Meet Our Team

OUR TEAM

We’d be nothing without our team of amazing people. Get to know us a little bit better below…

Jim Matthews
Jim Matthews
Executive Director

Jim Matthews holds four Bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Irvine and two Masters degrees in Educational Psychology and School Psychology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. Jim is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Throughout his two decades of working in ABA, he has worked with thousands of children and families both in schools and in private practice. Jim lives in Spokane with his wife and two children. Professionally, Jim has dedicated his life to helping all people with disabilities. He is deeply passionate about helping people who are most in need during the time when they most need it. He feels strongly that ABA can confer meaningful lifelong skills that both enrich and enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

Lauren Mitzel
Lauren Mitzel
Clinical Director

Lauren Mitzel (Worcester) earned her Masters degree in Special Education at Gonzaga University. She then took some time to travel around the world with a volunteer based organization named Up with People, before returning back to Gonzaga as an Adjunct Professor. Lauren became a Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) in 2014. Lauren has enjoyed having the opportunity to work with children in an intensive clinic setting, in schools, and in homes. She enjoys using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to break through to the uniqueness of each child she works with. Lauren lives in Coeur D’Alene with her husband where she enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with friends and family.

Colleen Meyers
Colleen Meyers
Clinical Director

Colleen Meyers attended Gonzaga University to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. While attending school, she worked as a behavior technician and developed her passion for working with children with disabilities, both in clinical and in-home settings. She then became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and continued to have the privilege to serve many more clients. Colleen has lived in Spokane since starting college, and moved to Idaho recently to begin working as a Clinical Director for SOAR. She enjoys weekends at home with her family watching football or days spent out on the lake. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with many families to enhance their lives with ABA therapy.

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