Clinicians

Clinicians are specialists who perform specific functions within WEAP.

Michelle Sherman, M.S.S.W., received her M.S.S.W. degree from the University of Wisconsin. She currently serves as Director of Clinical Services with the Wisconsin Early Autism Project. In this capacity, Ms. Sherman leads social skills groups, sibling groups, outpatient family counseling, and parent training classes. She has also provided direct treatment and supervision of therapeutic programming in several countries. Previously, she was program coordinator of services for adults with autism at the Greater Opportunities Facility in San Jose, California, and research coordinator for the Sleep Medicine and Neuroscience Institute in Palo Alto, California. Ms. Sherman trained at the University of California, Los Angeles, Clinic for the Treatment of Children, under the direction of Dr. Ivar Lovaas in 1994. She also served as a board member of the Greater Opportunities for the Developmentally Disabled. Ms. Sherman is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Association for Behavior Analysis.

Chris Polacek is a Behavior Treatment Licensed Supervisor with Wisconsin Early Autism Project, where she has worked for over 15 years. In addition to directing individualized programs for children and adolescents, Chris trains and supervises BT Therapist staff. She has provided training for families, professionals and community groups, and has supervised programs for over one hundred children. She travels to provide specialized consultation in other states. Chris holds a degree in Psychology from Carroll University. Her special interests include professional consultation and creative problem solving for complex intervention situations.

Christine Wilkins is a Social Worker at the Madison office. She received her undergraduate degree in Child Development from the University of Wisconsin Madison and her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University. She is certified in the State of Wisconsin as an Advanced Practice Social Worker and is working toward becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Christine began working as a line staff member while completing her undergraduate degree and returned as a Senior Therapist in 2000 after completing her masters program. Over the years Christines interests have expanded her experience at WEAP to include running social skills groups, play groups, sibling groups, parent training classes, outpatient services, annual testing, and diagnostic interviews with new clients. She also continues to supervise her own in home teams as well as supervise other BT Therapist staff. Christine also has experience working with families in other settings including in an abuse shelter, a half-way home for female drug offenders, in the school system, and in a Neuro-Science Center.

Abby Carrillo is a Behavior Treatment Licensed Supervisor at the Madison Clinic. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Social Work. Abby began working for WEAP in 1999. She has special interests in parent training and building school relationships. She is active in organizing staff training and presenting to community groups. Abby has provided training for families, professionals and community groups, and has supervised programs for over seventy five children both in and out of the state.

Erica Lancour is a Professional Counselor at the Green Bay clinic. Erica grew up in Sturgeon Bay before graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development & Psychology. She went on to achieve a Masters Degree in Counseling from Lakeland College. Erica began work with WEAP in 2002, and is now performing Diagnostic Evaluations and outpatient appointments. "I've always been interested in working with children", Erica says. "Working with autistic children is especially rewarding because I love to see them make progress. Each gain a child makes is so exciting!"

Kerry Hoops is the Clinic Director at our Green Bay Clinic. She grew up in Waukesha and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay with a BS in Human Development/Psychology. She began work with WEAP in 2000 to get experience in the field of Psychology and has gone on to receive her BCaBA. She has been in charge of BT Therapist Intern Training since 2008, has taught the training class and assigned caseloads. She has run social skills groups, parent training groups, presented workshops at ASW and other venues, has carried out of state workshops, been trained to do psych testing, received a BCaBA, and will receive her Master’s degree in May from Ball State.

Janice Schoenbeck is a Behavior Treatment Licensed Supervisor at the Milwaukee office and has been working for WEAP for over 10 years. During that time, she has helped in the growth and development of over 50 children. She currently supervises in-home teams as well as other senior staff.  She has experience with asperger syndrome, PECs, social stories, social programing, food tolerance, peer play, community trips, IEPs, and working with schools.  In addition, she has presented on ABA and autism at Universities and grade schools, and has helped facilitate classes on parenting, BT Technician training, and social skills. Janice has a Bachelor degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a Master's in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her Master's thesis, entitled "Autism and the Public Experience" discussses the communal challenges of raising a child with ASD,  specifically exploring the different strategies parents devise and implement to make the public experience easier for their children.

Kimberly Wunschel is a Behavior Treatment Licensed Supervisor at the Madison Clinic. She grew up in Delavan Wisconsin and attended UW-Madison, graduating in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She started working with the Wisconsin Early Autism Project in July of 1999 as a line therapist. When she graduated she became a BT Therapist. She started working at WEAP because she wanted to work with children and says she has loved it ever since. She has had the opportunity to work with about 43 children and has done out of state workshops in Nebraska and Michigan. Kim says, "It is very challenging and at the same time rewarding every day!"

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