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

Executive Vice President

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
  • 1


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 & ABA Program Coordinator

Degrees/Certifications

  • Masters of Education in Foundations of Behavior Analysis
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Missouri Licensed Behavior Analyst
Ms. Amelia D

Ms. Amelia D

Program Coordinator

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. Samantha B

Ms. Samantha B

Program Coordinator

Degrees/Certifications

  • BS in Special Education - Cross Categorical
  • Coursework in Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis/Autism
  • ABA Training
Ms. Sarah G

Ms. Sarah G

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • Coursework on Bachelors Degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences
  • Associates Degree in Criminal Justice
  • ABA Training
Ms. Maddie T

Ms. Maddie T

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Coursework in BCBA
  • ABA Training
Ms. Ritu D

Ms. Ritu D

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • Masters of Science in Food & Nutrition
  • Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
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. Allie H

Ms. Allie H

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
  • 1


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. Shannon M

Ms. Shannon M

BCBA

Degrees/Certifications

  • BA Psychology
  • MS Behavior Analysis & Therapy
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Behavior Analyst
Ms. Elizabeth H

Ms. Elizabeth H

BCBA & ABA Program Coordinator

Degrees/Certifications

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

Ms. Jenn H

Program Coordinator

Degrees/Certifications

  • Special Education Degree
  • ABA Training
Ms. Julia A

Ms. Julia A

ABA Apprentice

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
  • Autism Studies Graduate Certificate
Mr. Brian W

Mr. Brian W

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • ABA Training
Ms. Mercedes G

Ms. Mercedes G

ABA Implementer Lead

Degrees/Certifications

  • Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
Ms. Kelsey E

Ms. Kelsey E

ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Special Education
  • ABA Training
Ms. Kelly G

Ms. Kelly G

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
  • 1


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 Coordinator

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. Elizabeth H

Ms. Elizabeth H

BCBA & ABA Program Coordinator

Degrees/Certifications

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

Ms. Lisa Y

Assistant/ABA Implementer

Degrees/Certifications

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

Ms. Deb S

Program Assistant

Degrees/Certifications

  • Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
  • 1


MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

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

Ms. Shannon M

Ms. Shannon M

BCBA

Degrees/Certifications

  • BA Psychology
  • MS Behavior Analysis & Therapy
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Behavior Analyst
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. Megan K

Ms. Megan K

Lead Teacher

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Special Eduction
  • Certified Teacher
  • ABA Training
Ms. Erin C

Ms. Erin C

Paraprofessional

Degrees/Certifications

  • B.A. in Psychology
  • M.A. Certified ED Counseler
Ms. Marian V

Ms. Marian V

Teacher Assistant

Degrees/Certifications

  • -
Ms. Jessica V

Ms. Jessica V

Teacher Assistant

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • ABA Training
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
  • 1


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. Marilyn B

Ms. Marilyn B

Speech/Language Therapist

Degrees/Certifications

  • Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders
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. Laurie D

Ms. Laurie D

Speech/Language Therapist

Degrees/Certifications

Coming Soon

Ms. Aathirai S

Ms. Aathirai S

Speech/Language Therapist

Degrees/Certifications

Coming Soon

Ms. Carol S

Ms. Carol S

Physical Therapist

Degrees/Certifications

Check Back Soon!

Ms. Inna R

Ms. Inna R

Physical Therapist

Degrees/Certifications

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • BS in Health Science
Ms. Amanda S

Ms. Amanda S

Aqua Physical Therapist

Degrees/Certifications

  • Masters Degree in Physical Therapy
  • Bachelors Degree in Health Science
Ms. Kelly E

Ms. Kelly E

Occupational Therapist

Degrees/Certifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Occupational Science
  • Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Certificate in Interprofessional Practice
  • 1

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