Our Team - Including Kids

Meet Our Team

Our entire team here at Including Kids is passionate about your child and his or her growth. With years of experience and backgrounds in special education, our entire team is the support system for our programs. When you trust your child’s growth to Including Kids, you can rest assured knowing that they are in very capable, passionate hands. Our staff put our client’s goals alongside their own, and understand how important forward progress is. Learn more about our administrative staff and their backgrounds below.

Jennifer Dantzler, M.S. Ed, BCBA, LBA

Executive Director

 

 

Education

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 2002
Post-Master’s Certificate of Autism
Simmons College, Boston, MA 1998
M.S. Ed. In Intensive Special Needs
American University, Washington, D.C. 1994
B.A. in Elementary/Special Education

As the Founder & Executive Director of Including Kids Autism Center, Jennifer Dantzler, is an influential expert in her field. She founded Including Kids Autism Center in 2003 at a time when autism was reaching epidemic levels, and there were very few services offered for early intervention. Its mission is to provide evidence-based, behavior analytic interventions for persons with autism and related disabilities to maximize individual potential and to facilitate their meaningful inclusion in the community. Her professional awards include the 2008 Woman of Achievement in the Area of Human Services for Family Time Crisis & Counseling Center, 2011 Health Care Professional of the Year for The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, 2015 Best Buddies Champion of the Year, and most recently Jennifer was honored by Texas State Representative, Dan Huberty, proclaiming April 21st as Jennifer Dantzler Day in the state of Texas as appreciation for her work in the field of autism. She is currently active in ABASC (Applied Behavior Analysis Support Committee), a committee of Lone Star ABA and is the treasurer for TxABA OBM Special Interest Group.

She is currently venturing into young adult services and speaks professionally at local and national conferences on a regular basis to help spread autism awareness, including The World Autism Organization Conference and The Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP). The rate of autism continues to increase at an alarming rate and that need is what continues to drive her to do more, build more and want more for families with autism.

Shannon Callens, MBA

Director of Operations

 

Education

MBA in Business Administration, Florida State University 

Mrs. Callens serves as the Director of Operations of the Including Kids Autism Center. Shannon joined the Including Kids team in 2011 and quickly embraced the vision of helping individuals and families affected by autism. Working with an amazing team, Shannon oversees daily clinic operations and assists in developing the Including Kids strategic plan.

Shannon is an active member of the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce and serves as a board member for the Leadership Lake Houston Alumni Steering Committee. She had an early career as a Technical Research Scientist in cancer research at the LSU Health Sciences Center and Taxolog, Inc. before earning a Master of Business Administration degree from Florida State University. 

Cindy Brothers, M. Ed, BCBA, LBA

Program Director

 

Education

M.S. Ed in Special Education, 2006
B.S. in Psychology, University of Houston, 1998

Cindy received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Houston in 1998.  While going to school she worked at Texas Children’s Hospital downtown as a supervisor in the pharmacy department.  Once she received her degree, she decided to pursue volunteer opportunities in the field of special needs.  As she began to volunteer at Jennifer’s program, it was quickly obvious to both Cindy and Jennifer that she had found her calling. 

Cindy helped Jennifer start Including Kids and has been dedicated to its mission every step of the way. She started as a direct care therapist, became a head teacher, and is now a program director.  She became a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) in 2005, and received her special education certification in Texas in 2006.  After she received her Master’s in Special Education in 2006, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2009.  Cindy has been instrumental in creating the curriculum, program design, and overall mission of Including Kids since its inception.   Cindy currently oversees the off- site programs which include Rise, CCI and our Bridge Programs.

Kristen Vaughn, M.A. BCBA, LBA

Program Director

 

Education

M.S. Ed in Behavior Analysis, University of Houston

 

Kristen was first introduced to Applied Behavior Analysis while attending Auburn University. She enjoyed learning the science behind the therapy and decided to volunteer at the Developmental Disabilities Clinic on campus. Kristen fell in love with how the treatment changed the quality of life for those families and knew this was what she was supposed to do. She moved to Houston and received her Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from The University of Houston-Clear Lake. Shortly after receiving her degree she joined the Including Kids team as a Case Supervisor and earned her Board Certification.

Kristen has a passion for helping clients and their families find exactly what works for them through individualized ABA treatment. Kristen enjoys working collaboratively with all individuals in a client’s life and has a mission of increasing independence and spontaneity while working on decreasing prompt dependence and severe problem behavior. Kristen strives to ensure all clients at Including Kids are continuously progressing while in the least restrictive environment.

Michelle Mooring

Organization Effectiveness

Manager

 

Education

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Houston, 2014

 

Michelle Mooring serves as the Organizational Effectiveness Manager for Including Kids.  She is a native born Houstonian, attended the University of Houston-Downtown where she received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2014, and has her Texas Certification in General Education EC-6.  Michelle has worked for Including Kids since its inception in 2003.  She first began working with individuals with special needs in 2001, under the supervision of Jennifer Dantzler, as a Direct-Care Therapist, Case Supervisor, and Quality Assurance Coordinator. 

Michelle has a passion for meeting the needs of others, whether assisting families through the Parent Committees, or hiring individuals who aspire to grow in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.  As OEM, she is thankful for the opportunity to witness the individuals of Including Kids, both clients & staff, achieve their goals.

Nichole O’Donnell, BCaBA, LaBA

Community Outreach Director

 

Education

B.A. Simmons College, Boston, MA 

 

Mrs. O’Donnell serves as the Community Outreach Director for Including Kids. Nichole moved to Humble after receiving her B.A. from Simmons College in Boston. She later completed coursework at the University of North Texas for her BCaBA certification. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Special Education and BCBA certification. Since beginning her work at Including Kids in 2007, Nichole has worked with children, adolescents and adults as a direct-care therapist, inclusion shadow, Case Supervisor, Reading Specialist, Project Manager, and Community Outreach Director. Nichole has a passion for teaching social skills and executive functioning skills and for sharing her knowledge with parents, staff and the community.