About Us

KFAC Staff

The UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center staff is a family of dedicated, compassionate, and caring individuals, selected for their extensive knowledge and experience in autism, and their demonstrated success in a wide variety of professional areas.

Every staff member and employee strives to be a model of excellence in all we do, including our daily interactions with one another, the children and families we serve, and the many partners and collaborators who make up our multidisciplinary team.  We maintain the highest levels of skills and competence in autism treatment, research, and training, in order to fulfill our vision and accomplish our mission goals and objectives.

We continuously demonstrate the Center's Core Values, and we pledge to make a positive long-term impact on the lives of our clients.  We believe that by significantly improving the functional skills of your child, we not only enrich their lives, but also our lives and the lives of those in our shared community.

We truly consider all persons receiving services at the Center to be part of our extended family, and vow to conduct ourselves  at all times in an atmosphere of utmost professionalism, courtesy, mutual respect, determination, and hope.

Please discover more about the UNT Autism Center team below.

Kristin Farmer

Kristin Farmer - Benefactor and Strategic Advisor

Ms. Farmer is the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center's benefactor.  She continues to be an active supporter of UNT and the University's many autism activities, including the center which proudly bears her name.

Kevin Callahan

Kevin Callahan, PhD, BCSE - Executive Director

Center director Kevin Callahan, PhD, served as a UNT faculty member in the educational psychology department’s special education program for 18 years before becoming the director of the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center.

Heather Hughes

Heather Hughes, PhD, BCBA-D, LSSP - Associate Executive Director

Dr. Hughes has served as a public school administrator, an Educational Diagnostician, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, and a certified Special Education Teacher with an Early Childhood endorsement, and now serves as the Associate Executive Director of the UNT Autism Center.

Dr. Susan Nichols

Susan Nichols, PhD, BCBA-D - Director of Intervention 

Dr. Nichols received her PhD from UNT in the area of Special Education/Autism Intervention and has over 10 years of experience in the field of special education and autism intervention prior to serving as the Director of Intervention for the UNT Autism Center.

Jenifer Ware

Jenifer Balch, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S - Counseling Services Coordinator

Dr. Balch is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in the state of Texas as well as a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She has over 10 years of counseling experience and is passionate about advocating for the mental health needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Shannon Field

Shannon Field, MEd, BCBA - Intervention Coordinator

Shannon joined the Kristin Farmer Autism Center in June 2014.  She is a certified Special Education Teacher and General Education Teacher with over 8 years of experience providing services for children with autism in both public school and clinical settings.

Karly McKie

Karly McKie, CTRS - Recreational Therapist

Karly joined the KFAC team in May 2014 upon graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. At the center, her role is to improve the clients' social, emotional and physical well-being through the use of recreation and leisure groups.

Kristi Klusman

Kristi Klusman - Intake Coordinator

Kristi Klusman joined the Kristin Farmer Autism Center in November 2014, where she serves at the Intake Coordinator and oversees the Center's volunteer and community outreach.

Linda Overlander

Linda Overlander - Admin Coordinator - Direct Services

Linda joined the Kristin Farmer Autism Center in August 2012. She came to the center with 15 years of experience in education.

Cindy Rynders

Cindy Rynders - Billing Coordinator

Cindy Rynders joined the KFAC family in October 2014, where she serves as the Billing Coordinator overseeing billing and working as a liaison between clients/families and their insurance companies.