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, Nicole Weston Finkbeiner
Nicole 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. Nicole worked there on and off for six years and absolutely loved it. She started my 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, Joel Wheeler
Joel Wheeler grew up the second oldest of eight children on his family’s farm in Hudson, Michigan. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia where he majored in Social Work and minored in coaching. While attending EMU, Wheeler completed his Social Work practicum at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. He also served as an assistant coach for the Eastern Mennonite High School JV boys’ basketball team for a season, and was head coach for another season.
Wheeler is a die-hard Michigan State Spartans fan, enjoys playing and watching basketball, has sung in various choirs and performing groups since middle school, and enjoys skiing as well. He hopes to go back to school one day to earn a Master’s degree in Social Work. He is thrilled to have his first job out of college here at Creating Brighter Futures. He is fascinated with the psychology behind ABA therapy, and enjoys spending time with the kids and affecting positive change in their lives.
Behavior Technician, Douglas Kuenner
Doug grew up in small town in between Detroit and Port Huron called New Baltimore MI. He attended Macomb Community College where he studied Music and Clinical Psychology. After receiving his Associates Degree he transferred to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI where he is finishing up a Bachelors Degree in Recreational Therapy. He plans on trying to get into a Graduate program for Recreational Therapy or Music Therapy. He’s worked with TBI patients at a physical rehabilitation center, has experience with working in a long term care facility, and has also volunteered a lot of his free time with Michigan Adaptive Sports.
After 8 years of working in the culinary industry, he felt it was time to hang up his apron to begin pursuing a career. He joined CBF in September and is learning a lot from the staff. Although he is new to the field he is already very passionate about his job here at CBF.
Behavior Technician, Hannah Baxendale
Hannah joined the CBF team in August 2017. She was born and raised in Macomb, MI, but spent the last 4 years in Kalamazoo studying behavioral science at Western Michigan University. While at WMU, Hannah interned at WoodsEdge Learning Center in Portage, MI. WoodsEdge is a special education center-based school that provides services to those from 3 years of age to 26. There Hannah developed a love for this amazing population and ABA therapy. Hannah is pure Michigan at heart, and loves to spend her time camping and hiking within this beautiful state. She hopes in the future to gain her masters degree in either clinical mental health counseling or behavior analysis.