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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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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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.

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Mariah Dobson, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Mariah has been with Family First since November 2019. Mariah is currently working on a Associate of Arts at Ozark Technical Community College.

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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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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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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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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Sydnie Whitaker, RBT

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 boyfriend, family, and watching shows on Netflix. 

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Anne Thomas, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Anne has been with Family First since June 2020. She is currently majoring in Education at Park University and is expected to graduate in 2022. Anne enjoys reading, writing, and running.

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Lucas Hagen,RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Lucas has been with Family First since June 2020. Lucas graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Counter-terrorism and Homeland Security Policy from William Jewell College. Lucas enjoys reading, writing, and playing video/board games.

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Mallory Carty, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Mallory has been with Family First since August 2020. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hendrix College and is expected to graduate in May 2022. Mallory enjoys working out, and being active outdoors. 

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Kirsten Arno, RBT

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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Alison Kendall, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Alsion has been with Family First since June 2020. She is currently majoring in Psychology with a minor in English at University of Missouri and is expected to graduate in May 2021. Alison loves to write and read during her free time.

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Laney Park, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Laney has been with Family First since July 2020. She is currently majoring in Psychology at University of Missouri and is expected to graduate in May 2020. Laney enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, running, and traveling.

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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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Summer Scott, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Summer has been with Family First since June 2020. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UMKC. She is expected to graduate December 2020. Summer enjoys traveling, reading, and trying new recipes from Buzzfeed Tasty.

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Kearston Mohney, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Kearston has been with Family First since June 2020. She enjoys being outside, hanging out with her rabbit, cooking, and creating art.

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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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Torey Goodin,RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Torey has been with Family First since January 2020. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southwestern College in December 2019. She is currently working on a Master's degree in Psychology at American Public University System. Torey enjoys hanging out with friends and playing with her dog, Kya.

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Emily Bramblett, BT

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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Madison Pence, BT

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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Rose Schmitt, BT

Behavior Technician

Rose has been with Family First since November 2020. Rose is currently majoring in Nutrition and Human Performance at Logan University and is expected to graduate Summer 2020. Rose enjoys exercising, reading, and going on hikes with her dog, Tucker. Fun fact: Rose is currently training for an Olympic Distance triathlon!

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Salvador Hernandez, BT

Behavior Technician

 

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