After years of working in the human services field, providing care to individuals and seeing what worked, and what didn’t, one critical component seemed to be missing- the family! No single individual, whether a 3 year old receiving ABA, or an adult seeking parenting support, could make as much progress, meet important goals, or achieve lasting change, if their services did not take into account the family support system that they are a part of. Sarah and Natalie formed Utah Behavior Services with two primary goals: provide the highest quality behavior services available in Utah, and do it in a way that strengthens the entire family.
Since then, they have recognized another need; families feel conflicted and stressed when they are receiving multiple services, which often contradict each other. This is because all their different providers are working independently, with little or no coordination. Utah Behavior Services knows that there is nothing more effective than an integrated, multidisciplinary team, all working together for one family’s goals and success.
Since developing this model, many highly skilled experts have sought to join such a practice, knowing their own efforts would be more effective when combined with those of their teammates. Utah Behavior Services has become a true culture of caring- a team of professionals who are passionate about what they do, and whose top goal is each client’s maximum benefit and success!
Co-CEO Sarah E. Sanders, M.Ed., BCBA
Sarah received her Master of Education degree from the University of Utah in Special Education and Behavior Analysis. Sarah specializes in developing treatment and teaching programs for achieving skill growth and positive behavior change, within an applied, home-based environment. Sarah supervises individuals seeking their own certification and believes in the efficacy and power of a collaborative team. Sarah is passionate about preserving families and teaching individuals in order to gain independence!
Phone / Fax: 801.255.5131 ext. 101 Email Sarah
Co-CEO Natalie Whatcott, M.S., BCBA, SSW
Natalie has worked in the social services field for over 20 years. Natalie has extensive experience in behavior management, and employs her background in social work and counseling to provide unique, effective parent support and education. Natalie holds a Master of Psychology degree, is a licensed School Counselor, and maintains Board Certification in Behavior Analysis.
Phone / Fax: 801.255.5131 ext. 102 Email Natalie
Lillian began volunteering in the field of special education at 14 years of age, and has never left the field. Lillian has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a master’s and a Ph.D. in special education, and is a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Lillian has extensive work in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, beginning in 1994 as an interventionist, and working as a program supervisor since 1999. Lillian has taught courses for the University of Utah in the areas of assessment, research design, and behavior management. Lillian has multiple publications including research articles and book chapters, and has presented at multiple conferences throughout the country. Lillian has supervised ABA programs throughout the country, and worked extensively in the state of California, during which role included conducting functional behavior assessments, writing behavior intervention plans, overseeing the implementation of behavior intervention plans in home and school settings, attending IEPs as an independent expert in applied behavior analysis, and teaching parent education courses for the state of California’s Regional Centers. In her free time, Lillian enjoys skiing, biking, and hiking with her sons, and of course, playing the banjo!
Amy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Psychology. She has ten years experience providing ABA services, with an emphasis on discrete trial and natural environment methods. She obtained her BCaBA certification in order to gain a more thorough understanding of her field. Amy is passionate about improving the quality of life for her clients in their families, classrooms, and social circles. Outside of work, Amy loves paleontology, cartography, soccer, and spending time with her two children.
Amy’s interest in applied behavior analysis initially stemmed from working with her own child with developmental challenges. When she saw data driven positive outcomes for her own child, as well as others, she immediately decided to research the field. This research led her to pursue BCBA certification, with a goal of extending the benefits of ABA to other families with children who have similar needs. Amy has volunteered at special education preschool programs at public and private schools. While she has completed coursework at the University of Colorado at Denver to be eligible for the BCBA exam, she is formally completing her fieldwork requirement with Utah Behavior Services. In her free time she likes to take crafting classes or watch home improvement shows. She also enjoys traveling with her her husband and three children.
Brynn has been working with adults and children with developmental disabilities for 10 years. She has a passion for mental health therapy and behavior analysis and loves the team approach to helping individuals succeed. Brynn received her Master of Social Work from Brigham Young University with a clinical emphasis. She also has additional training and experience working with youth who have sexual behavior problems. Clinically, Brynn loves to to have a very solution-focused approach, utilize behavior therapy techniques, and incorporate music and fun. Her ideal day would be spent boating, hiking, and playing games with her husband and 3 kids..
Justine received her Bachelors in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University with hte intention of going on to become a Physical Therapist. However, after working at a Center for children with Autism in Colorado Springs, she fell in love with the field of Behavior Analysis and completed her Board Certification in 2011. Justine has experience both developing and implementing intensive programs for children and adolescents with Autism. She loves seeing children reach that “break through moment” after months and months of hard work then watching their skills take off. Justine is fluent in American Sign Language, and is certified in the PECS method. Outside of work, Justine loves reading, ballet, and spending time with her husband and their two beautiful daughters.
Kacee graduated in December 2012 with her Masters in Special Education with a certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. Kacee is trained as a behavior supervisor and is working toward her national certification. Her background experience is in teaching and while in college she worked at the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research. She is married to her wonderful husband, Nick, and they have two boxers. They enjoy all the outdoor fun Utah has to offer!
Lisa received her Master of Psychology degree with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida State University. She specializes in the Verbal Behavior Approach based upon B.F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior to teach children to become effective communicators. Lisa has experience providing therapy and consultation in an array of environments, including home, clinic, and school settings.
Megan received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Michigan University, and a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. She is currently completing a Doctorate in Special Education at Utah State University. She has extensive experience conducting functional behavior assessments and treating severe problem behavior. She also has experience delivering early intensive behavioral intervention with young children with autism. She specializes in and conducts research with token economies.
Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and has her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Nicole provides behavior therapy services across the Wasatch Front, and is certified to provide Neurofeedback therapy as well. Nicole maintains certification as a BCBA and is a Behavior Supervisor, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, and Assistant Clinical Director for Utah Behavior Services.
Rachal received her Bachelors degree in social work from Weber State University, and her Masters degree, in the same field, from the University of Utah. Her domain of study in mental health, with an emphasis in substance abuse. Rachal has completed additional training in the area of domestic violence and is currently working towards completing her study and national certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. Rachal has been working in the field of mental health therapy for 2 years and in ABA for over a year. "Having the ability to see change for the positive and improved overall functioning in an individual's life, that's what brings me joy". She enjoys working with children and adults of all ages and believes in a biopsychosocial approach in helping families and individuals feel better and do better. Rachal enjoys seeing her clients develop improved self confidence and greater self esteem, allowing for Improved relationships for couples and with children. Outside of work she typically can be found, with her husband, on the sideline of a soccer game or other sporting event cheering on her two children, as well as camping and UTV rides with friends and family.
Janice received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania. She currently hold an associate clinical mental health counselor licensure (ACMHC) and working towards her board certified behavior analyst certification (BCBA). In graduate school, she began working for an agency that focused on working with children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder. She really enjoyed working with children and decided to further her career in the field by continuing her education to become a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). She is currently enrolled at Florida Institute of Technology taking online courses focused on ABA (applied behavior analysis). "I really enjoy working in this field because I find the small steps that the children make towards their goals to be intrinsically rewarding. Knowing that I helped to make a difference!" Janice moved to Utah 2 years ago with her husband because they enjoy outdoor hobbies such as outdoor rock-climbing, snowboarding, and kayaking. She also enjoys Bikram yoga to find her zen.
Ally is currently finishing her generals at Salt Lake Community College and then wants to transfer to the University of Utah and start working on her B.S. in pre-med and hopes to become a Pediatrician. She has worked a lot with kids that have Autism such as giving horse riding lessons, helping in cluster classes and even at home with her now ten year old brother Christopher who also has Autism. She enjoys riding horses and also barrel races and participates in competitions. She loves spending time with her family and friends because they are a big part of her life. Ally loves helping children with special needs because she wants each and everyone of them to succeed and feel valued.
Laura has been volunteering in elementary resource room settings for the past three years. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in special education from Brigham Young University in December 2012. Prior to joining Utah Behavior Services, she worked in a life skills classroom in a junior high school where she grew to love teaching and providing services to students with severe/profound disabilities. Laura is a mother of two teenagers, and she enjoys reading, writing, and traveling.
Sarah is working toward her BS in Psychology with a minor in Human Development. She is very excited to graduate and start her career. Sarah’s passion is to work with and help children and their families by focusing on bettering the lives of both the children and the family. Sarah loves skiing in the winter and camping in the summer and enjoys spending time with her family.
Seth received a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Psychology with Clinical emphasis in the spring of 2011. He is currently working toward his national certification. He has been working in the field of ABA for the past two years. Seth loves ABA because of the ability to make such an immediate difference with the individual in services and their family as a whole. He feels it is very rewarding to not only personally see changes in behavior and advances in learning but also be able to prove results with data. He especially likes working with teenage populations. In his spare time he enjoys playing and watching soccer, hiking, and mountain biking throughout Utah.
Jill has attended Weber State University and hopes to finish up her degree within the next year. Currently in addition to working for Utah Behavior Services she is the Physical Education Specialist at a local Elementary School in Weber County. Jill has also served as a Substitute Teacher the last four years at a charter High School in Davis County. She loves the relationships and experiences that are built and developed with students and clients. Jill is thankful for her supportive husband and three boys that keep her plenty busy and on her toes.
Hope completed her B.A. degree in Psychology from Southern Utah University in December of 2012. She has enjoyed the past few years of her time in Southern Utah, but is so excited to have the opportunity to return to her home grounds of Sevier County and serve children and families there. Hope is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for youth in foster care and has enjoyed building relationships with the children and families she has served in that role. She is passionate about helping others, especially children, improve their quality of life. In her spare time, Hope enjoys spending quality time with her children, Gracey and Camden.
Shaunie works at a school with students who have severe autism. She has taken many classes for behavior management and teaching and has various other related coursework that she took while in her Associate’s Degree. Shaunie grew up with a Mom who has always worked with children with disabilities. When the opportunity arose to work at a school exclusively for such children, she was so excited. The children she works with are so special to her and she loves every minute of it. Shaunie loves to have fun with kids and help them experience the world. Her hobbies also include dancing, reading, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, photography, and guitar.
Arielle is currently working toward obtaining her B.S. in Psychology at Brigham Young University and will graduate within the year. She has previously worked as a para educator, assisting teens with special needs transition into the workplace, and as a teacher at a preschool. She truly enjoys working with children, especially those with special needs, and having the opportunity to see them grow and develop.
Camille has worked for the past four years with children with disabilities, and has been with Utah Behavior Services for a number of years. She is currently attending Salt Lake Community College working towards her degree in Occupational Therapy Assisting and will continue on to earn her national certification in behavior analysis. She loves working with the team and watching not only the kids progress but their families as a whole. She feels there is nothing more rewarding then having a child master a program they’ve been having a hard time with. She enjoys teaching their families about what we do and how we achieve our goals with their children. If she had to choose a specific area of the programs that she enjoys the most she would have to choose mand training. She says “their eyes literally light up when they learn the power of their words and it’s exciting to be a part of!” Some of her hobbies are running, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband and their dog.
Jenni attended Brigham Young University-Idaho and received a Bachelors degree in Child Development and Marriage and Family Studies. Her passion for helping children started when she was able to serve in an orphanage in Haiti and Ecuador. She noticed very quickly the difference she was able to make in a child’s life. She enjoys learning, especially how children think and view the world. She loves working as a behavior interventionist, seeing the potential kids have and being a part of achieving it. Along with UTBS, she is very passionate about serving and strengthening the family as a whole instead of just the child, and especially loves working with siblings of children with Autism. Aside from work she loves to be in the outdoors camping, four-wheeling, hiking and snowboarding! She enjoys all these activities with her wonderful husband and their two dogs Bentley and Boom!
Jordyn has always enjoyed working with kids and has worked closely with a family who have children with special needs for many years. Jordyn is excited to help others by working at Utah Behavior Services. She looks forward to taking more psychology classes to learn more about the many challenges individuals can be faced with. Jordyn loves the outdoors including camping, fishing, and four-wheeling when the weather is nice. She enjoys spending time with her family and does photography in her free time.
Emily recently graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s in Family Life Studies and is a Certified Family Life Educator. She has worked with clients healing from domestic violence and teens struggling with addictions and low self-esteem. Her passion is helping families grow together and overcome life’s challenges. Emily loves to be with her wonderful husband and three cute kiddos. They enjoy playing sports, watching movies, and anything that brings a laugh.
Marsha is the Clinical Director for the mental health team at Utah Behavior Services. She was employed for 17 years at Primary Children’s Hospital on the Safe and Healthy Families team. She had the privilege of being trained by national experts in the best practice, evidenced based treatment interventions for children, families and individuals. Her specialty is working with trauma. She and her team will be part of Utah’s Initiative for “Trauma Informed Care”. Marsha is certified as a Trainer of Trainers in developing and implementing programs and services for children and families. She has extensive training in couples therapy, personality development, attachment, divorce and custody issues and anger management. Marsha is extremely excited to be part of and contribute to the integrated and comprehensive behavior and mental health interventions at Utah Behavioral Services.
Kristin received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Speech Pathology/Communication Science and Disorders from Brigham Young University. Kristen has been working in the field for nearly 20 years. She has served clients of all ages with a wide range of communicative disorders in many settings including Early Intervention, Public and Charter schools from preschool through high school, hospitals and private therapy. Kristen has worked in Utah, Florida and California.
Doctor A. Kyle Elder received a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1991 from the California School of Professional Psychology in Fresno, California with an emphasis in Child and Family Therapy. He received a Master’s Degree in Education and a Specialist Degree in School Psychology from Brigham Young University. He has been working in a community mental health center for the past 18 years and serves on the Children’s Services Coordinator Committee for the Division of Mental Health in the State of Utah. He has taken an active role in the development of the Preferred Practice Guidelines for mental health services for children and adolescents. He has focused his practice on the treatment of attachment disorders in displaced children. He has extensive training in Systems of Care and believes in the importance of establishing family teams. He sees children from infancy to young adulthood and their parents. He has developed skills in the assessment of children and adults including psychological evaluations and psycho-educational evaluations. His most rewarding and challenging experience has been raising 5 children. He is excited to blend his clinical experience with the talented behavioral staff at Utah Behavior Services.
Kitrina has served in several service and leadership positions. She has also attended and participated in a variety of schools and school districts. She loves nature, going for walks, hiking, kayaking, and canoeing. She also enjoys camping, swimming and horseback riding. Kitrina comes from a family of 8 children. Her upbringing helped her realize how important an education is, and what impact special education professionals can have in the life of a child. She has had the opportunity to participate in several different school systems across the United States. She's seen firsthand the difference a teacher, aide or interventionist can make in a student’s life. "As a teacher it is our responsibility to expect the best from all our students no matter their condition and help them achieve there best." . She has a great love for working with children with disabilities. Many of her experiences have helped her to learn skills that will aide her as a interventionist. Most importantly she has a great love for this field of work.