Locations in Aurora and Buena Vista, Colorado
Locations in Aurora and Buena Vista, Colorado
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.
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, reading, cooking, camping, quilting, 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.
As a Colorado native, Sara has worked with children, ages 3-18, on the autism spectrum for 9 years. She acquired a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and has worked in the Speech Language sector, the Education Sector, and the Behavior Therapy sector across Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. I began my path of providing speech-language therapy in the public school setting in Arizona, Colorado,
In her soarer time, Sara enjoys cooking, sipping coffee, long dog walks with her dogs Sawyer and Zayda, snow shoeing, trail running, backpacking, and teaching Yoga!
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.
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.
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.
Adi is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with an extensive background in speech, language and communication. She graduated with a BA in Speech & Language disorders in Israel in 2007 and a Master’s in Special Education with an emphasis on learning disabilities in 2011. She has worked in centers and schools and strongly believes the best approach is for evidence-based practices to collaborate with all service providers to benefit the client’s needs. Having a background in speech, Adi emphasizes the need for functional communication, identifying the appropriate mode of communication for each client and reinforcing language. She values treatments that are engaging and fun, using varied approaches while promoting independence. Originally from Israel, Adi has been living in Colorado since 2012 with her husband and two kids. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Audrey has been working in the field for over eight years. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Social Work. Once moving out to Colorado from Iowa (go Hawks) she began working with the younger special needs population and fell in love with ABA, specifically focusing on reducing challenging behaviors while replacing them with more socially appropriate behaviors. Audrey is a BCaBA is pursuing her Master’s program to become a BCBA through CU Denver. In true Colorado fashion, Audrey enjoys anything that gets her outside; hiking, biking, running, walking her two dogs, or sitting on a patio enjoying the company of her friends.
Kelly Miller is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Autism Consultant. Her practical and hands on experience spans two decades, including mental health and school settings. Kelly works to expand teacher's instructional repertoires to encompass not only academic, but social, emotional, and behavioral systems of support. With a focus of maximizing positive behavior momentum in the classroom, educators will reclaim valuable learning time. Kelly coaches, provides live modeling and support within the classroom. Kelly teaches workshops rooted in inclusive practices, enabling teachers to develop their own "take away toolkit" full of evidence-based strategies that can be immediately applied their classroom. Kelly has partnered together with CAC since 2012 and provides behavioral assessments as well as screening and diagnostic evaluations.
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.
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 is currently continuing his education through Nova Southeastern University, seeking 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.
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.
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. She is preparing to take the BCBA exam this year and further her knowledge in the field. 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!
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.
Ashley is originally from New Jersey and still refers to herself as a Jersey Girl. She completed her Bachelor’s at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She moved up to Denver, Colorado in 2014 and completed her Master’s in Special Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. After graduating in 2018, she began her first teaching job at Spectra Autism Center and spent 3 years as the lead classroom teacher. She is now looking to complete her BCBA coursework and take the exam within the next year! She loves to read and often spends her time curled up with a good book! She also loves cats and has a wonderful tuxedo cat named Lucy.
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!
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.
Jordan received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Colorado State University in 2013. She is currently working towards her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Capella University and will graduate June of 2021 as an LPC. 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 recently joined CAC and is working to cross-train in Behavior Analysis. It is her hope to draw from strategies in both mental health counseling and behavior analysis 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.
Lisa has a passion for all things related to brains, behavior and kids! Lisa has extensive training in neuropsychological and developmental assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with learning disabilities, cognitive, social and behavioral disabilities. Lisa is committed to evidence-based assessment and intervention, and enjoys helping families navigate the often confusing process of assessment and diagnosis. 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 working with individuals who struggle with co-occurring social-emotional disorders. Lisa received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver, and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Behavior Analysis at Simmons University. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys spending time outside with her two dogs, Ralley and Layla.
Meleesa began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis a little over two years ago. Before that she received her Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Colorado of Denver while working with mental health and substance use in adolescents. She then went on to complete her BCBA coursework in 2019 and is finishing her clinical Experience for her BCBA while working toward a degree in Organizational Development and Leadership . Meleesa is a Colorado native who loves the outdoors and the beautiful mountains.
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's eager to be alongside a team of professionals to grow and learn from to provide the highest quality care. Cecy is looking forward to the many spontaneous weekend trips, meeting new people, and exploring a new place!
Melanie is originally from Michigan, where she started her undergrad classes in Early Elementary Education. She is now enrolled at the University of Colorado Denver completing her BA in Psychology and her BSN, with dreams of working in the Autism Psychiatric Unit at Children's Hospital. Melanie has been working in the ABA field for over 20 years and has been working as an RBT for over 4 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!