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 11 years of experience providing ABA therapy and behavior intervention to children with autism and developmental disabilities. While living in Los Angeles for 5 years and then Milwaukee for 5 years, 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.
Kayla Moore graduated from Hope College in 2017 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology; during her undergraduate time, Kayla also minored in communication and religion. Kayla’s experience also includes having worked at an adult foster care home, coached soccer camps for kids with special needs, had an internship in a pre-school classroom for children with autism, and has worked in the field of ABA for over three years. Kayla completed her BCaBA coursework through Florida Institute of Technology’s online program. Outside of work, Kayla enjoys spending time outside with her husband and dog.
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.
Paige Galbreath, OTRL earned her masters degree from Western Michigan University in 2018. She has clinical experience with pediatrics, and acute care services. She has a passion for working with children and creating ways to allow them to enjoy life to the fullest. In her free time, Paige enjoys spending time with her family, and friends, going to concerts, and snuggling with her dog.
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.
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.
Tammy Bross recently completed her education through Thompson M-TEC in the Medical Office FastTrack program. She obtained her certification as both a Medical Administrative Assistant, and an Electronic Health Record Specialist. She is a parent to a child on the Autism Spectrum, so she can relate on a personal level to the parents and children who come into our center. Tammy is active in the children’s ministry at her church and enjoys spending quality time with her two daughters. She is excited to begin her career as an Administrative Specialist!
Jodi Smith studied at Muskegon Business College, where she received her Associate Degree in Accounting/Data Processing. Before staying home to raise her family Jodi spent over ten years as a Human Resource Coordinator. Practicing human resources in the manufacturing industry provided her the opportunity to work in all areas of HR including recruiting, employee relations, incentives, benefits, payroll and workers compensation. Most recently Jodi has successfully operated her own Jewelry business for four years and served in a variety of roles on the board with Champion Gymnastics Boosters where her daughter trained for seven years. Jodi a lifelong resident of West Michigan currently lives in Spring Lake with her husband Don and two children. In her spare time Jodi enjoys reading, gardening 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.
Paula Barnaby moved from Oklahoma to Michigan with her husband in 2014, where she continues her career in medical coding and billing. In 2016 she received her Medical Coding/ Billing Specialist certificate from U.S. Career Institute and has been in the medical field for over 15 years, several of those years in specialty offices. Paula enjoys the challenge of medical coding/billing and plans to continue her studies in this field. At present she is working to obtain her CPC credentialing. She and her husband have four sons, 5 grandchildren and four fur babies. Her favorite past times are spending time with family and friends and exploring new sites with her husband. Hobbies include reading, cooking, sewing, quilting and just enjoying life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Spanish from 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 is passionate about the benefits of ABA therapy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors kayaking and hiking. She also has a love for animals.
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.
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.
Kayla Ross is currently a student at Grand Valley State University obtaining a degree in Allied Health Science and Psychology. She plans on pursuing a career in pediatric occupational therapy working with children with special needs. She has worked with kids of all ages and varying disabilities through volunteering at Miracle League, babysitting, and a previous role at a pediatric therapy center. Through the organization ChemoCare, she also gets to spend time with children who are currently battling cancer, being a friend to those in their time of need. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family and adventuring on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Lindsey Boone is a graduate of Hope College where she majored in both Psychology and Sociology. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis with an Emphasis in Autism at Ball State University. Lindsey loves working with children and is passionate about the benefits of ABA therapy. While completing her undergraduate work at Hope College, she spent time at Ottawa Area Center in an ASD classroom where her passions were only reinforced by the children she was able to work with. Having grown up in Northern Michigan, she enjoys spending her free time outdoors hiking, cross-country skiing, and being on the water with her family.
Madeline Foster is currently studying psychology at Grand Valley State University. She is working towards attending graduate school for a degree that will further her work with special needs children. This will most likely be speech pathology or a masters with the intention of becoming a BCBA. Madeline also takes part in Grand Valley's chapter of "Best Buddies", a program which pairs students with special needs individuals for companionship and fun activities. When she's not at work or studying, Madeline enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and traveling.
Megan graduated from Western Michigan University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. During her time at WMU, Megan discovered her passion for ABA and working with children, while completing an internship at Woods Edge Learning Center in Portage, MI. Megan completed her Registered Behavior Technician Certificate in 2016 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. She plans to finish her degree in 2019 and obtain BCBA certification in 2020. Megan has experience working with adults with mental illness, in a preschool classroom, and children diagnosed with autism in home, school, and center settings. After living in Columbus, OH for the past four years, Megan is excited to return to her hometown of Muskegon, MI and become a part of The Shoreline Center team. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with her family, friends, boyfriend, and cat. She also loves to bake, watch movies and read.
Kasi Kriger studied at Cornerstone University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After graduating she got a job working one on one as a technician with individuals with autism. She found her passion and is continuing her education at Purdue University to get her master’s degree in psychology focusing on applied behavioral analysis. In her free time she loves to hang out with her family and friends, play games, and be up north camping.
Sam Geile attended Madonna University where she played volleyball for 4 years and graduated with a Bachelor's in Biology. Sam worked for 3 years at YMCA Camp Pendaluoun as an outdoor educational instructor, and then worked her way to Fruitport Middle school as an Instructional Assistant in the Special Education classroom. Outside of work Sam enjoys playing volleyball, tennis, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and being outdoors as much as possible!
Jess Radecki graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2011 with her B.S. in Integrated Science and Elementary Education. She moved to Naples, FL to begin her career and spent 3 years teaching students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities. She moved home in 2015 to be closer to family and now teaches 1st grade for Reeths-Puffer Schools in Muskegon, MI, where she also coaches 5th, 6th, and 8th-grade volleyball. In her spare time, Jess loves spending time with her boyfriend, playing volleyball, and loving on her dog, Scout.
Sarah Butler is a Muskegon Community College graduate, graduating with a Medical Assistant Degree. She recently obtained her Registered Behavior Technician and is excited to become part of the Shoreline Center team! In her spare time she likes to spend her time with her fiancé, friends, traveling and her dog, Lani.