Gretchen has worked for Radical Minds since August 2018. She has worked with children in a variety of ways including teaching special education for 20 years in Missouri, and later a childcare director in Iowa. Gretchen became an RBT when she relocated to Omaha in 2016. She was certified as a BCaBA in May 2019.
Gretchen was inspired to pursue ABA because it was a wonderful match with all her experiences as a teacher and as a parent of a child on the autism spectrum. She is very grateful to all the therapists who helped her daughter and feels honored to be able to help other families.
On a typical Saturday morning Gretchen is curled up with a cup of coffee and a puzzle book. Gretchen also enjoys cooking foods inspired by several Asian countries. Indian curry is her favorite. Gretchen likes to downhill ski with her husband and spending time with her three grown children on vacation.
Alex Nielsen earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the Winter of 2017. During the Fall of 2018, she started the Applied Behavior Analysis Master’s program. During her graduate training, she worked in the Psychology department as a Behavioral Health Graduate Assistant at UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute. Alex also worked as a member of the school-based behavior team, providing classroom behavior management training and assistance throughout Omaha Public Schools. In May of 2020, Alex graduated with her Master’s degree and obtained her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Alex has worked with children for most of her life. Being raised in a family of five children, Alex started caring for siblings and cousins at a young age. She experienced firsthand the importance of ABA therapy after witnessing her brother, who was diagnosed with Autism at three years old, make immense progress in all areas of his development. After graduating high school and moving to the Omaha area, Alex worked as a toddler teacher for several years, in both a traditional childcare setting as well as a Montessori Preschool.
In her downtime, Alex enjoys hanging out with her husband, three cats, and bearded dragon. She also enjoys watching movies of all genres, listening to crime podcasts, and cross-stitching.