Our Team

Our Mission

As a local family-owned and managed business, Bright Behavior Inc.’s purposeful patient- and family-centric philosophy informs all our practices and is at the center of our dual mission:

  • To provide high-quality ABA to families in the Colorado Springs community. Research and experience have demonstrated that treatment is not solely about the patient and is most effective when caregivers and other family members are active participants. We want all stakeholders to be fully educated about what developmental disorders or delays are present and how ABA will set your child up for success for the next stage of life.
  • To support and encourage the growth and education of our ABA practitioners. Our goal is to improve and strengthen the ABA community in Colorado Springs and beyond.

Our Team

Shasta Brenske, MS, BCBA

Owner, Clinical Director & Board Certified Behavior Analyst
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“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

Assistant Clinical Director and Board Certified Behavior Analyst
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“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

Assistant Clinical Director and Board Certified Behavior Analyst
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“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.

Regan Hollingsworth M.A., BCBA

Clinical Supervisor & Board Certified Behavior Analyst
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“I’m passionate about helping children with disabilities become more independent across all areas of their lives.”

Regan completed a bachelor’s in psychology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2015. She found her passion in ABA while working as a behavior therapist and treating children who were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Regan obtained a master’s from University of Northern Colorado in July of 2018. Regan has experience working with children and adolescents aged 2-18. She became a BCBA in March of 2019 and has been working with Bright Behavior, Inc. since July of 2018.

In her spare time, Regan enjoys baking, reading, camping and downhill skiing

Sara Bond M.S., BCBA

Clinical Supervisor & Board Certified Behavior Analyst
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“I’m excited to be able to improve the quality of life for all our patients and their families.”

Sara received a bachelor’s from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a major in psychology and a concentration in ABA. After graduating she gained experience by working at a school for children with disabilities as a lead therapist. She then began a master’s program at Florida State University in FL. In 2019, Sara obtained a master’s in ABA and completed the BCBA certification requirements while at Florida State University. Sara then moved to Colorado Springs with her family and began working as a full-time as a BCBA in 2019. Sara has experience working with individuals with a variety of disabilities aged 2-20. She joined Bright Behavior, Inc. in March of 2020.

In her spare time, Sara enjoys spending time with family, hiking, and playing video games.

Kaitlin McPeak Barnhart M.Ed., BCBA

Clinical Supervisor & Board Certified Behavior Analyst
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“I’m passionate about helping individuals on the autism spectrum increase their independence and overall quality of life.”

Kaitlin entered, and fell in love with, the ABA field while interning at a Florida clinic where she supported children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Kaitlin earned a bachelor’s degree in child psychology from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville in 2014. She completed a master’s degree in ABA in 2015 and began working towards a BCBA credential, which she obtained in 2019. Kaitlin moved with her husband and their two fat cats from Jacksonville, Florida to Colorado Springs in 2020 and began working at Bright Behavior, Inc. 

In her spare time, Kaitlin loves to hike, watch Netflix, and spend time with her husband and their cats.

Tommi Narunsky, M.S., CTRS, BCBA

“I love the objective, data-driven results that ABA delivers. Even more so, I love witnessing the services we provide enhancing independence and overall quality of life for our patients and families.”

Tommi was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and moved to Delaware at the age of seven. In 2016 Tommi completed her bachelor’s degree from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and moved to Colorado Springs where she began her career as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). As a CTRS, Tommi gained the opportunity to work throughout various mental health facilities in Colorado with patients ranging from early adolescences to geriatrics with mild to severe cognitive deficits. While working in mental health, Tommi discovered her true passion for behavioral health services. She obtained her registered behavior technician (RBT) certification shortly after beginning her career at Bright Behavior, Inc. in October 2019. After completing her Behavior Analysts Certification Board (BACB) fieldwork hours while working in the RBT role at Bright Behavior, Inc., Tommi obtained her master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Simmons University in January 2021. Tommi began as a full-time Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with Bright Behavior, Inc. in May 2021. In her leisure time, Tommi enjoys the outdoors, sunshine, eating fruit, and embracing winter’s cold to eagerly arrive at summer’s warmth.

Caia Harris-Shoffner, M.A. BCBA

“I am rewarded everyday coming to wok and seeing how ABA is helping improve our patients’ and their families’ lives”

Caia began working in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) as a behavior therapist in 2003 after graduating from Cornell College and moving to Colorado. She fell in love with ABA and furthered her education at the University of Northern Texas and earned her board certified assistant behavior analyst (BCaBA) credentials in 2013. She continued her education and received a Master’s Degree in ABA from Ball State University and became a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) in 2017. Caia Has worked in home, community and school settings with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.  

Caia enjoys hiking, camping, snowboarding and hanging out with her family in her spare time.


Russ McGuire

Owner & Operations Director
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“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.

Amanda Shields

Operations Coordinator
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“I love knowing that what I do helps children receive the medically necessary therapy they need to succeed.”

Amanda is a medical billing wizard, who understands how to work with and navigate healthcare’s sometimes byzantine processes. Amanda began her medical billing career in 2008 and earned her medical billing and coding diploma in 2015. She joined Bright Behavior, Inc. in November, 2018. Amanda manages the day to day never ending process of insurance claims and denials which keeps our lights on and allows our clinical team to keep their focus on treating patients. 

Prior to joining Bright Behavior, Inc, Amanda worked in several family practitioners’ billing offices and a hospital billing practice.  

Amanda is a Colorado native, who enjoys hiking, crafting, and spending time with family and her kitties.

Bree Torres

Office Coordinator
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“I love every second of working for BBI and feel grateful to work for a company that holds high ethical standards for therapists.”

Bree understands kids, she’s been working with them for approximately 10 years. Bree joined our team in September of 2018 as a registered behavior technician (RBT) and now helps keep the office, and us, running smoothly and orderly.

Bree is currently pursuing a psychology degree with an emphasis on child development at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and plans on obtaining a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis.

A Colorado Springs native, Bree lives with her husband Sam and Lou, their gentle giant St. Bernard mix. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and curling up on the couch with her husband and Lou to watch bad action movies together.

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