Executive Team

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Farrell Weiers,
PhD, BCBA

Executive Director

Farrell Weiers, PhD, BCBA is a Child and Adolescent Psychologist licensed in the state of Missouri who has spent the last 30 years working with families and children.  In her private practice, Behavioral Solutions, she specializes in psychological evaluations and therapy for children ages 2 – 19 years.  Family First Center for Autism and Child Development is her brainchild and her passion. 

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Brooklyn Shields, MA, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Brooklyn has her Masters degree in Autism and completed additional course work in Behavior Analysis at the University of South Florida.  Brooklyn provides ongoing supervision of RBTs and behavior specialists, as well as parent support for families.  In addition, she is responsible for developing treatment plans and monitoring treatment progress over time. 

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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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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.

Lead Administrative Team

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Cindy Loelkes

Cindy Loelkes, Executive Coordinator, is our Human Resources/Payroll Manager who handles any and all issues with office management, facilities and staff.

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Joan Jones

Joan Jones, Lead Office Administrator, is our Receptionist who makes appointments, manages the telephones, collects insurance co-pays, and schedules sessions at the Kansas City, MO center.

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Jazmine Greer

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. She has been working with individuals with autism and in the field of ABA since 2017. In her free time, Jazmine likes to watch her favorite TV shows and spend time with her family.

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Brigit Roe

Brigit Roe, Lead Office Administrator, is our Receptionist who makes appointments, manages the telephones, collects insurance co-pays, and schedules sessions at the Leavenworth, KS center.

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Julie Wallis, Speech Language Pathologist

Julie provides speech and language services to children and adolescents who receive ABA therapy at our Kansas City and Liberty centers.

Behavioral Specialists

Our therapists have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, or Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential, including intensive training and supervision in behavioral techniques, basic life support, background screening, and meeting the requirements of the Missouri Family Care Safety Registry. Several are working to obtain Board Certification. Our therapists have great enthusiasm for helping kiddos learn new skills/behaviors generalize to new people. The added benefit is that the therapists stay fresh and provide the best care possible.