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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
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.
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.
Zack Toney, Person Centered Coach
Zackary Toney has been Person Centered Coach at Marpè Therapy Services since December, 2015. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services and Counseling.
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.
Michael Walsh, Positive Behavior Support Specialist
Michael Walsh is a Positive Behavior Support Specialist who works with individuals of all ages. He earned his Masters in Social Work (MSW), and Masters in Recreation and Sports Administration from Western Kentucky University (WKU). Both of these degrees have allowed him to work with several different individuals, while affording him the opportunity to make a difference. Michael enjoys working with people and assisting them to meet their goals.
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.
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.
Regan Saling, Person Centered Coach
Regan Saling is a Person Centered Coach for Marpe 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.
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.
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.
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.
Annika Gabbard, Person Centered Coach
Annika is Person Centered Coach with Marpè Therapy Services. She has a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and is pursuing her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She is active in the Deaf community, local nursing homes and the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her main goal and passion is providing communication access for all.
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.