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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Katie Barmann, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Katie has been with Family First since June 2020.  She graduated with a Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of Arkansas in December 2015. She has experience working with children in centers, home, and consulting in a local school district. Katie is licensed to work as a behavior analyst in the states of Missouri and Kansas. Katie enjoys going to new places, and spending time outside with her husband, little boy, and her 2 dogs.

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Micaela Lopez, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Mica has been with Family First since July 2020.  She graduated with a Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Southeast Missouri State University in August of 2017. Mica comes to Family First with experience working with children in clinic and home settings. She is a licensed behavior analyst in the states of Missouri and Kansas. Mica enjoys spending time with her dog (Max), friends and family. She also enjoys hiking, playing soccer, and going to the beach.

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Grant McNeley, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Grant has been with family first since June 2021. He graduated with a Masters in Behavior Analysis from the University of Houston - Clear Lake in May of 2018. Grant obtained his behavior analyst certification in October of 2018 and is a licensed behavior analyst in Missouri. Grant has experience working with children and individuals in multiple settings. Grant enjoys spending his free time with his family and friends, playing golf, and cheering on the Chiefs, Royals, and Tigers

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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, go thrifting, and spend time with her family and husband.

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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, Leia, and Dexter, and binge watching Netflix. Fun Fact: Chelsey has worked at all three Family First locations!

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Mariah Dobson, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Mariah has been with Family First since November 2019. She is currently working on her Bachelors in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Ball State University. Mariah enjoys spending time with her dog, Jade, spending time outdoors, hanging out with her friends. 

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Kirsten Arno, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Kirsten has been with Family First Since May 2020. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at Park University. She loves to bake cakes and pastries. Kirsten also enjoys spending time at coffee shops and binge watching Marvel movies.

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Sydnie Whitaker, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Sydnie has been with Family First since November 2019. She will be graduating from Missouri Western State University in December 2019, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a minor in Childhood Studies. Sydnie enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and watching shows on Netflix. 

Behavioral Specialists

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Colin Callahan, RBT

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

 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 coffee.

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Jesse Goff, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Jesse has been with Family First since July 2020. She is currently majoring in Human Biology at University of Kansas and is expected to graduate in 2022. Jesse enjoys drawing, playing with her cats, spending time with family, and going on hikes.

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Madison Pence, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Madison has been with Family First since November 2020. Madison enjoys snuggling with her two cats named Ham and Beans. She also enjoys reading and finding new scented candles. 

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Madison Hawkins, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Madison has been with Family First since February 2021. She is currently working towards her Associate of Arts as Maple Woods Community College. Madison enjoys reading, hiking, and hanging out with her friends and family. 

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Emily Bramblett, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Emily has been with Family First since October 2020. Emily enjoys cooking, baking, being outdoors, and spending time with her friends and family. 

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Hope Wedel, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Hope has been with Family First since March 2021. She graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree from Hutchinson Community College. Hope enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going on walks, and listening to music.

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Cameon Grant, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Cameon has been with Family First since February 2021. Cameon is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications of Science and Disorders. Cameon enjoys playing with her dogs and cats, painting, and taking care of her plants. 

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Whitney Johnson, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Whitney has been with Family First since January 2021. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders. Whitney enjoys watching reality TV, going to theme parks and shopping.

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Briana Campfield, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Briana has been with Family First since March 2021. She graduated from UMKC, December 2016, with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Briana enjoys reading, and spending time with her friends and family. 

 

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Jade Kennedy, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Jade has been with Family First since April 2021. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and Minor in Chemistry. Jade enjoys spending time with her kids, reading old English literature, and playing with makeup.

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Kayla Gallagher, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Kayla has been with Family First since April 2021. She graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and minor in Child Advocacy. She will also be working towards her PsyD in Clinical Psychology and expects to graduate in 2025. Kayla enjoys hanging out with her friends, playing with her dog, and exploring and finding new places to go.

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Kennedy Shipman, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Kennedy has been with Family First since April 2021. She enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their 3 dogs and cat. 

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Lillian Holt, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Lillian has been with Family First since May 2021. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development, minor in Sociology, from University of Central Missouri. Lilly enjoys hanging out with her friends, going to the gym, and reading. 

 

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Lara Young, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Lara has been with Family First since May 2021. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and minor in Business. Lara is also working towards her Master of Science degree in Addiction Counseling. Lara enjoys spending time with her two boys and her wonderful hubby. 

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Rachel Hughes,RBT

Registered Behavior Technician
Rachel has been with Family First since June 2021. She is currently working towards her Associate of Arts degree in Social Work at Metropolitan Community College. Rachel enjoys spending time with her son. For her "me time", she enjoys going to coffee shops, reading, and catching up with friends. 
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Jillian Maul, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Jillian has been with Family First since July 2021. She enjoys being a caregiver. In her free time she enjoys volunteering for her community garden, dancing, seeing live music, and making new friends.

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Jordan Bradford, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Jordan has been with Family First since July 2021. He is currently working towards his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Graceland University. Jordan enjoys listening and making music, baking, and loves watching movies. 

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Omoye Akhidenor, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Omoye has been with Family First since September 2021. She graduated from University of California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. Omoye enjoys making candles and cooking.

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Jaden Sickel, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Jaden has been with Family First since August 2021. She has an Associate of Arts degree from Maple Woods Community College.

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Julian Smith, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Julian has been with Family First since November 2021. 

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Kelsie Shaw, BT

Behavior Technician

Kelsie has been with Family First since November 2021. Kelsie enjoys painting and being creative. She also loves to learn American Sign Language (ASL) and spend time with her loved ones. 

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Chloe Prater, BT

Behavior Technician

Chloe has been with Family First since November 2021. She has a little girl names Esther who she loves spending her free time with. Chloe also loves going on walks and watching movies.

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