Manhattan 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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Laken Reel, BCaBA

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

Laken has been with Family First since January 2017.  She graduated with a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Minor in Biology from Culver-Stocklton College in May of 2014. She also is working on a Master's in Behavioral Analysis Practice from Florida Insitute of Technology and is expected to graduate in December of 2023. Laken enjoys spending time with loved ones, swimming, art, books, and trying new restaurants. 

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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!

 

Manhattan Leadership Team

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Meredith Weiers, Office Administrator & RBT

Office Administrator and Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Meredith started with Family First in May 2019. She is currently enrolled in college at Kansas State University and is working on a Bachelor's in Elementry Education and a Minor in Special Education. SHe enjoys hiking, camping, and hanging out with friends and family. 

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Lily Tatro, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Lily started with Family First in May 2022. She is currently working on her Bachelor's in Speech-Language Pathology (Communication Sciences and Disorders) at Kansas State University and is expected to graduate in December of 2023. She enjoys reading, sewing, hunting, fishing, and hanging out with friends.

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Abby Nichols, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Abby started with Family First in May 2022. She is currently working on her Bachelor's in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a Minor in Human Development and Family Science at Kansas State University and is expected to graduate in May 2024. She enjoys spending time with friends and going to K-State sporting events.

Manhattan Registered Behavioral Specialists

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Abby Daoheuang, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Abby started with Family First in 2023.  She is working on her Associate's degree at American River College. She enjoys reading, writing poetry, and watching TV. 

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Adora Lewis, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Adora started with Family First in January 2023. She is currently working on getting her Bachelor's in Kinesiology at Kansas State University. She enjoys going to the gym and sports events, hanging out with friends, kickboxing, and spending time with her dog. 

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Andrea Sweat, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Andrea started with Family First in 2023. She is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and a Minor in Human Development and Family Science at Kansas State University. She enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as attending sporting events. 

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Anna Achille, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Anna started with Family First in 2023. She is currently working on her Bachelor's in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Minor in Interdisciplinary Conflict Resolution at Kansas State University. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, listening to music, and going to sporting events.

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Annie Rogers, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Annie started with Family First in 2023. She is currently working on her Bachelor's in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Kansas State University. She enjoys hanging out with friends and going out to new places to eat. 

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Annie Hennen, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Annie started with Family First in 2023. She is currently working on her Bachelor's in Communication Science and Disorders and is expected to graduate in December 2025. She enjoys reading, CrossFit, watching tv, crocheting, and hanging out with friends. 

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Brookelyn Schettler, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Brookelyn started with Family First in 2023. She is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a Minor in Human Development and Family Studies and Geography from Kansas State University. She enjoys hanging out with friends, being active, and spending time outside.

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Caitlyn Rexroat, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Caitlyn started with Family First in January 2023. She is currently working on her Bachelor's in Speech Therapy from Kansas State University. She enjoys playing sports, and hanging out with her roomates. 

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Cambri Dallmann, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Cambri started with Family First in 2023. She is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Kansas State University. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, water coloring, swimming, and traveling. 

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Catherine Eyler, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Catherine started with Family First in 2023. She is currently working on her Bachelor's in Communication Sciences and Disorders/ Gerontology with a Minor in Human Development and Family Sciences from Kansas State University. She enjoys working out, running, and listening to music.

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Emma VerEllen, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Emma started with Family First in February 2023. She completed an Assoicates degree from Indian Hills Community College and is currently working on her Bachelor's in Psychology at William Penn University. She enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with family. 

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Jenna Melton, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Jenna started with Family First in January 2023. She is currently working on her Bachelor's in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a Minor in Human Development and Family Sciences from Kansas State University. She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with friends, finding new places to eat, and playing games with her family.

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Koby Nickel, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Koby started with Family First in 2023. He is currently working on his Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a Minor in Human Development and Family Sciences at Kansas State University. He enjoys playing tennis and volleyball and watching movies.

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Madison Pokorny, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Madison started with Family First in January 2023. She is currently working on her Bachelor's in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Minor in Human Development and Family Sciences at Kansas State University. She enjoys spending time cooking, baking, reading, and playing with her dogs back home. 

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Megan Keeten, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Megan started with Family First in January 2023. She is currently working on her Bachelor's in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a Minor in Human Development and Family Sciences at Kansas State University. She enjoys attending KSU sporting events, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and watching movies. 

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Mallory Pokorny, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Mallory started with Family First in 2023. She is currently working on her Bachelor's in Marketing and a Minor in Sports and Entertainment Marketing from Kansas State University. In her free time, she enjoys staying active, running, working out, going on hikes, and swimming. She also enjoys baking and traveling. 

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Reagan Eilert, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Reagan started with Family First in January 2023. She is currently working on her Bachelor's in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a Minor in Human Development and Family Sciences from Kansas State University. She enjoys reading, coffee, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family.

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Shabeba McDonald, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Shabeba started with Family First in 2023. She enjoys spending time with her children and mother, reading, and sewing.

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Maggie Epp, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Maggie started with Family First in May of 2023. She is currently working on her Communication Sciences and Disorders major with a minor in Well-Being at Kansas State University. She enjoys exercising, spending time with her friends, and reading.

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