Meet Our Team

OUR SPOKANE TEAM

We’d be nothing without our team of amazing people. Get to know us a little bit better below…

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Jim Matthews
Executive Director

Jim Matthews holds four Bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Irvine and two Masters degrees in Educational Psychology and School Psychology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. Jim is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Throughout his two decades of working in ABA, he has worked with thousands of children and families both in schools and in private practice. Jim lives in Spokane with his wife and two children. Professionally, Jim has dedicated his life to helping all people with disabilities. He is deeply passionate about helping people who are most in need during the time when they most need it. He feels strongly that ABA can confer meaningful lifelong skills that both enrich and enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

Brittany Bauerle
Brittany Bauerle
Clinical Director

Brittany Bauerle was originally inspired to work in the field of ABA during her time earning a Bachelor’s degree at Northern Michigan University while working at a regional treatment center for abused and neglected youth. She has been fortunate to have many wonderful mentors over the past 16 years, which strengthened her passion to work with children and adolescents using evidence-based practices. Brittany strives to continue learning the field Applied Behavior Analysis, as well as disseminate its practices to the community. Providing strong leadership and supervision has become one of Brittany’s strongest values, and she hopes to continue learning and providing support through teaching others. Brittany lives in Spokane with her husband Tim, and their 3 dogs (Finn, Leo, and Jagger). She enjoys the outdoors, riding her horse, and spending time with friends and family.

Heather Tauchen
Heather Tauchen
Clinical Director

Heather Tauchen is a BCBA at SOAR Behavior Services. She grew up in Reno, Nevada where she received her Bachelor’s in Psychology with an emphasis in Research from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has worked with children and adults with various disabilities in the clinical, school and home settings. She is a BCBA and graduated with a Master’s in Science in Psychology, Specialization Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University. Heather is a certified instructor in RIGHT RESPONSE which focuses on crisis prevention. Heather has a driving passion for equality and puts others needs before her own. She is adaptable to the demands of her environment and brings her optimistic attitude to every challenging situation.

Chelsea Riley
Chelsea Riley
Clinical Director

Chelsea Riley earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She worked in the field of behavior analysis while employed through agencies in Wisconsin, Washington, and Idaho before obtaining her Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Functional Analysis from Gonzaga University in 2016. She is currently in pursuit of her PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis. Chelsea lives in Spokane Valley with her husband, two dogs, and their cat. Professionally, Chelsea has dedicated her time and effort with families and individuals with disabilities who are in need of support and guidance. She is excited to further expand upon research in this area as well as act as a voice for those who do not have one within this unique community.

Taysia LeFaber
Taysia LeFaber
Regional Director of Learning and Development

Taysia LeFaber earned her undergraduate degree from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and her masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University. She loves working as a BCBA for families at SOAR. Working with kids and seeing the progress that they make through treatment of behavior is an extremely rewarding passion. She was born and raised in Spokane, Washington where she currently resides with her partner Eric and their two dogs, Benjamin and Luke. Taysia hopes to continue to serve children and families in the community she grew up in through Applied Behavior Analysis.

Andrea Lyman
Andrea Lyman
Clinical Director

Andrea Lyman holds a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University in Psychology and a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Whitworth University. Andrea lives in Spokane with her husband and has lived in the Pacific Northwest her entire life. Andrea is passionate about helping others and loves the families that she works with. Through her years working with children with disabilities she has seen ABA positively impact many families lives!

McKaela Paquet
McKaela Paquet
Director of Operations

McKaela Paquet has dedicated her professional life to the customer service industry. For the past decade, McKaela spent time as a Certified Nurses Aid (CNA) while working a career in retail management. McKaela has a passion for delivering exceptional customer service and strives to make the lives of those around her easier. McKaela moved to Spokane to be closer to her sister and found a whole family within SOAR. In her free time, McKaela enjoys hiking with her dog, camping, and playing guitar. She looks forward to making a difference in people’s lives through this company and the community surrounding it for years to come.

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Katie Hankins
Supervisor

Katie Hankins holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Eastern Washington University, and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Capella University. Katie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a certified special education teacher. Katie has worked with kids in a variety of environments since she was 19, and through this has become passionate for advocating for children. Katie believes strongly that ABA can create changes to help individuals enhance their lives. Katie grew up in the Spokane area, and currently lives in Spokane with her dogs, cat, birds, gecko, and fish.

Nick Claymore
Nick Claymore
Supervisor

Nick is originally from Lake Stevens, WA and relocated to Spokane County in 2014 to pursue his Undergraduate Degree. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology, Minor in Communication Studies and a Leadership Certificate from Eastern Washington University. Currently, he is attending the University of Washington’s Master of Education in Special Education program specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis. His goals include publishing research, lecturing to university students, and consulting with schools to improve outcomes of students across contexts. When he is not working he enjoys hiking with his dogs Zoe & Archer, kayaking the Spokane River with his fiancé, listening to audiobooks, and photography. A quote he likes to use as daily motivation is from Brené Brown a leader in disseminating knowledge on vulnerability, courage, authenticity she says, “We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.”. He looks forward to the continued support he can provide in his role as a supervisor at SOAR.

Steven Wright
Steven Wright
Supervisor

Steven Wright is a Supervisor with SOAR Behavior Services. He joined the SOAR team in the spring of 2017, and thoroughly loves the opportunity to work alongside such an outstanding team of individuals in supporting our unique clients and their families. Steven completed three years of his undergraduate program in at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado before transferring and graduating from Western Oregon University with a degree in Education and Adventure Education. Prior to working at SOAR, Steven spent time running High and Low Challenge Course programs and creating group leadership curricula. He has also worked in a residential treatment program for adolescents and young adults, and has worked in the public school setting as a Behavior Support Specialist. Steven is currently attending Capella University’s Master’s of Science program in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, and expected to graduate in the Spring of 2020. Steven is a certified trainer in RIGHT RESPONSE Crisis Prevention. He was born and raised in Colorado, and has an undying love for the outdoors. When not working or in school, Steven enjoys spending time traveling, hiking, fly fishing, snowboarding and spending time working in the yard and garden. He and his wife live in Spokane Valley with their growing family of 3 dogs, a large cat, fish, and their shrimp. While not necessarily denying that he is Batman, you will never see Steven and Batman in the same room.

Kristy Sheppard
Kristy Sheppard
Supervisor

Kristy Sheppard received a Bachelor’s degree in communication disorders in 2015 from Eastern Washington University and is currently in her Master’s program receiving a degree in Clinical Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University. Kristy has worked in the field of ABA for over two years, and loves working with kids and seeing the amazing progress that they make. Kristy lives in Spokane, WA with her boyfriend and puppy, as well as lives close to her parents. Her career in ABA has become her dream, and has a passion for this field of work.

Sarah Kelly
Sarah Kelly
Supervisor

Sarah Kelly is  Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education with an Endorsement in Early Childhood Education, from Gonzaga University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, from Drexel University. Sarah has worked in various settings of education and ABA for nine years. She lives in Spokane with her husband, son, and dog. She has spent her life working passionately to bring support, services, and advocacy to individuals with disabilities, across the world. Sarah strongly believes that these individuals have so much to offer the world and we should see everyone for what they can do, rather than what they cannot. She greatly enjoys seeing the skills gained and quality of life improve as her client’s go through ABA services.

Emma Messer
Emma Messer
Supervisor

Emma currently is pursuing a Masters in Special Education through Clarion University. Upon completion, she’ll begin testing for her BCBA certification in 2020. Emma completed her undergraduate degree through Eastern Washington University receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. She has resided in Spokane for the last 4 years with her husband and pup. She is eager to help change the lives of her families through ABA.

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April Benson
Supervisor

April Benson is currently pursuing her Master’s in Special Education from Gonzaga University. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University (Go Eags!) in Psychology with a Criminal Justice Minor in 2017. She became part of the Soar family in 2018 where she worked as a Registered Behavior Technician before becoming a Supervisor in 2020. Originally from Bellingham, Wa, April has lived in Spokane since 2013 and is looking forward to being able to continue to make an impact on the lives of her clients and their families.

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Megan Rice
Supervisor

Megan Rice is currently attending Capella University for her Masters in Psychology specialized in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Megan is originally from Shoreline Washington but moved to Spokane  in 2018  where she started working direct therapy for 2 years. Megan is now working as an active supervisor for Soar Behavior Services.

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Nikki Fleck
Supervisor

Nicolette Fleck holds her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Developmental Psychology and Minor in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis at Whitworth University. Nicolette is happy to be living in Spokane with her husband, family, and friends. She spends her time going on horseback rides with her golden retriever sidekick. She is excited to continue experiencing how ABA can transform lives.

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Shane Jordan
Supervisor

Shane Jordan serves as a Supervisor as SOAR Behavior Services. He has earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado State University and is currently pursuing his master’s in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Capella University. Shane has been in the field of ABA going on three years now. He loves seeing individuals grow and gain opportunities to thrive in their environment. Shane is originally from Colorado and loves to spend time outdoors when he is not working. He lives with his wife and two kitties and loves to take his cat Hercules on walks in a cat backpack!

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Jenni Collins
Supervisor

Jenni Collins earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University with an additional year of Drug and Alcohol studies.  She also holds a Master of Social Work from Boise State University and Master of Applied Behavior Analysis from Whitworth University.  Working with kids who have challenging behaviors led Jenni to pursue a masters in ABA.  Before working in the field of ABA, she worked as an adoption Social Worker and a Counselor for youth with high behavioral needs. Jenni has a deep passion for working with youth and their families, and dreams of making a difference in their lives.  SOAR has given her the opportunity to fulfill this dream.  Jenni lives in Spokane Valley with her husband, children and pets.

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Mollie Fabric
Supervisor

Mollie Fabric achieved her Master’s Degree in Special Education specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Washington in 2014. She has been a practicing Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) for almost 7 years. She completed her graduate training at the University of Washington’s Haring Center, in the Experimental Education Unit, which specializes in inclusive educational practices and cutting edge research.

Mollie is a compassionate, dedicated and flexible BCBA who believes that her primary duty is to enable the client to lead their best life. She believes that as a team we help the patient reach their full potential by utilizing the best practices of ABA and ensuring effective collaboration with caregivers and other professionals.

For fun, Mollie loves the arts and crafting. You can find her playing in her workshop on the weekends.

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Ashley Strandberg
Supervisor

Ashley Strandberg is a Licensed Assistant Behavior Analyst in the state of Washington and has been a part of the SOAR team since August 2019.  Prior to joining SOAR, Ashley received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Montana in Communicative Sciences & Disorders and has spent the past five years in the field of ABA.  Born and raised in Montana, she moved to Spokane to learn and grow in the field of ABA and is currently enrolled in the Master of Applied Behavior Analysis program at Whitworth University. Ashley enjoys working with individuals to increase their independence in life skills as well as teaching adults and caregivers the principles of ABA. Since moving to the area, she has found a love for Spokane and looks forward to growing roots here. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys finding beauty in the small things whether it’s puzzling, reading, camping, spending time with her two cats, or road tripping to Montana.“When [big and] little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm, not to join their chaos.” – L.R. Knost.

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Trevor Geren
Supervisor

My name is Trevor Geren. I was born and raised here in Spokane. I just couldn’t find a reason to leave. I got my degree in Psychology from EWU and am currently pursuing my Masters in Psychology at Capella University. I love working with kids and have been doing so since college. I worked in daycares, ran a youth ministry for a couple years and have done a variety of volunteer work with special needs children. SOAR has been an amazing place to work at for the last two and half years. This place is home.

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Dakota Hornsby
Intake Coordinator

Dakota Hornsby holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Washington University. She has been with SOAR since November 2018, having the opportunity to see both sides of the company with previous experience as a Behavior Technician. Dakota takes great pride in welcoming clients to our SOAR family. In her free time she likes to travel, read, and spend time with her loved ones.

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Jess Maslanka
Authorization manager

Jessica Maslanka is originally from Pittsburgh, PA where she received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology through Capella University and will be starting Eastern Washington’s Master of Business Administration program in the fall. After years of working with patients at Soar, Jessica has moved to behind the scenes where she works on authorizations for the Operations team.

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Matt Danis
Scheduler

Matthew Danis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration & Human Resource Management. He currently works as a Scheduler and Behavior Technician for SOAR. In his free time he likes to go on long walks with his border collie, hit the slopes to snowboard, and bike the centennial trail. He is passionate about helping and preparing children on the autistic spectrum to live their lives to the fullest. Matt plans on pursuing a career in ABA and feels called to this profession.

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Mellisa Jeppesen
Credentialing Coordinator

Mellisa Jeppesen loves people, and coffee. She spends her time being a mom to two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her finacee, being outside, and baking in a clean kitchen. Mellisa’s heart is to serve others, and to be a help to those around her. Mellisa is passionate about using plants to care for her, and her families health. She believes that Earth is a gift given to use, and we should take advantage of it, each day.

Cydney Short
Cydney Short
Biller

Cydney was born and raised in Alaska, where she graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During her undergrad, she worked in a chiropractic office in which she gained knowledge and experience with medical billing. In 2017, Cydney moved to Spokane with her husband and son, and began working with SOAR as a behavioral therapist. She quickly gained a passion for helping children and their families. After a year of working with kids, Cydney stepped behind the scenes to fill SOAR’s need for a medical biller. While the experience of working directly with our clients is irreplaceable, she is thankful to be a part of helping them receive ABA services in their time of need.

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Jess Stoliecki
Biller

Jessica Stoliecki lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband and two daughters. She received her Associates Degree in Business from Northern Michigan University in 2010. She has been working as a Medical Biller for over a decade. In her free time, she loves riding her horses, camping, and spending time with her family. She looks forward to making a difference with a company that has a huge impact on little lives when they need it most.

Elizabeth Brown
Elizabeth Brown
Scheduler

Elizabeth Brown holds a Bachelor’s degree in Children’s Studies from Eastern Washington University. Elizabeth lives in Spokane with her husband and dog. She is both a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and a part of SOAR’s administrative staff. She is passionate about helping people achieve their fullest potential in all areas of their life. She believes ABA is successful in providing the tools necessary for a full, well-rounded life for children and adults with disabilities.

Holly Schneidmiller
Holly Schneidmiller
Scheduler

Holly has been with SOAR since March 2019. She works as both a scheduler and a Registered Behavior Technician. She has the amazing opportunity to see both sides of such a wonderful company. She has loved not only working with kids with autism but being able to work alongside their families. In 2017 she graduated from Whitworth University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She has always enjoyed cultivating relationships with people and this job has allowed her to do just that. Holly enjoys traveling, drinking coffee, and a good laugh. Holly loves being an aunty to three wonderful kids

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Bobby White
Authorization Manager

Bobby White holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University in Health Services Administration. He currently works as a Scheduler and a Behavior Technician for SOAR. In his free time he likes to hike, ride bikes, and read books. He is passionate about serving those in need, and giving back to his community.

Sue Burbridge
Sue Burbridge
Receptionist

Sue Burbridge has a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University in Business Administration. Over the years, she has enjoyed helping people while working in Customer Service related fields. She lives in Spokane with her husband Mark, three adult children and one special granddaughter Shaya. She loves to travel, garden, sew, and the outdoors. “If your’e lucky enough to live in the woods, you are lucky enough!”

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Hannah Petty
Receptionist

Hannah Petty was born and raised in Spokane, currently residing in Deer Park with her husband and two kids. She has spent the last 12 years working in customer service. From a young age she has always had a passion for being able to work with and help people however she can. When not working, Hannah enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, camping, fishing, and spending time at the beach. She also has a huge heart for animals. Her family has 4 dogs, 1 cat and 1 snake. Animals and people are what make her most happy. Being with SOAR, feels like right where she is meant to be, doing exactly what she loves

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