DANIEL KURTY, M.ED, BCBA
Founder/Executive Director/Behavior Analyst
After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Education, Dan began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2012. He has a passion for working with youth and their caregivers to support the learning and developmental processes.
In 2014 Dan relocated to the US Virgin Islands in order to establish the first ABA program for children in the territory (St. John, St. Thomas, and St. Croix). The program is now flourishing and serving over fifty children in the territory.
Over the course of his career in ABA Dan has worked for a variety of organizations and has discovered that the field is in need of an increased standard of care. Through Wild Sun Behavioral Services he intends to provide more direct ABA services to clients, provide greater supervision to behavioral technicians, hire highly qualified therapists, and focus on training and supporting parents and caretakers.
Dan’s ultimate goal is to shift the ABA paradigm.
ALEXIS KOUTOULAKOS, MA
Founder/Director of Operations
Alexis has been in the mental health field since graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University in 2005. Alexis has since explored a variety of health fields including Applied Behavior Analysis, emergency psychiatric support, emergency medicine, and physical fitness. She then returned to school to pursue her Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University in 2007, which is how she landed in Colorado.
Alexis and Dan Kurty then temporarily moved to the Virgin Islands to support the creation of an ABA program for children in the USVI. Upon returning to Colorado in 2016, Alexis and Dan decided to establish Wild Sun Behavioral Services. Alexis provides administrative and organizational support to the staff and clients at Wild Sun.
In her “free time,” she also raises two children, consults as a marketing support specialist, freelances as a group fitness instructor, serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for Hanuman Festival, and spends as much time as allowable being physically active.
HOLLY DANA, MSW, BCBA
Holly started her career with a Master’s in Social Work from New Mexico State University in 2009. She worked for a cooperative of school districts as an at-risk counselor in rural Indiana. Holly worked with individuals ages five through eighteen providing cognitive behavioral therapy and social skills groups for individuals on the autism spectrum.
After moving to Colorado she started her career in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), as a therapist for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Holly fell in love with ABA and soon completed her coursework to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2015. She has since worked with children in both clinic and home settings.
ARIANA BLASONE, BS, RBT
Ariana was born and raised in Westchester, New York. She began college at SUNY Potsdam and shortly transferred to the University of Northern Colorado after falling in love with Colorado and the programs offered. She graduated with a BS in Sociology, which gave her a great skillset to work with individuals with varying abilities in all walks of life.
Her passion for working with individuals in a therapeutic environment, and years of working with children has led her to pursue her work at Wild Sun. In her free time she enjoys doing yoga, snowboarding, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
GILES TALLEY, BA, RBT
Giles was born in central Florida, but for the most part grew up in Longmont, Co. He attended CU Boulder and received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2015. After graduation, youth mentoring led to his work with Boulder Parks and Rec’s EXPAND inclusion programs. He then worked in Boulder’s Attention Homes – a runaway and homeless youth shelter for adolescents. He worked as a direct care counselor and activities coordinator.
After a few years he wanted to try something different and began his work with the school district. On the side, he also works at Square State Skate, conducting camps, lessons, clubs, and all types of fun skateboard-oriented outings. He is currently a behavior coach at Sunset Middle School and is excited to further himself with Wild Sun!
He currently lives in Broomfield, and in his free time he loves to take his dog on adventures, skateboard, snowboard, and look for new adventures.
HEATHER HUBER, M.Ed, RBT
Heather was born and raised in the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, Arizona. She played volleyball in college while pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development at Texas Tech University (1998) in Lubbock. She then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Special Education from Incarnate Word University (2001) in San Antonio. She has taught in the classroom and practiced many years as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher before moving her family to Colorado.
Heather is married to Chris and has 6 children and too many animals to count. Days and nights are busy with various sports and trips for forgotten items at the grocery store.
JORDYN ADAMS, MS, RBT
Jordyn was born in Southern California and moved to Southeast Colorado when she was 8 years old. In May of 2019 she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Zoology from Colorado State University. Upon graduating she began work in ABA and her training to become a Registered Behavior Technician.
She is passionate about working with children and has enjoyed her many years of nannying. Her hobbies include her many exotic animals, including a Savannah monitor lizard, axolotls, bearded dragons, and a chuckwalla. For fun she enjoys hiking, swimming, and spending time with people she loves.
MIKAELA PRICE, Behavior Therapist
Mikaela was born and raised in Natick, Massachusetts, a small town outside of Boston. With a very early passion for working with children, she became a preschool assistant teacher at 14 and completed classes in high school to get her teaching license upon graduation. She worked for eight years at Tobin Children School in MA. She has her associates degree in Early Childhood Education.
Mikaela moved to Colorado three years ago and has been working at the Boulder JCC preschool. During her time at JCC she worked directly with students with special needs, and soon realized that she wanted to pursue further experience and education in the field. She will begin her bachelor’s degree in Special Education in the fall of 2019.
In her free time she enjoys exploring the mountains with her dog, spending time with friends and family, horseback riding, skiing, drawing, and painting.
MERGEN MITTLEIDER, MSW, RBT
Mergen received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2006. She returned home to Colorado immediately after graduation. She worked in a variety of settings, including an inpatient psychiatric hospital, group homes, and as a paraprofessional in a middle school classroom for children with developmental disabilities. She went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University in 2011.
Mergen has since worked in a variety of health fields utilizing several modalities and treatments including CBT, and DBT. She is currently working towards completing her Registered Behavior Technician certification.
During her free time she enjoys time with her daughter and their four cats. She loves crafting, especially string art.
MOLLIE MATSON, BSW, Behavior Therapist
Mollie was born and raised in Longmont, CO. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Colorado State University in 2019. During her senior year internship at Mental Health Partners, Mollie discovered a love for working in mental and behavioral health.
Mollie also works at a thrift store in downtown Boulder, CO. When not working she enjoys baking, reading, and being outside.
MEGAN HUNT, RBT
Megan was born and raised in southern Colorado where she attended PCC for two years and then moved to Denver in 2005. At a young age she and her older sister began babysitting together as an after school job, continuing into her teenage years Megan had a few families she would babysit for on her own, and eventually she began working in a daycare as a teacher’s assistant. She would also volunteer in her church’s nursery, and childcare, and still does to this day at her current church.
In 2006 Megan married Ben and together they have three beautiful children. Her oldest who is 9 years of age, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The journey of having a child on the autism spectrum has brought Megan to a place of wanting to help in the therapy process and see other children gain skills that she has seen in her own child through behavior therapy.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, taking fitness classes, and spending time in the Rocky Mountains.
EMILY PEARSON, MS, Behavior Therapist
Emily has been working with children with Autism since her freshman year of college. After completing her BA in 2004 at UNC Chapel Hill she moved to New York to work at the Carbone Clinic providing ABA therapy. She then moved to Florida and completed her Master’s in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis. During her time there she diversified her application of ABA and worked in a variety of settings. After graduate school Emily moved to Washington DC where she consulted for the self-contained Autism classrooms across the district.
Throughout her career Emily Emily has provided ABA therapy to persons with disabilities from 18 months through adulthood. She took some time away from the field to travel and explore different interests, including completing her yoga teacher certification in Nicaragua and working on farms in Kauai.
Emily loves Colorado for the beautiful vistas and wonderful people! In her spare time she enjoys hiking, yoga, gardening, camping, and spending time with friends.
ANNIKA MCHALE, MS, Behavior Therapist
Annika has been working as a nanny/habilitation provider for children with special needs for the past 5 years. She originally wanted to go into the field of pediatric physical therapy, but after completing an ABA internship she immediately changed paths and is now working on her Master’s degree in Special Education (Applied Behavior Analyst) and then pursue her BCBA credential.
Annika graduated from Arizona State University in December 2019 with her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. She has a lot of interest in fitness and the benefits of physical activity, especially in children. I hope to be able to apply that passion in my work as an RBT. A bucket list goal of her’s is to work towards a PhD in a related field.
Outside of work, she enjoys being active – especially through CrossFit, yoga, and hiking. Her other passions include watching her fiance play baseball, thrifting, and exploring new places.