Meet Our Team

At CAC, we are a team of dedicated staff members who work tirelessly to provide the highest-quality services to the individuals we serve and their families.

Executive Team and Staff

Dr. Jill Forte, BCBA

CEO

Dr. Jill Forte, BCBA

CEO

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Allie Kindy, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor & PCM Instructor

Allie Kindy, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor & PCM Instructor

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Amber Smith, MA, BCaBA

BCaBA

Amber Smith, MA, BCaBA

BCaBA

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Angela Keppol

Director of Quality Improvement

Angela Keppol

Director of Quality Improvement

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Audrey Chapin MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Audrey Chapin MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Audri Oster, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Audri Oster, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

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Brittany Flaig, BS, BCaBA

Clinical Director

Brittany Flaig, BS, BCaBA

Clinical Director

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Brittney Hartman, BCaBA

PCM Instructor

Brittney Hartman, BCaBA

PCM Instructor

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Chelsey Fast, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Chelsey Fast, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

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Cheyene Guthrie

BCaBA

Cheyene Guthrie

BCaBA

Christina Pranger, MA

Chief Operating Officer

Christina Pranger, MA

Chief Operating Officer

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Colleen Scheible-Hill MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Colleen Scheible-Hill MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

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Cory Miller, SHRM-SCP

Director of Human Resources

Cory Miller, SHRM-SCP

Director of Human Resources

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Courtney Winget, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Courtney Winget, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

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Elaine Harrison, MA, BCBA

Early Learner Program Manager

Elaine Harrison, MA, BCBA

Early Learner Program Manager

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Emilie Thieme, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Emilie Thieme, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

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Emily Wyss, BCaBA

PEERS Coordinator & PCM Instructor

Emily Wyss, BCaBA

PEERS Coordinator & PCM Instructor

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Gretchen Rybka

Human Resources Coordinator

Gretchen Rybka

Human Resources Coordinator

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Jen Harkness

Billing Manager

Jen Harkness

Billing Manager

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Jenna Davis, BSW

Director of Business Operations

Jenna Davis, BSW

Director of Business Operations

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Jessica Hesselschwardt, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Jessica Hesselschwardt, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

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Jessica Ross, MA, BCBA

Clinical Director

Jessica Ross, MA, BCBA

Clinical Director

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Kate Hauke, MA, BCaBA

Training Manager

Kate Hauke, MA, BCaBA

Training Manager

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Katie Beery, BS, SLPA

Speech Language Pathologist Associate

Katie Beery, BS, SLPA

Speech Language Pathologist Associate

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Kelsey Helmer

RBT Trainer

Kelsey Helmer

RBT Trainer

Kim Pettit

Authorizations Specialist

Kim Pettit

Authorizations Specialist

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Kim Beckman

Scheduler

Kim Beckman

Scheduler

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Kristen Lockrey

Lead Scheduler

Kristen Lockrey

Lead Scheduler

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Kristin Barnes, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Kristin Barnes, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

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Lauren Spaulding, MSW, LSW, IN Navigator

Family Support Specialist

Lauren Spaulding, MSW, LSW, IN Navigator

Family Support Specialist

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LouAnn Stone, MA

Intake Coordinator

LouAnn Stone, MA

Intake Coordinator

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Luke Schroeder

IT Manager

Luke Schroeder

IT Manager

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McKayla Prentice, MA, RBT

North Site Manager

McKayla Prentice, MA, RBT

North Site Manager

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Megan Reed-Hansen, MA, BCBA

Director of Training

Megan Reed-Hansen, MA, BCBA

Director of Training

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Merceides Winright

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Merceides Winright

Talent Acquisition Specialist

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Mica Buenconsejo, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Mica Buenconsejo, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

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Monique Martin, BS

South Site Manager

Monique Martin, BS

South Site Manager

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Olivia Mayhew, RBT

Operations Support

Olivia Mayhew, RBT

Operations Support

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Rachel Weigand, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Rachel Weigand, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

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Sarah Dotson, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Sarah Dotson, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

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Sheila Slattery, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor & Intermediate Program Manager

Sheila Slattery, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor & Intermediate Program Manager

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Tara Held

Development Manager

Tara Held

Development Manager

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Board Members

Andy Beckman

Board President

Andy Beckman

Board President

Amy Thompson

Board Treasurer and Secretary

Amy Thompson

Board Treasurer and Secretary

Ann Marie Boyer Zelt

Board Secretary

Ann Marie Boyer Zelt

Board Secretary

 
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Dr. Jill Forte, BCBA

CEO

jill@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Science in Cytotechnology from Indiana University, a Master of Science in Pathology from Indiana University, Doctorate of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University.

I have a black belt in Taekwondo and have run two marathons!

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Allie Kindy, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor & PCM Instructor

alliekindy@childrensautismcenter.org

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Amber Smith, MA, BCaBA

BCaBA

ambersmith@childrensautismcenter.org

Masters of Art in Applied Behavior Analysis.

I love to go camping!

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Angela Keppol

Director of Quality Improvement

angelakeppol@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Arts in Child Development.

I love to go hiking and be surrounded by the quiet of the forest, especially in the fall.

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Audrey Chapin MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

audreychapin@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Speech Science, Masters of Arts in Speech Language Pathology.

I enjoy hanging out with my husband and two boys on the beach when we get the chance to travel!

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Audri Oster, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

audrihayward@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Trine University, Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University.

My husband and I got married inside the Olympic National Park! We love to explore nature locally and while traveling!

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Brittany Flaig, BS, BCaBA

Clinical Director

brittanyflaig@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Science in General Studies, Masters in Behavior Analysis (projected graduation Fall 2024).

I am a wife and mother of two boys. They keep me busy with practices and sporting events.

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Brittney Hartman, BCaBA

PCM Instructor

brittneyhartman@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelors in Elementary Education.

I love peanut butter & pickle sandwiches!

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Chelsey Fast, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

chelseyfast@childrensautismcenter.org

Master's Degree in Psychology with an ABA concentration.

I am a HUGE Justin Bieber fan!

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Cheyene Guthrie

BCaBA

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Christina Pranger, MA

Chief Operating Officer

christinapranger@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management from Indiana Institute of Technology, Masters of Art from Ball State University in Applied Behavior Analysis & Certificate in Autism Treatment.

In high school, I wanted to be an interior designer. Then I started working with individuals with developmental disabilities and found my passion for helping others!

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Colleen Scheible-Hill MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

colleenscheible@childrensautismcenter.org

Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from Miami University
I started at CAC in 2016 as an RBT and have returned 6 years later, now as an SLP! My husband and I enjoy riding our bikes downtown from our house to explore! We also have a great dane named "Coco" and a Newfypoo named "Zeke" who we love to take on walks around the parks!

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Cory Miller, SHRM-SCP

Director of Human Resources

corymiller@childrensautismcenter.org

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Courtney Winget, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

courtneywinget@childrensautismcenter.org

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Elaine Harrison, MA, BCBA

Early Learner Program Manager

elaineharrison@childrensautismcenter.org

Master of Arts in Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology.

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Emilie Thieme, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

emilethieme@childrensautismcenter.org

Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis with an Autism concentration from Ball State University, Bachelor of Science in Public Health Promotion with a minor in Human Development Family Studies from Purdue University.

I speak fluent Friends quotes. Ask my dog, Joey!

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Emily Wyss, BCaBA

PEERS Coordinator & PCM Instructor

emilywyss@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Science from Purdue University with a degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, BCaBA Certification through FIT.

I was on a jump rope team in elementary school called the Turtle Town Turners!

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Gretchen Rybka

Human Resources Coordinator

gretchenrybka@childrensautismcenter.org

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Jen Harkness

Billing Manager

jenniferharkness@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelors in Elementary Education from Taylor University.

I love snow and take every opportunity to visit my sister in the north woods of Wisconsin.

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Jenna Davis, BSW

Director of Business Operations

jennadavis@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Social Work from Huntington University.

My husband and I enjoy spending the majority of our free time cheering on our four kids from the bleachers

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Jessica Hesselschwardt, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

jessicahesselschwardt@childrensautismcenter.org

Master of Arts from Ball State University.

I love to golf!

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Jessica Ross, MA, BCBA

Clinical Director

jessica@childrensautismcenter.org

Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

I grew up on a farm and participated in 4-H for ten years.

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Kate Hauke, MA, BCaBA

Training Manager

katehauke@childrensautismcenter.org

Master of Arts in Architecture from Ball State University, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst program from Florida Institute of Technology.

I love chocolate, the beach, and spending time with my family.

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Katie Beery, BS, SLPA

Speech Language Pathologist Associate

katelynbeery@childrensautismcenter.org

Currently in Graduate school at Purdue Fort Wayne to receive my Masters in Speech Language Pathology.

I enjoy playing tennis, reading and walking my two ferocious Corgis.

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Kelsey Helmer

RBT Trainer

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Kim Pettit

Authorizations Specialist

kimpettit@childrensautismcenter.org

Associates Degree.

I played softball for 22 years for multiple leagues and in 2 all-night softball tournaments.

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Kim Beckman

Scheduler

kimbeckman@childrensautismcenter.org

My favorite reality TV show is Big Brother!

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Kristen Lockrey

Lead Scheduler

kristenkage@childrensautismcenter.org

Attended IPFW and Ivy Tech and obtained CNA, CDA, and RBT certifications.

I love being outdoors and trying new things; scuba diving, hiking, skiing, cave diving, and spelunking. Skydiving is next on my list!

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Kristin Barnes, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

kristinbarnes@childrensautismcenter.org

Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University.

I’ve had a close encounter with a black bear and have been skydiving.

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Lauren Spaulding, MSW, LSW, IN Navigator

Family Support Specialist

laurenspaulding@childrensautismcenter.org

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LouAnn Stone, MA

Intake Coordinator

louannstone@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Kentucky University, Master of Arts from the University of Louisville.

I was a teacher for 33 years and retired in 2017. My favorite years were when I taught kindergarten.

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Luke Schroeder

IT Manager

lukeschroeder@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Science in Education from Manchester University, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst from Florida Institute of Technology.

I love learning things! You could say I’m nerdy about being nerdy. In the past couple of years, I’ve enjoyed exploring antique tool restoration, coffee brewing methods, 3d printing, and weightlifting. I also love to chat with staff members and clients about what they’re nerdy about!

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McKayla Prentice, MA, RBT

North Site Manager

mckaylaprentice@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ball State University, Masters of Arts in Special Education / ABA from Arizona State University.

As a kid, my favorite movie was 101 Dalmatians because I wanted to save all the puppies. Now as an adult, I have my very own Dalmatian, Scarlett, who is the star of the show and has the biggest personality EVER!

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Megan Reed-Hansen, MA, BCBA

Director of Training

meganreedhansen@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Science in Child Development from Olivet Nazarene University.

Masters of Art in Professional Counseling from Olivet Nazarene University.

Applied Behavior Analysis Coursework Certificate from University of North Texas.

I love to travel with my family and experience the local culture wherever we are. I have been to 19 countries outside the US...and adding more every year! I hope to make it to Ireland, Portugal and Iceland in the next few years.

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Merceides Winright

Talent Acquisition Specialist

merceideswinright@childrensautismcenter.org

Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences.

I am a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

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Mica Buenconsejo, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

angelicabuenconsejo@childrensautismcenter.org

Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University.

A big dream of mine is to publish a children’s book!

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Monique Martin, BS

South Site Manager

moniquemartin@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Science in Human Services.

I enjoy spending my free time reading a book, playing volleyball, and spending time with my family.

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Olivia Mayhew, RBT

Operations Support

oliviamayhew@childrensautismcenter.org

Indiana University Fort Wayne School of Social Work.

I am a Fort Wayne native. I attended IU Bloomington before transferring to IU Fort Wayne to be closer to family while raising a family of my own! I have been with CAC for three years, starting as an RBT and transitioning to my current role, Operations Support.

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Rachel Weigand, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

rachelweigand@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Indiana State University, Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University.

I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family at the lake!

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Sarah Dotson, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

sarahdotson@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at IPFW, Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis and Organizational Behavior Management.

One of my favorite hobbies is doing puzzles!

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Sheila Slattery, MA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor & Intermediate Program Manager

sheilaslattery@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis, Currently pursuing Ph.D. Organizational Leadership.

I just love animals, specifically dogs! I currently serve on the board of my local humane society to help be a voice for the animals there. I am also obsessed with my dog, Buddy. I created an Instagram page for him, and I enjoy sharing his adventures with others.

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Tara Held

Development Manager

taraplazek@childrensautismcenter.org

Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies.

I performed in the halftime show at the 2011 Sugar Bowl!

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Andy Beckman

Board President

Andy Beckman has been a morning radio personality in the Fort Wayne area for over 12 years and currently works for Federated Media on 97.3 WMEE. Andy works along local business and community leaders to develop local marketing campaigns and raise money for local charities and radio station promotions. He has a M.B.A from Indiana Wesleyan University and a B.A. in Telecommunications from Ball State University.

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Amy Thompson

Board Treasurer and Secretary

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Ann Marie Boyer Zelt

Board Secretary

B.S. from Ball State University

Ann Boyer Zelt, B.S., has been on the Board of Directors (BOD) since 2005 and is one of the founding members of the organization. Ann was the President of the BOD from 2011-15 and is now a Juvenile Probation Officer for the Allen Superior Court. She has been working with the youth in our community for over 28 years.