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ADMINISTRATION

Abbie Koenig, MA, BCBA, Founder/Executive Director

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Abbie founded Colorado Autism Consultants in 2011 and is the acting Executive Director. With 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. 

Rebecca Perry, M.S.Ed., BCBA, Clinical Director

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Becca has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for over 10 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, and visiting family both in Massachusetts and in England. 

Kim Luedke, BA Operations Manager

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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 Byers, Billing Administrator

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Maggie is the Billing Administrator for Colorado Autism Consultants.  She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico 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.

Sara Sumerlin, Administrative Assistant

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A Colorado native, I have worked with children, ages 3-18, on the autism spectrum for 8 years. I acquired my Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Northern Colorado. I began my path of providing speech-language therapy in the public school setting in Arizona, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico. This past school year afforded me the opportunity to explore teaching special education. I have experienced wonderful adventures with each student! Since being in New Mexico, I wanted to explore the world of ABA and became a Registered Behavior Technician. I am so excited to fully make a career change and dive 100% into behavior therapy back in Colorado! My weekends and spare time consist of cooking, sipping coffee, long dog walks with Sawyer and Zayda, Yoga, snow shoeing, trail running and backpacking! 

Clinical Trainers

Jaimie Rose, M.A. Ed, BCaBA

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Jaimie received her BA in social work from Asbury University in Kentucky. She spent her first several years in Denver working in a special education classroom, where she became interested in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the scientific approach to behavior therapy. Since joining the Colorado Autism Consultants team in 2014, she has gained a deeper interest in broadening her knowledge base to better serve her clients and families. She completed coursework through Florida Institute of Technology and received her BCaBA certification in November of 2016. In December of 2019 she completed her Master’s degree as an Intervention Specialist with an emphasis in ABA. Jaimie enjoys creative problem solving and close collaboration with families. She is passionate about improving clients’ quality of life through a strengths-based approach focused on personal goals and achievement. In her free time, she likes to travel and spend time exploring this beautiful state with her husband and cat, Bash. 

Nicole Foster, M.S.Ed., BCBA

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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. 

Stacey Owsiany, M.Ed, BCBA

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Stacey graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Special Education and graduated with a Masters degree in ABA in 2015. She received her board certification in 2018. Stacey started out her career as a Special Education teacher, where she found her love for Applied Behavior Analysis. She then spent 3 years as a district level Autism/Behavior specialist in Colorado and North Carolina before making the transition to clinic based therapy. Stacey’s interests are Verbal Behavior and task analysis/chaining. She enjoys providing supervision, and problem solving with staff members. In her free time, Stacey enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with her husband and dog. 

Courtney Erker, M.Ed, BCBA

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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 will provide services in both the Front Range and Buena Vista areas. 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. 

Program Managers

Adi Waissman, MA, BCBA

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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.

Behavior Consultants

Steve Turk, M.Ed., BCBA

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Steve joined the CAC clinical team in the summer of 2017.  With a Masters in Education and over 10 years experience serving both adult and children with developmental disabilities, Steve has worked with individuals with a broad range of needs.  Steve comes to CAC with experience both in general education and clinical ABA settings.  When not working,  his favorite hobbies include learning new (and random) things, traveling to places with new and different cultures, exploring the outdoors, and otherwise being a homebody with his wife, Laura, and their two dogs, Ollie and Macchio.

Kelly Miller, LSCW, BCBA

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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.

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Behavior Consultants-In-Training

Kelli Russell, MA

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Kelli received her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and her Master's Degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis through Ball State University located in Muncie, Indiana. She moved to Colorado from Indianapolis in May of 2017, and has been working with children diagnosed with autism since 2015. She is married and is a proud owner of a black lab mix, named Moose. Kelli and her husband enjoy doing lots of outdoor activities. In particular, they love hiking, off-roading, and camping. In her free time, Kelli enjoys reading books, watching tv, and talking on the phone to family and friends back home. A fun fact about Kelli is that she is a triplet.

Jamila Bhatti, BA

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Jami recently moved from Illinois to Colorado to enjoy the mountains and all Colorado has to offer. She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in music from Illinois State University. She is now enrolled at Ball State University to complete the Master’s in ABA degree and then hopes to become a BCBA afterwards. Jami has been working in the ABA field since 2015, when she began working both in a school for children with autism and then as an ABA Therapist. After exposure to the field, she has never looked back. During her free time, Jami likes to spend time exploring the wilderness with her boyfriend, playing guitar and other instruments, painting, or relaxing at home with their dog and two cats!

Ethan Mortensen, BS

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Ethan spent the formative years of his life in Idaho, including obtaining his BS 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. 

Meghan Kimball, EdS NCSP

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Meghan has been working in the mental health field for nearly 15 years, including time both as a clinical supervisor and administrator of a private therapeutic day school for children with developmental disabilities. She currently is a School Psychologist in Denver Public Schools and  served as a School Psychologist in Arizona prior to coming to Colorado. Meghan received her Bachelor’s degree from Edgewood College, her Educational Specialist degree from the University of South Dakota and her certificate in ABA from Northern Arizona University. She has focused much of her career on working with children with significant behavioral difficulties as well as implementation of ABA and positive behavioral supports within the school setting. She is currently working on completing supervision hours towards her BCBA certification. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, enjoying the mountains and most of all hikes with her dog. 

Kimberly Wendt, MS

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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, completing her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. She hopes to become a BCBA and sit for the exam next year. In her free time Kimberly still swims, hikes and this California kid hopes to learn snow sports someday too.

Samantha Dorum, BS

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Samantha received her Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University in 2018. In her time at Colorado State University, she was an intern at Elderhaus Adult Day Programs, a therapeutic care center for adults with disabilities. She is currently completing her Masters of Science in Behavior Analysis through Simmons University. Prior to studying behavior analysis, Samantha volunteered with children with developmental disabilities through the nonprofit organization Families for Early Autism Treatment. In her free time, Samantha enjoys exploring and spending time with friends.  

Behavior Consultants-In-Training

Samantha Murphy, M.S.

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Samantha received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Originally from Massachusetts, she recently moved to Colorado from Pennsylvania. She is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis at Saint Joseph’s University. She is hoping to sit for her BCBA exam within the upcoming year. Before coming to Colorado, Samantha worked in the Philadelphia School District with children diagnosed with autism. Samantha was part of the inclusion project and worked alongside Philly AIMS to promote inclusion of students with disabilities. During her free time, she enjoys coaching volleyball and spending time outdoors with friends and family. She is looking forward to exploring everything Colorado has to offer! 

Jennifer Berger, M.Ed

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Jennifer graduated from Michigan State University with her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education in 2012. While teaching in Chicago Public Schools, she attended Loyola University of Chicago to obtain her Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language. During her time in Chicago, she was mostly teaching an inclusion classroom, modifying classwork for the various needs of the students. After teaching for five years, she moved to South Korea to utilize her degree and gain the experience of teaching abroad and being immersed in another culture. She then pursued her dream of exploring the world, and traveled for about a year, mostly around Asia.

She has always been passionate about working for people with disabilities and improving their quality of life. During her time abroad, she discovered Colorado Autism Consultants and is currently working towards her BCBA certification.

Jennifer enjoys spending her free time outdoors and being active. She plays lacrosse, hikes, and loves volunteering. She is excited to explore a new city and meet new people.

Lauren Duncan, BA

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Lauren joined the CAC team in the Fall of 2018. She graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University. She is planning on sitting for the BCBA exam after graduation. In her free time, Lauren likes to go on hikes with her boyfriend, Isaac, and their two dogs, Brady and Willow.

Kia Jacob, BS

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Kia is originally from Michigan, where she was born and raised. She has been working with individuals with developmental and emotional disabilities since 2013; first starting off in a hospital setting and then moved to smaller clinical and home settings. Kia received her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in 2015 and began her Masters degree in Psychology (specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis) in 2018 at Capella University. She plans to sit for her boards to become a BCBA after graduating in the winter of 2020. When Kia isn’t working or studying, she enjoys reading, meditating, and taking solo trips around the country.

Audrey Ceschin, M.Ed.

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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! 

Cross-Discipline Consultants

Kirsten Arbogast, MA MT-BC

Kirsten has worked alongside CAC since 2011 and officially joined the team in 2017.  She works both

Kirsten has collaborated with CAC since 2011, and officially joined the team in 2017. 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 hopes to begin BCBA coursework in 2019. Kirsten has worked with children on the autism spectrum and with other diagnoses for 14 years and has held jobs in 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 and dog.

Carol Vidaurre, M.Ed., MSW

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Carol  joined the Colorado Autism Consultants team in the fall of 2017.   She holds a Masters Degree in Special Education and a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Colorado State University. Carol has more than 20 years experience in the field of special education working with children and families with diverse and rich backgrounds.  She is excited to bring her experience from the public school realm into the inspiring and important work that Colorado Autism Consultants is doing with families in communities of Colorado.  

When not working or studying, Carol is a wildflower and hiking enthusiast and can be found out on the trails of Colorado with her dogs. She is also an avid reader and especially loves historical fiction.  Carol is a native of the Chicago area and has lived in the Denver metro area with her family for about 25 years.  



Behavior Technicians

Melanie Bechtell, RBT

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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! 

Pamela Loarca, Line Staff

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Pam's journey began in High School where she had the privilege of working with preschool age children and classmates with specific needs. These experiences inspired her to continue with a career helping children of all needs. For the last two years, she has used her experiences to support the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children ranging from infants to school-age children, and she is eager to bring all her skills to Colorado Autism Consultants and continue to grow personally and professionally with the CAC family. In her free time, she spends time with her fiance, Dan, and their son, Elliott. She enjoys camping, hiking, puzzles, spending time with her family, the beach, and binge watching The Office. 

  

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