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Ashley Whittington-Barnish

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

Clinical Director

Dr. Ashley Whittington-Barnish 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 with autism…

Kristen Cooper Borkenhagen, BCBA, LFMT

Assistant Clinical Director

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…

Ryhanna Singleton

Ryhanna Singleton, BCBA

Lead BCBA, Des Moines Metro

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…

Molly White, BCBA

Lead BCBA, Chicago (South Loop)

Molly White is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Molly received a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University. Following graduate school, Molly helped develop and lead…

Nick Klinkefus, BCBA

Lead BCBA, Des Moines Metro

Nick Klinkefus (he/him) is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). He studied English Literature and Psychology at the University of Utah where he pursued research related to identity development, social communication, and biofeedback. He started working with adults…

Danielle Markowitz, BCBA

Lead BCBA, Cedar Rapids Metro

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…

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Kyleigh Bromen, BCBA

Lead BCBA, 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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Megan Blount, BCBA

BCBA, Des Moines Metro

Megan is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Megan received a B.S. in Family Life and Human Development from Brigham Young University and began providing ABA services to children with autism following graduation…

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Stacee Leatherman, BCBA

BCBA, Davenport (Quad Cities)

Stacee is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Illinois State University and her M.A. in psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has worked with…

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…

Jayme Mews, BCBA

BCBA, Cedar Rapids Metro

Jayme Mews is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Jayme has dedicated the past 20 years working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities in…

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Mickey Brueland, BCBA

BCBA, Des Moines Metro

Mickey Brueland (she/her) is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in Clive. She received her BS in Child Development from Iowa State University. After graduating, she began her career working as an early interventionist in home and community-based…

Katie Haggerty, BCBA

BCBA, South Loop

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…

Amber Wehrenberg, BCBA

BCBA, Des Moines Metro

Amber Wehrenberg is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the Des Moines area. Amber earned her BS in Speech Language Pathology from University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in 1997. After graduation, Amber chose to stay home with her daughter…


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

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…

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Sydney Cohen

Operations Manager

Sydney is the Operations Manager of Stride Autism Centers. She was introduced to the ASD community at a young age when her brother was diagnosed with Autism. Ever since, Sydney has been passionate about advocating and supporting families…

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Danielle Gerbie

Chief of Staff

Danielle joins Stride as Chief of Staff, with operational experience in both the public and private sectors. Danielle graduated from Indiana University where she received her BS in Management, with a certificate in Business and…


Other Stride Advisors

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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