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.

Kenna Cruz

Office Assistant

 

Kenna supports and helps manage the day-to-day operations in the office. She moved from Texas to Kansas in 2012 and eventually got a Bachelor’s degree from K-State in Human Development and Family Science, with a secondary major in Gerontology. Kenna has several family members with ASD and loves to help others and make a difference in any way she can. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and their 95 pound pitbull rescue.

Tamara Shepard

Master Scheduler

 

Tamara attended Avila University, where she earned her bachelor’s in English. Since graduation, she’s worked as an administrative assistant in accounting firms until joining the ASK team where she’ll be making all of the schedules! She is thrilled to begin helping ASK’s clients get the help they need to be successful adults. 

When not working, she spends her time crafting. She mostly makes nerdy/video game themed cross stitch and embroidery but also enjoys making various things with her Cricut, playing video games and thrift shopping with her husband (and their reluctant son).

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)
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Brittaney Krug, M.S. Ed.

Consultant

Brittaney’s love a passion to help children with Autism began when she became a special education teacher. Brittaney worked as a special education teacher in a specialized program supporting children with Autism for 7 years before deciding to make the change from the school district to in-home. Brittaney has worked with children ranging in ages 3 years to 12 years old. After leaving the school district Brittaney pursued a career in ABA as an Autism Specialist. She loves what she does and looks forward to continuing to support children with Autism. 

  • Kansas Autism Specialist 
  • Certified to conduct supervision to RBTs 
  • Kansas Elementary Education Teacher k-6 
  • Kansas Adaptive Special Education prk-12
  • Missouri Elementary Education 1st – 6th
  • Missouri Mild/Mod Cross categorical disabilities k-12
  • Maser’s degree in ABA (Arizona State University)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Elementary education (Missouri Western State University)
  • Endorsement in Cross-Categorical disabilities (Missouri Western State University)
  • Endorsement in Special Reading (Missouri Western State University)

Samantha Nott, M.S. ABA, L-BCBA

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
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Carrie Proffitt, M.S.

Consultant

Carrie’s passion for working with special needs started when she was a teenager and grew when her son was diagnosed with Autism. Carrie knew there was a gap in providers in her area for Autism services when trying to locate help for her family. This drove her to obtain her Autism Specialist and Intensive Individual Support (IIS) certifications to provide services for Autism Waiver recipients locally for a few years. During this time she also worked fulltime as the Assistant Director of a vocational support organization for adults with disabilities. Carrie has worked for the Home and Community Based Waiver Programs with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services and Kansas Medicaid assisting members on the Autism Waiver and Intellectual and Developmentally Disabled Waiver. Carrie has also been a foster parent for almost 20 years and has been blessed to have had over 30 foster children in her life. Her passion to help people brought her to Autism Services of Kansas. Once again knowing the deficits in her area she made the decision to go back to working to help local families. She is excited to build relationships and help each child develop and learn new skills.

  • Kansas Autism Specialist
  • Intensive Individual Support Specialist
  • Kansas Substitute Teacher License Prk-12
  • National Certificate of Achievement in Employment Services (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • Supported Employment Certificate (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • Bachelors of Science in Human Services/Management (University of Phoenix)
  • Masters of Science in Psychology (University of Phoenix)
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Ambria Steinberger, M.S. L-BCBA

Consultant

Ambria grew up in Indianapolis and moved to Kansas City in 2019 for some new scenery and an adventure with her sister. She has a passion for working with children in a one on one therapy setting which ultimately is what led her to ABA in 2016. Ambria worked in a clinic setting with children with Autism or other developmental disabilities aged 2-13 for 2 years in Indiana and her desire to go to school and become a BCBA grew from there. Since then she’s worked in school, in-home and clinic settings. She loves working with parents to help make their lives a little bit easier, working one on one helping therapy providers and working directly with clients. They all teach her something new everyday! Ambria loves to collaborate with others and strives to serve others. Her bachelor’s is in journalism and a fun side job is being able to blog about ABA. In her free time she enjoys eating out at new local restaurants with her husband, Braden, eating popcorn and snuggling her dog, Margot, or having a girl’s night with her sister.

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
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Arianna Alvarado, M.A.

Autism Specialist/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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Kathryn Bracale

Intensive Individual Support Provider

Kathryn was raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She knew at a young age that she wanted a career that involved working with children. Kathryn is looking forward to making a positive impact on the families and children.

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Carley Bradshaw

Registered Behavior Technician

Carley has experience working in special education K-5th grade. The love for helping kids grow started at the public schools in Lawrence, Ks. Pursing a Bachelors in Behavior Sciences with the hopes of continuing her education beyond that. Her favorite part about working with kids is watching the growth over time progress, until it’s time for their new chapter in life.

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Akema Brown

Registered Behavior Technician

Akema has experience working with children in an educational setting from ages 3-18 years. She loves the rewards of seeing the student learn new skills and the relationships you can build with the child and their families. She enjoys working in the home setting that gives more background on the client she is working with, and likes that if parents have questions it gives her a chance to explain why a program is run a certain way. Akema is pursuing her education licensing and has attended Wichita State University. Some of her hobbies include reading and volleyball, and she is a devoted football mom. She has three boys, one graduated and two still in high school.

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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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Celeste Gordon

Registered Behavior Technician

Celeste is currently a student at the University of Kansas, working towards a degree in psychology. She has worked with kids for 5 years and absolutely loves it. Working with kids with autism is an exciting new experience. Celeste is excited to see the kids grow and learn through their progress and have a positive affect in their life.

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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 recently went back to school to pursue her BCaBa. Claire has experience working with children ages 2-9 years old in the home and private educational setting.  She enjoys building a relationship with each child and watching them grow as they acquire new skills.

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Trina Greenwood

Intensive Individual Support Provider

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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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Brittaney Kershaw

Intensive Individual Support Provider

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Gillian Marcum

Intensive Individual Support Provider

Gillian always had a passion working with kids with special needs ever since her younger sister Willow was born with Down Syndrome. Since then she has volunteered at many different activities with kids with special needs. Gillian has experience working with kids 0-12. She has been a Swim Instructor for almost 4 years and has gotten a lot of experience working with kids with all different disabilities. Gillian just graduated High School and is attending Park University and studying elementary education and her plan is to eventually get her Masters in Special Education!

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Melissa Ostenton

Intensive Individual Support Provider

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Sarah Stevens

Registered Behavior Technician

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Kaylyn Stout, B.S.

Registered Behavior Technician

Kaylyn has always loved working with children, even from a young age. She graduated from Baker University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and went on to teach first grade for 6 years. She received my Master’s certification in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Pittsburg State University and had the opportunity to teach in a self-contained Autism classroom. Kaylyn is excited to start her new adventure as an RBT and hope to work towards furthering my career in Autism services.

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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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Chloe Trecek

Intensive Individual Support Provider

Chloe has been working with kids on the autism spectrum for over 5 years. She has worked with kids aged 3-18 years and has experience working in schools, psychiatric treatment, and in the home. She hopes to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology by 2023. Seeing a child’s growth is what she enjoys most about her position with Autism Services of Kansas. In her free time Chloe loves to read, watch anime, and enjoys karaoke

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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.

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Libbie Vogelsberg

Individual Intensive Support Provider

Libbie attended Washburn University and received a bachelor’s of psychology in 2018. She has some experience working with children with severe emotional disorders. She decided to give working with kids with autism a try after working in a warehouse for a year. She thought it was time for something a little more challenging and meaningful. She enjoys working with kids with challenges for the breakthrough moments. Watching a kid finally reach a goal for the first time or finally enjoy interacting with the people around them is a truly unique experience.