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 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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Kenna Cruz, B.S.

Operations Manager

 

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.

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Terri Long

Secretary

 

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 ranging from 3 to 21 years old in both a school and home setting.  Terri has a 22-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 looks forward to 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.

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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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Lauren Gomez, BCBA

Consultant

Lauren has always loved working with children. While in college, she worked with children with autism and absolutely loved it. Lauren has experience working with children in home, early autism clinics, and public schools. She is originally from Colorado, and attended the University of Kansas. Lauren is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Analyst, and Special Education teacher. She has worked with children pre-k through elementary aged. Lauren is looking forward to getting to know new families and clients. In her free time, Lauren enjoys watching KU basketball and hanging out with her rescue dog, Rocky Road!

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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 
  • 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)
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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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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.

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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)
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Kelsee Wright, M.A. L-BCBA

Consultant

Kelsee began working with children with autism as an RBT with no prior experience.  Within a month, a child she worked with began talking and Kelsee knew that she had found her passion.  Kelsee attended Ball State University, where she played volleyball, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst.  She has worked with kids from 18 months to 22 years old and has experience in a clinic, home, school, community, and telehealth setting.  Kelsee is looking forward to building connections with kids and helping them acquire new skills.

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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 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)
Katelyn Aldrich

Katelyn Aldrich, BS

Registered Behavior Technician

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 3-15, in the home 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.

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Kelsi Bassler

Intensive Individual Support Provider

Kelsi has always wanted to work with children with special needs.  She has experience working in various preschools and elementary schools with kids from 6 weeks up to 12 years old.  Kelsi has her certification in CPR as well as First Aid.  She enjoys spending time with her 5-year old daughter in her free time.  Kelsi is excited to meet and work with new kids and families.  She believes the best part of working with children is experiencing their joy, smiles, and laughter while learning new skills

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Kathryn Bracale

Registered Behavior Technician

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, Kansas. She is 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.

Andria Freitag

Andria Freitag

Intensive Individual Support Provider

Andria became interested in working with those with developmental disabilities when her sister was diagnosed with Multiple Complex Developmental Disorder. She has experience working in a military child development center, with ages ranging from 6 weeks to 5. Andria looks forward to the knowledge she will gain while working here at ASK.

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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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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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Sydney Jackson

Intensive Individual Support Provider

Sydney’s interest in working with kids with autism began in high school when she was a peer mentor. During this time, she would help students complete homework, in class activities, and help them learn daily tasks. Sydney has experience working in a day care facility, in addition to serving as a peer mentor. She is looking forward to working with children to help make a difference in their daily lives. Sydney currently has an associate’s degree and is working towards a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, working out, cooking, and watching her favorite TV shows.

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Tio Krizogono

Intensive Individual Support Provider

Tio’s first experience with autism was at a center for children, which is owned by a family friend. She has worked in a therapy center with kids from 3 to 15 year of age. Tio is excited to work with children in their home environment. She is currently working to obtain her associate’s degree in liberal arts and plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree in sports management or psychology. Tio is a former collegiate soccer player, enjoys spending time with her family and working out.

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Allison Loecker

Intensive Individual Support Provider

Allison has worked with those with special needs most of her teenage and adult life and has always enjoyed it. She has experience in educational settings, caretaking settings and as a camp counselor, with ages ranging from 2 to 60. Allison looks forward to seeing the growth her clients will make throughout their time with her.

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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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Amber Nugent

Intensive Individual Support Provider

Amber has always enjoyed working with kids, she helped out at her dance studio with younger kids, she loves watching children learn. Amber has experience with children as a swim instructor and as a worker at Disney, with children ranging from ages 1 to 12. She is looking forward to making connections with kids and seeing them reach their goals.

Melissa Ostenton

Melissa Ostenton

Registered Behavior Technician

Melissa started working with children with special needs shortly after high school and has worked with ages 2-19. She has experience in school settings working as well as the Lakemary Center, and loves the feeling she gets when helping these special kiddos. She is excited to learn new skills with Autism Services of Kansas to help her be more successful in working with the children and families she serves. Melissa was born and raised in Kansas and now lives on the Missouri side with her husband and their 3 kids. She loves spending time with her family and watching the Chiefs!

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Jennifer Pate

Individual Intensive Support Provider

Jennifer became interested in working with children while working in a daycare in college that serviced students with special needs. She has experience in daycares, educational settings, and community settings with kids in grades K-12 as well as adults ages 21+. Jennifer looks forward to working with children and families in the home setting. In her free time, enjoys traveling and being outdoors.

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Alexandria Quinn

Individual Intensive Support Provider

Alexandria became interested in working with children with autism while working as a paraprofessional. She has experience working in school, home, and community settings with children ages 3-13. Alexandria is pursuing a law and community degree with a minor in psychology from the University of Kansas. In her free time, Alexandria enjoys spending time outdoors.

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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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Christopher Selby

Intensive Individual Support Provider

Christopher found his passion for working with children on the spectrum through the various career opportunities he has had with them. He has experience in the home, school and church settings with ages ranging from 4-13. Christopher looks forward to helping clients reach their goals.

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Cortni Stahlheber

Registered Behavior Technician

Cortni has always loved kids and has a passion for working with them, through volunteer work with young kids she realized it is what she was meant to do. She has experience in licensed childcare facilities and community places such as after school programs and church activities with kids ranging from newborn to 12 years old. Cortni is looking forward to making a difference in children’s lives.

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Abby Steffen

Intensive Individual Support Provider

Abby has worked with children diagnosed with autism most of her teenage and adult career. She has experience in school settings, caretaker settings and camp settings with individuals ranging from ages 2 to 60. Abby is looking forward to seeing the growth her clients will make during her time working with them.

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Bryce Strickland

Intensive Individual Support Provider

Bryce grew up with younger siblings and has always been interested in child development.  She has worked with children since her first job in high school.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in human services.  Bryce has always admired the kids’ enthusiasm, energy, and creativity.  She has experience working in home setting with children ages 5-9.  Bryce enjoys helping children succeed in building new skills.  She loves to try new restaurants, recipes, working with ceramics, and riding her horses Honey and Dolly. come..

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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 six 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 receiving 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.

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Kayla Washee

Intensive Individual Support Provider

Kayla was introduced into working with children with autism, while she was employed as a paraprofessional.  She has worked in a school setting with children from kindergarten trough fifth grade.  Kayla is looking forward to connecting with families and helping them navigate and work towards achieving their goals.  Kayla enjoys spending time with her kindergarten aged son whenever she has the chance.