Allie Wainer, Ph.D.

AARTS Center

Rush University Medical Center

Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment and Services (AARTS) Center



Allie received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University, where she specialized in work with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Her primary research interests involve developing and evaluating interventions and service delivery models for children with ASD, with the ultimate goal of increasing the accessibility of evidence-based services for this high needs population. Much of her research has examined the effectiveness of parent groups and telehealth programs for increasing access to ASD-specific interventions. She also has nearly a decade of experience working with children with ASD and their families in various clinical settings. Allie is currently in her second year as a post-doctoral fellow at the AARTS Center at Rush.

Dr. Ashly Ochsner,

Maximized Living Autism Whisperers

Recovery Program

&※Doc O§ as his patients affectionately call him, is a wellness expert with over 16 years of experience and thousands of continuing education hours in natural health.  His areas of expertise include pediatric and family health, special needs and autism, team sports, and wellness in the workplace.   He has extensive education, experience, and a passion for what he does.  He owns and operates one of the largest pediatric and family healthcare clinics in the country. Doc O is now a sought after speaker in his profession and the world, delivering continuing education to his peers and delivering hope to children, parents, teachers, businesses, and teams.

Jennifer Klapatch, Ph.D BCBA

National Louis University

Jennifer Klapatch Totsch, Ph.D. BCBA-D, earned her MA in Clinical Psychology and Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has worked as a behavior analyst since 2005 in a variety of clinical and educational placements, including foster care, public schools, residential centers, and private practice. Her professional practice focuses on systems-level consultation and support and the design and implementation of pragmatic behavioral interventions to create longstanding, socially significant changes. She is currently Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis degree programs at National Louis University (NLU) and President of the Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis.  She is actively involved in state- and national-level professional organizations as an advocate for increased stringency in the training of behavior analysts and dissemination of behavior analysis to the public.

Colleen Shinn

Manager of Community Outreach and

Mission Delivery

Autism Speaks

Colleen Shinn is the Manager of Community Outreach and Mission Delivery for the Chicagoland Chapter of Autism Speaks. She was responsible for the development and implementation of curriculum and staff development, comprehensive professional training for employees, families and professionals, supervision of full and part time employees, interns and clinical staff, local and national legislative activities, coordinating and leading the Autism Strategic Planning Committee, and extensive community outreach. She is an active member on the Coalition Against Sexual Abuse of Children with Disabilities through the Chicago Children*s Advocacy Center, the Midwest Autism Consortium, and has participated in the Illinois Autism Task Force. Ms. Shinn is fluent in Sign Language and is a Board Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Valeria Nanclares, Psy.D.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Center


Valeria Nanclares-Nogus, Psy.D.Dr. Nanclares-Nogus is originally from Argentina and moved to Chicago in 1999.  She graduated as a psychologist from La Universidad del Salvador, in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1993.  She began working in the field of autism at FLENI-Neurological Research Institute, Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Department, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  At FLENI she was involved in clinical research, and diagnosis and treatment of youngsters with autism.  In 2004 she completed a doctorate in clinical psychology in the US at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She has been working in the field of autism for the past 20 years.  She has been developing and coordinating the Autism Treatment Program at the Pediatric Developmental Center, AIMMC since 1999.  She also is highly involved in training and education of professionals in the field, both in the US and abroad.  Her presentation will focus on early detection and neurological impact.

Ann L. Rigby, MSW, LSCW, BCN

Director, The Neuroconnection

Ann L. Rigby, LCSW, BCN is the founder and director of The Neuroconnection, a Neurofeedback clinic that specializes in addressing neuropsychological symptoms with Connectivity Guided Neurofeedback. Ms. Rigby has used Neurofeedback since 2001 and has over twenty-five years* experience as a supervisor and psychotherapist in mental health settings. She is President of Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Illinois.

Amy Schellekens

Gwendolyn J. Sterk and the

Family Law Group, P.C.

Amy Schellekens is an attorney who currently focuses her practice in the area of family law as well as supporting families with children who have special needs. Amy*s passion is to assist clients during what is likely one of their most trying times. She appears in court to handle status calls, motions, arguments and trials. Amy has experience working with various agencies for the benefit of children. In addition, her background in business makes her a unique asset in navigating all aspects of a client*s case. Amy has five years of expetrience in family law and joined our team at Gwendolyn J. Sterk and The Family Law Group P.C. in 2015. Amy is very excited to be a first time speaker at the Special Needs Seminar this 2016 year. Please stop by to listen to her speak about Family law as it relates to children with special needs. Our number one priority is to be an effective advocate for our clients, while moving toward the goal of an equitable resolution. In some instances, that resolution is reconciliation. In other cases, the resolution is divorce or a related action requiring the parties to separately move forward with their lives. In our role as counsel, we encourage our clients to conduct themselves in a manner which maintains their integrity during a very difficult and emotional time.

Gregg Vann, EA

Investment & Tax Advisor

James T. Borello & Company

Gregg earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Arizona State University. Additionally, he earned a Master*s degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Finance and Economics, both from the University of Chicago. Gregg focused on tax strategies as a Portfolio Manager in the Private Clients Group at First Chicago Corp. for six years before developing financial models for hedge funds, banks and endowments for the next decade.  Gregg then joined Morgan Stanley*s Global Wealth Management Group in Chicago for two years.  However, for the past six years, he has been an Investment and Tax Consultant at the boutique advisory firm, James T. Borello & Co., focusing on families with special needs children. Gregg has family members that are on the spectrum and realized years ago that no one individual or firm specialized in tax strategies, financial planning and estate planning for families dealing with the complexities of special needs. This is what motivated him to dedicate his practice to this unique specialization. Gregg is an Enrolled Agent. This status is the highest credential awarded by the Internal Revenue Service. This allows him unlimited representation rights before the IRS and is recognized in all 50 states. He routinely represents clients involving audits, appeals, collection action, payment issues, and tax refund matters.

Kimberly Bell Mocini


KMO Expressions

Kimberly Bell Mocini is an accomplished speaker, author, trainer and consultant who has been designing, developing, and providing training for the past 25 years.  Kimberly*s background began in business administration and interior design.  Her focus changed and she specializes in training parents and others who work with children on the Autism Spectrum,   Aspergers syndrome and those with other learning challenges. Kimberly is the published author of the book My Child Wasn*t Born Perfect published by Principia Media. Kimberly has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. She studied at the Kendall School of Design and participated in a special business management program at Notre Dame University. Kimberly*s greatest accomplishment in life has been raising her children to be respectful and the best they could be; all of whom graduated from high school with top honors including a son born with a learning disability.

Cassidy Anderson, LCSW

Autism Specialist

Easterseals Comprehensive Autism Services

Cassidy Anderson received her Masters of Social Work with a child and family concentration from Jane Addams College of Social Work. She has been working with families of children with ASD, cognitive delays and behavioral disorders since 2005. Cassidy is dedicated to providing effective and empathic treatment to children and families in a variety of service agencies through the use of a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach.

Sierra Skelton

Center Director

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

Sierra Skelton received her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, with Honors, from the University of Notre Dame. She began working as a Clinician at Lindamood-Bell during the summers of her undergraduate years. Upon graduation Sierra taught Kindergarten and First Grade in the Chicago area, and in 2012 she returned to Lindamood-Bell where she has held various positions including Mentor, Consultant, and Associate Center Director. Sierra is currently the Center Director of the Chicago Learning Center. Ms. Skelton has worked directly with hundreds of individuals, helping them improve their reading and comprehension skills.


Autism Seminar & Special Needs

Moraine Valley Community College Building M, Conference and Business Center 9000 W. College Pkwy. Palos Hills, IL 60465-0937

CE, CEU’s & CPDU’s Available

The cost is an additional $10 per CEU or CPDU credit. See Moraine Valley Community College’s booth for credit.

Approved CEU’s & CPDU’s Available:

Professional Counselor/Clinical Counselor, Massage Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist & PT Assistant, and Social Worker.

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