Dr. Laura Forkum

Dr. Laura Forkum, BCBA-D, LBA  Executive Director/ co-founder (

Laura Forkum is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has a Masters in Special Education with a concentration in autism from University of Louisville and she has a PhD in Exceptional Learning with a concentration of ABA from Tennessee Tech University. She has experience working with children with autism and related disabilities in home, clinic, and school setting with a focus on early intervention. She is an approved Division of Mental Retardation Services (DMRS) approved Behavior Analyst in the East Region of Tennessee. She is a member of the Association of Behavior Analysis, Tennessee Association of Behavior Analysis, the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee, Council for Exceptional Children, and Division of Early Childhood.

Jessica Shelley, MS, BCBA, LBA (

Jessica Shelley grew up in a small town in Northwest Georgia and attended Jacksonville State University in Alabama where she graduated with an undergrad degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in Behavioral Psychology. During her time at JSU, She became interested in applied behavior analysis while completing her practicum at an early intervention preschool program. While completing her Master’s she worked as a graduate assistant at The Little Tree Preschool in Jacksonville providing services to children. She became interested in working with adults after moving to Chattanooga in 2011 and has been in the field ever since. Jessica is a DIDD Approved Behavior Analyst and a member of ABAI.

Cindi Rote, RBT (

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Neely Van Frank, RBT (

Neely is originally from Germantown, TN.  She found her passion for working with kids with autism at a summer day camp in Memphis.  Neely earned her Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in May 2017.  Since graduating college, she has had experience working in a clinical pediatric therapy setting with children with autism and other developmental disabilities.  She has high hopes of entering into a master’s program in ABA therapy to become a BCBA.  She is eager to learn new things and help others learn more about ASD.

Kayla Williams, RBT (

Kayla is originally from Collierville, TN.  She moved to Chattanooga to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies.  Kayla knew from a young age that she wanted to work with children.  In high school, she served on 4 international mission trips to orphanages, volunteered in a NICU/children’s hospital, and participated in multiple soccer camps for children with disabilities.  During college she worked at a preschool and became interested in ABA when she was pursuing an internship.  She is eager to learn and has a passion for helping others.

Elantra Bernard (

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Ainek Jenkins, M.S., RBT (

Ainek Jenkins is currently a lead RBT at Autism and Behavior Services in Chattanooga, Tn. She recently completed her Master’s of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Lipscomb University in May 2019. Ainek is planning to sit for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board Exam this coming August 2019. She previously interned at Autism and Behavior Services in 2017, as well as the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta in the summer of 2016 in their Severe Behavior Clinic. Prior to returning to Autism and Behavior Services, she worked in the classroom setting with students who exhibited severe behaviors and in-home ABA services through BlueSpring ABA company. Ainek has been pursuing her career in ABA since her undergraduate education at Berry College in Rome, Ga. Ainek is also considering pursuing her doctorate degree to become a BCBA-D.