Our Team

AFA Academy’s Certified & Experienced Staff helps children learn, grow, and attain their potential, while providing a safe, nurturing, positive therapy and learning environment to ensure each child’s success.

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

The Administrative Team at AFA/AFA Academy is dedicated to providing gold-standard Programs for children to ensure they reach their potential.
Please contact the Administrative Team with any questions.

Brad Buechler

Brad Buechler

Executive Director

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • ABA Implementer
Sheila Charlton

Sheila Charlton

VP – Financial Assistance

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing
  • Masters in Business Administration
Monica Combs

Monica Combs

VP – Communications

Degrees/Certifications

Jennifer Kostecki

Jennifer Kostecki

Academy Director - Pierside & Therapy Director

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelors in English
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Extensive ABA Training and Experience
Ms. Christy L

Ms. Christy L

Training and Outreach Coordinator

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelors of Science in Child and Family Development
  • Masters of Arts in Teaching
  • Masters of Arts in Education – Special Education
  • Completed coursework to be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Ms. Shamel S

Ms. Shamel S

Billing Manager

Degrees/Certifications

  • Medical Billing Specialist
Ms. Linda S

Ms. Linda S

Receptionist

Degrees/Certifications

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ABA THERAPY TEAM FOR IBI-PRESCHOOL/TODDLER PROGRAM

The Intensive Behavior Intervention (IBI) Program is staffed with a strong team of BCBAs, BCaBAs, RBTs, and Implementers, including certifications in ESDM, as well as Masters-Degreed Professionals specializing in autism and related fields.

Ms. Jessica R

Ms. Jessica R

BCBA

Degrees/Certifications

  • Masters of Education in Foundations of Behavior Analysis
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Missouri Licensed Behavior Analyst
Ms. Liz H

Ms. Liz H

BCaBA

Degrees/Certifications

  • Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Analyst
Ms. Julia A

Ms. Julia A

ABA Program Lead

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
  • Autism Studies Graduate Certificate
Ms. Teresa L

Ms. Teresa L

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education
  • CPR Certified
  • ABA Training
  • Extensive Experience in Early Childhood Education
Ms. Ritu D

Ms. Ritu D

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • Masters of Science in Food & Nutrition
  • Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
Ms. Chris L

Ms. Chris L

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
Ms. Laura A

Ms. Laura A

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • Associates Degree in Business
  • Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Coursework
  • Med Technician Certified
  • Extensive Experience in Autism Field
Ms. Megan K

Ms. Megan K

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • ABA Training
Ms. Madi R

Ms. Madi R

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelors in Psychology with Minor in Sociology
  • ABA Training
Ms. Michelle W

Ms. Michelle W

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
Ms. Emily W

Ms. Emily W

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • ABA Training
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ABA THERAPY TEAM FOR IBI-ELEMENTARY PROGRAM

The Intensive Behavior Intervention (IBI) Program is staffed with a strong team of BCBAs, BCaBAs, RBTs, and Implementers, including certifications in ESDM, as well as Masters-Degreed Professionals specializing in autism and related fields.

Ms. Eryn M

Ms. Eryn M

BCBA

Degrees/Certifications

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Analyst
Ms. Liz H

Ms. Liz H

BCaBA

Degrees/Certifications

  • Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Analyst
Ms. Jessica V

Ms. Jessica V

ABA Program Lead

Degrees/Certifications

  • Special Education Degree
  • Cross Categorical Certification
  • ABA Training
Ms. Amber F

Ms. Amber F

ABA Program Lead

Degrees/Certifications

  • Associates Degree of Applied Science in Early Childhood
  • Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
  • Medication Technician Certified
  • Safety Crisis Management (SCM) Certified
  • Extensive Experience in Autism Field
Mr. Brian W

Mr. Brian W

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • ABA Training
Ms. Christie K

Ms. Christie K

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Communications
  • Masters Degree in Elementary Education
  • ABA Training
Ms. Kelly G

Ms. Kelly G

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • ABA Training
Ms. Mercedes G

Ms. Mercedes G

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • ABA Training
Ms. Diane W

Ms. Diane W

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • ABA Training
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INCLUSION PRESCHOOL AND K-PREP PROGRAM

The Inclusion Preschool Program is staffed with a professional team of Teachers and Assistants.

Ms. Amelia D

Ms. Amelia D

Program Lead

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelors in Early Childhood/Special Education
  • Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood/Special Education
  • Masters of Arts in Early Interventions in Autism and Sensory Impairments
  • Extensive ABA Experience
Ms. Liz H

Ms. Liz H

BCaBA

Degrees/Certifications

  • Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Analyst
Ms. Lisa Y

Ms. Lisa Y

Assistant/ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelors Degree
  • Safety Crisis Management (SCM) Certification
  • Extensive ABA and DTT Training
  • Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Coursework
Ms. Deb S

Ms. Deb S

Program Assistant

Degrees/Certifications

  • Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
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MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

The Middle/High School Program is staffed with a talented team of Certified Teachers and Assistants.

Ms. Jean G

Ms. Jean G

Lead Teacher

Degrees/Certifications

  • Masters of Teaching in Special Education
  • Certification in Special Ed Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical Special Education K-12
  • Certification in Early Childhood Birth to 3rd grade.
Ms. Danna H

Ms. Danna H

Lead Teacher

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Masters Degree in Teaching
  • Safety Crisis Management (SCM) Certified
  • ABA Training
  • Curriculum Training in Brigance, Corrective Reading, and Kagan Discipline
Ms. Jenn C

Ms. Jenn C

BCBA

Degrees/Certifications

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Analyst
  • Bachelors of Art in Psychology
  • Masters of Art in Special Education with Emphasis in ABA
  • Extensive Experience in ABA Field
  • Specializing in Teens and Adults
Ms. Marian V

Ms. Marian V

Teacher Assistant

Degrees/Certifications

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Ms. Erin C

Ms. Erin C

Paraprofessional

Degrees/Certifications

  • B.A. in Psychology
  • M.A. Certified ED Counseler
Ms. Amber C

Ms. Amber C

ABA Assistant

Degrees/Certifications

  • Coursework in Associates Degree
  • Coursework in Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
  • Safety Crisis Management (SCM) Certified
  • First Aid/CPR Certified
  • Training in Positive Behavior Support & Visual/Environmental Supports
Ms. Jori N

Ms. Jori N

Teacher Assistant

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelors of Educational Studies in Educational Counseling Psychology
  • Masters of Education in Educational Counseling Psychology
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certified
  • Medication Technician Certified
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THERAPY TEAM

AFA Academy’s therapy staff offers ABA, Speech, Occupational, Physical, and Aqua therapies, in both a push-in and pull-out approach.

Jennifer Kostecki

Jennifer Kostecki

Academy Director - Pierside & Therapy Director

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelors in English
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Extensive ABA Training and Experience
Ms. Amanda S

Ms. Amanda S

Aqua Physical Therapist

Degrees/Certifications

  • Masters Degree in Physical Therapy
  • Bachelors Degree in Health Science
Ms. Brooke Z

Ms. Brooke Z

Speech/Language Therapist

Degrees/Certifications

  • Master of Science in Communication Disorders
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence
  • State of Missouri Teacher’s License
  • ASHA Member
  • ACE Award (30 CEUs in 4 months)
  • AFA Academy Therapist of the Year 2017

 

Ms. Carol S

Ms. Carol S

Physical Therapist

Degrees/Certifications

Check Back Soon!

Ms. Christi F

Ms. Christi F

Occupational Therapist

Degrees/Certifications

  • Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy and Occupational Sciences
Ms. Laurie D

Ms. Laurie D

Speech/Language Therapist

Degrees/Certifications

Coming Soon

Ms. Kelly E

Ms. Kelly E

Occupational Therapist

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Occupational Science
  • Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Certificate in Interprofessional Practice
Ms. Aathirai S

Ms. Aathirai S

Speech/Language Therapist

Degrees/Certifications

Coming Soon

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