The two founders, Keelee Burtch and Jessica Low, came together in 2016 to provide the Denver Metro community with high quality behavior services. Both are Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA’s) and have each worked in the field for 20+ years. They share a common goal to give back to their local communities, providing high quality behavior services as well as giving inspiring professional in the field the opportunity to access high quality training and support. Keelee and Jessica were special education teachers prior to working in private practice. They worked together for several years at different behavior agencies and then each owned their own respective companies providing behavior services. Their mutual respect for each other, their friendship, and their diverse skills allowed them to join forces to put their common goal into action. Keelee has always been more operations inclined and Jessica has always delivered and implemented the highest quality behavior services. Together they are excited about the possibilities and want to provide excellent services to children and adolescents in the Denver Metro Area and create a work environment that aids the development of quality professionals in the field.
Keelee Burtch, PhD BCBA
Dr. Burtch has been in the field of developmental disabilities for over eighteen years, she has a Masters of Arts in Special Education, a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education and Child Development, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Dr. Burtch spent the first seven years of her career in public schools as a special education teacher, autism specialist, and eventually a district special education administrator. She eventually left public education for higher education where she was an Associate Professor of Special Education. She wrote and developed a four-course certificate program in autism intervention strategies for teachers. Dr. Burtch opened a private practice in 2008 that focused on in-home behavioral therapy for children and adults with developmental disabilities. The practice grew throughout Colorado and was acquired in 2011 by a national behavioral health organization where she remained the Regional Operations Director until 2012 when she accepted a leadership position at a local non-profit. After four years in non-profit management, her entrepreneur spirit was ready to venture into private practice again. She dreamed of providing quality behavioral services as well as education support for people with developmental disabilities. Dr. Burtch is a member of Association of Behavioral Analysis International (ABAI), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Four Corners Association of Behavioral Analysis, and Colorado Applied Behavioral Analysis Association (COABA). Dr. Burtch is a past treasurer of the Colorado Coalition of Autism Professionals (COCAP). Her research area is in the supervision of paraprofessionals working with people with developmental disabilities, language development for children with autism, as well as organizational behavior management. Dr. Burtch has three sons. She loves spending time with her family, traveling, golfing, skiing, watching football, and working out at Orange Theory.
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Jessica Low, MA BCBA
Executive Clinical Director
Jessica began working with children with developmental disabilities in 2001 as a paraprofessional in the public education system. While working in the public education system, she began providing in-home therapy and community based services for children with autism and other developmental disabilities through a local community center board. Jessica completed her Bachelor’s of Arts with a Special Education Teaching Licensure in 2009 from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Jessica taught early elementary (K-3rd grade) students in a day treatment facility and also provided behavior consultation services (all grade levels) within the school district she taught. In 2011, Jessica pursued her Masters in Early Childhood Education and Development and BCBA licensure at the University of Colorado Denver. At this time, she also left teaching and began working full time providing direct in-home ABA services for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. In 2013, Jessica obtained her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and completed her BCBA course work. In 2014, Jessica completed her Board Certification and licensing process to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) as well as the requirements to be a supervisor in the field. Jessica’s areas of expertise are in developing and implementing individualized and effective treatment plans that address socially significant behaviors, including those behaviors that present with risk of harm. Jessica has over 10 years of experience working directly with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities in a variety of settings (i.e. educational settings, home, community and clinic). Jessica has worked with children as young as one all the way up to middle age adults. Jessica is committed to improving the quality of life for the individuals she has the privilege to serve. Jessica is married to a math teacher, and has two sons who she loves spending time with.
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Breanna is a Colorado native who grew up in Colorado Springs. After graduating from high school, she had a strong desire to do something with her life that made a positive impact in people’s daily lives. That is the exact reason she enjoys working at Elevation Ability Services. Most of her time is spent completing administrative tasks, but she loves getting to know clients and their families as they come in and out of the center. Breanna has experience working in early childhood development, customer service, healthcare administration and working as a paraprofessional in both Cheyenne Mountain and Cherry Creek school districts. She is married, enjoys spending time cooking and being at the local coffee shop with her friend, or in her backyard garden.
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Jane Rolland, MS BCBA
After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, Jane went on to pursue her Master of Arts in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Texas. During her time at UT, she worked in an inclusion classroom at a school in Austin. Upon completion, she moved from Austin to beautiful Colorado. Jane has worked as a behavior therapist at an ABA therapy clinic and with individuals with disabilities for four years turning her passion into an eager pursuit in a career as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). In March 2019 Jane passed her Board-Certified Behavior Analyst Certification Exam. She is looking forward to learning and growing with Elevation as she establishes her new role as a BCBA. When she is not working, Jane enjoys hiking with her dog, Franklin, snowboarding, camping, reading and going to concerts.
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Kendra Schultz, MA BCBA
Teacher and Behavior Analyst
Kendra began working with children with disabilities in 2009, as a Special Education Teacher for New York City Public Schools in Harlem, NY. While working as a teacher, she pursued her Master’s degree in Behavior Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis at Hunter College in Manhattan, where she worked toward her BCBA licensure. She moved to Colorado in 2016, and began working as a BCBA, where she worked with children as young as two to adults as young as fifty-seven. Through her in-home work with clients and families, Kendra rediscovered her passion for working with school-aged students, and decided to go back into public school, where she worked in a self-contained classroom serving students with Serious Emotional Disabilities. She is excited to combine her educational and behavioral skills at Elevation, and to work hard to support her clients and families in all of their endeavors. In her free time, Kendra enjoys spending time in the mountains, climbing, and traveling with her husband, Ian, and rescue dog, Riggins.
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Whitney Miller, MA
Education and Behavior Specialist
Whitney grew up in North Dakota, where she received her Bachelor’s in Child Development and Family Science with a minor in Individual and Family Wellness at North Dakota State University. After finishing school Whitney moved to Colorado in 2008 where she started her career doing in home ABA therapy. She has been in the field for 13 years. Whitney then received her Masters in Special Education along with receiving a teaching degree. For 3 years Whitney was the lead teacher in a severe needs classroom where she implemented ABA principles, conducted IEP meetings, and communicated daily with parents. Whitney is currently residing in Castle Rock with her husband.
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Michelle grew up with two brothers in a small town in Montana. She went to school at the University of Montana and received a Bachelors in psychology and human biology. Then Michelle moved to Seattle and worked there as a behavior therapist for 1.5 years. She moved to Colorado with my fiancé in 2017. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, going to the gym, and trying new food places. Michelle is currently in school to obatin her Masters in Psychology with ABA coursework so she can then pursue becoming a BCBA.
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Edward Lisecki, MS
Ed grew in up in Aurora, CO with his two sisters. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Millikin University in Central Illinois and his Master of Arts in International Security from the University of Denver. Ed has worked in special education for three years. He is currently enrolled in a Master’s program in ABA at Arizona State University (while pursuing a BCBA certification) and a second bachelor’s program at Utah State University in Communication Disorders and Deaf Education. Ed looks forward to better serving children in his community using behavior analysis. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, listening to live music, spending time with his dog, Danny Zuko, and he is an avid….
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Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
Hannah was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand and is a huge Thai food lover! She is currently in school working on her undergrad in Psychology. Hannah comes to Elevation as an experienced RBT. She is very passionate about this field because she can directly make a positive impact on a young person and their families’ lives. When Hannah is not studying, or at work she enjoys taking her dog out hiking in colorful Colorado.
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Audrey is a recent neuroscience graduate and she finds the brain absolutely fascinating and believes there is so little known and so much to learn about it! Most of her work experience has been in physical rehabilitation with those who are paralyzed and/or diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries additionally she has a great deal of volunteer experience with children with varying disabilities. Helping others is a passion of Audrey’s and it brings her joy to be able to make any kind of positive impact in people’s lives. This is why Audrey thought that Elevation was the perfect fit for herself. Audrey believes that education is another one of the most essential parts of our lives, especially at a young age, and she is excited to be a part of that with all of Elevation’s families! Outside of the professional realm Audrey loves being active. She has played soccer her entire life, ran cross country collegiately and just loves being outside in general. While she is originally from San Diego, California and the ocean holds her heart, living in Colorado for the past 5 years has allowed her to truly appreciate the mountains and has found a deep love for them! Cooking, playing piano and spending time with my puppy, Molly, are some of Audrey’s other favorite hobbies.
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Paul is a new to behavioral services. He is excited to work with children again. He has experience working in the big brother program while he was going to school for his undergrad. Paul attended the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 2017. When Paul has free time he enjoys watching sports, especially football, and hanging out with friends on the ski slopes.
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Barb Taylor, MA
Special Education Director
Barb has been working in the special education field for the past 30 years. The majority of her time has been in residential, day treatment, hospital and juvenile justice settings with a brief period of time as a special education teacher in the public school setting.
Barb has taught Sped 101 at the college level and has successfully coached teachers through understanding special education foundations and pillars in order to pass the PRAXIS test. In May 2010, a colleague and Ms. Taylor opened up their own business (PALS4Ed) to assist residential, day treatment and juvenile justice schools with their special education needs and helping to design sustainable education systems. Recently, PALS4Ed conducted a school audit for a charter school, starting with the enrollment process, RtI, 504, IEPs and the systems in use. Barb has also written a “Getting to Know You” module for students in an on-line social emotional learning curriculum.
Barb has assisted with writing successful grants for juvenile justice schools and recruiting paraprofessionals. Barb enjoys assessing new students as they come into schools, working with new educators and speaking to small groups. She is a lifelong learner and enjoys living in Colorado.
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