Executive Team

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Dr. Farrell Weiers, PhD, BCBA

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Dr. Weiers is a Child and Adolescent Psychologist, licensed in the state of Missouri, who has spent the last 25 years working with families and children.  In her private practice, Behavioral Solutions, she specializes in psychological evaluations and therapy for children ages 2 – 19. She additionally runs a non-profit organization called Hand in Hand Foundation. In her free time, Dr. Weiers enjoys spending time with her husband, Marty, and five children. She loves to go camping with her family. Dr. Weiers aspires to be the best. Family First Center for Autism and Child Development is her brainchild and passion.

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Brooke Shields, BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Brooke has been with Family First since July 2019. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida in May 2018. She has been working in the field of ABA and with individuals with autism since 2014. Brooke is a member of Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis. She is licensed to work as a behavior analyst in the states of Missouri and Kansas. In her free time, Brooke enjoys spending time with her husband and children, hanging out with her dogs, traveling, and working on DIY projects. Brooke loves anything and everything beach related.  

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Cindy Loelkes

Executive Coordinator

Cindy has been with Family First since July 2011. She is the Executive Coordinator for all three locations and is based in the Kansas City office. Cindy has been working with individuals with autism since 1987. In her free time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family, reading, camping, and watching the KC Chiefs. Cindy has a wonderful husband and three amazing children – two of whom are on the autism spectrum. Working at Family First is the perfect meld of her personal and professional experience, which makes her super motivated to help make Family First the very best in the region!

Leadership Team

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Joan Jones

Office Administrator

Joan has been with Family First since February 2014. She makes appointments, manages the telephones, collects insurance co-pays, and schedules sessions for the Kansas City center. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing and exploring Kansas City.

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Cassidy Mason, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Cassidy has been with Family First since July 2017. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minored in Ministry at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Cassidy enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, visiting local coffee shops, and volunteering with her husband doing youth ministry at her church. 

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Laken Reel, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Laken has been with Family First since January 2017. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology from Culver-Stockton College in 2014. She is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Professional Behavioral Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. Her expected graduation date is spring 2021. In her free time, Laken enjoys animal rescue, watching movies, spending time with loved ones (including her fur babies), and thrifting. Fun facts: Laken studied abroad in Ireland and has a three-legged cat.

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Matt Dickinson, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Matt has been with Family First since November 2015. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas in December 2014. In his free time, Matt enjoys listening to music. He also does photography and works for a wedding company when he’s not at Family First.

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Regina DeMoss, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Regina has been with Family First since June 2019. She has a Master of Science in Education from Mid America Nazarene University. Regina is currently working towards becoming a BCBA and is taking classes at Florida Institute of Technology. Regina enjoys hanging out with friends and reading.

Behavioral Specialists

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Brooklyn Bantz, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Brooklyn works has been with Family First since March 2019. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences from William Penn University in May 2018. In her free time, Brooklyn enjoys taking her dogs on a walk, shopping, going to the lake, and camping. She goes to the beach at least once a year.

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Ashley Becerra, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Ashley has been with Family First since October 2019. Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, shopping at Target, trying new coffee shops, and watching HGTV.

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Breauna Chaney, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Breauna has been with Family First since May 2020. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a minor is Business from Truman State University. Breauna enjoys working out, watching Netflix, and hanging out with friends. 

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Jackie Davis, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Jackie has been with Family First since February 2020. Jackie enjoys crocheting, swimming, exercising, playing video games, and practicing American Sign Language. 

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Jacqueline Pierre, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Jacqueline has been with Family First since August 2016. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and French from UMKC in May 2016. She is currently working towards a Master of Social Work from UMKC and is expected to graduate in May 2020. In her free time, Jacqueline enjoys traveling, eating authentic tacos, watching Netflix, and hanging out with friends.

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Teresa Hayden, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Teresa has been with Family First since December 2010. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Rockhurst College in 1987 with a double major in English and History. In her free time, Teresa enjoys reading, watching movies, gardening, and spending time with her family.

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Kayla Stokes,RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Kayla has been with Family First since June 2020. Kayla is working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Communications from University of Missouri. In her free time, Kayla enjoys spending time with friends/family, running, and finding new recipes to try.

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Renne Cangelosi,RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Renne has been with Family First since December 2019. Renne is working towards her Bachelor of Science in K-12 Special Education from Park University. She enjoys going to church, spending time with friends/family, shopping at thrift stores, and reading.

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Taylor Wiley, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Taylor has been with Family First since October 2019. Taylor is expected to graduate in December 2019 with a Bachelor of science in Ultrasonography with a Minor in Fetal Echocardiography from UMKC. She will then work towards a Master of Science degree in RN & APRN- OB/Midwife at University of Kansas. Taylor enjoys going to the lake, riding/working with horses, traveling, rock climbing, and kayaking.

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Jeff Garrett, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Jeff has been with Family First since September 2019. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting at CMSU. Jeff enjoys spending time with his three kids and wife.

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Maggie Wehmeyer, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Maggie has been with Family First since May 2020. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology and Disability Studies from Truman State University. Maggie enjoys exercising, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and playing with cute animals. 

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Sarah Jaramillo, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Sarah graduated from MU with a Master of Arts in Autism and Early Childhood Special Education. Sarah likes to travel, shop, read, and spend time with her 13 year old daughter. 

Speech Therapist

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Julie Wallis, SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Julie has been with Family First since summer 2018. She is the Speech Language Pathologist for the Kansas City and Liberty locations. Julie has a Master of Science in Speech Pathology from the University of Central Missouri (formerly Central Missouri State University) in 1983. She has been working with individuals with autism since 1984. Julie is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In her free time, Julie enjoys working with the Platte County Historical Society

Billing Specialist

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Rachel Papera

Rachel has been with Family First since May 2017. She is the billing specialist for all three locations and is based out of Omaha, Nebraska. In her free time, Rachel enjoys working in her yard