Leavenworth 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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Celina Evans, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Celina has been with Family First since October 2015. She has a Bachelor's degree in Arts Education and a Master's Degree in Professional Behavioral Analysis. Get to know Celina through a quote "I like piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain, I am not into yoga, and I have half a brain! I like eating snacks at midnight in the dunes on the cape, if I'm the BCBA that you've looked for, write to me and let's play!" 

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Mariah Dobson, BCaBA

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

Mariah has been with Family First since November 2017. She graduated from Ball State University in 2022 with a Bachelor's in Applied Behavior Analysis. She currently is working on her Master's at the Florida State of Technology and is expected to graduate in December 2024. Mariah enjoys hanging out with family and friends, Netflix of course, and going outdoors. 

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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!

 

Leavenworth Leadership Team

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Lacey Fisher, Office Administrator

Office Administrator

Lacey has been with Family First since March 2022. She graduated from Columbia Basin Community College with an Associate in Arts in 2021. She enjoys walking her dogs, running, pilates, music festivals, hiking, boating, and traveling.

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Abby Wassum, Support

Support Team

Abby has been with Family First since August 2021. She enjoys spending time with friends, camping, traveling, PC gaming, and cooking.

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Courtney Hyde, Support

Support Team

Courtney has been with Family First since August 2020. She graduated from Peru State University with Bachelor in Psychology. She is currently working on her Master's in Professional Behavioral Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology and is expected to graduate in 2025. She enjoys reading, hanging out with family, and eating good food.

Leavenworth Registered Behavioral Technicians

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Caitlyn Campbell, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Caitlyn started with Family First in February 2023. She currently is working on her Bachelor's in Elementry Education at Benedictine College and is expected to graduate in December 2023. 

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Kelsey Barnes, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Kelsey started with Family First in January 2023. In her free time, she enjoys taking walks outside with her children, and bow hunting.

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Molly Henson, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Molly started with Family First in February 2023. She is currently working on a Bachelor's in Social Work and a Minor in Theology at the University of Saint Mary and is expected to graduate in 2025. She enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, and swimming.

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Robert McCabe, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Robert started with Family First in February 2023. He enjoys hanging out with friends and family, riding his motorcycle, playing billiards, and playing with his two dogs.

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Samantha Caldwell, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Samantha started with Family First in 2023. She enjoys exploring new places with her family and dog.

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Tia Thompson, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Tia started with Family First in April 2023. She is currently working on an Associate in Arts at Barton Community College. She enjoys playing piano and learning new languages. 

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Morgan Baltazor, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Morgan started with Family First in May 2023. She enjoys sipping tea on her porch with her cats and playing animal crossing. She also loves to read!

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Angie Rediger, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Angie started with Family First in 2023. 

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Brittney Farrell, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Brittney started with Family First in 2023. 

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Marion Wolters, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Marion started with Family First in 2023. 

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Christin Ortiz, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Christin started with Family First in 2023. 

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Ashlynee Sanchez, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Ashlynee started with Family First in September 2023. She is currently working on her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Saint Mary. She enjoys watching crime documentaries, reading, wedding planning, and spending time with friends and family.

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Skye Cavallaro, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Skye started with Family First in August 2023. She is currently working on her Exercise Science degree from the University of Saint Mary. She enjoys baking and listening to music. 

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Brain J Steed, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Brain started with Family First in 2023. He enjoys spending time with friends and family. In his free time, he works on starting his own business! 

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Dustin Lough, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Dustin started with Family First in 2023. He enjoys reading, listening ti music, and walking trails outside! 

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Marie St.Yves, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Marie started with Family First in May 2023. She enjoys hanging out with her dogs, going fishing, being outside, spending time with her husband and kids, and watching movies. 

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Katheryn Walker, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician 

Katheryn started with Family First in 2024. 

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