OUR TEAM

Our team possesses a servant's heart along with a commitment to helping children reach their fullest potential. To maintain the highest quality standard of service and safety for our kids, all team members are Mandt Certified, CPR/First Aid certified, state and federally background-checked, HIPPA certified, have received training in child abuse recognition, and possess clean driving records. Each member of our team is pursuing a career in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Interested in joining our team? Submit your application here.

Executive Team

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Jennifer Helten
CEO/Founder

Hi there! I am the founder, owner, and CEO of Unique Pathways. I did not plan a career in ABA. I did not anticipate owning a company, either. My love was, and still is, the ocean. I planned to become a Marine Biologist specializing in the study of sharks. God had other plans and is leading me through the journey I am currently on. I began my career over 25 years ago when I took a job as a nanny in Dallas. One of the kids was diagnosed with Autism. I had never heard of ABA at that time, and my knowledge of autism was limited; think "Rain Man." As I observed and learned more about the science, I made the decision to become a direct therapist, and so began my journey. 

 

I have worked with children as young as 18 months and as old as 23 all of whom varied levels of skill, behavior, and development. I have assisted in designing numerous IEPs and accompanied families of school-age children to their annual ARD meetings. I shadowed 20 of my 25 years in private schools in the DFW metroplex. I designed and led yearly-held summer camps; targeting social and emotional development. I had the privilege of traveling with families, domestically and abroad, so their child could participate in family vacations. In 2015, I was hired to start and oversee the shadowing program for a private Christian school in Grapevine, Texas. Shortly thereafter, I was promoted to Director and, after five years, resigned to focus solely on Unique Pathways. Additionally, I sit on multiple expert panels designed to assist ABA business owners. ABA must remain child-focused, tailoring each program to meet the child and valuing quality over quantity.  

I am originally from Kansas and the oldest of seven children. I have been with my husband for 25 years. We have a beautiful daughter, a German Shepherd named Sophie, and a cat named Goldie. Once upon a time, you would have found my husband and me cruising around town on our Harleys; however, we have traded our bikes in for the next best thing, an oldie but goldie, CJ-7 Jeep. I enjoy meeting new people and look forward to God's path for me. 

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Paul Boettcher, M.S.
Clinical Director
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA)

I am originally from South Dakota but have been living in the Dallas Metro for almost five years. I grew up all over the Midwestern United States and have also lived in northern Canada. I am a Christian and have been since April 4, 2013, which is my primary reason for being in a sensitive and amazing field such as this one! I am married with three wonderful children. 

 

I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from South Dakota State University while working for a behavior analytic company and accumulating experience for approximately 2 years as a line-level therapist for individuals with autism. Simultaneously, I attended The Sage Colleges M.S. program in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism and am currently a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). 

Before coming to Unique Pathways, I served as a Clinical Supervisor over school-based, home-based, residential, and consult-based programs in a variety of settings. I have extensive experience assessing, programming, and creating a successful program for individuals with autism and related disorders. I also have experience conducting in-depth training with parents, school professionals, and clinical staff.

I'm now the Clinical Director after serving as the Lead BCBA at Unique Pathways for four years and absolutely love what we are trying to accomplish as a company. I am blessed to be part of a team that genuinely cares for all children and is motivated by providing quality service to others.

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Tierra Mathews
Office Manager
 

I was born in South Bend, Indiana but raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I am currently majoring in Psychology intending to receive my Bachelor's in the fall of 2020. I have known my entire life that I wanted to help people, in particular, children. I spent two years coaching volleyball and six years working with kids in different programs such as the YMCA.  

 

I’ve been working with Unique Pathways for three years as a Registered Behavior Technician, and I’m in love with the field of ABA. At the age of 26, it’s not often you find a job where you see your hard work directly change lives. I’ve always known I wanted to work with children, but I’m blessed to be part of a team that’s driven with passion and integrity.

 

I enjoy so much being able to come to work every day and make an impression on the life of a child. I hope with this experience, and a degree in psychology, I can continue to grow and help make significant impacts on lives daily in our community.  I am blessed to be with a company with so much passion and purpose.

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Behavior & Speech 

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Jasmine Monsivais-Mendez
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA)

A little bit about me, I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst that is currently serving a variety of group ages (18 months- 18 years of age). I received my undergraduate degree from Texas Woman's University in 2016, specializing in Child Development with an emphasis on Child Life. Shortly after, I began attending the University of Cincinnati where I received my Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2019. While working towards my Master's degree, I worked as a therapist, team leader, and training coordinator. 

 

Prior to onboarding to Unique Pathways, I served as a Clinic Supervisor/BCBA supervising clients in the clinic setting. I have over five years of experience working with children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in a variety of settings, including clinic, home, and school settings. Without a doubt, serving our families has been such a fantastic experience and I thank all of the families for continuously trusting us. The outcomes that ABA is able to provide along with the support of other professionals have allowed us to see our clients grow and bloom in amazing ways. 

 

When I am not working, I am enjoying my time with my beautiful, energetic and fearless daughter, Emma Juliette. We love spending time outdoors playing with bubbles, riding her bike, gardening, and building castles. I am beyond thankful for the opportunity I have been given to work with a company that is so family-oriented and has great values. 

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Walker Cutler
Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)

I am originally from South Dakota and I lived in South Dakota all of my life before relocating to Texas.

I am a BCaBA with 10 years of experience in the field. I received my undergraduate degree in sociology from South Dakota State University. After completing my degree, I then went on to earn my certificate to become a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)from the Florida Institute of Technology. 

 

I have lived in DFW for almost 3 years. I met my wife after relocating to the Dallas area. I am a Christian and this is a major reason I choose this field. 

 

I worked as a line-level therapist, lead therapist, and assistant clinical supervisor prior to coming to Unique Pathways. I have experience working with kids of all ages in a variety of settings including school, home, and residential. 

 

I am thankful to work as a BCaBA for Unique Pathways! I love working and helping children and being part of a dedicated team!

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Megan Ward
Speech & Language Pathologist (SLP-CCC)

Hello, all! I am a Speech-Language Pathologist with 21 years of experience working with both children and adults in a variety of settings including early childhood intervention, clinical settings, and home health.

 

I received my Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Texas at Dallas. My therapeutic style is naturalistic and focuses on the individual as a whole. I strongly believe that support and guidance for the family are integral to progress and success.

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, as well as getting creative in the kitchen baking, decorating sweet treats, and photography. 

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RBTs Working Towards National Certification

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Jackie Cutler
Lead Registered Behavior Technician
(RBT)


 

Hello! I am currently in my last year of graduate school for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at the University of North Texas. I have always had a passion for working with children. I started volunteering at a ranch that provided special needs children with horse therapy in 5th grade.

 

When I got to high school, I began volunteering for a special needs Olympic swimming program. Through my experience with Special Olympics, my passion for special needs children started to grow. While I was studying, I began to take a particular interest in behaviors and fell in love with applied behavior analysis. When I finish graduate school, it is my plan to become a BCBA. I am blessed to be in a field where I can make fulfill my passion.

When I am not studying or working, I enjoy going to the movies with my husband, exploring the city, and cooking desserts.

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Chris Aguilera
Lead Registered Behavior Technician
(RBT)

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Maggie Tobolka
Lead Registered Behavior Technician
(RBT)

Hello to all! I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and am the third of four children.  I crossed the Red River, however, to attend the University of Oklahoma for my undergrad. I graduated from OU in the spring of 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and am enrolled to receive my master's from OU. Boomer Sooner! 

 

My experience working with children began with babysitting when I was 15 and progressed through working at daycares, giving swim lessons to little ones, and teaching in various special education rooms and ages. Working with children has always been my passion. I have been an intern at Unique Pathways for two summers and am excited to join the team permanently. Receiving the opportunity to work at Unique Pathways is a dream come true because it allows me to pursue a career that offers a reciprocal positive impact on those I work with and on myself, as well. 

 

When I am not working or studying, I enjoy hiking, relax out by the lake, bake, and spend time with my family and friends. 

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I was born in El Paso but have spent most of my life here in the Fort Worth/Dallas area. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas (Go Mean Green!). I chose Psychology because I have always loved talking to people and giving them advice ever since I could remember. I love this field of study so going into ABA therapy seemed like the right thing to do.

I am in the process of working on my master’s degree as a Licensed Professional Counselor at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. I'm very excited to have found Unique Pathways, and I have been a Registered Behavior Technician for four years now. I enjoy my job. It’s fun working with the children. Working with our kids and watching them learn and grow is very rewarding because it shows us that they will be able to interact in a more positive way in their environment. I am excited about the opportunity that will allow me to grow in my field, and I'm looking forward to all the new experiences that have yet to come. ​

 

When I’m not working with kids, I am home playing with my daughter. That little monkey is my world and I spoil that one rotten. I also love sports and like to go out dancing when I can. Anything else you would like to know, then by all means come ask! I love meeting new people.

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Julie Devlin
Registered Behavior Technician
(RBT)

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KeAndrea Handy
Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

I was born and raised in Baldwin, NY on Long Island. I have always been an avid sports fan (Go Mets and Islanders!!) and athlete, playing softball and ice hockey for as long as I can remember. I went to school at the University of New Haven, where I played collegiate softball while getting my Bachelors in Management of Sports Industries and my M.B.A. Coaching softball after graduating made me realize how much I adore working with kids. Quickly after entering the business world, I began school….. again, but this time to become a Special Education Teacher! 

 

I worked as a Teaching Assistant in a Pre-K Special Education Class, 2nd Grade Inclusion Class, and 3-5 Grade Self-Contained Class for the past three years on Long Island while attending Molloy College. I received my Master's in Special Education and am currently continuing my education at FIT (Florida Institute of Technology) to get my advanced certificate in ABA to become a BCBA. I am extremely passionate about what I do and love working with the most amazing students in the world every single day. 

 

When I’m not working I love to travel, go for hikes, to the beach/lake, or simply be outside with family and friends. Fun Fact: my high school ice hockey team’s home rink was the same rink that the 1980 Olympic “Miracle On Ice” game was played in Lake Placid, NY!

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I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I have been in the DFW area for 10 years. Before moving to this area, I moved to Mississippi where I received my Bachelors in Psychology at University of Southern Mississippi (SMTTT!). I have always had a passion on how the mind and behavior connects. I am so excited to be on the team at Unique Pathways. 

 

My passion for working with individuals with special needs sparked when I volunteered at Boys & Girls Club in college. I have over 12 years of experience in working with amazing individuals with special needs in various age groups, roles (lead therapist, direct care staff, education specialist, activities coordinator, and volunteer) and environments. I am currently in my last year in my behavioral analysis program to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I am looking forward to continuing my work in ABA and with amazing, growing children. 

 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I also enjoying crafting, designing and making personalized gifts. Trying new things is also my go to during my free time. Also, let’s go Cowboys!

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Dia Gonzalez
Registered Behavior Technician
(RBT)

I was born and raised in Fort Worth Texas, and as I grow older I find more things to love about our diverse metroplex.

 

I am currently a psychology major at UT Dallas, and I am hoping to start a doctorate program by the fall of 2023. Ever since I can remember I have had a passion for psychology and a deep love for working with children. So naturally, being an RBT is pretty much my dream job! I am so thankful to have a job where I get to play all day, while simultaneously helping kids grow.

 

While this is my first job in the psychology field, I have been babysitting and nannying children with special needs (ranging from ASD to cerebral palsy) since I was 12 years old. I also volunteered in special needs classrooms (PreK-12) for the last 6 years of my schooling. Working with these kids has really changed my life, and there is nothing else I would rather do! 

When I am not working or doing homework, you will usually find me going on hikes or visiting a local coffee shop. I also really enjoy all things cooking and baking, and when the world starts to open back up again, it will be very hard to pull me away from the art museums! 

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Joshua Veals
Registered Behavior Technician
(RBT)

I was born and raised in Houston Texas and I am the youngest of three children. I graduated from 

from the University of Houston Downtown in 2016 with my Bachelors of Science in Psychology.

 

It was not until my senior year of undergraduate studies, when I realized that I wanted to work with kids. During that time, I was working as a chess instructor teaching kids around Houston how to play chess. Watching my students progress and get better at the game of chess to the point where they started going to state championships, made me realize that working with kids is something that I want to do.

 

Currently, I am working on getting my Masters degree in the area of Educational Psychology at Stephen F. Austin University. My ultimate goal is to become a BCBA when it is all said and done! I am thankful and blessed to be a part of an amazing team, at Unique Pathways!

 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. watching sports (mainly the Dallas Cowboys), playing video games, and reading books.

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Morgan Hogans
Registered Behavior Technician
(RBT)

I was born and raised in Frisco Texas and am the oldest of two children. I recently graduated in May of 2021 from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Go Pokes!!!!!!!! I plan to continue my education this spring and begin my studies towards a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and obtain my LPC Licensure.


In high school, I discovered my passion for Psychology as well as helping others and began to seek any opportunity to pursue that field. I obtained my Certified Nursing Assistant License (CNA) where I participated in clinical rounds at hospitals, dentist offices, and nursing homes. I then completed a mentorship program under the supervision of a Child Life Specialist at Baylor Scott and White.

 

Working with children has always been my passion and I was fortunate enough to get another opportunity to work at AlphaBest Education for two years.  The experience was invaluable and I really enjoyed working with K- 5th-grade level children in the after-school, day camp, and summer programs.

 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, running, watching movies with my little brother, and traveling to amazing new places!

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Registered Behavior Technicians

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Tristin Pasano
Registered Behavior Technician
(RBT)

Some really important things you need to know about me are my love for Lord, chocolate, and Justin Bieber.

I may appear small but I love to eat and try new things and I simply just have a heart for people and culture. It was 3 years ago when I first discovered a new passion of mine... that being working with kids with special needs! It was nearly impossible not to fall in love with their spirits and wanting to aid to their needs. I've found that it's so important for ANYONE to feel included and loved for who they are.

This then sparked an interest in behaviors and because of my growing love in that, my next goal is pursuing more schooling to become a BCBA.

It is a life goal to learn another language fluently and to always be a student of life. I can only hope that in the same way, I believe Unique Pathways will play a vital role in my journey, that I will do the same as an addition to the team!

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Alexis Karpenko
Registered Behavior Technician
(RBT)

I am the youngest of three, born and (partially) raised in Tampa, Florida. My dad was in the Air Force, so I spent about three years living in Honolulu before moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Most of my time is spent as personal assistant to my dog and two cats. This year I became a first-time aunt so now I live to serve my beautiful niece as well. 

 

I graduated from the University of North Texas and received my Bachelor’s in Applied Behavior Analysis in Spring of 2020. I’ve been working with kids for almost 5 years in multiple environments. Before graduating, I started the process of applying to law school but, ultimately, decided to take a gap year to try out the professional side of ABA. This is when I had my Oprah “Aha!” moment and truly found my passion in helping kids through ABA. My goal is to continue to grow in my field to become a BCBA. I have applied to graduate school as of the end of 2021 and, hopefully, will attend by the Fall of 2022.

 

I am so blessed to have joined the team at Unique Pathways and continue to serve this community. I love spending time and creating connections with these amazing kiddos.

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Monique Wilkins
Registered Behavior Technician
(RBT)

I was born and raised in North East Texas. it's a really small town between Greenville and Paris Texas, you'll miss it if you blink. I have one younger sibling. I have always loved caring for people and helping them by any means necessary. My journey into ABA occurred when I stumbled across a program at Baylor University during a graduate school tour with my Undergraduate Program called McNair Scholars. I met with the Dean of the school and fell in love with the thought of helping children progress in school and in the community. It reminded me of friends' sibling and I remember the joy we felt at their growth with just communicating. I wanted to make a difference and also grow with these individuals.

 

I studied at Baylor University in their Masters Educational Psychology Program that emphasized in Applied Behavior Analysis. With this program I was able to interact with a varying age of individuals, with varying abilities. Every single encounter helped me grow and further fall in love with the field. I graduated this program in 2019 and moved on to clinical work. I currently have 4 + years' experience working in ABA, including my practicum and graduate work studies. I hope in the future to be a BCBA and impact lives wherever I can. but I really hope to target the more rural and less targeted individuals.

 

Outside of work, I tend to like relaxing and planning meals. I enjoy cooking, but I love sharing it even more. I love to read, swim and watch mystery investigations. Sometimes just sitting with a a good book or binge watching watching anime/ dramas makes for a good day, as well. I tend to be a perfectionist and put a lot of thought into my work. projects and ideas. I like to consider everyone else's thoughts, feelings. opinions, allergies (when I'm cooking for a group). I like making people feel included and valued. I hope to continue making a positive impact with my work and I can't wait to meet you

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