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

Clinical Director

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…

Kristen Cooper Borkenhagen, BCBA, LMFT

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…

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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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Rachael Cundall, BCBA

Lead BCBA, 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…

Amanda Lam, BCBA

Lead BCBA, Hickory Hills

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…

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…

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…

Shelley Swan, BCBA

Lead BCBA, Davenport (Quad Cities)

Shelley Swan is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received a B.S. Ed. in Special Education from Northern Illinois University. While teaching full-time, Shelley began working part-time as a behavior technician…

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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…

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…

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Megan Corbridge, 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…

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…

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Aly Forbes, BCBA

BCBA, 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

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…

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Alyssa Johnson, BCBA

BCBA, Davenport (Quad Cities)

Alyssa is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Washington State University and her M.A. from Florida Institute of Technology. She has always had a passion for working with children…

Beck Kusiak, BCBA

BCBA, South Loop

Beck Kusiak is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She graduated with her bachelors from The University of Illinois at Champaign, Urbana with a degree in Community Health with a concentration in Rehabilitation Studies. Upon 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…

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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…

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…

Chris Ruszkowski, BCBA

BCBA, Omaha

Chris Ruszkowski is a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA). Chris received his B.S. in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Fredonia and became interested in teaching. He later received his M.S. in Elementary Education…

Paulina Snopek, BCBA

BCBA, 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…

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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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

Talent Acquisition Lead

Abbi is the Talent Acquisition Lead for Stride Autism Centers. She was first introduced to ABA therapy while working in special education classrooms for the Wichita Public School system. Abbi fell in love with ABA after witnessing the impact this therapy…

Angela Giordano

Intake & Authorizations Coordinator

As the intake and authorizations coordinator for Stride Autism Centers, Angela works closely with insurance providers to ensure each child receives approval to enroll in the ABA therapy with Stride. Born and raised in Upstate New York, Angela’s passion…

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…

Katie Saltzman

Manager of Center Operations

Katie (she/her) is the Manager of Center Operations for Stride Autism Centers. Katie entered the ABA field as a behavior therapist in 2013. While working with children and teens ages 2-17 she quickly became interested in the day-to-day operations…


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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