Meet Kristy

She is an Independent Consultant for Obok and has been working with children and families with autism spectrum disorders for a little over 25 years. She began as a 1:1 ABA technician in 1996 and fell in love with the science of Applied Behavior Analysis. She has two master’s degrees, one in Special Education-Early Childhood from the University of Missouri, Columbia and the other in Psychology with emphasis in ABA from the University of Nevada-Reno. 

Kristy started her career as a ECSE teacher, then transitioned to an Autism Consultant for the largest school district in the state of Missouri assisting teachers and administrators in the implementation of individualized education plans in a variety of settings for students ages 3-21. Kristy has also co-owned a small ABA clinic serving school districts, families and state agencies in Missouri, as well as serving as a Clinical Director for Leffen Center for Autism for almost 10 years. This clinic housed 8 service lines including a diagnostic clinic, specialized feeding clinic, special education center, independent skill development, social skills classes, outpatient ABA, SLP and OT services as well as clinic based ABA therapy. 

 Kristy has most recently been a Director of Operations for a large ABA therapy company, overseeing a 3 state area composed of 10 clinics providing ABA therapy in clinics, communities and homes. Her areas of interest are advocacy on state and local levels, parent training, transition services, high-needs coordination of care and staff training and development. Kristy has participated in several organizations such as MO-ABA, SWMO Parent Advocacy Committee and Clinical Ethics Committees. Kristy has held her BCBA since 2011 and is licensed in Missouri and Oklahoma. Kristy and her husband are the parents of 4 wonderful children, foster parents and respite providers in their community. 

When not at work, Kristy is busy taking care of her plethora of pets and farm animals, leading a multi-level girl scout troop, teaching First Aid and CPR for local non-profits, teaming up with Jasper County children’s division to offer Trauma Informed Care training for foster parents and spending as much time as possible outdoors.