Our Team

Karlee Wickler, Owner

image   Karlee Wickler founded Wickler Behavioral Consulting (WBC) in 2012 in order to provide family support for children with autism. 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. As her passion for young children grew, Karlee earned her Masters Degree in both General and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York, as she continued to teach in a private preschool.

After graduating, 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. Upon returning to the Seattle area, Karlee worked at Lakeside Center for Autism as a Lead Special Education Teacher, earning her certificate in Pivotal Response Training (PRT).

Amber Rae Shotkoski, BCBA and Clinical Supervisor

img_1622   AmberRae is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who has specialized in working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) since 2005. She earned her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chaminade University in 2012. In 2010, AmberRae became certified as an assistant behavior analyst (BCaBA) and became a BCBA in September of 2013. AmberRae began her ABA journey working with young mothers traveling from Japan seeking help for their children with ASD. She worked 1:1 teaching young children on various social and behavioral skills using ABA principals.

Wanting to further her training, AmberRae sought employment in an intensive learning center and spent time studying Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior while providing direct services to children with autism spectrum disorder. AmberRae has been a Clinical Supervisor since 2009 and has experience working in clinic, home and school environments. She joined Wickler Consulting in 2016 and looks forward to working with an excellent team of behavior analysts.

AmberRae interests include: Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior, parent trainings, early interventions and spending time with her amazing family.

Jason Gomes, BCBA

Jason Gomes Wickler Bio Pic   Jason Gomes is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has his Masters Degree in Teaching with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. He has been working with individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities since 2008.

He is originally from Los Angeles where he supervised therapists working with children and adults ranging in age from 4 to 32 in a home setting. He then worked for the May Institute in Boston as an Assistant Clinical Director, where he oversaw the clinical programming of three group homes for individuals with Autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.

In 2015, Jason and his wife moved to the Seattle area where he has worked with clients in the home, school, and clinic settings. Jason has a passion for providing quality care to his clients and clinical support and training to the staff he supervises. In his free time, he loves playing sports, watching movies, going on hikes, and traveling with his wife and daughter. Jason and his wife bought a house in 2016 and are very excited to be settling down in beautiful Seattle.

Laura Beaton, BCBA

IMG_1826   Laura began learning about positive behavioral supports and responsive care giving while raising her own spirited, quirky and miraculous children. She began working in the field of applied behavior analysis in 2007, implementing interventions in an extended day preschool program for children on the autism spectrum, where she worked for four years. During this time, she also worked as a home delivery behavior technician under the supervision of three various BCBA firms. From 2011-2013, she attended the University of Washington, earning her Master’s in Special Education and completing coursework needed to qualify for the BCBA exam ( passed in 2014.) Laura did one year of graduate practicum in the preschool at the UW Experimental Education Unit, and one year in an elementary classroom for children with ASD. From 2013-2017, Laura has been a special education teacher in an early intensive behavioral intervention program for children on the autism spectrum.

Recently, she has studied and employed the Early Start Denver Model during interventions and appreciates its developmental approach that emphasizes responsiveness to the child, naturalistic strategies, full parental involvement, collaboration with related service providers, and focus on pivotal behaviors.
Laura has been delighted and privileged to work with dozens of spectacular children and their families over the years. She enjoys building relationships with her students and tailoring instructional programs, activities, and materials to meet their unique needs and preferences. Laura is passionate about early intervention and using naturalistic teaching strategies across settings.

Kaycee L. Bennett, M.A., BCBA

IMG_1706   Kaycee joined Wickler Behavioral Consulting in 2016, after working in settings ranging from private practice to public education to research universities over the past 17 years. She has experience in precision teaching, early intensive behavioral intervention, staff training, and consulting. She’s worked with children with and without disabilities ages 2-22, in settings ranging from in-home therapy to public school classrooms. Kaycee earned her master of arts degree at Washington State University in 2004, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2011. Her academic interests lie in precision teaching, curriculum design, and early intervention. Her approach to therapy is grounded in the behavioral sciences and is data-driven. Outside of work, she cooks, swims, kayaks, and makes as many trips to the dog park with her dog as she can.

Morgan Brittell, Behavior Technician

img_1621  Morgan has been working with children and those with special needs for many years. She has previously worked as a caregiver for a child with Asperger syndrome and ADHD. As time has allowed itself she has spent countless hours volunteering and tutoring those with learning disabilities. Morgan strives to promote inclusive modes of education curriculum to allow for positive social engagement.

Morgan has lived in Washington her entire life and began working with Wickler Behavioral Consulting in June of 2015; she is currently in the process of earning her certification in PRT. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2014, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in Education and Special Education. She is passionate about providing creative ways to educate children in ways that best suit their individual needs.

Melissa Meek, Registered Behavior Technician

IMG_1848   Melissa joined the Wickler Behavioral Consulting team in July 2017, after moving from Sacramento, CA, where she was a behavioral consultant for a company that provided ABA services to children and adults ages 18 months to 22 years. She has over six years of experience providing ABA therapy to children diagnosed with Autism. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in Biology from California State University, Sacramento and is currently working toward her M.A. in Professional Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology.

She is committed to providing effective and meaningful services and support in order to make a positive change in the lives of each and every child she has the privilege to work with. She considers the field of ABA as much more than a job, it is a passion. What makes her love going to work each day is being lucky enough to be able to help children learn skills that have the potential to change their entire lives.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking and going to the dog park with her pomsky, Zoey, spending time with family and friends, traveling, playing volleyball and watching hockey.

Skylar Epling, Behavior Technician

img_1623   Hello! My name is Skylar Epling and my whole life I have wanted to work with children. I graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s of Science in both Sociology and Human Development and Family Studies. Immediately after graduation I moved up to Washington and my life has not been the same since. I intend on furthering my education.

I love working with children who have autism because they are so innocently brilliant, hilarious, and loving. My favorite part is when something new clicks for a child. It is one of the most incredible things that anyone can ever experience, and no matter how hard I try, I cannot put that experience into words.

Everyday I go to work, I always am presented with something new and exciting. I absolutely love what I do and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Kaitlin Derosier, Behavior Technician

IMG_1827   Kaitlin has worked with children of all ages, both with and without disabilities. She strives to help children with autism spectrum disorder cope in the crazy world we live in especially within a school setting. Her passion for education has led her to pursue a degree in early childhood education, with the long term goal of becoming a special education teacher with a focus 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.

Megan Wehrly, Registered Behavior Technician

IMG_1705   Megan was thrilled to join the Wickler Behavior team in March 2016. She has been in the education field for 16 years and has worked with students from preschool to through elementary. Megan has a passion for helping children with the building blocks they need to have a fun and successful educational and life experience. She was raised in California and moved to Washington 12 years ago.

Megan graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a major in Special Education. Her training has given her the skills to help children in both school and home settings. Megan is passionate about helping children feel supported and successful. She hopes to work towards becoming certified.

Sara Field, Registered Behavior Technician

IMG_1756   Sara recently joined the Wickler Behavioral Consulting team in April 2017, after moving from Los Angeles, where she was a Lead Behavioral Instructor for a large, private early-intervention ABA agency. She has over ten years of experience supporting children with special needs, ages three-months to seventeen. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in Psychology and Spanish from California State University, Chico.

She is enthusiastic and committed to offering education, therapeutic care and support for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families. She has an innate desire to understand and motivate children to learn and grow. To accomplish this, Sara sets out to capture a child’s imagination with an accommodating and versatile approach. She is a strong advocate for children and a firm believer in the power of play.

In her free time, Sara enjoys traveling, trying new foods, spending time with friends and family, watching Jeopardy! and doing brain teasers and puzzles! She and her fiance are enjoying Washington’s beauty by hiking and beach camping with their English Bulldog, Montego!

Courtney Avery, Behavior Technician

IMG_1828   I am very excited to be starting with this company come July, 2017. I have been working with special needs children for 10 years within an ABA company where I have worked with clients ranging from 2 to 18 years old in home-based and school based settings. I received my Bachelors in Psychology from Central Washington University and am currently in the Master’s ABA program at the University of Washington to get my certification. I am both professionally and personally invested in aiding children on the spectrum and hope to be in this line of work many years to come.

My favorite part about working within this field and with those on the spectrum is that we are implementing a powerful practice with such vulnerable individuals who need the most help. Knowing that and seeing the change in these kiddos is what makes it so fulfilling and rewarding to me.

Outside of work I love to travel and spend time with my boyfriend and two Mastiffs, Warden and Mia. We also love going to hockey games on the weekends and spending time with family members. I love playing fastpitch, basketball and doing Muay Thai classes when I get a chance.

Kelly Coryell, Behavior Technician

IMG_1831   Kelly earned her Bachelor’s in Human Services from Western Washington University in 2003. She is passionate about helping families and individuals be the best they can be. She loves working with children and helping to strengthen families. She 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.

She has most recently been working as a paraeducator in the Monroe School district. She began as a para sub and was immediately drawn to the autism preschool, SLC and PBS classes she worked in. She began working full time in the Autism preschool which recently changed to a developmental preschool. Kelly loves the challenge and rewards that come from working with children with autism. She thrives on helping to get them to their next level and finding what works for each individual. She is always looking for ways to understand, learn and help each child to support, encourage and help them in reaching their goals.

Kelly lives with her husband and their two children, a 9-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, Behavior Technician

IMG_1840   I am excited to be joining Wickler Behavioral Consulting July of 2017. For the last 8 years I have been working with children on the spectrum ages 2-18 within an ABA setting. I have also worked with children that struggle with ADHD, ODD, anxiety disorder and more. Within my eight years, I have found myself collaborating with various professionals such as speech therapists, teachers, occupational therapists and optometrist in order to better aid my clients needs. These have been both in home and school based settings. I have taken various courses in psychology and now I am in the process of obtaining my RBT certification.

Being able to help the children overcome challenges to achieve their goals and feel the accomplishment and excitement in doing so is what I thrive for. Watching them grow into the best individuals they can be is what makes this job so rewarding.

Outside of work I spend most of my time with my husband, family and friends. I love to travel, camp, go boating, all things arts and crafts, hosting BBQ/parties, attending motor sports events and playing indoor soccer with my husband. I am excited to be working with such a great team of people and cant wait to see what the future holds.

Ariel Ching, Registered Behavior Technician

IMG_2716   I began working for Wickler Behavioral Consulting in June 2017. I earned my Bachelor’s in Psychology and Spanish from Central Washington University in 2013, and am almost done completing my Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. I have been working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder for over three years now and absolutely love it. I see each child as an individual that should be treated as such and in that go into each new case with a fresh set of eyes. I have experience in a preschool setting, in-clinic, and in-home therapy, and feel comfortable in each setting. I enjoy learning from different BCBA’s and their different experiences and specialties.

I studied abroad twice in college, once in Spain and then in Ecuador. Traveling, learning Spanish, and learning hands on about different cultures are amongst my favorite things to do.