Shasta Brenske, MS, BCBA
Owner, CEO & Board Certified Behavior Analyst
“Learning should be fun for both the learner and the teacher. That’s why I teach others how to achieve this balance.”
Shasta’s passion for improving the lives of students, patients and families through applied behavior analysis (ABA) formed more than 20 years ago in Kalamazoo, MI, implementing early intervention ABA services with preschoolers at the Croyden Avenue School, one of nation’s top ABA programs.
Since then, she’s taught, treated and overseen treatment for thousands of individuals as a special education teacher, board certified behavior analyst (BCBA), senior BCBA, leader of multidisciplinary patient care teams, and a state director of a national network of health and human services providers overseeing multiple patient care teams and facilities.
In 2017, Shasta drew from her deep collaborative ABA experience to establish Bright Behavior, Inc., which serves children, and their families, ages 2-7 who’ve been diagnosed with Autism, Down syndrome, developmental delays and disabilities and emotional behavior disorders in collaboration with a variety of professionals and healthcare providers.
Shasta received a master’s of science in ABA from Saint Cloud State University in 2006 and a bachelor’s in psychology with an emphasis in behavior analysis from Western Michigan University in 2000. She served as treasurer of the Colorado Association for Applied Behavior Analysis and is a member of its public policy committee. Her research has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Shasta enjoys exploring and camping in Colorado’s wilderness with her husband Russ and their Husky and Saint Bernard.
Brittany Barnhart, M.A., BCBA
Apprentice Coordinator and Board Certified Behavior Analyst
“Being able to treat children during their most critical and early development stages gives me great satisfaction because I’m preparing them for their road ahead.”
Brittany started her ABA career while completing a bachelor’s and practicum program with infants and preschoolers at the University of Kansas. Upon graduation, she worked at a Montessori preschool as a teacher and then as the assistant director.
In 2011 Brittany moved to Florida where she began working as a behavior therapist at Pediatric Behavioral Services providing therapy to children and teens in center, home, and school settings. In 2013 she acquired a BCaBA credential and in 2015 started working at a non-profit school for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, while also completing a master’s in ABA from Ball State University. Brittany and her husband moved to Colorado in 2016 where she began working as a BCBA with children and teens. She joined Bright Behavior, Inc. in April of 2018.
In her spare time, Brittany enjoys taking her dogs on long walks and spending time with her family.
Sarah Urlacher Micklewright, M.Ed, BCBA
Clinical Standards Director and Board Certified Behavior Analyst
“I couldn’t be more excited to be part of such a caring and knowledgeable team!”
Sarah received a bachelor’s from Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA) in 2007 with a major in special education. After graduating from Gonzaga, she spent just over two years in the Peace Corps in Romania. Upon completing her Peace Corps service, she began a master’s program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. In 2012, Sarah obtained a master’s in early childhood special education from Vanderbilt; she also completed the BCBA certification requirements while at Vanderbilt. Sarah taught early childhood special education in the public school system for three years before starting work full-time as a BCBA in 2015.
Sarah and her family moved to Colorado in the spring of 2018 where she worked as a BCBA treating children and teens. She joined the staff at Bright Behavior, Inc. in the summer of 2019.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, reading, baking, and being outside.
Owner & Operations Director
“Being able to support and lead talented healthcare practitioners who care for children while walking families through what can often be an overwhelming process to obtain medically necessary ABA therapy for their children is what powers me out of bed every morning.”
As a market researcher, production artist, art director and later marketing manager at a global consulting firm, Russ’ earlier career focused on creating unconventional interactive and traditional advertising campaigns for small and medium sized businesses and global organizations. After more than 20 years of helping companies grow, in 2018 Russ joined Bright Behavior, Inc. to further its cause of enriching the lives of those diagnosed with developmental disabilities and their families while ensuring practitioners learn and render best practiced applied behavior analysis therapies.
Russ received a bachelor of arts in advertising from Michigan State University and developed a post graduate art direction portfolio at the Minneapolis School of Advertising and Design.
Aside from work, Russ enjoys trail running, snowboarding, camping, reading and sharing time with his wife Shasta, their dogs and friends.