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.
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.
MOLLIE MATSON, BSW, RBT
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.
JENNIFER EDWARDS, BA, RBT
Jennifer was born and raised in Salida, Colorado with The Great Sand Dunes as her backyard. While getting her BA in Clinical Psychology at Adams State University, she discovered her passion for working with kids with special needs while interning at a special education program.
After graduating in 2016, Jennifer worked for 2 years as a teacher in a daycare for ages 0-3 while working to get her RBT certification. Since then she has been working as an RBT and a behavior coach in SVVSD, continuing to find her passion working with young people with social/emotional and behavioral needs.
In her free time Jennifer loves to hike and go on adventures throughout the Rocky Mountains. She enjoys as much time with family as friends as she can get.
Jennifer is now working towards her Master’s degree with an emphasis in ABA through Purdue Global to become a BCBA.
BRETON MCNAMARA, BA, Behavior Therapist
Breton was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and has been working in the mental health field for the last five years, since he moved to Colorado. After beginning his college career in 2007 with a couple of years at Berklee College of Music, and then working as a touring musician for a few years, he finally returned and completed his undergraduate education in 2019 at University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in Psychology. Breton is currently a Masters of Social Work student at CSU, where he is expected to graduate in the spring of 2021.
Before returning to finish his undergraduate education, Breton worked in the field of mental health in different clinical and administrative capacities. The population that Breton has worked with are people experiencing addiction issues, those with histories of trauma/homelessness, as well as students in the public school system. Breton has a passion for working with youth and has the goal of earning his LCSW credentials and working within the school system. He looks forward to furthering his knowledge and practice of ABA and learning through shared knowledge from the staff and clients of Wild Sun.
Mergen Mittleider, MSW, RBT
Mergen received her Bachelor’s 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 inpatient psychiatric hospitals, group homes, and in the school system with students 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 of treatment including cognitive behavior and dialectical behavior therapies. She has extensive experience with individuals struggling with mental health disorders, emergency psychiatric services, and crisis intervention.
As an RBT, Mergen anticipates continuing her training to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Mergen is passionate about helping others and looks forward to continuing to learn as much as she can about ABA.
During her free time she enjoys time with her daughter and her 4 cats. She loves crafting, especially working on string art.