Our Vision

All children in Oklahoma with autism spectrum disorder (and related disabilities) have access to high-quality services in their local communities.

Our Mission

To improve the quality of life for children with autism spectrum disorder (and related disabilities) and their families by building capacity of public programs and other providers to offer effective services.

Our Strategic Process

Our mission will be accomplished by the advancement of knowledge and skills through continuing education, internships, coaching, mentoring and scientific inquiry; resulting in systems change at state, regional and community levels.

Our Values

- Community-based, inclusive services accessible to children and families
- Family-professional partnerships
- Team work and interdisciplinary practice
- Acceptance and respect for individual differences
- Use of scientifically validated strategies.

Meet Our Team

The Oklahoma Autism Center (OAC) is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of professionals including special and general educators, speech/language pathologists, school psychologist, occupational therapist, family support coordinator, board certified behavior analysts and research personnel. In addition, the Oklahoma Autism Center team has access to a broader professional staff at the Child Study Center (CSC) for consultation and collaboration. These professionals include developmental and behavioral pediatricians, clinical child psychologists and other health professionals.


Kacey Armour, MA, CCC-SLP

Professional Learning Facilitator

Kacey Armour provides consultation to public school professionals as part of the Oklahoma Autism Center team. She is a licensed speech language pathologist and has worked with children and youth with autism for over 7 years in a variety of settings including, hospitals, public schools, in-home therapy, and outpatient clinics. Kacey’s areas of expertise, related to ASD, includes teaching and implementing functional communication systems and positive behavior supports to reduce challenging behavior.

Margaret Bergant, M.Ed.

Evaluation Specialist

Margaret Bergant consults with the OAC on program development and evaluation goals. She is a retired special educator with experience in providing leadership in improving programs for children with disabilities in Oklahoma. She has been a classroom teacher and administrator in the public schools and held a leadership position at the Oklahoma State Department of Education, overseeing the implementation of Early Intervention services in the state. In addition, Ms. Bergant has written and implemented large federal grants, collected and analyzed data to improve service delivery, assisted in developing state performance plans based on outcomes, and developed a strategic plan for professional development.

Gina Bryan, LCSW, SHRM-CP

Sponsored Program Coordinator

Gina Bryan provides accounting support for all projects of the OAC. She has broad business management and human resource experience from working in the non-profit sector. Ms. Bryan also has over 15 years of experience as a social worker and working specifically with families of young children with developmental disabilities.

Jeanne Buchanan, B.A.

Family Support Specialist

Jeanne Buchanan is a family support specialist and co-leads the Early Access Autism Project as part of the Oklahoma Autism Center. She has assisted with the development of the OAC projects and programs and has served as a resource for the community for over 11 years as part of the OAC. Ms. Buchanan helps promote family/school partnerships and has expertise in local autism resources, and making referrals for families, educators and other professionals. In addition Ms. Buchanan has personal experience raising a child on the autism spectrum and serves to assure that the family perspective and culture are considered and integrated into all services provided.

Stephanie Emperly

Neurodiversity Ambassador

Stephanie Emperly has joined the OAC social media and technology team. She is currently working toward her degree in animation and game design at Oklahoma Christian University. Ms. Emperly is a LEND Fellow (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) in Self Advocacy. She speaks regularly to professional organizations and parent groups about her experience as an autistic person.

Seth Kastner, B.S.

Multimedia and Evaluation Specialist

Seth Kastner co-leads the Early Access autism screening project and also serves as technology support specialist. Mr. Kastner has worked collaboratively with OAC team to develop projects and programs. His work includes data collection, assessment and program support and evaluation. Mr. Kastner is trained to administer a variety of evidence-based screening and assessment instruments and conducts screening implementation training. Additionally, he assists in writing grant proposals and reports and provides technical assistance for various projects, including technology support and multimedia.

Kelli Marshall, MS, CCC-SLP

Professional Learning Facilitator

Kelli Marshall is an affiliate of the Oklahoma Autism Center. She provides consultative services for children and youth on the autism spectrum, conducts trainings and workshops and oversees projects of the OAC. Kelli is currently a licensed speech-language pathologist and has over 15 years of experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ms. Marshall’s areas of expertise, related to ASD, include developing and expanding functional communication systems and social skills instruction. In addition to her role with the OAC she also is the co-owner of Today’s Therapy Solutions.

Diane Mathis, M.Ed., NCSP (Retired)

Co-Director of Programs (Emeritus)

Dianne Mathis is the co-founder of the Oklahoma Autism Center and a nationally certified school psychologist. She has overseen the development and expansion of the programs of the OAC. Dianne has over 35 years experience working in the field of school psychology and developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorder. She has extensive experience in planning and implementing professional development activities for school personnel and other professionals at the state and local level. Ms. Mathis has held numerous leadership positions at the Oklahoma State Department of Education, including director of Regional Education Service Centers, and was the developer of the MESA Project (formerly Project PEAK), Oklahoma’s longest standing projects for assisting public schools to address the needs of children with autism. Ms. Mathis has a long and distinguished record of collaboration to develop, implement and sustain successful programs.

Bonnie McBride, PhD, BCBA-D

Director of Programs

Bonnie McBride is Director of programs and the co-founder of the Oklahoma Autism Center. She is also an associate professor of pediatrics in the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She has worked to develop a program of service to the community and a research agenda as part of her work with the OAC. She has over 25 years’ experience in the field of autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities as a certified teacher, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and researcher. Dr. McBride’s work has focused primarily on early treatment of ASD, program development and effective implementation of evidence-based practices. She works collaboratively with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on the Learn the Signs. Act Early. She has numerous publications that appear in peer reviewed journals as well as serving on the editorial board of national journals. She is also co-investigator on multiple nationally funded research grants.

Kathryn Moore, Ph.D.

School Psychologist

Kathryn Moore is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor of pediatrics in the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics section at the OU Health Sciences Center. Dr. Moore supports training and research activities at the OAC, and she provides specialized services for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and autism at the OU Child Study Center.

Marisa Singletary, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Coordinator of School Consultation Services

Marisa Singletary coordinates on-site consultations as well as conducting consultative services as part of the MESA Project. She has more than 20 years of experience working with children with mild, moderate, and severe/profound disabilities in the classroom and as a consultant. Ms. Singletary holds a B.S. in Elementary Education with a specialization in Special Education and a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. Marisa has served as an Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist in three public school districts and as a consultant with various agencies.

Tara Warwick, MS, OTR/L

Professional Learning Facilitator

Tara Warwick leads the consultative team for OAC. She provides on-site consultation services for public school professionals, conducts workshops and on-site trainings. Ms. Warwick is a licensed occupational therapist and has over 20 years of experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ms. Warwick’s areas of expertise, includes classroom based interventions for children with ASD and addressing challenging behavior through environmental adaptations. In addition to her work with OAC she is co-owner of Today’s Therapy Solutions.

Arlenia Way, RBT

Classroom Lead for Autism Model Site

Arlenia Way is a lead instructional assistant at Early Foundations Autism Model Site. She oversees the day-to-day operations of one of the classrooms and works directly with children enrolled in the toddler autism model program and community play group. She has worked at the model site for over 7 years and is a registered behavior technician (RBT).

Alissa Wernli, RBT

Administrative Assistant

Alissa Wernli provides administrative support for all projects of the OAC. She assists with day-to-day operations to ensure efficiency of the office. Ms. Wernli has extensive experience in retail management and operations. She also has experience in classroom and clinic based ABA therapy as a registered behavior technician (RBT). Additionally, she has years of knowledge from her non-profit volunteer experiences within the special-needs community.

Dayse Peña, M.A.

Early Foundations Coordinator

Early Access

Autism Screenings & Awareness

Early Foundations

Early Intervention & Inclusivity

MESA Project

Professional Development