THIS IS FIREFLY:

OUR VISION

We have a vision of a world where the lives of children with autism, their families and communities, are transformed through learning.

OUR MISSION

Our purpose is to transform the lives of children with autism. Partnering with families, we create life-long relationships through thoughtful, innovative, empirical learning treatment programs.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Autism is a complex neurological disorder requiring work on many areas at once. Our knowledge of child development, the principles of applied behavior analysis, and the importance of functional, applied skills guide our programming decisions.

Parents work as partners with us to maximize each student’s learning potential. Ensuring each child’s success and enjoyment in the learning process and increasing the level of personal independence.

CORE VALUES
F.I.R.E.F.L.Y.

  • Fun & Balance:
    We enjoy what we do and feel a fun environment delivers better care to our kiddos. We take our jobs seriously and are committed to getting our jobs done and investing in a balanced personal life.
  • Integrity:
    Choose to do what’s right. We act in accordance with moral and ethical standards; honesty, sincerity, truth, trustworthiness. Treating others as you want to be treated.
  • Recognition:
    Providing feedback to employees about their performance, growth prospects, accomplishments, and areas needing improvement.
  • Engaging:
    Providing an open work environment to work as a team with staff and the kids we serve.
  • Family and Community:
    Serving and supporting a common purpose that supersedes personal desires, making a difference.
  • Learning:
    Creating an environment where learning is an everyday part of the firefly work life.
  • You:
    Cooperative working relationships demonstrating a high degree of proficiency and professionalism. Owning our part of any situation and work towards a solution together.

Our Team

Board of Directors

Sandra Gudat

Board President

CEO, Customer Communications Group

Sandra Gudat is the President and CEO of Customer Communications Group and Publisher of customer.com. For for 30+ years she has been helping C-suite executives and Boards at organizations like Nordstrom, Macy’s and GM articulate and implement a common vision and roadmap for customer centricity. In addition, in 2012, the company was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America. She is the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of customer.com, a website dedicated to helping Fortune 2000 companies improve their customer centricity initiatives. Sandra joined the Firefly Board of Directors in February of 2016. She was drawn to Firefly because her son, Alec is on the spectrum. Alec is the most unique, interesting and flabbergasting person she knows. Sandra states, “I am proud to serve on the Board of such an amazing, world-renowned organization like Firefly. FFA is leading the way in the treatment of kids and young adults on the spectrum.” Sandra is also a big fan of data, a core component of ABA therapy. She calls herself a “data-geek!” Sanda believes in the dignity and un-replicability of every human being; that her is driving force with everyone with whom she interacts.

Yolanda Ortega

Board Vice President

Emeritus Vice President, Student Affairs, MSU Denver
Yolanda Ortega has been a Denver resident since 1972, the same year she began working at Metro State University of Denver. Since her retirement from Metropolitan State University of Denver as Vice President of Student Affairs, Yolanda has remained active in the community and at MSU. In addition to serving on the board of Firefly Autism she also serves with Escuela Tlatelolco, a Latino Montessori K – 12 private school, Clínica Tepeyac, CHAC LARASA, and The Color of Justice, Inc., a non-profit, non-partisan organization that provided legal advocacy for communities of color in Denver. Yolanda was the Governor’s appointee to the Auraria Higher Education Center Board of Directors nd appointee for the Denver Mayor’s Commission on Cultural Affairs and the Denver Latino Commission.
Yolanda has been an actor, director, and musician with Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center and Company based in Denver for 45 years. Yolanda also co-hosts Cancion Mexicana on KUVO 89.3 FM on Sunday mornings.
Yolanda graduated from Jonesboro State University with a BA in History and German. She spent a year studying at the Universidad de Madrid in Spain. She has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver and ABD/PhD in Indigenous Leadership.

Suzie Murphy

Board Secretary

Douglas County Substitute teacher

Suzanne Murphy is a former kindergarten teacher who still enjoys to guest teach every chance she gets. She holds a Masters in Education from UNC Greeley and a Bachelor of Education from Metro State. In addition to giving her time to Firefly Autism, Suzanne volunteers at Crisis Center of Douglas County. Suzanne was led to Firefly after attending a silent auction for Firefly and was touched by the excitement, commitment and love displayed for these children. She felt she found a place where she could volunteer her services to help support such a great cause. She says, “I feel it is extremely important to gain support, knowledge and education to those in our community about autism. I would like to volunteer to support Firefly by involvement, attending events and participation.”

Ed Francis

Board Treasurer

President & CEO, INBank
Ed Francis joined Firefly’s Board of Directors in 2020. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board, President and CEO for InBank, a commercial bank serving the Denver Metro Area, southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. Ed studied Managerial Finance from the University of Mississippi before his post graduate work at Louisiana State University. In addition to Firefly, Ed has served as President of the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, Baton Rouge Area Foundation and the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. Mr. Francis is excited to bring his impressive background of executive leadership, team-building and finance experience to Firefly, to share ideas and help the organization grow to new heights.

John Griffith

Board Member, Immediate Past Board President

GFL Environmental, Regional Vice President

John Griffith has served on Firefly Autism's Board for over 10 years and is our immediate past Board President. Professionally he is the founder and former President of Alpine Waste & Recycling. Personally, John has personal attachments to Firefly Autism and has loved ones on the spectrum.

Diane Raba

Board Member, Past Board President

Diane Raba has been part of the Firefly Board since 2008. During that tenure she has served as Board President, Vice President, and Secretary. 
Diane learned of Firefly at an informational seminar designed to help people become involved with local nonprofit organizations. She  was immediately interested in helping the fledgling Firefly Autism Community because of her experience with Applied Behavior Analysis during her graduate work and career.
There have been so many amazing achievements because of the work that is done at Firefly every day. The initial dream of the founders was to provide all of the services to support individuals with autism in one location. That vision has come to fruition in this outstanding organization. The Firefly team is extremely talented and visionary.
Diane says,  "KEEP MOVING FORWARD; one step, one day at a time. Stay on your path and trust your journey. Never give up, keep going, and keep growing." 

Gary Moore

Board Member, Past Board President

Entrepreneur, Self-Employed

Gary Moore's initial career was in industrial distribution of warehouse equipment, including purchasing and selling a Denver based distributor where he worked 30 years. After that sale, he launched a career in speaking, writing, consulting in that industry. This included publishing 3 books on sales and sales management; and the book "Navigating in Organizations; How to Impact Organizations and Get Things Done." His community commitments have included board presidents of Big Brothers of Metropolitan Denver; Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation; and Firefly Autism as well as major commitments to Mile High United Way. He joined the Firefly Autism board in 2011. He found Firefly through his commitment as a Big Brother to a young man on the autism spectrum. Gary helped develop Firefly's fund raising gala, Laugh Yourself Blue.

William Rooney

Board Member

Partner, RubinBrown LLP

William Rooney is an experienced Tax Partner with a demonstrated history of working in the accounting industry. Skilled in Healthcare and High Net Worth Individuals consulting and planning, Nonprofit Organizations, Tax Preparation, Accounting, Partnership and S Corporation Taxation. Strong accounting professional with a BS, MA focused in Accounting from University of Denver.

Travis Plakke

Board Member

Principal, Sullivan Group Real Estate Services

Travis Plakke works with top resturants all over the state as the Principal at Sullivan Group Real Estate Service. He came to the Board of Firefly Autism after having a chance meeting with a friend of the organization, Linda Appel Lipsius. Travis is on the autism spectrum and thought this would be a great way to give back and offer some valuable insight, with a very appropiate point of view.
Professionally, Travis recalls an event from his youth that still drives him today: When he proposed an idea for a fine resturant we was working in his teens, he was promptly shut down by the Executive Chef. The lessons that have stuck with him have taught him to always learn and grow in any situation you might be in, but know who you are and who you want to be. With that vision, learn and grow until it's time to move on. He also believs that if one wants to affect change, it is done from the top. That is why it is his pleasure to serve on the Firefly Autism Board.
Personally, to Travis, being a husband and a father is the single most important thing he has ever done and ever will do. Being with family is incredibly fulfilling to Travis.
He says "People on the spectum don't have Autism...we are Autistic and with the right environment and resources (Firefly) their super power(s) will be revealed."

Krystal Than

Board Member

Chief HR and Compliance Officer, Peak Dental Services

Krystal Than has a been in the HR field for over 20 years, supporting organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 500s. She currently serves as Chief HR and Compliance Officer for Peak Dental. She joined the Firefly board over 5 years because of a "Great mission and great team making REAL impact." Her experience in building process, infrastructure and collaborative environments as the human resources leader is key to the impact she creates towards business mission. Krystal has also been involved in non-profit work for over 20 years. In addition to her professional life, Krystal is a proud wife to her husband Van and mother to their son, Tyler.

Mark Lentell

Board Member

Vice President, Solutions Engineering & Services AccuCode

Mark Lentell is a high-integrity, customer-centric technology executive with broad-based experience in operations (IT service delivery), engineering, business development, and sales in rugged mobile computing, wireless networking, and AIDC technologies. Mark is an expert at turning around and growing businesses to realize their full potential. Mark loves what what does!
Mark has served as a technical advisor on the Firefly Autism Board of Directors since 2018.
When Mark is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing with his twins London and Logan. He loves to read, engineer/build/create anything that involves the use of mind and hands, and generally working on projects of personal interest.

John Hale

Board Member

Market Health & Wellness Director Walmart Corporation
John Hale is passionate about about health and wellness, education and awareness and brings these passions to Firefly Autism’s Board of Directors. John works as the Health and Wellness Director for Walmart in the Denver Metro market. He holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from Ashford University and a graduate degree from the University of Colorado in Health Administration where he graduated Magna cum laude. In addition to Firefly, John volunteers with the Foundation for Fighting Blindness. John has a long history of supporting Firefly as a committee member and donor. Through his experience with Firefly, he was better able to identify delays in children when present and was able to get an earlier diagnosis for his own child. This example serves as a strong motivator for John to continue to invest time, money and energy into the important work of Firefly Autism.

Nicole Taylor

Board Member

Community Relations Director, Office of the Independent Monitor

Nicole Taylor is an experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Coaching, Conflict Resolution, Event Management, Inclusive Excellence Framework and Team Building. Nicole also serves on the Board of Directors for PlatteForum and Think360Arts as well as being a Mayoral Appointee to the Denver Latino Commission. 

Jim C. Tolliver

Board Member

VP, Practice Leader, Woodruff Sawyer
Jim Tolliver is Vice President and National Practice Leader of Woodruff Sawyer - Private Client Group.
Jim’s insurance career spans 25 years of providing highly successful individuals, family offices and mid-sized commercial businesses with specialized risk advisory services. He oversees the personal lines practice nationally, which offers custom insurance solutions for over 1,000 individual clients across all 14 offices in the Western US, New England and Hawaii.
In addition to serving on Firefly's Board of Directors, Jim served on the Steering Committee of the Private Client Practice Group of Assurex Global from 2015-2018. He is a two-year term appointed Executive Sponsor of the Woodruff Sawyer DEI movement – Women’s Employee Resource Group.
Jim graduated from University of Louisville, with a bachelor’s Degrees in Communications.
In his spare time, he is frequently found attending kids’ sports programs with his wonderful wife, playing pickleball, traveling, floating rivers and casting flies to wild trout.

Linda Childears

Board Member

Former President and CEO of Daniels Fund
Linda Childears retired from the Daniels Fund on April 30, 2020, after serving as its President and CEO for 15 years. Under Linda’s leadership, the organization grew from $1 billion to $1.5 billion, after distributing approximately $1 billion in grants and scholarships. In addition to serving with Firefly Autism, Linda is the past Chair and a current board member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. She has served on over 25 state/local boards and five national boards and chaired nine of them. She has received several honors including most recently the Outstanding Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award from the Denver Business Journal. Linda has received honorary doctorate degrees from Johnson & Wales University and the University of Denver.

Dr. David Landy

Board Member

Family Medical Physician
Dr. David Landy, MD joined the Firefly Board in 2019. Dr. Landy ran his own private medical practice for 21 years before selling the practice to a medical corporation. Now he is semi-retired but still involved in the study of functional medicine. Dr. Landy majored in Biology from Vanderbilt before studying medicine at University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Landy has been named Doctor of the Year twice, was an Eagle Scout and graduated Cum Laude in Neuroanatomy from UM Med School. Dr. Landy has worked closely with individuals on the spectrum and wants to bring ideas to educate primary care providers about Autism and Firefly.

Meyer Saltzman

Board Member

Retired CPA

Meyer Saltzman is a retired CPA. He joined the Firefly Board of Directors in 2019 after meeting Jesse Ogas while volunteering on another Board in Denver. Meyer appreciates the words of William James, who said, “I will act as if I make a difference.”

Jessen Gregory

Board Member

Partner, Ruddy Gregory PLLC

Jessen Gregory is licensed to practice law in CA, CO and TX.  Ms. Gregory focuses on corporate and commercial real estate transactional work with Ruddy Gregory. Her practice involves complex mergers and acquisitions business transactions.
In 2009, Ms. Gregory was recognized for her Pro Bono work in the Denver Bar Association’s publication, “The Docket.” Ms. Gregory earned her Juris Doctor from San Diego School of Law in 2005. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado.

Donna Goldin-Evans

Board Member

Principal at ValueIQ, LLC

Donna Goldin-Evans comes to Firefly Autism’s Board as an executive-level Healthcare Consultant. A proven leader and visionary, Donna has made a career out of solving difficult problems with innovative solutions. In addition to Firefly’s Board of Directors, Donna also serves the community through the Women’s Bean Project, Clinica Tepeyac, Denver Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, SafeHouse Denver and Project Angel Heart. Donna is passionate about the mission of Firefly Autism and is committed to growing the organization through increased efficiencies and creative problem solving.

Brent Hinkston

Board Member

Rockies Enterprise Business Unit

Brent Hinkston has been part of the Firefly Board of Directors since 2018. Brent comes to Firefly with a long career at IBM having held multiple and increasingly challenging roles in sales, sales management, sales enablement and sales strategy and execution positions. Brent is a creative and innovative thinker who exceeds at execution. In addition to Firefly Autism, Brent serves on the Colorado Technical Association and the Colorado Bioscience Association committees. Brent came to Firefly to give back and learn more about the Autism spectrum. He wants to use his experiences in business leadership and strategy to help drive a bigger agenda and leave Firefly Autism better than when he started. Brent has a family member on the Autism spectrum and through that experience has a unique perspective on what needs to be done to better the system of supports and resources for individuals on the spectrum.

John C. Morgridge

Board Member

Morgridge Family Foundation

John C. Morgridge is a Senior Investment Advisor with the Morgridge Family Foundation where he evaluates potential investments and manages investment allocation of the Foundation's endowment, among other growth and development tasks. John has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Denver and a MBA for DU as well.
In addition to serving with Firefly Autism, John volunteers with the Morgridge Family Foundation, Eide Baily, Impact 100, and the United Way.

John is very excited about the work that Firefly Autism is doing and believes that he will bring a valuable perspective with his service to the organization.

Jessica Ostoyich

Board Member

Project Executive, Mortenson Construction

Jessica Ostoyich was born and raised in a small farming community on the eastern plains of Colorado, Jessica ventured off to the big city of Golden, Co where she studied Engineering with a Civil Specialty at the Colorado School of Mines. Jessica graduated in 2006 and began her career with Mortenson out at the Stapleton Redevelopment project as a field engineer. Since her stint at Stapleton, she has spent time on the Vestas Blade Manufacturing facility, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Integrated Bio-Refinery Research Facility, Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Charles Schwab Lone Tree Campus, Woodward Lincoln Campus, HUB RiNo, Facebook Data Center, Fitzsimons Redevelopment and is currently working on a building a pipeline of business for the Mortenson Denver Operating Group. While not working, Jessica loves spending time with her husband Ryan, traveling, and volunteering at several local non-profit organizations, including Firefly Autism. If there were 36 hours in a day, Jessica could find activities to fill 38 of those 36 hours. She also has a really cool nephew who she can’t get enough of and enjoys spending time with him showing off her rusty basketball skills, helping him with homework, and just hanging out.

Leadership

Jesse Ogas

Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
Jesse Ogas grew up in Silver City, New Mexico, known for its beauty. It is also near the Mexican border, and Jesse’s Hispanic heritage includes Mexico.
Growing up with an awareness of social justice issues was a strong part of his upbringing. He grew up in a poor household where domestic violence was a norm. This ignited his passion to stand up not only for his mother, but for all women and for children who are victims of domestic violence.
He attended college at Western New Mexico University with an emphasis in Business. This education jump started his long and successful career as a General Manager in the retail industry. He held various store and regional management positions with The May Co., Foley’s, Mervyn’s, Sears and Kohls. After 17 years he felt drawn to utilize his skill sets in the non-profit world. His first employment in the non-profit sector was for an organization that supported Developmentally Disabled Adults and their families. For 6 years he helped to build their Development and Community Relations Arm. In 2013 he joined the team at Firefly Autism and in 2014 became the Executive Director. He and the organization have never looked back and today they are leaders in the field of behavior and autism treatment.
For over 30 years Jesse has served on the boards of nonprofit organizations that have significant impact on the underserved communities. His first nonprofit board experience was on the Colorado Aids Project and then on boards of Clinica Tepeyac, Kemp Foundation, Latina Safehouse, Newsed, Adams Camp, MSU Presidents Cabinet, and others. Jesse saw the writing on the wall about 10 years ago that in order for non-profits to survive, they would have to begin to operate with an understanding that “It’s all about relationships”. People give to people, who lead them to causes…not the other way around. He has used this understanding to benefit nonprofits he serves.
Jesse is an Actor/Singer and a member of one the nation’s prominent Latino Theatre companies, Su Teatro. He has done local and national TV spots and commercials. Today he’s often supports nonprofit organizations by hosting events, being part of planning committees or performing. Jesse continues to lead Firefly Autism, providing leadership in its recent capital campaign for its state of the art new facility. He is always ready to share his talents for the greater good of all people.

Ken Winn MS, BCBA

Chief Operating Officer

Originally from Ohio, Ken lived in Florida for 26 years before moving to Colorado in 2014. He has been a Florida Certified Behavior Analyst since 1989 and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2008. Ken also owned and operated a behavioral consulting firm for 14 years which provided behavior analysis services throughout Florida for individuals with developmental disabilities as well as mental health needs, for both children and adults.
Ken's main concentration is working with children who have developmental disabilities, with a specialization in autism, and individuals who are dually diagnosed. He has experience in clinic and home-based settings, as well as residential and institutional settings. Ken has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over 30 years and directed clinical services for several agencies. He has worked in direct care, management, and government.
Ken has directed clinical services for a number of agencies and has provided direct services to individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. He specializes in working with persons with severe problem behaviors. Ken has a passion for behavior analysis and its value in the lives people with autism and developmental disabilities. He has done research on behavioral procedures and training of behavior analysts. He is also a professional guardian for a young man with a developmental disability and has seen how ABA has had such a positive impact in his quality of life.
At Firefly Autism he has been a part of legislative efforts, including helping get Medicaid funding for ABA, eliminating caps for HIMAT, and expanding Medicaid Waiver services. He has helped Firefly Autism become a national leader in the ethical and effective, state-of-the-art behavioral services for individuals with autism and related disorders.
Ken has a passion for behavior analysis and its value in the lives people with autism and developmental disabilities.
In the words of Catherine Maurice, "Behavior analysis saves lives". Ken has seen this first hand ...

Amanda Kelly, Ph.D, BCBA-D

Director of Home Based Services
Dr. Amanda Kelly, BCBA-D, moved from Ireland to Colorado in 2013 to pursue a role at Firefly Autism. Dr. Kelly has presided over Firefly’s renowned Home-Based Services department since February 2015, and was promoted to Director of Clinical Services in 2020. In her role, she supervises Firefly Directors, Coordinators, Board-Certified Behavior Analysts and Registered Behavior Technicians. She also oversees and manages service provision for upwards of 150 families receiving a variety of services by Firefly.
Dr. Kelly has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for close to 15 years. She completed her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology, and Masters and Doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Maynooth University, Ireland. A large focus of her studies and research was on Relational Frame Theory (RFT) which is a modern account of human language and cognition; a passion that she brought to Firefly. She has presented her research at national and international conferences, and has published research on RFT, avoidance and professional burnout. Her primary research interests also include application of Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACTr) in ABA and expanding the reach and efficacy of ABA as a whole. Dr. Kelly is extremely dedicated to producing meaningful and life changing outcomes for the community, individuals, and families in Colorado.

Mandy Rades, MS, BCBA

Director of Firefly South
Mandy Rades began working with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 13 years ago. She is passionate about Applied Behavior Analysis and I loves what she does! Mandy has worked with clients ranging in age from 2-21 and has experience managing 15-20 line therapists as well as multiple BCBA’s.
Mandy started at Firefly Autism in 2013 and has her masters degree from Capella University in Clinical Psychology with a specialist in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Mandy plans to continue to expand her knowledge of ABA by conducting research, collaborating with BCBA’s, and attending conferences.

Kelli Smith, MA, BCBA, BCAP

Assistant Director of Home Based Services
Kelli Smith started as the Assistant Director of Home-based services at Firefly Autism in October 2020.
Her interest in working with individuals on the autism spectrum started in her undergrad programs at UC Santa Barbara, where she obtained Psychology and Sociology degrees. Shortly after graduation, she began working as a behavior therapist at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in Los Angeles, CA, where she truly fell in love with the field of ABA. Over the next 8 years that followed, she obtained her master’s degree from Florida Institute of Technology and her BCBA certification in 2015, and was promoted to several leadership positions within the company.
She is passionate about teaching complex cognition skills, including social and perspective-taking skills, and working with caregivers to teach them fundamental ABA skills.

Melissa Diamond

Director of Partnerships
Melissa Diamond is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about catalyzing sustainable solutions for conflict-affected communities.
She holds a Master’s degree in Conflict, Security, and Development from the University of Bradford, where she was a Rotary Peace Fellow, a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Peace and Conflict from the University of Richmond and is currently a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China where she is pursuing a Masters of Management Science in Global Affairs. In addition to her work with Firefly Autism, Melissa is the Founder and Executive Director of “A Global Voice for Autism,” an international non-profit organization that supports the development and success of children with autism and trauma-related behavioral challenges in conflict-affected communities.
Passionate about youth empowerment, Melissa is a Regional Focal Point for the UN Major Working Group on Children and Youth-SDG 4, has twice served as the Disabilities commitment mentor for the Clinton Global Initiative University, and sits on the Board of Directors for AMENDS, a U.S.-Middle East dialogue and entrepreneurship organization.

Tobin Truslow, CTACC

Director of Development
Tobin Truslow is a seasoned executive with 15 years experience in business operations and management for mid-sized through Fortune 500 companies. Tobin specializes in donor relations and fund development to support non-profit operations focused on youth and adult education programs.
Tobin has a degree from the University of Virginia in Financial Economics and participated in NCAA athletics all four years. Managing special events for the last 10 years, Tobin has worked with top celebrities such as Peyton Manning, Emmitt Smith and Mike Shanahan. He is an Eagle Scout, musician, professional photographer, certified human capital coach and enjoys mentoring other employees across multiple departments.
Tobin is a dedicated leader in the workplace and uses his drive and tireless energy to encourage staff performance and connect with benefactors building long term relationships.
When not working Tobin and his wife Angelina love to ski/snowboard, listen to live music and watch sports with their terrier Stormy.

Allison Moffett MSW

Director of Business Operations
Alli Moffett is the Director of Business Operations for Firefly Autism overseeing multiple critical functions. Alli has experience in government and public policy, as well as navigating the waters of health insurance and Medicaid regulations.
Alli is passionate about connecting families to services and enjoys being a resource for all in the community.

Administration

  • PAULA BONNEAU
    Services Expansion Coordinator

  • REGINA CONNERS
    HR Coordinator

  • JENNETTE GARCIA
    Intake Coordinator

  • JAKE RASMUSSEN
    Office Manager

  • SAM REISER
    Facilities Director

  • AUSTIN SCHULTZ
    Talent Acquisition Specialist

  • SAM TWITCHELL
    Coordination & Support Specialist, Senior

Center-Based Program

EARLY CHILDHOOD/ELEMENTARY

Program Coordinator

ELYSE MURRIN, BCBA

Senior Instructors

TIM SUGRUE, RBT
AMBER VARELA, RBT, MS CANIDATE
DANIELLE VINSON, RBT

Instructors

PATSY CLARE, RBT
SHELBY DELL, RBT
TRACY ELLIS, RBT
LOREDANA FARILLA, RBT, BCBA
ANNA FRIEDERICH, RBT
BUSEJE JACKSON, RBT
DESHAYLA JONES, RBT
SANDHYA MAHESH, BCBA
KATHERINE MCHUGH, RBT
ANDREA MILLER, RBT
ELLA STEPHENS, RBT



SCHOOL-AGE (PRIMARY)

Program Coordinator

CHANEL RENFRO, BCBA

Senior Instructors

ROY PATTERSON, RBT
SALLY YATES, RBT

Instructors

KAITLIN BARBIERE, RBT
ZOE BLUBAUGH, RBT
SOFIA CHEN
ANNA FORD, RBT
ILANA HAYUTIN, RBT
SHEILA OROZCO, RBT
GREER OZAN, RBT
ERIN PACKER, RBT
MICHELLE SALDANA, RBT
FAITH SCHNEIDER
HANNAH STEWART, RBT

SCHOOL-AGE (SECONDARY)

Program Coordinator

BEN WHITTLE, BCBA

Senior Instructors

KYLE HUDDLE, RBT
KATE THATCHER, RBT

Instructors

MICHAEL ANDERSON, RBT
CAMERON CROWE, RBT
COUNTRY ELDRED, RBT
EMILY NAYLOR, RBT
MADISON NEWMAN, RBT
ESTHER SAUER, RBT
LINDA VASQUEZ, RBT

Clinical Specialists

MARE CAVALIERE, MS, BCBA
MEGAN FORESTAL, MA, BCBA
MARY HOWELL, MA, BCBA
CHEYENNE MICKELSON, BCBA

Team Support Specialists

TIM CARLIN, RBT
MIRIAM CASTILLO, RBT
DAKOTA KASHCHY, RBT
NIC PELTON, RBT
ERIKA TAYLOR, RBT

School Nurse

LESLIE BLUE R.N. B.S.N

Home-Based Program

BCBA/BCaBA

KARIE CORBIN, MA, BCBA
MEGAN JOHNSON, BCBA
MELISSA MARKS, MS, BCBA
KRISTINA MOSLEY, BCBA, M.ED
KAYLA MOORE, BCBA
MELISSA PELEG, BCBA
JAMIE SCOURFIELD, MS, BCBA
ANNE SHEERIN, MS, BCBA
LARISA SHEPARD, MS, BCBA
ALLISON TITTIGER, MS, BCBA

RBT/Therapists

SUZANNE BROUSSARD, RBT
BRITTNEY FINN, RBT
SAMANTHA FULLINGTON, RBT
KASSIE GAYLORD, RBT
JAIMA HAJEK, RBT
MCKENZI HAMMOND, RBT
ALEX HANNON, RBT
HALEY MARSHALL, RBT
HAYLEY MARTIN, RBT
REBECCA MCVEY, RBT
BETTY PIERRE, RBT
REBECCA SAFANOV, RBT
EMILY SCOTT, RBT
ABIGAIL REEVES, RBT

Firefly South

Director of Home Based Services

MANDY RADES, MS, BCBA

Home Based Therapists

KATY BROADWELL, M.ED., BCBA
JADE BLAIN, BT
JANET COOK, RBT
ANDREE MEIGNEIN, RBT
SEAN O'ROURKE, RBT
KIANDREA PFAFFL, RBT
ALECIA PHILLIPS, BT
BRITTNEY SIEBEL, BT
MACKENZIE RANDOLPH, RBT

Occupational Therapist

  • EMMA KOBYLUCH, OT

Speech and Language Pathologist

  • NISHMA STRODE, SLP
    KRYSTA WATKINS, SLP-A

School Psychologist

  • DR. TANNER SIMPSON, PSY.D, RBT

Firefly Autism is a 501(c)(3) organization registered in the state of Colorado. Donations are tax-deductible.

Contact

2001 Hoyt Street
Lakewood, CO 80215

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