meet the growing needs of our community. As parents of a child with ASD, we strive to keep the whole family unit in mind. Professionally, Dan has a Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University in Finance. He serves on the board for the Autism Support of West Shore as the Treasurer. Katie has a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University in Family Community Services. She serves on the Early Childhood Autism Council for the State of Michigan.
Kirk Gorbach is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with 10 years of experience providing ABA therapy and behavior intervention to children with autism and developmental disabilities. While living in Los Angeles and Milwaukee, he was trained in research based ABA therapy that is positive and focuses each child’s unique motivation. Kirk has both supervised and implemented services in various roles; as a middle school counselor, as a member of a team that launched a comprehensive autism services treatment line, and through establishing his own practice to work directly with children and their families while providing in-home ABA therapy. A graduate of Grand Valley State University for both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, Kirk is currently pursuing a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree and enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children.
Emile Mulder has worked clinically with children and their families for over 12 years. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2014. He is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Applied Behavioral Analysis and Positive Behavior Support, and is comfortable working with families, adults, children and teens with a variety of difficulties including challenging behaviors, anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. At The Shoreline Center, Emile provides psychotherapy to individual clients and runs several groups and community oriented projects including social skills groups for various ages, sibling support workshops and workshops geared towards parents and the greater community.
Emily Theil graduated with her Bachelors of Social Work, with a second major in Psychology, from Central Michigan University in 2013. Since then, she has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities. Emily found her calling working with children on the Autism Spectrum using Applied Behavior Analysis. Emily completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction/Applied Behavior Analysis in December 2016 and received her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in September 2017. Emily intends to continue working in the field with this subset of individuals working towards positive change.
Lindsay Davis studied at Grand Valley State University and graduated in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Upon graduating Lindsay moved to Grand Haven and worked in the Grand Haven community providing support for children living with Autism Spectrum Disorders in a variety of settings. Lindsay returned to Grand Valley State University and completed her Masters Degree and Graduate Certificate of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2017, as well as her Psychological Specialist Degree in 2018. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys tap dancing and training for triathlons.
Tammi Ryan, OTRL earned her Occupational Therapy Degree in 2001 from Western Michigan University. She has worked in a variety of settings with pediatric and adult clients; including in-home care, outpatient, and inpatient services. Her passion is working with children and she is trained in DIRfloortime, Therapeutic Listening, and Neuro-Developmental Treatment. Tammi enjoys working together with families to increase their child's independence. In her personal time, Tammi spends cherished minutes with her husband and two boys.
Kimberly Schoeck, M.A., CCC-SLP, received a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication Arts and English from Trinity Christian College. She has experience treating children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders and other communication disorders, including apraxia of speech, articulation and phonology, oral motor and feeding disorders, social language disorders, auditory processing disorders, hearing loss and Down Syndrome. Kimberly is trained in PROMPT; Lindamood Bell's Visualizing and Verbalizing for Cognitive Development, Comprehension and Thinking; Theraplay; the SOS Approach to Feeding; and Multisensory Grammar; and in 2017 earned an Award for Continuing Education from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Kimberly's commitment to exploring research and treatment methods helps inform her practice when creating individualized therapy programs. She has experience developing and implementing intensive therapy programs in Illinois and has also spent a year living and working in Belize, Central America.
Lauren Burkhardt graduated with a M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Michigan University and obtained a B.S. in Allied Health Sciences with a minor in Spanish from Grand Valley State University. She has gained experience working with clients of all ages who have various speech and language disorders during her time at Western through the Charles Van Riper Language, Speech, and Hearing Clinic and the Child Trauma Assessment Center. She also spent some time providing speech and language services to children in the Hudsonville and Grand Rapids Public schools. Lauren has a passion for working with children and providing therapy that is fun, individualized, and interactive so that it will have the greatest impact on her clients’ ability to communicate in every day life. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and their baby girl, as well as sailing and walking outside with her dog.
Deb Stanley graduated with a BA in Special Education from Western Michigan University with an endorsement in Cognitive Impairments. She later received her Master’s Degree and endorsement in Learning Disabilities from GVSU and an endorsement in Autism through the ACE program, also at GVSU. She taught Special Education for many years in the Grand Haven school system. She left in 2015 to start Transition Bridges, a business dedicated to helping adults stay connected to the community through employment and volunteering. She continues to serve in the school system as a 1:1 assistant for a student with ASD. In her spare time Deb enjoys spending time with her adult children and singing in her worship band at church.
Cori has been with The Shoreline Center since we first opened in 2015. She has served as an Administrative Specialist and now as Office Manager. Prior to her work with The Center, Cori worked for Child and Family Services as a Prevention Specialist and as a substitute teacher. She also spent many years raising her family full-time. Cori earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and Writing from Northern Michigan University, and an Elementary Education Teaching Certificate from Spring Arbor University. Cori lives in Grand Haven with her husband and two children, and enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Emily Doty holds a bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN. After college, she lived and worked in the Chicago area for 14 years in various roles including Market Research, Data Analysis, and Meeting Planning. In 2006, she moved to Grand Haven with her husband and three daughters. After being a stay at home mom for ten years she has most recently worked for Grand Haven Area Public Schools as a part time secretary in the Special Education Department. In her free time, Emily loves to read, play games, travel and spend time with her family.
Kayla Moore recently graduated from Hope College in 2017 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology; during her undergraduate time, Kayla also studied communication and religion. Kayla worked at an adult foster care home, Benjamin’s Hope, in Holland for two years, where she was involved in the daily care of residents, spent time working in the day program, and has been involved at the Church of Ben’s Hope. Kayla’s experience also includes coaching soccer camps for kids with special needs, an internship in a pre-school classroom for children with autism, and working as an ABA technician. Outside of work, Kayla is involved in multiple church outreach groups, enjoys kayaking and reading, and spends time with younger brother and family.
Deidre Lyons studied at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN and graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology, as well as communicative sciences and disorders. During her time at Saint Mary's she worked one on one with an individual with autism in her clinical practicum, was a nanny for multiple families in the south bend community and worked at the early childhood development center on campus. After graduation she started working as a Youth Autism Specialist providing ABA services to youth in Kent county. Outside of work she enjoys taking care of her nieces, line dancing, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Lauren Girard attended undergrad at Hope College in Holland, MI and graduated in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology. Following graduation, Lauren enrolled in Grand Valley State University's School Psychology Specialist Program. She earned her behavioral analysis certification, her Master's of Science, and her Specialists Degree in School Psychology. Lauren has worked with children of many ages in a variety of school settings (Grand Rapids, Holland, Zeeland, Grand Haven, and Rockford Public Schools) for the past six years. Lauren currently works as a school psychologist at an elementary school in Muskegon Public Schools where she also works closely with the early childhood program. When she is not working or studying, Lauren enjoys swimming, running, and spending time outside.
Jewel Wiersma attended Indiana Wesleyan University and graduated in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She spent the last three years tutoring children of different ages, many of whom had autism and other developmental disorders. Jewel also participated in a summer internship where she administered behavior therapy to children with ADHD. In addition to her passion for helping children, her interests include traveling, hiking, speaking Spanish, and being active outdoors.
Bessy Braley graduated with her Bachelor’s in Special Education with endorsements in Cognitive Impairments and Emotional Impairments as well as Elementary Education from Grand Valley State University in 2010. She later graduated with her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction/Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. For the last eight years, she has been teaching for an inner city school district, where she has primarily taught students with Emotional Impairments. Bessy has also worked as a facilitator in a Social Coaching Program for young adults with ASD, developing transition skills. She has also spent two years volunteering at a clinic working with children 3 to 5 years of age with ASD. This gives her a wide range of experience whether it is in the classroom, community or clinical setting with children to young adult, ages 3 to 26. She is also a parent to a child on the Autism Spectrum, so she is able to identify on a personal level to the parents of her clients. Bessy intends to continue working in this field to earn her BCBA.
Jenna Kubanek recently obtained her Registered Behavior Technician certificate. She plans on attending Ball State University online in order to finish her bachelor's degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis. She also aspires to eventually earn her BCBA. While attending high school at Fruitport, Jenna worked with children with developmental disabilities through volunteering in the special education classroom. She also completed a practicum in a classroom with middle school aged children with autism. In her free time, Jenna enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to church, and going to the beach.
Sara Bergklint is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on child development and abnormal psychology at Grand Valley State University. She plans to eventually become certified as a BCBA as well as attain a Master’s Degree in School Psychology. She loves animals and volunteers at a ferret shelter in Grand Rapids. She also enjoys attending music festivals and reading science fiction novels in her spare time. She is very excited to be part of the Shoreline team!
Jill Osborne earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University in 1996 and her master's degree in education from Grand Valley State University in 2002. She is currently pursuing BCBA certification. She has been teaching elementary school for the past 21 years and currently teaches fourth grade at West Ottawa Public Schools. Through her classroom teaching experience, she has worked with students with autism, emotional impairments, learning disabilities, and cognitive impairments. She has two sons, aged 13 and 17. With her boys and her husband, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, going for bike rides, watching baseball, taking their dog for walks, and just spending time together.
Makenzie Fridley has recently obtained her Registered Behavior Technician certificate. She currently attends Grand Valley State University seeking her undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She plans to continue on her education after her bachelor’s degree and obtain a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Once she has her master’s degree she plans to continue to work with children on the Autism Spectrum and applying the principals of ABA therapy. During her time at Grand Valley she worked at Saint Mary’s hospital working as a patient care assistant and volunteering at a variety of different locations for children who have developmental disabilities. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, and going to the beach.
Lauren Sullivan is attending Grand Valley State University and is pursing a degree in Psychology. After graduation in May, Lauren plans to attend a masters program in behavioral/ developmental Psychology. In the past, she has worked with children with developmental and physical disabilities in both volunteer and professional settings. She currently volunteers with organizations such as Make-A-Wish, The Miracle League, and March of Dimes. In her free time, Lauren does research at Grand Valley and enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Katie VanAcker graduated with a BS in Exercise Science, with minors in Nutrition and Neuroscience from Miami University in 2012. After working in New Mexico with Teach for America, she acquired her Level I Teaching License in Health Sciences and taught for a total of 3 years. She has a passion for working with children and in addition to her teaching career, was a counselor, teen director, program director, and summer director for YMCA Camp Pendalouan for a total of 11 years. In April 2018 Katie acquired her Specialist degree in School Psychology from Grand Valley State University. She also holds a MS in School Psychology and a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. It is her hope to pursue a BCBA in addition to continuing in her role as a school psychologist for Zeeland Public Schools. In her free time, Katie enjoys teaching a variety of group exercise classes, running, and spending time in the outdoors with her family, two yellow labs, and husband.
Lindsay Hartman recently obtained her Registered Behavior Technician certificate. Lindsay attended The University of Arizona where she received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Political Science. Lindsay went on to complete a Juris Doctorate and two Masters of Law at Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Lindsay’s involvement with the Disability Network Lakeshore, the Human Relations Commission of Grand Haven, and Extended Grace developed her passion for working with individuals with developmental disabilities as well as those on the Autism Spectrum. In the future, she hopes to obtain her BCBA and pursue a Masters in Social Work.
Danyale Garrett recently obtained her Registered Behavior Technician certificate. She currently attends Grand Rapids Community College seeking her associates of Arts degree. She plans to continue her education after her associates degree and obtain a bachelors/masters degree in Clinical Social Work. Once she has her master’s degree she plans to continue work with children on the Autism spectrum along with Education. She has worked with Hope Network- Developmental Adolescent Residential Treatment (DART) program, providing residential care for children of different ages who have various cognitive deficits. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Molly Harvey is currently enrolled at Northern Michigan University majoring in Special Education with a focus on Autism. Her inspiration for this career choice is her youngest brother who is also on the autism spectrum. Molly has personally seen how important it is to have early intervention and good caring people in this field. Molly is also actively involved in a “Best Buddies” group in Marquette, MI which helps create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In her free time Molly enjoys being outdoors and spending time with friends and family (including her two cats).
Paige Johnson is currently pursuing her Bachelors degree in Human Services. She plans to continue attending school towards a social worker degree. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and reading poetry. She is excited to become a part of this team!
Allison Marshall is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Spanish at Grand Valley State University. She plans on pursuing a Master’s Degree in Psychology in the future. She has worked with children of all ages and abilities, both as a nanny and as a volunteer at a Sunday school. She has a passion for pets. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors kayaking and hiking. She is enthusiastic about this new work opportunity with shoreline!
Shelli has been working with children with ASD for 13+ years at Grand Haven Area Schools. She has a true passion for helping individuals on the spectrum learn how to be independent and functional in their daily lives. Shelli has worked in both inclusion as well as in the self contained environment. She has worked with many different language, social skills, and life skills within the ASD spectrum. In her spare time, Shelli enjoys spending time with both family and good friends.
Chris Brown has worked as a special education paraprofessional with students from preschool through young adults in her career at Muskegon and Ottawa Intermediate School Districts. The mother of two grown children, she is excited to have more time to spend on her career. Chris is a graduate of Muskegon Community College with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education and a Human Resources Degree from Baker College. Chris loves working with children and families and is excited to join the Shoreline Center team as a Registered Behavior Technician.
Hannah Arvidson has obtained her Registered Behavior Technician Certificate. She just recently graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelors of Social Work and a Spanish minor. Hannah will go on to complete her Masters of Social Work at the University of Michigan in 2019. It is her goal to pursue a BCBA as well as being a School Social Worker. She has worked with children ages 5-14 with her experience as a School Social Worker intern and as a camp counselor. Hannah loves volunteering for the Community Action House food pantry as well as the children’s ministry at her church. In her free time she loves to travel, be outdoors, and run.
Tyler Essenberg attended Grand Valley State University and graduated in April of 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Allied Health science with an emphasis communications disorders. Tyler volunteered at an elementary school, working with a speech therapist. He has a lot of passion for working with children. When he isn’t at work he spends his free time with his fiancé and friends, being outdoors, and both watching and playing sports.
Kelli Pepper graduated from the Texas A&M University Undergraduate Special Education Program in 2013 and earned Texas teaching certificates in Special Education EC-12, General Education EC-6, and English as a Second Language. She plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Special Education along with a BCBA credential. Her love for working with children with special needs began eighteen years ago when she provided weekly care for an infant with cerebral palsy and developed close relationships with two younger family members (a cousin who has Down syndrome and nephew who has autism). It was through these experiences that she developed a passion for teaching children and working closely with their families. She spent six years living in College Station, Texas and volunteered with organizations such as Project Sunshine, Student Council for Exceptional Children, Camp LIFE, and FACETS (Families of Autistic Children Engaged Together for Support). She completed student teaching in early-elementary resource and developed a love for the world of ABA while observing in-home therapy for a young child she also had the opportunity to work with in an elementary school setting. After returning to Michigan, she taught young children with autism in self-contained and inclusive settings, spent two years focusing on caring for her daughter, and began working as a behavior technician in May 2018. Her dream is to open a school that incorporates ABA into classroom activities. Kelli enjoys spending time with her family, portrait photography, singing, reading, and planning staycations. She looks forward to getting to know the children at the center and working with team members who have such diverse backgrounds and experiences.