Meet Our Leadership Team


Shaya Bates - Chief Executive Officer / Founder

Shaya is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and co-owner of Link to Learn.  She founded Link to Learn with a mission to provide a network of support for children with unique learning needs and their families.  She began working in the field of ABA in 2007.  She holds a Master's degree in Special Education with a concentration in Autism. Shaya takes pride in her attention to detail and making Link to Learn a stand-out company with a positive culture! 


Kari ShewardChief Operating Officer / Co-owner

Kari is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and co-owner of Link to Learn.  She is passionate about the field of Behavior Analysis and believes in a fun collaborative approach to services.  She holds a Master's degree in Psychology and has vast experience in mental health services.  Kari enjoys working with families and learners across various stages of life.  Kari is active in the Autism community and brings great energy to our team!

Behavior Analysts


Kimberly George


Tia Jaenicke


Gina Nicolini


Olivia Keller

Learning Specialists / Team Leads


Shelley Hall


Bailie Dillingham

Statement on Diversity:

It is the intention of Link to Learn Behavior Therapy to cultivate, nurture, and sustain an inclusive culture, where differences are celebrated and drive innovation to meet the needs of our families and employees. At Link to Learn Behavior Therapy, we are committed to advancing, cultivating, and sustaining a culture of diversity, inclusion, and belonging. This commitment aligns directly with our mission to meet the unique needs of our families as well as our employees.