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The Team

The Team

ACW Leadership Team

Janelle Saunders, Ph.D., BCBA-D, 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.

Marissa Gaut, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Supervising Behavior Analyst

Marissa began working with children with autism in 2013 after first becoming interested in the field when her younger brother was diagnosed at a young age. She earned her BA in Special Education in 2015 before completing her M.Ed. in Autism and Intellectual Disabilities from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2017. She has worked in various school districts across the country in both Self-Contained and Resource classrooms, as well as a Behavior Specialist. Following board certification, her work experience includes both clinic and home-based settings. As a passionate clinician in the field of ABA & Autism, Marissa is an enthusiastic and very engaging practitioner.

Michael Miller, MS, BCBA, LBA

Supervising Behavior Analyst

Michael first began working in the field of ABA & autism in 2009 after completing his BS in Psychology at Utah State University in 2006 with a Minor in Family, Consumer, and Human Development. Michael went on to earn his MS at Central Washington University in Experimental Psychology with a Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2016. His Masters Thesis focused on teaching children with autism to communicate with their peers during play. Current interests include ethics in treatment, ongoing assessment, and modifications to promote motivation to learn.

Charles Marriott, BCBA, LBA

Founder

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.

Jona Young

Office Manger & Treatment Coordinator

Jona began working in the medical field in 2006 and has been with Autism Care West since September 2021 as the Office Manager and Treatment Coordinator. Before joining ACW, Jona explored the Home Health, Neurofeedback, and Behavioral Health side of the medical field and has enjoyed every moment of the experience. Jona received her certification of Medical Front Office and Billing through Florida Gulf Coast University.

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