We are autism experts, supporting children, teens, and young adults with autism to lead meaningful, engaged lives. The Centre specializes in autism services and supports, and our staff members are trained in the science and application of autism-specific practice. Our services and program teams are led by psychologists and board certified behavioural analysts and include: communication professionals, occupational therapists, and educational specialists.

Deborah Allard Usunier,
Executive Director

Deborah has spent over thirty years working in the not-for-profit sector, the past 15 years as the Centre’s Executive Director. Her varied background includes Sessional Instructor at MacEwan University, Director of Provincial Programs and Services at the Canadian Mental Health Association – Alberta Division, and Manager of Health Promotions and Volunteer Development for Alberta & Northwest Territories at the Canadian Diabetes Association. She has served as a board member on a number of not-for-profits in Edmonton and was a provincial trainer for the Government of Alberta’s Board Development Program.

Michael Stolte Ph.D, CCC, R. Psychologist,
Director of Clinical Services: Edmonton and area

Michael, an Alberta Registered Psychologist, has been with the Centre since 2006. He holds a PhD in Special Education (University of Alberta, 2017), a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology (Trinity Western University, 2003), and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology (King’s University, 1995). A published author in autism supports, Michael has been named a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Fellow in Autism Research. His research focuses on applying evidence-based practice and care in community settings and his clinical work focuses on assessing and treating complex mental health conditions and supervising multi-disciplinary teams. Michael is a member in good standing of the following professional organizations:

  • College of Alberta Psychologists (Alberta)
  • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (Alberta)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (Canada)
  • Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (Canada)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (Canada)
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (International)
  • International Society of Autism Research (International)

Prior to joining the Centre, Michael administered federally funded vocational placement and training programs for individuals with disabilities in British Columbia. Michael also provides limited counselling, assessment, and consultation services as an Associate with CHVBV Psychologists of Edmonton.

Kerry Campbell M.A., CCC-SLP Director of Clinical Services South

Kerry has joined the Centre as the Director of Clinical Services for the Calgary region. She has had a long career as a Speech-Language Pathologist, working with children and their families to help them achieve their goals and potential. Kerry has a bachelor’s degree from University of North Dakota and she obtained her Master’s of Arts from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Kerry started her career in San Antonio, and this sparked a life long dedication to improving the lives of children with communication disorders. Over the years, Kerry has worked in numerous settings with many diagnostic populations, including autistic individuals.  Kerry is passionate about teaching and mentoring other professionals and she believes wholeheartedly in including families in their child’s therapeutic care.

Mark Donovan M.A., R. Psych, BCBA
Clinical Supervisor

Mark first joined the Centre team in 2009. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Psychology from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Mark is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta who received his training in early intervention for children with autism, general education, and community mental health settings. Specializing in evidence-based behavioural interventions and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mark has many years of experience providing intervention to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, anxiety, and individuals with diagnoses of both autism and anxiety. In 2018, Mark completed a graduate course sequence in Applied Behaviour Analysis through Florida Institute of Technology and subsequently became certified as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.

Sharon Randhawa, MSc., BCBA
Clinical Supervisor, Board Certified Behaviour Analyst

Sharon has been with the Centre since 2016. She received her training and Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Simmons College in Boston, MA. Prior to joining the Centre, Sharon worked in schools and homes in both the USA and Canada. Sharon recently completed her Pivotal Response Training Level III and enjoys supporting families at the Centre and working with their children.

Joanne Fodchuk, MSLP, R.SLP, S-LP(c),
Director of Quality Assurance

Joanne has been with the Centre since 2015. Joanne received her Master of Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alberta in 2004 and her Bachelor of Education in 2001. Prior to joining the Centre, Joanne worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist for over a decade in community and school pediatrics, in both urban and rural areas, and with both private and public services. She has expertise in early childhood speech and language development, language development in children on the Autism Spectrum, telehealth best practices, and social communication.

Anne Beattie, MScOT(c)
Clinical Supervisor

Anne has been with the Centre as a Clinical Supervisor since 2017, an Occupational Therapist since 2012, and since 2008 in other capacities. Anne received her Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2012. Prior to joining the Centre, Anne spent significant time working in addictions and mental health, both in inpatient and outpatient programming. She has a passion for working with families who have children with autism, supporting them to lead engaged lives in their homes, schools, and communities.

Sally-Joy Nandee R.SLP, S-LP(C), BCBA
Clinical Supervisor

Sally Nandee is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. She is also certified in Pivotal Response Treatment at level V: Trainer of Trainers. Sally has a passion for learning how to effectively teach functional skills to children on the autism spectrum and to support parents to be able to do the same.

Kaija Melenka
Community and Family Services Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

Marty Lohr, B. Comm, CGA

Marty has been at the Centre since 2014. She received her Certified General Accountant designation from CGA Alberta in 2006, along with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University.  Marty began her career in the real estate industry, but then transitioned to the not-for-profit sector. She has 10 years of experience working with not-for-profits and registered charities.

Susan Gynane, CHRP, B.Ed.
Director of Human Services

Susan has been with the Centre since 2010. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional with 20 years of experience. Prior to her career in human resources, Susan served as an elementary school teacher and holds a Bachelors in Special Education.

Jackie Ryan, MA, CPA, CMA,
Director of Special Projects

Jackie Ryan has more than 16 years working in the autism field and is currently the Director of Teen and Adult Services at the Centre for Autism Services Alberta. She recently completed a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University. Her research was on leadership to promote self-determination of individuals with autism, for which she won the University Founders’ Award. Other certifications include PRT Level III, PEERS Provider, CWC Level I, and is currently working on Level II (Train the Trainer) certification. Jackie was recently diagnosed with autism. She is the mother of three sons, the youngest of whom is 21 years old and has autism. She is passionate about the inclusion of autistic individuals in all that affects them, including research, development of programs, and directing their own supports.

Brenda Bishop Machibroda
Director of Intake

Brenda has been with the Centre since 2009. Her background is in Special Education and School Leadership. Her career has been devoted to serving children and families – in the school system as Teacher and School Administrator; and at the Centre as Intake Coordinator, Quality Assurance, and Coordinator of the Centre’s PUF program through Alberta Education. She facilitates the Centre’s parent workshops as well as organizes the professional development we do for teachers and teacher assistants. Brenda is passionate about  providing supports for individuals with disabilities and having an impact on systems that can maximize services for them and their families.