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.
ERIN ROBERTS, M.Ed., BCBA
Erin has been working in the field of special education and behavior analysis since graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University in December of 2006. She has over 13 years experience working with children on the autism spectrum, as well as using applied behavior analysis to help those struggling with mental health disorders. Erin has provided therapy to children ages 2-16 in the home, school, clinic and community settings.
Over the course of the past 10 years, Erin returned to school to obtain a Masters Degree in Education from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and to complete post-graduate work in order to acquire her Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certificate. She has been working as a BCBA and a Clinical Supervisor in the state of Colorado for the past three years.
Erin currently resides in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with her two boys Ryan and James. She enjoys spending time outside with the kids swimming, hiking and exploring beautiful Colorado!
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.”
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.
MOLLY WALEGA, BA, RBT
Molly was born and raised in South Dakota and received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from South Dakota State University. She has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for the past 4.5 years as a Registered Behavior Technician serving children ages 2 to 12 years.
Molly looks forward to continuing her work in the field by pursuing a Master’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis beginning in the fall of 2019.
In her spare time, Molly loves spending time with her family by taking walks, going to local events, and occasionally perusing Target just for fun. She is also an avid crafter who enjoys making pretty things with her Cricut and hopes to have an Etsy shop in the future.
HEATHER HUBER, M.Ed, Behavior Therapist
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.