Randy Bomer is the Dean of the College of Education at The University of North Texas. Prior to arriving at UNT, he was chair of two departments and was the Charles H. Spence Centennial Professor of Education at The University of Texas at Austin, where he taught for 16 years. Before that, he was also on the faculty of Indiana University and Queens College of the City University of New York and, for five years, was the co-director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University in New York City.
He is a former president of the National Council of Teachers of English and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Literacy Research Association. He has been a recipient of the Edward Fry Book Award from the Literacy Research Association and was named an Outstanding Elementary Educator by the National Council of Teachers of English, along with various awards from universities where he has taught.
Dr. Bomer’s research is about the strengths, resources and knowledge that students bring with them to school, literacy curricula that build upon those strengths, and policies and perspectives that do or do not support teachers’ recognition of students’ existing understandings and capabilities.
He holds a Ph.D. in English Education from Columbia University and is the author of four books and many articles in academic and professional journals. Formerly a middle and high school teacher, he has consulted with urban school districts across the U.S. As dean of the UNT College of Education, Dr. Bomer supports approximately 200 faculty and staff members and 5,000 students in one of the largest colleges of education in Texas.
Samantha Bergmann is an Assistant Professor of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. She provides behavioral intervention services for children with autism at the Kristin Farmer Autism Center and specializes in the treatment of early language acquisition, pre-academic skills, social skills, and activities of daily living.
Dr. Kimberlee Flatt is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has 20+ years supporting individuals and families impacted by Autism. Dr. Flatt specializes in the treatment of behaviors associated with High-Functioning Autism including social skills and repetitive behaviors. While at KFAC, she and her team support adolescents and adults with ASD towards increased independence and successful transitions to post-secondary life.
Natalee Foster joined the KFAC team in January 2020. She has had over 3 years of experience working with children in educational and clinical settings. Natalee received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas in August 2021 and will begin her Master’s in Behavior Analysis in the fall of 2022.
Mark Glicer earned his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Geology from Texas A&M University in 1989. Following graduation, he began a 30-year career in the environmental field where he was able to gain extensive experience in management, human resource coordination, personnel development, as well as dynamic team scheduling. Mark and his wife have 3 adult sons, the youngest of whom is on the autism spectrum which has provided first-hand experience of the challenges individuals with autism and their families face as they navigate available services and the unique challenges associated with an autism diagnosis. This personal connection to ASD led Mark to embark on a shift in his career path, using his skills to benefit other caregivers of individuals on the spectrum. Mark joined the KFAC administrative team in October of 2021 where he will oversee all human resource functions as well as management of staff and client scheduling.
Lindsey joined the KFAC team in June 2015 as a Behavior Technician and has served in many clinical roles through the years. She received her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of North Texas (2015), her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Ball State University (2019), and earned her Board Certified Behavior Analyst credential in 2020. She specializes in the implementation of behavior analytic programming for children and adolescents in the clinic and the community in training families to implement programming in the home.
Juli Johnston has a master’s degree in Special Education and, in 2016, retired from a career working in school districts for more than 35 years. She spent most of those years teaching students of all ages and abilities in various special education programs.
The last 10 of her years in Lewisville Independent School District, she worked as a behavior specialist, program specialist, mentor and teacher trainer. In those roles, she supported teachers and administrators with expertise in the areas of positive behavior supports, implementing curriculum with fidelity, and evidence-based instructional practices both in inclusive settings and in self-contained classrooms.
Since 2016, Juli has served as an Adjunct at UNT teaching classes and supervising clinical teachers during their 14-week practicum. Autism Spectrum disorders has long been a focused area of passion and expertise.
Jo Monahan supports the information needs of the faculty and students of the College of Education, provides individual or group training on information resources, and supports grant writing efforts within the college.
Setareh “Star” Moslemi received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from University of Texas at Dallas in 2013; later receiving a Master’s degree in Special Education, behavior analysis emphasis, from Texas Tech University in 2015. Ms. Moslemi’s journey of working with individuals with autism started with an internship during her Master’s program, and her passion for working with this population has not stopped growing. She received her certification in 2016 and worked as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in an autism clinic for two years where she provided client case management, staff training, supervision, and mentorship to students seeking board certification, as well as newly certified BCBAs. During her second year as a BCBA, Star was promoted to Director of Research and Training, expanding her responsibilities to include staff training and supervision. These experiences, combined with her enthusiasm and passion for the field, have led her to continue her education at the University of North Texas as a candidate in the Behavior Analysis Doctoral program. In addition to working on her dissertation, ‘Increasing caregivers' knowledge and skills on behavior analytic strategies through an audio-only training program’, Star joined the Kristin Farmer Autism Center team as a BCBA in June 2022. When she isn’t studying or working, Star enjoys drawing, painting, and playing Piano!
"Susie" Nichols has been a member of the KFAC executive team, providing clinical leadership, since the center opened in 2012. In addition to establishing clinical standards and overseeing all direct service staff and client programming, Dr. Nichols oversees all KFAC operations, writes grants and participates in research at the center.
Dr. Nichols has more than 20 years of experience in the field of autism intervention. She has worked as a self-contained special education teacher and interventionist in local school districts. Susie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has served children with autism in both home and center-based programs. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Texas Woman's University and her Master's and PhD, from the University of North Texas, in the area of Special Education/Autism Intervention. Dr. Nichols is a member of several professional organizations and has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the department of Special Education at UNT.
Michael Siller, PhD, is a developmental psychologist studying how children with autism develop and learn. He is particularly interested in learning that occurs in familiar daily routines and natural environments. His research includes descriptive longitudinal studies to understand developmental mechanisms, intervention trials to determine efficacy, and implementation science to make evidence-based practices accessible to providers in the community. Dr. Siller published the first pair of longitudinal studies to show that responsive parental behaviors reliably predict the long-term (16-year) language gains in autistic children. He also completed two clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of Focused Playtime Intervention, a parent-coaching intervention aligned with the Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention (NDBI) framework. Further, Dr. Siller co-founded an inclusive, university-affiliated laboratory preschool focused on autism and developed professional development programs for community-based preschool teachers. As the Executive Director of the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center, Dr. Siller strives to integrate clinical and educational services, and aims to support the implementation of evidence-based practices in community settings. He envisions a world in which children with or at increased likelihood for autism can access interventions promptly and transition seamlessly between intense clinician-delivered interventions, inclusive educational settings, and supportive learning environments at home and in the community. Dr. Siller’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and numerous private foundations (e.g., Autism Speaks, The Far Fund, The Marcus Foundation). Dr. Siller co-edited the Springer Handbook of Parent Implemented Interventions for Very Young Children with Autism, and his articles have been published in leading journals.
Joy joined the Kristin Farmer Autism Center in August 2015. She received her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of North Texas and plans to pursue a Master's degree as well. Joy has four years of experience working with children with autism in a clinical setting.
Karen Toussaint is an Assistant Professor of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. Toussaint received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Louisiana State University and completed a postdoctoral research appointment at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute. She provides behavioral intervention services for children with autism at the Kristin Farmer Autism Center and specializes in the treatment of severe behavior disorders and early language acquisition.
While at the Kristin Farmer Autism Center, she also conducts research evaluations related to improving clinical outcomes. Her research can be found in journals such as the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice.
Andrea Weertman joined the Kristin Farmer Autism Center in June 2019, where she serves as the Insurance and Billing Specialist for the Center. She brings a wealth of talent and experience to our KFAC family, including certification as a Nationally Registered Certified Coding Specialist from the College for Health Care Professions in Fort Worth. Andrea works with our families, insurance companies and other entities involved in the billing and payment of therapeutic services at the KFAC. She and her husband, Allen, have three sons.
Sue Young finished a bachelor’s degree at TCU while working full-time for the Neeley School of Business, and after graduating as a TCU Development Officer. She started working at UNT in 1998, and has worked for the North Texas Community College Consortium, the Faculty Senate, the Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education, and currently for the KHPR Dept.
Sue endowed the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally Scholarship here at UNT, and was among the core group that started the UNT Ally Program, which later paved the way for the UNT Pride Alliance, a gender & sexuality resource center and a safe space for all. Sue has served as a UNT Staff Senate Executive Officer, has won multiple university diversity & volunteer awards, the UNT Staff Excellence Award, and is a member of the UNT President’s Council.