Denver, CO

Cassie Mohr, M.A., BCBA – Senior Clinical Director

Cassie received her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Sociology from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. After undergrad, she began working with children and adults with a variety of mental health and developmental disabilities. She recalls, “I found the autism population to be what I was most drawn to, as I appreciate the unique qualities of each individual with autism.”  Cassie then earned a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from Ball State University.  She enjoys working with all populations of the ASD community, especially within early intervention, pre-verbal, and severe challenging behaviors.  Cassie notes, “I love working at JAC because of the dedication that JAC shows to clients and staff. I love seeing new staff develop their passion for the clients, and I love seeing the clients make progress toward their goals.”

Professional activities and associations:

  • Member of the Colorado Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Member of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts
  • Member of the Standard Celeration Society

Kara Batson, M.S., BCBA – Clinical Director

Kara began working as a Behavior Technician in Colorado Springs, CO after answering a “help wanted” advertisement to make meaningful change in the lives of children with ASD. Her travels and professional pursuits then led her to a clinical career in behavior analysis working with learners on the autism spectrum.  Kara has earned a B.S. in Psychology and B.SW in Social Work from Colorado State University as well as an M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from The Sage Colleges.  Her clinical interests include implementation of Skills Based Training, Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum (PPLAC) and Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) strategies.  Kara’s specialty within Applied Behavior Analysis is early intervention and her professional goals include continuing to build a clinical repertoire that best serves her clients through the use of precision teaching protocols and measures.  Her favorite quote is by Alexander Den Heijer, “When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.”

Sabrina Contla, M.Ed., BCBA – Director of Clinical Training

Sabrina began with our JumpStart team in 2013 as a Behavior Interventionist as she was finishing up her Bachelors in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of New Mexico.  She originally wanted to be a speech-language pathologist and was looking for more experience working with children with developmental delays. She volunteered at a camp with children with ASD, then searched for a job within the field and found JumpStart.  Finding her passion for serving individuals with ASD, she completed her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University in 2016.  Sabrina notes, “Seeing progress with our learners is definitely the most rewarding aspect of this field. I also enjoy my time at JumpStart working with other really talented and motivated behavior analysts and behavior technicians that are constantly learning more and doing better than they did the day before.”  In her spare time Sabrina enjoys buying and smelling candles, reading books, watching documentaries, and talking about behavior analysis with my friends.

Professional activities and associations:

  • Member of the Colorado Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Member of the Arkansas Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International
  • Member of the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts
  • Member of the Standard Celeration Society

Anna McKee-Poore, M.A.T., BCBA

Anna was introduced to the field of ABA while enrolled in graduate school for Special Education.  She loved learning the science behind it and began pursuing ABA coursework as soon as she could.  Anna came to JumpStart in 2018 with 10 years of experience in the field as well as a B.A. in English Literature and a Master of Arts in Teaching, Special Education from the University of Georgia.  Anna notes, “It’s incredibly humbling to be entrusted with the development of so many wonderful children, and it’s inspiring to see the progress they make when we work together as a team to serve them.”  In her spare time Anna loves to hike and do yoga, is an avid college football fan, and volunteers with the Junior League of Denver.

Professional activities and associations:

  • Member of the Standard Celeration Society

Caitlin Mandia, M.A., BCBA

After earning her undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University in Speech Language Pathology, Caitlin began providing ABA services to young children with autism in school and home-based settings. She reflects, “I was inspired by my clients and their families to pursue a career in Applied Behavior Analysis.” Caitlin continued on to earn her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Eastern University in Pennsylvania. She joined the JumpStart Autism Center team in March of 2017 and notes, “ I appreciate the daily opportunity to play an integral role in serving individuals with learning differences; helping our clients to reach their full potential is what I enjoy most!”  One of Caitlin’s professional goals includes development in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, both aided and unaided systems.

Ceci Montoya, M.A., BCBA

Ceci earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado with an emphasis in Statistics. She notes, “I was looking for my first job out of college and I found JAC! I really wasn’t sure at first if I would like it but then I very quickly fell in LOVE!” After a few years of working as a Behavior Interventionist at JumpStart, Ceci earned her Master of Arts from the University of Colorado Denver with a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. She then earned her Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential in February 2020.  Ceci emphasizes, “I love that all of our kids are so different! There are so many misconceptions about this population and it’s incredible to be involved with their treatments and experience their progress firsthand.”  In her spare time, she enjoys doing just about any outdoor activity and has hiked to 15,091 ft at the base of Mt. Salkantay in Peru as well as summited nine 14ers in Colorado.

Jayna Ryan, M.A., BCBA

Jayna was a preschool teacher for six years at inclusive preschools and was looking to transition to a field where she could better support the kids that needed additional support in school. She notes, “I love working with children and am inspired by them every day.  I am grateful for finding the field of ABA, allowing me to combine my passion for helping children while using a therapy with such positive impact.”  Jayna boasts a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State University as well as a Master of Arts in Special Education with a concentration as an Intervention Specialist with an Emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Northern Colorado.  Outside of JumpStart, Jayna loves traveling and has been to about thirty states and eight different countries.

Mackenzie Henningsen, M.A., BCBA

Mackenzie, originally from New Hampshire, moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to attend Colorado State University to earn a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Prevention and Intervention Sciences.  Her intention was to become a child life specialist and provide therapy for children who were in the hospital long term. She then started working at a respite care provider for children with all developmental disabilities and loved working with that population. So upon graduation, she searched for jobs in the field and found JumpStart Autism Center in 2016.  Since then Mackenzie has earned a Master of Arts in Special Education with a concentration as an Intervention Specialist with an Emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Northern Colorado.  Mackenzie notes, “I love working with the staff here at JAC and how collaboratively everyone here works together. I love seeing the huge progress that the kids who come here make and watching them grow to become more independent.” In her spare time she loves skiing, reading, and spending time in the mountains.

Ryan Harrison, M.S., RBT- Senior Clinical Trainer

Ryan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience as well as minors in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Denver. One of his undergraduate professors introduced him to ASD through a neuroscience course. “She was a great mentor of mine and was able to inspire me to work more within the ASD community,” Ryan reflects. He then joined the JumpStart team in 2016 and eventually found his passion in training staff to work with children with ASD using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and other data driven methods. During his time at JumpStart he received Master of Science in Criminology at Regis University. Ryan notes, “I love being able to have fun with these amazing kids and to watch them learn and grow overtime. I also enjoy being able to teach and share ABA with new staff members and watch them become professional and knowledgeable Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs).” Outside of his time at JumpStart Ryan enjoys playing drop in hockey, skiing, listening to audio books and playing board games with friends.

Services in Colorado

Englewood, CO 80112
(303) 284-7328

Services in New Mexico

Albuquerque , NM
Rio Rancho, NM
(505) 828-3837

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