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.

Mark Donovan M.A., R. Psych, BCBA
Director of Clinical Services (North)

Mark first joined the Centre team in 2009. He is a Registered Psychologist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst who received his training in early intervention, general education, and community mental health settings. Mark’s work experiences include individualized supports for children and families in home and community settings, school-based assessments and consultation, developing and delivering staff training and professional workshops, facilitating therapeutic groups for children with autism and anxiety, teaching undergraduate-level courses on behaviour and professional ethics, and providing consultative services to school staff and families in remote, northern communities.

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

Kerry has been with the Centre for Autism Services Alberta as the Director of Clinical Services for the south region since 2018. 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 the 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 lifelong dedication to improving the lives of children with communication disorders. Over the years, Kerry has worked in numerous settings with many different 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.

Angele Fournier, M.Sc., R.SLP, S-LP (C)
Clinical Supervisor

Angele has been with the Centre since October 2014.  She received her Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Francophone Practice from the University of Alberta in 2012. Her work experience includes working with children in the classroom setting and training parents on ways to support various aspects of speech and language development in the home and community. She has a keen interest in neurodiversity and the speech and language development of multi-language learners. She also enjoys delivering workshops to the broader community to help build awareness about neurodiversity, autism, and communication.

Elise Iwaniuk, M.A., BCBA
Clinical Supervisor

Elise has worked at the Centre since 2017 after completing her Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Psychology at the University of Alberta. Elise started as an interventionist and educational assistant at the Centre before moving into a Behavioural Case Manager role in 2018. Since then, Elise completed a master’s degree in Special Education with a focus on Applied Behavioural Analysis and met BACB requirements to become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. In November 2022, Elise moved into a Clinical Supervisor role at the Centre. She has a special interest in providing coaching and education about behaviour analysis and applies this when supporting staff training, parent workshops, and external presentations for community partners.

Renai Sveinson, MPEd. ABA, BCBA
Clinical Supervisor

Renai came to Edmonton in 2006 to complete her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the U of A. Along with this degree, she completed the cooperative work experience program through the Centre as a Psychology Intern/Interventionist role starting in 2009. The Centre provided her with the opportunity to work with them while pursuing her master’s degree in education in Applied Behaviour Analysis through Western University and to receive supervision to become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst by 2016. Renai ventured to different work experiences in schools and private practice from 2018 to 2022 but always kept a role and relationship with the Centre during that time. Her passions lie in supporting individuals to increase independence within natural routines and to access their communities in ways they desire. Renai was on the Board of the Alberta Association for Behaviour Analysis from 2017 to 2023 in various positions, including President for 2 years.

Catherine Desmond, M.S., R.Psych, BCBA
Clinical Supervisor

Catherine joined the Centre team again in January 2024, after working there from 2006 to 2014 in various roles. She is a Registered Psychologist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. Catherine received her master’s degree from St. Cloud State University. For the majority of her 18-year career, Catherine has worked exclusively with autistic individuals and their families in school, home, and clinical settings. Her work experiences include developing and delivering individualized supports, school consultation, staff professional development, parent coaching, and assessment. Catherine is the current president of the Alberta Association for Behaviour Analysis after serving in various roles.

Michael Stolte Ph.D, CCC, R. Psych
Senior Clinical Advisor

Michael, an Alberta Registered Psychologist, has been with the Centre since 2006. He holds a PhD in Special Education (University of Alberta, 2017), a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology (Trinity Western University, 2003), and a Bachelor’s 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)

Joanne Fodchuk, MSLP, R.SLP, S-LP(c)
Director of Strategy & Development

Joanne has been with the Centre for Autism Services of Alberta since 2015.  She received her Master of Speech-Language Pathology (S-LP) in 2004 and her Bachelor of Education in 2001 from the University of Alberta; she is a registered S-LP and a certified teacher in Alberta.  Early on in her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Joanne supported children and teens in a variety of settings and developed expertise in the area of early intervention, autism, and other neurodevelopmental conditions.  Later in her career, Joanne developed skills in the areas of leadership, strategy, and development working as Care Manager for Community Speech Language Services with Alberta Health Services and as Director of Therapy Services for an online speech therapy company.  Currently, Joanne is the Director of Strategy and Development.  Joanne also served as President of the Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists for 4 years and has been a member at large on local, provincial, and national boards.

Sharon Randhawa, MSc., BCBA
Director, Quality Assurance and Early Childhood Services

Sharon Randhawa, DSc. Candidate, is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and has been with the Centre since 2016. Since joining the Centre, she has worked in different roles and enjoys supporting multidisciplinary teams. Sharon received her training and master’s degree from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Before joining the Centre, Sharon worked in schools and provided in-home services in the USA and Canada. Sharon has served on the Alberta Association for Behaviour Analysis in various positions. She is passionate about performance management and improvement in service delivery. This has led her to pursue her doctoral degree from Queen’s University in Rehabilitation and Health Leadership. Sharon is researching decision-making experiences in autism services, specifically between culturally and linguistically diverse caregivers and their providers in Alberta.

Marty Lohr, B. Comm, CGA
Director of Finance

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 over 16 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 bachelor’s degree in Special Education.

Anne Beattie, MScOT(c)
Manager of Clinical Program Development

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 Masters in 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.

Ewa Bochinski
Manager, Teen & Adult Services

Ewa has worked for the Centre for Autism Services Alberta since 2004. She graduated with a Masters in Clinical Sciences in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 2000. She started her occupational therapy career in mental health services in Ontario and transitioned to working with Autistic individuals and their families when she began at the Centre. Ewa has worked as an Occupational Therapist with children and families in their homes as well as coordinating and facilitating groups for the Centre. She has been part of many innovative programs and projects while at the Centre including research and implementing program pilots such as EmploymentWorks National Project. Currently, Ewa is the Manager of Teen and Adult Services and is passionate about supporting Autistic adults to thrive, whether they are in pursuit of skills for independence or on their employment journeys.