CARE Therapists

The Baylor CARE therapists are advanced graduate students within the Department of Educational Psychology.  All CARE Bears highly trained, skilled therapists who are supervised at all times by CARE faculty and supervisors.


Meet the CARE Therapists!



Sami Ackard

Sami Ackard

Samantha (Sami) is from Columbus, Ohio. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology at Miami University with a minor in Spanish. Sami is currently pursuing her education specialist degree in School Psychology with hopes of becoming a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology here in Texas. Currently, Sami also works at the Paul L. Foster Success Center as an academic mentor for Baylor's undergraduate students.


Karley Bledsoe

Karley Bledsoe


Kristina Bower

Kristina Bower

Kristina is from Waco, Texas. She received her bachelor's degree in All Level Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin. After teaching special education in Austin, she decided to move home and pursue a master's degree in Educational Psychology in order to become a BCBA.


Tasia Braford

Tasia Brafford

Tasia has moved all around the world as a child in a military family, but claims Albany, New York as her hometown. She earned a bachelor's degree in Childhood and Special Education with a concentration in Mathematics from The College of Saint Rose in Albany. Tasia is currently working on her master's degree in Educational Psychology while continuing her life-long dream of being a special education teacher.


Sara Brown

Sara is from Cleveland, Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Mount Union with an Intervention Specialist minor. Throughout her undergraduate studies she has worked in homes and schools as a one-on-one aide for children with Autism. Sara is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Psychology in hopes of becoming a BCBA.


Emily Byrd

Emily Byrd

Emily is from San Antonio, Texas. She earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Emily is currently pursuing a specialist's degree in School Psychology at Baylor University, in the hopes of becoming a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. Emily is also working toward becoming a BCBA. She has always loved working with children. As an undergraduate, Emily studied general education, but became very interested in special education, and that is what sparked her interest in the School Psychology and ABA programs at Baylor.


Natalie Chipinski

Natalie Chipinski

Natalie is from Sugar Land, Texas. She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Natalie is currently pursuing an Education Specialist degree in hopes of becoming a school psychologist. Natalie is passionate about working with children and has a special interest in learning about Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Madison Cloud

Madison Cloud

Madison Cloud is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She received her bachelor’s degree in History at Baylor University with minors in English and Spanish. Madison spent her summers during college serving at a Christian summer camp, where she developed her love for working with children. Madison is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and hopes to become a BCBA.


Jayden

Jayden Conte

Jayden's hometown is Granbury, Texas. She received a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience at Baylor University. Jayden is currently pursuing a master's degree in Educational Psychology in hopes to become a BCBA. Her younger brother is on the spectrum for autism, which is what sparked her passion to work with children with learning and developmental delays.


Lillie Dukes

Lillie Dukes

Lillie is from Columbia, South Carolina. She received a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in American Sign Language from Clemson University in May 2014. During her final semester at Clemson, Lillie worked as an aid in a Special Education classroom in her local school district and decided to pursue a career working with individuals with special needs. Lillie is currently pursuing her master's degree in Educational Psychology at Baylor and ultimately would like to become a BCBA.


Priya G

Priya Gianchandani

Priya is from Laredo, Texas. She earned her bachelor's degree in Communication with a minor in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M International University. She is also a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant. Priya is currently pursuing her Master's in Educational Psychology in hopes of becoming a BCBA. She is working as a Graduate Assistant at Baylor University.


Stacey Grebe

Stacey Grebe

Stacey is from Tomball, Texas. She received her bachelor's degree in Special Education from Texas A&M University. Stacey is currently pursuing her education specialist degree in School Psychology with hopes of becoming a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. Stacey is also working toward becoming a BCBA. Currently, Stacey also works for Waco Independent School District as a research assistant.


Emily Hogan

Emily is from Little Suamico, Wisconsin. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in December 2014. During her last year at UW-Eau Claire, she participated in an internship called the Campus Autism Program where she used the principles of applied behavior analysis to teach skills to children with autism and other developmental disabilities. This experience inspired Emily to obtain a career where she could help children with autism and other developmental disabilities as well as their families. Emily is pursuing her master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis in hopes of becoming a BCBA and learning more about Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Jasmine Jones

Jasmine Jones


Dana Leeper

Dana Leeper
Dana is originally from Natchitoches, LA. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is currently working on her Educational Specialist Degree in pursuit of becoming a school psychologist as well as a obtaining her BCBA certification. She is interested in the development of children with and without disabilities and ensuring those with disabilities are afforded the same opportunities.


Kaitlyn Lester

Kaitlyn Lester

Kaitlyn's hometown is Spring, Texas. She received a bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology at Baylor University. Kaitlyn is currently pursuing a master's degree in Educational Psychology- Applied Behavior Analysis in hopes to become a BCBA.


Miriam Longoria

Miriam Longoria

Miriam is from Rockport, Texas. She received her bachelor’s in Speech Pathology at Baylor University. In her last year at Baylor, Miriam volunteered at CARE and worked in Woodway First Baptist’s Helping Hands Ministry, which lead her to pursue a career that helps children with learning and developmental delays. Miriam is pursuing her master’s in Educational Psychology in hopes of becoming a BCBA.


Nandar Min

Nandar Min

Nandar is from Myanmar and has received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tarleton State University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in hopes of becoming a BCBA. As an undergraduate, Nandar became interested in behavior modification, and joined the ABA programs at Baylor. She enjoys working with children at CARE and hopes to contribute more in the future.


Allen Mom

Allen Mom

Allen is from Colleyville, Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Baylor University. Allen is currently pursuing an education specialist degree in school psychology and hopes to become a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and a BCBA. He has previously worked in youth ministry for several years and at residential summer camps for students with developmental disabilities which inspired him, not only to pursue higher education, but also continue acquiring valuable experience working with kids at CARE under the supervision of talented and knowledgeable mentors.


Laura Phipps

Laura Phipps

Laura Phipps is a graduate student at Baylor University pursuing her Ed.S degree in School Psychology. Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Prior to pursuing her Ed.S degree, Laura worked as a teacher’s assistant at a private school for teenagers with Autism.


Victoria Pitman

Victoria Pittman

Victoria is from Round Rock, Texas, and received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Her love of working with children with developmental disabilities prompted her to pursue a master's degree in Education Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis in hopes of becoming a BCBA


Rachel

Rachel Scalzo

Rachel is from Baldwinsville, New York. She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Siena College and a master's degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University. Professionally, Rachel worked with children and families impacted by disabilities and decided to return to school to earn her BCBA and PhD at Baylor, not only because of the better weather in Waco, but also the opportunity to volunteer with kids at the BARC under the supervision of talented, knowledgeable mentors.


meg solomon

Meg Solomon

Meg is originally from Temple, Texas. She attended undergrad at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music. After college, Meg moved to Los Angeles, California. She worked as a Behavior Interventionist with children with autism in the home and the general education classroom setting. Meg was incredibly excited to come back to Texas to attend Baylor in pursuit of her Master in Educational Psychology in hopes of becoming a BCBA. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and camping with her husband and going for hikes with her dog, Winston.


Lauren Uptegrove

Lauren Uptegrove

Lauren is a graduate student at Baylor University pursuing her Master’s and Doctoral degrees concurrently in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is from Kansas City, Missouri and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Missouri. She spent each summer of her undergraduate degree working one-on-one with students diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities in a classroom setting, and was inspired to pursue work in behavioral intervention and enhancing verbal skills in order to make a positive difference in the lives of such incredible individuals. She is also working as a graduate assistant for Focus Behavioral Associates for the 2015 school year.


jessica walker

Jessica Walker

Jessica is a second year School Psychology student from Columbus, Georgia. In December of 2012, she earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Mercer University. Currently, Jessica is pursuing her Educational Specialist degree and also hopes to become a BCBA.


Alex Webber

Alex Weber

Alex is from the small town of Pollok in the Pineywoods of East Texas. He received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Currently, Alex is pursuing an Educational Specialist degree in Baylor University's School Psychology program. A passion for the social sciences and the possibilities of education leads Alex towards a career as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. He is also seeking a BCBA credential in hopes of augmenting his training in School Psychology.


Dan Woodward

Dan Woodward

Dan is from Overland Park, Kansas. He received his bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Kansas with a dual minor in Business and Sociology. Dan is currently pursuing his Education Specialist degree in School Psychology with hopes of becoming a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and a BCBA. Dan’s main areas of interests include transition opportunities, peer victimization, and bullying in relation to children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Currently, Dan also works for the Waco Independent School District as a research assistant.


Kayla Ziolko

Kayla Ziolko