Our Staff

 
Jeremiah Gray
Operations Director

Jeremiah has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bellevue University. He joined the Pier Center for Autism in April 2017 following an 18 year career in Human Resource Management.  Jeremiah also has extensive knowledge of finance, sales, performance management, recruiting, and marketing .  He’s excited to be able to support the clinic, the staff, and the clients, any way that he can.

 
 
Miranda Smalley
Clinical Director

Miranda has a master’s degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis from West Virginia University. She started her career at the clinic as a board certified behavior analyst in 2016 and was promoted to Clinical Director of the Pier Center for Autism in July 2018. She is a former graduate supervisor at the Intensive Autism Service Delivery Clinic and teaching assistant at an alternative elementary education program in Morgantown, West Virginia. Her expertise lies in the implementation of function-based interventions to reduce challenging behavior as well as teaching early acquisition skills, activities of daily living, and social skills. Miranda is excited to continue her journey working with children with autism. 

 
Maddy Harman
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Maddy has a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is a former behavior consultant and clinical supervisor at Autism Intervention Milwaukee and a graduate supervisor and lead therapist at the Tiger Center for Applied Behavior Analysis Services in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her training and experiences encompass early intervention with young children, skill acquisition, and the reduction of severe challenging behavior. Maddy has a continued passion for extending research within the field of ABA and leads multiple research projects within the clinic each year. Maddy joined the Pier Center as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in August 2018 and is excited to continue to learn about and from children on the autism spectrum.

 

Alex Quinlain
Registered Behavior Technician

Alex graduated from Morningside College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He formerly worked at an alternative school in South Sioux City, NE as a para-educator. He has a passion for working with people of all ages and spends his free time playing with his dogs and toddler. 

 
 
Natasha Weltz
Behavior Technician

Natasha graduated from Buena Vista University in 2014 with her degree in elementary education with endorsements in reading and special education. She worked at Irving Elementary for 3 years as a reading interventionist then transferred to North Middle and worked as a para-educator in the School within a School classroom. Natasha joined the Pier Center in January 2015. As a behavior technician she excels in data collection, protocol implementation and assisting her clients in achieving their goals.

 
Katie Murillo
Behavior Technician

Katie joined the Pier Center in August of 2017. She graduated from Briar Cliff University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Katie is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University. She has worked with a wide variety of kids and is passionate about children on the spectrum. 

 

 

Cheyanne Dean
Behavior Technician

Cheyanne has a bachelor’s degree in English from Morningside College. She joined the Pier Center in April 2019 after working as a para-educator for three years in the Sioux City Schools. Cheyanne found her passion for working with children with autism in her amazing relationship with her primary student. She is excited to build new relationships in supporting other children with autism. Cheyanne plans to further her education in an autism related field.

 
Maddie Neal
Behavior Technician

Maddie graduated from Briar Cliff University in May of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During her last semester of college, she volunteered in the applied behavior analysis clinic at BCU, where she discovered her passion for working with children with autism. Maddie joined the Pier Center in November of 2019 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis and is accruing her practicum hours at the Pier Center for Autism.

 
 
Maisie Hurd
Behavior Technician

Maisie graduated from Briar Cliff University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in December of 2018. During her last semester of college, she volunteered in the applied behavior analysis clinic at BCU. It was here that Maisie discovered her passion for working with children with autism. She previously worked at the Avera Behavioral Health Center in Sioux Falls, SD before joining the Pier Center in December of 2019. Maisie is currently pursuing a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis and is accruing her practicum hours at the Pier Center for Autism.

 
Hailey Grell
Behavior Technician

Hailey has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Iowa State University. She joined the Pier Center in June 2020 after working the previous two years as a nanny for a child with unique developmental challenges. She’s always had a passion for working with children and is excited to share and build her skills supporting clients at the Pier Center. Hailey is currently pursuing a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis and is accruing her practicum hours at the Pier Center for Autism.

 
Breanna Swanger
Behavior Technician

Breanna joined us in August 2020 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Social work, a minor in Sociology and has a specialization in Child Welfare that she received from the University of South Dakota. Through Breanna’s college career she has also taken courses in Human Development and Family Studies. Breanna has always had a passion for helping people and adores working with children. Breanna is excited to get to explore the world of autism and learn more about children on the spectrum.

 

 
Erin Nuetzman
Behavior Technician

Erin joined our team at the Pier Center in September 2020. She graduated from Augustana University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Religion. Erin had 3 years of experience in ABA with adolescents with autism and severe challenging behavior prior to her employment at the Pier Center. She is currently working on her Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis with an anticipated graduation in July 2022. Erin loves ABA because she gets to help kids reach their full potential!

 

 

James House
Behavior Technician

James graduated from Briar Cliff University with a double major in Psychology and Behavioral Science and joined us in June 2021. He volunteered at Briar Cliff’s pro-bono behavior analysis clinic for two years. There he discovered a passion for working with children and enjoyed being a part of their research team. He’s excited to continue that work here at the Pier Center and eventually plans to continue his education within the field of Behavioral Science and Psychology later down the road. 

 

Amber Obenauer
Behavior Technician

Amber graduated from Morningside College with a Bachelor of Arts in counseling psychology. During her senior year at Morningside, Amber interned at the Pier Center and began working full time in June 2021. She is very excited to learn and grow more as a behavioral technician, and Amber plans on furthering her education in ABA as she gains experience and makes new relationships at the Pier Center.

 

Melody Tompkins
Behavior Technician

Melody graduated from University of South Dakota in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. She formerly worked at Crittenton Center in the HOPES Program. She has a passion for working with children with autism. Melody is excited to learn more about children on the spectrum. Melody started at the Pier Center in October 2021. Children with autism hold a special place in Melody’s heart.

 

Shana McKie
Behavior Technician

Shana has a bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology and Counseling Psychology from Morningside University. She joined the Pier Center in December 2021 and has always had a passion for working with children. She is excited to further her education and knowledge of children on the spectrum while working at the Pier Center. Her goal is to make a difference in children’s lives while maintaining her purpose in life. Shana is grateful for this opportunity to excel and work with an amazing team! 

 

Vanessa Marquez
Behavior Technician

Vanessa has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Iowa State University. She joined the Pier Center in April 2022.  She is excited to work with the kids and watch them grow and improve in their daily tasks.

 

 

 

Social Skills Team

Jan Turbes

Jan is an Autism and Challenging Behavior Specialist within the tri-state area with immense experience in the areas of assessment and treatment of challenging behavior.  Jan works part-time with the Pier Center to support a variety of needs for our clients including challenging behavior and social skills.  With over a decade of experience in the fields of behavior analysis and autism, Jan remains one of our biggest advocates for the advancement and continued training of our staff.  In addition, Jan was one of the original board members for the Pier Center for Autism.