Juniors & Adolescent Program
Jacquelyn Hoag, BCBA, Lead Board Certified Behavior Analyst of the Juniors & Adolescent Program
I grew up in Novi, MI. I received my Bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice from Western Michigan University. I attended Indiana University for my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. I returned to Michigan and began working as a child and family therapist for children with mental health disorders age 7-18. After working with a wide range of individuals with dual diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder I went back for my BCBA and assisted in the development of an Applied Behavior Analysis program for Oakland County for children ages 2-18. During this time I participated in diagnostic testing, cognitive testing, behavioral intervention, and staff development. I have been certified in the PEERS curriculum through University of California Los Angeles along with ADOS & ADIR diagnostic testing through the University of Michigan
Case Manager/Lead Technician, Niki Weston Finkbeiner
Niki grew up in Davison, Michigan, a little town right next to Flint. She discovered her love for teaching when she was very young, babysitting for extra money in the summertime. At sixteen, she began working at a local daycare; she worked there on and off for six years and absolutely loved it. She started her B.S. at Saginaw Valley State University in clinical psychology with the intentions of focusing on elementary counseling. During her sophomore year, she moved to the University of Michigan-Flint and finished her degree. Nicole did her internship at a crisis home performing mileau therapy with adults in crisis. After her internship was over she moved to Ann Arbor in hopes of joining the master’s program at University of Michigan. After working at a traumatic brain injury facility for a year, she discovered Creating Brighter Futures and joined our team of ABA therapists.
Case Manager/Lead Technician, Janna Chairet
Janna joined the CBF team in August. She is originally from the Pacific Northwest where she earned a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Northwest University. After teaching 5th grade for a couple of years she then spent several years providing adult foster care. Janna often spends her free time milking cows on the family dairy farm or playing with her dogs. In June 2017, Janna was promoted to the Lead Technician position.
Behavior Technician, Mallory Montgomery
Mallory was born and raised in Michigan and is an Ann Arbor transplant from Keego Harbor. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Alma College in 2010 where she studied Fine Arts, emphasis 2D, and Psychology, emphasis Neuroscience. She went on to complete a Master of Science in Art Therapy and Counseling in 2016 at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI. She has worked with children, teens, adults, and geriatrics on and off the spectrum in medical and non-medical settings using a variety of therapeutic approaches. She is excited to be part of the Creating Brighter Futures adolescent program and grow with the children and teens who come to the center. Mallory is an avid Red Wings and Green Bay Packers fan. She enjoys handheld video games, dance, museum and zoo trips, snowboarding, reading, and making art. She loves to travel and has been to 10 countries. Mallory also considers herself a lifelong learner and is studying three languages: Spanish, ASL, and Chinese.
Ian Smith, Behavior Technician
Ian grew up in a rural Northern Michigan town called Bear Lake, located just 45 minutes south of Traverse City. After high school Ian moved to Kalamazoo where he pursued a degree in creative writing at Western Michigan University. He then moved to Traverse City where he discovered his love for teaching while working as an instructor for rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and various other outdoor activities for 6 years at a northern 4-season resort. After a stint of searching for a job that would allow him to help others, he moved to Ypsilanti and discovered Creating Brighter Futures where he accepted a position as a Behavioral Technician. When he’s not working, Ian enjoys musical concerts as well as a wide variety of outdoor activities that keep him in touch with his up-north roots.
Amber Coleman, Behavior Technician
Amber spent her early years in the Flint, Michigan area and moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan at 10 when she became part of a loving blended family. After high school she participate in a Food Gatherers job training program and internship for culinary arts. She worked in kitchens for 6 years after completing the program but always wanted to help clients experiencing food insecurity and homelessness in a broader way. She began attending Eastern Michigan University in 2016 to peruse a Bachelor’s of Social Work. While in the program she found that she loved psychology and made that her minor. On the advice of a school counselor she began searching for a Behavior Technician position and joined the team at Creating Brighter Futures. In her off-time Amber is an avid reader and writer. She also enjoys spending time with animals either at home with her many pets or out in nature.
Elizabeth Janiuk, Behavior Technician
Liz was born in Fairbanks, Alaska – before later moving back to Napoleon, MI. After graduating Napoleon High School, Liz moved her life to Ann Arbor where she attended Concordia University of Ann Arbor for 3 years and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, and a minor in Art. Upon the suggestion of a mentor, Liz began looking into positions as a Behavior Technician. All of the searching led her to Creating Brighter Futures, where she is happy to learn and grow along side the children and teens that come to the center. In her spare time Liz enjoys rock climbing and playing with her dog, but for those relaxing moments enjoys unwinding by illustrating new ideas or curling up with a good book.
Sheby Olvera, Behavior Technician
Shelby grew up in Ypsilanti, MI. After she graduated high school, she began to pursue her B.S. at Saginaw Valley State University. During her senior year, she interned at Covenant’s Center for Autism in Bay City, MI. She fell in love with the kids and was amazed at the progress that she saw in her short time there, and she knew she wanted to be apart of that. While job searching prior to graduation, she stumbled upon Creating Brighter Futures, and she became a part of the CBF team in May 2018. In her free time, she likes to read, spend time with her family and friends, catch up on her shows and travel.