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Our Behavior and Mental Health Clinicians

Alice Beck

Alice graduated from the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education - Moderate to Severe Disabilities. She completed additional graduate work in the areas of Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. Alice is currently completing the requirements to complete the Board Exam for Applied Behavior Analysis. Alice previously worked as a Special Education teacher for individuals with multiple disabilities; where she was able to effectively implement plans to increase appropriate behavior, life skills, independence and academic skill acquisition. She currently provides behavior support services, targeting replacement behaviors, functional communication skills, and long-term client independence. Alice provides services to clients with varying abilities, needs, and ages. She provides services in all areas of Jefferson and Bullitt County. 

Sandra Geisen

Sandra earned her Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University, and is practicing Applied Behavior Analysis in the Northern Kentucky area.  She specializes in early intervention and language development for children with autism, as well as behavior analytic interventions for children in Spanish speaking families.  

Ben Bucalos

Ben has been working with children and adults with various intellectual, emotional, behavioral, and physical disabilities for over 20 years. He holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Bellarmine University, Master of Science in Social Work from the Kent School of Social Work at UofL, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). 

Chelsey Uckotter

Chelsey Uckotter is a Board-Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) and is from Cincinnati, Ohio.  Chelsey’s practice is primarily in northern Kentucky – Chelsey has been practicing for four years.  With a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University, as a BCBA, Chelsey specializes in verbal behavior for children or adults who need language development.  Chelsey also focuses on behavioral programming.  Under this programming, Chelsey seeks to help her clients succeed in a manner that is beneficial to the client and their family.

Julie Bucalos

Julie has many years experience teaching students with various disabilities in public schools and working in homes to provide behavior support to clients and their families. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of St. Elizabeth, Masters in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University, Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Special Education Assistive Technology from UofL, and is currently working toward earning her BCBA. 

Thearsa Moore

Thearsa is a behavioral specialist in Louisville, KY.  She earned a Bachelor's degree in speech/language pathology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a Master's degree in applied behavior analysis from Ball State University.  She has over 10 years of experience working with children and adults who have emotional, behavioral, developmental, and neurological challenges. She believes there is no such thing as a bad child, only bad behavior.  "Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."

Shannon Priddy-Marin

Shannon is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in Breckenridge and Mead Counties. She earned a Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Spalding University in 2013.

Joyce Colwell

Joyce is a Licensed Behavior Analyst with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. Most often, she has specialized with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all abilities; however, has recently expanded her services and began providing behavior supports to some children. Joyce provides behavior supports in many areas throughout Louisville with concentration mainly in the south/ southwest areas of the city.

Jessica Howington

Jessica earned an M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis & an M.Ed. in Learning & Behavior Disorders.  She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in Kentucky.  She currently works with clients in Louisville, Elizabethtown, & Shelbyville. 

Jennifer Cunningham

Jennifer graduated from Murray State University with a Psychology Major and attained her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Spalding University. She has an extensive history of working in direct care in mental health facilities, and is currently serving as a Behavior

Specialist, working primarily with adults with dual diagnosis.

Sarah Thorpe

Sarah is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in Louisville, KY. She earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Spalding University in 2010.


Jackie Solomon

Jackie is a Licensed Psychological Practitioner with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Louisville and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Morehead State University. She has experience with different populations in multiple settings; she has provided mental health counseling to adolescents and adults in a community mental health setting in Eastern Kentucky for 2 years, and also provided behavior supports to adults with brain injuries in Louisville for over 6 years. Jackie currently provides counseling and behavior support services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a variety of settings, including at home, at their day program, in the community, and wherever else is needed; this includes consulting with family members, teachers, staff, and others involved in the individual’s life when necessary to provide consistent and lasting support. 

Shannon Gambill

Shannon earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from U of L. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and provides mental health services to children, adolescents and adults dealing with social, emotional and behavioral issues and developmental disabilities. Shannon works collaboratively with families and providers to address issues related to trauma, grief, attachment, parenting, ADHD, anxiety, depression, adjustment, oppositional defiance and conduct. She provides services in central Jefferson County.

Lana Snapp

Lana Snapp is a Behavior Specialist in Central Kentucky.  She has over six year’s experience working in various roles with adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Lana received her Master’s Degree from Ball State University in Applied Behavior Analysis, with an emphasis in autism, and is currently completing requirements for the Applied Behavior Analysis board exam. She provides behavior support services in Fayette County, as well as its surrounding counties, including Bourdon, Scott, Woodford, Jessamine, Harrison, and Clark. 

Jerrod Straitt

Jerrod obtained his B.A. in Psychology at Bellarmine University then attended the University of Louisville for a M.A. in Counseling in Personnel Services.  While attending the university, he began to work with children and adolescents with autism.  He decided to switch concentrations to Applied Behavior Analysis with Emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorder and graduated in 2016 with an M.A. from Ball State University.  Jerrod specialized with children with Autism and verbal behavior and recently started working with adults as well.  He also works to empower his clients through the development of functional skills.

Madison Bell

Madison is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who provides behavior supports in Louisville, Ky. and the surrounding areas. Madison attended the University of Kentucky and obtained a Bachelors in Special Education- Moderate to Severe Disabilities and a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. In addition, Madison received a graduate level Autism Certificate at the University of Kentucky and is certified and trained in providing services and support to individuals of all ages, with ASD. Madison is a certified teacher in Kentucky and began her career in the classroom as a special education teacher.  Madison has experience working with individuals of various disabilities, functioning levels, and of all ages. She has experience and currently practices providing behavioral supports in the community, home, day programs, work environments, and schools.

Kaylee Ortiz

Kaylee is a behavior specialist in the Louisville area. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Learning and Behavior Disorders and her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis, both from the University of Kentucky. She acquired a graduate level Autism Certificate and has experience within the home, school, and severe behavior outpatient clinic settings. Kaylee has experience with children, adolescents, and adults with various disabilities including Emotional and Behavioral Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Intellectual Disability.

Emily Fairchild

Emily received her Undergraduate Degree in Society, Ethics, and Behavior from the University of Washington in 1999. She received her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from The Washington State of Professional Psychology in 2002. 

Emily has over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum and in the mental health field. She has an extensive history working with children, and adolescents at Children’s Hospital as a Behavioral Therapist, at the Lindner Center of Hope as a Mental Health/Eating Disorder Specialist, and as a Mobile Crisis Responder/Trauma Therapist at Child Focus. She is currently working as a Behavioral Consultant completing functional assessments and  behavior support plans. 


Emily has experience working with clients in a variety of settings including, the school, home, hospital, police station and community. She consults and collaborates closely with teachers, principals, school staff, psychologists, psychiatrists, law enforcement, hospital staff and families.


Emily is trained in Client Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Art Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, and Behavior Modification. 


Kim Cabrera

Kim received her Masters of Education in Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati in April of 2018.  Prior to that, she worked as a children's minister and Minister of Word and Sacrament at Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church for 17 years. She earned her Master of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and her undergraduate (Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam) and graduate education (U of L School of Music) are in Musical Studies and Saxophone Performance.  Kim plays alto sax with a local band called Mundo Brew (find them on iTunes!). 


Kim also has a 22 year old son with autism who receives behavior supports through the Michele P Waiver. Today, he is successful, independent young man and is a florist and local artist who lives in his own apartment.  He shows his art around the city and works with the Council for Developmental Disabilities to teach art workshops to children, youth and adults with disabilities. You can view 5 of his paintings displayed in City Hall from October 2018-October 2019. 


Kim and her husband (a LMPD lieutenant) also have a 19 year old son, 3 dogs and love to salsa dance!


Rachel Dobring

Rachel holds Master’s Degrees in ABA from Ball State University and Teaching from Spalding University. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst providing services to the Jefferson and Oldham County areas. Rachel is an experienced analyst in providing behavior services to both children and adults. She specializes in individuals with limited verbal abilities to increase functional communication skills.


Cameran Downs

Cameran is a Behavior Specialist in the central Kentucky area. Since 2011 she has been working in various roles with children and adults with varying developmental and intellectual disabilities within the community, day programs, clinics and home settings. She received her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, with an emphasis in autism from Ball State University.


Ben Davis

Ben is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who’s service area includes Fayette, Madison, Scott, and Jefferson counties. Over the past 8 years Ben has been helping individuals and families throughout central Kentucky in a few different roles. He obtained his Bachelor of Special Education with an emphasis in Communication disorders from Eastern Kentucky University and later, his Master of Special Education in Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis from The University of Cincinnati. Ben specializes in Early Childhood but enjoys working with people of any age.


Amber Hume

Amber is a Behavior Specialist in the central Kentucky area. She started providing behavior services to individuals with varying disabilities during her undergraduate studies at Morehead State University. She graduated from Morehead with a Bachelors in Psychology in 2015 and since then has continued working with this population. Amber graduated from Purdue University Global with a Masters in Psychology with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2019. She has experienced working with individuals of all ages across multiple settings including the home, school, community, day program, work  and clinic.

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Allison Burdenmeyer

Allison is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Louisville, Kentucky. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Evansville and then obtained a Master of Science of Social Work degree from the University of Louisville. Allison began working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 2015. This is when she fell in love with the people and the opportunity to make a difference. Allison began working with TIS as a practicum student in 2018 and became a licensed clinician in 2022. Allison enjoys providing mental health services to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities of any age. She assists clients with navigating life’s obstacles in a positive and supportive environment. Her favorite part of the therapeutic process is assisting clients with meeting their goals and becoming comfortable in their own skin.

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