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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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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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 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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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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Kirsten Arno, 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. She loves to bake cakes and pastries. Kirsten also enjoys spending time at coffee shops and binge watching Marvel movies.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kelsie Shaw, RBT

Registered 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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Nicholas Sprague, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

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

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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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Carina Silverio-Davis, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Carina has been with Family First since April 2022. Carina enjoys listening to music, working out, and spending time with her boyfriend and family. 

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Lillian Holt, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Lilly is a returning RBT, who will be working with us for the summer. She is a graduate from University of Missouri and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child & Family Development and minor in Sociology. Lilly enjoys hanging out with her friends, going to the gym, and reading.

Sydney Gardner

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, Minor in Criminal Justice, in December 2021. Sydney is currently working towards her Masters degree in Psychology (with a research concentration), and is expected to graduate in December 2023. In her free time she enjoys working at local food pantries and watching movies.

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Joselina (Jozie) Berg, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Jozie has been at Family First since March 2022. She graduated from Maple Woods Community College in 2019 with a Associate of Arts degree in General Education. In her free time she enjoys reading, swimming, traveling, hiking, and watching TV.

Bayley Bartow

Bayley Bartow, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Bayley has been with Family First since March 2022. She graduated from Ozark Technical Community College with an Associate of Arts degree. Bayley is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy and is expected to graduate December 2024. 

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Alexandrea (Alex) Stout, RBT

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. 

Emily Olson

Emily Olson, BT

Behavior Technician

Emily has been with Family First since May 2022. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time outside reading a book in her hammock. She also enjoys going to concerts, starting new projects around her apartment, camping, and kayaking.

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Margaret Dice, BT

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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Alexis Rowell, BT

Behavior Technician

Alexis has been with Family First since May 2022. She has her Associate of Science degree in BSN from Saint Luke's Health Sciences College. Alexis enjoys spending time with her friends, family and her dog. 

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McKenzie Brown, BT

Behavior Technician 

McKenzie has been with Family First since May 2022. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at UMKC. She is expected to graduate in Fall 2023. McKenzie enjoys painting, yoga, and playing games. 

 

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Megan Shields,BT

Behavior Technician 

Megan has been with Family First since May 2022. She is currently working towards her Bachelor or Science degree in nursing from Park University. She is expected to graduate in May 2024. Megan enjoys working out, baking, and spending time with loved ones. 

 

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