Our Leadership Team

Our History

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) 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

Executive Director

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. 

Email me: kburtch@elevationcolo.com

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.

Email me: jlow@elevationcolo.com

Kendra Schultz, MA, BCBA

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. Kendra and Ian recently welcomed a baby boy, Austin.

Email me: kschultz@elevationcolo.com

Ed Lesecki, MA, BCBA

Behavior Analyst

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, his Master of Arts in International Security from the University of Denver, and his Master of Arts in Special Education (Applied Behavior Analysis) from Arizona State University. Ed has worked in special education for five years and in an Applied Behavior Analytic setting for two years. Ed looks forward to improving educational processes and improving the quality of care children in the community receive. 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 reader.

Email me: elesecki@elevationcolo.com

Madison Holmes, MS, BCBA

Behavior Analyst

Madison has worked with individuals with developmental delays since 2008 through either volunteer work or ABA. Her passion for the world of special needs was truly ignited when she worked with her school’s Special Ed department, in particular during their art class period and when she aided their exhibition for their very own pop-up gallery. Ever since then, she has worked with a variety of individuals from Early Education to High School ages, through either in home, clinic, or community services, while also working on the educational team at EAS. In 2016, she moved from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Denver, CO while also receiving her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. Once she was introduced to the field of ABA, she quickly began her Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology online. In 2020, Madison received her M.S. and became a licensed BCBA. She loves helping others and aiding them to reach their highest potential.  Outside of work and school, Madison enjoys time with her family and friends, anything art related, yoga, climbing, mountains, and spending time with her rescue pup and cat. 

Email me: mholmes@elevationcolo.com

Lara Leonard, MS, SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

Lara began working as a speech-language pathologist in 2013 after graduating from Truman State University with a Master’s in Communication Disorders. She chose to enter the field of special education because of her relationship with her younger brother Danny, who has Down syndrome. In 2013, she moved from her hometown of St. Louis to Denver, where she worked with children and their families in the home setting. Since then, Lara has worked in both public and facility schools with students ages 3-21.  Lara is passionate about helping students with complex communication needs, specifically students on the autism spectrum. Her goal is to help each student she works with communicate to the best of their ability so they are able to actively engage with the world around them. Outside of work, Lara loves to ski, hike, camp, see live music and travel.  

Email me: lleonard@elevationcolo.com

Debora Davidson, PhD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Debora has practiced occupational therapy since 1979, and she loves the profession now more than ever. Her clinical work has focused on children, youth, and young adults with a variety of mental health and behavioral concerns in therapeutic schools, community mental health, in-patient psychiatric hospital, residential treatment, and private practice. Her approach to providing OT emphasizes learning each client’s unique interests and preferences and incorporating these into motivating activities that will both reward and challenge them toward their goals. Debora’s holistic clinical style draws from sensory integration and developmental theory, as well as behaviorism.

Earlier in Debora’s career she served as a university professor, both full-time and adjunct. For over 20 years she taught in occupational therapy programs in Texas, Missouri, and Illinois. Her favorite courses included OT Theory, OT in Mental Health, and Advanced Clinical Reasoning. Debora has published numerous professional articles and book chapters, and she continues to present at state and national conferences on topics related to her clinical and teaching expertise.
After having moved around the country over the years, Debora is delighted to call Colorado her forever home. She lives in a 3-generation household with her husband, Ken, and their daughter and family. Their other daughter lives nearby in Littleton. Debora enjoys helping to care for her young granddaughter, gardening, biking, cooking Tex-Mex  and reading fiction. She’s on the lookout for small rivers within a few hours of Denver for easy- to moderate-level kayaking… please let her know if you have any ideas!

Email me: ddavidson@elevationcolo.com

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.

Email me: btaylor@elevationcolo.com

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