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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Regina DeMoss, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Regina has been with Family First since August 2019. She has a Master’s in Education and is currently working towards national certification in behavior analysis. In her free time, Regina enjoys listening to live music, hanging out with her friends, and reading

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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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Cassidy Mason, RBT

Office Administrator & 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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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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Maggie Wehmeyer, RBT

Lead 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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Kayla Stokes,RBT

Lead 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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Renee Cangelosi,RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Renee has been with Family First since December 2019. Renee graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in K-12 Special Education from Park University. Renee is now working on her Masters in School Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis. She enjoys going to church, spending time with friends and family, shopping at thrift stores, and reading.

Behavioral Specialists

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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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Olivia Rademacher, RBT

Olivia has been with Family First since December 2020. Olivia graduated from Truman State University in May 2020 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Minor in Disability Studies. She is currently working towards her Masters in Counseling and is expected to graduate, December 2022. Olivia enjoys exercising, hanging out with friends, exploring new places, and trying new foods.

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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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Sami Adrian, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Sami has been with Family First since April 2021. She has her Associate of Art from Maple Woods College. Sami enjoys spending time with her friends and family, being outdoors, traveling, and trying new things.

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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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Benjamin Falls, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Benjamin has been with Family First since July 2020. He enjoys playing games and hanging out with his friends.

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Aiyana Maze, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Aiyana has been with Family First since March 2021. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, from Lindsey Wilson College. Aiyana enjoys reading, painting, cooking, playing volleyball, and taking her dogs on walks.

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Justina Hargrave, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Justina has been with Family First since June 2021. She enjoys drawing, painting, playing video games, and cuddling with her two adorable cats.

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Darian Polk, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Darian has been with Family First since February 2022. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Athletic Training from Tabor College. 

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Ashlee Carson, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Ashlee has been with Family First since April 2022. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from The University of Missouri - Columbia. Ashlee enjoys baking & spending time with her family & friends.

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Clay Belz, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Clay has been with Family First since June 2022. Clay is currently working towards a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Clay enjoys training for a marathon, playing with his dogs, hiking, and playing video games. 

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Jaycie Hutchinson, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Jaycie has been with Family First since February 2022. She graduated with an Associates of Arts degree from North Central Missouri College. She is working towards her Bachelors in Elementary Education at Missouri Western State University. Jaycie enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, listening to podcast, and yoga. 

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Kaylee Marler, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Kaylee has been with Family First since January of 2022. Kaylee is working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science / Pre-Occupational Therapy at Rockhurst. Kaylee enjoys hiking, hanging out with friends, dancing, and shopping online. 

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Gabi Parada, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Gabi had been with Family First since April 2022. Gabi is working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Avila University. Gabi enjoys reading, working out, and playing soccer. 

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Jennifer Interiano, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Jennifer has been with Family First since June 2022. Jennifer is working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Theology. 

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Gretchen Rock, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Gretchen has been with Family First since May 2022. Gretchen is working towards her Bachelors degree in Psychology and minor in Cognitive Science at Truman State University.  She enjoys going to the gym, playing soccer, painting and cooking. 

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Elaina Schnarr, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Elaina has been with Family First since May 2022. Elaina is working towards her Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology with a pre occupational therapy track at Rockhurst University. Elaina enjoys listening to music, going to concerts, spending time outside, and spending time with friends. 

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Kate Arthur, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Kate has been with Family First since June 2022. Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Missouri Western State University. Kate enjoys swimming laps, playing with her dog, and having debates with close friends. 

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Zachary Moore, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Zach has been with Family First since June 2022. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Missouri. Zach enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing video games, playing the guitar and singing. 

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