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

 

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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 and fiancé.

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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. Mariah is currently working on a Associate of Arts at Ozark Technical Community College.

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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 boyfriend, 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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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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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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Lindsay Lanaman, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Lindsay has been with Family First since January 2021. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Behavioral Science at University of Missouri. Lindsay enjoys playing with her dogs, Olive & Nora, building blanket forts with her fiancé, and watching Netflix!  

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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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Annabella Rudesill,RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Annabella has been with Family First since December 2020. Annabella enjoys reading, spending time with family, being outside, and watching movies/TV.

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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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Rose Biggs, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Rose has been with Family First since January 2021. She graduated from Metropolitan Community College with her Associate of Arts degree in December 2020. Rose enjoys spending time with her two dogs, traveling, and being outside.

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Kate Luedke, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Kate has been with Family First since February 2021. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical/ Community Psychology, Molecular and Cellular Biology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her free time, Kate loves to read, and watch documentaries. 

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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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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. 

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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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Abigail Davila, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Abi has been with Family First since May 2021. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science- Rehabilitation Sciences and a minor in Psychology/ Human Development. Abi enjoys cooking, baking, and working out. 

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Christopher Atkins, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Chris has been with Family First since May 2021. Chris is currently working towards his Associate of Arts degree in Education. In his free time, Chris enjoys performing, dancing, singing, and acting. Those hobbies have always been an important piece of his life and is a perfect way to express himself and bring bring joy to others.

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Alicia Boguske, BT

Behavior Technician

Alicia has been with Family First since June 2021. Alicia enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, reading, crafting, and dancing. 

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Makayla Krier, BT

Behavior Technician

Makayla has been with Family First since June 2021. She is currently working towards her Associate of Science Degree in Nursing at Maple Woods Community College. Makayla enjoys hanging out with her friends and family.

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