THE FACES BEHIND OUR EXCELLENCE
Kelsey is a licensed behavior analyst in Kansas. She received her PhD in behavioral psychology from the University of Kansas’ Department of Applied Behavioral Science. She specializes in the prevention and treatment of challenging behavior in children and teens with a unique focus on supporting justice-involved families. She facilitates educational training and workshops, and consults with service providers, schools, hospitals, youth-serving agencies, legal systems, and policymakers to help identify and troubleshoot behavior challenges and enhance positive outcomes. She supervises prospective behavior analysts, teaches courses in youth development and juvenile justice, and is an adjunct professor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Madison is a doctoral student in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. She recently received her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis under the mentorship of Jan B. Sheldon, PhD, JD, and Derek Reed, PhD. Madison is committed to criminal justice reform, having helped the start-up of Another Chance Justice Project, a non-profit aiding wrongfully convicted individuals in Oklahoma. She completed her bachelor’s degree in applied behavioral science where she fulfilled her senior-year practicum with Center for Supportive Communities’ SupportEd program. As a previous SupportEd intern, she understands and appreciates the value of preventive solutions.
Meet Our Incredible Staff
Vanessa A. Boyd, LMSW
Child and Youth Specialist
Kjrsten "KJ" Abel Ruch, CVA
AmeriCorps Program Manager
Community Engagement Specialist
Vanessa received bachelor's degrees in psychology and applied behavioral science from the University of Kansas where she completed her senior-year practicum with Center for Supportive Communities’ SupportEd program. She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Kansas’ School of Social Welfare and is now our Operations Manager and Child and Youth Specialist. Vanessa is passionate about enhancing the lives of the children and families we serve. Her fluency in Spanish plays a vital role in overcoming language barriers for our Spanish-speaking families. She is dedicated to providing hands-on supervision and guidance to our SupportEd interns as they develop the essential skills of effective mentors, advocates, and interventionists.
KJ is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) with 20 years of experience in volunteer administration, program management, youth development and organizational development. She received her Bachelor of Science from Truman State and Master of Liberal Arts from Baker University. Her expertise is vital in advancing our mission of creating equal opportunities and meaningful change for children, families, and communities. She cultivates partnerships with local stakeholders and organizations, expanding Center for Supportive Communities’ impact in the communities we serve.
AmeriCorps Kansas Program
Center for Supportive Communities AmeriCorps Members are caring adults who support K-12 students through mentorship, advocacy, and tutoring.
They work 1:1 with kids and families and infuse evidence-based
interventions so that every child can exceed their potential.
✓ Education award up to $3,500+
✓ Loan deferment during service
✓ Potential course credit (University of Kansas students)
✓ Clinical experience in multiple settings
✓ Supervised fieldwork in the education and juvenile justice systems
✓ Training in evidence-based practices
✓ Collaboration with a dedicated team of professionals, clinicians, and
✓ Networking and career exploration
✓ Letters of recommendation
✓ Flexible schedule
✓ …and more!
10-20 hours a week, August to May
What Members Say
✓ “I’ve learned so much while also making meaningful impacts.”
✓ “This experience taught me things I wouldn’t have learned without it.”
✓ “Seeing students grow and succeed was so meaningful.”
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