Meet our Staff
Belinda Hughes, MA, BCBA
Behavior Analyst / President and Founder
Belinda is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education from Ball State University. For 6 years she was a faculty member of the Special Education Department at Ball State University teaching graduate courses in the area of autism and applied behavior analysis. Belinda is also the founder of Interlock, the East Central Indiana Autism Support Group where she served 10 years as a Member of the Board Directors. Belinda has demonstrated her compassion to impact the lives of individuals living with autism and their families by establishing several programs within her community, i.e., Interlock, BAI Social Group, Autism Day Camp, Hillcroft ABA Clinic, Autism Training for Indiana State Police, Autism Training for EMS Services, Autism Training for Church Buddy Programs, etc. Belinda also has the valuable experience of being a mother of a child diagnosed with Autism. This has impacted her view of ABA treatment and drives her to continue to develop, facilitate, and maintain programs and training through Behavior Associates of Indiana to make a positive impact in the lives of individuals living with Autism.
Jessie Vaughn, MA, BCBA
Jessie Vaughn, BCBA, earned her Master of Arts Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University in 2016. Jessie came to Behavior Associates in 2013 as a Supervisee student in the ABA program from Ball State. Jessie was soon hired at BAI in 2013 and over the years has served clients as a Supervisee Student, Direct Care Therapist, Therapist Trainer, Program Coordinator, and Clinical Manager. Today, Jessie is part of the Leadership Team that guides final decisions on policies and procedures, and she serves on our Clinical Team where she guides our Clinical Staff on research for treatment efficacy. Jessie has a passion to guide and train Supervisees. She works to ensure our Supervisees obtain the necessary training to meet the BACB requirements for their certification exam. Jessie’s passion to enhance the lives of individuals living with autism was originally inspired by a loved one. Jessie serves on the Ethics Committee for BAI and she ensures the BAI staff receives required training of the BACB Ethics and that our company as a whole upholds the standards and ethics set forth by our national board and the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence.
MacKenzie Smith, MA, BCBA
Mackenzie Smith, BCBA, received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology in May 2017 and a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in May 2019 from Ball State University. Mackenzie became a BCaBA in November of 2019 and then in June 2020, she became a BCBA. Mackenzie’s career in ABA began as a direct care therapist at BAI in May 2018 where she found her passion, working with children and families living with autism. Mackenzie has been volunteering her time and talent to our free Social Group program since May 2019. Her desire to assist our teens and adults to connect with peers is evident in the effort she puts into preparing an environment for our Social Group members wherein they obtain and maintain valuable friendships among their peers. Mackenzie has gained experience working with children and adolescents newly diagnosed with autism as well as young adults. Mackenzie is the BAI HIPAA Security Officer. She ensures that our staff obtains training regularly on HIPAA guidelines and requirements.
Krista Kranz, MA, BCBA
Krista Kranz, BCaBA, received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Applied Behavior Analysis and a Minor in Psychology of Human Development in May 2018. Krista became a BCaBA in May 2019. Krista found her passion during high school working with the Best Buddy program as a Physical Education Leader to assist a friend with their gym class. They continue to be friends today! From this experience she was inspired by the need she discovered as a P.E. Leader and set out to help others living with autism. Krista came to BAI as an intern from the Psychology Department of Ball State in 2017. BAI hired Krista in 2018 as a direct care therapist. During the COVID 19 pandemic of 2020, Krista has maintained providing high-quality services for her clients through telehealth and face-to-face services. Krista has earned her Master of Arts Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University and passed her BCBA exam in September 2020. Krista and Sarah Moore, BCaBA work with the rest of our Clinical Staff to develop and provide Facebook Live Trainings monthly through the Behavior Associate of Indiana Facebook Page. These trainings are for parents, teachers, siblings, and anyone who provides care for individuals living with autism.
Sarah Moore, BS, BCaBA
Assistant Behavior Analyst
Sarah Moore, BCaBA, received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Applied Behavior Analysis and a Minor in Interpersonal Relationships from Ball State University in May 2018. Sarah received her BCaBA Certification in November 2019. Sarah came to BAI as an intern from the Department of Psychology at Ball State University in January 2017 where she found her passion enhancing the lives of individuals and families living with autism. BAI hired Sarah as a direct care therapist in May 2017. In April 2018, Sarah was promoted to a Program Coordinator (she will be the last person to hold that position at BAI. This has been changed as our program for Supervisees training to take a board exam has changed.). During the COVID 19 pandemic of 2020, Sarah has maintained providing high-quality services for her clients through telehealth and face-to-face services as she also continues working toward her Master of Arts Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. Sarah is looking forward to becoming a BCBA after her graduation in December 2020. Sarah and Krista Kranz, BCaBA work with the rest of our Clinical Staff to develop and provide Facebook Live Trainings monthly through the Behavior Associate of Indiana Facebook Page. These trainings are for parents, teachers, siblings, and anyone who provides care for individuals living with autism.
Amanda Cragun, BA
Amanda received her BA in Psychology from Taylor University in 2012. She has worked in the field of Autism and ABA for the past few years: her hard work, dedication, and passion earned her the role of Program Coordinator for BAI in February 2017. In addition to providing coordination of care for her clients, she also provides school consultation services for BAI. She has taken the lead of Staff Trainer and oversees our client waitlist in 2020.
Stephanie McNamee, MA
Stephanie earned her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University along with an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Ball State University. Stephanie is the Clinical Manager of all BAI Centers and has been with Behavior Associates of Indiana since 2013. Stephanie is also a certified trainer in both Crisis Prevention Institute and Safety Care. Stephanie found her passion for working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder during her undergraduate program. She has a passion for helping children and watching them grow on a daily basis.
Courtney (Coco) Hernly, AAS
Director of Finance and Operations
Courtney’s clinical experience began in 2011 where she was a nanny for a child diagnosed with Autism and a learning coach for neurotypical children. In 2012 she became the Executive Assistant for the President of BAI: in this role, she was responsible for billing and scheduling. To diversify her skills in the ABA field, Courtney went through Behavior Technician training (now considered RBT Training). Courtney continued her development and earned her Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Accounting at Ivy Tech Community College along with the following Certificates: Technical Accounting, Fundamental Payroll, and Book Keeping. Her previous clinical and administrative experience made her the perfect candidate for the role of Office Administrator for BAI from 2013-2016. She earned the position of Director of Finance and Operations in 2017.