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, 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.
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.