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.
Thomas Rudd, Ed.S., BCBA
Thomas received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Norwich University. He has the unique experience of studying Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) through Florida Institute of Technology while obtaining his Master of Education degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Thomas pursued his Education Specialist degree with an emphasis in special education curriculum and instruction from Liberty University. Prior to graduate studies, his passion for teaching was revealed as an instructor in jiu-jitsu and Shuri-ryu martial arts academies.
Thomas has worked as a behavioral consultant for public and private schools in Austin, Texas and Seattle, Washington. Thomas has harnessed the principles of ABA to create significant behavioral and academic outcomes while employed as an Interventionist and Dean of Student Affairs.
He enjoys working with teachers and parents in a collaborative effort to see socially-significant changes in behavior and academics. His areas of interest include verbal behavior, generalizable social skills, and mathematics. Thomas also enjoys spending time with his two silly dogs, “Rook” and “Jett.”
Taylor Combs, BS
Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
Taylor is originally from the mountains of North Carolina where she received her B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation from Winston-Salem State University. For years Taylor has been passionate about working with individuals of all abilities; she really makes an effort to improve the quality of life of those around her. Throughout her college career and internship with Boulder Parks and Recreation EXPAND, Taylor has had the opportunity to work with children and adults with a wide range of diagnoses. In her free time she enjoys hiking, yoga, skiing and traveling.
Ariana Blasone, BS
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.
Rachel Bruening, MS
Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
Rachel grew up in Bend, Oregon and moved to Thornton, Colorado at 17. Rachel was placed in a program in high school that allowed her to work with students with special needs. This placement inspired Rachel to pursue a career in special education. She completed her undergraduate degree in 2014 from UNC where she majored in K-12 special education. She then completed her Master’s degree in 2016 from Grand Canyon University where she majored in Autism. Rachel completed her RBT certificate in June of 2018 and finished her ABA classes at UNC in December of 2018.
Rachel is currently on her 5th year of teaching special education at the high school level. Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, reading, watching sports, running, playing with her puppy, and baking.
Giles Talley, BA
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.