WHO WE ARE

Stacie Rulison, M.S., M.Ed, BCBA, LBA 

Business Partner and Practitioner

Skills Group Facilitator and Individual Services

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA)

UCLA PEERS Curriculum Certified (an evidence-based social skills intervention)

​Stacie is the former co-owner of Simply Social, LLC. In the 3 years Simply Social was operational, Stacie facilitated many teen, school-based, after school, parent, university-based, and adult workshops and group classes. The curriculum was based on the UCLA PEERS curriculum, and modified to expand content  and data collection based on clinical assessment. The social communication training was an evidence-based framework integrating behavioral and cognitive methodologies with didactic and Socratic instruction, live and video modeling, rehearsal, coaching and feedback in the moment, and pre and post data collection. Individual sessions were also facilitated to enhance social, communication, and adaptive skill knowledge in a more intensive setting. 

Lisa Espinoza, M.Ed., Behavior Therapist

Business Partner and Practitioner

Skills Group Facilitator, Employment Specialist, and Individual Services

Practicum completed to test for BCBA credential

Completing ACRE Training Certificate

UCLA PEERS Curriculum Instructor (an evidence-based social skills intervention)

​Lisa Espinoza has been an advocate for children and families effected by autism for over 10 years.  She was a catalyst to initiating the Michigan autism insurance legislation initiative, partnering with other families to start the grassroots movement Autism Insurance for Michigan (AIM). Through this process she developed relationships with legislators, universities, lobbyists, and autism support organizations. Since that time, Lisa has pursued a career in behavior analysis, completing her coursework and practicum hours to test for the BCBA credential.  She is working toward the ACRE certification to support customized employment and has led employment coordination for individuals with disabilities overseeing employer development, site development, job coaching, and work experiences.  Lisa has provided intervention services to children, teens, and adults implementing applied behavior analysis (ABA) methodology and implementing group and individualized social and communication skills interventions with Simply Social, LLC for the past 3 years.

 

 Missy Vitek-Maurer, Teacher-St. Gerard Catholic School

Social & Employment Skills Facilitator, Employment Specialist

Missy is an experienced and outstanding facilitator coming from an educational background. She taught numerous social communications and employment classes at Simply Social, LLC in the two years she worked with the organization. Missy currently teaches at St. Gerard Catholic School in Lansing, and previously was a middle school teacher at St. Johns Middle School. She also coordinated the LINKS program at St. Johns Middle School. We appreciate Missy's dedication and expertise in working with teens and adults in the program.

 Olivia Maurer, College Student (in Occupational Therapy)

Social Coach and Job Coach

Olivia has experience working with individuals with autism and other disabilities and was a PEER link during her time in high school. She is currently enrolled in college pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy.  Olivia has taken a lead roll in social coaching and job coaching for the past 3 years, and connects with many of our participants, helping them grow in their communication and employment skills. We are very fortunate to have Olivia working with us!