Improving quality of life for the differently abled Children & Adults

Directors

MILDRED PANGILINAN-FLORES – DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL SERVICES: DAY TREATMENT-ADULTS AND TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM, milly.flores@laurensaz.org

Mildred (Milly) Pangilinan-Flores is a certified and licensed Occupational Therapist who received her Occupational Therapy degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2002. Milly immediately began working in Pediatrics at the Children’s Center at Simi Valley Hospital in California where she completed her internship and worked for a year, starting her professional journey in the pediatric world.

In 2003, Milly moved to Arizona and continued working in pediatrics. She has found her true calling in pediatrics and has worked in this setting since. She has worked in private therapy clinics, in schools, and home health.

She has been fortunate to have been mentored personally by the late Lorna Jean King at CCNS on sensory processing disorders and sensory integration. She is also SIPT certified and has taken several courses training her in sensory integration. She is also trained in Handwriting Without Tears, in the Wilbarger Brushing protocol and in creating sensory diets.

Because of her playful nature, Milly has always been drawn to working with children with special needs especially children with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder. She is constantly taking courses to refine her skills as a pediatric occupational therapist so she could best serve her clients and the clients of her team.

Milly has always been passionate about caring for others and in teaching. In 2008, Milly created the occupational therapy internship program for occupational therapy students in the valley to mentor up and coming occupational therapy graduates, turning LIFE into an immediate teaching facility. Milly is presently the fieldwork coordinator for OT, PT, COTA, and PTA students.

In continuing to provide service to both clients and staff, Milly became the supervisor for occupational and physical therapy departments in 2010, uniting these two teams into one. When not at work, Milly spends her time weight training with her husband, reading, running, volunteering at her church, and fine tuning her guitar playing.

APRIL ARIOLA – DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL SERVICES, april.ariola@laurensaz.org                   

April Ariola is an ASHA certified Speech/Language Pathologist who received her Master of Science Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Marquette University in 1993. Following graduation, April moved to Kansas and began providing speech and language services to children from birth to three in the home environment.

In 1996, April moved to Las Vegas, NV where she spent many years working as a school speech language pathologist.  April specialized in providing services in early childhood preschool classrooms and severe learning disabled/speech language specialized classrooms. It was there that April received vast experience collaborating with other disciplines.

Following a move to Arizona in 2004, April worked for 18 months in the private sector. April joined LIFE in October, 2007. Since joining LIFE, April has attended the following courses Verbal Behavior, Get Permission Approach to Sensory Mealtime Challenges and the Sequential Oral Sensory –Approach to Feeding. Following these courses, she has become passionate about providing therapy to children with feeding disorders.

April became one of our two Directors of Clinical Services in 2013. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

BRITTANY PROHASKA – DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SERVICES & ADULT SERVICES/PROGRAMMING, brittany.prohaska@laurensaz.org

Brittany Prohaska is the Director of Community Services and Process Administration. She graduated ASU in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development. Brittany originally began her journey as a community provider soon after she graduated, and was shortly brought to the center to work in the Kinder-Prep Program. In 2012, the Kinder-Prep program transitioned into a Peer Development Program (PDP) and in October of 2012, Brittany became program lead; focusing on clinic habilitation in a group setting.

During Brittany’s time in the PDP classroom, she found her passion working with differently-abled individuals. As a step further, in early 2013, Brittany took this love and started focusing on helping the families within the Community. With dedication and continued devotion, Brittany became the Director of Community Services and Process Administration.

Brittany continues to enjoy working in all aspects with differently-abled individuals; including helping support families with questions and or concerns as well as supporting the center operationally. She continues to help families with successful programming and provider support for the community through our Community Coordinator, Kelly Morales, which is continuing to grow with amazing potential and inspiration.

When Brittany has free-time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

JAMIE NOE - DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICESjamie.noe@laurensaz.org

Jamie Noe started to peruse teaching nearly 6 years ago. She grew up in Montana where she had the opportunity to jump start her teaching career from a multi grade combination classroom to one-on-one special needs classroom. Newly married, looking for more opportunity and a change, mostly in weather, Ms. Jamie and her husband Jeff moved to Arizona late 2011.

While in Montana, Jamie attended Montana State University – Bozeman where she earned Her bachelor’s degree in business management a minored in entrepreneurship. After entering into the work force she decided to go back to school to peruse her master’s degree and teaching certificate in elementary education from Montana State University – Billings. Upon completing her degree and student teaching, Ms. Jamie immediately began to work with kiddos with special needs. She taught in both special education and regular education in Montana.

Ms. Jamie joined a great team in December 2011 and started her new adventure at Lauren’s Institute for Education, LIFE.  During her time at LIFE she has had the privilege to grow in her career and work with many different kiddos, different ages and different disabilities. While teaching a variety of kiddos, she supervises, teaches and trains a team of staff members to continue to move forward together.  She works hard to individualize teaching and cater to each kiddos different learning styles and academic abilities to ensure goals are met.  As she continues to see LIFE expand she is able to grow her professional career at the same time. Ms. Jamie has attended workshops and earned certificates in Brain Gym and Handwriting Without Tears.  She completed applied behavior analysis training and is able to provide habilitation, social habilitation and respite to help kiddos and families meet their goals.

She has taught alongside and been mentored by masters in the education field. She looks forward to meeting your kiddo and continuing her journey with the wonderful LIFE team and community.

LORI KLEINMAN – DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC SERVICES, lori.kleinman@laurensaz.org

Lori Kleinman along with her husband are native to Arizona. She has been married for 24 years and they have three great children. Two of their three children are in college and their youngest is a Junior in high school. She has been very involved with her children by serving as PTO President at their elementary school for a few years along with being team mom for several sporting teams along with serving as the President of the booster club for her boy’s high school football team for several years. Family and church are the center of Lori’s daily life, hobbies and recreation.

Nearly 17 years ago Lori Kleinman began her journey working with children. For nearly 6 years she operated an in home pre-school while two of her own children were in this age group. When her youngest child reached 1st grade she then ended her in home service and went to work within the public school system working in the priority preschool for four years. At this time she was able to go back to school and attend Ottawa University and study Elementary Education. In 2008, she joined the team at Laurens Institute For Education in the Academy as a Lead Teacher. Lori has continued her education by attending workshops and trainings aligned with the programs and curriculum which Laurens Institute For Education – Academy has adopted. These have included: Saxon Math training, Reading Mastery training, Brain Gym certification, Handwriting Without Tears and Get Set For School certifications along with a variety of workshops geared towards all therapy disciplines.

KATHLEEN WALSH – DIRECTOR OF BEHAVIORAL PROGRAMMING AND SUPPORT, kathleen.walsh@laurensaz.org

Kathleen is a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has worked with individuals diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities for the past 17 years. Her career began as a music therapist where she created a successful private practice working alongside Arizona State University as a faculty associate to educate, supervise, and provide internships to students seeking degrees in the fields of music therapy and education.

In 2006 she was approached by the co-founders of Lauren’s Institute For Education to become a co-clinical director for their organization. When the doors opened in August of 2007 the journey began.

The unique perspective she has acquired in serving individuals with developmental disabilities has led to creating a collaborative approach with professionals such as medical providers, teachers, habilitators, physical, music, occupational, and speech therapists.

After a short leave from LIFE to teach as a faculty associate for ASU at the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s college she was welcomed back to develop the Behavior Programming and Support department.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy and a Master’s Degree in Special Education- Autism Emphasis from Arizona State University.

Kathleen has been happily married for 22 years and has two very talented teenagers.  She loves music, children, and animals.  Her hope for the Behavior Programming and Support department is to provide families with the tools that they need to improve the quality of life for their child and their family.

 

 

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