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.

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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)
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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 2 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 for 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. Eileen currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Golden Scoop. She has 3 kids of her own and enjoys cheering on the K-State Wildcats in her free time.

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

Katelyn Aldrich, BS

Office Assistant

Katelyn graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University – Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Sociology. Katelyn’s interest in working with children with autism started in high school. She spent many days with her younger cousin who was diagnosed with autism and in a program at school spending time with those who had developmental disabilities. Over the years she has gained experience with children ages Newborn to 15, in the home, community and school settings. Katelyn has been with Autism Services of Kansas since 2017. Her favorite part is seeing her kiddos excel at skills they have been working hard towards gaining. After having her daughter in January 2023 she took a step back from working as a RBT and began helping in the office.

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Emily Besser

Operations Manager

Emily started her career with children in the school districts in an Autism program. She there discovered ABA, became a Registered Behavior Technician and loved this field. She has worked with clients ages 2 to 21 in school and clinic settings. Emily currently has shifted to being our Operations Manager in our Kansas City office. She is looking forward to providing the best support she can for our company and providers. Emily is originally from Colorado and she loves being outdoors with her two huskies.

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Terri Long

Insurance and Authorization Specialist

Terri has 20 years’ experience working in public schools working in many different roles. She spent time as a secretary, paraprofessional, nurse’s aide, receptionist, and lunch lady. Terri enjoyed all her roles within the public-school system! She has worked with kids of all ages in the school, community and home setting. Terri has a 24-year old son diagnosed with POL III Leukodystrophy. He is not able to walk or talk but understands most things. Terri also has experience with transition services into adulthood. She enjoys sharing her personal experiences with parents and staff members and assisting her co-workers to help them be successful. Her hobbies include spending time with her 3 sons and playing with her golden retriever. She’s also George Strait’s biggest fan!

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Kylie Fleer, M.S., L-BCBA

Consultant

Kylie moved back home to Southeast Kansas after getting her bachelor’s and master’s from KU and working in Kansas City for eight years. While in Kansas City she worked as an autism classroom teacher before transitioning to being the autism consultant for the Basehor-Linwood school district. While working in the school setting, she also provided in-home services. After spending a few years with her children, she is excited to be able to provide ABA services to her home area through Autism Services of Kansas.

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Kansas Licensed Behavior Analyst
  • Certified to provide supervision to RBTs and BCaBAs seeking certification hours
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education (University of Kansas)
  • Master’s Degree in Adaptive Special Education with emphasis Autism (University of Kansas)
  • Kansas Autism Specialist
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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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Sara Quick, M.S. L-BCBA

Consultant

Sara became interested in working with children, specifically children with Autism in high school when she had a early childhood education practicum opportunity. Her younger brother also has an Autism diagnosis, fueling her passion even more. Sara has 20 plus years of experience working with children ages 1 to 20, in many settings including: home, community, educational and mental health. Sara is looking forward to helping children reach their potential and their families feel a sense of success regarding their children.

Positive Behavior Support Facilitator, BCBA

Masters in Education, University of Kansas

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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)
Kelsee Wright

Kelsee Wright, M.A. L-BCBA

Consultant

Kelsee attended Ball State University, where she played volleyball as well as became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst. She decided one day to take the leap into a RBT position not knowing what to expect, within that job she found her passion of connecting with kids and creating new and fun ways to create meaningful and lasting behavior change. This was just the beginning of Kelsee’s career in ABA, that led her to pursue higher education in the field. She has experience in center, home, community and school settings with clients ranging from 18 months to 19 years old. Kelsee has great time while at work, she looks forward to the giggles from clients every day. She loves working on communication and language skills because of the quality of life impact for her clients and their caregivers.

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Arieanna 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 loves being one of our kids biggest fans.

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Claire Gordon, BS

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

Claire attended Emporia State University and earned her Bachelors of Science degree in psychology.  After working for a few years as a Registered Behavior Technician, Claire decided to complete her coursework to obtain her BCaBA.  She has experience working with children ages 2-11 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

  • Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst
  • Kansas Autism Specialist
  • Coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis (Florida Institute of Technology)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Emporia State University)
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Kathryn Bracale, BS

Registered Behavior Technician

Kathryn attended Park University, where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Social Psychology degree. She has always wanted to work with children, when she was introduced to working with children on the spectrum she quickly knew it was the perfect fit for her! She has experience in the home and educational settings with kids ages 2 to 10. Kathryn enjoys getting to meet new clients and growing a bond with them as they begin working together! She is CPR and CPI certified. Outside of working, Kathryn loves to travel and is a big fan of the KC Chiefs as well as Sporting KC!

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Carley Bradshaw, BS

Registered Behavior Technician

Carley has her bachelors in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has experience working in special education K-5th grade. The love for helping kids grow started at the public schools in Lawrence, Kansas. Carley has experience in home and school settings, collaborating with parents and teachers with many kids throughout the years. She has a love for helping others, which shines through in this career path. Carley enjoys traveling and hiking!

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Virginia De La Rosa

Registered Behavior Technician

Virginia has always enjoyed working with children and the field of ABA. She has experience with children ages 2-5 in clinic, non-profit and shelter settings. Virginia is looking forward to having an opportunity to see her clients grow and acquire new skills. She is originally from Mexico and has lived in Topeka since she was 5 years old.

Allison Duncan

Allison Duncan, BA

Registered Behavior Technician

Allison found her interest in working with children on the spectrum during her undergrad studies. She is looking forward to learning more about ABA and spending time working with kids. Allison has her M.S.E in Health and Wellness Psychology from the University of Kansas. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports, spending time with family and traveling.

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Kimberly Garcia-Flores

Intensive Individual Support Provider

Kimberly has always felt a love work working with children with special needs and feels very passionate about doing so. She has experience with children ages 1 to 6 in educational settings as a teacher aide as well experience being a gymnastics coach with children of varying abilities. Kimberly is looking forward to building strong connections with clients and helping them acquire new skills while reaching their full potential. Outside of work, she enjoys working out, going on walks and spending time with family, especially her nephews. Kimberly is a first generation college student with parents who immigrated from El Salvador!

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Marisa Glenn, BS

Registered Behavior Technician

Marisa found her passion for working with children on the spectrum during a practicum course in college, where she saw what a difference ABA services can make. She has experience in school, home and community settings with children ages 3 to 10 years old. Marisa looks forward to making a difference while implementing ABA services and playing a part in helping a client grow and reach goals. Outside of work, Marisa loves to spend time with her husband, two children and family dog.

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Celeste Gordon, BS

Registered Behavior Technician

Celeste graduated from the University of Kansas, with a degree is 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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Leslie Griffin, BA

Registered Behavior Technician

Leslie became interested in working with children with autism after her oldest son was diagnosed with ASD and an Expressive/Receptive Language Disorder and witnessing ABA therapy firsthand.  She has experience working in both the home and community settings with children up to 6 years old.  Leslie obtained her B.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a Minor in English from the University of Kansas.  She is looking forward to working with children and their families to encourage skill acquisition.  In her free time, Leslie enjoys spending time with her two sons, reading, writing, gardening, raising chickens, and gaming.

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Allisa Helms

Registered Behavior Technician

Allisa’s passion for working with children comes from her desire to make a difference. She has experience in the home, clinic and community settings with clients ranging from 2 to 84 years old. At Autism Services of Kansas, Allisa is looking forward to learning and having new experiences. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her son, Julian.

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Taylor Hervey, B.S.

Registered Behavior Technician

Taylor has an associates degree in liberal arts from Johnson County Community College and is working towards her bachelor’s degree in sociology.She has experience working with preschoolers as well as high school age children with disabilities. Taylor has always been passionate about helping children with special needs and enjoys learning new skills. In her free time, Taylor enjoys spending time with her family and her puppy, reading, traveling, trying new restaurants, and is a big fan of Law and Order SVU!

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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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Alyssa Hutcherson

Registered Behavior Technician

Alyssa found her love of working with children through her babysitting opportunities. She has experience with children ages newborn to 18 years old in settings such as sports camps, SOAR, in-home respite and schools. Alyssa looks forward to diving into ABA, helping her clients improve on their target skills and building fun, positive connections with the kids. She enjoys spending her free time watching TV shows, reading, trying new restaurants and spending time with friends and family.

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Ivry Karamitros

Registered Behavior Technician

Ivry lives in Fairway, Kansas with her fiancée and their four dogs: Kirby, Pepper, Brando, and Apollo.  She has a B.S in Business Administration and Political Science, is almost finished with a M.A. in Counseling Psychology, and is pursuing an LMLP licensure in the state of Kansas and LPC in Missouri.  Ivry enjoys working with children to achieve their educational goals.  She has worked in community, home, classroom, and virtual classroom settings with kids between 4 and 6 years old.  Ivry likes traveling, reading, playing the piano, swimming, hiking, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.  She also enjoys being an Aunt to three nephews and her three nieces.

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Sierra Kirkwood

Registered Behavior Technician

Sierra was inspired to work with children on the autism spectrum through her relationships with friends and family that are also on the spectrum. She has experience in the community, home and educational settings with children ages 2 to 12. Sierra is very excited to be teaching daily living skills to clients and helping them reach levels of independence! Outside of working with children, Sierra enjoys nature, animals and is adamant about pursuing greater mental and physical health!

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Gillian Marcum

Registered Behavior Technician

Gillian found her passion for working with children with special needs when her sister, Willow, was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. She has experience working in home, school, daycares and volunteering around the community with children ranging from newborn to 15. Gillian has enjoyed building relationships with her clients and watching them grow and complete their goals! In addition to being an RBT, she also was a water safety instructor for 4 years, she teaches swimming lessons and is a swim coach for Special Olympics. Gillian is currently studying Elementary Education at Emporia State University with plans to eventually get her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis!

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Megan Novellano, BS

Registered Behavior Technician

Megan’s interest in working with children comes from her desire to make a difference in children’s lives. She has experience in school, horse camp, daycare, church, and in-home settings with children ranging from infants to 6th grade. Megan is looking forward to getting to know her clients and their families while implementing therapy specific to each child. She enjoys spending her free time taking care of her dog and horse and riding her horse!

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Alexandria Quinn

Registered Behavior Technician

Alexandria became interested in working with children with autism while working as a paraprofessional as well as having family members on the spectrum. She has experience working in school, home, and community settings with children ages 2-14. Alexandria is pursuing a degree in behavioral science and continuing education to become a BCBA at Kansas University. She enjoys watching students learn and their personalities grow! In her spare time, she enjoys playing sports, reading and spending time outdoors.

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Savannah Rigby, MS

Registered Behavior Technician

Savannah spent time working with adults on the autism spectrum, during that time she learned about ABA and loved it, creating her desire to work with children. She has experience in the home and clinical settings with children ages 3 to 10. Savannah is looking forward to connecting with families and creating bonds with clients. She’s originally from the Bahamas and she has a Bachelors of Science in Forensic Science.

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Jori Rudisell

Registered Behavior Technician

Jori has always had a passion to work with children in education.  She first started working with children with autism while employed with a non-profit early childhood education center.  Jori has also been a nannie for a family with two boys with autism for a little over a year.  She has experience working at the Ballard Community Center in a Lead Teacher role, as well as Social-Emotional Curriculum Coordinator.  Jori has worked with kids aged between 2-5 years old.  She wants to work towards being an occupational therapist assistant.

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Jessica Russo

Intensive Individual Support Provider

Jessica has always been drawn to spending her time with those on the spectrum, in high school she enrolled to be a TA in a friends and learning class. She has experience working in the community with children ages 1 to 10. Jessica is looking forward to making connections with the kids and watching them grow. She currently plays soccer at Fort Hays State University and is very close with her family!

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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. Misty loves teaching children new tasks and observing them as they gain independence, leading to her love of working with children with special needs. She has experience in home, community, educational and religious settings with clients ranging from ages 1 to 18. Misty enjoys being apart of a strong team and working with amazing clients! She is an RBT as well as being certified in CPR and CPI.

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Alexander Tharp

Registered Behavior Technician

Alexander’s interest in working with children sparked when he worked within the welfare system. He has worked with children in multiple settings including home, community, school and legal. His experience ranges with those between the ages of newborn to 20 years old. Alexander is looking forward to working with clients and helping them learn skills they will use in real-world applications.

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Maggie Wright

Registered Behavior Technician

Maggie found her love for this career path when she ended up becoming a paraprofessional in an autism classroom. She has experience in school settings with kiddos ranging from 3 to 6. Maggie is looking forward to learning more about this field and growing within her work, she strives to learn at every opportunity. Maggie was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. She enjoys working on paintings and going to bible study!