Meet the Team
My name is Stephanie Shank and I founded Positive Pathways in 2004. I have a Master’s of Science degree in Counseling from Indiana University and have served individuals with special needs since 1989 in State Hospitals, group homes, ICFMR’s, and Supported Living settings. I have been providing behavioral supports to children and adults participating in the Medicaid Waiver for the past 12 years. My skills include program development, teaching replacement behaviors, training caregivers, and utilizing common sense in my approach to supporting individuals with behavioral challenges. I currently maintain a caseload as I love to provide direct support! Please feel free to contact me for additional information.
My name is Jenna Austill. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington and have a background working with kids in a variety of settings. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is what brought me into the behavior field in 2012. I began working as an ABA therapist, later promoted to an ABA trainer & scheduler, and from that point switched my focus to be more “behind” the scenes in an administrative role in a variety of settings. I currently reside in Greenwood, IN. I am a proud mother of one almost 4 year old boy and soon to be a new baby boy in September 2019. I also love animals, going to church, helping coach a local color guard, and spending time with family and friends.
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Lee Ann Mast
My name is Lee Ann Mast. I live in the rural Kokomo area along with my husband of 43 years. We have two beautiful daughters, 2 wonderful son-in-laws, and five of the best grand kids EVER. We enjoy attending all their school and sport activities. I have worked in the medical field with a variety of positions as well as in the school system as an Instructional Assistant at Kindergarten level for many years.
Dr. Sally Walter
Sally Walter is our licensed psychologist. She owns Sycamore Behavioral Consulting, LLC, and provides behavior supervision services to our behavior consultants. Dr. Sally has a background in schools with assessment of various disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability, in-patient hospitals, and private practice. She just joined the clinical psychology faculty at Indiana State University as a tenure-track professor. Her research will focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder assessment. Dr. Sally lives in Terre Haute with a teenage daughter and son who keep her quite busy, but you’ll also often find her in Indianapolis as well. In her “spare” time, Dr. Sally enjoys Colts games, working out, running, and playing with their two young and crazy labradoodles.
My name is Alissa Rhoda and I live in White County. I have worked with special needs children and young adults for seven years. While discovering the passion for these special individuals, I discovered and pursued the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Purdue University and my Master’s Degree in ABA from Ball State University. I love working one on one with my clients and their families. I want my clients to have a meaningful life and live it to their fullest potential!
My name is Angela Jordan. I am a Behavior Clinician who works with individuals with disabilities of all ages. I am a graduate of Ball State University with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology. I have worked with ages ranging from 10 to 56 in multiple settings. My experience includes providing individual and group based counseling services to both male and female inmates at a correctional facility and 6 years of behavior consulting with individuals with varying level of behavioral support needs. I am a proud mother of two boys, who are currently attending Ball State University, and a very doting MiMi to one precious 4 year old. I also love animals, working out, eating healthy, and spending time with friends and family.
My name is Angie Bostic. I consider it an honor to help people and utilize a team approach when working with clients and their families. I feel strongly that in order to create change, people need to be heard, understood, and valued. My skills include program development, teaching replacement behaviors, and using a team approach to supporting individuals with behavioral challenges. I find tremendous value in education and teaching and am also an adjunct, teaching in the Psychology department at Ivy Tech Community College. Being an educator is a true asset in the field of behavior management. I hold a Master’s of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis and thoroughly enjoy my time in the educational field. I also have served as a Clinical Director at the Youth Opportunity Center, as well as a therapist in the community mental health setting. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss any questions that you may have.
Chuck has a Masters in Counseling Education. He has twenty-five years of experience in assessment and treatment of individuals of all ages. He has also worked as a behavior consultant through the Medicaid Waiver Program and in partial and Intensive outpatient programs, residential, inpatient, outpatient, and school-based Alternative Education Programs. Chuck specializes in anxiety, mood disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, behavioral and family problems, and school-related concerns. He serves the following counties: Hamilton, Hancock, Western Marion, Boone, and Madison.
My name is Crystal Black. I am a board-certified music therapist working with individuals with disabilities and senior adults with dementia. I have completed a study on music therapy’s effects on engagement in adults with dementia. I graduated from Stetson Univ. with a BA of Music Education and a minor in Speech and Theater, from the Univ. of Conn. with a MA of Music Degree in Voice Performance. I attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary studying church music and pastoral counseling. Music therapy training was done at IUPUI. Professional experience includes music performance, teaching music at Martin Univ. and as a church musician for 3 different denominations. I am married to a bright, caring man. I have 2 teenaged girls, 4 furry and 2 winged children.
My name is Diane. I have a degree in Music Education from Ball State University, a degree in Music Therapy from IPFW and a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling from Ball state University. I have been a music therapist since 2001 and previously worked at the Fort Wayne State Developmental Center until it closed in 2007. While employed at FWSDC, I supervised music therapy interns for 4 years and assisted in developing programs. I also taught Intro to Music Therapy at IPFW for several years. I’ve been working with Medicaid Waiver consumers since 2007. In addition, I have also presented at regional and national music therapy conferences. I currently live in Fishers, IN with my two betta fish, Woody and Buzz.
My name is Holli Leslie. I am a newly board certified music therapist and have been practicing since January of 2018. I attended Indiana Wesleyan University for my degree. I serve Grant, Howard, Madison, Henry, and Hamilton Counties. I am classically trained on the piano, but I also play the guitar and do composing/ producing on the side for fun.
I am a Masters prepared, Board Certified Music Therapist who practices in the Indianapolis area. I am trained in Neonatal Intensive Care Music Therapy (NICU MT) and Neurological Music Therapy (NMT Fellow). I am experienced in both individual and group music therapy techniques. In addition to contracting music therapy services through Positive Pathways I am founder of Creative Pathways Indy, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy and Director of the Music Therapy Program at UIndy and a member of the AMTA Ethics Board.
My name is Rachel Williams. I am a Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC), Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT). I have a Bachelors of Music from Indiana State University and a Music Therapy Equivalency from IUPUI. I have a passion for helping people live their best lives using music as my tool for success. I service Hancock and Shelby counties.
My name is Gabrielle Burress, but I go by Gabbey. Moving from my hometown of West Harrison in 2011, I attended IU and received a Bachelors in Recreational Therapy in 2015. I currently live in Bloomington, Indiana, and serve Monroe and nearby counties. Always working with kids growing up, play is my preferred modality of treatment. My main interests include crochet and knitting, hiking, anything with water, dancing, and roller derby, but I’m always down to try new things!
My name is Michaele Gambrall. I graduated from IU Bloomington in 2014 with a degree in Recreational Therapy. Following graduation I sat for my certification exam and became a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. I worked at Meadows Hospital for about 2 1/2 years. Then I studied Arboriculture for a couple years. Now I work at this company serving people on the Medicaid Waiver. The county’s I currently work in are Marion, Morgan, Hendricks, and Johnson. Some of the things that bring me joy include, anything outdoors, attending live music shows, visiting with animals, being creative with different mediums, and staying open to new activities.
Tyler received his bachelor’s degree in community sport management from the University of North Florida and Masters of Science from Indiana University in recreational therapy. He is currently a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and a visiting lecturer at Indiana University. Since 2015, Tyler has been working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities as an ABA therapist, behavioral therapist, and director of an inclusive basketball program. Furthermore, Tyler has served on Jacksonville’s Mayor’s Council on Fitness and Wellbeing, the board of Indiana University’s Graduate Recreation Society, and collaborated in various research endeavors. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys CrossFit, cooking, and spending time with family.
My name is Stephanie, and I have a degree in Recreational Therapy from Central Michigan University and a degree in Recreation Administration from the University of Toledo. I became a CTRS in 2016, and have since worked with a variety of populations through my experience at a skilled nursing facility. I have been working with children and young adults since 2011 through various volunteer experiences with the Special Olympics, coaching, and classroom assistance. In addition to being a CTRS, I enjoy exploring Indy with my dog, crafting, and being active in the community! I am passionate about helping others, and I am excited to bring recreational services to our consumers. I currently serve Marion and Hamilton counties.
My name is Dan McDonough and I live in Noblesville, IN. I have been a Behavior Consultant for eleven years but my entire career has been in service to people with disabilities and their families, specializing in those with autism. I provide services for Medicaid Waiver consumers in Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Tipton, Madison, Howard, and Shelby counties. My skills include staff training, behavior assessment, and teaching behavior intervention strategies at the collegiate level. I’ve also supervised many graduate school interns from IUPUI. I graduated from Fordham University in New York City with a Masters of Social Work. Contact Positive Pathways LLC to set up an interview.
Hello, I am David Kurfman and I have been working as a behavior consultant for over 8 years, serving the Kokomo, Logansport, Peru and Wabash areas. I am a licensed in Indiana (LMHC) and in Tennessee (LPC) and am a Registered Behavior Consultant (RBC) with the state of Indiana. As a therapist I have worked in hospitals, community mental health, mobile crisis, private practice, family preservation programs, critical incident debriefing teams and also as a central diagnostic reviewer (CDR) for Value Options Insurance substance abuse clients. As a behavior consultant I work with a variety of dually diagnosed clients with developmental disabilities, chronic mentally ill and substance abuse issues. On a personal note, I love spending time with my wife and family, traveling, hiking, music, sports, electronics and working with my church.
Hello! My name is Dawn Cottrell. I have 23 years of experience in the developmental disabilities field including supervision of residential programs, consulting, education, and behavior therapy. My skills include program development, assessment, staff training, functional behavior assessment, and teaching functionally equivalent behaviors. I use a behavior analytical approach to behavior change by thoroughly examining the variables that evoke and maintain problem behavior in order to implement appropriate proactive procedures and identify a replacement behavior. I graduated from University of Indianapolis with a B.S. in Psychology and art, and a Masters of Arts with an emphasis on autism from Ball State. I’m passionate about working in this field and to serving both adults and children.
My name is Jenna Maxwell. I am a behavior consultant and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I have a Bachelor Degree in Special Education and a Master’s in Behavior Analysis and Autism. I have worked for 10 years in schools and home programs. I have a passion for teaching communication, uncovering functions to behaviors, and creating independence in each kiddos life. My past experience includes: sign language programs, aggression, self help skills, and visual impairments. I have two brothers with Autism that drives my passion for happy and fulfilled lives for all of my clients. I am also a mother of 3 boys. I enjoy sports, running, and spending time outside
My name is Jennifer Chadwick and I have over 20 years of experience in various areas of human services; including residential services for persons with intellectual disabilities, home/school based services; the Department of Correctional Services by court ordered mental health services for parents, children and teens, behavior management and crisis intervention. I completed my undergraduate work in psychology at the Univ. of Evansville and master’s work at Indiana Univ. I am a recognized leader producing sustainable positive outcomes with issues such as: autism, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, trauma and abuse issues, and opposition and defiance in children and teens and utilizes varied principles and techniques. I am able to complete assessments on an autism spectrum diagnosis as well as work with children who have sexual maladaptive behaviors.
Joseph Karanja is a warm and caring person who works with people with autism and various intellectual and emotional disabilities in St. Joseph, Elkhart, and LaPorte counties. He graduated from IU-South Bend with an MS in special education. For over 20 years, he has used positive behavior supports, social stories, applied behavior analysis principles, and cognitive behavior therapy to bring about needed outcomes in attitude, self-management, social skills, and behavior. His diverse background includes: trained minister, direct staff professional, group home manager, QDDP, program director, special needs teacher, and behavior consulting.
My name is Justin Groscop. I am a behavior consultant serving the following counties: Steuben, Lagrange, Noble, Whitley, Huntington, Elkhart, Kosciusko, Wells, Adams, DeKalb, and Allen. I received my Master of Science in Psychology from The University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne. I have been a behavior consultant for three years, and have worked on redirecting and coaching behaviors in other fields for over fourteen years. I have assisted clients as young as 8 and as old as 69. I have worked with individuals diagnosed with various forms of disorders. My skills including teaching and developing, training, and building strong developmental plans. I take a personal approach with each client which allows me the ability to connect with each person uniquely.
My name is Kari Elbert. I have a Master’s degree in psychology with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis. I have worked in the mental health field in various capacities for over 20 years. I have a background in working with individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and severe and persistent mental health issues. I am most importantly the mother of 4 wonderful children. My 9 year old was diagnosed with autism at age 3, which lead me to obtain my Board Certification in Behavior Analysis. I enjoy working with both children and adults. I believe that spending time with individuals in their natural environment along side family members, educators, and other supportive individuals is paramount to providing good care and making educated treatment decisions
Hello, my name is Kathy Ackerson and I have a Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. My background includes over 18 years of working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. My experience includes residential services, home and school based services, and 6 years in an Autism Center. I love being able to share what I have learned and experienced with others. My education and experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis has given me great insight on observing functions of behavior and the importance of teaching replacement behaviors as well as increased my ability to teach functional communication to those that need it. I enjoy working with clients and families in their natural environments to help facilitate positive relationships.
I have worked in the field of Special Needs and Behavior Consultation for 20 years. I have a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Purdue University-Indianpolis (1991), Master of Art Degree in Psychology from Ball State University (1993), Master of Science Degree in Counseling from IU-Indianapolis (1998) and just finished a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball Stated (2012). I specialize in identifying the function of the unwanted behavior(s) and developing intervention(s) to decrease the malfunctioning behavior while improve independence. I have also worked in the excited field of Verbal Behavior and increasing communication with individuals with Autism. I enjoy working with consumers and their families and teams, and hope to work with you soon.
My name is LaBella Wallace. I am a retired Special Education Teacher. I taught for HBM Cooperative for 33 years. I am now a Behavior Consultant with Positive Pathways. I cover Hamilton, Madison, and Delaware Counties.
My name is Laura Stapleton. I graduated from Ball State University in 2003 with a Bachelor degree in Special Education with a Concentration in Deaf Education. I have worked with individuals with disabilities for 15 years. I lived in Florida for 2 years where I worked as Behavior Specialist and a Waiver Case Manager. While living in Indiana I have worked as a Supported Living and Group home staff, QDDP, and as an ABA therapist. In 2012, I graduated from Ball State with a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with Emphasis in Autism. I have also been a CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention) trainer for 4 years. I have been a volunteer with Special Olympics for about 13 years. I love working with adult and children with all abilities.
Hello! My name is Lauren Kocal and I recently began working as a Behavior Consultant with Positive Pathways. I have a Bachelors of Science Degree in Speech Pathology from Indiana University, Bloomington and a Masters Degree in Special Education from DePaul University. I was previously a middle school special education teacher for 7 years prior to becoming a behavior consultant. I taught in rural, suburban and inner-city schools serving students with a wide variety of disabilities and social/emotional needs. My skills include teaching replacement behaviors, training caregivers and families and evaluating environmental needs while using a calm and positive approach. I believe in consistency, routines and lots of positive reinforcement. I look forward to meeting you and your family!
My name is Laurie Johnston. I live on the west side of Indianapolis and offer behavior support services for Medical Waiver consumers in Hendricks, Hamilton, Boone, Morgan, and Marion counties. I am a former teacher with 12 years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Moderate Cognitive Disabilities, Speech/Language Impairments, Specific Learning Disabilities and Intellectual Impairments. My Bachelor’s Degree is in Elementary Education and my Master’s Degree is in Special Education along with extensive training in Autism interventions. I enjoy working with people of all ages and I’m very passionate about helping others achieve their life dreams.
My name is Marcy Thompson. I have been a Behavior Clinician for 10 years. I have a masters degree in special education. I have worked with people with intellectual disabilities for 30 years. I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I work with children, adolescents and adults. I specialize in building relationships in order to best serve each individual. Areas served: Perry, Lawrence, Martin, Bartholomew, Jackson, Brown, Morgan, Jennings, Orange, Dubois and Martin. In December 2020 accepting referrals in Monroe County.
Teacher, Coach, Advocate, Leader, are words that were used to describe Michael Robinson in 20+ years in education, he now loves just being called Michael. Mr. Robinson is coming to us from an educational background to the consultant world and has been practicing for 3 years. His specialty is working with urban males with various challenges. In his free time, Michael loves spending time with young men, enjoys sports, volunteering and helping others tap into their passion and talents. Michael serves the following counties: Marion, Hamilton, and Johnson counties.
My name is Mike Reed and I have been working in the behavior field since 2012. I became a behavior consultant out of a desire be more effective in helping people improve upon their behaviors. I take a whole person approach to working with others. When I start working with a client, I like to get to know the important people in the person’s life, to learn their likes and dislikes and their strengths and weaknesses, their concerns, their fears, their dreams, their histories, and whatever else I can know that will help me get a complete picture. I strive to meet clients and their families exactly where they are, as opposed to some ideal of where they should be. I think it’s important to collaborate with others involved with the client so that we are all hopefully working toward the same goals and drawing on each other’s strengths while doing so. I currently work with clients in Tippecanoe, Boone, Hamilton, Howard, Miami, and Cass Counties. I will consider any referrals from northwest, central Indiana.
My name is Nicci Starr and I have a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. My background includes 15 years of working as a teacher in the elementary levels. I have taught Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades, always including students with varying special needs. I am just beginning my career as a behavior consultant and enjoy learning as much as I can to serve each individual on my caseload. My skills include teaching replacement behaviors, training caregivers, and utilizing common sense in my approach to supporting individuals with behavioral challenges. I am current serving in the following counties: Hamilton, Marion, Johnson, Jay, and Wabash. I look forward to the many possibilities that I will experience through Positive Pathways
My name is Nick Zuckerman and I started working in the helping profession in 2004 at The Julian Center for Domestic Violence shortly after earning a degree from IU in Kinesiology. After being employed there for two years, I returned to school and earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from IUPUI in 2008. I then joined Positive Pathways in February of 2009 and have served clients of all ages across central Indiana for the last 5 years. As a Social Worker, I utilize a strength based approach that stresses identifying the least restrictive and natural course of action to help individuals overcome behavioral issues in their lives. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my significant other and tiny dogs. I also love live music, sports and good food + drink.
My name is Pernella Stewart. I live in Hendricks County. As a Behavior Consultant, I work with Positive Pathways Counseling & Consulting, LLC. I hold a Master’s Degree in Education, a School Counselor license and an Addiction Counselor license. I have worked as a special education teacher, school counselor and addiction counselor. My experience entails helping others with emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities, co-occurring disorders and other developmental disabilities. My passion is to support individuals of all ages with behavioral challenges, inadequate social skills and substance use disorders using evidenced-based modalities. I am offering behavior consultation services for Medicaid Waiver consumers in all Indiana counties. I look forward to working with you!
My name is Sarah McDermont. I have my masters in Social Work. I primarily work with youth who have intellectual disabilities, autism, and other behavioral concerns. I serve in the Greenwood and Indianapolis communities.
My skills include functional behavior assessment, program development, teaching functionally equivalent replacement behaviors, training caregivers, and utilizing a behavior analytic approach to behavior change. I graduated from the Univ. of Indianapolis with a BA in Psychology and from Ball State Univ with a MA in Special Education with a concentration in ABA and Autism. I have worked with individuals with disabilities for 21 years, including residential services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, home/school based services, case management of Medicaid Waiver and First Steps services, and provided support to children and adults with emotional disorders, individual/group therapy and milieu management for children in locked residential services, crisis intervention, and supervision and management. I also have experience with Article 7.
Hannah graduated from Indiana State University in 2018 with a degree in Recreation and Sports Management, specializing in Recreational Therapy. Following graduation, she interned with the Indianapolis VA Domiciliary, providing recreational therapy for homeless veterans. She then sat for her certification and became a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). After this, she took a position providing care and activities for those in an assisted living center.
Jennifer Herceg joined Positive Pathways in August of 2019. She has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Spring Arbor University and her M.S.W. through Boston University. Jennifer has worked in the social work field for 15+ years serving multiple populations including four years in mental health services, 8 years with aged and disabled and 5 years with special needs through the waiver. Before becoming a behavior consultant, Jennifer worked as a QIDP for The Arc and then a Case Manager for CIH and FSW