About Us

Melissa Kenyon, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA
Owner, Autism Mom, Behavior Analyst, Special Education Teacher, and Advocate

Melissa Kenyon, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA

Melissa Kenyon is a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) and her area of competency is with children, teens, and young adults with Emotional Behavior Disorders, Autism, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, ODD, Trauma, and other mental health diagnosis. Melissa provides individual and group social/emotional instruction, cognitive behavior therapy, home intervention plans, family/community trainings, and additional behavioral services. Melissa has worked as a middle school self-contained, special education teacher for six years specializing in students with emotional behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorder, mental health, and trauma. She continues her advocacy and passion educating teachers and administrators as a special education facilitator working directly with the district and Juvenile Justice supporting the behavioral and continuing education schools. Melissa has dedicated herself to the University of Nevada Las Vegas since 2004 receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology and counseling (2008), a masters degree in Special Education (2015), and a post masters sequence in Applied Behavior Analysis (2019). Melissa is a mother to two boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has navigated special education, community resources, and therapy services as a parent which has given her a more empathetic and therapeutic approach when assisting parents alike.


Vanessa Haroan, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

President of Operations and Clinical Director

Vanessa Haroan started her experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in March of 2013 and she immediately fell in love with it. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology degree then went straight into her Master’s of Education program. She graduated with her Master’s of Education in Special Education, on the Applied Behavior Analysis track with the intention of continuing to provide high quality services to kiddos in the valley. Vanessa is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Nevada.

Vanessa was born in Indonesia and in addition to English, speaks Bahasa Indonesia. As a Chinese-Indonesian, respecting the cultures of clients’ and their families is a big emphasis in her programming.


Deidre Bowie M.S., BCBA 

Board Certified Behavior Analyst 

Deidre received her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in Family & Consumer Sciences. While doubling as a camp counselor for young children with a variety of developmental disabilities and providing in-home ABA services to children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, she found her passion for working closely with families to ensure the most enriched, safe, and stimulating environment for individuals living with disabilities. Deidre went on to pursue her master’s degree in ABA at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she broadened her experience further by working closely with adolescents and adults in community, and group-home settings, focusing on functional communication, social, and leisure skills. Deidre’s work emphasizes both collaboration and individualized treatment goals for all of her clients. As a BCBA, Deidre hopes to also facilitate a safe place for her clients and their families to feel heard and empowered through personal and shared experiences.

Service Providers and Resources

Speakeasy Therapy Services

Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy

KELLEY CARTER – MS, CCC-SLP, COM™️ (Owner/Executive Driector)


FEAT

Our mission is to provide information on therapies, support services,  and resources for families and individuals impacted with autism spectrum  disorder (ASD) and related disorders. We provide programs, events,  community outreach, support, guidance and opportunities to meet others  with similar needs and concerns.


UNLV Ackerman Autism Center

Mario Gaspar De Alba, M.D., F.A.A.P. Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Phone:702-895-1528
Fax: 702-895-0074
Email:mario.gaspardealba@unlv.edu