Christine Schmude, Positive Behavior Supports Specialist


Christine Schmude is currently a Positive Behavior Support Specialist in the Elizabethtown area. Christine earned her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Exceptional Student Education in preparation to take her BCBA exam this winter. She has experience working in the mental health field, with children with disabilities, and individuals involved with the legal system



Monica Rhodes, Positive Behavior Supports Specialist


Monica Rhodes is from small town in Kentucky, Muhlenberg County. She has a M.Ed. and currently working is on her Masters in Counseling. She is a mother to her 2 year old son, who she absolutely adores. Her passion for as long as she can remember has been helping others in whatever capacity needed; from opening the door for someone who had their hands full, to sitting down working on a math problem or teaching one how to tie their shoes or fold their clothing. She has worked with individuals who have been diagnosed with an Intellectual and/or developmental disabilities for 10+ years.



Melissa Bock, Positive Behavior Supports Specialist


Melissa Bock received her Bachelors degree in psychology from Western Kentucky University.   She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in autism spectrum disorder.  Melissa has worked with individuals with autism (ages ranging from 2 years old to geriatric autism services).  Her specializations include verbal behavior programming, functional communication training, and school and Adult Day Training consultation. Melissa has served in five different school districts in South Central Kentucky and currently provides positive behavior support services in four schools in the Logan County school district.  Melissa serves Logan, Crittenden, and Livingston counties. 



Victoria Rodriguez, Positive Behavior Supports Specialist


Victoria Rodriguez graduated from Arizona State University in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis- she has worked in the school setting and in-home. She provides positive behavior supports for individuals of varying ages, with and without developmental delays as well as disruptive behavior disorders. This includes reducing challenging behaviors while providing skill acquisition and functional replacement behaviors. She collaboratively consults with individuals and caregivers to provide the best interventions possible.



Kim Eubanks, Positive Behavior Supports Specialist


Kim Eubanks is a Positive Behavior Supports Specialist for Marpè Therapy. Kim is originally from Nashville, TN until she came to Kentucky to attend Western Kentucky University. Kim graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and a Master’s degree in School Counseling. Kim have been teaching for 24 years and currently works full time as a special education teacher in Warren County Kentucky.  She is married with 2 children and loves to ride Four Wheelers in the mountains near Oak Ridge, TN.

Kaitlyn Kennon, Person Centered Coach


Kaitlyn Kennon is a Person Centered Coach at Marpè Therapy Services. Kaitlyn completed her Bachelor's degree at Western Kentucky University. She is currently seeking a Master of Social Work. She enjoys being an active participant in volunteering for the Alzheimer's Association and local retirement communities.



Jennifer Simpson, Positive Behavior Supports Specialist


Jennifer Simpson is  a positive behavior support specialist. She received her master’s degree from Western Kentucky University in Education and Behavior Sciences. Jennifer is passionate about advocating for individuals with special needs, as well as teaching and implementing functional replacement behaviors. Jennifer works in collaboration with direct support staff and caregivers to increase community involvement through skill development and intervention strategies.


Wes Wrather, Executive Director


Wes Wrather  is one of the co-founders and current Executive Director of Marpè Therapy Services. He has an MBA in healthcare management and is a military veteran. During his time at Marpè Therapy, he has been actively involved in numerous advocacy groups for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Kelly E. Copas, Positive Behavior Supports Specialist


Kelly is a positive behavior support specialist with an under-graduate degree in Foreign Language, Middle Grades Education, and Special Education-Western Kentucky University; a Master’s Degree in Special Education-Vanderbilt University; and a Rank I Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language-Western Kentucky University. Kelly is a retired Kentucky Special Education Teacher with 28 years of service working primarily with youth identified emotional/behavioral disability. He also taught pre-service teachers in the Special Education Department at WKU for 19 years as an adjunct instructor. Kelly is passionate about his work and stresses the importance of building relationships with individuals he serves along with their families and caregivers.



Amy Blackford, Person Centered Coach


Amy Blackford is one of our Person Centered Coaches at Marpè Therapy Services. She has a B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences. During her time at Marpè Therapy she has continued her education toward four certificates and a second degree. Amy also contracts with other advocacy groups working with children/adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities. Amy also serves as our training facilitator for Crisis Prevention and Intervention.

Regan Saling, Person Centered Coach


Regan Saling is a Person Centered Coach for Marpè Therapy Service. She is a senior at Western Kentucky University seeking her bachelors in communication sciences and disorders. Regan is also actively involved in Bowling Green’s Deaf community, serving as president of WKU’s American Sign Language Organization.


Richelle Shoemake, Positive Behavior Supports Specialist


Richelle Shoemake is a Positive Behavior Supports Specialist for Marpè Therapy Services. She received her Bachelors of Education and Behavioral Science in Exceptional Education, Bachelor of Science and Mathematics Education and Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Mathematics with a Secondary Concentration from WKU in 2014. Richelle completed her Masters of Arts in Education for Special Education MSD from WKU in 2019. She enjoys being on the lake, traveling and going on walks with her toddler. Richelle is most passionate about helping individuals live a rewarding life full of purpose and joy. 

Sarah Whitledge, Licensed Clincial Social Worker, Positive Behavior Supports Specialist


Sarah Whitledge is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who provides positive behavior support services (PBSS) and mental health therapy in Bowling Green, KY.  She has a Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree from Western Kentucky University (WKU) and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology (FIT).   Sarah is very passionate about the mental health needs in the community and strives to provide the best quality evidence-based services to the families she serves.  Sarah specializes in the following: Maternal Mental Health (PPD/PPA), behavioral concerns, Autism, anxiety, depression, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and ADHD. Sarah is a member of the Protection and Advocacy for Indivuduals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) advisory council in Frankfort, KY.   Sarah is passionate about advocating for the rights of individuals with mental illness and other disabilities.



Sarah Wrather, Occupational Therapist, Positive Behavior Supports Specialist


Sarah Wrather is an occupational therapist.  She received her Masters in Occupational Therapy at Adventist University of Health Sciences in Orlando, Florida.  She specializes in therapy geared towards developmental and intellectual disabilities.  Sarah enjoys helping children and adults become as independent as possible with everyday activities.



Sidney Dickhaus, Person Centered Coach


Sidney Dickhaus is a Person Centered Coach for Marpè Therapy Services. Sidney is currently in her senior year at Western Kentucky University pursuing her Bachelors in Social Work and planning to pursue after Masters after graduation. She wants to serve as a leader in her community and apply her ethical principles to make a difference to her clients, and others around her. 

Tessa Hood, Person Centered Coach


Tessa Hood is a Person Centered Coach at Marpè Therapy Services. She is currently studying to obtain her bachelors degree in counseling. Tessa works closely with individuals and their team members to provide the best support possible.




Chelsea Erickson, Positive Behavior Supports Specialist


Chelsea Erickson is a Positive Behavior Support Specialist with Marpè Therapy Services. She received a Master of Social Work degree from Western Kentucky University, and has experience working with children, teenagers, and adults. Chelsea is passionate about providing interventions that promote an individual’s ability to live their best life and advocating for the health and wellness of others.

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Olivia Sanders, Speech Language Pathologist


Olivia Sanders is a Speech-Language Pathologist with Marpè Therapy Services. She received her Bachelors Degree in Communication Disorders and her Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University. Olivia has been providing Speech Therapy services for the last 5 years with experience serving children, adolescents, and adults to improve their communication and language skills. She is passionate about advocating and providing therapy services to others so that they can communicate and express themselves as independently as possible. 

Brooklynn Reynolds, Person Centered Coach


Brooklynn Reynolds is a Person Centered Coach with Marpè Therapy Services. She is an incoming senior at Western Kentucky University pursuing her bachelor’s in Social Work. She has gained experience through Puzzle Pieces and the Kelly Autism Program, where she was able to support individuals with disabilities and build various relationships with each client. After graduating, she plans to obtain a Masters of Social Work.  Brooklynn is very passionate about supporting and advocating for those with disabilities. 

Courtney Gray, Person Centered Coach


Courtney is a Person-Centered coach at Marpè therapy Services. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Social Work at Western Kentucky University. Courtney plans on continuing her education by getting a Masters in Social Work. She loves hanging around her family and friends and likes to watch Gilmore Girls in her free time. She dreams of getting her LCSW and working as a family therapist/counselor one day. She wants to work with a diverse client base to practice cultural competence. 



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James Toney, Clinical Director


James Toney, is one of the co-founders and Clinical Director of Marpè Therapy Services. He is  a Bowling Green, Kentucky-based Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC. He has a M.Ed. degree in Counseling and Human Development: Emphasis In Mental Health Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College. James has been providing therapeutic services to the Bowling Green area since 2012. James has over 19 years of counseling in private practice, hospital and residential settings and with at risk youth. He combines his experiences to offer clients a unique perspective for individual personal growth. He is a member of Kentucky Counseling Association, Bowling Green Mental Health Association and South Central Kentucky Mental Association.

Kelsea Johnson, Positive Behavior Supports Specialist


Kelsea Johnson, Positive Behavior Support Specialist, received here Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of Cincinnati. Kelsea has several years of experience providing ABA services to children with autism. Her favorite thing about providing ABA and behavior supports is teaching functional communication and seeing new language skills emerge, as well as teaching skill acquisition, adaptive skills in order to increase independence, and reducing challenging behaviors that interfere with learning new skills.

Kate Holtrey, Person Centered Coach


Kate Holtrey is a Person Centered Coach for Marpè Therapy Services. Kate is in Graduate school at Western Kentucky University to become a School Psychologist. Kate enjoys using applied psychological aspects in working with clients to better serve them and her community.  


Tanner Steelman, Positive Behavior Supports Specialist


Tanner Steelman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who provides positive behavior support services (PBSS) and mental health therapy in Bowling Green, KY.  He has a Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree from Western Kentucky University (WKU) and was previous administrator of The Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit at LifeSkills Inc. He is a generalist practitioner with target populations of people with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Erica Cutright, Positive Behavior Supports Specialist


Erica Cutright is a positive behavior support specialist in the Bowling Green area. She has a Master’s degree in Special Education (Learning and Behavior), a Master’s degree in Special Education (Moderate and Severe Disabilities), and a certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Erica is an adjunct instructor in the Special Education department at Western Kentucky University. She believes that collaboration among the individual, caregivers, and other providers is pivotal in future success. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages and needs.