Locations in Aurora, Buena Vista, Leadville, and Montrose
Abbie founded Colorado Autism Consultants in 2011 and is the acting Executive Director. With over two decades of experience serving individuals with developmental disabilities and promoting high quality, evidence-based strategies in underserved populations, she has dedicated her professional career to the cause. Abbie is driven to create a Colorado in which clients, families, schools, clinicians, and communities work together in partnerships to ensure positive and effective results for all individuals, and where barriers to accessing these results are eliminated. Her consultative experience spans multiple environments, including client homes, schools, day programs, hospitals, clinics, vocational environments, and communities. Abbie got her Bachelors from Drake University, her BCBA coursework through the University of St Cloud, and her Masters Degree from Regis University. Abbie’s other life passions include exploring new cultures and staying active with her husband and three rambunctious young boys.
Becca has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for over 13 years. Becca started in the field through her work in a group home with adults with developmental disabilities. After graduating with a Psychology degree, she began working at the New England Center for Children in Massachusetts, first in their residential program in Massachusetts, then as the head teacher in Abu Dhabi for three years, working with children with autism. While overseas, she received her Masters in Severe Special Education in 2012 through Simmons College and completed her coursework for her BCBA with Western New England University. Before moving back to the states, Becca spent three months living in South Africa working with monkeys in a rehabilitation center! Becca moved to Denver in 2015, was a presenter at ABAI Denver in 2017, and has been involved with multiple poster presentations. She enjoys traveling, camping, painting, spending time with her son, and visiting family both in Massachusetts and in England.
Ethan spent the formative years of his life in Idaho, including obtaining his Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Idaho, which he earned in 2015. His career serving communities began in Moscow, Idaho, as a New Student Orientation leader and CNA at an assisted living community. He later moved to beautiful Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where he continued to work with vulnerable adults as a Targeted Service Coordinator and Care Coordinator. Ethan has an MS in Counseling with a focus on Applied Behavioral Analysis. He looks forward to bringing his knowledge, experience, and passion for helping others to Denver area communities. In his free time, Ethan enjoys hiking, live music, trying new coffee shops, board game nights, supporting his desperately affectionate one-eyed cat, and quality time with his friends and partner.
Adi is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with an extensive background in speech, language and communication. Originally from Israel, she graduated with a BA in Speech & Language disorders 2007 and a Master’s in Special Education with an emphasis on learning disabilities in 2011. Adi moved to Colorado in 2012, and has since worked in worked in the field of behavior analysis across center, home, and school environments. She strongly believes the best approach is for evidence-based practices to collaborate with all service providers to benefit the client’s needs. She values treatments that are engaging and fun, using varied approaches while promoting independence. In her free time, Adi enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and her friends.
Courtney Erker is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who holds a Master's in Education with an emphasis in ABA and received her board certification in 2017. Courtney is the Clinical Trainer at the Buena Vista clinic, overseeing clinical functions for this location. Courtney started her career in Applied Behavior Analysis after working in various settings with children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Courtney enjoys working within settings that provide collaboration with other providers and allow for creativity within evidence-based treatment to provide high-quality care to families. In her free time, Courtney enjoys hiking, skiing and climbing in the mountains and spending time with her puppy, Maybel.
Kelly is a board-certified behavior analyst and early childhood special educator. Kelly first started working with individuals with disabilities when she was 15 years old when she began babysitting for a little girl with autism. Since then, she has completed a Masters in early childhood special education where she specialized in school-based autism assessments and taught in a preschool center-program for children with autism at Aurora Public Schools. As Kelly traveled around Colorado she discovered the Western Slope of Colorado and fell in love with the San Juan Mountains. Kelly has worked with the Uncompaghre BOCES providing support in schools as well as focusing on how to better build support networks outside of school services for families who live in the rural pockets of western Colorado. Kelly is passionate about autism in underserved areas and populations. In 2019 Kelly traveled to India with the Global Autism Project to learn more about autism services in specialty schools in southern India. When not working, Kelly loves to snowboard, cross-country ski, float around in the nearby reservoirs on hot days and hike with her two dogs.
Becca is Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Clinical Supervisor at CAC. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Montevallo, and her Masters of Special Education, with focus in Applied Behavior Analysis, from George Mason University. Becca has provided educational and behavior support services with individuals with disabilities in the home, school, and community setting since 2013, and has practiced as a BCBA since 2017. She enjoys working with her clients to build communication and skills that build independence and open them up to new social experiences and opportunities. Becca moved to the Denver area from Northern Virginia at the start of 2021, and is loving the Colorado life. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new places, live music, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Kim joined the Colorado Autism Consultants team as Operations Manager in April, 2018. She recently moved to Hartsel from the “big city” of Denver and has helped to oversee the opening and running of a new clinic in Buena Vista, as well as support operations in both locations. Kim has a BA in Social Work from the University of Central Florida, but more recently has worked in both accounting and marketing. Kim has a passion for creativity, efficiency, workflow and helping people, and loves becoming a go-to person wherever she works.
Kim enjoys spending time with her husband, Ken, and her two dogs, Nate and Ned, gardening, volunteering, biking, designing cool spaces and all the beauty Colorado has to offer.
Maggie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has been with CAC since its beginning in 2011. She has been instrumental in navigating the changing landscape of funding streams in ABA, and now oversees a team that is dedicated to just that. Living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Maggie and is the mother of two busy kids. She's also a part-time photographer, and a volunteer activist for social justice issues. Maggie enjoys the opportunity to help connect families with the resources and support that they need.
Janine has spent most of her life in Colorado, and grew up in Aurora. With 6 years of previous medical billing and coding experience, Janine joined the CAC team in early 2020. After her son received a diagnosis of autism in 2019, Janine and family have developed a strong personal connection to the world of autism, and to navigating diagnosis, and therapy. Janine is passionate about the CAC focus of making services accessible to children and family with autism and other developmental disabilities across Colorado. Janine adores being on a team of others who are passionate about this cause and enjoys getting to build relationships with the amazing kids at the clinic.
Diana was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She is the middle of three, her oldest brother was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when he was 2 years old. At that time, being a primarily Spanish speaking family, her family faced many challenges accessing services for her brother. Seeing all the challenges that her family has faced, Diana has made it her mission to help families that may be facing challenges in getting services. In May 2021, she graduated with a Bachelor of Human Development and Family Relations from CU Denver. In her free time Diana enjoys hiking, traveling, and drinking coffee!
Katie has had her hands in a variety of occupations, allowing her to play the roles of Building Coordinator, Bilingual Office Assistant, and Behavioral Technician at CAC. In her free time, she enjoys biking, art making, and going to music shows.
Nicole is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who holds a master degree in special education with a specialization in severe special education. Nicole has served children, adolescents and adults with autism and their families for over 15 years. She has worked in home, center-based, and school settings using evidence-based interventions and a developmental approach to provide meaningful, effective treatment. Nicole values intervention that is engaging, naturalistic, incorporates the strengths and interest of the individual and promotes generalization. Outside of her work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, cooking, the outdoors, and traveling.
Kyleigh, originally from Illinois, received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences in 2016. Shortly after, she realized she wanted to pursue her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. She graduated from Ball State University, with a Master of Art in Applied Behavior Analysis in May of 2020 and finished her clinical experience in the months to follow. Her passion for working with individuals with disabilities began in 2013 after spending her summer at a kid’s camp, across the US. Kyleigh has experience in working with children, adolescents and adults, and enjoys aspects of all ages. Kyleigh moved to Colorado, from Texas, with her husband and two fur animals. They hope to have a place of their own, with room for chickens, goats and alpacas. In her free time, Kyleigh enjoys fishing with her husband, eating all the good food, hanging out with her dog (Milo) and cat (Eden) and spending time with friends.
Born in Mexico and raised on the border of Texas, Cecy somehow found her way up to the snow. She completed both a B.S. in psychology/minor in ECI and a Master’s in Special Education with a concentration in Autism from Texas State university. Her passion for ABA was found through the ability to use creative problem solving and unique adaptation strategies to positively teach others, allowing them to be part of the community and improve their quality of life. She enjoys working alongside a team of professionals to grow and learn from to provide the highest quality care. Cecy loves spontaneous weekend trips, meeting new people, and exploring a new place!
A Bay Area Native, Kimberly swam in high school and her first job was teaching swim lessons. Swim lessons led to working in the field of adaptive aquatics, and from there Kimberly started working at a preschool for children with special needs. She completed her BA from the University of Denver and then returned to the Bay Area. She continued to worked for a school district and two private ABA organizations. She is now back in beautiful Colorado, working on completing her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis as she works toward her BCBA. In her free time Kimberly still swims, hikes and this California kid hopes to learn snow sports someday too.
Kirsten has collaborated with or worked together with CAC since 2011. After graduating with Master's Degree in Music Therapy from Colorado State University in 2013 and becoming a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) in 2016, Kirsten has developed a particular interest in Neurologic Music Therapy. Kirsten has worked with children on the autism spectrum and with other diagnoses for 14 years and worked within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2009. Kirsten particularly enjoys working with individuals with severe communication, sensory, and behavioral challenges. When not working, she enjoys fishing, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her husband, son, and family dog.
Audrey received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family studies from Colorado State University in 2013 and received her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University in 2018. She has worked in special education since 2012 and is very passionate about working with individuals with disabilities and their families to help provide a better quality of life. As a Colorado native, Audrey loves the Colorado Avalanche, doing any fun outdoor activity that Colorado has to offer, and spending time with family and friends!
Lisa has been in the clinical field since 2008, working with children and adolescents in research, inpatient and outpatient settings. Lisa has extensive training in neuropsychological and developmental assessment, and is committed to evidence-based assessment and intervention. Lisa seeks to integrate skills-based approaches drawn from clinical psychology and behavior analysis to provide individualized support for her clients and their families. She loves troubleshooting to come up with creative solutions, and is committed to collaborating with families and other providers to ensure a proper range of care if provided. Lisa has a particular interest in utilizing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)with both parents and clients, as well as targeting interventions related to cognitive flexibility, and delay tolerance. Additionally, Lisa enjoys working with individuals who struggle with co-occurring social-emotional disorders. Lisa received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Denver, and her M.S. in Behavior Analysis at Simmons University. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys spending time outside with her two dogs, Ralley and Layla.
Amanda was born in Boulder, CO and has lived in this beautiful state since then! She started her journey working at a coffee shop that offered vocational experience for adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Denver about four years ago. She has since discovered ABA and fallen in love with the field. She is passionate about offering individualized, well-rounded, and inclusive programs that hone relevant life skills and encourage autonomy. In her free time, Amanda likes to bike, hang out with her cat and dog (Roux and Rudder), and eat food that her partner makes.
Nicole is originally from New Jersey and attended her undergraduate years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in both Psychology and Communication Disorders. Nicole currently lives in Denver and began her journey to become a BCBA in September 2020 when she started her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with Simmons University. Before moving to Colorado, Nicole lived in Boston where she had her first hands-on experience with individuals with disabilities working in the speech department as an SLPA. When Nicole isn’t at work or studying for school, she enjoys live music, hiking, camping, skiing, hanging with friends, and just about all the amazing things Colorado has to offer!
Melanie is originally from Michigan, where she started her undergrad classes in Early Elementary Education. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of Colorado Denver. Melanie has been working in the ABA field for over 20 years and has been working as an RBT for over 6 years now. Melanie has worked as a paraprofessional in all different school programs in Michigan and has worked as a behavioral therapist in the Denver area for the past nine years. She enjoys sitting in the beautiful Colorado sunshine, hiking, boating, paddle boarding, spending as much time with her family and friends as possible and enjoying all that life has to offer!
Liz is a Colorado native who has spent the majority of her career teaching in Greeley Evans school district 6. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from University of Northern Colorado and began as a preschool classroom teacher. During that time, she fell in love with working with little ones with special needs and went back to UNC to earn a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education. From there, she began working in various roles within Special Education: as an Itinerant Special Education Teacher, Behavior Coach, Teacher Mentor, and most recently working on the Diagnostic /Child Find team, assessing children in infancy through age six with developmental delays. Liz was also able to be a part of the Early Childhood Social Emotional Learning committee, which focused on working with children using a trauma-informed approach in their preschool classrooms. Liz enjoys working with individuals using their strengths, preferences, and interests to motivate and make learning fun!
Liz, her husband Travis, and their three rescue dogs (Wesley, Vinnie, and Kira) have recently made the move to Poncha Springs from Loveland. In her spare time, Liz enjoys trail running, reading, skiing, rafting, and volunteering in animal rescue.
Kyla was born and raised in the San Luis Valley of South Central Colorado. She’s always had a passion for kids, as well as animals. When she isn’t raising and showing Miniature Herefords for her local fair, or swimming on the high school or local club team, she is usually babysitting or teaching Sunday School at her church. Kyla loves seeing the smiles of kids as they begin to grasp new concepts as well as when they grow and shape into their personality. Since she is a new recruit, she looks forward to learning and helping expand the ABA field.
Ana is originally from Venezuela where she graduated with a degree in psychology. While working with children with disabilities and psychological therapy for three years, she found her passion working with children. Ana moved to the United States in 2019, where she began her studies as a Registered Behavior Technician, and she wishes to continue studying Applied Behavior Analysis. Ana enjoys reading books, going out and seeing new places.
Becky has worked as a special education teacher since 2002. She received her Master’s degree in Special Education in 2005 from the University of Northern Colorado, and is currently enrolled in a BCBA graduate program through the Florida Institute of Technology. She is excited for the opportunity to combine her decades of teaching experience with the practice of Behavior Analysis to support the children and families of the Arkansas Valley. Becky enjoys playing outside; climbing, running, skiing, and biking, as well as spending as much time as possible with her two Labrador retrievers.
Jordan received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Colorado State University in 2013 and her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Capella University. As an undergrad, Jordan had the experience of studying in Galway, Ireland for an academic year and traveled to various places during that time. These experiences led to a deeper appreciation for cultural differences and a desire to support individuals through genuine connection. Jordan is cross-training in Behavior Analysis. It is her hope to draw from strategies in both mental health counseling and ABAs to provide greater support to local children and their families. Jordan’s personal and professional style align with evidence-based orientation and she is eager to utilize these interventions with children and individuals within the community experiencing multiple mental health issues or dual diagnoses, to best meet a broad spectrum of needs and diagnosis. Jordan enjoys hiking, paddle boarding and playing in the Arkansas with her family and 3 pups.
Michelle received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Kalamazoo College in 2016 and received her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Drexel University in 2019. Michelle has worked with individuals with ASD for about 5 years. She has the patience needed to work with and teach individuals with ASD in a relaxed and loving environment where they can grow and learn new skills everyday. Michelle enjoys spontaneous trips with her husband, long walks with her puppy Cannoli and playing soccer!
Kjersten was born and raised in Wisconsin. She relocated to Denver after her recent graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor’s of Psychology and Spanish. Throughout her undergraduate schooling, Kjersten worked for the Wisconsin Early Autism Project in which she found a passion for working with children with autism. She also used Spanish speaking skills to study abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica - where she compared cultural differences of diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder between the USA and Costa Rica. With this experience, she found a drive for encouraging and implementing outreach opportunities for those of the Spanish speaking populations and brings that enthusiasm with her to the CAC team. Outside of work, Kjersten enjoys camping, playing guitar, creating artwork, and spending time with family and friends!