Meet our Clinical Team!

We pride ourselves on having the most caring and compassionate employees. That starts with our leadership and clinical teams and trickles down to our Registered Behavior Technicians and Behavior Technicians. We welcome you to learn more about our clinical team members and everything they have accomplished that makes them perfect and unique members of our BAI family.

Our mission at BAI is to apply principles of behavior analysis to enhance the lives of individuals living with autism and other developmental delays. The following individuals work extremely hard to ensure that all of our clients and families are receiving the highest quality of services that they deserve. All of our clinical members and direct care staff work hard to ensure we are following the standards set forth by the BACB and Behavioral Health Center of Excellence.

Belinda Hughes, MA, BCBA

President & 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.

Katie Foster, MA, BCBA

Behavior Analyst – Muncie Early Learner’s Center

Katie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, with an emphasis in autism, from Ball State University. Katie has been part of the Behavior Associates of Indiana family since 2018. Katie leads the Early Learning Center in Muncie where she develops programming and behavior interventions for children living with autism between the ages 2 through 6. Katie is truly inspired by the tremendous impact the science of behavior analysis has on increasing developmental skills, language, social skills for child and their family. Katie finds joy in witnessing the forward steps her clients demonstrate every day!  Katie works closely with the families she serves to provide them with the training and support they need to be able to go out to dinner, go to the grocery, transition into school and enjoy being immersed within their own community. During her personal time, Katie treasures time with her family and her sweet puppy Winston. 

Allyson Wehlage, MS, BCaBA

Clinical Manager

Allyson Wehlage is a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) with Behavior Associates of Indiana. Allyson completed her Master of Science Degree in Psychology with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in November 2021. Allyson started her journey at BAI in 2018 as a behavior technician and has enhanced the lives of our clients as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and as a Supervisee gaining hours toward her Behavior Analyst Certification Board Exam. Allyson has developed processes and procedures for quality control in our programs and in our training process at BAI which she leads as the Clinical Manager. Allyson’s care, compassion, and drive to serve families stems from her personal experience growing up with a loved one who did not have the same opportunities that are available through BAI. Families and staff can count on Allyson to be responsive, collaborative, and kind. We are honored to have her as part of our team!

Julia Scott, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Julia Scott, CCC-SLP, received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Ball State University in May 2019. She also received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Ball State in July of 2021. She found her passion for working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in high school through a speech pathology internship at an autism center. In May of 2019, she came to BAI when she was hired as a registered behavior technician, for which she maintains the certificate. Julia has gained experience providing speech therapy services during extensive clinical experiences through the Ball State University Speech-Language Clinic, as well as in both school and hospital settings. She works alongside our other clinical staff to enhance the lives of our clients by increasing their communication skills

Stephanie McNamee, MA

Director of Human Resources

Stephanie McNamee 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 one of the original therapists for BAI when we first opened in 2013. She held the role of Program Coordinator from 2014-2016, she transitioned to Clinical Manager from 2016 to 2021. As we continue to grow so do our roles and position. She earned the position of Director of Human Resources in 2022. 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 Hernly, AAS

Director of Finance & Operations

Courtney Hernly’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.