Nancy Wagner, Executive Director / BCBA / Therapist
Nancy Wagner received her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis in 1985 and has worked continuously in the field since that time. Her early exposure to children with autism included working in a highly successful research project using an ABA format. She has worked in a variety of settings applying behavior analysis techniques in early childhood programs, state institutions, group homes, school districts, private schools, churches and with families in their own homes. Nancy has also provided leadership in various agencies serving both children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Taking an active part in the community has always been an important part of Nancy’s life. She has served as a volunteer in many ways including coaching youth sports for over 15 seasons, working in both Girl Scout and Cub Scout Day Camps, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and serving on committees to support these activities. Other community involvement to support people with disabilities includes serving on Boards of Directors such as The Arlington Mayor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and Helping Restore Ability.
Elicia Cook, M.Ed. / BCBA / Therapist
Elicia was one of the first employees of ABA Academy and has been working in various aspects of children’s education, primarily with learners with special needs for over 25 years. She has provided ABA therapeutic services to young children with autism for over 15 years. Other related work experience includes working as a house parent in children’s homes, experience in helping support families engaged in foster and adoption and working in vocational settings with people with disabilities. Her area of special interest is combining ABA and teaching communication skills. An additional area of interest is teaching people how to support special needs families, and she enjoys speaking at various community organizations. She received her bachelor’s degree in ABA with a minor in Speech from UNT and her Master’s of Education in the Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Jessica Kidd, M.Ed. / BCBA / Therapist
Jessica, began as a practicum student in the fall of 2009. Her positive attitude and consistency with our young clients adds to the fun. Her positive attitude is infectious and the whole clinic is affected by her enthusiasm. Jessica received her bachelor’s degree from UTA and completed her Master’s of Education in the Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis from University of Cincinnati. With over 8 years of experience with kids on the autism spectrum, she is knowledgeable and fun.
Heather Harrison, M.Ed. / BCBA / Therapist
Heather completed her undergraduate degree in ABA from UNT and her Master’s of Education in the Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati. Her excellent organization skills, love of sports and expertise in developing craft projects have enhanced our program for our young clients. Her technical expertise has grown rapidly. With over 7 years of experience with kids on the autism spectrum, her skills are solid and she makes learning fun.
Theresa Eli / Admissions Coordinator
Often the first voice you hear when you call us is Theresa’s. Her experience with her own sons, bring a special knowledge to our office. What a blessing she is to us as she works with parents, insurance companies, and staff to advocate for the families we serve.
LaSheka Eddens, M.Ed. / Therapist
LaSheka completed her Master’s of Education in the Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati. Her experience as a parent and having close family members affected with Autism, help her to have compassion and understanding from the parenting perspective. Her love of kids, sports, and the science of ABA contribute to her excellent team and therapy skills. She has completed all requirements for the BCBA and will be testing soon.
We are happy to contribute to the autism community through providing a practicum site for students of applied behavior analysis. Each semester we are privileged to have several students who contribute greatly to the academy while learning about autism and ABA treatments. Supervision of future BCBAs is an important goal of our agency. We currently hold a graduate level lab one day a week to enhance the graduate programs our staff are completing.