2012 Conference
Christopher Gauthier



Christopher M. Gauthiér is an actively exhibiting artist teaching Fine Art Photography at Utah State University. He holds a MFA from Ohio University in photography. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Mississippi Museum of Art; Webster University, The Netherlands; Koltsovo Airport, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation and in private collections nationally and internationally. Autism advocacy became a personal imperative when he became aware of the link between his environmental concerns and his children's autism.

Jacqueline Gauthier

Jacqueline F. Gauthiér studied Social Work at Eastern Mennonite University and is currently the Director for Morningside School, a private Preschool and Kindergarten in Logan, UT. Jacqueline became invested in autism related issues with the birth of their children, Madeline and Caleb. She is a collaborative partner in the photographic project Evidence and Artifacts: Facing Autism.

Christopher and Jacqueline Gauthier live with their family in Logan, Utah.

Lindsey Nebeker



Musician, Advocate, and Speaker

Lindsey Nebeker is a musician, advocate and speaker diagnosed with autism, currently working as a Development Specialist at the Autism Society national headquarters near Washington, D.C. She also has a brother diagnosed with autism. She was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to the United States at age 11. She holds a B.A. Degree in Music Technology from the College of Santa Fe, and is a Partners in Policymaking graduate. Since 2005, Ms. Nebeker has been active within the autism community by presenting at numerous conferences and workshops in the United States and Canada. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Autism Women's Network and participated in CREA's Disability, Sexuality and Rights Online Institute. In addition, Ms. Nebeker has been featured in Glamour magazine, ABC's Good Morning America, NPR, and appeared on the cover of Autism Spectrum Quarterly (along with her partner Dave Hamrick).

Valerie Hu



Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the George Washington University Medical Center

Dr. Valerie Hu is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The George Washington University Medical Center as well as a mother of a son with ASD. She redirected her research focus towards autism about 7 years ago and has since published 10 papers on the genes and biological pathways associated with ASD. Dr. Hu received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech and did her postdoctoral research in Membrane Biochemistry and Immunology at UCLA. More information about her research and papers can be obtained at:

Suzette Bartlett


Suzette is a Certified Social Worker. She received a bachelors and masters in social work from Brigham Young University. Suzette loves working with those with autism spectrum disorders and has enjoyed researching the most effective practices to help them. Suzette presented on teaching students social skills at the national Independent Educational Consultants Association conference in Texas and the Utah LDA Conference. She is also currently working with those who struggle with addiction. Suzette loves working in the helping profession and respects those who try to improve their lives.

Erin Bigler


Dr. Bigler is a renowned brain researcher with expertise in autism. He is currently a professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at BYU. Dr. Bigler researches neuroimaging analysis and behavioral outcomes in Alzheimer's disease and aging, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and autism. The National Academy of Neuropsychology gave him the Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award, in 1999, which is their highest honor. He also received the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award from BYU the same year. His favorite quote is, "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can, " by John Wesley.

Roger Broome


Rodger E. Broomé, PhD is a faculty member of the department of emergency services at UVU. His professional experience involves 23 years in police, fire and emergency medicine. He retired serving the City of West Jordan as their fire marshal at the rank of battalion chief. Rodger's education is in psychology from the Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA. He has three lovely nieces with ASD and teaches a course in the emergency management degree called human factors in emergency management which covers a section on people with ASD. Rodger continues to serve the community of Woods Cross as a reserve police officer.

Shawnee Collins


Shawnee is the Clinical Director at Chrysalis and oversees their behavioral services in Utah and Nevada. She is also a doctoral student at Utah State University studying Applied Behavior Analysis and Disability Studies. Her research interests include staff training, functional assessment, and video modeling. Her current research is testing the effectiveness of video models on staff implementation of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) with individuals with severe intellectual disabilities.

Shawnee received her Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Utah. She is a nationally accredited Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Brandon Condie


Brandon Condie is a resident of Utah. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Utah and obtained his graduate degree from Pacific University in Portland, Oregon. Brandon has been working in the field of Autism and Disability for 7 years, and is currently a behavior analyst for Chrysalis. He also has private practice for behavioral and mental health counseling services. Brandon has been involved with the Oregon Academy of Science, American Psychological Association, National Board of Certified Counselors, Association of Behavior Analysts, and Utah Association of Behavior Analysts.

Jennifer Cornett


Jennifer Cornett received her Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Utah. She is currently enrolled in Behavior Analysis courses at the Florida Institute of Technology and is working as a Behavior Analyst for Chrysalis ,and adjunct faculty member at Utah Valley University. Prior to working as a behavior analyst, Jennifer was a Support Coordinator for 7 years in Central Utah.



Dr. Daniel J. Fairbanks is a professor, geneticist, artist, and author. He currently serves as Associate Dean of Science & Health and Professor of Biology at Utah Valley University. As author and co-author of four books and numerous articles in scientific journals, he is well respected as a geneticist. Having been raised in a family of professional artists, he studied sculpture from a young age and now has commissioned pieces of sculpture on permanent exhibit in museums, public buildings, and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. He often presents sculpture demonstration lectures to promote public awareness and education in the sciences.

Karen Fairchild


Karen S. Fairchild, MSW, is a Clinical Social Worker (CSW) at Kids on the Move in Orem, Utah where she provides therapy, teaches classes to strengthen marriage, and leads parent support groups. She recently began providing autism diagnostic services for the new Bridges program at Kids on the Move. After spending 20 years at home with 5 children, three with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Karen returned to school so that she could better serve families dealing with the challenges of Autism. She worked for Wasatch Mental Health's GIANT Steps program for almost 10 years, most recently as a case manager. While raising her children, she was actively involved at both the state and county level in promoting autism awareness, supporting autism legislation, and linking families to supports and services. She has been married to and supported by Don Fairchild for 30 years and is the proud grandma of Jonas.

Tracy Golden


Tracy Golden completed her doctorate in Social Work at the University of Utah in December, 2011, and will be awarded her degree in May, 2012. Her research interests are around the unique patterns of relating that parents develop with their children with autism. Ms. Golden is currently a trainee at the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neuro-developmental and Related Disabilities Program (URLEND) participating on the autism enhancement track. Ms. Golden has been involved in the disability field since 2004. She helped co-found Utah Families for Effective Autism Treatment and served as vice president. She is also a collaborating member of the Utah Autism Council, the State of Utah "Learn the Signs. Act Early" Team, the Maturation Work Group for Children with Developmental Disabilities, and the Utah Autism Project (a volunteer organization serving Latino families). Her interest in the Utah Act Early Program arose from her belief that parents should have opportunities for early detection in order to access early intervention. She is particularly interested in increasing identification of developmental disabilities in underserved populations. Ms. Golden will join the faculty in the Behavioral Science Department of the UVU College of Humanities and Social Sciences this summer.

Suzanne Grimshaw


Suzanne has worked with people on the Autism Spectrum Disorder and Learning Disabilities for 5 ½ years. She has also worked with those who struggle with Mental Illness at the Utah State Hospital. At ScenicView Academy she has collaborated with her fellow clinicians to develop a social skills curriculum specifically geared for teens and adults. She has presented on this topic at the National IECA conference and at the Utah LDA Conference. Suzanne believes that creativity and thinking "outside the box" can provide opportunities for change and growth. Suzanne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Political Science and a Master's degree in Social Work.

Jason Harrison


Jason Harrison received his Master of Social Work from the University of Utah and is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He has been working with adolescents and adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities for over 10 years.

Jackie Hunter


Jackie is a Behavior Analyst at Chrysalis and has been working with adolescents and adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities for over 10 years. Jackie received her Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She is also a nationally accredited Board Certified Behavior Analyst and an Associate Professional Counselor.

Jennifer Hutchinson


Jennifer Hutchinson is a speech language pathologist in Granite School District and in private practice. She currently serves students with severe disabilities and has worked with students on the autism spectrum for 12 years. She is a member of Granite's Assistive Technology team and is also a trainee with Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. She is part of a group with Ana Kemple and 3 other trainees from Utah, Idaho and North Dakota who are researching the perspectives of fathers whose children have autism spectrum disorders.

Robert Johns


Robert graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Communications and has a SSW license. He has 24 years of professional experience helping people with disabilities to find and maintain competitive employment. Robert currently works as an Employment Specialist at ScenicView Academy. He is passionate about sports and enjoys volunteering as a Boy Scout leader and Little League coach. He feels that every day is a new adventure.

Larry Kaplan


Dr. Kaplan is a parent of child affected by autism. He is the Founder and Chairman of US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA). Dr. Kaplan was the chief investigator for the first study on early diagnosis of ASD. He is the author of "Diagnosis Autism: Now What? 10 Steps to Improve Treatment Outcomes: A Parent-Physician Team Approach" and is editor of multiple USAAA Conference Proceedings Manuals and a contributor to other autism publications. Dr. Kaplan spent the first decade of his post-graduate studies in professional and collegiate sports. He has spent the last twenty years improving the quality of life of individuals and others affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Ana Kemple


Ana Kemple-Reeves is currently a doctoral student in psychology at Utah State University. She is also a trainee in the Utah Regional Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities program (URLEND). Ana is currently working on a research project that investigates the fathers' perspectives on having a child with a diagnosis of autism. Research specifically on fathers is very limited and her goal is to add to the literature by specifically investigating how fathers feel about their child's diagnosis.

Katie Mangus


Katie Mangus, MOT, OTR/L earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy Studies from the University of Utah, Salt Lake and a Master degree in Occupational therapy from the University of Utah, Salt Lake. She is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist. Katie has experience working with children in different settings, including working at Spectrum Academy a charter school for kids with Autism. She is currently working for Easter Seals-Goodwill in a pediatric outpatient clinic as well as working in early intervention services. Katie has experience in sensory integration therapy and working with children and teenagers on the Autism spectrum and with Sensory Processing Disorder. Katie loves parent education and learning about sensory processing!

Stephanie Nilsen


Stephanie Nilsen is currently Headmaster at Clear Horizons Academy, a school specializing in educating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Provo, Utah. She has eight years experience working with children with Autism in home based and school based settings as well as running training programs for parents and professionals. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Stephanie moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University, graduating in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Child Psychology in 2006. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Developmental Disorders (class of 2015), focusing on Autism and Mental Health. She is also a DIR Certification Candidate, currently working on her year-long case study required for certification.

Gennie Russell


Gennie Russell received her Master of Social Work from Walla Walla University in Washington. She has been working with adolescents and adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities for two years.

Mallory Sdano


Mallory Sdano, MS, LGC has been a genetic counselor at Lineagen, Inc since August 2011. Her favorite part of the job is providing telephone genetic counseling to families undergoing chromosomal microarray (CMA) and FMR1 analysis for their child with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay, intellectual disability and/or multiple congenital anomalies. She also provides genetic education to physicians and assists in supervising genetic counseling graduate students in their clinical rotations at Lineagen. Ms. Sdano is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and involved in the NSGC Student/New Member Special Interest Group. She earned her MS in Genetic Counseling from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 2011 and her BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2009.

Smith and Anderson


Cheryl and Laura have been advocates for autism since 2003. They sit on several State and community committees relating to autism and are the President and President Elect of the Autism Council of Utah. Together they started the Big MAKS, (mom's of autistic kids) a networking and support kind of group for parents. They both have boys who have autism.

Mikle South


Mikle South received a B.A. in psychology from Yale University in 1994 and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Utah in 2005. After returning to Yale for a post-doctoral fellowship in neuroimaging of childhood problems, Dr. South began work at Brigham Young University where he is currently an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience. Dr. South's research uses a variety of techniques to study links between the brain and behavior in autism spectrum conditions, especially regarding the influence of emotion on thinking in autism. When not working, Dr. South enjoys playing soccer, eating waffles, or watching the show White Collar on Netflix.

Jared Stewart


Jared Stewart, M.Ed., was named the 2011 Educator of the Year by the National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC). He is the head of the education department at Provo's ScenicView Academy, a non-profit residential school that helps adults with autism and other learning disabilities to transition to successful independence. Born and raised on Kodiak Island, Alaska, he has more than ten years of experience working with adults with autism, and has shared his views on the techniques and mindsets that lead to improved outcomes for individuals on the autism spectrum with many local and national audiences. His passion for the subject arises from personal experience: he has family members on the spectrum and has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.



Tyson Terry has worked with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities for nearly 10 years. He started working as direct support staff in a home serving people with disabilities while pursuing his bachelor's degree in psychology from Southern Utah University. After graduating Tyson served as a Support Coordinator in Southern Utah for 5 years. During this time Tyson completed his Masters in Social Work through the University of Utah. Tyson currently works as a behavior analyst for Chrysalis, a DSPD provider serving individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Tyson is currently working towards his BCBA certification.

Marlo Thurman


Marlo started her work with special needs children in 1986. Early in her career, Marlo developed a special interest in the unique needs of those individuals who were both highly intelligent and asynchronously developed. Through her private practice she carried out this interest, specializing in assessment, advocacy, cognitive training, sensory and behavior support, and socio-emotional coaching. In 1999 Marlo founded the Brideun Learning Communities and built the Brideun School for Exceptional Children, a play-based, therapeutic school. Marlo later founded 2E Consulting Services to provide training to programs that work with individuals who despite adequate intelligence are unable to find success in traditional settings. Marlo holds board positions with 2E Newsletter and the US Autism and Asperger's Association and she directs the US College Autism Project. Marlo has been recognized for her work by People Magazine, the Special Educator, ADDitude Magazine, the New York Times, National Public Radio and numerous local venues. Marlo is also the mother of two twice-exceptional young adults who she credits for the inspiration of her professional career.

Jack White


Jack graduated from the University of Utah and completed his master degree at California State University Northridge. He worked 30 years for the Division of Rehabilitation and has a CSW license. Following his retirement he has worked ten years for ScenicView Academy developing employment opportunities. He has innovative ideas to help individuals with disabilities turn their dream of working into a viable career path. Jack enjoys golfing competitively and coaching basketball. He also likes to brag about his garden and most of all his children and grandchildren.



Theresa K. Wrangham became a parent advocate as a result of her daughter Deanna's life-threatening asthma, as well as her daughter Rachel's diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. In 2001 she co-founded the Autism Society of Boulder County (ASBC) in Colorado and served five terms as its president and, served on the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Colorado. Theresa collaborated with Google to create Project Spectrum, a program designed to assist the autism community to identify possible career paths and to give educators classroom tools, and assist parents to obtaining special education services for their children. She has been featured in local and national television and print news reports and recently was featured in Parade Magazine. Within her community, she has helped to raise public awareness by publishing Colorado's first autism specific resource guide. She serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association advisory board.