Our Team

Kelli Bruington

Bardstown,

Kentucky

Kelli Bruington was born and raised in Bardstown, Ky. where she now lives with her two sons, husband, and dog. She attended Western Kentucky University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Child Studies with a minor in Family Studies and Home Visiting. After graduating from WKU, Kelli attended the University of Cincinnati and received my Masters in Education with a Focus on Behavior Analysis. Kelli has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for about 7 years. She started her journey providing community living support. Once she graduated college, she became a Registered Behavior Technician and, after passing her board exams, began her time as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Most of her career has focused on the pediatric population; however, Kelli has recently branched out to provide support to all ages. If Kelli is not at work, you can find her hanging out with her boys. They are a baseball family and spend most of their spring and summer days at the ball field, whether it be for their local high school team or cheering on the Cincinnati Reds. Some of Kelli’s favorite activities include watching Kentucky Football, being at the beach or spending time with her family.

Ali Bentley

London,

Kentucky

Ali Bentley was born and raised in New Mexico before moving to Colorado to attend college. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in mind, brain and behavior from Colorado State University. After graduating she joined Teach for America and moved to eastern Kentucky to teach high school science. While teaching she obtained her Masters of Science in education from Johns Hopkins University. Ali continued to receive her post-graduate masters certificate from Pennsylvania State University in Applied Behavior Analysis Ali has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for 3 years. After teaching Ali became a Registered Behavior Technician and after passing the board exam began working as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Most of her ABA career has focused on the pediatric population but her previous professional experiences include teenagers and young adults. When Ali is not working she is spending time with her husband and dog. Together they enjoy exploring local culture through food and music. Some of Ali’s favorite activities include farmers markets, going for walks and hikes, and spending time with friends and family.

Sydnee Decker

Remote

Sydnee Decker, Intake Manager, started in the ABA field in 2015 as an RBT and continued that until she started her family in 2022. Sydnee joined Commonwealth in March of 2023 as our Credentialing, Authorization, and Insurance guru. Sydnee is a certified ABA Biller and Coder with extensive knowledge on Contracting and Credentialing with insurances for ABA services. Sydnee was born in Utah and grew up in Idaho. She lived out west until she met her husband in 2018 where they moved from Utah to California and then to Florida where they have been since 2019. Sydnee had her first child this year, a little boy, and she loves every moment of being a mom. Sydnee loves spending time at the beach with her family.

Brett Blevins

Kentucky

Brett Blevins, CEO and Founder of Commonwealth Autism Care, earned a Masters of Education from Georgetown College after acquiring his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Business and Business Administration at Northern Kentucky University. He is a registered Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) from the Florida Institute of Technology. Brett has focused his passions by working with at-risk youth and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 20-years. In an effort to transform the ABA industry, Brett founded Commonwealth ABA with the goal of breaking down the barriers caregivers often face when seeking access to Autism care for their loved ones. Brett further focuses his passions on building effective teams to meet the increased demand in the autism and youth mental health spaces. He believes in the “not how, but who” approach as he develops the Commonwealth ABA network of BCBAs, Psychologists, and Registered Behavior Therapists (RBTs). Brett met his wife in 2013, who also works in youth behavioral health care as an LPCC. They have twin girls that love story time and arts and crafts. Brett played basketball growing up and coached youth sports. He enjoys watching his two nephews play basketball and baseball on their high school teams and hanging out with his nieces for family get-togethers.

Chrissy Otersen

Georgia

Christine Otersen, M.Ed., BCBA, is the Director of Clinical and Operational Services in Georgia. She is originally from Ohio and graduated from Kent State University where she earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She began her career in ABA in 2002 at The May Institute in Chatham, Massachusetts where she found her passion for working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She relocated to Georgia and attended Georgia State University where she earned a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in multiple and severe disabilities and Autism. She has a true passion for working with individuals with disabilities across their lifespan in their homes, schools, clinics and in the community. She enjoys all ages and likes to focus on functional living skills and communication. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, golfing, attending sporting events and just being outdoors with her husband and two sons.

Jade Lewis

Georgia

Jade Lewis is the Director of Outreach. She is originally from Mississippi, but relocated to Georgia shortly after completing her bachelor’s in psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi and obtaining her BCBA. Since then, she has received a master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in severe behavior disorders from Georgia State University and earned her BCBA certification in 2009. Jade has worked with children and adults of all ages and across a variety of settings. During the pandemic, Jade transitioned to a role that allowed her to utilize her 20+ years of experience to educate and inform families, other providers, and the community on the value of applied behavior analytic services. Jade lives in the Savannah, GA area with her husband and two daughters. Her son lives nearby and works in the aerospace field. In her free time, she enjoys Crossfit, attending her kids’ sports and activities, and hanging out in downtown Savannah with her husband and friends.

Kim Jett

Kentucky

Kim Jet is the Operations Coordinator for Commonwealth Autism Care

Brewer Vega

Kentucky

Brewer Vega is an Intake Coordinator for Commonwealth Autism Care.

Savannah Yelken

Fayetteville,

Georgia

Savannah was introduced to applied behavior analysis in 2017 after observing how the Marcus Autism Center’s Severe behavior program significantly improved her respite care family’s quality of life. She was quickly hooked and knew this was the career for her! Savannah held several positions in the severe behavior program where she gained experience in behavior reduction, skill acquisition, and toilet training. She received her master’s degree from Ball State University and passed her board exam in 2021. Since then, Savannah has worked as a behavior analyst with clients ranging from ages 2-21. Savannah is passionate about helping clients become the best version of themselves and making therapy fun!

Stevie Mefford

Carollton,

Kentucky

Stevie Mefford currently resides in Carrollton, Kentucky with her husband and three kids. Stevie has her Bachelors degree in Psychology with a double minor in child development and sociology from Georgetown College. She then graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2021 with her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has been in the ABA field for 6 years and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2021. Her passion lies with giving resources to rural and underserved areas. Stevie is glad to be back in her hometown providing services in the Carroll County community and schools. When Stevie is not at work, you can find her outside with her family. They raise dogs, chickens, ducks, and a garden. When they’re not at their homestead, you can usually catch them fishing, hunting, or playing any sport with a ball!

Larissa Fedak

London,

Kentucky

Originally from New Jersey, Larissa Fedak relocated from the inner city of Hudson County New Jersey to rural Appalachia in March 2022. She is a dual-certified Board Certified Behavior Analyst–Doctoral and a speech-language pathologist, as well as a certified special education teacher. Larissa earned her Doctorate in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism from Columbia University and has dedicated the past 20 years to working with individuals with a variety of developmental disabilities and their families. Although she wears many hats and enjoy dabbling in a little bit of everything, Larissa’s specialties include motor speech disorders, early intervention and at-risk youth, and parent training. She has also been a traveling therapist and has worked in several different states. In her spare time, she enjoys a good road trip, a good novel, and a good concert. She also enjoys art and music appreciation and enjoys exploring history and culture, which is one of the reasons Larissa relocated to Appalachia – “After visiting the area two years prior for a Christmas market, I knew it was the place I wanted to be.

Shawn McCarty

Dallas,

Georgia

Shawn is the lead BCBA of the Dallas Clinic. She is originally from Florida and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Florida Atlantic University and obtained her Masters in Reading Education from the University of South Florida. She is a retired teacher and reading specialist who spent 20 years teaching students with special needs. She continued her education and attended Florida Institute of Technology and completed her Applied Behavior Analysis graduate certification and obtained her BCBA. Shawn has worked with children of all ages and across many learning settings. She specializes in working with children with learning disabilities and those on the spectrum. Shawn relocated to Dallas, GA with her husband to be closer with her stepchildren. In her free time she enjoys reading, gardening, and rescuing animals. She has five rescue dogs who she shares her home with and enjoys spending time with her family and friends in her spare time.

Alexis Morlock

Henderson,

Kentucky

Alexis (AJ) Morlock is the Lead BCBA in the Henderson, Kentucky location. She lives in Indiana, but works in the Kentucky area. AJ completed her undergraduate psychology degree at the University of Southern Indiana. AJ got her Masters in Applied Behavioral Analysis program through Ball State University. Since then, she has received her BCBA certification in 2021 as well as obtaining her License in Behavioral Analysis to practice in the state of Kentucky. AJ has worked with children ages 2-15 across a variety of settings including home, community, and clinic. AJ started her ABA journey in January 2018 working as a RBT, and grew in the field of ABA becoming a BCBA to continue to help children and families learn coping strategies, functional communication, and many more skills needed to help develop independence. AJ lives in a small town in Indiana surrounded by her family. AJ volunteers with a group called Team G in Henderson spending time with adults who have Autism and other disabilities. In her free time, AJ enjoys spending time outdoors, spending time with her family, line dancing, listening to music, and traveling.

Lindsey Hawkins

New Albany,

Indiana

Lindsey Hawkins is the lead BCBA at New Albany, IN. She received her undergraduate degree at Indiana University and received her graduate degree from Ball State University. She received her BCBA certification in May 2019. She has worked with children from 2-19. Lindsey lives in Southern Indiana with her husband and her daughter. In her free time she enjoys being with family, reading and baking.

Amy Brown

Virginia Beach,

Virginia

Amy Brown is the Lead BCBA for Virginia Beach. She relocated to Virginia from her home state of Texas in October of 2023 to help start services for Commonwealth ABA in Virginia Beach. Amy has been working with children on the autism spectrum since 2008 when she started as a therapist. During that time, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies at Texas Woman’s University in 2010, then a Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis at Nova Southeastern University in 2014, and became a BCBA in 2015. Over the years, Amy has worked with children of all ages and across a variety of settings and has served in several different roles and capacities. Besides working with children, Amy is also passionate about training therapists and assisting in developing their skills in the field of ABA so they can provide high-quality treatment. Amy currently resides in Virginia Beach with her two chihuahuas. She enjoys going to the beach, running, hiking, lifting weights, and listening to true crime podcasts.

Dr. Alan Thomalla

Georgia

Dr. Alan Thomalla, Ph.D. is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana from their APA accredited Educational Psychology program. He completed his internship at Northern Illinois University’s APA accredited Professional Psychology program. He has worked in the field of psychology as a consultant psychologist in the areas of developmental disorders, behavioral dysregulation, and forensics.

Dr. Felicia Meyers

Kentucky

Dr. Felicia Meyers is a licensed clinical Psychologist in Indiana and Kentucky with a health service provider designation. She earned a Masters (M.A.) degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of the Cumberlands, after acquiring her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University. Additionally, she completed a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) program at Union College. She has experience working in multiple mental health settings including inpatient psychiatric, long-term care facilities, outpatient facilities, home-based interventions, and school-based interventions. She has experience in providing behavioral supports for individuals on the autism spectrum and individuals with intellectual disabilities as well as completing guardianship evaluations. Dr. Meyers is a mental health diagnostician and is familiar with numerous psychological assessments that allow her the ability to diagnose and offer interventions in the way of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Anxiety Disorder, Personality Disorders and so on. When she is not working she stays busy at home with her husband, two young children, two over-grown bloodhounds and a cat.

Dr. Brynn Dombroski

Georgia

Dr. Brynn Dombroski is a Neuroscientist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who is passionate about helping others. She divides her time in serving as a Telehealth BCBA and a Maxwell Leadership Certified speaker, teacher, trainer, and coach. Brynn also volunteers with the Connections Team and the Disabilities and Inclusion Ministry at Forest Hill Church. Brynn has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with learning differences and disabilities for over 15 years as a volunteer, therapist, and coach. Her unique background has allowed her to identify medical concerns in her clients that had been previously overlooked and helped connect those clients to other clinical professionals equipped to address their medical needs. Brynn is a strong communicator and collaborator who feels strongly about empowering others to achieve success. During her spare time, Brynn enjoys learning German and Spanish on Duolingo and going for walks with her calico cat, Meeshka.

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