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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Ashley Oakes, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Ashley Oakes is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) for the Liberty office. She has been with Family First since May 2019. Ashley graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism from Ball State University in July 2018. She has been working with individuals on the autism spectrum since 2012 and in the field of ABA since 2017. Ashley is a member of Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis, the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. Ashley is licensed to work as a behavior analyst in the states of Missouri and Kansas. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her dog, Gabbie, and playing with her nieces and nephews.

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Jarrod Vaughan, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Jarrod Vaughan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) for the Liberty office. He has been with Family First since April 2019. Jarrod graduated with a Master of Science in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from the University of Central Missouri in December 2018. He has been working with individuals on the autism spectrum since 2018 and in the field of ABA since 2015. Jarrod is a member of Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis, Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis, Mid-America Association for Behavior Analysis, and Association for Behavior Analysis International. Jarrod is licensed to work as a behavior analyst in the state of Missouri. In his free time, Jarrod enjoys reading, playing with his pets, fishing, and playing video games.

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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 primarily 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, traveling, 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 make Family First be the very best in the region!

 

 

Leadership Team

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Jazmine Greer, RBT

Office Administrator & Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Jazmine Greer is the Office Administrator and a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) for the Liberty office. She has been with Family First since April 2017. Jazmine graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Psychology and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry from William Jewell College in May 2017. In her free time, Jazmine likes to watch her favorite TV shows and spend time with her family.

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Chelsey Reel, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Chelsey Reel is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) for the Liberty office. She has been with Family First since June 2016. Chelsey graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree Psychology from Culver-Stockton College in May 2016 and is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Professional Behavioral Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. In her free time, Chelsey enjoys spending time with her cats, Tuna and Leia, and binge watching Netflix. Fun Fact: Chelsey has worked at all three Family First locations!

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Colin Callahan, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Colin has been with Family First since November 2015. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) with a Bachelor of Psychology in 2015. In his free time, Colin enjoys watching sports, hanging out with his friends, going swimming, and playing with his Chihuahua, Ivy.

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Mia Withington, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Mia has been with Family First since November 2017. She graduated from Park University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology and is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Professional Behavioral Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. Mia is married and a mom of three, so in her free time, she enjoys drinking coffee and wishing for a nap. She loves succulents, sarcasm, and her rescued-bulldog, Carly.

Behavioral Specialists

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Lauren Boehm, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Lauren has been with Family First since January 2017. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Psychology and Multicultural Studies from the University in Missouri in December 2015. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with the people she loves and dancing. Lauren says working with the kids we serve has been one of the most rewarding experiences in her life!

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Ashley Sandoval-Peña, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Ashley has been with Family First since October 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from UMKC in May 2019. In her free time, Ashley likes to watch crime documentaries, discover new music, and play Xbox.

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Madison Hotze, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Madison has been with Family First since October 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science and majored in Psychology in Animal Science in May 2018 from Missouri State University. In her free time, Madison likes to play with her dogs, hike, kayak, and go horseback riding. She is currently working on becoming an equine assistant therapy instructor.

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Julia Loehr, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Julia has been with Family First since August 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Missouri State Western University with an emphasis in Sociology. She is currently working on a Master’s in Social Work with a specialty in children and families from Park University. In her free time, Julie loves to read and do art.

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Abby Tomczuck, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Abby has been with Family First since July 2019. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Arkansas and it currently working towards a Master of Social Work from UMKC. In her free time, Abby likes to read and travel, and went on a five-week trip to Europe in May 2019

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Bayenne Kirkwood, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Bayenne has been with Family First since August 2019. She is currently taking classes at Maple Woods Community College. In her free time, Bayenne enjoys cleaning, working out, and reading. Fun fact: she can speak Arabic.

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Elle Roberts, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Elle has been with Family First since October 2018. She is currently working on a Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology at Park University. She is expecting to graduate summer 2020. In her free time, Elle enjoys reading, painting, research projects, rock climbing, yoga trapeze exercise, and spending Sundays with her family

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Kylie Malmberg, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Kylie has been with Family First since May 2018. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Corrective Exercise and Performance Management from Graceland University in 2018. She is currently working on her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University and is expecting to graduate in spring 2021. In her free time, Kylie enjoys rock climbing, kayaking, and camping.

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Lily Andrade, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Lily has been with Family First since December 2018. She obtained a Master of Arts in Human Services Administration from Concordia University Chicago in August 2019. Lily enjoys working out in her free time.

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Mackenzie Burch, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Mackenzie has been with Family First since July 2019. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Truman State in December 2018. She is currently working on her Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City. In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys binge watching Netflix and playing basketball.

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Mark Weiers, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Mark has been with Family First since August 2015. He is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in communication and is expected to graduate in 2020. He is currently taking classes at Maple Woods Community College but previously went to the University of Nebraska. In his free time, Mark enjoys watching sports and snowmobiling. He takes trips to Wyoming to ride in the mountains every year.

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Morgan Dryer, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Morgan has been with Family First since June 2019. She graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science in Health Science from the University of Missouri in May 2019. In her free time, Morgan likes to work out and watch Netflix.

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Morgan Parsons, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Morgan has been with Family First since October 2018. She is currently taking classes at University of Central Missouri and working on a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her excepted date of graduation is December 2019. In her free time, Morgan likes going on outdoor adventures, seeing live music, and spending time with friends and family. Fun fact: Morgan can play the ukulele!

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Sean Sneen, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Sean has been with Family First since June 2019. He is working on a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oregon State University and is expecting to graduate in 2023. In his free time, Sean likes to camp, hike, and spend time with his family. Fun fact: Sean used to play rugby in New Zealand.

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Tio Krizogono, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Tio has been with Family First since June 2019. She is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and attends Johnson County Community College. In her free time, Tio enjoys playing soccer. Fun fact: Tio is able to speak Arabic.

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

Billing Specialist

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.If you have any questions regarding exact payment costs for ABA therapy, speech, or billing, please contact her via email: rpapera@familyfirstkc.com