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Kristen Cooper Borkenhagen, BCBA, LMFT

Chief Clinical Operations Officer

Kristen Cooper Borkenhagen is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Kristen is passionate about helping families achieve meaningful outcomes and has…

Dr. Ashley Whittington-Barnish, PhD, LCP, BCBA-D, NCSP

Chief Clinical Systems Officer

Dr. Ashley Whittington-Barnish (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral (BCBA-D), and Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Having dedicated over 20 years to working with individuals…

Amanda Lam, BCBA

Director of Operations

Amanda is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She graduated with a Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Amanda has committed the past 10 years to providing services to individuals…

Ryhanna Singleton

Ryhanna Singleton, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Ryhanna Singleton is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Ryhanna received a B.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University. Following undergrad, Ryhanna worked with children with autism and developed a passion for ABA…

Shelley Swan, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Shelley Swan is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received a B.S.Ed. in Special Education from Northern Illinois University in 2011. After graduating, she worked as a special education teacher for 6 years. During that time..

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Rachael Cundall, BCBA

Regional Clinic Director, Omaha

Rachael Cundall is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received a B.A. in Psychology with minors in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Rachael was interested in studying human behavior…

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Kyleigh Bromen, BCBA

Clinic Director, Lincoln

Kyleigh Bromen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received a B.S. in Human Development & Family Sciences from Oregon State University. Shortly after graduating, Kyleigh began providing ABA services to children diagnosed with autism…

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Mickey Brueland, BCBA

Clinic Director, Des Moines Metro

Mickey (she/her) is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the Des Moines metro area. She received her Bachelor’s of Science from Iowa State University in Child Development. During her time at Iowa State, Mickey worked…

Jordan Creed, BCBA

Clinic Director, Davenport (Quad Cities)

Jordan graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2013. Shortly after graduation, she began working at an inpatient psychiatric hospital on the Behavior Intervention Unit. It was there that Jordan became exposed to Applied Behavior…

Traci Fenton

Clinic Director, Hiawatha

Traci Fenton is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Special Education Teacher. Traci began in the field in 2008 in her hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada and now is proud to call Iowa home. Traci is enthusiastic…

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Aly Forbes, BCBA

Clinic Director, Des Moines Metro

Aly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received B.A. degrees in Psychology and Spanish from Creighton University, where she was first introduced to the field of ABA and began providing in-home ABA services to an individual client…

Katie Haggerty, BCBA

Clinic Director, Orland Park

Katie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst from Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Psychology and went on to the Florida Institute of Technology to study Applied Behavior Analysis and Organizational Behavior Management. She has…

Jordan Karlson, BCBA

Clinic Director, Sioux City

Jordan Karlson is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). He received his B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration. While putting himself through school in California, he started working as a special education teaching assistant…

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Stacee Leatherman, BCBA

Clinic Director Davenport (Quad Cities)

Danielle Markowitz, BCBA

Clinic Director & Family Support, South Loop

Danielle Markowitz is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Danielle received her B.A in Psychology with a minor in Criminology from Butler University. While at Butler, she volunteered as a teacher’s aide for a preschooler who was diagnosed with Autism…

Amanda Messenger, BCBA

Clinic Director, Omaha Metro

Amanda Messenger (she/her) is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She began working in the ABA field in 2012 as a 1:1 therapist. Amanda received her undergraduate degree in Behavioral Sciences from Bellevue University…

Victoria Meyer, BCBA

Clinic Director, Downers Grove

Victoria Meyer is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She graduated with a M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. Early on, Victoria developed a passion working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Starting out…

Annie Palmer, BCBA

Clinic Director, Omaha Metro

Annie Palmer is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst from Arizona. She received her masters degree in Psychology from Grand Canyon University and studied Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology…

Janice Robinson, BCBA

Clinic Director, Coralville-Iowa City

Janice Robinson is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Iowa and a Master of Education in ABA from Arizona State University. Since beginning her work with children with autism in 2009…

Paulina Snopek, BCBA

Clinic Director, Hickory Hills

Paulina is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with 10 years of experience in the field. Paulina received her B.S in Health Sciences with a double minor in Psychology and Biology from Dominican University and her M.S in Applied Behavior Analyst…

Katie Spellmeyer, BCBA

Clinic Director, Sioux Falls

Katie Spellmeyer is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received her B.A. in Psychology & Sociology from the University of Minnesota-Morris. After graduation, she began working as a DSP in a children’s residential facility…

Zola Schultz, BCBA

Clinic Director, Des Moines Metro

Zola is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in Iowa. She graduated from Drake University with a Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis. Zola obtained her degree so she could provide support to her youngest of five children…

Taylor Vogt, BCBA

Interim Clinic Director, Hiawatha

Taylor Vogt is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in Hiawatha. She received her BA in Psychology from University of Northern Iowa. After graduation, she discovered ABA and began her work as an RBT in a clinical setting. While working in the clinic…

Dr. Jessie Weber, BCBA-D

Clinic Director, Omaha Metro

Dr. Jessie Weber (she/her) is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral (BCBA-D), and Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP). She received her B.A. in Psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and M.S. in…

Colt Young, BCBA

Clinic Director, Lincoln

Colt is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). He received a B.A. in Psychology from Hofstra University in 2017. After graduating, Colt began working as a behavior technician in his home state of Pennsylvania. He became a RBT in 2018…

Justine Ayres, BCBA

BCBA, Des Moines Metro

Justine Ayres is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received a B.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Drake University. Justine has experience working with individuals…

Morgan Beck, BCBA

BCBA, Des Moines Metro

Morgan Beck (she/her) is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Drake University. She has always had a passion for working with children from an early age. She discovered behavior…

Maddie Blankenship, BCBA

BCBA, Omaha Metro

Maddie Blankenship is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received both her bachelors and masters degrees in Psychology with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Kaplan University. Maddie has over 10 years of experience working…

Abbey Browning, BCBA

BCBA, Des Moines Metro

Abbey is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She attended the University of Northern Iowa and received her BA in Social Work. After graduating, she didn’t know what she wanted to do with her degree then happened to stumble upon Stride…

Emet Buenning, BCBA

BCBA, Omaha Metro

Emet Buenning is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who graduated with his Master’s from Arizona State University in 2022. Before pursuing his BCBA, Emet was a BCaBA for 2 years and a registered behavior technician for 4 years…

Allison Canaday, BCBA

BCBA, Des Moines Metro

Allison Canaday (any/all) is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. They received a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Drake University. Allison developed a passion for behavior analysis during their undergraduate program…

Macy Collins, BCBA

BCBA, Lincoln Metro

Macy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received her B.S in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2020. In 2018, she began her ABA career in Early Intervention working…

Julie Dauterive, BCBA

BCBA, Des Moines Metro

Julie is a BCBA in the Des Moines metro area. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. After graduating, her first job was working at a private school for kids with Autism, which was her first…

Kelly Furbur, BCBA

BCBA, Davenport (Quad Cities)

Kelly Furbur is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received her M.A. in Special Education with an emphasis in ABA and Autism from Ball State University in 2019. Prior to entering the field of ABA, Kelly was a Special Education Teacher at…

Monica Goodvin, BCBA

BCBA, Hiawatha

Monica Goodvin is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received a B.A. from the University of Texas and her M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Drake University…

James House

BCBA, Sioux City

James House is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). He received his B.A. in Psychology and Behavior Science from Briar Cliff University. While an undergraduate, he volunteered…

Maddie Judkins, BCBA

BCBA, Omaha Metro

Maddie Judkins is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received a B.A. in Psychology, minoring in Educational Psychology. While working towards her undergraduate degree…

Morgan Jungwirth, BCBA

BCBA, Des Moines Metro

Morgan Jungwirth (she/her) is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in Clive. She received a BS in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. While there, she worked at a research clinic as a behavior technician…

Jamie Kenney, BCBA

BCBA, Coralville-Iowa City

Jamie Kenney is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received a B.S. in Early Childhood education from Kendall College and a B.S from Oregon State in Anthropology. In 2019, Jamie began working part-time as a behavior technician…

Alisha Lange, BCBA

BCBA, Omaha Metro

Alisha Lange is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She obtained her bachelors in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Wyoming, and worked as a speech language pathology assistant for two and a half years…

Taylor LeVake, BCBA

BCBA, Hiawatha

Taylor received her BA in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. After graduation, she worked in several ABA clinic settings and decided to further her education in the field. Taylor received her MA in Applied Behavior Analysis from …

Dr. Zijie Ma, BCBA-D

BCBA-D, Coralville-Iowa City

Zijie Ma is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral (BCBA-D). He earned a master’s degree and a PhD in special education from the University of Kansas. He believes knowledge and expertise become most valuable when used to serve the public…

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Maithri Malladi, BCBA

BCBA, South Loop

Maithri is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst from Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Neuroscience. She helped conduct an encopresis research study in the child behavioral health department…

Karlie Maxwell, BCBA

BCBA, Des Moines Metro

Karlie Maxwell is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology and minored in Applied Behavior Analysis from Midland University. While at Midland University, she completed…

Chelsey Olson, BCBA

BCBA, Lincoln

Chelsey Olson (she/her) is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received her B.S. in Psychology and Philosophy from Elmhurst University. Shortly after graduating, she began working in the ABA field as a Behavior Technician where she realized …

Tressa Phelps, BCBA

BCBA, Omaha Metro

Tressa Phelps is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, originally from Decatur, Illinois. She received her master’s degree in Special Education from Liberty University and studied Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology…

Jennifer Prante, BCBA

BCBA, Lincoln Metro

Jennifer Prante is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska Omaha. While working toward her undergraduate degree she found work providing…

Emily Rodman, BCBA

BCBA, Hickory Hills

Emily is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she received her Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and her Master’s of Art in Counseling Psychology, concentrating in…

Sammi Serra, BCBA

BCBA, Orland Park

Sammi is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She attended George Mason University and earned a Master’s of Special Education in Applied Behavior Analysis. She began working in the field of ABA during …

Kaleigh Vesely, BCBA

BCBA, Des Moines Metro

Kaleigh Vesely is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She graduated with her B.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University. After graduation, Kaleigh worked as a special education aide in a middle school where she discovered ABA and decided to pursue…

Kasey Villa, BCBA

BCBA, Urbandale

Kasey Villa (she/her) is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She graduated with a B.A in Applied Psychology before going on to receive an M.A. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis…

Stephanie Wilson, BCBA

BCBA, Hiawatha

Stephanie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She attended National Louis University and earned a Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. Throughout her career, Stephanie has provided services to individuals with…

Erika Wold, BCBA

BCBA, Des Moines Metro

Erika Wold is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She graduated with her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa in 2019. Erika first heard of ABA through an internship where she trained service dogs for…


Clinical Advisors

Linda A. LeBlanc

Linda A. LeBlanc, PhD, BCBA-D, Licensed Psychologist

Clinical Advisor

Dr. LeBlanc is the President of LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting. She previously served as a professor at Claremont McKenna College, Western Michigan University and Auburn University and as the Executive Director of Trumpet Behavioral Health. She has…

Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky

Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky, PhD, BCBA-D

Clinical Advisor

Dr. Meadan-Kaplansky is a professor at the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Goldstick Family Scholar, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her focus areas include social-communication skills and…


Operations

Brad Zelinger

Founder & CEO

Brad is the Founder and CEO of Stride Autism Centers. Inspired by his adult sister who has a severe ASD-related disorder called Rett Syndrome, Brad is personally and professionally dedicated to supporting individuals with complex needs…

Lynn Biederman

Billing Specialist

Lynn has 20 years experience in Home Health and Hospice billing. Lynn’s past responsibilities were multifaceted including billing, posting payments and AR review. Lynn is looking to using her experience and growing with Stride Autism Centers…

Vanessa Cortes-Duarte

Recruiting Specialist

‪Vanessa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. ‪She first got introduced to the ABA field in 2018 through a clinic that provides behavioral and mental health services to children and adolescents…

Abrianna Cummings

Contracting & Credentialing Specialist

Abrianna is the Contracting and Credentialing Specialist for Stride Autism Centers. Her areas of responsibility include coordinating and managing payer relationships and provider enrollment. Abrianna has five years of revenue…

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Anett Drac

Billing Specialist

Anett enjoys the many facets of medical billing, which is why she is excited to be with Stride Autism Centers. Medical Billing and Coding Certified since 2005, Anett’s experience includes billing for Hospitals, Home Health…

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Abbi Fletcher

Director of Talent Acquisition and Community Outreach

Abbi’s journey into the world of ABA began during her time working in special education classrooms for the Wichita Public School system. Witnessing the profound impact this therapy had on her students and their families ignited a deep passion…

Angela Giordano

Client Navigator

Over the past two years, Angela has had the privilege of being a part of the Stride family, contributing to our mission of providing exceptional services to families affected by autism. She took on the challenge of expanding…

Grace Gonzalez

Director of RCM

Grace has over 20+ years of RCM experience. She has worked in different specialties from Orthopedics, OB/BYN, Emergency Medicine and most recently Behavioral Health She has a passion for navigating through the intricacies…

Megan Kanan

Intake & Authorizations Coordinator

Working in the healthcare industry for over a decade, Megan has seen the ins and outs of many areas including family practice, many forms of therapy, oncology, hematology, and infusion services. She has an extensive amount of knowledge…

Sabrina Swenson

Intake Specialist

Sabrina has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in School Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has been working with children since she was 17 years old in multiple settings including daycare…

Conner Kimbell

Operations Supervisor

Conner is the Operations Supervisor at Stride Autism Centers. Conner graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University in 2020. After graduating he began exploring work closely related to his degree. In 2021 he was met with…

Jill Rich

Human Resources Generalist

Jill Rich graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. She graduated with a degree in Communication and Education. She has been working in Human Resources for 17 years…

Sandy Ridker, M.Ed.

Billing Coordinator

Sandy is a retired special education teacher who went on to be a high school administrator, Dean of Students and Special Education Administrator at a large public high school. Sandy started her career as a special education teacher…

Jessica Vansice

Authorizations Specialist

Jessica is a certified medical assistant with an associate’s degree in applied science. She has been working in the medical field for over 15 years; working with referrals and authorizations…

Shakirah Warren

Recruiting Specialist

Shakirah earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Northern Iowa in 2020. She moved to Des Moines after graduating and that’s where she started working with children. In May of 2022 Shakirah was introduced…


Other Stride Advisors

Zach Fertig

Growth Advisor

Zach serves as Growth Advisor for Stride Autism Centers where he advises on strategies for reaching new families and driving awareness of new centers. Zach is currently the President and co-founder of Swift Homes, a rapidly growing real estate…

Sam Schwartz

Sam Schwartz

Center Architecture & Design Advisor

Sam is a developer and manager of award-winning hotels and restaurants, overseeing ~50 properties across the Midwest. Sam’s experience realizing brand vision helps Stride develop joyful centers that meet the unique needs…

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