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Meet the Staff


Dr. Sally Burton-Hoyle

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Sally Burton-Hoyle, sister to a person on the autism spectrum, served on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) at the federal level, and has focused her life and career on improving the education and lives of people with autism and other challenging behaviors. Dr. Burton-Hoyle was Executive Director of the Autism Society of Michigan from 1994-2006 prior to coming to her current position at Eastern Michigan University.  At her current position, she developed both the undergraduate program and the Masters of Autism Spectrum Disorders Program at Eastern, and currently is the Faculty Liaison for the College Supports Program for students with autism. She has been facilitating person-centered plans since 1985, and has trained mental health agencies and direct care staff in several states in this process.

Dr. Burton-Hoyle holds a doctorate in counseling psychology and special education from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Kansas.


Callie Boik-Merkel, M.A. LLMSW

Program Coordinator

Callie Boik received a Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences while attending Northern Michigan University and competing on an NCAA athletic scholarship on the women's Track and Field team. After receiving a Bachelor of Science from NMU, Callie continued her education at the University of Colorado where she found her interest and passion in the area of autism while providing speech and language therapy.

Callie holds a double masters degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Social Work from Eastern Michigan University, and is the Director of the College Supports Program. 


Amy Waddell

Academic Support Coach

Amy Waddell graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is currently working on her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at EMU. Amy’s background is in working with adults with special needs, and she served as a mentor with the College Supports Program for two years before becoming an Academic Support Specialist.

Jessica Miles

Jessica Miles received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Biology from Eastern Michigan University. Before becoming an Academic Support Coach, Jessica worked as a Study Tables Supervisor at the College Supports Program in addition to serving as the Inclusion Specialist at the Ann Arbor YMCA. Jessica intends to pursue a doctorate in Occupational Therapy and promote successful transitions to independence for young adults with Autism.

Hollie Arnett M.A.

Academic Support Coach


Hollie Arnett received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a major course of study in Mathematics and a minor in Physics from the Eastern Michigan University. She spent several years teaching high school Algebra and Physics while coaching the Girls JV soccer team and the Science Olympiad team. After her youngest started school, Hollie pursued a masters degree in Learning Disabilities with an Autism Spectrum Disorders endorsement.

Hollie holds a masters degree in Learning Disabilities with an ASD endorsement from Eastern Michigan University and is an Academic Support Coach for the College Supports Program.

Amy Geiger

Academic Support Coach


Amy Geiger Maes received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, minoring in Math and Social Studies, while attending Michigan State University.  After receiving her degree from MSU, Amy took time off to raise her 3 children.  After returning to work as an elementary school paraprofessional working with students with autism she discovered her passion and niche.  She is now nearing the end of her program to acquire her Masters of Arts Degree in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Eastern Michigan University.