Staff

Kari received her bachelor's degree from Samford University (Birmingham, AL) in 2004 with a major in Human Development and a minor in Psychology.  In 2006, she graduated from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) with a Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She completed the certification requirements during her time at Vanderbilt and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2006.

Kari has worked with children with autism since 2001 and started Hope Autism and Behavioral Health Services in 2006. Kari now lives in Aurora, CO with her husband and three kids, but continues to do administrative work from there. She travels to Nashville several times per year.

 

Hunter received her bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond (Richmond, VA) in 2005 with a major in psychology and a minor in Spanish. She graduated from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) in 2007 with a Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education and completed the Behavior Analysis Certification program there as well.

Hunter has worked formally with children with autism since 2002 in a variety of settings including home based programs, a private school for children with autism, community-based camps, and teaching young children with autism in the public schools. She has worked with HOPE since 2007.

Hunter is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, licensed TN teacher, a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis, the Autism Society of America and Council for Exceptional Children.

In addition to her work as a consultant, Hunter was promoted to Clinical Director in August 2014 and now handles all client intakes, oversees staff, and is available to help problem-solve more difficult cases as needed.

 
 

Olivia received her bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University in 20011 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Educational Studies. In 2013 Olivia obtained her Master’s Degree in Educational Studies with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University.

Olivia has worked with children with autism since 2011 in a variety of settings including public and private schools, clinics, home-based programs, and social groups. Olivia is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  

Cady received her bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2014 from the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!). She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Lipscomb University in 2016. Cady has worked with children and adults with disabilities since 2011 in home, school, and community settings. She has participated in research involving functional communication training, reduction of challenging behaviors, parent and teacher training, and skill acquisition programs. She is a TN licensed special education teacher, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a member of the Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis International, and a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

Chelle received her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Auburn University (War Eagle!) in 2014. She obtained her Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education and Behavior Analysis from Vanderbilt University in 2016. Chelle is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, licensed TN teacher, and a member of the Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis and the Association for Behavior Analysis International. She has worked with young children with disabilities in the clinical, home, and school settings and conducted research involving food selectivity, parent and teacher training, small group instruction, and early intervention.
Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA) in 2007 with a major in special education.   After graduating from Gonzaga, she spent just over 2 years in the Peace Corps in Romania, working primarily with orphans and children with disabilities.  Upon completing her Peace Corps service, she moved to Nashville.  In 2012, Sarah obtained her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Vanderbilt.  She completed her certification requirements while at Vanderbilt and became a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst in 2014.

Sarah has worked with children and adults with disabilities in a variety of settings including home-based programs, community programs, and in the public school system.  She is a licensed teacher in TN, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and member of the Council of Exceptional Children. 

Theia has worked with children for over 15 years. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee University. She worked in a public school setting for 6 years in a autism preschool classroom. Then she was transitioned to other school age classrooms working with children with various disabilities but primarily with children with autism. Theia has currently worked as a ABA therapist for 3 years. Theia enjoys working with each child, hoping to help them reach their goals on a daily basis.
Brittany received her bachelor's degree from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2012 in therapeutic recreation and a minor in psychology. She has been working at Hope since 2013.

Brittany has worked with children with autism and their families since high school. She has worked and volunteered in a variety of settings including homes, social groups, camps, recreation and sports based programs, and community based programs.  

Holly received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR) in 2014 with a major in Communication Disorders. After graduating, she spent two years in Dallas, TX working as a speech-language pathologist assistant with children with disabilities. During her time in TX, she also worked at a behavioral clinic with children with autism. In 2016, she moved to Nashville and is currently pursuing a master’s in Special Education with a certification in ABA through the University of Arkansas (online). She is expected to graduate in December 2016 and plans to continue working in the field of behavior analysis.  
Amy Laird, BSSW graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a bachelor's of Social Work in 1997. Prior to graduation she worked directly with children and families in the Early Head Start Program through Tennessee State University. She also has over 13 years of experience working with children with Autism and other special needs. Her work has included one-on-one therapy, directing social skills groups and camps, along with assisting with classroom learning. In addition to her work as a therapist, she serves as a consultant and Mentor for the Social Services Competency Based Training (SSCBT) program at Tennessee State University. She resides in Murfreesboro with her husband and two children Stephen and Emma Lynn.
Elizabeth graduated from Louisiana State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. She is currently working to obtain her master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Special Emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis.  She has over 4 years of experience working with children who have autism in a variety of settings.  She loves what she does and looks forward to seeing children grow and gain a love for learning!   
Maggie began working with children with autism during her college years. Upon graduation with a BA in child psychology from Simmons College, she continued her work as an ABA therapist in a variety of settings including public and private schools, camps, an ABA based center, and in the home. In 2008, she graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education and also completed the Behavior Analysis certification program. Maggie then went on to teach special education for 5 years in a local public school system. She is a licensed TN teacher and former BCBA.
Sichel received her Bachelor's Degree in English and Mass Communications at East Tennessee State University. While attending ETSU, she worked with families as a childcare provider and nanny. Upon graduating ETSU, she moved to Nashville and worked as a preschool teacher while obtaining her Master's Degree in Education from Liberty University. For the past several years, Sichel has worked as a behavior therapist supporting children with autism. She has performed therapy in individual client homes, in schools, and in a clinical setting. She recently completed the BCBA approved course sequence through the Florida Institute of Technology and is currently working under professional supervision to complete her BCBA certification.