Who We Are

Claire Schutte, Psy.D., BCBA-D

Claire is a Licensed Psychologist and has specialized over the past eight years on the evaluation and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is fluent with the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS), having performed hundreds of evaluations for both clinical and research purposes, as well as having published research on the ADOS and other related assessments. Claire values the role she plays in helping parents learn the reality of an Autism diagnosis as soon as possible so progress can be made quickly. As a BCBA-D, she is able to provide understanding about what ABA is and help with the transition to therapy. She loves working with children; it is her passion that brings her joy.

One of the attributes that attracted Claire to Action Behavior Centers is our “labor of love” in creating therapy centers to help fill the need for serving children with ASD with effective and proven therapy. Claire has a Master of Science in both Applied Behavior Analysis and Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, receiving 4.0 GPAs in all her Master and Doctoral work. She enjoys working as part of a collaborative, creative team, making her a wonderful addition to the ABC team! Claire is married and has two beautiful daughters.

Sally Borella Tucker M.Ed., BCBA

Sally is the VP of Clinical at Action Behavior Centers with over 10 years of experience in the ABA field. During her time in ABA, she has developed a passion for using therapy to teach children a wide variety of skills while also training parents effective at-home techniques using practical intervention strategies. Now using her expertise, Sally specializes in training newer BCBAs with a focus on quality therapy and report writing, team building, and creating a work environment in which BCBAs and therapists can thrive. Before joining our team, Sally was the Program Director at another esteemed center in Austin for over 4 years focused on training 1:1 therapists and developing programs for teaching social skills for children of all ages. She currently works at our South Austin Center.

Sally received her Master in Education in Special Education with Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Texas State, also graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Sally is an Austin native, loves her husband and video games, and has 2 dogs named Daisy and Dakota.

Meet Our Clinical Directors

Kara Ratliff, M.Ed., BCBA – North Austin Center

Kara has worked in the ABA field since 2010 and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2013. She specializes in Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for young children on the Autism Spectrum. Her experience includes providing direct services to children as well as supervising behavior therapists and Registered Behavior Technicians and candidates seeking BCBA Certification. In less than a year at ABC, Kara was promoted to our North Austin Clinical Director role because her knowledge in the ABA field, willingness to help others, and ability to lead shined through very early on.

Kara has a Master’s Degree from Texas State University in Education, specifically Special Education and Autism/Applied Behavior Analysis. Prior to ABC, Kara was part of the CARES Clinic for Autism, Research, Evaluation and Support at Texas State as well as worked at fellow ABA providers in Austin for many years. Kara is married, loves toy owls, and has a beautiful daughter.

Samantha Salinas, M.S., BCBA – Spring Center

Samantha has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with autism and intellectual disabilities in residential, home, and clinic settings. Her key areas of interest include verbal behavior, physical aggression, and functional independence. Samantha has been working in an EIBI setting focused on young children with autism for the past 4 years. When first meeting Samantha, it was apparent she had a great passion for the ABA field and continually wanted to improve the quality of therapy provided by mentoring fellow BCBAs. In addition to being Spring’s Clinical Director, she volunteers her time lecturing and recently lead a seminar at the Meyer Center on safety measures to fellow members of the ABA community in Houston.

Samantha graduated with a Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Arlington and completed an Applied Behavior Analysis Certification program through Florida Institute of Technology in 2013. Samantha is married, a Texas Aggie, loves truffle popcorn, and has a handsome baby boy.

Karley Bledsoe, M.S., BCBA – South Austin Center

Karley joined Action Behavior Centers in Summer 2017 bringing with her years of experience in Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for young children on the autism spectrum. Since she first learned of ABA for children with autism, she fell in love with the field and the impact it could make on the lives of children and their families. She specializes in food exposure training and toileting. With a natural ability to lead, Karley has been a wonderful addition to the ABC team, and we are excited she has taken on the Clinical Director role for our South Austin center.

A Baylor Bear, she graduated from Baylor University with a Master of Science in Educational Psychology with an Applied Behavioral Analysis Specialization. Karley is from Kansas City and loves shopping and sports. She has two dogs, the first a tiny and sweet Yorkie she’s had for years, and the other (a new addition to her family), a large poodle who is full of energy and spunk!

A bit more about us

The founders at Action Behavior Centers have worked diligently over the past years recruiting and retaining talent in Austin, Houston, and surrounding areas. Creating positive working environments and rewarding employees at all levels is vital to the overall culture and success of any organization. We feel incredibly honored and blessed to have started ABC and been part of it’s growth – especially having so many wonderful team members including the professionals mentioned above.

It’s a really cool place over here at ABC, and we’re making a huge difference in the lives of little ones and their families.

If you’d like to join our team, please reach out! Click on the links here for BCBA and Therapist/RBT applications.