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Dr. Stephen Shore
Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.
In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is internationally renowned for presentations, consultations and writings on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure. His most recent book College for Students with Disabilities combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education.
A current board member of Autism Speaks, president emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England, and advisory board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore serves on the boards of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, The US Autism and Asperger Association, the Scientific Counsel of OAR, and other autism related organizations.
Wesley Dotson, Ph.D., BCBA
Wesley Dotson, Ph.D., BCBA is the Director of the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research and an Associate Professor in the Special Education Program at Texas Tech University. He earned his Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology in 2010 from the University of Kansas. He has spent over 17 years in special education, working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities of all ages. He has worked as a high school special education teacher, a behavioral consultant, and an in-home therapist for individuals with severe disabilities before moving into higher education. His primary areas of research are social skills, relationship development, and successful life outcomes for adolescents and young adults with autism, as well as the preparation of teachers and other professionals to work successfully with students with autism.
Dr. Regina Crone, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Regina Crone is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctorate (BCBA-D), and received her Ph. D. from the University of North Texas, a M.Ed. in Special Education and a certificate in Autism Intervention from the University of North Texas, and a B.A. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
She is the Founder of Therapy and Beyond, Teach Me Academy and Camden Hill Montessori. She has over a decade of experience providing services to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities as an ABA provider and classroom special education teacher. She leads a strong team of professionals delivering ABA therapy, Speech and Counseling across Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado.
As an invited speaker at state, national and international conferences, she has presented on topics related to behavior management, self-help skills, social skills, academic strategies for reading and research findings. In addition, she has taught graduate level coursework, continues to be an invited speaker at events and school districts and has published research on effective parent training in the Journal of Education and Treatment of Children. She is also currently active in working with legislators to better understand Autism and Behavior Analysis in her current role on the Council of TxABA & TxABA Public Policy Group.
Dr. Crone is committed to providing quality services. She enjoys working closely with families and educating others.
Dr. Gordon Bourland, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Trinity Behavioral Associates
Gordon Bourland completed his Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Texas Arlington. Subsequently he was a postdoctoral fellow in behavioral psychology at the John F. Kennedy Institute (now Kennedy-Krieger Institute) of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For over 40 years he has held a variety of clinical and administrative positions involving services for persons with a variety of special needs in various settings.
Dr. Bourland has served as the Director of Behavioral Services for the Fort Worth State School; as Chief Psychologist for the Dallas County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center, Director of Psychology for the Colin Anderson Center in St. Mary’s West Virginia, and twice has been president of the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis. Through Trinity Behavioral Associates he currently provides behavior analytic consultation services for persons across the age-span with various needs in a variety of service settings.He currently is President of the TxABA Public Policy Group and also the Presiding Officer of the Behavior Analysis Advisory Board of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
Dr. Bourland has worked in classroom settings, provided behavioral consultation, consulted with teachers and administrators, taught graduate courses in education and psychology, and provided training to many teachers and other educational personnel. He has conducted and published research in a number of leading journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and Behavior Modification on topics including behavioral assessment and intervention, classroom instruction, intervention procedures for challenging behaviors, and basic learning procedures.
DeAnn Lechtenberger, Ph.D.
DeAnn Lechtenberger, Ph.D. is the Director of Technical Assistance and Community Outreach for the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research at Texas Tech University. She is the Program Director for the CASE Program (Connections for Academic Success and Employment).
She has worked in the field of special education for over 30 years as a public school teacher, behavior consultant as well as a program director for federal and state funded programs for children with learning and behavioral challenges before becoming higher education faculty. Her primary areas of research are interagency collaboration, children’s mental health, wraparound, positive behavior supports, and postsecondary educational outcomes for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Judith Ursitti is director of state government affairs for Autism Speaks. A CPA by training, she became immersed in the world of autism advocacy when her son, Jack, was diagnosed at age 2. Since then she has worked on the passage, implementation and enforcement of autism related legislation in more than a dozen states.
She is the recipient of the Margaret Bauman, MD Award for Excellence within the Autism Community, the Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts Commitment to Advocacy Award, the Autism Advocacy in Action Award from the Long Island Behavior Analysis Conference and the Oklahoma Autism Network’s Excellence in Autism Award. She has also run ten marathons, frequently fundraising for various autism-related charities.
A native of Seguin, Texas, Judith now lives in Dover, MA with her husband, Andy, and two children.
Heather Hughes, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LSSP
Dr. Hughes has more than 20 years of experience serving inside schools and within various communities. She has extensive experience working with individuals and families of individuals with autism, developmental delays, and learning differences. Dr. Hughes’ areas of specialization include assessment and social skills intervention. She has served as a presenter at multiple state, national, and international conferences on varying topics such as program evaluation, building effective school teams, behavior intervention, social skills development, and effective instructional strategies. She serves on multiple advisory boards, is a member of a variety of professional organizations, and teaches college courses on topics including special education, assessment, and autism.
Dr. Hughes received her Ph.D. from UNT’s Department of Educational Psychology in 2011. She also earned a master’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce as well as a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Special Education, also from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She is also a proud veteran of the United States Army.
Dr. Hughes grew up overseas and has lived as well as traveled abroad. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, running, yoga, and traveling with her husband, Todd. They enjoy hiking and fishing with their two Great Pyrenees dogs, Sacha and Sadie. Hughes and her husband have six adult children who live throughout Texas, Chicago, and Hawaii.
Dr. James Williams, CRC, ACAS
Dr. James Williams is the Chief Operating Officer and Vocational Expert at Bloom Consulting in Austin, TX. He is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Advanced Certified Autism Specialist, and an Adjunct Professor at St. Edward’s University. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Special Education from Sam Houston State University, his Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from Texas Tech University Health Science Center, and his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. He is also a certified Special Education Teacher with experience in public and private education and social services.
Dr. Williams has provided services to individuals with disabilities, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders, across the lifespan for the past twelve years. He continues to use his professional and personal experience with Asperger’s Syndrome as a catalyst to inspire and educate others to believe in the incredible possibilities for adults and children with disabilities when they receive the appropriate support and accommodations.
Bruce Bloom, M.Ed,CRC,CAS, IPEC
Bruce Bloom is a Vocational Expert, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Autism Specialist, and the President of Bloom Consulting located in Austin, Texas. Bruce earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from The University of Texas at Austin. Bruce has worked as a human resource generalist, and an operations manager for several Fortune 500 companies. After graduation from The University of Texas, he started his own Vocational Consulting Company in Austin, Texas, focusing on vocational evaluations, worker compensation, case management, business and educational consultations, job
placement, and supported employment services for the Texas Workforce Commission. Bruce worked for two years with Rehab Without Walls as their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor by helping adults diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury in their goals of returning to work. In 2014, Bruce completed a postgraduate program in Forensic Rehabilitation through George Washington University and currently consults with attorneys as a Vocational Expert regarding pre- and post-injury earning capacity in legal disputes, as well as other forensic vocational rehabilitation settings. Bruce sits on the board of advisors for The University of Texas-Austin Vocational Rehabilitation Education program and the Texas Workforce Commission’s Developmental Disabilities Taskforce.
Gail Wayman, M.Ed., BCBA
Gail Wayman has been working with children with autism and other special needs for over 20 years. She is the owner and Executive Director of The Wayman Center in Plano, Texas, which has been providing early intensive behavioral intervention to children with autism and other special needs since 2004. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a certified Special Education teacher. Gail has worked in public schools as a Special Education Teacher, Behavior Specialist, and In-Home Trainer. She has also provided consultation services for school districts, private and public service providers, and families implementing in-home ABA programs. Gail has presented workshops and training for various organizations such as the North Texas Autism Education Center, Texas Autism Conference, and the FEAT North Texas Autism Conference. She has also presented her research at the annual conference of both The Association for Behavior Analysis International
(ABAI) and the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis (TXABA). Gail resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband, dogs and cat, and enjoys spending free time getting together with family, camping and playing the cello.
Tashenna Gillmore, M.Ed, BCBA
Tashenna Gillmore is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and the founder of The Heart of Behavior LLC. located in Denton Texas. She received her Master’s of Education in Special Education with a Graduate Academic Certificate in Autism Intervention from the University of North Texas. Tashenna has gained over twenty years of experience creating and implementing ABA programs for individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities in home, clinical, and school settings throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and California. She also teaches a variety of enrichment classes to typically developing children and adults, including; dance, creative movement, theater improve, social and emotional skills classes, even professional conduct training to help young adults attain employment. In addition, Tashenna has gained experience as a treatment director for clinical services, parent, and therapist trainer, and has been a requested presenter and trainer for many organizations in the areas of education, autism and applied behavior analysis. Her passion is in providing truly individualized services for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities; as well as working with their families and communities.
Michael J. Tucker, M.Ed., Autism Consultant, ESC Region 11
Michael J. Tucker received his Master of Education from University of North Texas in Special Education and Autism Intervention in 2005. Michael has been working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for over 18 years. He began working with children with autism in a private setting and then at the Autism Treatment Center. His teacher career has included working as an elementary life skills teacher, Lead In-Home/Parent Trainer, a Behavior Specialist and now serves as the ESC Region 11 Autism Consultant.
Cindi Paschall, Arc Greater Mid Cities
Cindi is a parent passionately involved in advancing the rights of people living with disability labels. She has dedicated the past 21 years to advocacy, applying her personal experience and knowledge in helping others. Over the years she has worked and also volunteered for various organizations set up to assist and empower individuals who have a disability and their families. Currently Cindi serves as the President of Arc Greater Mid Cities and is a frequent speaker at state and local events.
Sgt. Cory Sutton
Cory Sutton is a Sergeant with The University of Oklahoma Police Department in Norman, OK. Cory has served with OUPD for 12+ years and the Norman Police Department for 8 years. Cory and his wife, Traci Sutton, are the parents of 16-year- old twin girls who are diagnosed with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome. While not on the autism spectrum, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome shares many characteristics of ASD. Cory and Traci have developed,
and been teaching, a class for law enforcement and first responders on ways to handle contacts with individuals on the autism spectrum. The class has been offered since 2011 and has been taught across the state of Oklahoma. The University of Oklahoma Police Department has supported the class and continues to send Cory to new trainings to learn more about autism and ways to interact, care for, and handle calls for service with individuals on the spectrum. Cory and Traci are continuously updating the class as new information and stories come forward.
Carin Renee Shearer M.Ed., BCBA
Carin Renee Shearer M.Ed., BCBA is a Director of Special Education in Lewisville ISD and a doctoral candidate for Special Education Leadership in Autism Interventions at the University of North Texas. Carin has spent over 19 years working in public schools serving the needs of students in special education, as well as provided consultation and direct services to individuals with autism and their families. Carin’s focused areas of research include teaching language to individuals with autism, treatment of severe behavior problems, and effective and efficient methods to provide quality staff training in ABA in the public school setting. Carin has presented many trainings and workshops at local , state, and national conferences including FEAT-NT, FEAT- Houston, Texas Association of Behavior Analysis (TxABA), Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), Texas Council for Exceptional Children, and the International Conference for Children with Behavior Disorders.
Carin is a founding member and has served on the board of the Behavior Analyst in Public Education SIG with TxABA for the past four years.
Carin currently resides in Addison, Tx with her husband and 4 year old daughter. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family and is committed to providing quality education and advocating for students with special needs in the public school setting.
Daniel Durany, BA, Self Advocate
Daniel Durany is a 2006 graduate from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies. Durany is a speaker, author, and advocate for persons with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and people who deal with it in others. He pioneered an adult support group with FEAT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment). In 2013, Durany was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders and became the Keynote Speaker for the Texas State Autism Conference in Corpus Christi. Last year Durany spoke at the Oklahoma Statewide Autism Conference.
He brings an enthusiastic perspective about Aspergers during his time in school, job world, and dating/relationships to share with parents, professionals, and others with his condition. Daniel’s presentation discusses his childhood struggles in school, transitioning experience from high school-to-college, and approaches to help others similar with his condition.
Following his presentations, audience members have clearer understanding about breakdowns in communication with people with Asperger’s, transitions from high school-to-college, sensory issues, and psychological difficulties that AS typically causes. With this knowledge educators and parents will be enabled to design solid support systems and strategies for academic, emotional and physical success.
Wendy Robinson, CPC
Wendy Robinson is the mother of an autistic child. She has an extensive knowledge of the medical insurance industry with over 14 years of professional experience of submitting and appealing insurance claims. She is a certified professional coder and transcriptionist, with over six years of experience working for an insurance carrier with multiple roles that included processing claims and reviewing first-level appeals. She has worked for a multi-physician’s group collecting patient’s benefits from insurance companies. She is currently working with Pathways Early Autism Intervention, whose program is specifically geared towards helping toddlers with autism.
When her child was diagnosed with autism, she was faced with many challenges, one of the biggest was insurance coverage for her son’s autism. Her medical insurance knowledge helped her son obtain services which otherwise never would have been paid. Because of the struggles in her son’s journey she realizes the need to help equip parents with the knowledge to obtain all available coverage for the treatment of autism.
Christina Martin, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA
Christina is a licensed and certified speech language pathologist practicing in Texas and Oklahoma. She has a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Christina is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Speech Language Pathology and a M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Christina has over thirteen years of experience working with individuals with autism within both the home and clinical settings. She has been an invited speaker at local universities and organizations presenting on topics related to the integration of speech and language and applied behavior analysis.
MariAnn Gattelaro, M.S., CRC, LPC-Intern
MariAnn is a certified rehabilitation counselor, licensed professional counselor intern, and specialized academic program Director in an inclusive school setting. MariAnn was a past school counselor, learning lab specialist, behavior therapist, specialized education teacher with a variety of experiences that combined academics with learning differences, leading to ideas on approaches to teach students to learn to their greatest potential.
Lauren Rich, M.Ed., SLP-Assistant, BCBA
Lauren Rich is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences and Disorders. Lauren went on to receive Masters of Education with an emphasis on autism and special education. She has been working with Therapy and Beyond for over 11 years. Previously she has been a Clinic Director in the Fort Worth location, and Program Supervisor in the Carrollton, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City Therapy and Beyond locations. She has worked as a therapist, program supervisor/consultant, and clinic director in home, center, and school based programs. Her area of expertise is in functional assessments, higher level social skills, reading, math, executive functioning skills, functional communication and reduction of problem behavior. Lauren is currently in the DFW area as the Clinic Director of the Therapy and Beyond center in Carrollton, Texas.
Robin Kuntz, M.Ed., R.P.E.D.
Robin has worked in the field of special education for over 35 years, serving as a Special Education Teacher, Educational Diagnostician, Transition Specialist and Transition Coordinator. She started her career working with Hurst-Euless- Bedford ISD. After five years there, she moved to Grapevine/Colleyville ISD for two years and then on to Carroll ISD for 23 years. She came full circle and completed her last years in public education back in Hurst-Euless- Bedford ISD. Robin is currently working as a Transition Consultant for local school districts and agencies and as an Employment Service Provider for the Texas Workforce Commission. She is the Owner/Director of her own company called Achievable Employment Solutions, LLC. In addition, Robin is on the Board of Directors for the Child Study Center in Fort Worth.
Art & Chelly Sellinger, Parents
Art Sellinger moved to Texas in 1985 after growing up in Las Vegas, NV. He played collegiate golf at Arizona Western College and University of Nevada Las Vegas before turning professional. At 21 years of age he won his first of two National Long Drive Championships. From 1987 to 2005 Sellinger performed more than 2,000 golf shows/clinics in more than 25 countries as well as playing tournament golf all over the world.
In 1995 Sellinger founded Long Drivers of America and created the World Long Drive Championship seen annually on Golf Channel and NBC Sports. Sellinger has recently sold the company to Comcast/NBC Sports. Additionally Sellinger owns Sellinger’s Power Golf with two retail locations in the DFW area as well as an e-commerce operation.
Chelly Sellinger grew up in Arlington, Texas and graduated from the University of TexaS at Arlington. Chelly has many talents as an interior decorator, fashion designer, artist, singer and most importantly has dedicated her time to raising her children and supporting Zach through his journey with Aspergers.
They live in Trophy Club, Texas with their daughter Hannah (17) and son Zach (18). Their son Zach was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome at the age of 2.5 years old and is currently a student at the University of Arkansas.
Kimberlee Flatt, M.A., LPC, BCBA
Kimberlee Flatt is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds both General and Special Education Teacher and School Counseling Certifications. She is also a Doctoral Candidate at the University of North Texas.
Kimberlee is a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas and two master’s degrees from Amberton University in School and Professional Counseling.
She has spent the past 15 years directly serving individuals with disabilities in classrooms, in a clinical setting, and in home programs as well as providing training to educators at both state and national levels. Her favorite components of her job are working with families including sibling groups to navigate their world and support their emotional needs.
Sarah McCroan, M.Ed, BCBA
Sarah is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working in the field of special education for 10 years. Thinking she wanted to go on to law school to work in child advocacy, Sarah obtained her B.A. in History (Minor: Political Science) from Texas A&M University, College Station. While working as a substitute teacher in a classroom for students with autism she found a new passion. Upon graduation, Sarah began her career working in Community ISD as a special education teacher and shortly thereafter earned her M.Ed in Special Education at Texas A&M University, Commerce. There she was first exposed to applied behavior analysis and Sarah found her calling. Sarah worked as a self-contained behavior intervention teacher for 5 years while completing her Graduate Academic Certification in applied behavior analysis from University of North Texas, and was awarded her BCBA license in 2013.
After working in a private therapy center for a year, Sarah returned to public education to work as BCBA – Behavior Specialist for International Leadership of Texas and for the past three years has dedicated her time and effort to advancing the principles of ABA to broader and broader ranges of settings and students. Whether in a large group setting through professional development for district and campus level administration and staff, or through one on one relationships with teachers, parents and students, Sarah uses her skills to help general education and special education students who struggle with behavior.
Laura is originally from Scotland and has been teaching since she was 21. She has taught a variety of age groups from pre-school to high school in different countries around the world. Laura has lived in Texas for 28 years and was hired by Grapevine Colleyville Independent School District as a Special Education teacher 15 years ago. Currently Laura serves the district as their Transition Specialist and is responsible for training staff about all things related to the transition of students with special needs from high school to their post-secondary goals. Laura was a member of the Family Support Council which has now become part of the IDD council of Tarrant County. Laura is passionate about assisting students with disabilities attain their goals and is excited at the opportunity to present at the FEAT conference.
Kecia R Adams-Wright, M.Ed., BCBA
Kecia Adams-Wright has more than 20 years of experience supporting individuals with autism and their families. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas and Master of Education degree in Special Education and a Graduate Academic Certificate in Autism Intervention from the University of North Texas. As a graduate student at the University of North Texas, Ms. Adams-Wright was
nominated to the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Kecia is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a holds a teaching certification in Special Education for Pre-K through grades 12 and General Education grades 1 through 6. She has sixteen years of experience in autism intervention. Ms. Adams-Wright has worked as an ABA therapist and consultant in home programs and shadowing students in private school settings.
She later joined public education and worked in Texas schools serving as a teacher of students with special needs and autism in particular, a parent trainer, teacher trainer and mentor, and behavior specialist. Kecia’s areas of expertise include functional assessment, reduction of problem behavior and increase of socially significant skills, parent training, Verbal Behavior and the use of Incidental Teaching strategies. She has more than 9 years of experience as a Clinical Supervisor and Director including a certified replication of the only nationally recognized Incidental Teaching and National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited model, the Walden Early Childhood Center at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Adams-Wright has been an invited presenter at numerous regional workshops and conferences on various topics in behavior analysis and autism.
Stacey Callaway, Ph.D.
Dr. Stacey Callaway has over 20 years of experience working with students with autism. She is currently a Behavior Specialist for Wylie ISD. Within the school system, she’s served as an In-home/Parent trainer, Autism Specialist, and PPCD teacher. Additionally, she has worked as an adjunct professor at Stephen F. Austin State University and Lamar University, teaching classes on educational programming for students with autism and other special education courses. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Ph.D. in Special Education, with an emphasis on teacher preparation and students with autism spectrum disorders. She has presented internationally, nationally, and locally on topics related to teaching and supporting students with autism spectrum disorders.
Christie Enzinna MA, BCBA
Christie Enzinna is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities in the Houston area for the past 35 years. Christie has an extensive, broad range of work experiences, from which she draws to enrich her presentations and make them very practical. Her work practices have included providing direct therapy, staff training, developing treatment programs, and consultation with families and organizations. She has worked with very challenging individuals who display skill deficits and serious maladaptive behaviors. She has demonstrated the effectiveness of ABA for working with individuals of all ages, from children age 2 years through adults over the age of 40 years, with a broad spectrum of disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Downs Syndrome, Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, and ADHD. She has worked in a variety of settings including family homes, public and private schools, clinics, state institutions, day habilitation centers, and the natural community. She has written and received grants from the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. She was the founder and co-chair of the TxABA Autism Special Interest Group in the Houston area 2000 – 2009, and a founding board member of the Lone Star Association for Behavior Analysis. She has served as an elected member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, which oversees the International Behavior Analysis Certification. She is a frequent speaker on autism, behavior challenges, skills development, and ABA treatment for parent and service provider organizations.
Judge Brooke Allen
Brooke Ulrickson Allen was appointed by the Tarrant County Commissioners as Judge of Probate Court No. 2 and the assumed the role in October of 2016. Her experience as a skilled litigator, knowledge of the law, conservative judicial philosophy, strict attention to ethics and hard work, and tried and true efforts promoting Texas values in the ballot box made her well-qualified for this important court.
As an attorney, Allen was frequently recognized by her peers for her dedication to the law and hard work. Allen is a Fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation, a honor bestowed only 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys each year, was consistently voted a “Top Attorney” by Fort Worth Magazine, a “Texas Rising Star” in Texas Monthly, and was named “Attorney of the Year” by the Fort Worth Paralegal Association.
Katherine ( Kat) Lee , BA
An RDI program Certified Consultant for 15 years. Kat Lee works in the DFW metroplex and also serves as the RDi area coordinator and is on the national RDI Professional Advisory Board.
She also hosts RDI webinars and podcasts for parents and professionals alike. She began life in the workplace in radio/ tv as on air talent . Her son Daniel. (25). was diagnosed ASD in 1995 when he was 2 years old. Since then, she has continued to be trained in ABA principles for 23 years. In 2003, She began to incorporate RDI. parent guiding principles at home as well and once again, saw tremendous progress. Katherine continued work as an ABA therapist with families but also became certified as an RDI Consultant and turned her practice toward helping parents to guide their children in the home. She currently works with families locally and elsewhere in the US, as well as having worked with families around the world, including Australia, Mexico, Peru, Israel and Belgium. She also conducts online school observations as well as teacher and aid training.
Karen Markle, MA, BCBA
Karen Markle is the Executive Vice President of the Education and Autism Division of Merakey. In 1996, Markle began as a direct care service worker with Merakey and moved up the corporate ladder holding progressive leadership positions. She and her management team pioneered an innovative way to create a continuum of services and discover funding opportunities when there seemed to be none available to fill the needs of the autism community. From a therapeutic support staff to BCBA, Karen’s experiences have involved people of all ages with all abilities. With her continual leadership and advocacy, the division has been able to open autism centers in 5 states including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Louisiana, Delaware, and Maryland. With this expansion, Merakey continues to adapt and grow to help better serve those who cannot help themselves. With her advanced craftsmanship of programs, Markle manages to lead the industry to heights allowing all ages and abilities to live as independently as desired.
David Fales, MA, NCC, LPC
David Fales is the Senior Executive Director for Administration, Education & Autism division for Merakey.
Not only does he have a Masters in Counseling Psychology, but David has intensive training for both Trauma Informed Treatment as well as Structured Sensory Interventions. Being a National Board-Certified and Pennsylvania-Licensed Professional Counselor, he has an immense amount of experience with Trauma-Informed Care and quality clinical services for children and families in both behavioral health and educational settings. He has been in the behavioral health and education field for over 23 years, over 19 of those being with Merakey. Fales received his degrees in Counseling Psychology and Early Childhood Education from Andrews University and Washington Adventist University. Holding a position in the senior leadership team, Fales also has responsibilities with respect to Policy and Procedure development throughout the Education and Autism Division while also promoting the Trauma-Informed Care initiative company wide.
Adults with Aspergers Panel
Presented by Adults from the FEAT-NT Asperger/Autism Group
Come share with our adult group about their experiences growing up facing challenges, their eventual diagnosis and what life is like living on the spectrum. The FEAT Adult group is like a family. The FEAT group has grown substantially over the past 6 years. They are excited to participate again this year at the conference with new members joining in and some familiar faces from previous years. Their insight will provide a wealth of information to teachers, therapists and parents alike on better understanding their students and children.