Dr. Amy McComas, EdD, BCBA
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.