AUTISM AND BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS TEAM
Paige VanMeter, QASP-S, Director of Clinical Operations (ABA Team)
I am an East Texas native and am passionate about serving my home community. I have a B.S. in Psychology from Texas State University. My graduate work from the University of West Florida is in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Exceptional Student Learning. I have served both adult and child clients with Autism and other behavioral concerns in the home and in a treatment center setting. I have extensive knowledge/experience in special education and the public school system; I am proud to be a resource and advocate for children and their families. My area of expertise includes early intervention, social skills training, educational advocacy and parent training. I consider myself blessed to have the opportunity to play a role in the development of every client I’m able to serve.
My life after hours is filled spending time with my family and my two dogs that I adore. I enjoy engaging in activities that allow me to be expressive and creative, including practicing calligraphy. I am also proficient in American Sign Language and spend time volunteering in the Deaf community and interpreting appointments for Deaf individuals.
Mallory Ford, Director of Operations (ABA Team)
I was born and raised in the Kilgore/Longview area. I hold a B.A. in Psychology from Centenary College of Louisiana and have begun my graduate work through the Florida Institute of Technology, studying Professional Applied Behavior Analysis. For the last 3 years, I have worked with young children on the Autism spectrum or with a variety of cognitive and developmental diagnoses. I am passionate about being a support to my clients and their families by providing a variety of services, including parent/caregiver training and vocational/life skills training.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time on my family’s farm, playing and watching sports and raising my Great Dane. Much of my time outside of work, though, is spent enveloped in my continuing education courses.
Josh Richburg, B.A. ABAT (ABA Team)
I was born in Lubbock Texas and recently moved to Longview. I have an amazing son who is eleven and is the reason I moved to Longview. I graduated from South Plains College with my A.A. in Psychology and then went on to graduate from Texas Tech University with my B.A. in Psychology. My favorite courses were neuropsychology, child development, personality, and psychotherapy. I used to work at a non-for-profit organization and volunteered at my church helping in the daycare prior to moving to East Texas. I am a former Boy Scout and still volunteer with one of the local troops that my son is a part of. I enjoy spending my free time in the outdoors, going hiking, fishing and camping with my son.
Tatum VanMeter, ABAT (ABA Team)
As a tried and true East Texan, I am beyond proud to be able to serve children in my hometown and to be a part of an incredible team of clinicians who share the same service-oriented mindset. After graduating from Kilgore High School, I continued my education at the University of North Texas in Denton, where I studied ABA . Go, Eagles! After graduation, I moved back home to Longview and found my way into the Special Education classroom, teaching students at Pine Tree ISD. I was fortunate enough to be able to work with students at both elementary campuses before settling in with the KPS Autism & Behavior Analysis Team. It has always been my lifelong goal and passion to serve those with special needs in my hometown & I am thrilled to be a part of the ABA Team.
I share my life with my wonderful fiancé, Nolan, and our beloved Wheaten Terrier, Wallace. In my spare time, we enjoy taking Wallace to dog parks, attending concerts & music festivals, cooking and spending time with my family.
Megan Ford (ABA Team)
After graduating from Tyler Junior College Nursing School, I worked as a Registered Nurse on the Trauma ICU floor at UT Health in Tyler, where I was exposed to patients with a variety of special needs, including Autism. Looking for a change of pace, I decided to shift my focus to the behavioral needs of children on the Autism spectrum, rather than their medical needs. I am thrilled to be able to play this role in the lives of children in my community.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and playing with my golden retriever. My hobbies include: traveling, shopping, camping, fishing, going on cruises, and sports activities.
Janeava P. Winters (ABA Team)
Throughout my life, I have always felt called to serve individuals with different abilities however possible. In high school, I volunteered for my district’s Special Education events and at Truman Smith Children’s Care Center. After graduating from Gilmer High School, I worked as a caregiver for multiple children with different abilities. I am also on the Wrangler Board for the Gladewater Rodeo and helped to build the Handicapable Rodeo program so that all children are able to participate. In 2017, my family adopted two children, one of which is on the Autism Spectrum. My little brother has opened my eyes to a whole new world & has encouraged me to pursue a career in Autism therapy! I believe it is my life’s purpose to make a difference in our community and to help individuals reach their fullest potential!
In my spare time, I enjoy building furniture & spending time with my family and dogs. I also love to watch sports & rodeo events. Go LSU!
Caleb Warren (ABA Team)
I was born in Kilgore and raised in Gladewater. I have a B.A. in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University. My favorite courses were Clinical Psychology and Abnormal Psychology. I plan on returning to SFA for my Master’s and pursuing a career in counseling for adolescents. I am excited to support the children of this community and help make an impact.
In my spare time I enjoy fishing, reading, watching movies, attending concerts, and spending time with friends and family.
Emily Gibson (ABA Team)
I was born in Tyler and recently moved to Hawkins, Texas. I am newly married and can’t wait to start a family.
I chose this career after a family member of mine was diagnosed with Autism. I was intrigued watching him participate in in-home ABA Therapy and knew that I’d found my calling. Before choosing to join the Autism & Behavior Analysis Team, I was a behavior therapist/trainer for another ABA company in East Texas. I absolutely love ABA Therapy & I adored my clients. I believe this field is where my heart is at, and I want to progress further one day!
Aaron McIntosh (ABA Team)
I grew up in Philadelphia, PA but moved to East Texas 3 years ago to serve as a house director at a Christian Boarding School. During my time there, I lived in-house with struggling teenagers ages 13 to 18, teaching conflict management, emotional regulation, coping skills for anxiety and depression, among other things. I am passionate about helping people and making a difference. I am new to the ABA field but am excited for the experience and challenges that come with the job. I look forward to coming alongside people of all ages on the spectrum and making a difference in their story.
In my free time I enjoy snowboarding out west in the winter and enjoy spending time on the beach in the summer. I also enjoy sports events and music festivals. I enjoy spending time with my family when I can, as well as friends here in Longview. I plan to continue my education in social work in hopes to become a counselor.