About Us

Autism Services of Kansas is comprised of individuals who are passionate about working together to improve the lives of the children and families they serve by using evidence-based interventions, founded on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

We are dedicated to helping children and their families. You can begin to get to know our consultants and experience here.

Melissa Cline M.S. Ed, L-BCBA

Co-Owner of Autism Services of Kansas

Melissa has had a desire to help children with autism throughout her adult life. She has worked with children with autism and other developmental disabilities between the ages of 18 months and 10 years old in all settings (clinical, school, home and community). Melissa has worked as an in home ABA therapist, a clinical ABA therapist, Special Education Teacher for children with a variety of disabilities, a center based Special Education Teacher for children with autism and an Autism Specialist. She continues to pursue her passion of working with young children with autism in the Lawrence area. She works with children and their families in the home, school, and community setting.

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Kansas Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Missouri Behavior Analyst
  • Kansas Autism Specialist
  • Kansas Positive Behavior Support Facilitator
  • Elementary Education Teacher K-6 (Kansas)
  • Adaptive Special Education Teacher K-6 (Kansas)
  • Certified to conduct supervision for BCBAs, BCaBAs and RBTs
  • Advanced Coursework in ABA (University of North Texas)
  • Master’s Degree in Adaptive Special Education with emphasis Autism (University of Kansas)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education (Baker University)

Eileen Madelen M.S. Ed, L-BCBA

Co-Owner of Autism Services of Kansas

While attending graduate school, Eileen began to work with a child with Autism using Applied Behavior Analysis. She has worked with children with autism and other developmental disabilities between the ages of 3 and 15 years old within the home, school, and community settings. Eileen worked for over five years in a Middle School as a Special Education Teacher in a center based classroom from children with autism, an ABA therapist in the home setting and an Autism Specialist. She works as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in the Kansas City Metro area, working with children in the home, school, and community setting.

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Kansas Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Missouri Behavior Analyst
  • Kansas Autism Specialist
  • Elementary Education Teacher preK-9 (Kansas)
  • Adaptive Special Education Teacher preK-12 (Kansas)
  • Certified to conduct supervision for BCBAs, BCaBAs and RBTs
  • Advanced Coursework in ABA (University of North Texas)
  • Master’s Degree in Adaptive Special Education with emphasis Autism (University of Kansas)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education (Kansas State University)
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Megan McCrory

Office Manager

Megan McCrory has been working with ASK since the business began in 2014. She assisted with billing, credentialing and many other aspects in the overall licensing of the business.

In 2016, Megan became the Office Manager, taking on more responsibility within the administrative area.  She handles patient accounts and day to day operations.  Megan is passionate about Autism/ABA field related to billing, insurance, credentialing, and authorization.

Hope Bazille, M.A., L-BCBA

Consultant

Hope worked as a respite care provider prior to attending college and loved spending time with her clients. They built such strong bonds and did so many fun and successful activities together. When she got to college, she randomly took a class called ABA 101. It put a name and strategy to a lot of things she was doing naturally with her respite care clients. Hope knew that she was meant for the ABA field. She started by doing 3 intensive practicums at KU working in early intervention clinics. Since leaving KU, Hope has primarily worked with elementary age students and their staff in public education or alternative education settings. In public education she typically work with students with severe behavioral challenges. Hope loves working in this field and seeing the positive impact that her work and knowledge has on others. It is so rewarding to see a client achieve a new skill or use a replacement behavior instead of a problem behavior. She also loves to hear about how the client’s progress impacts their family as well. Her goal is to have the widest positive impact on others that she can.

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Kansas Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Missouri Behavior Analyst
  • Certified to conduct supervision to RBTs
  • Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavioral Science
  • Bachelor’s degree in Behavior Analysis (University of Kansas)

Lucinda Broady, M.A., L-BCBA

Consultant

Lucinda “Cindy” has always had a drive to work with individuals who need an extra hand to get them to where they want to be.  In high school, she worked one-on-one with individuals in the Special Education classroom to assist them in areas that were difficult for them.  She has worked in an ABA center and group home/community outing center with adults with disabilities.  She then started to work with individuals in their homes conducting one-on-one ABA therapy.  She currently works with children whose ages range from 3 to 12 conducting in home therapy, community outings, and assistance in a school setting.  

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Kansas Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Missouri Behavior Analyst
  • Kansas Autism Specialist
  • Certified to conduct supervision to RBTs
  • Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science (Ball State University)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Behavior Analysis (University of Kansas)

Samantha Nott M.S. ABA, BCBA, LBA

Consultant

Samantha stumbled into Applied Behavior Analysis when an advisor at the University of Kansas suggested she get a minor in ABS. What followed was a change in major (BGS in Applied Behavioral Science) with a psychology minor, focusing on early childhood education and intervention.  It was while conducting practicum at KU in both the Little Steps and Kansas Early Autism Program (KEAP) classrooms where her passion for early intervention began.  Following graduation from KU (2015), Samantha began graduate work in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  While completing her master’s degree, Samantha worked as a Registered Behavior Technician.  Samantha received her M.S. in December 2017, followed by her BCBA certification in February 2018.  Since receiving her BCBA, she has worked with children aged 18 months – 13 years in clinic, school, and in-home settings. 

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Kansas Licensed Behavior Analyst
  • Missouri Licensed Behavior Analyst
  • Certified to provide supervision to RBTs and BCaBAs seeking certification hours

Sara Quick, M.S. Ed.

Consultant

Sara has always had a passion for helping others. In high school she found her joy of working with children with autism. Sara has 18 years of experience working with individuals with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities in the home, community, and clinical setting. She started as an ABA therapist and along the way gained experience as a case manager, autism specialist, PBS facilitator, clinical director, research assistant, and training specialist. She is currently working on completing her BCBA certification. Sara has a master’s degree from the University of Kansas in Education. She is excited to continue to pursue her passion of helping children with autism.

  • Kansas Autism Specialist
  • Kansas Positive Behavior Support Facilitator

Abbey Vieux-Revell, M.S., L-BCBA

Consultant

Abbey is a life long learner and enjoys working directly with her students and making a connection with them.  She has had experience working with wide age range of students (kindergarten to ninth grade) with a variety of disabilities. Her 9 out of 16 years of experience has been specific to autism.
Her work in ABA has introduced her to preschool students and it has been a great experience.
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Kansas Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Missouri Behavior Analyst
  • Kansas Autism Specialist
  • Certified to teach K-9 Special Education
  • Certified to conduct supervision to RBTs
  • Master’s degree in Special Education with emphasis in Autism (University of Kansas)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education (Emporia State University)

Janelle Tanking, M.A., L-BCBA

Consultant

Janelle began working as a respite care provider for children with autism when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Kansas. After gaining 1000 hours of experience, she transitioned to an Intensive Individual Support Provider and then a Registered Behavior Technician. After graduating from college with a degree in both Biology and Speech, Language, & Hearing, Janelle knew that she wanted to continue her work in behavior analysis and earned a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism. She has experience working with children from 2-12 years of age in the home, school, and community setting. She has received her BCBA certification, is a Kansas Autism Specialist, and also a licensed Kansas Behavior Analyst. Janelle is passionate about her work and is excited to use her many years of experience to continue helping children with autism.

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Kansas Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Missouri Behavior Analyst
  • Kansas Autism Specialist
  • Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science (Ball State University)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, & Hearing  (University of Kansas)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology  (University of Kansas)
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Arieanna Alvarado, BA

Registered Behavior Technician

Arieanna graduated from University of Kansas – Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Human Sexuality.  She is currently working towards a Masters of Arts in Psychology at the University of Saint Mary.  Arieanna’s favorite part of her job is knowing that she is making a positive difference everyday, whether it be big or small. Her ultimate dream is to create a school specifically designed for people with developmental disabilities. The end goal is to get a higher percentage of this population into some sort of college to follow their dreams! During her time working at Camp Wilton, she heard many stories from my older campers about how they wish someone believed in them, pushed them to “be something”, and how many people just gave up on them throughout their lives.  She learned that she wants to be the person that helps them on their journey to reach their full potential. She is so loves being one of our kids biggest fans.

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Katelyn Ashton, BS

Registered Behavior Technician

Katelyn had the pleasure of spending many years of her life around children diagnosed with Autism. Her high school years were spent being a caregiver for her younger cousin, sparking her love for applied behavior analysis. She graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with her Bachelors in Psychology. Katelyn has worked with children ages 2-12 in home and community based setting, as well as private educational setting.  One of her favorite parts of this job is showing up to a clients house and being greeted by a smiling kid who’s excited to spend some time with her! Another part she loves is seeing/being told one of her clients has mastered a goal and is maintaining a new skill we’ve been working towards

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Shirley Bauman

Registered Behavior Technician

Shirley is thrilled to be a part of the ASK team as a RBT. She has a total of 29 years working with children ranging in ages from Pre-K to 21 years. Shirley recently started my 13th year in special education with a local school district. She is a dedicated teacher who enjoys seeing growth in my students. Shirley wants the very best for every student that  she comes in contact with and is so excited to be on this journey with everyone.

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Courtney Farmwald, M.S. Ed.

Intensive Individual Support Provider

Courtney graduated from Baker University with her degree in Education and Psychology.  She attended Washburn University and earned her Masters in Clinical Social Work and certification in special ed and early childhood education.  She has experience working in home based/community setting and public educational setting with preschool through early elementary age children.   Courtney enjoys watching kids skills grow! In addition to working with Autism Services of Kansas she teaches in a pubic preschool.

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Alexandra Fultz, BGS

Registered Behavior Technician

Alexandra “Alex” has worked with children ages from 2-10 years in a variety of settings (home, preschool, summer camps, autism center).  She graduated with a degree in Applied Behavioral Science from the University of Kansas. Alex is going back to school for Speech Pathology.  Her favorite part of her job is when a child masters a target that has been particularly difficult for him/her to achieve and both her and the child are so excited celebrating that it’s like they’re having their own little party just for them.

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Claire Gordon, BS

Registered Behavior Technician

Claire attended Emporia State University and earned her Bachelors of Science degree in psychology.  She has experience working with children ages 2-9 years old in the home and private educational setting.  Claire enjoys building a relationship with each child and watching them grow as they acquire new skills.

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Gina Holmes, BS

Registered Behavior Technician

Gina graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocal Music Education.  She has always found her greatest joy in working with children and young adults.  When Gina returned back into the public education setting after several years in “Corporate America”, she had strong a desire to work with, and was so eager to learn about students diagnosed with Autism.  In the public school setting,  Gina had the opportunity to work with students, ages 3-18, but primarily worked with students with the highest and most severe behavioral challenges, either in a Center Based Resource or an inclusive classroom setting. The Community Based Instruction outings and the Alternative Workshop Experiences for high school students had such an impact on Gina.  It was there that she could so many times, actually see their confidence levels rise, and skills being mastered.  The big smiles of accomplishment on some of their faces was truly amazing!
At Autism Service of Kansas, Gina has been able to work with children, ages 2-13, in their home environment setting, or in a classroom setting. She loves seeing the smiles and the wonderful expressions of, “YES, I DID IT!!” on their faces, after they’ve mastered a particular skill/task.  Gina truly loves what she does, and continually embraces her opportunities to learn;  Everyday is a new opportunity for both provider and child.
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Jennifer Hull M.S. Ed

Autism Specialist/Registered Behavior Technician

Jennifer “Jenn” is an early childhood special educator who graduate from the University of Kansas with a BGS in Human Development and Family Life, with a minor in Special Education. She earned her MS in Education, with a special education emphasis in autism.  Jenn has worked in the educational setting with students with autism since 2004, in the home and community setting for 10 years. She has had experience working with children ranging in age from 3-17 year old.  In the educational setting she has experience as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Early Childhood Autism, Kindergarten, Class within a Class and Integrated Pre-K Teacher.  Jenn most likes the “light bulb” moment when everything connects and knowing how greatly these skills acquired can make an impact in the lives of others.

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Kendra Lind, AA

Registered Behavior Technician

Kendra gradated with an Associates of Arts degree from Allen County Community College.  She is attending Fort Hays State University pursuing her degree in Child Development.  Kendra has worked as a registered behavior technician for the past two years with children ages 5-15 years old.  She loves having a unique relationship with each child she works with and experiencing the moment when a skill “clicks”.

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Ashley Raymer

Registered Behavior Technician

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Ambria Steinberger, M.S.

Registered Behavior Technician

Ambria graduated from Ball State with her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has experience working with children ages 2 to 13 years old.  She likes to seeing a child learn something new that opens their world up a bit more and that they’re excited about. In her free time she loves reading, walking her rescue boxer mix dog named Margot and getting ready to marry her best friend Braden on 12/30/19!

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Misty Thakker, BGS

Registered Behavior Technician

Misty graduated from Fort Hays State University with her Bachelor’s in General Studies with a concentration in early childhood education and a minor is psychology.  She is interested in pursing her BCaBA in the near future.  Misty has worked as an RBT for the past four years in a variety of settings. She has experience working in home/based community settings, public and private sectors, as well as a center.  Misty loves working with children and families.  Her favorite part of her job is watching children make progress over time while receive ABA.  She enjoys watching a client generalize skills to a novel environment and develop language. One of the best parts of her job is the positive interactions with parents who are grateful for the services that are provided.  Misty can’t think of a better field to be in!

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Carla Valenzuela, BA

Registered Behavior Technician

Carla has experience working in home/based community settings, public and private educational settings with children ages 1-10. She earned her B.A. degrees in Psychology & Spanish from The University of Kansas and is pursing a degree in secondary education.  Carla’s favorite part of her job is watching kids learn and be able to better understand and participate into a variety of environments.  She states she thinks the more education one gets in any subject matter, the better life gets.