Liberty 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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Chelsey Reel, BCaBA

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

Chelsey Reel is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) for the Liberty office. She has been with Family First since June 2016. Chelsey graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Culver-Stockton College in May 2016 and is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Behavioral Analysis Practice from Florida Institute of Technology. In her free time, Chelsey enjoys spending time with her cats, Leia, and Dexter, and painting. Fun Fact: Chelsey has worked at all three Family First locations!

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Lilian Andrade, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Lily has been with Family First since December 2018. She is an alumni from Florida institution of technology, Concordia University Chicago, Missouri Valley College and East Los Angeles community college. Lily became a BCBA in June 2022. In her free time, she enjoys nature and disc golf.

 

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Cindy Loelkes

 Assistant Director

Cindy has been with Family First since July 2011. She is the Assistant Director for all four 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!

 

Liberty Leadership Team

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Kirsten Arno, Office Administrator & RBT

Office Administrator & 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. Kirsten is always seen smiling at the front desk when you walk into the LB office! 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 has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a minor in Childhood Studies. She will graduate with a Master's Degree in School Counseling in October 2023. Sydnie enjoys spending time with her husband, seeing her nephew, and spending time with her dogs Nelly and Samson.

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Briana Campfield, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

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

 

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Alex Stout, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Alex has been with Family First since April 2022. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Business, at William Jewell College. She is expected to graduate in December 2023. 

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Nicholas Sprague, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician 

Nick has been with Family First since February 2022. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing with his dogs, and watching movies. 

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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 Baker, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Jesse has been with Family First since July 2020. She has two associate degrees from Johnson County and is working on a bachelor's in Human Biology at the University of Kansas, she is expected to graduate in 2024. Jesse enjoys drawing, playing with her cats, spending time with her family, and going on hikes.

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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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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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Sydney Gardner, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Sydney has been with Family First since February 2022. She graduated from UMKC with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry & Psychology,  Sydney is currently working towards her Master's degree in Psychology and is expected to graduate in May 2024. After that, she will pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. 

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Kaitlyn Minet, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Kaitlyn has been with Family First since March 2022. She graduated in 2021, from Northwest Missouri State, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Human Services. Kaitlyn enjoys reading, painting, and going out for coffee with friends.

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Margaret Dice, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Margaret has been with Family First since May 2022. She is currently working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education at Missouri Western State University and is expected to graduate in Spring 2024. Margaret enjoys spending time with her friends and family. 

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McKenzie Brown, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

McKenzie has been with Family First since May 2022. Studies at University of Missouri-Kansas City. She enjoys spending time in nature, and hanging out with family.

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Lexie Rowell, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Lexie has been with Family First since May 2022. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Missouri Western State University. Lexie enjoys walking her dog, hanging out with friends, and watching Netflix! 

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Baylie Edwards Van Pelt, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Baylie has been with Family First since August 2022. Baylie is currently working towards her Bachelor's in Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Baylie enjoys playing with her dogs, painting, baking, and playing piano. Fun Fact: Baylie helps run all of our social media accounts and our website!

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Sky Pearson, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Sky has been with Family First since November 2022. She enjoys spending time with her family and her pet dog, Argon. She also loves to read and sing. Sky has a background in childcare and is thinking about persuing counseling in the future. 

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Hailey Tretter, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Hailey has been with Family First since November 2022. In her free time, Hailey enjoys touring and swimming at the lake. She also loves hanging out with friends in the park!

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Naunie Harris, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Naunie has been with Family First since January 2023. She is currently working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Child Psychology at SNHU. Naunie enjoys playing guitar, singing, spending time with friends, baking, and listening to rock music. 

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Emily Johnson, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Emily has been with Family First since January 2023. She is graduating in May of 2023 with a Master of Child Life from Texas Woman's University. Emily enjoys reading and has a big green thumb. 

 

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Sarah Marsh, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Sarah has been with Family First since January 2023. She is currently working on a Neuroscience degree at Maple Woods Community College. She is a mom of 2 and joined us to help on her parenting journey with her son who has autism. She enjoys knitting and art in her free time.

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Livviya Haarer, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Livviya has been with Family First since February 2023. She enjoys spending time with family and friends playing board games, just hanging out, or playing music. She is also involved with IHOPKC and goes on yearly mission trips to Nicaragua.

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Sasha Pancic, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Sasha has been with Family First since February 2023. She is working towards her Bachelor's in Behavioral Psychology. Sasha enjoys reading, hanging out with her family, and spending time outside with her dog. 

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Kayla Briar, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Kayla has been with Family First since March 2023. Kayla enjoys the outdoors, going to art museums, and hanging out with friends! 

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Maren Johnston, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Maren has been working with Family First since March 2023. Her in free time she enjoys painting, playing music with friends, and volunteering with Free Hot Soup KC. 

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Anahi Ocon, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Anahi has been working with Family First since March 2023. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and doing arts and crafts.

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Kuri Soto, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Kuri has been working with Family First since April 2023. Kuri enjoys watching sports and spending time with family.

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Emily Mendoza, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Emily has been working with Family First since March 2023. She is currently working on Majoring in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. She enjoys jujitsu, reading, the gym, and hanging out with friends in her free time. 

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Summer Heckert, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Summer has been working with Family First since May 2023. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Advocacy Studies Training, Substance Abuse Disorders. She enjoys reading, exercising, cooking, new music, and attending concerts. 

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Emily Pope, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Emily has been working with Family First since June 2023. She graduated with an Associate of Arts in May of 2023. She enjoys crafting, going to the gym, painting, and going outside.

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Ben Yelton, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Ben has been working with Family First since June 2023.  He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri- Columbia. His major is in Communications with a minor in Psychology. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his fiancé, going outside, and trying new restaurants. 

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