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The Team

The Team

ACW Leadership Team

Janelle Saunders, Ph.D., BCBA. LBA

Clinic Director

Dr. Janelle Saunders earned her B.A. and M.Ed. From the University of Nevada Las Vegas in psychology and special education, and has been working in the autism field since 2007. She completed her Ph.D. in Special Education from UNLV, defending a dissertation based in Functional Communication Training and communication via the iPad. Janelle teaches graduate level courses at UNLV, focusing on ethics, communication, and speech and language. Janelle plays an integral role overseeing and supporting other supervising behavior analysts, integrating Functional Communication Training, and coordinating the delivery of parent education, training, and family guidance services.

Jon Paul Saunders, BCBA, LBA

Executive Director

Jon Paul began working with children with autism when his younger sister was diagnosed in 1996. He received his B.A. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in autism and Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Jon Paul first studied under Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas at the University of California, Los Angeles where he received extensive training in Applied Behavior Analysis and Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention. As an active participant in the autism community, Jon Paul has sat on legislative committees, worked with public and private school systems, collaborated with parent support groups, and instructed graduate level courses on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis. Being a professional in the autism community and having a sibling diagnosed with autism have given him a unique perspective and greater compassion for families that share this journey.

Charles Marriott, BCBA, LBA


Charles began his career working with families and their children with Autism in 2004. Charles earned his B.A. in Psychology from Loyola Marymont University with honors before completing his Masters in Special Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Autism Care West was founded in 2009 to continue realizing his vision for helping children with Autism reach their unique potential using ABA methodologies.

Yelena Marriott, M.A.

Practice Manager & Intake Coordinator

Yelena is the Practice Manger for Autism Care West in charge of the company's systems supports and information technology, as well as personnel departments. Yelena holds a Bachelors degree from Franklin Pierce University, NH, and an MA from University of Las Vegas, NV. Yelena is also a Civil Affairs reserves officer in the military.

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