Kate has been working alongside Colorado's intellectual and developmental disability system since 2008. She has served our communities in a variety of roles from providing direct care services to management, non-profit board positions to serving as a host home provider.
Kate started her Social Work career providing substance abuse counseling; individual, family, and group therapy; residential services; and Autism-specific services in Iowa, New Mexico, and most recently Colorado.
Kate enjoys supporting people in living up to their potential while participating in the world however they desire through practical skill application. Kate also excels at developing and delivering community education programming.
Kalis & Associates would not be able to do the things we specialize in and are known for without the support of the one and only, Amber Allen.
Amber has been with Kalis and Associates for the past five years. Her background is in marketing, and she enjoys assisting the therapists with everything that happens behind the scenes, such as accounting and organization. In her free time Amber enjoys running, skiing, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
Dr. Kalis has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, a Masters Degree in Social Work, and has conducted numerous seminars and trainings for employers, agencies, federal and state governments, and educators who work with individuals with disabilities.
Dr. Kalis has practiced in many settings including residential facilities, mental health hospitals, outpatient clinics, and community mental health centers. He has worked with elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools, universities, and students.
He has experience as an expert witness in court and has provided court-ordered evaluations and treatment. His professional interests include family dynamics, developmental and learning disabilities, mental illness, and diagnostic and evaluative procedures for individuals with hidden disabilities.
His research has focused on understanding and treating individuals with cognitive disabilities who have multiple barriers.
On weekends, you will often find Dr. Kalis and his family enjoying the Colorado landscape in a tent, hiking, or biking.
Shana Cunningham has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Colorado since 2008 but has been practicing in the field of social work since 2003. For the past 10 years, Shana honed her expertise in providing behavioral therapy to adults and children on the Autism spectrum with cognitive limitations and co-occurring mental health disorders. Shana believes that her true joy is working with adults and children with low-functioning Autism, and specifically those who are non-verbal and display aggressive behaviors. Shana also feels it is important to support those caring for those clients.
Shana enjoys providing therapy in different settings including in the home, community, and office, based upon a client’s needs and concerns. Settings for therapy including home, community and office. Shana believes strongly in working within her clients’ strengths. For many, this includes capitalizing on visual strengths. Shana has specific training and expertise in behavioral therapy and TEACCH-based strategies.
In her free time, Shana enjoys spending time with her family and dog outside in the beautiful Colorado sun.