Adrianna Kleckley McCullar

Founder | Executive Director

803.446.8113


Adrianna Kleckley McCullar is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, earning her degree in Psychology. She has worked with children with Autism for over twenty years, four of those years as a Lead ABA therapist and twenty years as an Early Interventionist. Adrianna also has lifetime of experience living with a family member with special needs as she is a proud sister to her younger brother, Reuben.
Adrianna founded Carolina Behavior & Beyond in August of 2011. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Unumb Center of Neurodevelopment since 2012. She is extremely passionate about serving the underserved in rural counties across South Carolina. In 2014, Adrianna created The CB&B Adopt A Family program to assist families in rural areas at Christmas.
Mrs. McCullar lives in Lexington County and is married to her husband, Brent. She enjoys being a mom, taking care of her animals, spending time with family at the beach and decorating.
“Having a younger brother with special needs, I know the everyday struggles families go through and I feel that it’s very important to have a hopeful and positive outlook for the future. I try to pass along this approach to each of the families I serve. I enjoy the challenge of working with children with Autism and behavior issues and believe that every child has potential that should never be limited. I love what I do, it’s truly amazing to see a child develop and transform before my very eyes.”

Katie Wilson

Director of Early Intervention

Midlands Office

803.518.6676


Katie Wilson is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Early Childhood Education. After working in the public school system and seeing the variety of needs that each child brings to the classroom, Katie decided to return to USC, where she received her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special Education.

Katie has more than fifteen years experience working with children and nine of those years working with children with special needs. She specializes in autism, speech delay, and children that display difficult behavior issues. Katie has a daughter that received early intervention services and has seen first hand what a difference early intervention can make in a child’s future.

“I began my journey working with special needs children when I was interning for my undergraduate degree. I was placed in a self-contained autism classroom, and I was very unsure of myself because that scenario was out of my comfort zone. I decided to dive right in and soon realized I’d found my calling.”

Midlands Office

Crystal Collum

Early Intervention Supervisor

Midlands Office

803.626.3432


I began working with kids when I was 16 years old teaching gymnastics to toddlers. I knew from an early age that I wanted to be in education and graduated with my Masters of Early Childhood from the University of South Carolina in 2003. I loved being in the classroom and instantly forged bonds with my children with Autism. I strongly believed that teaching in the child’s natural environment & having a team approach was the key to success. Once I saw the impact that this approach had on learning, this led me to my career in Early Intervention. I left the classroom 10 years ago to become an Early Interventionist and have never looked back. As an EI, being able to work through the struggles and witness the triumphs of the families I work with, is a priceless honor.
“I have had a passion for working with children for as long as i can remember and my love for working with them has only grown.``

Sarah Samundsen

Early Intervention Supervisor

Midlands Office

803.447.4716


My name is Sarah Samundsen. I am a native of Aiken, SC and I received my undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina- Aiken in Sociology with minors in both Psychology and Educational Services. I relocated to Columbia, SC after college and I love it here. Growing up, I always knew I wanted to work with individuals with special needs. Throughout high school and college I was a caregiver for an amazing girl with Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. Getting to know her, my passion for working with children with special needs became a calling. I have been an early interventionist for 3 years and I am so excited to continue my career with Carolina Behavior & Beyond!
The best part about being an EI is getting to watch/help a child grow, learn, and develop to the best of their ability and to provide parents with the knowledge and confidence to navigate through everything alongside their child(ren). Being an EI is truly not just a job, it’s a passion

Whitney Tipton

Early Intervention Supervisor

Midlands Office

803.640.3731


Whitney is from North Augusta, SC but has lived in the Midlands area for 5 years now. She has a Bachelors of the Arts (B.A.) degree in Early Childhood Education from Lander University. She has worked in the early intervention field since 2010. She has two daughters and lives in Lexington with her husband, Justin.
Adrianna founded Carolina Behavior & Beyond in August of 2011. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Autism Academy of SC. She has also been a Guest Speaker at the Family Connection Conference for many years.

“I always knew I wanted to work with children in some aspect, but it was not until I was in college that I learned how. I started volunteering to work with individuals with special needs in college and have never looked back. I know this is where I am meant to be.”

Amber Hunter

Quality Assurance Coordinator

Midlands Office

803.238.8131


Amber has lived in the Columbia area most of her life and received her Bachelors of the Arts (B.A.) degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina. She worked six years in the Special Needs ministry at her church. Amber is a registered Behavior Therapist for children with Autism. She has two boys and a baby girl and lives in Irmo with her husband, Derek.

Ashley Barnhill

Early Interventionist

Midlands Office

803.404.1535


My name is Ashley Barnhill, and I was born in Omaha, Nebraska. My family and I moved to Columbia, SC when I was three years old. I have been in Columbia ever since. I have an Associate degree of Early Care and Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education studies. I loved attending the night program at Columbia College. I really enjoyed the professors, small class size, and one on one instruction.

I have worked with children for seven years. I really enjoy working with babies. I love watching the children’s developmental milestones get achieved. I fell in love with working with children with special needs because my mother taught school for many years, and she just retired. Also, I served with my church in the special needs ministry.

I always knew I wanted to work with children but never knew the capacity until I found out about Early Intervention. I know this is where I belong because it so easily mixes my early childhood background and my special needs background.

“I always knew I wanted to work with children but never knew the capacity until I found out about Early Intervention. I know this is where I belong because it so easily mixes my early childhood background and my special needs background.”

Brianna Kosch

Early Interventionist

Midlands Office


My name is Brianna (Bri) Kosch! I graduated in 2020 from Midlands Technical College with an Applied Associates of Science in Early Care and Education. I then transferred to Columbia College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies with a Minor in Psychology. I first learned about Early Intervention when I completed EI fieldwork through the education program at Midlands Tech. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be an Early Interventionist at Carolina Behavior and Beyond because I can combine my love for education and child development in a way that helps others. I am so excited to utilize my passion and knowledge to serve and provide positive experiences for children and their families!

Christy Prochaska

Early Interventionist

Midlands Office

803.931.2712


I’ve lived and worked around Columbia my whole life. I always knew I wanted to work with children in some form. Growing up, I always gravitated toward the younger children and engaging with them while they played. I have an Associate of Science degree from Midlands Technical College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies from Southern Wesleyan University. I have worked with children for fifteen years in an early care setting. Through this, I have witnessed first hand the incredible impact early intervention can have on children and their families. I am excited to continue working with children and families through early intervention.
``I love helping children learn and watching them light up as they learn a new concept, gain confidence, and assert themselves as they gain their understanding of the world they live in.``

Elise Washington

Early Interventionist

Midlands Office

803.629.2077


My name is Elise Washington. I am from Columbia, SC and received an Early Childhood Education degree from Columbia College. Right after college, I taught school for a year and then moved to be the Safety Educator for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. In 2008, I started my career as an Early Interventionist and have never looked back. I love working with special needs children and their families. To witness a child take a first step, say their first word or master a goal is what makes being an early interventionist such a wonderful career. In my spare time, I love spending time with my three child children and traveling to the mountains of North Carolina.
``When I was younger, I was looking for the magic meaning of life. It's very simple now. Making the lives of others better, doing something of lasting value. That's the meaning of life, it's that simple.``
- Temple Grandin

Emily Holton

Early Interventionist

Midlands Office

803.445.7463


I was born and raised in Lexington, SC. I graduated with my BS degree in Child and Family Studies in 2013 from Freed-Hardeman University in West Tennessee. I was blessed to babysit a little boy with Down Syndrome the summer after graduation. He planted the seed for my wanting to work with children with special needs. I taught preschool in Jackson, Tennessee and in Columbia for several years where I got to experience having an EI come into my classroom and work with one of my children. I made the jump to Early Intervention in 2017 and have never looked back!
“Being a support to these families along this journey in their lives is a privilege and honor, one that I will always be grateful for!”

Hanna Lei Atterson

Service Coordinator

Midlands Office

803.354.7756


My name is Hanna Lei Atterson. I am originally from Honolulu, Hawaii and have moved to Chapin, SC back in 2017 with my husband and our dog. I have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus in child and youth development. I have a passion for painting and long for adventures/road-trips with family and friends. Working with children has brought much joy to my life for the past eight years. Coming from a Montessori school classroom, it has really made me appreciate being able to work with children and their families on a one-on-one basis through early intervention. I would be honored and blessed to work with you and your family.

Jennifer Lawrimore

Early Interventionist

Midlands Office

803.915.5764


Keri Hunter

Executive Assistant

Midlands Office

803.447.8565


Lacie Connell

Early Interventionist

Midlands Office

803.915.8554


Hi, my name is Lacie Connell! I am a native of Georgia but moved to Lexington, SC in 2019 where I married my husband, Luke. I worked as an educator in the public school setting for 11 years but decided to take a leap of faith and apply my passion for helping children learn and grow in a different setting. In my 11 years, I worked with children of all backgrounds and made it a priority of mine to make sure every child knew that they could be the best version of themselves. Now, raising a child of my own, I see how crucial early learning is to help any child reach their highest potential. As I join the team at Carolina Behavior & Beyond, I look forward to the opportunity to build strong relationships with the families I serve and to make a positive, lasting impact on their lives.

Lauren Baston

Service Coordinator

Midlands Office

803.908.6330


Lauren Contini

Early Interventionist

Midlands Office

803.381.4212


My name is Lauren Contini. I am originally from the Seattle WA area, but moved to South Carolina with my husband and son in 2020. I graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Special Education. I have always loved being around and teaching children. My mom likes to tell the story of when I was about 3, I gathered all the younger children around me after church and I was playing with them. I love seeing children grow and develop and become the best version of themselves. I am excited to get to work with the team here at CBB and help children and their families!

Mary Ann Schneider

Administrative Assistant

Midlands Office

803.957.4482


Megan Chalmers

Intake Coordinator / Service Coordinator

Midlands Office

803.397.8180


My name is Megan Chalmers and I was raised in Greenwood, SC. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a degree in psychology, I worked 2 years as an ABA therapist for children with Autism and have now been an Early Interventionist for almost 3 years. I truly believe being an EI is the most rewarding and fulfilling career! Having the honor to watch children grow and reach their full potential is nothing short of a blessing. I strive to be a positive light for every family I serve and know, without a doubt, that is the best job in the world.
“I love children and watching them learn through play and exploration. As a parent I know how difficult it is to be a mom and welcome the chances I have in my EI position to help other moms and dads.”

Nikki Ballinger

Service Coordinator

Midlands Office

803.957.4482


My name is Nikki Ballinger, and I was born in Torrance, California. My family and I moved to Chapin, SC just a few months ago. I have a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor in Social Work. My intentions were directed towards forensics and criminal profiling, but began work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and fell in love with helping children thru their struggles.

I have worked with children for several years. I fell in love with working with children with special needs when my son was diagnosed with Autism. Researching and helping other parents eventually led me to public speaking and community involvement, bringing compassion and support to parents across the US.

I learned about Carolina Behavior and Beyond from a parent who spoke very highly of the founder and her team. I am so excited to be a part of something so great!

Patt Kleckley

Office Manager

Midlands Office

803.622.4491


Patt Kleckley is a native of Morrisville, NY but calls South Carolina home after relocating years ago. Patt is a graduate of Western Kentucky University where she received her degree in Art Education. Upon graduating, she followed her heart to the public sector and was employed as a local middle school art teacher for over thirty years. She was twice chosen as Northside Middle School Teacher of the Year and was also honored as Lexington Two District Teacher of the Year in 2008.

Mrs. Kleckley is an avid artist and loves to create-In her spare time, Patt enjoys vacationing with her family, traveling, and spending time relaxing on her porch.

“I believe in the mission of Carolina Behavior & Beyond. As the mom of an adult son with special needs, I know what a positive impact early intervention can have on both the child and their family. Back in the 1980’s when Reuben was first diagnosed, the lack of services we experienced left us as parents feeling isolated and disheartened. I am so grateful to be a part of a team that provides a positive outlook with hope and support for the future of families.”

Reuben Kleckley

Happiness Coordinator


Reuben was chosen to fulfil the role of Happiness Coordinator at Carolina Behavior & Beyond because of his uncanny ability to spread joy wherever he goes. His infectious laugh echoes throughout the office and is sure to lighten the stress and brighten the darkest day.

Baseball, NFL, and of course cheering on the Gamecocks are just a few of his favorite things, along with Bluegrass Music, Alan Jackson and attending Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church.

“Ha ha - got you!”

Robin Lang

Service Coordinator

Midlands Office

839.810.7770


Hi! I’m Robin Lang. I live in Lexington, SC with my family. I graduated from The University of SC with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. My first job out of college was as an advocate for people with disabilities. It was here that I first learned how important it is to not only advocate for others, but to also help them in being able to advocate for themselves.

After I became a Mother, I started teaching preschool and did so for 9 years. One of my favorite things is watching children learn and grow and I just love being a part of that.

I then spent 4 years working with elementary school students in a specialized autism support program. Witnessing these children grow and not only achieve success, but also thrive was such an awesome experience.

I truly feel that my past vocations and many of my experiences have pointed me in this direction and I’m so excited and grateful to be a part of the Carolina Behavior & Beyond team.

As an Early Interventionist I have the opportunity and privilege to make a difference in the lives of families while getting to experience the joy of seeing children grow and blossom.

As an early interventionist I have the opportunity and privilege to make a difference in the lives of families while getting to experience the joy of seeing children grow and blossom.

Sara Mills

Early Interventionist

Midlands Office

803.348.6881


As a teenager, I was lucky to babysit a young boy with Down Syndrome and felt I had a special place in my heart for children with special needs. After graduating from College of Charleston in 2009, I began working in a group home and fell in love with ABA therapy, and all it had to offer kids with Autism. I worked in home settings as both a lead therapist and consultant, working towards my BC/ABA certification. After moving to Florida in 2015, I worked in clinical settings doing one on one behavior therapy. Most recently I was a paraprofessional with the Els Center for Excellence, founded by professional golfer Ernie Els. I am excited to be back home in South Carolina and working with the staff of Carolina Behavior &Beyond to see firsthand how early intervention makes an impact on young children!
“Not only do we have the opportunity to work with other professionals, but we become part of the family. Working together as a team gives our families the knowledge they need to help our kiddos reach their goals.”

Sarah Wargny

Service Coordinator

Midlands Office

803.915.5702


Stephanie Gochnauer

Service Coordinator

Midlands Office

803.397.9176


My name is Stephanie. I have been working at Carolina Behavior and Beyond since November of 2021. I began my career as an elementary school teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching children in the classroom but have been so blessed by switching gears and caring for families on a one-on-one basis as an Early Interventionist. I have been an EI for 18 years. My “work babies” hold a special place in my heart long after our time together has ended and they’ve met their developmental goals. I attended the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!) and Columbia College (Go Koalas!). I graduated with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. In my free time, I enjoy trips to the beach and to the mountains with my family. You might also find me fully submerged in one of many Nicholas Sparks’ novels…usually with a box of Kleenex!

Working with children has always been my passion. I have always been drawn to the children that stand out from the crowd; the ones that need that extra little boost, the ones who often play alone, the ones that just can’t seem to do what their friends are able to do. It seems that many of us in the field of early intervention and early childhood education have been drawn to this career because we love someone with special needs. This is very true for me! Charlie is that person for me. He is a few years older than me and all of my church memories as a child and teenager include him. He wasn’t excluded. In fact, he was often the center of attention and always the encourager and motivator. He continues to be incredibly special to me—he gives the BEST hugs and worships God like none other! Charlie and his mother exemplify what I strive to share with families—how to work together to build your support network and to advocate for what you need.


Piedmont Office

Jennifer Williams

Early Intervention Supervisor

Piedmont

803.348.6069


Jennifer started working with Carolina Behavior & Beyond in December of 2016. Within this short time frame, she knows this is where she should be. As an Early Interventionist (EI), she’s able to work with a variety of children with disabilities. Jennifer is eager to learn everything she can as an EI. She has a Masters of Science in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology. She’s also a Registered Behavior Technician.
“Working with children has always been a passion of mine. When I started working at a head start program in 2007, my love for working with special needs children grew. After working there for seven years, I transitioned to working with children with Autism. I did Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (ABA) for over three years with children ages three to seven.”

Crystal Langford

Early Interventionist

Piedmont

803.354.7877


My name is Crystal Langford. I am a native of Edgefield County SC. I am a graduate of Ashford University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. It wasn’t until I had 3 children of my own that I discovered a passion to help children learn and develop. As a Head Start teacher, I saw firsthand how early intervention services impacted the lives of my students and their families in such a positive way. Becoming an EI will allow me to have a front row seat to watch the children and families that I serve thrive and grow.
“I love being an EI because it is the most rewarding job that I’ve ever had outside of being a mother to my own children”

Katy Davis

Early Interventionist

Piedmont

803.915.6291


Leteia Marshall

Service Coordinator

Piedmont

803.381.5325


Regina Simpkins

Intake Coordinator/Early Interventionist

Piedmont

803.297.2444


Being the mother of a special needs child, a community activist and educator, I made it my mission to build bridges between ‘typical’ families and those like my own. My passion and purpose in life is to reach families and help them achieve goals they may not have believed possible. I thank Carolina Behavior & Beyond for giving me the opportunity to join their team and look forward to working with some of the amazing children they serve.”

Regina is a wife and the mother of two children and calls Johnston, SC her home. She has been working in the special education field for three years and as an educator for ten. She has been living it first-hand since her daughter was born seventeen years ago with a genetic disorder.

“Having a job where I can work with children with special needs is incredibly fulfilling. I love seeing the light bulb come on in a child’s eyes when they understand what you have been teaching them.”

Robin Mims

Administrative Assistant

Piedmont

803.348.6069


Low Country Office

Dorthy Dukes

Early Interventionist

Low Country

803.318.3086


Dorthy is a native of Allendale, SC and a graduate of Cambridge College with a Master’s degree in Education. She also attended Claflin University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. Dorthy has provided families with Early Education services for over ten years in Allendale & Barnwell counties.

“Sixteen years ago, I became a special needs parent. Becoming a special needs family was and still is an emotional and physical roller-coaster. As a mother, each and every morning, I wonder what this day will bring. We live the day to day challenges of being a special needs family. For example, multiple appointments in one day, not having a clear understanding of why/how, and creating a healthy support system. Through my career in Early Intervention I hope that just maybe, my testimony will help others.

Life is forever changing.

Randi Williams

Early Interventionist

Low Country

803.348.6069


My name is Randi Williams and I was raised in Bamberg, SC. I am a graduate of Voorhees College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development. I’ve always had a love for children and it grew stronger once I became a teacher at Head Start. It would “melt my heart” the way the children would light up once they saw my face. That is when I knew that working with children was the career for me. While watching an EI from Carolina Behavior & Beyond as she worked with one of the pre-schoolers in my class, I realized how important Early Intervention Services are. I’m so grateful for this opportunity to be an Early Interventionist because it offers me the opportunity to work closely with children and continue to help them “shine their light.

Latasha Randolph

Early Interventionist

Low Country

803.381.8228


Hi, I’m Latasha Randolph, my passions are in loving the Lord and children. I am currently and Early Interventionist with two years of experience in the field. My Bachelor’s degree is in Applied Behavior and Science and I have worked with children for over a decade. I am a dedicated educator with a diverse background in teaching and learning new things. I love to incorporate understanding and love into my lessons and I am constantly seeking new and innovative ways to engage my children. I am known for my patience and my ability to inspire children and families to achieve their academic and personal goals.

Xenia Jones

Service Coordinator

Low Country

803.915.5717


My name is Xenia Jones and I was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. After graduating from high school, I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at the University of South Carolina, Aiken. I have over 15 years of Child Care Experience working in Child Development Centers, working with newborn infants to preschoolers. I also have experience working in Mental Health, with an Intensive Family Intervention team for 3 years; working as a Family Advocate and Residential Counselor with ages 6 to 18. Working in Mental Health, I worked with small children and teens ranging from having developmental delays, Autism, Depression, ADHD, Bipolar Disorders Anxiety, Trauma and many other behavioral and psychological conditions. I also have Nanny and Babysitting experience.

I have 5 years of Early Intervention/ Service Coordination experience. Working as an Early Interventionist allows me to utilize my Psychology background and Child Care experience, to help infants and young children with developmental delays and disabilities. It is rewarding to see infants and young children reach goals of development, and to receive services needed.

In my spare time, I enjoy being at home and spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy traveling, being in nature, and dancing. I also volunteered at Prisma Health Richland Children’s Hospital in 2018.

I am thankful to be a part of Carolina Behavior and Beyond’s team to assist families with their needs as Service Coordinator.

Upstate Office

Emily Murphy

Service Coordinator

Upstate Office

803.319.6652


I grew up in South Carolina and live on 12 acres with my husband, Gerry, my son, Knox, and our 2 dogs. We love to play outside and watch Clemson football. I went to college in Aiken, and turned my love for children into a career. I enjoy photography in my spare time, and working in our garden.

Laura Arrieta

Early Interventionist

Upstate Office

803.814.8949


Laura is a graduate of South University of Columbia, SC with a degree in Health Science. After working with special needs children at her church, Laura decided to start working with children with Autism. She worked in applied behavioral analysis with autistic children for nearly two years. Laura specializes in Autism and children with difficult behavior issues.
Being an EI is an enormous calling and such a blessing in my life. I love coming alongside families in their time of need and helping them gain the tools they need to see their children develop and thrive. Building relationships with families and seeing kids learn new skills every day is incredibly rewarding.

SaQuana Gelzer

Early Interventionist

Upstate Office

803.414.1886


Elvira Razumovskiy

Service Coordinator

Upstate Office

839.228.9285


My name is Elvira and I live in Spartanburg, SC since 2022. Before moving to SC, I lived in California and graduated from University of California, Davis with a Bachelors of Science in Human Development. I always loved being around children, even after growing up with ten siblings. My first job out of college was as a preschool teacher. After moving to South Carolina, I was hired as an Intake Coordinator for the BabyNet Eligibility Team. I learned how important it is to advocate for little ones through those two jobs. I am happy to be in a place where I can work directly with families to help achieve all the goals. In my free time, I love to knit, ski, hike, and go to the beach!

Lesley Simpson

Early Interventionist

Upstate Office

803.403.7494