Karlee Wickler, Owner
“There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what they cannot do!”
Undergraduate from Washington State University in Child Development, Duel Masters Degree from Bank Street College of Education in New York, New York in General and Special Early Childhood Education. Board Certified Behavior Analysis degree from Kaplan and Level I PRT certification.
Karlee has been in the education field since 2005. She began her career by working as a teacher and assistant director of a private preschool in San Diego. After earning her Masters, Karlee began working with children with special needs and their families as a SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teacher), engaging with children in their schools/homes, developing and managing treatment plans, and coordinating services with families and other professional service providers in New York City. Upon returning to the Seattle area, Karlee worked at Lakeside Center for Autism as a Lead Special Education Teacher before starting her own family and an ABA agency that focus on family and individual care in 2013.
Karlee enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, traveling, cooking, throwing parties, and being outdoors anytime the weather allows.
Amber Rae Shotkoski, BCBA and Clinical Supervisor
“Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Teach me and I learn”
– Benjamin Franklin
Undergraduate and Master’s from Chaminade University in Honolulu, HI in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (2008). Board Certification in Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology (2010).
AmberRae has been in the education field since 2001. She was first a kindergarten teacher in Portland, Oregon and became interested in working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis when she was unable to engage her students with an Autism Diagnosis. She began taking courses in special education and started as a behavior technician in 2005 at a clinic in Honolulu, HI. She continued to work in the field of ABA since that time and specializes in parent education, RBT and Student Analyst training and social skills.
AmberRae enjoys spending time with her amazing family, sleeping and eating large amounts of food (mostly tacos and peanut butter cups).
Jason Gomes, BCBA
“It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of the village,”
-Coach Elaine Hall.
Jason received his Undergraduate degree from California State University of Northridge in Broadcast Journalism; Masters of Arts degree at National University in Teaching with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis; Board Certified Behavior Analyst; Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Washington.
Jason has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for over 10 years. He has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities in the home, school, community, and group home settings. Jason began his career in Los Angeles working with individuals ranging in age from 4 to 32. He then moved to Boston where he worked at the May Institute, serving children and adults with severe behavioral disabilities in the group home setting. Prior to working in the field of ABA, Jason worked at Fox Sports for over 8 years. While he enjoyed the sports world, he wanted to pursue a career that was more rewarding to him and could help children and their families. Jason and his wife and daughter settled into Seattle in 2015 and absolutely love it.
Jason enjoys watching and playing sports, rooting for his Minnesota Vikings, working on home construction projects, and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Laura Beaton, BCBA
“When teaching children with autism, we must be quick to adapt, follow our instinct and go off plan.”
Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education, University of Washington (ABA track), Bachelor’s in Business Administration, University of Washington, Pivotal Response Training Level 1 Early Start Denver Model, Beginning and Advanced Level Training
Laura began began working with children when her own children were enrolled in cooperative education programs in preschool and elementary. She started working in public school programs for children with special needs in 2005, and entered the field of applied behavior analysis in 2007, when she joined an extended day preschool program for children on the autism spectrum. She also worked as a home delivery behavior technician under the supervision of three various BCBA firms. While earning her Master’s degree, Laura worked in the preschool at the UW Experimental Education Unit and student taught in a public school elementary classroom for children with ASD. Before joining WBC, Laura worked as a public school special education teacher in an early intensive behavioral intervention program for children on the autism spectrum.
Laura enjoys laughing and spending time with her family and pets, being a sports fan, and reading voraciously.
Kaycee L. Bennett, M.A., BCBA
“The child knows best.”
Bachelor of Arts, Human Development and Psychology, Washington State University; Master of Arts, Human Development, Washington State University; Post-master’s coursework and clinical experience in psychology, University of Nevada, Reno. Board Certified Behavior Analyst, 2011.
Kaycee has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis since 1998. She began her career as a therapist for the Northwest Young Autism Project in Pullman, Washington. A move to Reno, Nevada gave her more experience in clinical applications of behavior analysis, and she found precision teaching while there. She was a case manager at Fit Learning, and has worked extensively in private and public education since 2013. In addition to working as a program manager for Wickler Behavioral Consulting, Kaycee is also a training specialist at the Haring Center at the University of Washington.
Kaycee loves to read, cook, kayak, and swim. She never misses a chance to take her dog Hana on an outing in the greater Seattle area.
Courtney Wirth, BCBA
“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that become the best they can possibly be. Is this job tough? You betchya. But it is not impossible.”
– Rita Pierson
Associates in Arts & Sciences from EVCC. BA in Psychology and Sociology from Central Washington University. Graduating in June 2018 with master’s in special education with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Currently enrolled in a Ph.D. programs in ABA.
Courtney has been working with special needs children for 10 years within the ABA setting where she has worked with clients ranging from 2 to 18 years old in home-based and school-based settings. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from Central Washington University and is currently in the master’s ABA program at the University of Washington to get her BCBA certification. Upon completion of her degree, she will sit for the BCBA exam. From there she aims work as a BCBA and work on obtaining her Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Outside of work she loves to travel and spend time with her boyfriend of 8 years. She also loves spending time with her two mastiffs, Warden and Mia. She also loves going to hockey games on the weekends and spending time with family members. She loves playing fastpitch, basketball and doing Muay Thai classes when she gets a chance.
Skylar Epling, Registered Behavior Technician
“See the person, not the label.”
Skylar earned her Undergraduate at the University of Utah. She received a Bachelor’s degree in both Human Development and Family Studies as well as Sociology. Skylar is currently a student at Arizona State University Online, enrolled in their Curriculum and Instruction (Applied Behavioral Analysis) program.
Skylar has worked with children since the summer of 2015. She began as an intern for a trouble youth organization. When school was over she moved up to Lynnwood, WA and began working at a trouble youth residential facility for the foster system. It was there that Skylar came into contact with her first 2, diagnosed, children with autism. She loved working with them and saw what a need it was to help these children be heard, thus she moved on to start her career in ABA. Skylar has been working in ABA since May 2016, and for Wickler Behavioral Consulting since January 2017.
Skylar enjoy’s spending time with her family as much as possible, reading, running and lifting, trying new and exotic foods, and oh yes coffee.
Kaitlin Derosier, Registered Behavior Technician
“If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn”
-O. Ivar Lovaas
Kaitlin has been working with children both with and without disabilities in many capacities for over 5 years. She strives to help children with autism spectrum disorder cope in the crazy world we live in especially within a school setting and has been working as a behavior therapist doing ABA for the last year and a half.
Kaitlin is currently pursuing a degree in early childhood education through WGU with the long-term goal of becoming a special education teacher, focusing on children on the autism spectrum.
In her spare time, she competes in dog shows with her two dogs, Kieren and Emi. When her weekends aren’t spent at the dog show she enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as traveling.
Sara Lantz, Registered Behavior Technician
“Play is the highest form of research”
Undergraduate from California State University, Chico in Psychology and Spanish.
Sara has over ten years of experience supporting children with special needs, ages three months to seventeen. She began her career by working in Therapeutic Behavioral Services in residential group homes for at-risk children and adolescents in Northern California, then provided in-home and in-school ABA therapy with a large agency in Los Angeles as a Lead Behavioral Instructor. After moving to Seattle in 2017, Sara found herself at home with Wickler Behavioral Consulting. She aims to earn her Masters, and complete her BCBA in the near future.
Sara likes being outdoors surrounded by Washington’s beauty. She and her husband enjoy hiking and beach camping with their two dogs! Sara loves to travel, try new foods, read and play music!
Kelly Coryell, Registered Behavior Technician
“A child with autism is not ignoring you, they are simply waiting for you to enter their world”
-Autism Treatment Center of America
Bachelor’s in Human Services from Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University. Level 1 PRT certification from Stanford University.
Kelly has worked with children of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings. Kelly has worked with families directly via Parent-Child Interaction Training (PCIT), the Incredible Years parenting program, ECAP preschools, at-risk and homeless adolescent and teens, in home care & nanny to children with adhd, autism and sensory processing disorder. Kelly began work for the Monroe public school district in 2016 as a paraeducator. She began as a para sub and was immediately drawn to the autism preschool, SLC and PBS classes. Kelly began working full time in the Autism preschool which recently changed to a developmental preschool. Kelly joined Wickler Behavioral consulting in July 2017.
Kelly lives with her husband and their two children, a 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. Together their family has 2 dogs, 13 chickens, an abundant farm of edible produce which they are slowly growing into a hobby farm on 10.5 acres. In her free time, Kelly is active in her children’s school serving as a volunteer and PTA board member. Kelly also enjoys gardening, all things crafty, creative projects, party planning, sewing and graphic design.
Hailee Schifferl, Registered Behavior Technician
“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way!” -Dr. Seuss
Associate of General Studies Degree from Everett Community College. Registered Behavioral Technician Certification. Working towards Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Hailee has been working with children on the spectrum ages 2-18 for the past 9 years. She has worked in both home and school based settings. This has allowed her to collaborate with various professionals such as school psychologist, occupational therapists, speech pathologist and optometrist in order to better aid her clients needs.
Hailee enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, all things arts and crafts, coffee, hosting bbq/parties and sports.
Michele Yousef, Behavior Technician
“Every child is gifted they just unwrap their packages at different times”
Michele’s extensive life and professional experience in the field, began as an advocate for her own special needs son 26 years ago. Over the last two decades, Michele served as a parent representative on the Special Education Advisory Committee for both the Seattle and Lake Washington School Districts, where she was a passionate advocate for children and their families. With an interest in legislative issues impacting families, Michele spent those early years advocating for the educational needs of children with special needs. In 2007, Michele began working as a respite provider for children with autism and from there began a career as an ABA therapy assistant with Success Stories LLC in Seattle, where she worked collaboratively with families, schools, and professional service providers to achieve the most successful outcomes for the children she worked with. Michele joined Wickler Behavior Consulting in September 2017 and is thrilled to be part of an incredible team that brings a wide variety of experiences to support the children and families they work with.
Michele enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, gardening, hiking and volunteering her time to causes she is passionate about. She intends to return to school to pursue her degree in Psychology
Breanna Lillibridge, Registered Behavior Technician
“Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together make this world a beautiful garden.”
Associates of general studies degree from Edmonds Community College and working towards Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis at Kaplan University. Pursuing a Masters degree within the field.
Breanna has been working and volunteering with children from an early age, starting with teaching preschoolers at her local church since the age of 12. She transitioned from working in a nursing care facility in pursuit of a nursing career to follow her passion of working with children with special needs. This led to 2 years in a life skills classroom as a behavior technician, a year of working with at risk youth, and the last 3 years as a RBT/CBT. Breanna has been working with children spanning from ages 2 to 20 in home, school, center based therapy and in the community.
In her spare time, Breanna loves spending time with her Husband and year and a half old daughter, as well as her dog, Harley. She loves to bake, do crafts and can usually be found at the beach or in Hobby Lobby.
Renay Powell, Certified Behavior Technician
“The things that make me different are the things that make me ME”
-A.A Milne/Winner the Pooh
Renay has extensive professional experience working with students of all ages and abilities. Growing up , Renay spent time helping to care for special needs step sister, volunteering with the Special Olympics, and peer tutoring. She has been in the education field since 2005 as an Advanced Certificate Special Education Paraeducator in the Kent School District.
In this multi-age, culturally diverse setting she was able to collaborate with families, teachers, occupational, physical, and speech therapists to best support her students. Constantly looking for education and training opportunities to work most effectively with her students, she took the intensive trainings at UW Autism Center and became hooked on ABA, ultimately leading to career change of becoming a Behavior Technician. Renay is excited to be joining Wickler Behavioral Consulting team! In the near future, she plans to pursue a degree in Psychology.
In her free time Renay enjoys spending time with family, watching football and other sports, crafting, and road trips.
Alysha Nanouk, Registered Behavior Technician
“Let’s give people with autism more opportunities to demonstrate what they feel, what they imagine, what comes naturally to them through humor and the language of sensory experience. As we learn more about autism, let’s not forget to learn from those with autism. There are poets walking among you and they have much to teach.”
-Chris Martin, Unrestricted Interest
Alysha earned her Bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University. She double majored in Psychology and minored in Clinical and Community Behavioral Health. Currently, she attends Arizona State University via online coursework, working towards her ABA credential. Her anticipated graduation date is August 2020.
Alysha’s career began in Bowling Green, KY starting at a Mental Health Hospital working with patients ranging from toddlers to geriatrics. After a year of working in the hospital, she took a chance by transferring to a new Applied Behavior Analysis clinic opening in Bowling Green, KY. Working well with a number of patients led to a promotion within the clinic, giving her the opportunity to expand her knowledge by working with many different children across the autism spectrum and develop her passion for the ABA world. Wanting to be closer to home (the great state of Alaska!) Alysha moved to Washington state to continue to build on her ABA knowledge and continue her career
Alysha likes to spend time outdoors, hiking as well as spending time near the water. Her hobbies include subsistence activities such as berry picking. She also loves baking, photography, and working out. She enjoys her time with family, friends, and her two dogs.
Erin Damitio, Registered Behavior Technician
“It’s never too late to expand the mind of a person on the autism spectrum.”
Erin began working in the ABA field in 2016 as a behavior technician. She has worked in in-home, school, and clinical settings. She holds Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wichita State University. Currently attending Arizona State University and is working towards her M.Ed Curriculum & Instruction: Applied Behavior Analysis.
Erin enjoys yoga, cooking, swimming, and playing with her bengal cats. Whenever she has a free minute, you can find her meditating in a peaceful location.
Melinda Bazaes, Registered Behavior Technician
“Sometimes, Real superheros live in the hearts of very small children fighting very big battles.”
Melinda started working with children as a babysitter before moving on to teaching preschool and working at a day care for Busy Bee’s playhouse in Utah. She worked with children of all ages from tending infants of six weeks to teaching kindergarten. She later made the switch from preschool to doing ABA therapy in November, 2015, and has been an RBT since March 2016. In May of 2019 Melinda joined the Wickler family.
Melinda holds an Associate’s of Arts in Spanish at Weber State University in Utah where she is currently studying to become a Clinical Psychologist. Melinda’s end goal is to earn her Doctorate of Psychology.
In her spare time Melinda enjoys being outdoors, and spending time with family. She loves singing, and playing card and board games.
Michaela Hendrix, Certified Behavior Technician
“Children are not things to be molded, but are people waiting to be unfolded”
Michaela Hendrix has always had a passion for working with children. She began teaching and leading worship at her church’s preschool in high school, as well as assistant teaching at her local dance studio.
She then attended Seattle Pacific University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, focused in child psychology. After obtaining her degree she began working in the field of behavioral therapy and has worked with children from 2 years old to 16 years old in home and school settings.
Outside of behavioral therapy, Michaela spends her time teaching kids ballet classes, coaching cheer at her old high school (Go Big Red!), and enjoying time with her friends and family.
Spencer Ward, Behavior Technician
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.”
– Kahlil Gibran
Spencer earned his Bachelors in International Relations and Economics from the University of Washington, where he studied the effects of trauma across societies and cultures, and is looking towards pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology.
After several post-grad years spent conducting research in public policy and finance as both an analyst and trade journalist, Spencer has spent the past year working in community-based mental health services as a behavioral specialist providing therapeutic care to children in Seattle with developmental disabilities and emotional disturbances. He is thrilled to join the team at Wickler Behavioral Consulting, and hopes to continue building his skills as an ABA practitioner while working collaboratively to improve the well-being and daily living skills of children in their environments.
A Seattle native, Spencer loves spending his free time working out, hiking, traveling, reading and writing poetry, and cooking with his friends and family.
Lexie Yoga, Behavior Technician
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You!”
– Dr. Seuss
Lexie earned her undergraduate degree at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music.
Lexie began her work with children in 2013 as an assistant preschool teacher at a private preschool in Kirkland, WA. She enjoyed working with kids in their early development. It was during her time as a preschool teacher that she realized her passion for supporting children through their growth in learning.
Three years later she moved on to pursue a position as a special education paraeducator for the Lake Washington school district. Lexie worked with middle school students on the autism spectrum in a transition classroom for two years. Her time spent supporting students with disabilities opened her eyes to consider the unique needs of every child as they approach learning. She has developed a deep love for supporting the needs of children with autism which has led her to begin a career at Wickler as a behavior technician.
Lexie loves playing games with her husband, hanging out with family, running, biking, and playing her guitar.
Ashley Hendrickson, Behavior Technician
“Education begins the moment we see children as innately wise and capable beings. Only then can we play along in their world”
– Vince Gowmon
Ashley has worked and volunteered with children since the age of 13, starting with teaching beginner ballet classes and being a small group leader for middle school aged kids at her church. Throughout the end of high school and college, she worked at elementary before and after school care programs, as well as a local daycare. In both instances, she was exposed to children with differing behavioral problems. Being around these children and working alongside behavioral professionals, Ashely began to fall in love with the idea of working with kids with special needs, and this fueling her decision to go into an ABA related job and masters program.
Ashely holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor is Sociology from Eastern Washington University. She plans to continue her education with a Masters of Arts in Special education with a concentration in ABA.
In her free time, Ashely enjoys anything involving new foods, good coffee, spending time with her boyfriend of 4 years (usually hiking or playing frisbee golf), snuggling up with her dog Tucker and bingeing on Netflix, and watching baseball (praying the Mariners will win).