Keelee Burtch, PhD BCBA
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Dr. Burtch has been in the field of develomental disabilities for eighteen years. She has a Masters of Arts in Special Education, a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education and Human Resources, 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 mangement, her entrepreneur spirit was ready to venture into private practice again. She dreamed of providing quality behavioral services as well as offering respite care and community access 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 is married and has three sons. She loves spending time with her family, traveling, watching sports, and running.
Jessica Low, MA BCBA
Clinical Director and Co-Founder
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.
Janet Carrillo, MS BCaBA
Originally from California, Janet grew up bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English. She has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities since 2008. After graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Janet began to work directly with clients both in the home and school settings providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services and discovered this was her passion. When Janet and her husband had the opportunity to move to Colorado she decided to pursue becoming a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) through Florida Institute of Technology. In 2014, Janet also received her Master of Science in ABA and Autism through Sage Graduate School. Now working for Elevation Ability Services as a BCaBA, she is in pursuit to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Janet looks forward to great experiences working with a variety of populations and settings. When she is not working or studying, Janet enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and son exploring Colorado!
Sandra Vandergoot, BA BCaBA
Sandra grew up on Long Island in New York. When she relocated to Colorado, she discovered the mountains and thoroughly enjoys all they have to offer. Inspired by her father, a psychologist who worked with people of all ages with various disabilities, Sandra always knew she wanted to work in an environment where she could help others. This helped to guide her life and career choices. She received a BA in English Literature with a minor in Women Studies from Arizona State University and then spent some time in South America teaching English and studying Spanish. Since completing the speech pathology leveling coursework through the University of Colorado Boulder, she is now in progress for her SLPA certification. She has completed the PEERS Certified Training Seminar for Mental Health Professionals and currenlty attends Florida Institute of Technology working towards her Master's Degree in Behavior Analysis. She also holds a BCaBA certification. Sandra works hard to balance work at Elevation, school and home life as she enjoys them all; she looks forward to continuing to grow in her career working with the team at Elevation.
Angela Meining, M.A.Ed.
After growing up with a brother with profound autism, Angela understood the impact of not having access to functional communication. She pursued a Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, which she completed at the University of Colorado Boulder. Upon graduation, she accepted a teaching position in Westminster in a classroom for students with profound cognitive needs and behavioral issues. This was her first insight into the powerful impact of ABA therapy with this population. After four years of teaching, she earned her Master of Arts in Special Education - Severe Cognitive Needs from the University of Northern Colorado; thereafter, she took some time off to raise her family. She worked in data-based marketing and sales for six years, afterwhich she returned to her passion by joining the team at Elevation Ability Services as a Behavior Specialist. Angela is currently pursuing her BCBA certification and looks forward to a long career at Elevation giving clients and families access to the tools they need to communicate and grow effectively. When she is not with clients, she enjoys time with her two daughters, Katie (age 11) and Josie (age 8), and her husband of 14 years, Bob.
Jane Rolland, M.A.Ed., RBT
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. Upon completion, she moved from Austin to beautiful Colorado just over a year ago. Jane has worked as a behavior therapist at an ABA therapy clinic and with individuals with disabilities for three years turning her passion into an eager pursuit in a career as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She is looking forward to developing additional skills and building positive relationships with clients and families. When she is not working, Jane enjoys hiking with her dog, Winni, snowboarding, camping, reading and going to concerts.
Jamie Wair, RBT
Registered Behavior Technician
Jamie Wair, as a Colorado native, attended high school and college in the Denver Metro Area. After attending Metro State University for two years, she decided to take a break from school in pursuit of field experience. She worked as a Paraprofessional for the Douglas County School District working mainly with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She decided to take a break from work to raise her two young, energetic girls. Six years later, she decided to continue on with her passion in working with children and joined the team at Elevation. Jamie received her Registered Behavior Technician certificate in July 2017 through the ABA Board and is currently attending the University of Phoenix to receive her teaching licence in early childhood education.
Courtney Davies, RBT
Registered Behavior Technician
Courtney is an Indiana native and earned her B.S. from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2014. She began working with adolescents on the Autism Spectrum in 2012 at an outdoor therapeutic recreation program. After graduation, she lived in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming for 1.5 years, leading backcountry outdoor expeditions across the Western United States for adolescents with learning and developmental disabilities. In September of 2015, she began working as an ABA Therapist and earned her RBT in April of 2017. She hopes to go back to school to earn her Masters in Social Work and gain credentialing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for youth and adolescents with mental illness and developmental disabilities. When she’s not in the clinic, you can find her in the climbing gym or backpacking in the mountains.
Dana Ready, Behavior Intern
Dana Ready is a School Psychology Psy.D candidate in the BCBA certification program at the University of Colorado at Denver. She joined the Elevation Ability Services' team to gain additional experience as she works toward her doctorate. Dana has teaching credentials in both Colorado and California, and has worked with students in both urban and rural settings. Dana went to Colorado State University for her undergrad, and has spent a total of 7 years in Colorado. When Dana isn't working or studying, she enjoys running, reading and cooking.
Registered Behavior Technician
The youngest of two girls, Crista was born in Japan because her Dad was serving in the Air Force at the time. The family moved stateside when she was a toddler. Crista found she had a passion for kids with disablities while she was a nanny of two children diagnoised with Autism. Because of this, Crista pursued a Bachelor's Degree in Developmental Psychology in Savannah, Georgia at Armstrong State University. Crista has been working as a Registered Behavior Technician for three years and is planning on returning to school soon to pursue her BCBA. Crista enjoys snowboarding during the winter and attending concerts at Red Rocks in the Summer time.
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 friends.