About Us

We know that raising children in today’s world
can be difficult. 

IBT is a group of caring individuals whose goal is to provide these children and their families with the services they need to succeed. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that serves children across the State of Kansas. While we primarily work with children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD), we also work with various other children and populations to provide equal access to effective learning environments regardless of income and disability status.

We know that raising children in today’s world
can be difficult. 

IBT is a group of caring individuals whose goal is to provide these children and their families with the services they need to succeed. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that serves children across the State of Kansas. While we primarily work with children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD), we also work with various other children and populations to provide equal access to effective learning environments regardless of income and disability status.

Our Team


Kari Wold, IBT; LMLP, Autism Specialist
Dr. Paige Boydston, Pittsburg/Parsons; BCBA-D, LBA
Haley Robarts, Northeast KS; Autism Specialist
Kimberly Rieckmann, Manhattan/Junction City; BCBA, LBA
Ashley Bennett, Northeast KS/Emporia; BCBA, LBA
Kim Becker, IBT; BCBA, LBA
Kris Gunia-Bari, Manhattan/Junction City; BCBA, LBA
Maria DiModugno, Pittsburg/Parsons; BCBA, LBA
Gospel Kim, Northeast KS; BCBA, LBA
Taylor Miller; Southwest KS; BCBA, LBA
Brianna Anschutz, Northeast KS; BCBA, LBA

Administrative Staff

Clinical Supervisor and Manager – Kari Wold

Ms. Wold began working in mental/behavioral health in 2008 while in her undergraduate program. She first began working at IBT in 2014 as a direct service provider and an intern while completing her MA in psychology at Washburn University.

After graduating, she remained at IBT and transitioned from an intern and DSP to a clinician working directly with clients and overseeing and managing the assessment clinic. She has worked with children, adolescents, and young adults with IDD, anxiety, phobias, mood disorders, and behavioral challenges for 13 years. Ms. Wold is responsible for coordinating many of the clinical services, overseeing and supervising staff, and other administrative duties at IBT, in addition to carrying a small caseload, providing psych consultation to consultants in house to help manage cases where co-morbid diagnoses are present, and working and running the diagnostic and assessment clinic.

ABA Regional Supervisor and Consultant – Kim Becker

Kimberly Becker is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst.  Kimberly has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Emporia State University and received a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Kimberly began her career dedicated to individuals with special needs in 1995 as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher.  Through the years, Kimberly gained experience and knowledge in various teaching and leadership positions including directing and coordinating programs for visual impairment, hearing impaired, behavioral health and outpatient therapies.

Kimberly enjoys the outdoors with her family camping, kayaking and traveling to lakes around the state.  She also enjoys reading, and growing plants and flowers.

Behavior Analyst – Dr. Paige Boydston

Dr. Paige Boydston is a board-certified behavior analyst who has worked in Southeast Kansas with Integrated Behavioral Technologies since 2011. She has been working with families impacted by autism and related disorders since 2005 in-home, community, school, and residential placements

Dr. Boydston obtained her master’s in Psychology from Pittsburg State University (Go Gorillas!) and her doctorate in Psychology with a specialization in Behavior Analysis from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (Go Salukis!) while working for IBT and serving children in rural and underserved areas. She specializes in intensive intervention for children and adolescents, parent training, and interventions for high-intensity problem behavior. Currently, her caseload stretches from Topeka to Southeast Kansas, and she is involved in various activities and programs company-wide. Dr. Boydston provides in-house BCBA supervision and mentorship for students and runs IBT’s research lab in addition to clinical and administrative responsibilities. She teaches varied courses at the collegiate level with students enrolled in behavior-analytic coursework and has worked to create strong connections with IBT and university programs. Her goals for IBT include expanding services in the Southeast Kansas region and maintaining high-quality supervision and research programs.

Chief Financial Officer – Christopher Powell

Christopher graduated from Kansas State University with a B.A. in History and Political Science before joining IBT over 10 years ago in the lowliest position of all: part-time data entry. 

Through a combination of sheer cunning, the force of will, and being generally present, he has advanced to managing the financial accounts, payroll, taxes, IT troubleshooting, and other assorted vital company duties too incomprehensible to go into here. In his free time, Christopher is either “completing” a home improvement project, “writing” a novel, “recording” a podcast, or “filming” a short movie. He prefers breathing air over water and California over Texas.

Development Director – Jon Durney

Jon is a 10-year not-for-profit professional who has worked across four states.

He has experience in the development and implementation of programs and comes to IBT from the Muscular Dystrophy Association, where he served as a Development Director, Area Director, and Executive Director throughout his time. With a personal connection to autism in his family, Jon looks forward to the successful growth of the IBT brand and creating great sponsor/donor relationships throughout the State of Kansas.

Office Manager – Kaela Stephens

After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts dual degrees in International Business and Spanish as a 4-year collegiate athlete in 2011, Kaela pursued her Masters of Business Administration. She finished in 2013 from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

Kaela comes to IBT with eight years of experience in a Corporate setting where she brings administrative efficiency, processing, and organization as the Office Manager. Her ability to create policies, make processes more efficient and manage the inner workings of IBT’s front office is vital to IBT as an organization and team. Outside of work, Kaela likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters being active around the Kansas City metro area.

Authorizations and Billing Assistant – Victoria Blacksher

Victoria has 10 years of medical billing experience and is a key piece to the IBT team as our Billing and Authorizations Assistant. She supports staff and families with billing-related items and interfaces with our insurance companies to maintain accurate authorizations records and all other necessary information. Victoria’s unique ability to interact with clients, families, and the different insurance companies and her extensive experience in claims, payments, billing, and much more are very valuable to IBT.

Administrative Assistant – Misty Huber

Misty has been with IBT for 6 years on the administrative team and her IBT experience and knowledge cannot be replaced. Misty is responsible for onboarding every employee and getting every one of IBT’s providers credentialed with the various insurance companies we contract with, amongst other administrative duties. Misty is the glue of the IBT’s front office and her work ethic is unmatched.

Board of Directors

Dr. Linda Heitzman-Powell

Dr. Heitzman-Powell, IBT’s founder and Executive Director, has worked for the last 25 years with children with behavioral challenges, specifically during the last 8 years with children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

She received four years of supervised training at the University of Kansas Medical Center in the Child Development Unit. As a result, she gained substantial experience in the assessment and diagnosis of autism and other disabilities. In addition, she has extensive experience working with children with other forms of challenging behaviors such as ADHD, Disruptive Behavior Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and Eating Disorders. In addition to her role as IBT’s Executive Director and President of the Board, Dr. Linda serves as a behavioral consultant for several children served by IBT and holds an appointment at the University of Kansas Medical Center as the Director of Community Research of The Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training.

Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson is the co-founder of the Kansas City Autism Training Center with Dr. Linda Heitzman-Powell.  He continues to serve on the board of IBT to help promote access in rural and home and community-based settings.

The Gardner, Kansas resident, serves as the Executive Director of the Center and was instrumental in creating the Center to provide professional, research-based interventions and training for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

Dr. Jay Buzhardt

Dr. Buzhardt’s interests focus on the development, implementation, and evaluation of technology-based instruction and assessment.

He has directed and co-directed several federally and locally funded projects that integrate web-based instruction with traditional face-to-face and classroom training. He is also the co-director of a project aimed at developing and experimentally evaluating the use of early childhood developmental assessments with web-based support and customized intervention advice.

Jeff Blackwood

Jeff Blackwood is the co-founder, CEO, and President of ABPathfinder, a company dedicated to using technology solutions to improve the lives of therapists and individuals with autism.

Jeff’s passion for helping children combined with his management skills drove him to be a founder of ABPathfinder, allowing him to positively affect the lives of children on the Autism spectrum. In addition to IBT, Jeff serves on the board of the Autism Society – the Heartland.

Jeff Sutton

Jeffery A. Sutton of Sutton Law Office LLC is an attorney in Basehor. He has substantial litigation experience and provides a broad range of legal services to individuals and business entities.

He is a member of Leavenworth County, Wyandotte County, Johnson County, and the Kansas and Missouri Bar Associations. Jeff is licensed to practice in Kansas & Missouri and routinely handles matters in courts for all the metropolitan areas. In addition, Jeff has served on the board of directors for many local entities, including the Basehor Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors for the Leavenworth County Bar Association, the Leavenworth County Law Library and the Kansas City Autism Training Center, a not-for-profit organization that operates a private school to provide professional, research-based intervention and training for children and families with autism.
Jeff is a lifelong resident of Kansas and received his undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pittsburg State University in 1986. He then attended Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, graduating in 1989, during which he participated in an externship program working in civil litigation. As a public servant, Mr. Sutton has served as either an elected county attorney/county counselor or an assistant county attorney for over ten years. Jeff is proud to be a member of the Basehor community and meet the needs of its citizens.

G.R. Underwood

G.R. Underwood is the co-founder and CEO of Intellicess, Inc., a software company commercializing data analytics and drilling advisory applications for the Oil & Gas industry from technology originally developed within the Robotics Department at the University of Texas-Austin.

Now, Intellicess and its software platform allow Oil & Gas companies to drill for resources more efficiently, affordably, safely, and ecologically. Before joining Intellicess full-time in 2021, G.R. was President of the Bioscience & Technology Business Center at the University of Kansas (BTBC). BTBC is an independent economic development organization focused on creating, recruiting, growing, and retaining high-tech and life science companies in and to the Lawrence-Kansas City area.

Adam Courtney

Adam Courtney is the EVP of Finance at the BTBC (Bioscience & Technology Business Center) of KU. He oversees and manages the financial and accounting operations of BTBC, the organization’s capital structure and partners, and its physical plant assets.

Sean Swindler


Our Funders

A huge thank you goes out to all of our funders, big and small.  Without your support, IBT would not fulfill its mission of providing equal access to evidence-based services to all children and families.

Current Donors

Frederick & Constance Desieghardt Foundation

Past Donors

John & Effie Speas Memorial Trust

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