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Our Team

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Co-founder

Jennifer
Link

M.S.Ed, BCBA

Jen started her career in Orlando, FL working in a group home with children and adolescents with severe behavior challenges. After receiving her B.S. from University of Central Florida, went on to teach at Princeton House Charter School, a school for children on the Autism Spectrum.

She then earned her M.S.Ed in Applied Behavior Analysis from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Under the supervision of Dr. Michael Dorsey, she worked for a non-profit organization, Vinfen, working with individuals in day rehabilitation centers throughout Boston. Jen went on to work as a head counselor and assistant director at Camp Akeela, a summer camp for children with Asperger’s Syndrome. Most recently, she has transitioned from a large company specializing in in-home ABA therapy to start a business helping families on all levels.

Jen launched Roots Autism Solutions because she saw the need for a more personalized, compassionate support system for children with autism and their families.

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Co-founder

Jillian
Burgard

M.Ed.

Jillian began her career in education as a teacher at the early childhood level, with a B.S. in Education from Florida State University. Driven to find solutions for students in her class who were experiencing learning and behavioral challenges, she obtained a Masters degree in Education from DePaul University.

Jillian spent over ten years within the Chicago Public Schools as a teacher, case manager, transition specialist, school and district administrator. Her multi-faceted knowledge of the school systems within Chicago and the surrounding suburbs allows Jillian to guide families through all processes of schooling, from entering at the preschool level, transitioning through all grade levels, and to transitioning out of school into the greater world.

Whether your child is struggling to learn or you do not know where to turn when navigating the school system, Jillian collaborates with your family and school to provide lasting solutions.

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Lead Board Certified
Behavior Analyst

Olivia
Cavileer

M.S., BCBA

Olivia began her career in Columbus, Ohio where she received her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from The Ohio State University. She went on to work as an Outreach Provider at Haugland Learning Center where she provided home and school based education programs for children on the Autism Spectrum. It is there that she realized the importance of establishing meaningful relationships with the families and children she works with to create lasting solutions.

These experiences led her to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she earned her M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis. During her education, she worked in multiple different environments including in-home, clinic, and school based settings providing ABA therapy to children ranging from 3 to 18 years of age. She found the most significant impact working in-home closely collaboratively with families, which led her to Roots Autism Solutions.

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Board Certified
Behavior Analyst

Alli
Markowitz

M.S., BCBA

Alli received her undergraduate degree in early childhood education from Miami University. She then taught kindergarten and was a school-based behavior therapist providing 1:1 support to a student with special needs. During that time, Alli was introduced to the field of ABA and found her passion for individualized services for children with special needs. This led her to pursue a career in ABA. She earned her master’s degree in ABA at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology while working as a behavior therapist providing services to children on the Autism Spectrum in home and clinic settings. Since becoming a BCBA, Alli has worked with a variety of children, families, and other professionals. She is dedicated to providing the best treatment possible and loves working closely with families to achieve their goals.

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Board Certified
Behavior Analyst

Jake
Hansen

M.S., BCBA

Jake received his BA in Psychology from Illinois State University. During this time, Jake developed a passion for behavioral science and its many applications which led him to pursue a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Through his Master’s program, Jake was able to experience the implementation of behavioral therapy with a wide range of ages, skills, and settings. The culmination of these experiences led Jake to believe an individualized and collaborative approach to ABA produces the most significant results, which led him to work as a BCBA for Roots.

Therapists

We hand-pick the right team of therapists for your child based on your family’s and child’s needs. Your team will have the skills, experience, and qualities that match your child. High-quality therapist recruitment, selection, and retention is of the utmost importance to us at Roots. We take several steps to ensure that all of our therapists are a good fit for our team and your family.

Therapists are initially selected based on their years of experience and background in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.

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You know your child best! At Roots, we actively recruit therapists who meet specific criteria requested by parents to the greatest extent possible.

We ensure that all therapists are either fully certified as a Registered Behavior Technician with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), or we provide the training as a part of our onboarding process.

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All therapists receive ongoing one-on-one training and support on a consistent basis through supervision during therapy sessions with both our BCBA and training specialist.

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