OUR TEAM

Gina Warren Abston, MS, BCBA

Clinical Director, Lafayette

My name is Gina Warren Abston, and I am delighted to be the Clinical Director of Piece By Piece ABA Therapy Center!  I began my graduate degree in Behavior Analysis & Therapy in 1997 and became a BCBA in 2003.  The main focus of my career has been in the areas of early intervention, parent training, staff training, and autism.  I became a parent in 2005, giving birth to a little boy born prematurely, and who was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy and autism.  I recognized that unlike most parents, I was incredibly fortunate to have my educational and professional experience to help me navigate the waters of raising a child with special needs.  My life’s work has been devoted to helping families throughout this process and supporting them in the best way possible. 

When not at work, I can be found in a household of boys, cats and a gigantic German Shepherd.   Between the never-ending piles of laundry, dishes and pet fur, I greatly enjoy reading, music, baking, card games, board games, skee ball, POUND group fitness classes, and binge-watching Netflix! 

EliseRokke, MA, BCBA

BCBA, Lafayette

Hi! My name is Elise Rokke. I was introduced to the field of ABA during my senior year of my undergrad and accepted an internship at an ABA center.  I fell in love with the field immediately and knew that I wanted to pursue a career in ABA. I graduated with my undergraduate degree in May 2018 from Purdue University and began a Masters program in August 2018 at Purdue University. I also started as an RBT at an ABA clinic in May 2018. In May 2020 I graduated with my Masters degree in Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis and passed my certification exam in September 2020 to become a BCBA. I absolutely love working with this population and continuously strive to make a lasting impact on my client’s and their family’s lives.

 

I live in Westfield, IN with my fiancé, Max, and we are planning our wedding for May 2021. In my free time, I love to read, run, hike, bake, cook, spend time with my family and friends, and attend as many Purdue sporting events as possible!

 

I’m so excited to be a part of the Piece by Piece team!

Kailynn Dearinger, RBT

Office Manager, Lafayette

My name is Kailynn Dearinger. I have been working in the field of ABA since 2015.  I love my job and working with children.  The best part of my job is that not every day is the same.

 

I am the mother of three great children, two boys and one girl. I spend most of my time at gymnastics with my daughter or soccer with my boys.  I also enjoy reading, horseback riding, and singing.  My favorite place to visit was Jamaica,  but I would love to take my family to Paris someday.

Kira Barrett, RBT

ABA Therapist, Monticello

Kira graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Early Intervention. Kira became an RBT in 2015. In her free time, Kira enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids floating on the river, riding 4-wheelers and enjoying bonfires. Kira loves working with children and tackling problem areas to figure out how to help kids master new skills and gain more pride and independence.

Sarah Tackett, RBT

ABA Therapist, Lafayette

I am Sarah Tackett! I was born on New Year’s Day and was raised in Monticello, IN. My young son is my world and I love spending all my time with him when I am not working. I have been in the ABA field for a year and I absolutely love it. I am so glad to be a part of Piece By Piece!

Kelsie Neal, RBT

ABA Therapist, Lafayette

I became an RBT in 2019. I am currently going back to school for applied behavior analysis at Purdue University Global. I have always enjoyed helping people. My past jobs have been in mental health and a direct support professional for those with different disabilities. I finally found my calling with ABA Therapy and love working with children and enjoy helping them meet their goals.

In my spare time, I love to read, binge watch tv shows, spoil my two cats and dog, and pretend like I can paint.

Leah Schick, RBT

ABA Therapist, Lafayette

Leah has been an RBT since 2018 and was first made known of the field through a friend. Her love of early development and science made behavior analysis a solid win to work in. What she enjoys most about her work is watching her learners establish friendships, say new words, and learn new living skills.  Leah is the mother of one son, and they both enjoy taking time to explore new areas of the state and beyond. Together they are consistently working towards their goal of visiting as many National Parks as possible. When not in RBT or Mom mode, Leah enjoys curating spaces, hiking and sewing infant/toddler clothing. 

Chloe Turner, RBT

ABA Therapist, Lafayette

I graduated from Indiana University Kokomo in 2018 and have been an ABA therapist since May of 2019.  I love seeing children learn and grow, and especially love knowing that I have made an impact in their lives!  When I am not working, I enjoy singing, opera, musical theatre, and spending time with my cats, Snickers & Oreo.

Lexi Moore, RBT

ABA Therapist, Lafayette

Lexi is a Lafayette native, and has been in the ABA field since 2018.  Her favorite part about being an RBT is watching the milestones pass by. She has two sons and enjoys spending time off with them. They enjoy going to car shows and the race track in the Summer!  

Kaitlyn Rubalcava, RBT

ABA Therapist, Monticello

Kaitlyn has been a RBT since 2019. She has always had a passion to work with children. Her favorite part about working as an RBT is watching her kiddos excel and learn new skills. She is excited for her journey at Piece By Piece.
In her spare time, Kaitlyn loves spending time with her daughter, husband, and fur babies. You can find usually find Kaitlyn enjoying the great outdoors.

Raziya Simmons, RBT

ABA Therapist, Lafayette

Hi! I’m Raziya but most call me Raz! I’ve always enjoyed working with children. I started out babysitting, then started working in daycares after graduating from Jefferson High School in 2014. I had no idea what ABA was until two years ago when I decided to apply to an ABA clinic. It has really changed my life! Being an RBT is so rewarding. It’s such a good feeling knowing that I’m not only helping a child, but also their parents! I love seeing their progress and how much they improve on their targets!

I have a dog named Bella who happens to be the biggest drama queen. When I’m not working, I love spending time with my family and capturing every moment with them! I have 9 siblings, and a handful of nieces and one nephew. I also enjoy singing, taking naps, writing, and binge watching my favorite TV Show, Gilmore Girls or Movie, Clueless.

Emily Pederson, RBT

ABA Therapist, Lafayette

Hello! My name is Emily and I am eager to begin this journey and learn all there is to know about applied behavior analysis and effective therapy practices. I have extensive experience working with children from infants to school-agers!  I believe that each child is capable of whatever they set their minds to doing!  I currently study Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis at Purdue University Global. Upon graduation, I would love to continue working in the field of ABA and someday return to school to obtain a higher education degree.

When I’m not hitting the books or at the clinic, you can find me out in nature, with my dog Tink, exploring nearby cities, or on a spontaneous road trip with my friends!

Kayla Rider, MA, BCBA

Clinical Director, Monticello

My name is Kayla Rider and I am the Clinical Director in Monticello. I received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Indianapolis in 2012. After graduation, I landed an ABA Therapist position for a well-known ABA Clinic in the Indianapolis area. There, I worked alongside some of the greatest mentors. After working for roughly 2 years in the field, I decided I was ready to go back to school and get my Masters degree. I received my MA in Applied Behavior Analysis with a concentration in Autism from Ball State University in 2016. I became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2018. During my time as a Program Manager and then BCBA, I began to really focus on high behavioral clients while also developing a passion for our early learners. Therefore, I have experience working with a wide range of clients’ ages and developmental levels. I absolutely love what I do and could not imagine myself doing anything else. In my spare time, you will see me cuddled up on the couch watching sports (specifically Cubs baseball, Notre Dame football, or the Indianapolis Colts), going to concerts, movies, or anything outdoors. If I am not doing that, you can find me binge watching the next series like there is no tomorrow! 

Charlyn Basile, RBT

Program Manager, Lafayette

Hi all! My name is Charlyn but everyone calls me Basile (BAY- zel). I come from a family of five kids, so growing up never was a dull experience. I graduated from Purdue University (#boilerup) with a bachelor’s degree in human services. I decided I was not done torturing myself, so I went back to school and graduated from Capella University with a master’s degree in psychology with specialization in applied behavior analysis (ABA).  I have worked in the field of ABA for five years and I am currently working towards becoming a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA). For the majority of my life I have always worked in the field of helping others. From a peer tutor, camp counselor, respite care provider, case manager to ABA therapist. All these jobs have given me the opportunity to fulfill my goal in helping others. ABA therapist is where my true passion lies though. ABA has guided me to wanting to achieve something greater in life. My overall goal is to open an autism center in a community that may not have a lot of options when it comes to receiving support and resources. I know how important it is to have resources and by creating a community to serve just that will help others succeed in life to have the best life one could have possible. I’m extremely excited to join this team and meet many, wonderful people.

Raghan Lerch, RBT

ABA Therapist, Lafayette

Reghan began as a RBT in June of 2018, but started out as an ABA therapist in November 2017. She had a love for working with children from a young age when she started babysitting for family friends. Reghan graduated from William Henry Harrison in 2013. Reghan’s favorite thing about being a RBT is making a difference in children’s everyday lives. The joy clients show when mastering a target gives an indescribable feeling. In her free time Reghan enjoys traveling, especially to Tennessee, and spending time with her almost three-year-old Catahoula Leopard. Reghan’s short term goals include finishing the remodel on her house and adding another fur baby to her family. 

Dawn Deemer, RBT

ABA Therapist, Lafayette

 I started in the field of applied behavioral analysis in 2017 as a RBT and continue to work with children because they keep me young.  I have an undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and later obtained a graduate degree in Special Education from LaTech University.    I recently earned a graduate certificate from Purdue University in Applied Behavioral Analysis because I have always wanted to work exclusively with children  providing  ABA therapy.   I have four children of my own, three sons and one daughter.  I have grandchildren, so I spend most of my time traveling to visit family in Tennessee and Ohio.  I enjoy traveling to other places and reading outside on nice sunny days. 

Briana Shockley, RBT

ABA Therapist, Lafayette

My name is Briana Shockley and I love what I do as a RBT! The environment is always so much fun & there is always something new we can learn to help teach our clients in the best possible way! I attended Indiana State University and recently just transferred to Purdue Global to finish my undergraduate degree, in hopes of finishing with my Masters in ABA or Human Services!  In my free time I enjoy traveling around to new places, being out on the boat, kayaking and spending time with my family. I’m so excited to join the team here at Piece by Piece! 

Ashley Bennett, RBT

ABA Therapist, Lafayette

I graduated from Purdue University in 2006 with a Child Development Family Studies Degree. I have always enjoyed seeing people find pride in their accomplishments. Their accomplishments make me want to work even harder.

 

I have worked in a wide range of settings as a Case Manager for a total of 14 years and have found that working with children is what makes me happy. I started out working as a School Based Case Manager and soon after that worked in a residential setting with children of all ages. I ventured back and forth between different professions but always came back to working with the younger generation. 

 

In my spare time, I love spending time with my family. I have three children 10, 8 and a one year old baby boy who has pulled on all of our heart strings. My family and I like to stay active being outside as much possible. I can’t wait to grow with Piece by Piece and learn from each child who attends!

Emily Ray, RBT

ABA Therapist, Lafayette

I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2016 with a degree in Human Development.  I learned about ABA as a teaching assistant in Florida and have been an RBT since 2017.  I am currently working towards my ultimate goal of becoming a Speech Language Pathologist.  I love watching children gain the skills they have been working to achieve!

Craigory Schwipps, RBT

ABA Therapist, Lafayette

Have you ever seen someone that looks like an adult but is clearly not? That would be me. No one has ever qualified me as a "grown up" because I am still a kid at heart. I love video games, building LEGO sets, and watching Disney movies/ cartoons. But more than this, I love working with kids. I first became an RBT in 2017 at the suggestion of my best friend, and have never looked back since. It's in my nature to be a goofball and it has helped me immensely in the field of ABA, bonding with kids and seeing them grow and progress to new heights. I am a proud graduate of DePauw University, even prouder to be married to the most beautiful woman on the planet, and can be found binge watching The Office with my wife, two dogs and cat any given weekend. 

Lianna Cooper, RBT

ABA Therapist, Lafayette

Hi! I’m Lianna! Let me first say what an honor it is to be a vital piece in helping your son or daughter reach their goals and learn valuable life skills. I love ABA, but more importantly, I love watching your child succeed! I have worked in the field of ABA since mid-2018, and I plan to continue for the years to come. I am close to finishing my undergraduate degree in Human Services at Indiana Wesleyan University. In my free time, I enjoy binge watching Reign and Grey’s Anatomy with my fur baby. I also like working out- particularly, strength training. I have a goal to one day become a certified personal trainer. Just as a fun fact, I lived in beautiful New Zealand for seven years and once toured The Shire movie set and visited the beach where a scene in Prince Caspian was filmed.

Heather Wicker, RBT

ABA Therapist, Lafayette

My journey as a Behavior Therapist began in 2018, however; Growing up with a brother on the spectrum opened my eyes to the world of autism early on. Prior to being a Behavior Therapist, I worked in Direct Care for Adults with disabilities for a few years. At home I have two beautiful children, Addison and Aster, that are the epitome of my existence. Being a mother is one of my greatest accomplishments and everyday is a gift with them. I take great pride in the work that I do with children on the spectrum, each and every one are so special and I love being able to help them reach their fullest potentials. I am lucky, and oh so blessed.  

Reven Delph , RBT

Program Manager, Monticello

My name is Raven Delph and I am the program manager in Monticello. I started my career in ABA in January of 2019. I quickly fell in love and decided to pursue my Masters in ABA with a focus in Autism from Ball State University and I will graduate in May of 2021. Before starting in ABA I worked as an aid in a special education classroom in both an elementary school and high school as well as working as a camp counselor. After graduating with degrees in both business and psychology , I accepted a job as an ABA therapist and I haven't looked back.  After I graduate with my Masters in May I plan to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). If I'm not at work or doing homework I enjoy attending or watching sporting events , cooking , doing anything outdoors or binge watch crime shows .

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