Our Team

Karlee Wickler, Owner

 

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“ There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what they cannot do!” -Temple Grandin

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

 

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“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

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   “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

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“When teaching children with autism, we must be quick to adapt, follow our instinct and go off plan”. -Adele David

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

 

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“The child knows best.” -Ogden Lindsley

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. 

Morgan Brittell, Behavior Technician

 

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“Cherish the children marching to the beat of their own music. They have the most beautiful heart songs.” –unknown

Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Special Education focus, from the University of Washington (2014), currently working towards a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction of Applied Behavioral Analysis from Arizona State University, will be completed in December of 2018.

Morgan has been working with special needs children for 10 years. She began working as a nanny at the age of 15 and cared for children with ADD, ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome. Morgan spent a summer running a camp through the YMCA and then moved on to operate an after-school program for at-risk youth. Upon earning her Bachelor’s degree she began working with Wickler Behavioral Consulting and has spent two and a half years practicing pivotal response treatment techniques, with clients.

Morgan enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and the dogs she has rescued. She spends time hiking, going to the beach, and vacationing in Cabo San Lucas.

Melissa Meek, Registered Behavior Technician

 

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“The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover” -Jean Piaget 

Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from California State University, Sacramento. Working toward a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Touro University of California

Melissa began working with children with autism in 2011. She worked in Sacramento, CA as a behavior technician providing ABA services to children ages 18 months to 22 years. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree she began working as Behavior Consultant, creating treatment plans, performing assessments and training RBT’s. In 2017, Melissa moved to Seattle, WA and joined Wickler Behavioral Consulting as a Registered Behavior Technician. 

In her free time, Melissa enjoys hiking, traveling, going to the dog park with her pomsky, Zoey, and spending time with family and friends.

Skylar Epling, Registered Behavior Technician

 

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 “See the person, not the label.” -Dr. Temple Grandin

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, Behavior Technician

 

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“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

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“Play is the highest form of research” -Albert Einstein

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!   

Courtney Avery, Certified Behavior Technician

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“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.

Kelly Coryell, Registered Behavior Technician

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“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

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“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.

Ariel Ching, Registered Behavior Technician

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“It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of the village.” – Elaine Hall

 Bachelors in Psychology, Minor in Spanish, and finishing up her thesis for her Master’s of Applied Behavior Analysis, all from Central Washington University. 
Ariel has been working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder since she graduated with her undergraduate degree in 2014. She first began in a preschool classroom designed for children on the spectrum, using Discrete Trial Training, where she fell in love with the field. She then moved on to in-clinic and at-home behavioral therapy for another three years and counting. Ariel has helped her BCBA superiors in planning and writing programs, conducting parent trainings, and loves to incorporate her clients and their families into their communities. 
 
Ariel enjoys spending time with her sisters, traveling to new places on a whim, and exploring new vegan restaurants. 

 

Tyler Wells, Registered Behavior Technician

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“Even for parents of children who are not on the spectrum, there is no such thing as a normal child.” Violet Stevens

Undergraduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A. of English and minor in Applied Psychology. PRT Level II Certified.

Tyler has been in the field since the age of 5 and has worked for five different behavior intervention companies spanning California and Washington. Having grown up with a sibling on the spectrum, Tyler has participated in peer exchange programs via the Lovaas Project out of the University of the Pacific, California from a young age.  He began his working career as a clinician for Koegel Autism Consultants under the tutelage of Lynn Koegel while in his second year at UCSB practicing PRT, followed by practicing ABA as a Behavior Interventionist for Holdsambeck & Associates. Tyler spent his spare time volunteering for a special education baseball league in Santa Barbara. After graduating, he moved to Modesto to work for the Central Valley Autism Project as a Behavior Interventionist II, applying both PRT and ABA interventions to his clientele. Tyler then moved to the Seattle area, finding employment with another ABA agency for 3 years before finally joining the Wickler team. 

Tyler enjoys playing guitar, riding dirt bikes, swimming, snowboarding, golfing, reading, going to the gym and spending time with his fiancee and friends.

Michele Yousef, Behavior Technician

 

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“Every child is gifted they just unwrap their packages at different times”

Michele intends to return to school to pursue her degree in Psychology.

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.
 

 

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