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.
Jessie Vaughn, MA, BCBA
Behavior Analyst – Portland
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.
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.
Julia Scott, MA, CF-SLP
Clinical Fellow – Speech-Language Pathologist
Julia Scott, CF-SLP, received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Ball State University in May of 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.