Tiffany Montaño, BA, MSW Intern
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and Public Policy, Minor in Legal Studies, University of Denver, 2011.
Master of Social Work Candidate, Metropolitan State University of Denver, 2019.
Tiffany started her social work career working with at-risk youth in a high school in New Orleans through AmeriCorps. After moving back to Denver, she continued to work with at-risk youth and families until an opportunity to work in the intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) field presented itself. Since then, she has discovered a passion for working with people with I/DD, and has served the roles of residential program coordinator, case manager, trainer, and now MSW intern in behavioral therapy.
Tiffany enjoys applying her experiences with this variety of perspectives within the I/DD system to her everyday practice. She continues to care deeply about working with families and whole support-systems to provide wraparound services. Tiffany applies a strengths-based perspective to all she does.
Abbey O’Loughlin, BCBA
Certified in the CLEAR Autism Diagnostic Evaluation Model; streamlined model for ASD assessment and data analysis.
Abbey has worked with a wide range of individuals with developmental disabilities since she was in college. She has lead theater programs for adolescents and adults with disabilities, been a lead teacher for individuals with significant medical and behavioral needs, and provided direct behavioral therapy for adolescents with Autism. Abbey joins Kalis and Associates after a lengthy tenure at the Temple Grandin School where she worked as the Director of Socio-Academic Programming and developed a strengths- based program to support the growth of middle and high school students with high functioning autism to support independence, interaction, identity, and intellect. She has presented across the country on supporting individuals with Autism and executive function. In the summer of 2014, she was invited to Goa, India to support a group of therapists, developmental pediatricians, educators, and families to present strategies and educational models, provide direct consultation, and start the conversation about Neurodiversity. She also serves on the Board of Directors for T.A.C.T, Teaching the Autism Community Trades. While her experience has been mostly with those impacted by Autism, her skill set and passion for the neurodivergent population of individuals with developmental disabilities continues to grow.
As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Abbey believes in creating research-based interventions that can be implemented across settings and providers. She feels strongly about educating caregivers and providing a robust, individualized, yet simple set of tools to empower those who work closest with the client. She is passionate about fostering the development of independence, community, and personal identity for all individuals with developmental disabilities.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, pottery, travel, and music.
Gretchen Read, LCSW
Masters in Social Work, Colorado State University, 1992.
Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy, Colorado State University, 1979.
Gretchen Read started her Social Work career as a Child Welfare Supervisor, providing oversight to caseworkers, other professionals and technical staff who provided protection and a multitude of services to abused, neglected, abandoned, and at-risk children, adolescents and their families. Gretchen currently is providing behavior therapy services as a Licensed Clinical to those with intellectual disabilities and facing some type of mental health challenges.
Gretchen is a Colorado native who spends her leisure time enjoying the outdoors as much as possible and being with her family.
Jolene Martorano-Pagnotta, LAC, MFTC
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Regis University, 2016.
Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology, Regis University, 2006.
Addiction Counseling, School of Family Therapy, 2015.
Jolene worked in a residential facility for 12 years serving individuals who have an intellectual disability and/or sexual offending behavior. She has served as a direct care staff and continues to provide host home services. She provides classes for sex offense treatment and evaluations for a local school in Colorado. Jolene is a SOMB full operating treatment provider and evaluator and she continues to be part of a non-profit advocacy group for offenders.
For the past two years, she has provided services in the community. Her passion is working with individuals who have an intellectual disability, families, and couples. Jolene enjoys being part of the experience of seeing individuals and families grow, heal, and reach their potential.
During her spare time, Jolene enjoys spending time with family, camping, and boating.
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2009.
Registered Behavior Technician.
Brittany has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health disorders since 2009 providing home and community based behavioral services. While living in Pennsylvania, she specialized in working with teenagers and young adults on the Autism spectrum who displayed high risk behaviors. During this time she worked with a variety of therapists and behavior consultants to implement ABA-based interventions in the home, community, school, and vocational sites.
After moving to Colorado in 2015, Brittany received her RBT credential and began working in a center-based facility for children and young adults on the Autism spectrum. She also provided in-home ABA therapy to young children and adolescents. Brittany enjoys working with children and supporting individuals to be as independent as possible while using a team approach to maintain consistency.
In her free time, Brittany enjoys being in a nature, cooking/baking, and singing like nobody is listening.
Shana Cunningham has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Colorado since 2008 and 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 Autism, and specifically those who communicate non-verbally and display aggressive behaviors. Shana feels it is also important to support those caring for those clients.
Shana enjoys providing therapy in different settings including in the home, community, and office, based upon an individual’s needs and concerns. Shana believes strongly in working with individuals’ 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 outside in the beautiful Colorado sun.
Kate Veeder, LCSW
Master of Social Work, Colorado State University, 2012.
Bachelor of Social Work, University of Northern Iowa, 2006.
Minor in Substance Abuse Counseling.
Kate has been working alongside Colorado's mental health & intellectual / developmental disability (IDD) systems since 2008. She has served our communities in a variety of roles including therapist, direct care, host home provider, supported living services, director, board chair, and volunteer.
Kate started her Social Work career providing substance abuse counseling; individual, family, and group therapy; residential services; as well as Autism-specific services across Iowa, New Mexico, and Colorado.
Kate enjoys supporting people in living up to their potential while participating in the world how they desire through practical skill application. Kate also excels at developing and delivering community education programming.
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.