About Us

Founder & Executive Director

Jennifer Kaut M.Ed., BCBA

Jennifer picBoard Certified Behavior Analyst

Jennifer received her Master’s degree from Texas State University with a concentration in Autism and Emotional Disturbance. She has been in the field of Developmental Disorders for 22 years treating all ages, and founded Inspire in 2008. Since then, Inspire has gone from a solo venture in a single office suite to 13 full-time staff occupying over 2,000 square feet of two full office suites.

In addition, to being the Executive Director of Inspire, Jennifer is the State Developmental and Autism Specialist for The Department of Rehabilitative Services, Division for Rehabilitative Services. In 2012, Jennifer established Applied Behavior Analysis as a service for the Division of Rehabilitative Services, and authored the state policy. More recently, in 2015, she was appointed to the Texas Council for Developmental Disorders. This year, she will have authored and published three additional state policies that will open up additional opportunities for teens and adults with developmental disorders who are struggling to complete school or obtain and maintain employment. Moreover, she established a Statewide Developmental Disorders Team who will implement and support these new opportunities.

When Jennifer is not working with the state, she conducts Individual Educational Evaluations (IEE) for school districts, expert court testimony, Ad Litem services and treatment for adults with severe challenging behaviors. Jennifer’s expertise and interests are in Global Developmental Disorders, Self Injurious Behavior, Challenging Behavior for Neuro-Typical Children, AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Severe Anxiety Disorders, establishing new residential options for those with Autism or IDD.

Clinical Director & Co-Owner

Tarsah Dale M.Ed., BCBA

Tarsah DaleBoard Certified Behavior Analyst

Originally from Oregon, Tarsah lived throughout the country until ultimately settling in Austin, Texas. She has her B.A. from Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut) and received her Master’s Degree in Special Education at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities, (children and adults) since 2002, and began working at Inspire Behavior Therapy in 2010. Additionally, Tarsah has worked in a variety of settings, including clinical, in-home, classroom, and residential facilities. She specializes in challenging behavior, social skills groups, ADHD, and severe disabilities.

In 2014, Tarsah decided to act on her passion and commitment to Inspire by partnering with Jennifer to become Co-Owner. Her goal is to help slowly expand the services and programs offered, while maintaining the exceptional quality for which Inspire is known.

Administrative Staff

Joyce Dale

Joyce Dale 2016 picOffice Manager

Joyce spent several years providing part-time billing services for Inspire remotely from Oregon until the Fall of 2015. At that point, she and her husband relocated to Texas, after being talked into moving and providing full-time support by her daughter, Tarsah.

Joyce has previously worked in banking, as well as property and restaurant management. As she settles into her new home and state, she hopes to acclimate to a new gardening season (one of her favorite pastimes!) and continue exploring the local parks and hiking trails as well.

Behavioral Staff

Jeannie Aguilar, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Jeannie picBoard Certified Behavior Analyst

Dr. Aguilar has experience working with individuals with disabilities from early childhood through adulthood. She completed her education at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned a BA with Honors in Psychology, an M.Ed in Special Education with a dual specialization in Early Childhood Intervention and Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She completed her Ph.D. in Special Education in 2013. She has over 12 years experience working with individuals with disabilities and received her BCBA in 2007. She continues to work with individuals of all ages, teach adjunct courses in Special Education, and supervise students working towards their BCBA certification.

Pamela White, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Pamela WhiteBoard Certified Behavior Analyst

Dr. Pamela White is well into her second decade working with individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, and other differences. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at Brandeis University and completed her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Autism and Developmental Disabilities at The University of Texas at Austin. From residential schools to educational technology, Pamela has used Applied Behavior Analysis across places, people, and a diversity of behaviors. She also has published research in several peer-reviewed journals. She and Dr. Aguilar (another of the Inspire team) currently have an article in-press for Developmental Neurorehabilitation. Additionally, Pamela has been a guest lecturer at colleges across the country. Outside of the disabilities arena, Pamela might be found playing disc golf or board games, or cheering her Buffalo Bills during football season.

Andrew Penmer, M.Ed., BCBA

Andrew picBoard Certified Behavior Analyst

Andrew graduated from John Carroll University in Ohio with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While in undergrad he worked as an ABA therapist in home-based programs. Post graduation he began working at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism, using ABA to teach individuals a wide range of skills. After moving to Austin, Andrew worked in several in home programs. He attended the University of Texas at Austin receiving a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Special Education in 2011. He became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2013.

Dana Dawson M.Ed., BCBA

Dana DawsonBoard Certified Behavior Analyst

Dana received her B.A. in psychology from Texas Tech University and her M.Ed., with a concentration in Autism/ABA from Texas State University. She has been supporting individuals with special needs since 2002 in a variety of capacities including direct care, administrator, supervisor and therapist. Dana is experienced working with children, adolescents and adults with various intellectual and developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, mental health issues, and severe challenging behavior. She provides services within various settings, including residential facilities, family homes, and consulting/coaching within schools. Dana is currently in the process of becoming a BCBA within the coming yea.

Erica Harren M.S., BCBA

Dana DawsonBoard Certified Behavior Analyst

Erica has a bachelor of applied science degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and received her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University. Erica has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with various intellectual and developmental disabilities and has worked in school settings, in-home, and in the community. Some areas of interest to Erica are the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior and acquisition of language and social skills. Erica is passionate about using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to help those she works with live their best lives. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and spending time with her family and friends.

Behavior Assistants
Currently working on their master degree and board certification

Alison Burgess

Dana Dawson

Alison began working with adults with developmental disabilities as an in-home aide in 2012. This experience helped solidify her desire to work in this field. After earning a Bachelors in sociology from Western Washington University in 2014, she moved to Austin and began working as an ABA therapist. Alison chose to continue her education at University of Texas, and is currently earning her Masters in Early Childhood Special Education. She joined Inspire in August 2015, where she is gaining supervised experience toward certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Alison will graduate with her Masters in December 2016, and hopes to become a certified BCBA early in 2017.

Jazmine Hill

Dana Dawson

Jazmine graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Autism & Developmental Disorders at the University of Texas. She will be graduating in August of 2016 and is aspiring to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst thereafter. Before joining Inspire Behavior Therapy, Jazmine worked at Ramapo For Children, which is a residential camp in New York that serves children with special needs. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she also volunteered at the Knoxville Center for Autism in their clinic and preschool. Her experience and exposure within these areas is where she accredits her interest in challenging behavior along with her genuine desire to help change the lives of children with special needs.

Behavior Technicians

Sara Camporeale

Sara CamporealeBehavior Technician

Sara Camporeale has over seven years of teaching experience and is certified to teach early childhood through sixth grade in the state of Texas. She received her degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia College-New York in 2005, and has a diversity of teaching experiences in private and inclusion classrooms. In the Fall of 2013, Sara joined Inspire Behavior Therapy full-time due to her interest in working with children with special needs, particularly those who engage in challenging behaviors. In the future, she is looking forward to returning to school to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Samuel Lightsey

Registered Behavior Technician

I am currently attending Austin Community College. I plan to transfer Texas State and major in Special Education. I love working with kids and watching them learn what it takes to accomplish their goals. When I graduate, I would like to become a Special Education teacher at the high school level and hopefully one day begin running services for the state.
In my spare time I love to play the bass. I also love to run and go hiking. I look forward to working with your family and seeing your child grow!

Tiffany Plock