Dr. Amy McComas, EdD, BCBA

Dr. Amy McComas, EdD, BCBA

CEO

Amy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She began practicing in the state of Florida and has worked in the field of behavior analysis for over ten years. In Florida, she was co-founder of a behavior analysis consulting agency that specialized in transitioning individuals from institutions to living independently in the community, while also providing services for children and adults with developmental disabilities with an emphasis in autism, through Med Waiver and other programs. Upon returning to Indiana, she served as a behavior analyst at the Fort Wayne State Developmental Center, and has been a consulting behavior analyst for the statewide Outreach Team, was an Instructor of graduate coursework in behavior analysis and autism, was Supervisor for the Autism & ABA practica at Ball State University, and served as the Interim Clinical Director of the Children’s Autism Center. She is also one of the founders of the Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis.

Paul McComas, MS, BCBA

Paul McComas, MS, BCBA

COO

Paul McComas has spent the past 12 years in the field of behavior analysis. He holds a graduate degree in Behavioral Psychology and, in addition, has completed post-graduate studies in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Prior to moving back to Fort Wayne in 2005 he was the Vice President of Intervention Services for TLC, Inc., a behavior analysis services provider in central Florida. His experience also includes consulting in public schools, providing extensive training to parents and foster parents, and serving as a consulting behavior analyst to human service agencies. More recently, he was the Senior Behavior Analyst for AWS, Inc. and a consulting Behavior Analyst at the Children’s Autism Center in Fort Wayne. In addition to his clinical work, he has served as adjunct faculty at Ball State University and continues to teach at both Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Grace College where he teaches courses on autism, ABA, and Behavioral Sciences. He also is a founding member and President of the Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis.

Angie McComas

Angie McComas

Care Coordinator

Angie McComas has a BS in Counseling and Sociology from Grace College. As Care Coordinator and a Behavior Technician, Angie has the opportunity to help welcome and get kids going with services at IABAI. She believes ABA is powerful because of the hope it provides; it can and does change people’s lives.
Angie enjoys spending time with her husband and two small kids. They are her hobby!

Jenn Moreland

Jenn Moreland

Schedule Coordinator, Registered Behavior Technician

Jenn Prater graduated from Huntington University with her bachelor’s in social work in 2010. Prior to her employment with the Institute as a behavior technician, she worked at Charis House as a children’s coordinator focusing primarily on children at risk. While at Charis house, Jenn also mentored, taught positive parenting classes, and conducted varieties of therapy sessions with children in need. She loves the fact that so many children behave so truthfully and authentically and takes great pleasure in using the ABA approach in sharpening their abilities.
Jenn is very excited to be providing services for the Institute, and her future plans include pursuing her Masters in Social Work.

AJ Amstutz

AJ Amstutz

MA, BCBA

Angela Amstutz is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She began working with children with autism at the Learning and Development Center (LDC) in Fort Wayne, Indiana while completing her undergraduate degree at Taylor University. She worked at LDC for five years and provided in home Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, in home parent training, school based support, natural environment training and Center based ABA. She spent the next five years at the Children’s Autism Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she provided one on one ABA therapy and was a Program Manager. She worked on completing her graduate degree at the University of North Texas and Ball State University. She graduated from Ball State University with a master’s degree in Special education with certificates in both ABA and autism.
As a BCBA she specializes in developing behavior plans for the home, parents and sibling training, consulting in the student’s school, food training, educating families on the science of Behavior Analysis, building skill acquisition and decreasing a variety of severe negative behavior. She is also a member of the Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis. She has been part of the IABAI team since September 2011. In her spare time, Angela enjoys being outdoors, Notre Dame football, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Matthew Amstutz

Matthew Amstutz

MA, BCBA

Matt holds a BA in history and a MA in Special Education specializing in applied behavior analysis. In addition Matt holds teaching licensures in history, geography, psychology, sociology, and special education. Matt has worked for IABAI since 2013 with a brief stint as a Clinical Supervisor in San Diego in 2016. Matt is an avid traveler who has been to over 20 countries while also living in South Africa and Australia in the past. In Matt’s free time he enjoys playing, watching, and coaching sports, going on hikes, and being around family and friends. Matt is a father to a newborn baby boy and a 6 year old Golden Retriever.

Sara Hammond

Sara Hammond

MA, BCBA

Sara graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University, and a master’s degree from Ball State University in Applied Behavior Analysis. She worked as a behavior technician for a year and a half prior to obtaining her BCBA. She says her favorite thing about working with children using ABA is seeing the huge gains they make. Every day is different and there is never a dull moment! In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking her dog on walks, and reading.

Ashlee Keuneke

Ashlee Keuneke

MA, BCBA

Ashlee has an abundance of experience and training in working with children with autism. She began working in California Schools and was heavily involved in REACH, an ABA program based out of Riverside County. During her tenure there she dealt primarily with early intervention, working in-home and in the classroom addressing each individual’s behavioral concerns and treatment goals. Upon moving to Indiana, she worked for three years for the Adams County/ Wells County school district as an Autism Itinerant teacher where her responsibilities included writing intervention plans, running social skills groups and generating IEPs and IEP goals for the students she worked with. Throughout her time with corporation she also supervised the Bluffton Autism program and worked with students in all of the 6 districts of Wells and Adams County. Ashlee worked one year at Children’s Autism Center as a behavior technician providing in-home services while working for her BCBA. She completed her graduate degree from Ball State University in May 2011 with a certification in autism and is also a licensed special education teacher covering all age groups. She is a consulting BCBA for the Jay County school corporation where she works alongside general and special education instructors. Ashlee loves working with kids and loves the positive behavioral changes she sees in them using the ABA approach. In her spare time she enjoys crafting, swimming, biking and traveling. She is an avid reader and admits that she is addicted to almost any show on the BRAVO! channel.

Martin Myers

Martin Myers

M. Ed., BCBA

Martin graduated from Arizona State University 2014 and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with IABAI. During his undergraduate training, Martin was involved at the university as both a teacher’s assistant and a research assistant, studying the effects of parental gender and mind related comments on child performance. Prior to his work in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Martin interned for the Carriage House in Fort Wayne, a day program for individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses. His responsibilities while working with the Carriage House included working alongside clubhouse members on everyday personal and clubhouse related tasks, focusing primarily on strengths and abilities. Martin appreciates working in ABA thanks to the scientific and verifiable approach it uses, especially since these approaches also focus on positive behaviors and reinforcement. He enjoys the intensive component of the training he provides in that it not only changes a child’s behavior, but often restructures the brain for the better as well. He also feels that his work is incredibly important since children absorb so much of the material at an accelerated rate and carry it on to the rest of their lives. He cites the incremental, every day changes he sees in the kids he works with as the most meaningful and rewarding aspects of his work. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball, reading, and remains an irreformable fan of Indiana Hoosier basketball.

Shanna Pepple

Shanna Pepple

MA, BCBA

Shana received her bachelor‘s degree in Special Education from Indiana University and master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. She began her career working as a teacher in a preschool and middle school in West Lafayette, and later held the position of Assistant Director of Day Services as well as QMRP at AWS. There, she developed and implemented programs for adults with disabilities. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children, and loves working with children and the research based approach of ABA. "Its amazing to see the progress of each child," she says.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

MA, BCBA

Heather Stauffer graduated with a bachelor’s in Psychology and English in 2008 from the University of Saint Francis and received her master’s degree in ABA with a concentration in autism from Ball State University in 2012. She worked as a senior behavior therapist at Children’s Autism Center for three years and has worked for one year with the Institute as a behavior technician. She also worked for LEL home services as a direct support professional for one year. Heather loves her job in that every day is different and that there are unending amounts of situations that make her smile. She names the effectiveness, positivity, and scientific approach as a few of the aspects she loves about the ABA process as well as its ability to change the well-being of someone’s life overall. In her spare time, Heather likes to run, participate in Les Milles workout classes, and play video games!

Amy Sheefel

Amy Sheefel

M. Ed., BCaBA

Amy currently works as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst for the Institute. Amy taught special education for four years and three years in elementary education in a public school setting prior to joining the IABAI team full-time. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education, from IPFW. She completed her BCaBA course sequence through Florida Institute of Technology. Now that she is with the Institute, Amy continues to enjoy working with children and their unique and fun personalities. She loves using the ABA methodology in teaching them new skills. In her spare time, Amy loves to travel to warmer climates and spending time with her two young kids and husband as her favorites!

Kyle Steury

Kyle Steury

BCaBA

Kyle is a BCaBA at IABAI. He completed his course sequence at Florida Institute of Technology, and has a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Management through Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Prior to his work at the IABAI, Kyle worked with developmentally disabled adults at Bethesda Lutheran Communities, where some of his many responsibilities included direct support, and working with individuals in achieving financial goals.
Kyle chose a career in ABA due to the socially significant change he sees in the people he gets to work with.
In his spare time, he loves hanging out out with his wife and two sons, playing guitar and keyboard for a local band, reading, and traveling.

Beth Jackson

Beth Jackson

M. Ed., BCBA

Beth graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in early childhood education. She received her post-graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. She loves ABA because it is an effective strategy that meets individuals at their level while providing just enough guidance to support growth. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball, softball, and spending time with her family and friends.

Chelsea Wahl-Bridge

Chelsea Wahl-Bridge

M. Ed., BCBA

Chelsea graduated from IPFW in 2011 with a bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Psychology.
She completed her post-graduate degree in applied behavior analysis at the University of Cincinnati.
Chelsea enjoys working with children with autism and making an impact in their lives and lives of families. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, shopping, and drinking Starbucks.

Sarah Bade

Sarah Bade

Registered Behavior Technician

Sarah will graduate this Spring with two bachelor’s degrees: one in psychology and another in political science. She is a member of the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. She likes being a behavior technician and learning behavioral techniques, and loves getting to know kids. Outside of school and work, she is a distance runner and loves charity runs and half-marathons. Cooking, hiking, and reading are also activities that keep her busy!

Chelsea Bridge

Chelsea Bridge

Registered Behavior Technician

Chelsea graduated from Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne with a degree in Elementary Education. She has worked with a wide age range of children in the educational setting since 2006. Chelsea enjoys seeing the positive changes in behavior through the use of ABA, and she feels that it is such a joy to help children reach their goals and make a difference in their lives. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys playing volleyball, going on road trips, and spending time with her family and friends.

Chuck Cannon

Chuck Cannon

Behavior Technician

Bio coming soon!

Vicky Cearbaugh

Vicky Cearbaugh

Behavior Technician
Blake Costello

Blake Costello

Registered Behavior Technician

Bio coming soon!

Sandra Deacon

Sandra Deacon

Registered Behavior Technician

Sandra is a Registered Behavior Technician and teacher in IABAI’s SOAR Academy. She received her Bachelor’s in psychology from Purdue University and will begin working on her Masters in ABA from Ball State University in January 2016. She worked with various age groups in a Montessori school setting for 13 years prior to beginning her work at IABAI. Sandra loves the long-term effectiveness, as well as the individualized and scientific approaches of ABA. Her favorite aspect of ABA therapy, however, is the end-goal for the client in his/her achievement of independence.

In her spare time Sandra likes to go hiking with her two dogs and husband, play volleyball, read, and loves spoiling her nieces and nephews.

Kelly Evans

Kelly Evans

Behavior Technician

Bio coming soon!

Kacie Langham

Kacie Langham

Registered Behavior Technician

Kacie Langham is a Behavior Technician with IABAI. She worked as direct support staff for adults with developmental disabilities with Bethesda Lutheran Communities for two years. Kacie loved building trusting relationships with the individuals, including supporting them with personal goals and helping them to become more involved in the community. In 2011, Kacie received her bachelor‘s degree in human services. Kacie worked as a Program Manager with Bethesda for a little over two years where she managed waiver homes, including the development and implementation of person-centered plans. Kacie also completed an internship with SCAN (Stop Child Abuse & Neglect) where she visited preschools and taught children about safety topics through the Prevention through Education program. Kacie loves celebrating "the little things" with children and being a positive support in a child’s growth. In her free time, Kacie enjoys being a youth group leader, crafting, searching for thrift store deals, and reading.

Kyleigh Fair

Kyleigh Fair

Behavior Technician

Bio coming soon!

Brittany Falkenstern

Brittany Falkenstern

Registered Behavior Technician

Bio coming soon!

Alicia Frick

Alicia Frick

Behavior Technician

Bio coming soon!

Sylvia Gossard

Sylvia Gossard

Registered Behavior Technician

Sylvia graduated with a B.A. in English from Ohio State University. She spent 2 years working with adults with developmental disabilities at the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Goodwill Easter Seals prior to joining the IABAI team. She says she loves seeing children progress at IABAI, and feels fortunate to be a part of such a life-changing environment.
In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her daughter and family, practice yoga and karate (she’s a 2nd degree black belt!), reading, taking pictures, and watching movies.

Jessica Harrison

Jessica Harrison

Registered Behavior Technician

Bio coming soon!

Stuart Hepler

Stuart Hepler

Registered Behavior Technician

Stuart Hepler is another behavior technician the Institute is happy to have on board. Stuart received his Bachelors degree from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Like so many others, Stuart names the overwhelming amount of growth he sees in the children he works with as a reason he enjoys working in ABA. Stuart loves being on the front line and working in a hands on environment as well and, since every day brings new experiences, he enjoys how his work keeps him fresh. The energy, creativity, and fun loving behavior he experiences daily are some of the components he considers to be his favorite parts of working with children. In his spare time, Stuart enjoys listening to music, writing, reading, and spending time with his family outdoors.

Dan Jordan

Dan Jordan

Registered Behavior Technician

Bio coming soon!

Anna Lake

Anna Lake

Behavior Technician

Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Anna attended the University of Saint Francis after graduating from South Side High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Mild Intervention in 2008. Anna taught fifth grade in Northwest Allen County Schools for eight years before joining our staff. She thoroughly enjoys her new role as a behavior technician.
In her spare time, Anna enjoys staying active with her husband and friends. Her preferred activities include CrossFit, badminton, and running. Along with staying active, Anna is a huge animal lover and is a mom to two dogs and three cats.

Jason Langham

Jason Langham

Registered Behavior Technician

Jason Langham studied human services at Ivy Tech. He spent 6 years working for an adult waiver home system, 4 of those years as program manager and supervisor.
Jason says, "It‘s an incredible and rewarding feeling o know that I have an opportunity every day to come in here and make an impact in a kid’s life. I get to guide and help. It’s such a great honor."
In his spare time, Jason enjoys time with family, watching sports, listening to a variety of music, and attending concerts. He gets a real thrill going on road trips and learning about other cities and cultures.

Lauren Marshall

Lauren Marshall

Registered Behavior Technician

Lauren graduated with her BA in Psychology from Indiana University, and has worked for 6 years as a preschool and substitute elementary school teacher. She enjoys working one on one with children, observing their progress, and seeing their smiles and excitement when they’ve learned something new. In her free team, she likes reading, watching movies and sports, and playing with her dog.

Nick McClain

Nick McClain

Behavior Technician

Bio coming soon!

Mark McCowan

Mark McCowan

Behavior Technician

Mark McCowan comes to IABAI with a background in transitioning children in the foster care system, community-based home supervision and administration, and special education in the public school setting. He loves that no two days are the same at his job, and cites progress he sees individuals make as rewarding and fun to be a part of. When he’s not at work, he enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and refurbishing old furniture pieces.

Kris McKinley

Kris McKinley

Registered Behavior Technician

Bio coming soon!

Ashley McMahon

Ashley McMahon

Registered Behavior Technician

Ashley graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. During her undergrad she was involved at the university as a research assistant studying literacy, communication, and human behavior. She is currently working on obtaining her Master’s Degree in Education to become a School Counselor. Ashley enjoys seeing the phenomenal progress, laughs, energy, and smiles the children make every day while working as a Behavior Technician. She loves to travel, spend time at the lake with family, playing volleyball, and laughing.

Paco Michelson

Paco Michelson

Registered Behavior Technician

Paco graduated from Huntington University with a degree in Religious Studies. He worked in an international NGO for over a decade, taking on several roles such as cooperations coordinator and regional director, and working primarily with children in conflict and post-conflict situations. He loves being an RBT because he gets a chance to make a difference in the lives of children, and finds helping them reach their potential extremely rewarding.

Kylee Pearson

Kylee Pearson

Registered Behavior Technician

Bio coming soon!

Kaylee Richey

Kaylee Richey

Behavior Technician

Bio coming soon!

Christiane Rogers

Christiane Rogers

Behavior Technician

Bio coming soon!

Aaron Samra

Aaron Samra

Behavior Technician

Bio coming soon!

Manda Schmidt

Manda Schmidt

Registered Behavior Technician

Manda graduated from Defiance College with a bachelor‘s in Business. Her first year after college was spent as a substitute teacher, tutor, and part time employee for Jada Group. She then began working full time for Jada Group in 2009, then left in January 2016 to start full time at IABAI. Manda also works for Manz Accounting during the tax season. She enjoys sketching/painting, trips to the lake, and being mom to 3 amazing kids. She does not like her job at IABAI; she absolutely loves it! "It’s truly a blessing to work with these kids and see the leaps and bounds they make with devoted one-on-one teaching. They are not lacking a piece of a puzzle. They just need assistance in unlocking their potential, and we are their key," she says.

Skylarr Shurn

Skylarr Shurn

Registered Behavior Technician

Skylarr graduated from Saint Francis University with a degree in Health and Exercise Science. She previously worked at an adult day services facility and as a trainer with Spiece Fieldhouse. She likes working with kids and finds every day different and exciting. Making a difference in kids’ lives and seeing families get excited is very rewarding. In her free time, Skylarr enjoys being with friends and family and playing basketball. She also coaches basketball and loves going to games.

Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith

Registered Behavior Technician

Amanda graduated from Indiana University- Kokomo with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Prior to working for the Institute, she worked as a peer advisor and tutor while in college and after college worked as a legal assistant at a local agency. Additionally, she has volunteered as an assistant leader with 4-H programs in Allen County. While in college, she completed an internship with the Children’s Autism Center in Fort Wayne and realized her desire to work with children with Autism because of the positive influence it has on each child’s life. When not working, Amanda trains llamas and travels all over the country to compete with them.

Ariana Snyder

Ariana Snyder

Registered Behavior Technician

Ariana graduated from California State University San Bernardino in 2004 with a bachelors degree in psychology. From there, she worked for a finance company for three years as a branch manager. After meeting her husband and starting a family, she moved to Decatur, Indiana to raise a growing family and work as a property manager. While in Decatur, she also babysat two other children and worked for Adams Wells Crisis Center as a Women’s Advocate. At the crisis center, she especially enjoyed working with the children of the families in need and helping them adjust to living in the shelter. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, painting and spending time with her husband and children.

Kat Steele

Kat Steele

Registered Behavior Technician

Kathleen “Kat” Steele currently works as a Behavior Technician for the Institute. In 1998, she graduated with her bachelor’s in social work from Manchester College. Following her graduation, she was employed by Anthony Wayne Services in Fort Wayne where she worked for 14 years. Kat, for the majority of her time at AWS, worked as a case manager where she managed group home activities and supervised staff. She also specialized in crisis prevention and education and worked as a program coordinator for a day service program. She loves working with children, especially due to their unlimited amounts of energy and ability to have fun. She enjoys the ABA approach thanks to its focus on positive behavioral approaches. After years of working with adults with Autism, she appreciates the emphasis that ABA puts on working with children as early as possible and loves the fact that she is actively involved in changing kids’ lives. Kat relishes the opportunities involved with Institute. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Kat enjoys crafting, artwork, and spending time with her husband and four year old son. She is also a big fan of white water rafting!

Megan Walli

Megan Walli

Registered Behavior Technician

Bio coming soon!

Jesse Yoder

Jesse Yoder

Registered Behavior Technician

Jesse Yoder is currently completing his bachelor’s degree at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Prior to the Institute, Jesse worked as direct support staff for adults and teens with developmental disabilities with Bethesda Lutheran Communities for three years. He had worked consistently with five individuals with autism in group home and in home settings throughout his time at Bethesda. Jesse has always loved being around children and experiencing their energy, imagination, and perspective on life. He is now excited for the opportunity to work with children, and cannot wait to see the progress of each child through ABA therapy! In his spare time Jesse enjoys playing guitar, bike riding, and playing sports.