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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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!

 

 

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Celina Evans, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst 

Celina has been with Family First since October 2015. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Education and is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Professional Behavioral Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. Her expected graduation date is December 2020. In her free time, Celina enjoys oil painting and refinishing antique furniture.

Leadership Team

Jesse Trautman

Jesse Trautman, RBT

Office Administrator & Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Jesse has been with Family First since June 2019. She graduated with an Associate in Liberal Arts from Kansas City Kansas Community College in May 2019. In her free time, Jesse enjoys baking, singing, traveling, and taking adventures.

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Lilian Andrade, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Lily has been with Family First since December 2018. She has a Master's in Human Services and a Minor in administration. In her free time she enjoys nature and going to the gym.

Kelly Crowder

Kelly Crowder, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Kelly has been with Family First since February 2018. She graduated with an Associate in Arts in 1999 and an Associate in Science in 2012. In her free time, Kelly enjoys traveling, reading, trying new things, and entertaining. Prior to working at Family First, Kelly was active as an advocate for children, parents, and childcare providers at local, state, and federal levels.

Behavioral Specialists

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Jordan Andrews, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Jordan has been with Family First since September 2018. In her free time, Jordan enjoys reading, listening to music, and playing with her cat.

Keeley Bailes

Keeley Bailes, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Keeley has been with Family First since March 2018. In her free time, Keeley enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews. Keeley loves to ride horses.

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Renee Collins, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Renee has been with Family First since December 2017. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her kids, family, and friends, and drawing.

Rachael Patterson

Rachael Patterson, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Rachael has been with Family First since August 2018. She is currently working on a college degree. In her free time, Rachael enjoys CrossFit and going to the lake.

Dakotah Ford

Dakotah Ford, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Dakotah has been with Family First since September 2019. In her free time, she enjoys drinking coffee and watching shows on Netflix. 

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Rhianna McDaniel, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Rhianna has been with Family First since August 2019. She is currently working on a Masters Degree in Counseling from UMKC. Her expected graduation date is December 2022. In her free time, Rhianna enjoys playing with her dog, doing arts & crafts, and hanging out with her friends and family. 

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Kala Finney, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Kala enjoys working out, eating, dancing, and motivating others. A fun fact about Kala is that she has mad cooking skills!

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Taylor Wiley, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Taylor has been with Family First since October 2019. Taylor is expected to graduate in December 2019 with a Bachelor of science in Ultrasonography with a Minor in Fetal Echocardiography from UMKC. She will then work towards a Master of Science degree in RN & APRN- OB/Midwife at University of Kansas. Taylor enjoys going to the lake, riding/working with horses, traveling, rock climbing, and kayaking.

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