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Meet Our Staff

Tony Sweet,

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.

 

Tony can be reached at TonySweet@sweetbehavior.com

Loren Pilcher,

Director of Community Supports

 

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 my spare time. 

 

Loren can be reached at LPilcher@sweetbehavior.com

Tyler McGowen,

Director of Behavior Supports

 

Tyler earned a master’s degree in 2012 and one in May of 2018 in Applied Behavior Analysis 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 fifteen years of experience in the field of ABA, several of which was 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 consultant in southern Indiana for the past several years providing ABA services to clients. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, reading, jogging, bird watching and serving at his church.

Tyler can be reached at TylerMcGowen@sweetbehavior.com

Ellen Ricks,

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.  

 

Ellen can be reached at ERicks@sweetbehavior.com

Susan Cunningham,

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.

 

Susan can be reached at SCunningham@sweetbehavior.com

Jeremy Sweet,

Behavior Consultant

Jeremy can be reached at JSweet@sweetbehavior.com

Carrie Mann,

Behavior Consultant

 

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.

 

Carrie can be reached at CMann@sweetbehavior.com

Harris Gardner,

Music Therapist

 

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.

 

Harris can be reached at HGardner@sweetbehavior.com

Charlie Stevenson,

Behavior Consultant

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. 

Charlie can be reached at CStevenson@sweetbehavior.com

Marlene Thacker,

Behavior Consultant

 

Marlene can be reached at MThacker@sweetbehavior.com

Travis McGowen,

Behavior Consultant

 

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.

 

Travis can be reached at TravisMcGowen@sweetbehavior.com

Maranda Robertson,

Recreational Therapist

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!

Maranda can be reached at MRobertson@sweetbehavior.com

Lisa Crawford,

Behavior Consultant

 

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.

 

Lisa can be reached at LCrawford@sweetbehavior.com

George Throne,

Behavior Consultant

George has a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Science in psychology, both from Central Michigan University. He finished all classes at Florida Institute of Technology in Applied Behavior Analysis, but has not taken the BCBA exam just yet. In terms of work experience, George has been working in the field of developmental disabilities since 1995 as a behavior consultant. Besides his many years at Sweet Behavior, George has also worked at Green River Comp Care and Cedar Lake Lodge.  George has experience working with both kids and adults with developmental disabilities across all functioning levels from profound intellectual disabilities to borderline intellectual functioning. He has worked with individuals with autism, Down syndrome, and traumatic brain injury, as well as individuals with various genetic disorders.  Outside of work, George likes working on cars, going to car shows, and spending time with his dog.

 

George can be reached at GThrone@sweetbehavior.com

Michael Day, Psy.D,

Level 1 Behavior Consultant,

Clinical Supervisor

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.

Michael can be reached at micaday@ius.edu

Katie Gullquist,

Music Therapist

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.  

Katie can be reached at KGullquist@sweetbehavior.com

Jesseca Cox-Howard,

Behavior Consultant

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 JCox@sweetbehavior.com

Onna Moore

Recreational Therapist

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.

Onna can be reached at OMoore@sweetbehavior.com

Jerren Shidler

Music Therapist

 

Jerren graduated from the University of Evansville where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. She completed her internship at CarePartners Hospice and Palliative Services, where she worked in end of life care and bereavement. She has work experience in a variety of populations outside of hospice, including early childhood, autism, and emotional and behavioral disorders. Jerren is a music director for her local church, continues to perform regularly, and teaches piano. She loves to travel abroad with her boyfriend, cook, spend time with family and friends, and spoil her pet cat.

Jerren can be reached at JShidler@sweetbehavior.com

Kaylee Prather

Recreational Therapist

 

Kaylee earned her bachelors degree in Recreational Therapy from Western Carolina University. She is a Licensed Recreational Therapist and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Kaylee completed her internship at Presbyterian Medical Center working in the behavioral health unit. Following her internship she moved to Indianapolis to work with individuals with developmental disabilities. Kaylee most recently worked with a non-profit ministry called Scarlet Hope, in Louisville, KY. Now, she has joined Sweet Behavior because she is passionate about helping individuals enhance their wellness, and live healthy and active lives. Kaylee and her husband have a sweet baby girl named Ellamia. In her free time, Kaylee coaches softball with her husband at South Oldham High School. She also loves to hike, travel and spend time with her family.

Kaylee can be reached at KPrather@sweetbehavior.com

Briget Price

Music Therapist

 

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.

Briget can be reached at BPrice@sweetbehavior.com