Achieving Collaborative Treatment Autism Madison WI

Our Staff

Lead Therapists

Linnea Burk, PhD

Linnea Burk, PhD

Dr. Burk received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University in 2004. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Wisconsin and a member of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Dr. Burk completed internships at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Indiana University Medical School, and postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Since 1993, she has provided psychotherapy, assessment and consultation services to adults, adolescents, children and parent-infant dyads. Dr. Burk provides behavioral and cognitive behavior therapy to treat individuals with symptoms of depression, anxiety, impulse control disorders, trauma, relationship difficulties, and developmental disabilities. She is also trained to conduct diagnostic assessments for a range of mental health, developmental and neuropsychological conditions. Dr. Burk has worked as a psychologist, behavioral consultant, and family therapist across a range of settings including outpatient clinics, hospitals, residential treatment facilities, juvenile corrections and schools. In addition to working for ACT, Dr. Burk is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Psychology Research and Training Clinic where she teaches, provides clinical services and conducts research.

Kristen Cooper Borkenhagen

Kristen Cooper Borkenhagen, MA, BCBA, LMFT

Kristen has been providing behavior analytic services to individuals with disabilities and their families since 2000. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a degree in Psychology, earned her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, and completed behavior analytic coursework at Florida Institute of Technology. Early in her career, she was hooked by the incredible privilege of making a positive impact on the course of someone's life. She has supervised home ABA programs, developed center-based programs, led social skills groups and developed a counseling program for parents and siblings of children with autism in California. Kristen specializes in early intervention and adolescent social skills, as well as providing parent training and support.

Jennie Edes-Pierotti

Jennie Edes-Pierotti, MA, BCBA

Jennie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been providing behavior analytic services to individuals with disabilities and their families since 2002. Prior to joining ACT, she taught in an ABA primary school, supervised home programs, and contracted with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to achieve client success in community employment settings. Jennie specializes in working with adolescents and adults, teaching adaptive living skills, treating challenging behaviors, and supporting increased community involvement and independence for our older clients. Her areas of interest include bringing the science of behavior to the wider educational community and treating low-frequency / high-intensity behaviors of concern. 

Emily Schaidle

Emily Schaidle, MS, BCBA

Emily is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst originally from South Carolina. She received her Bachelor's in Psychology and Health & Human Services from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her interest in the field of autism emerged while leading dance/movement therapy sessions in Buffalo, NY. She received her Master's in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she worked as a researcher and project manager at the Waisman Center. Emily enjoys facilitating our RACE running group for children and young adults with autism.

Erin Van De Hey

Erin Van De Hey, MA, BCBA

Erin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked with children, teens, and young adults since 1999.  She graduated with her master’s in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University in 2002. Using Applied Behavior Analysis, her experiences include working in a residential setting, school districts, and in homes with a variety of clients with different needs and strengths.

Clinical Directors

Matt Nonemacher

Matt Nonemacher

In college, Matt worked with a research project that focused on ABA treatment in skill-building for children on the autism spectrum. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he provided treatment services in rural areas of western Wisconsin. It was here he built an interest in breaking down the barriers of ABA treatment and promoting its practice to schools, homes, and communities to improve the lives of children and families. He works with schools and state agencies to promote proven methods in developing skills for all children with disabilities. He is driven to expand opportunities for all individuals with disabilities, to improve the lives of families and advance the science of ABA treatment.

Ariel Schneider

Ariel Schneider

Ariel graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college she developed a passion for working with children and understanding the science behind learning. She started Achieving Collaborative Treatment in 2009, along with business partner, Matt Nonemacher. Ariel has worked in the field with individuals on the Autism spectrum for 20 years and is passionate about providing individuals on the Autism spectrum the best quality treatment that is tailored to their unique needs and learning styles. She is proud to have helped create a company whose culture empowers both family and staff to grow in confidence and skill throughout the therapeutic process.

Senior Therapists

Kelly Bard

Kelly Bard

Kelly graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and is currently working on her master's in Special Education with a focus in significant disabilities. Kelly is currently a senior for consultative services with ACT. She has enjoyed her time working with families and is thankful for them letting her into their homes. She says it has been great working with so many families and to be able watch their children grow and learn.

Bridget Beerkircher

Bridget Beerkircher

Bridget graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. She enjoys fostering relationships with clients through play and taking part in the development of an individual’s functional skills. Bridget feels the most rewarding aspect of providing ABA services is seeing a client learn a skill that has a lasting impact on their everyday life. She specializes in collaborating with caregivers and school districts and is passionate about teaching others about behavioral science.

Abby Carrillo

Abby Carrillo

Abby has special interests in newly diagnosed children and parent training. Abby graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Special Education with an emphasis in ABA and will become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  She thoroughly enjoys working with people on the Autism spectrum and their families to help them achieve meaningful outcomes. 

Kari Lankford

Kari Lankford

Kari is passionate about using behavior analysis to provide her clients with skills that enable them to further develop their ability to communicate effectively with others. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from Indiana University. She specializes in working with clients with language delays and challenging behaviors. She enjoys seeing children continuing to develop independent life skills that will use beyond our time in the home with them.

Amanda Lardinois

Amanda Lardinois

Amanda graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education from University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee with an Autism certificate. She enjoys finding different techniques to help a child learn by expanding on their strengths and allowing them to use those skills to make further gains.

Justine Moore

Justine Moore

Justine graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Rehabilitation Psychology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She enjoys the daily reminders to appreciate and celebrate the successes of our clients, like throwing dance parties for toilet training success! She says the most rewarding part of working in this field is having so many opportunities to meet families and connect on such a compassionate level is beyond measure. She thinks that every day the children teach her more than she could ever teach them.

Nichole Nistler

Nichole Nistler

Nichole graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is particularly experienced in teaching children with vocal language challenges to communicate via PECS, speech generating devices, and/or sign language and is interested in using those skills to shape vocal language. She is passionate about helping kids reach their potential and coaching staff and families to do the same.

Corey Ohlson-Rappe

Corey Ohlson-Rappe

Corey graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology from University of Phoenix. Throughout the years of providing in-home behavioral therapy, she has seen the great impact these services have on children and their families, and has developed a special interest in parent training. She thinks it is equally rewarding to see growth and development in both her clients and their families.

Kelly Thomas

Kelly Thomas

Kelly specializes in social cognitive programing and loves consulting with schools and parents. She also leads many of ACT’s social group offerings year-round. Kelly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders from University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently a Social Thinking(T) Clinical Trainee. She loves building a relationship with families and clients to create an ABA program that is specific to the child within their unique family structure.

Sophie Vail, MA, BCBA

Sophie Vail, MA, BCBA

Sophie is passionate about using the science of ABA to help individuals on the Autism spectrum reach their full potential, while engaging them with songs, sound effects, and funny voices.  Sophie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Theatre & Drama from Indiana University and earned her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a certificate in Autism from Ball State University. Sophie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.