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Evansville, IN

The Team

Celebrating & Supporting People Who Interact Uniquely

Administration Team

Kim Derk, CEO

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Kim is the area’s first board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). Kim earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Indiana, a master’s degree from Ball State University in special education with graduate certifications in behavior analysis and autism. Kim is pursuing her doctoral degree. In addition, she remains on the faculty of Ball State University.

 

 

 Rachel Beckley, Clinical Manager

Rachel BeckleyRachel has a degree in health services from the University of Southern Indiana. She has previous experience working with the Department of Child Services. Rachel is a Safety Crisis Management-certified trainer.

 

 

 

Nikki Bilderback, State Services Manager/Executive Assistant to the CEO

Nikki BilderbackNikki has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern Indiana, and a graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis from Ball State University. She has previous experience working in international adoption and for the Department of Child Services. Nikki is pursuing her BCBA.

 

 

Courtney Haan, LifeSong Coordinator

Courtney HaanCourtney has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Southern Indiana and has previous experience working with a Head Start preschool. She is a licensed teacher.

 

 

 

Angela Clark, Accountant

AngelaCAngela received a post-baccalaureate certificate in professional accountancy from the University of Southern Indiana. She has worked as an accountant for home businesses and the City of Evansville. She has several seasons of tax preparation work and has passed all sections of the CPA exam.

 

 

Brock Quinton, Business Development Manager

Brock QuintonBrock received his bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy from Murray State University.Brock has previous experience working with Alzheimer’s patients in a personal care facility and working at a special needs camp. He is also a certified therapeutic recreational specialist.

 

 

 

Keri Voegel, Operations Manager

Keri VoegelAfter many years of experience working with special needs children, Keri received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood from the University of Southern Indiana and a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis from Ball State University. She is a licensed teacher.

 

 

 

Lara Bishop, Community Concierge

Lara BishopLara has many decades experience working with children with special needs and autism in New Hampshire. Prior to working with LifeSong Academy she was trained in ABA and discrete trial methods while working in an autism classroom for 9 years.

 

 

 

Ashley Butson, Services Analyst

AshleyBAshley attended the University of Southern Indiana and studied psychology with an emphasis on abnormal psychology  and English with an emphasis on rhetoric and technical writing. Ashley also attended Ivy Tech and studied paralegal services. Ashley has previous experience working children, teenagers, and adults with special needs at a local facility.

 

 

Rashidah Garrett, Guest Services

RashidahGRashisah has an associate degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently attending the University of Southern Indiana to obtain a bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in special education.

 

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Clinical Team

Paula Durbin, Occupational Therapist

PaulaDPaula graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and has worked with special needs children of all ages.

 

 

 

Autumn Henning, Speech Therapist

AprilAutumn attended the University of Kentucky and earned a Bachelor’s of Health Sciences and Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders.  She is a Speech-Language Pathologist recognized by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association with the Certificate of Clinical Competence.  She specializes in oral-motor and feeding difficulties and is Beckman Oral Motor Certified.

 

 

Emily Maxberry, Program Manager

Emily Maxberry

Emily has bachelor’s degrees in special education and elementary education and a master’s degree in special education – intensive intervention from Oakland City University as well as a graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis from Ball State University. She is a licensed teacher and has previous experience teaching in the classroom, some of which was overseas. Emily is pursuing her BCBA.

 

 

Stephanie Moore, Program Manager

Stephanie MooreStephanie attended Ball State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in family and child development and a minor in social work. She recently received her master’s degree from Ball State in applied behavior analysis and is pursuing her BCBA.

 

 

 

Krystle Price, Program Coordinator

Krystle PriceKrystle earned a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology and a psychology minor from Indiana State University. She recently received her master’s degree from Ball State in applied behavior analysis and is pursuing her BCBA.

 

 

Cathy Damen, Program Coordinator

Cathy

Cathy has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in special education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Cathy has been as a special education teacher for the past 20+ years in three different states. She recently completed certification in ABA and is pursuing her BCBA.

 

 

 

Line Coaches

Kristen Blikken
Sasha Cason
Lee Garnett
Andy Hines
Kara Kieffner
Stephanie Knight
Grace Mehling
Heather Metzger
Lindsay Ritter
Erin Roush
Kristan Spitz
Nicole Thomason
Nick Tromley
Carrie Velie
Katie Vetter

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