Meet Our Staff

Kristin Hanson, MA, BCBA - Board Certified Behavior Analyst / Clinical Director / Owner

Kristin is the Clinical Director and Founder of Axis. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Grand View University, and her Master’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Kristin has spent most of her career focusing on the early detection and intervention of autism, and has experience conducting assessments such as the ADOS, VB-MAPP, and ABLLS-R. Kristin is a Board Member for the Iowa Association for Behavior Analysis, and an active participant with the Autism Society of Iowa and Autism Speaks Iowa. Kristin lives in Maxwell with her husband, Patrick and two children, Hunter and Madelynn. She enjoys playing softball, volleyball, kickboxing, attending movies and concerts, traveling, and cheering on her Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs. Kristin founded Axis on the passion of serving children and families living with autism and special needs. She hopes that Axis can serve as place where anyone and everyone can receive treatment, support, education, training, and most of all – hope.

Jessica Wright, M.A., CCC-SLP - Speech Language Pathologist

Jessica is a Speech Language Pathologist. Jessica received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Northern Iowa. Jessica was inspired to be a Speech Language Pathologist after observing a family member receive speech therapy following a traumatic brain injury. She saw the positive effect it had on her family member(s) and decided she wanted to make that kind of a difference in the lives of other individuals and families. Jessica has always had a passion working with children, therefore, wanted to specialize in the area of pediatric speech therapy. Jessica has over 5 years experience working as a Speech Language Pathologist, 2 of which were spent applying principles of ABA into her treatment. She is PECS certified and certified to do the SOS Approach to Feeding. While at the University of Northern Iowa, Jessica was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority and spent much of her time volunteering to raise awareness for several organizations such as Dance Marathon, Children's Miracle Network, and the American Heart Association. Jessica lives in Bondurant with her husband Chris. She enjoys cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes football team and the Minnesota Vikings. Of course when it is basketball season she cheers for her alma mater the UNI Panthers! Jessica also enjoys golfing, yoga, sand volleyball, going to sporting events, and going to concerts. Jessica is excited to see the positive effects Axis ABA will have on children in the Des Moines Metro.

Ryhanna Singleton, M.Ed., BCBA - Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Ryhanna is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has worked in the field of ABA for the past four years and has experience with children ages 15 months-21 years old. Ryhanna recently moved back to the Des Moines area with her husband after being in Fort Wayne, Indiana for the past two years while her husband attended physician assistant school. Ryhanna always knew she wanted to work with children and their families, and ABA became a quick passion of hers. Ryhanna completed her undergraduate work at Iowa State University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and she completed her Master’s of Education with an emphasis in ABA at Arizona State University. Ryhanna is currently a member of the Iowa Association for Behavior Analysis and the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts. Ryhanna enjoys spending time with her family, friends and puppy, going to concerts, going to the pool, ice skating and playing with her nieces. Ryhanna is excited to begin helping both children and their families and to spread the word regarding the advantages of ABA.

Kelsey Baughman, M.A., CF-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist

Kelsey is a Speech Language Pathologist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Northern Iowa, and recently graduated with her Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Northern Iowa. Kelsey has always had a desire to help children and families. After job shadowing a pediatric Speech Language Pathologist she knew she had found her career path. Kelsey has experience working with children ages 18 months – 15 years as a student Speech Language Pathologist. During her time at the University of Northern Iowa, she was involved in Dance Marathon, Special Olympics of Northeast Iowa, and the UNI National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. Kelsey enjoys discovering new restaurants in the Des Moines Metro, spending time outside, traveling, reading, and spending time with family. Kelsey is excited to join the Axis team and work to make a positive impact on children and families in the Des Moines Metro.

Eilish Rhinehart - Office Administrator

Eilish is our Office Administrator and has received her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University where she studied Professional Fields, Communication & Art, and Social Sciences, as well as a minor in Psychology. Eilish has a combination of experience working as a front desk coordinator and working with children from a childcare facility setting, to providing respite care for children and adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Eilish passionately supports and promotes the inclusion of individuals with a variety of abilities in our community in both personal and professional life. She lives in Ankeny with her husband Nic and enjoys trying new restaurants, going to the movies, reading, singing Disney music in the car, and dancing with her grandparents. Eilish loves personal development and strives to become better every day so that she can continue to be a positive light for families in our community. She is excited to form relationships with families in our community and be a part of the Axis team.

Registered Behavior Technicians

Tatiana LeClair - Registered Behavior Technician, Certified Professional Crisis Management Instructor

Tatiana is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She is also a certified instructor for the Professional Crisis Management Association. She has her Associate of Arts Degree from Des Moines Area Community College, and looks forward to continuing her education in Child and Adolescent Psychology. She has 8 years’ experience working in early childhood education in a daycare, preschool, and elementary school settings. Tatiana has always been very passionate about working with children, and the move to work with children and adolescents with disabilities is a natural fit. Tatiana is originally from California, but grew up at the Lake of the Ozarks, MO. She met her husband Dan, and moved to Iowa 10 years ago. She enjoys watching her Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Raiders, and once in a while, to keep her husband happy, the Red Sox and Patriots. She has a love for the outdoors and likes to play disc golf and various sports. She also coaches youth soccer. She has a passion for art and loves to paint. Tatiana looks forward to making a difference and creating a positive change for children and families.

Whitney Peters - Registered Behavior Technician

Whitney is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She is currently an Occupational Therapy Doctoral Candidate attending Drake University in Des Moines  She has always wanted to work in a field where she is able to help people and has decided to specialize in Pediatric Behavioral Health Occupational Therapy following graduation. She graduated from Truman State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and a Minor in Disability Studies. While attending Truman State, Whitney was a proud member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority who volunteered and aided organizations such as Special Olympics, Girls on the Run, and Puppy Love. Whitney has always been interested in working with children with Autism, especially after growing up with an older brother and younger sister who are both on the Autism Spectrum. Whitney also gained a passion for working with individuals with disabilities through volunteer coaching for the Arc of Story County  Whitney lives in Maxwell with her husband Nathan, two dogs named Mackey (Go Purdue) and Rizzo (Go Cubs), and a cat named Cali. She loves to play slow pitch softball, playing with animals, going hiking, country music, and baseball season. Whitney hopes that she can help the children and families we serve get the most out of every single day and that she can advocate for and support our clients to reach their fullest potential.

Kelsey Taylor - Registered Behavior Technician

Kelsey is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Kelsey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Drake University, and will begin the Drake Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program this Fall. Kelsey knew that she wanted to pursue a helping field that would allow her to directly interact with youth. She has always been passionate about helping children build and develop their talents and skills through implementing programs that allow them to discover their potential in a safe, respectable, and encouraging environment. She enjoys being part of an amazing learning process, celebrating little things every day, and seeing so many smiles. She previously worked for a nonprofit in Des Moines where she developed trusting relationships, encouraging environments, and promoted positive behaviors with children. During her free time, Kelsey loves to be outside or traveling to new places, at the gym, playing volleyball, jamming to country music, or playing her piano.  It is Kelsey’s desire to be an active, trusting advocate for youth by providing encouragement and support for their growth.

Kiley Johnson - Registered Behavior Technician

Kiley is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Kiley received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology through the University of South Dakota, which led her to pursuing a career with children. She has had experience with children from nannying, working in an in-home daycare, and being a Special Education Teachers Aid. Kiley has always had a passion for helping children, and being a positive role model in their lives. Kiley lives in Ankeny with her husband, Matt, her dog, Stella, and her cat, Pearl. In her free time, she enjoys going to movies, taking her dog on walks and to the dog park, and spending time with her family and friends. Kiley looks forward to being apart of the Axis team and helping children and their families in the Des Moines area prosper.  

Kylie Shear - Registered Behavior Technician

Kylie is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology through Iowa State University. Kylie has 4 years of experience working with children in the field of mental health, ages 10 to 17; and 2 years of experience in the school setting working with elementary to middle school aged students. She is working on her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis through Saint Joseph’s University. Kylie is also working on her supervised fieldwork hours to sit for the boards with the goal of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. After having several years of experience working with children, Kylie got to know more about Applied Behavior Analysis and saw the positive changes in behavior ABA services provide. Kylie enjoys biking, running, and being outdoors in the summer time. She loves to visit new places and spend time with family and friends. Kylie is excited to be at Axis to offer dedication and support for children and their families.

Courtney Kokemuller - Registered Behavior Technician

Courtney is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Grand View University and has always known that she had a passion for making an impact on the lives of children. Courtney has experience working with ages 18 months to 11 years within an early childhood education setting and loves getting to make a child smile all while knowing she is making a difference. Courtney is from Des Moines, but currently lives in Ankeny with her boyfriend Tyler and their dog Mila. During her free time, Courtney enjoys watching movies, cuddling up in blankets (since she’s always cold), browsing Pinterest, spoiling her dog, listening to country music, being outdoors, sketching and painting, and photography. Courtney looks forward to being part of the Axis team, making connections with the children and their families, and all the memories and friendships she will make in the time to come.

Dakotah Weaver - Registered Behavior Technician

Dakotah is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Services and Psychology from William Penn University. Dakotah’s experience with children ranges from working as a nanny to caring for children in a daycare setting. Dakotah chose this field because she has always wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. She is originally from Iowa, but has just recently moved back from Texas. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, friends, boyfriend and her dog Oaklie. She loves to travel, play soccer, spoil her dog, listen to music, take naps, spend time outside, and watch Netflix. Dakotah is excited to continue her education, learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis, and looks forward to making strong relationships with the children and families at Axis while being a part of a great team! 

Kallie Shear - Registered Behavior Technician

Kallie is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Iowa State University in 2014, majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology. Kallie has experience working with challenging behaviors in a residential setting with youth ages 0 to 17, and also experience working with students in the Intensive Behavior Support classroom in a school setting. Through the many kids she has gotten the privilege of knowing over the years, Kallie has found her passion for working with children with different needs, and helping them become successful at home, school, and in the community. Kallie is currently working towards her Master of Education degree in the Foundations of Behavior Analysis through the University of Cincinnati, with the goal of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Kallie lives in Bondurant and enjoys being a part of a small community. In her free time, Kallie enjoys biking, running, trying new restaurants, and traveling.

Paxton Sudbeck - Behavior Technician

Paxton is a Behavior Technician and is currently in the process of becoming certified as a Registered Behavior Technician through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2016 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Sciences Disorders. Her plan is to continue her education and obtain her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her husky (Atticus), reading, hanging out with friends and family, camping, and traveling. She has a love for working with children and is always ready for learning new things!