Meet The Team!

brittany bell, m.a., bcba, lba

Brittany Bell has worked with children diagnosed with autism since 2002 in classroom, home, and clinic settings. After teaching in special education classroom settings, she served as both behavior therapist and special education teacher at University Medical Center’s Mississippi Child Development Institute under the training and supervision of BCBA-D’s and BCBAs.

Brittany developed and oversaw Rankin County School District’s Autism programs and classrooms from 2008 to 2016. She developed, trained, and oversaw multiple classroom staff and autism classrooms that implemented both ABA and the TEACCH methodology during this time.

After attaining certification as a BCBA in 2015, she provided private in home therapy and consultation services. It was during this time that she identified the growing need for clinical services in this region and she decided to open The Growing Tree ABA Clinic in Flowood,

MS in August of 2016. In August 2018, The Growing Tree opened a second location clinic in Jackson, MS. She now serves as Owner and Clinic Director of The Growing Tree ABA Clinics, Director of ABA Services for Spectrum Academy at New Summit School, and Region 2 Representative for The Behavior Analysis Association of Mississippi.

Brittany is extremely passionate to see children diagnosed with autism reach their full potential by gaining language and developing independence in skills across environments. She is dedicated to developing effective strategies that help increase quality ABA services through well trained Registered Behavior Technicians and Board Certified Behavior Analysts through the State of Mississippi.

She received her undergraduate degree in Special Education  from Mississippi College, graduate degree in Psychology from University of the Rockies, and post graduate certificate in Behavior Analysis from Saint Joseph’s University.

Brittany loves laughing, reading great books, and cheering at soccer games with her husband and four kids.

Flowood Team

karlie fridmanski, m.ed., bcba

Karlie Fridmanski pursued her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Columbia College and her Masters degree in Education with Concentration on Applied Behavior Analysis at University of Cinicinnati. Karlie began practicing as a licensed behavior analyst in the state of Mississippi in January 2018.

Karlie Fridmanski started her journey in Applied Behavior Analysis working in Northern California with teenage boys on the spectrum. She is experienced in school shadowing, home therapy, community therapy, and clinic services. Her favorite thing about ABA is how it empowers others to be able to see that their child can reach their fullest potential. “I love the kids and families I work with. I always try to take the time to say hello to every child we are seeing that day. Every staff member at The Growing Tree truly loves their job and these kids. It shows when you walk in the door.”

In her free time, Karlie loves to travel with her husband & friends, learn new languages, play video games, watch Korean dramas, and read.

Barron Killens

RBT/BCBA in Training

Keana Grissom

RBT/BCBA in Training

Lucas Washington

RBT

Tracy Mayes

Lead RBT/BCBA in Training

Jackson Team

Beth Lowry, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Beth is a 2016 graduate of Mississippi College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. After completing her undergraduate degree, Beth aspired to work for an organization that is passionately dedicated to working with and advocating for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as serving the greater community. She previously worked in an ABA clinic in New Orleans providing services to individuals diagnosed with ASD between the ages of 2 and 16 years old. She earned a Master’s of Science in Child Counseling and Development with a concentration in Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Beth joined The Growing Tree family in 2017 as a Registered Behavior Technician. She transitioned into a supervisor position in 2018 as the Overseeing BCBA at the Jackson Growing Tree location. She currently leads a team of Registered Behavior Technicians who hustle day in and day out to improve the quality of lives of those they serve. 

Amy Pierce

Lead RBT/BCBA in Training

Lindsey Tindle

RBT

Laurel Powers

RBT

Kim Wantling

Office Manager

Summer Slovak

Fundraising Director

WE ARE GROWING!

Over the next year and a half, the Growing Tree will be adding two new locations in Jackson and Meridian. This is a huge step but, we are so excited to be able to meet the needs for more of Mississippi’s children on the spectrum!  We have set an overall goal of $150,000 to fully fund these projects.  We will be hosting fundraisers throughout the year and partnering with parents and local vendors to open two new clinics with cutting edge resources. Will you partner with The Growing Tree over the next 16 months to help furnish and supply both new locations? We will need tables, chairs, iPads, Computers, Office furniture, indoor playground equipment, curriculum, and so much more to get off on the right foot.

How can I help?  Contact our new Fundraising Director, Summer Slovak, to join the team and help raise the much-needed funds to meet the needs of our rapid growth. She will need volunteers as well as any connections that you may have to local businesses willing to partner with us. Email her at summer@growingtreeaba.com

***The Growing Tree is not a 501c3 non-profit. Any donations made cannot be used as a tax deductible.

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