Meet Our Staff
Owner and President
Prior to starting Sweet Behavior, LLC in 2005, Tony served as a special education teacher, worked for multiple companies in the field of developmental disabilities, and provided behavior supports to those with developmental disabilities as an independent contractor. Sensing a need for a company in southern Indiana that would put the client's best interest first, Tony decided to establish a company that would do just that. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science in education, a Master of Science in education with a concentration in special education, and a Master of Liberal Studies from Indiana University Southeast.
Tony notes that he has been blessed to hire many behavior consultants, recreational therapists, and music therapists who share his same passion for serving others. On a personal note, Tony been married 40 plus years, has one son (who is also a behavior consultant at Sweet Behavior), and one granddaughter. Tony serves as an elder, treasurer, and trustee of his church, and has until recently taught adult Sunday school. His hobbies include American history, trivia, travel, and boating on the lake.
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Chief Operations Officer
Loren has worked with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Indiana for over 15 years. He first started working with folks with IDD in college, assisting with a summer program for teens and then as a direct support professional in a day program. After graduating from Indiana University Southeast with a bachelor's degree in English, Loren went on to manage a day program and supported living program for those with IDD for several years. He then took a position as a service coordinator with the State of Indiana's Bureau of Developmental Disabilities, specializing in intake, crisis intervention, and the oversight of supported group living sites.
After working for the Bureau, Loren served as a clinician with IDEC, a company dedicated to the assessment and evaluation of individuals with IDD. For several years under the clinical supervision of a psychologist, Loren traveled to over 30 counties in Indiana to conduct in-depth evaluations that outlined individuals’ functional abilities, as well as their developmental, social, educational, vocational, residential, and medical histories. Following his work with IDEC, Loren served as a director of two supported living programs in central and southern Indiana before joining Sweet's team. He holds Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP) status in Indiana.
Loren is a fierce advocate for those with disabilities and believes in an approach to services that truly helps those with IDD lead the most independent life possible. Loren notes that one of the things he has noticed since the beginning of his career is that too often individuals with IDD and other disabilities are left out of the planning of policies and services that impact every aspect of their life. He is a firm believer in the "Nothing About Us Without Us" rallying cry of the disability rights movement. He likes reading, cooking, camping, hiking, and playing music in his spare time.
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Behavior Consultant, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and Clinical Mentor
Tyler earned a master’s degree in 2012 and one in May of 2018 in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Ball State University. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has completed 1,500 hours of supervised experience in ABA. Tyler has over sixteen years of experience in the field of ABA, several of which were at one of the nation’s largest psychiatric hospitals. There he worked as an Intervention Specialist providing ABA services to patients and conducting staff trainings. He worked with staff to ensure proper implementation of behavior support plans. He has worked with a variety of disorders including, autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, schizoaffective disorder, down syndrome, and many more. He has worked as a behavior analyst in southern Indiana for the past several years, providing ABA services to clients. Tyler also supervises graduate students in ABA who are pursuing their BCBA certification. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, reading, jogging, bird watching, and serving at his church.
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Director of Music Therapy
Ellen is a graduate of the University of Louisville, where she earned her bachelor's degree in music therapy. She completed her internship in the Music Therapy Clinic at the University of Louisville. Ellen has experience with a variety of populations, including early childhood, children and adults with autism, genetic disorders, emotional and behavioral disorders, dementia and end of life care. During her undergraduate career, Ellen studied abroad in Katowice, Poland, where she studied music therapy, art therapy, drama therapy and general music studies as well as cultural implications in music therapy. She is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association Students, serving in 2013 as the Vice President. In her free time, Ellen enjoys running, traveling, shopping, and being with her family.
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Director of Recreational Therapy
All of Susan’s life she has been involved in sports and physical activities, playing high school basketball, volleyball, and running track & cross-country. Because of this, Susan realizes first-hand the benefits of physical activities and how it contributes to an individual’s physical and mental well being. She feels very fortunate that her career as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist (CTRS) has provided her the opportunity to help others achieve overall well-being.
Susan’s position allows her to share her passion and to help her clients live a healthy and fulfilling life. She graduated from Morehead State University with a degree in therapeutic recreation and has worked with people with intellectual disabilities for over ten years. Susan’s work in this field has earned her a reputation as an experienced, compassionate, and solution-oriented therapist. She is dedicated to providing exceptional care to children and adults alike that focuses on creative, individualized approaches. Susan notes that the best part of her job is how she is able to make growing and learning fun.
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Carrie is a Certified Social Worker (CSW). She received her bachelor’s degree in social work at Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in social work from Spalding University in 2003. Prior to coming on board with Sweet Behavior, Carrie worked for Seven Counties Service for fourteen years. She has over twelve years of providing behavior supports to individuals with intellectual disabilities and has enjoyed every moment! Her experience with those with developmental disabilities includes working with individuals with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, Prader Willi syndrome, Smith-Magenis syndrome, and those with dual diagnoses. Carrie is married with two children. In her spare time, she loves to be outdoors and with her family, especially spending time with them at Lake Cumberland.
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With a foundation in bluegrass and country music, Harris has been a session and touring musician for over ten years. He holds a bachelor's in marketing from Clemson University, a Music Therapy Equivalency degree from Charleston Southern University, and a Harmony and Counterpoint specialty certificate from Berklee School of Music. He completed his medical music therapy internship through Norton Healthcare, spending nine months at Norton Audubon hospital. For the last three years Harris has worked as a program coordinator for a local company providing care for kids that are medically fragile. During this time, he was able to establish and implement a music therapy program for over 200 kids across the state of Kentucky.
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Charlie holds a bachelor's in sociology from Bellarmine University and a master's in sociology from Western Kentucky University. He has worked with folks with developmental disabilities for over 35 years. Charlie began his work in this field as a direct care worker in a medium sized group home with clients ranging from six years old to over 60. He has been a group home manager, QIDP, and program director over 30 group homes, including behavior services for those homes.
Charlie opened three of the first ESN homes in the state of Indiana while with another company. For this project, Charlie was in charge of hiring and training initial staff, admitting clients, and developing initial behavior services for clients to meet State and Federal guidelines. Charlie also served as the risk manager for the Bingham Center in Louisville for two years prior to coming to Sweet Behavior Services.
Charlie has been an avid drummer since age 11. He also likes to ride motorcycles, street bikes, and vintage race bikes. Although he used to be a competitive racer, but now just rides for fun and exercise. Charlie enjoys traveling with his wife and spending time with his daughter and two grandchildren.
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Behavior Consultant and Clinical Mentor
Travis earned his first master's degree in 2014 and in 2018 earned an additional master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Ball State University. He is currently working towards his board certified behavioral analyst certification. Travis has been working with children and adolescents in some capacity for over fifteen years. He has years of experience working with children with autism, traumatic brain injuries, and typically-developed children with severe emotional and behavioral challenges. He has also worked at one the nation's largest psychiatric hospitals, where he assisted in the opening, development, and supervision of a program that provides ABA and other services to adolescents with severe behavioral challenges. When Travis is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, reading, listening to music, watching sports, and serving the people at his local church.
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Maranda is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). She received her bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation from Eastern Kentucky University in 2018. Prior to coming on board with Sweet Behavior, Maranda worked for The Brook Hospital that specializes in behavioral health. Maranda has been involved working with individuals with intellectual disabilities since high school and is very passionate about her career choice. Maranda has a standard golden doodle named Walter
and enjoys spending time with her family and going to the lake in her spare time!
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Lisa has her bachelor's and master’s degrees in elementary education from Indiana University Southeast and has begun work on her doctorate in psychology. She has worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities since 1996, including those with autism, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, Prader Willi syndrome, and individuals dually diagnosed. Lisa has worked as a direct support professional in sheltered workshops, been a service coordinator in supported group living homes and supported living, and has also worked as a behavior consultant with companies prior to joining the Sweet Behavior family. In addition, Lisa has extensive experience in the field of education, teaching grades third through twelfth for sixteen years. Her time spent teaching also included working with middle school students with developmental disabilities.
Lisa keeps up to date with the latest literature in the field of disability, not only for her clients, but also for her family. She has a son with developmental disabilities who lives in a supported living setting in Clark County. In Lisa’s spare time, she enjoys reading, fishing, gardening, and spending time with her son, husband, family, and dogs.
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Josue “Josh” Garcia has been in the field of behavior therapy for the last 17 years. Josh has worked as behavior interventionist/behavior technician, Behavior Manager, and Behavior Specialist for home and school programs. He has a degree in child development and a master’s degree in School Counseling. Josh also completed all necessary course work to sit for his BCBA exam. Josh also has extensive training in mental health and counseling. His career focus has been the intersection between mental health and behavior management. Josh lives in Louisville, KY with his wife and 3 pets. Proudly, Josh is Bilingual (Spanish-English speaker) and has extensive experience working with diverse background population. In his free time, Josh loves spending time with his family and watching television. He is an avid carpenter and has built multiple pieces of furniture around his home. Traveling is a great part of Josh’s life, and he has traveled to multiple countries across Latino America and Europe.
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Michael Day, Psy.D,
Level 1 Behavior Consultant,
Dr. Day is a licensed psychologist in Indiana. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Spalding University and an MA and MTS from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. Dr. Day works on a consultation basis with Sweet Behavior Services, Saint Luke Center, and is the director of personal counseling and a member of the faculty at Indiana University Southeast. His experience includes work in higher education and children/family residential treatment. His clinical interests include trauma informed care, developmental related issues, clinical supervision, and education. He is a member of
APA and AUCCCD.
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Katie is a graduate of the University of Evansville where she earned her bachelor's degree in Music Therapy and minors in Psychology and Suzuki Pedagogy. She completed her internship at Park Nicollet Health Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota; there, she utilized music therapy in hospice care, oncology, Parkinson's Disease and other movement disorders, and general medical/surgical. Originally from southern Indiana, she is moving back home from the Chicagoland area where she gained experience in a variety of populations, including genetic disorders, autism, emotional and behavioral disorders, and early childhood. Katie loves coffee, traveling, fishing, and family time. Katie serves Vanderburgh, Warrick, Dubois, and Spencer counties in southwestern Indiana.
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Jesseca Cox-Howard earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Bellarmine University. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Louisville. Jesseca also has a Master of Social Work from the University of Kentucky. She is certified by the Darkness to Light organization as a child sexual abuse community educator. Other trainings include Motivational Interviewing and the Conscious Discipline program. During her career, she has been a waiver case manager, a social worker for DCS in Kentucky, and behavior consultant at another organization. Jesseca loves working with children and adult clients who struggle with social skills. In her spare time, she loves to travel, read, write, watch true crime shows, and bake. Also, she loves to cosplay. She most often spends her time with her husband, Jon, and her two cats, Bowie and Minerva.
Jesseca can be reached at
Behavior Consultant & Music Therapist
A native of Runnelstown, Mississippi, Katelyn earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from William Carey University in 2013, and a Master’s degree in Music Therapy from Radford University in 2016. She completed her internship at The Baddour Center in Senatobia, MS, working in a residential community for adults with autism and intellectual disabilities. Since becoming board-certified in 2013, Katelyn has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based services for adults and children, adolescent behavioral health, acute adult psychiatry, and geriatric residential care.
Katelyn is a strong advocate for self-care, so her free time is usually filled with painting, macrame, making jewelry, attending concerts, running, listening to Podcasts, spending time with friends and family, and spoiling her 4lb Yorkie Sheldon.
Katelyn can be reached at KFarris@sweetbehavior.com.
Lacey earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Indiana University Southeast in 2017 and her master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Ball State University in 2019. She has completed 1,500 hours of supervised experience in ABA and is currently preparing to take her exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Lacey has worked with children with intellectual disabilities in a variety of settings including daycares, schools, ABA clinics, and group homes over the course of 10 years. In her spare time, Lacey enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, and traveling.
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Briget is a music therapy graduate from the University of Louisville. She completed her internship at the UofL music therapy clinic where she gained experience with developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities in residential, educational, and clinic settings with clients of all ages. She also has experience with Alzheimer’s disease, end of life care, and medical music therapy. Throughout her undergraduate career Briget was a member of the American Music Therapy Association and the Cardinal Music Therapy Organization. She and her husband are originally from Owensboro, Kentucky. Briget enjoys reading, jogging, traveling, writing poetry, binging random seasons on Netflix, and napping with her three cats.
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Onna earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Therapy at the University of Toledo. She completed her internship at a long-term nursing facility and created a horticulture program that caters to wheelchair users. Originally from Northwest Ohio, Onna worked with a juvenile detention, catering to at-risk youth on house arrest. Onna also worked as a case manager, catering to those with intellectual disabilities and behavioral disorders. Onna loves working with those with behavioral needs and intellectual disabilities. Onna enjoys traveling, watching crime documentaries, baking, and spending time at home with her cat Frosty.
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Megan earned her Bachelor degree in music therapy at the University of Louisville. She served as the secretary for her school's student music therapy organization and also had the opportunity to experience doing music therapy with a variety of populations. Since graduation, she has gained experience in serving both individuals with developmental disabilities and people in end of life care, both of which she has great passion for. Megan completed her internship with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care in Indianapolis and shortly after moved back to southeast Indiana to help those with developmental disabilities through music therapy.
Now in Cincinnati, Megan will continue to serve southeast Indiana by bringing music therapy services through Sweet to the area she grew up in. In addition to working at Sweet, she is also a music therapist for a hospice company based out of Bright, Indiana. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with friends, obsessing over the Beatles, playing soccer, and crafting.
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Amanda began working with adults and children with developmental and intellectual disabilities more than 15 years ago after graduating with a theology degree from Indiana University Southeast. Amanda has been fortunate to learn from and work alongside amazing people who live this work both professionally and personally. The passion for advocacy and striving for better supportive services was sparked by Amanda’s valued colleagues and incomparable individuals advocating for their own rights. After earning a master’s degree in Psychology, Amanda managed supported living programs in the area. Amanda strives to take a creative, holistic approach to services that will support people to live their truth and to live independent, fulfilled lives.
Amanda is a city girl transplanted to the country, mother of three children, and critter mom to a large and growing menagerie. When not working, Amanda can be found living the homestead life with her husband and children tending chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs, cats, and honeybees. Amanda is an avid camper, hiker, crafter, swimmer, and loves a good book and horror movie. Amanda is also a steadfast advocate for suicide awareness and prevention and loves to work with other warrior women to build strong communities and self-care habits.
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Billing and Office Coordinator
Tara was born and raised in Southern Indiana. Prior to getting into the field of disability services, Tara ran a private care business for the elderly out of her home and assisted with her family's income tax business on the side. She began working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities several years ago as a direct support professional and house manager. Tara is compassionate about disability rights and strives for folks with disabilities to lead the most independent life possible.
In her spare time, Tara enjoys spending time with her kids and grandkids, serving at her church, and hanging out with her constant companion: Gizmo the dog. If you come to the office, you'll no doubt meet Giz.
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