Amy Buie, MEd, BCBA, LBA
Founder & Board President
Amy Buie, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, has over 25 years of experience with students who have Challenging and Explosive Behavior. She is the founder and CEO of Learning Momentum, an agency providing training and behavior consultation to schools and families who work with children with explosive behavior. She is also the founder of The Center for Autism Education, a not-for-profit school for children and adults with both developmental disabilities and emotional disorders. She is also the author of several books including, “Behavior Mapping, A Visual Strategy for Teaching Appropriate Behavior to Children with Autism and Related Disorders” and “Rage to Reason: Behavior Intervention for the Treatment of Explosive Behavior in Children with Emotional Disorders”
Amy has a masters degree in Special Education and frequently presents at workshops and conferences throughout the Midwest. As a faculty member at the University of Missouri Saint Louis, Amy teaches course-work in Autism Studies and Applied Behavior Analysis for the Masters Program in Special Education and BCBA certification.
Angie began her career with The Center for Autism Education in 2002. Over the years, she has held many roles in the agency and became the Executive Director in 2015. Angie is a certified teacher and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Special Education from Lindenwood University. Working in the field of education has always been a passion for Angie. “This career path has changed my life personally and professionally. I really could not imagine doing anything else.”
The purpose of life is to serve , and to show compassion and the will to help others. -Albert Schweitzer
Stefanie has been with The Center for Autism Education since the start of the agency in 2002. Her background is in Special Education which she studied at Culver Stockton College and The University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her passion has always been working with children and students in an academic environment. “I feel blessed and honored to be able to work with the students and staff that I do everyday. I am very lucky to have a job that I love.”
If a child can’t learn the way we teach maybe we should teach them the way they learn. – Ignacio Estrada
Andrew started working at The Center for Autism Education in July 2005. While at the agency he has worked in almost every facet from Behavior Assistant, to Program Director and Special Education Teacher to his current role as Educational Director. Andrew has his Bachelor’s degree from Lindenwood University in Criminal Justice and a Master Degree from Fontbonne University in Special Education.
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin
Support Services Director
Keegan has been employed with The Center for Autism Education since 2013. In his current role, he oversees the Adult Day Program, In home Behavior Services and The Vocational Program. Keegan graduated from The University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Social Work, Psychology, and American Sign Language. Keegan’s mission at the agency is to ensure quality programs which promote independence and high quality of life for all participants.
Be excellent to each other! – Bill S. Preston
Director of Development
Hanne has been employed with The Center for Autism Education since 2016. She began as a behavior consultant and then worked as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst for the last 2 years. Hanne transitioned into the role of Director of Development in 2019. Hanne graduated from William Jewell College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Critical Thought and Inquiry, and a minor in Nonprofit Leadership. She continued her education at Florida Institute of Technology where she completed the BCaBA program. Hanne’s goal as the Director of Development is to bring the focus back to the clients. After working directly with students, she has a unique understanding of their needs and how to obtain funding to meet those needs.
Quote: “Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
Director of ABA
Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Ellen earned her MSEd from Simmons College and completed coursework to become a BCBA through SIU-Carbondale. She started her career in the field as a behavior assistant at the New England Center for Children and has worked as a special education teacher, autism consultant and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in public school settings in both Massachusetts and Michigan. She began working at the Center for Autism Education when she and her family moved to St. Louis in 2014. In her current role as Director of ABA, Ellen plans to further expand the services provided to students, families, and school districts, and continue to ensure that all students are accessing quality behavioral treatment and support, and learning the skills that they need to transition successfully and be fully included in their communities.
Quote:“It is never too late to expand the mind of a person on the autism spectrum.” – Dr. Temple Grandin