Get to Know Our Team

While our sitters are unique individuals, they share a common goal: to provide an engaging, stimulating and compassionate experience for your child with special needs.

You can rest easy that your child is being treated with dignity and patience. When a child is showing signs of frustration, our sitters want to understand why a child feels frustrated. They have the ability to empathize with a child who can't communicate clearly and the skill to redirect a child who is showing signs of getting worked up.

Please take a moment to meet our qualified team of sitters:

  • Amanda Rubin

    I am excited to join Specialized Sitters! I have taught kids with disabilities for 9 years. I received my B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. I will be continuing my education through UCD where I am in school to receive my BCBA certification.

    I love working with kids and their families and look forward to work with you.

  • April Eavers

    I have 17 years experience providing care and life skills training to individuals of all ages with different needs and abilities. I have enjoyed working in a wide variety of environments and have a varied skill set. I'm comfortable with a wide range of personal care although my background is in the areas of mental-health and behavioral needs. I take care to always be thoughtful and try to have fun daily. I look forward to meeting you and your family. Any questions? Feel free to ask.

  • Charissa Thornton

    I love interacting with kids and helping them develop and grow! I have worked as an elementary special education teacher and para, as well as a summertime nanny.

    If you're looking for someone with a lot of energy, that's me! Some things I enjoy doing while nannying is going for walks, playing outside, going to a park or library, making forts inside, crafts with kids, and more!

  • Coreen Braden

    Good day, my name is Coreen Braden and my two teens and I moved here to Colorado from Wyoming almost 8 years ago. We love to spend time together and to influence the world with our positive outlook. I have worked for DPS for 8 years and fell in love with Special Education and what it brings to families. I am working on my PhD in Special Education and look forward to writing my dissertation.

    Thank you

    Coreen Braden

  • Courtney K. Neiva

    I have been working with special needs individuals, on and off, for about five years. I started as a paraprofessional working at a school especially for special needs students. The age range there was 3 years to 22 years and I worked in almost every class. I feel in love with the children and the new understanding they brought me.

    I also worked as a behavioral aide at a company that worked with individuals in their homes and in the community. There, I would meet with an bcba about the particular client and discuss what needed to be done to help them thrive a bit better in their life. I learned a lot about using pecs and aba with individuals in the autism spectrum.

    I've just moved to Colorado and will be attending school in the fall for integrative medicine. I hope to open a holistic center to help special needs individuals and their families discover less known therapies that may serve them in life.

  • Dawn Alfonso

    I moved to the Denver area with my husband, from Roanoke, VA, where I taught middle and high school students at AIMS Alternative School. In addition, I have worked with special needs kiddos and students through Hope Tree Family Services. We have three children, ages 27, 23 & 13 and a grand-daughter who is 2 years old. I have been working with children of all ages my whole life and specialize in those with behavioral and emotional needs. I plan on becoming a special needs advocate/therapist upon completion of graduate school next spring.


    Class Room Management & Behavioral Techniques
    Analysis of Behavior & Theraputic Communication
    Child Abuse & Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting & Responding For Educators
    Certified Brain Trainer - Specializng in Rehabilitating Cognitive Defencies
    Special Education - Emphasis on Sensory Processing Disorder
    Private Tutoring

  • Elaine Bonnell

    I love kids and have worked as a Para-educator since 2006. I also have two adults with special needs at home. I have been a Host Home Provider since 2002,

  • Erin Mudgett

    Hi! I moved to the Denver area in 2009 and love the climate, culture and people! This area has a strong community for individuals with special needs and I am proud to be a part of it. I have contracted with Specialized Sitters since the program launched and have worked with people of all ages with special needs for 8 years. I have a degree in social work and am currently in grad school for art therapy. I enjoy getting to know each child and learning their strengths and interests. I like to make every activity fun and light-hearted while still maintaining the structure and boundaries that are needed to be successful. In my free time I love to be outdoors (hiking, camping, playing soccer, snowboarding), be creative in my studio and spend time with family and friends. I would love the opportunity to get to know your family and serve your needs.

  • Hannah Herrera

    Hey! I'm a recent transplant excited to start my graduate program in International Disaster Psychology at the University of Denver. I have been working with children for as long as I can remember, and have loved every moment. I cannot wait to make great memories working with families just like yours.

  • Jeff Boivin


    Welcome to Specialized Sitters! My name is Jeff and I have been working with Specialized Sitters for over two years. I have experience with a wide range of needs. I enjoy working with each family regardless of the level or nature of needs. At the bottom is a list of disorders/conditions/disabilities I have experience with (it is ever expanding so if you don't see your child's on there it does not necessarily mean I am unfamiliar, feel free to ask).

    I currently work as a special education paraprofessional at Merrill Middle School in DPS for a fully inclusive program specialized to support students with Autism, Asperger's , AD/HD, Conduct Disorder, and Emotional Disorders. Prior to that I worked at Skinner Middle School in a program that delivered a mix of inclusive and specialized instruction for students with a wide variety of cognitive, adaptive, and behavioral needs. I am currently in my sixth year of working in the school system and could not be more excited about my work.

    I have a B.A. from the University of Arizona in Political Science and am currently working on a Masters in Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado.

    I have really enjoyed interacting with all the unique kiddos I have met through Specialized Sitters, and I learn something from each and every family. I am completely confident in my ability to help any child experience growth and success through building strong relationships, relying on positive behavior supports & interventions, and using knowledge, experience, skills, and research based-resources to meet the specific needs of each individual. Whether families want someone to take their child out into the community, help with homework, assist with managing behavior, or just someone to hang out with, I am always willing to help.

    Thank you for checking out my profile and visiting Specialized Sitters!


    Expererience with:

    - Social Anxiety Disorder
    - Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    - Mood Disorder
    - Depression
    - Poor Reality Testing
    - AD/HD
    - Oppositional Defiance Disorder
    - Conduct Disorder
    - Reactive Attachment Disorder
    - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    - Significantly Identifiable Emotional Disturbance

    - Autism Spectrum Disorder
    - Aspergers Syndrome
    - Sensory Processing Disorder
    - Executive Dysfunction
    - Epilepsy

    - Cerebral Palsy
    - Downs Syndrome
    - Intellectual Disability
    - Developmental Disability
    - Traumatic Brain Injurty
    - Spina Bifida
    - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    - Dyslexia
    - Specific Learning Disabilities
    - Speech Disorders
    - Language Based Learning Disabilities

    - Partial Vision Impairment
    - Full Vision Impairment/Blindness
    - Partial Hearing Loss
    - Asthma
    - Diabetes

  • Jessika Rowley

    I was born and raised in California and have been in Denver just about a year. I love doing anything active and outdoors! I am a school psychologist during the week and have a Master's in Educational Psychology. Before I pursued school psychology I was a behavioral therapist for children with special needs for 5 years. I thoroughly enjoy working with children of all ages and with all types of needs. I look forward to working with yours :)

  • Jillian Radtke

    Hello I'm Jillian, I have lived in Colorado most of my life. I graduated college in 2013 where I worked for a vision therapy and sensory learning center. I recently spent the summer working at a special needs camp in Pennsylvania where I taught boating programs. I have been working with children of all ages, with special needs, for around four years and absolutely love it.

  • Kaci Winemiller

    Hi there,

    I am in Grand Junction, CO on the Western Slope. My name is Kaci and I am a teacher at Fruitvale Elementary. I have just completed my fourth year! WOOHOO! My mother owns her own clinic in Colorado Springs that caters to children with special needs. She is a physical therapist, but she employs Speech and Occupational therapists as well. She's owned this business longer than I have been alive, that being said, I was raised in her clinic. Some of my best friends were children with autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down's Syndrome, among many others. I learned how to play, engage, and more recently, teacher students with these special traits! I am going to begin my a journey in achieving my Masters Degree in Special Education next summer. I can't wait to start meeting all the lovely families on the Western Slope!

  • Katelyn Kendrick

    Hello! My name is Katelyn Kendrick and I can't wait to meet your family! I have been working in the field of education since 2009 and specifically in special education since 2012. I am currently RBT certified with the BACB and am pursuing a M.Ed in Behavior Analysis. My passions include working with children on the Autism Spectrum and youth mental health/substance use disorder. I have little boy of my own named Asher who challenges me everyday to be a better mother and a better human being. Outside of the field, I enjoy musical theatre, history, and any combination of the two.

  • Kensie Martel

    Hello! I recently moved to Denver in August of 2014 from a small town in Illinois. Also just recently graduated with a bachelors in Therapeutic Recreation and worked with AmeriCorps and the city of Davenport, IA in their Adaptive Recreation department. I have been with Specialized Sitters since October 2014 and have been full time ever since. Before joining the team at Specialized Sitters, I was a para in a severe needs classroom for Aurora Public schools where I obtained my CPI certification and was designated to tube feed. I just started classes to obtain my Master's degree in Special Education Generalist Option at University of Northern Colorado where I also plan to get my BCBA.

  • Krista Keil

    Born and raised in Colorado, I love those mountains! If you're looking for someone who is active, energetic, and hands on, then you've found the right person! I graduated from CU Boulder in 2012, and I have several years experience working in the fields of mental health and special needs with both youth and adults. I have additional experience teaching and nannying, and adore working with children of all ages. I believe that building relationships is essential in any job, but is of the utmost of importance when working with youth. While with your kiddo, I prefer to take a therapeutic approach, and recognize the importance of structure and boundaries when interacting with them. While nannying, I enjoy being outdoors, going on walks, doing community based activities (library, parks, shows), arts and crafts, and playing games. I love watching children develop and grow and look forward to spending time with you and your family :)

  • Kyle Sanders

    I graduated from Ohio University with my bachelors in Exercise Physiology in 2014. I am 25 years old and I currently work full time at Easter Seals in Lakewood. I work in the day program as a program assistant and our day program services approximately 60 clients with all types of disabilities and special needs. I love my job and I have developed many wonderful relationships with our clients. I have a special place in my heart for this population and I am great at my job. Although our day program provides services for only adults I have extensive experience working with children. I have been a mentor for Big Brother Big Sister for over 2 years, back in Ohio and currently in Denver. I taught a nutrition/healthy living class to 2nd and 3rd grade classes for a year in college as a volunteer opportunity through Live Healthy Appalachia. I volunteered to work one of the events at a Special Olympics in college. My last job was working for a non profit that developed and organized after school activities for several middle and high schools in low income neighborhoods. I am a very patient and understanding person and it always came naturally to me to work with kids and individuals with special needs. I am currently CPR/First aid certified.

  • Lorilynn Hardman

    I am a Mom of 3 teenage daughters ranging in ages from 19 down to 15 with a 17 yr old in the middle. I have been married to my husband for 20 yrs.

  • Miriah Verzani


  • Nicole Rupe

    (Grand Junction) Hi, my name is Nicole.My two passions in life are children (emphasis on special needs) and Deaf culture/Sign Language. I live in the Grand Junction area. I have 3 kiddos (15B, 9B, 6G) who are the light of my life. I have been working with kids since High School when I interned and volunteered at a local school for the hearing impaired. I love seeing a child's face light up when a skill they have been working on finally clicks. I have deep compassion, patience and understanding for special needs children as 2 of my own have special needs; and the battles I've endured fighting for their rights and educating those that are in their lives on compassion, patience and understanding of their differences.
    I have had experience with Autism Spectrum disorders for 15 years, learning and behavioral disabilities for 9+ years. Working with the Deaf/hard of hearing since 1997, General education in a childcare setting for 7+ years.
    I have my A.A. with an emphasis in Deaf Education. Below is a list of specialized educations and Specific Special Needs I have experience with. Both are ever expanding and I enjoy learning new things and learn them quickly.
    Thank you for reviewing my profile and I am excited to work with you.

    - American Sign Language (mostly fluent, just a little rusty from lack of daily use)
    - Education on Deaf culture, American Sign Lanugage, linguistics of ASL, basic audiology
    - Behavioral Management Techniques
    - Child Abuse & Neglect: Recognizing,  Reporting & Responding For Educators
    - Current First Aid and CPR (infant-adult)
    - Autism spectrum disorders trainings
    - ABA Training

    - Social Anxiety Disorder
    - Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    - Mood Disorder
    - Depression
    - AD/HD
    - Oppositional Defiance Disorder
    - Conduct Disorder
    - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    - Behavioral Issues based from trauma or other reasons

    - Autism Spectrum Disorder
    - Aspergers Syndrome
    - Sensory Processing Disorder

    - Failure To Thrive
    - Cerebral Palsy (minimal)
    - Intellectual Disability
    - Developmental Disability
    - Traumatic Brain Injurty
    - Spina Bifida (minimal)

    - Deaf/ Hard of Hearing
    - Speech Disorders and Delays
    - Language Based Learning Disabilities

    - Vision Impairment/Blindness
    - Asthma
    - Celiac Sprue

  • Nikki Fitch

    I love working with the special needs community! I have been working with kiddos for about 5 years. I have worked as a teaching assistant for special needs children and I currently work in the Early Intervention program at Developmental Pathways helping to provide therapeutic services to young ones struggling with developmental delays. I also hold a bachelor's degree in psychology. Working with children is such a fun learning experience.

  • Nina Geoffroy

    Hello! I am a recent graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder for Psychology and Speech Pathology. I am beginning work as a home Speech Pathology assistant and an entry level therapist for children with autism and was previously an assitant teacher in a preschool classroom. My main work has been with children toddlers through middle school. I have worked with children on the spectrum and Downs syndrome primarily but have been prepared through my education to work with many types of kiddos. I love all children of all ages and look forward to working with your family!

  • Patti Powers

    (Alamosa) My great passion is working with children of all ages. I especially love working with children with special needs. I was a DLC paraprofessional for 6 years and had the pleasure of working with children with needs ranging from mild/moderate behavioral to severe/profound physical. I have four children of my own, two of which are on the Autism spectrum and have behavioral needs as well. I've been CPR/First Aid certified and have experience with tracheostomy care, gastrostomy care and feeding and am well versed in many types of adaptive technology techniques. I'm caring, patient, and fun loving. If these are traits you're looking for in a sitter, I'm for you.

  • Rachel Ball

    I have worked with children for more than 10 years. I have experience caring for individuals from birth through adulthood, and I have taught children in preschool as well as elementary school. My special education degree was completed at Metro State College, but I have yet to pursue my license. In April 2012 I began working for Specialized Sitters thinking I would return to school in the fall. I now work as a Nanny for Joe and Nancy's (Specialized Sitters owners) two children. I also work for a few families on weekends and help run the day to day operations of the business. Parents have expressed appreciation for my ability to be flexible, and for seeing and meeting the needs of both parents and their children. I enjoy getting to know all of the families I work with, and I work hard to support them as much as possible. I realize the joys and challenges of this kind of work and I am excited to continue to do so.

  • Rachel Lokey

    I am a 27 year old Mississippian who has been living in Denver for three years. I am a special education major from Mississippi State University. I love being outside, hanging out with friends and family, listening to music, and playing with my dog (who is my pride and joy). This will be my sixth year to teach special education and I have taught ages 6-21. I currently work at Serenity Education and Day Treatment where I teach a self contained non-verbal class ages 6-12. I absolutely love my job and can't imagine being anywhere else.

  • Sara Cleary

    Hello! My name is Sara. I'm 24 years old and just recently moved to Colorado. I moved here from living abroad in Germany where I was Aupairing with two sweet little german girls, Justina (3-4) and Lexi (5-6). Before that I was in New Jersey my whole life. I'm going for my Masters in Education at Denver University. I have four brothers with ADHD and my father as well. I worked for four years as EMS where I lived in NJ. And I look forward to working with children in every way possible, and enjoyed the challenges working abroad in a non-English environment ( especially when I did't speak their language either!).

  • Sarah White

    (Grand Junction / Palisade) I have been living in the Grand Junction area (Palisade mostly) for about 16 years now. I am a recent graduate from Colorado Mesa University with a degree in Adapted Physical Education and a degree K-12 Physical Education. I also have a beautiful two-year-old named Oliver.
    I have some experience with tutoring students that have specialized needs which inspired me to pursue a teaching career in special education. I love the rewarding experience of seeing a student wrestle with concepts or tasks and then finally understanding or accomplish them. The attitudes of many of the students and life lessons that I can learn from them also solidify my desire to work in this field.
    I am also proficient in ASL (American Sign Language) and somewhat familiar with the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture here in the Grand Junction area. My own signing is slow, but I can understand quite a bit. I am First Aid/CPR certified.
    I have a passion for working with youth, especially students that have special needs, and am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Specialized Sitters and hopefully the opportunity to work with your children!

  • Stephanie Malone

    Hello! My name is Stephanie and I am a Physical Therapist new to Colorado. I specialize in Early Intervention and while I build my caseload, I am looking for families to sit for that need my care! I provide home therapy to infants and toddlers with special needs and am very passionate about my work. I am comfortable working with children who have breathing tubes, feeding tubes, adaptive equipment, braces, and sensory/behavioral needs. In addition to my medical skills, I am also a fun babysitter with 10+ years experience as a caregiver. I would love to meet your family and provide them with a safe, fun environment while you work or play!

  • Theadora Rotbasean

    (Grand Junction) I have worked with children with special needs for 8 years ... each disability ranging from minimally impacted, to moderately impacted. I am patient, caring, and loving, and willing to go above and beyond.

  • Tiffany Anderson

    Hello there! I am a Colorado native who loves being around kids. I have two years of experience working in a residential treatment setting for kids and teens who have mental health concerns and behavioral issues. I've worked with a large variety of kids, including but not limited to SPD, TBI, Austism, and ADHD. I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology and I am currently obtaining a master's degree in School and Clinical Counseling. I hope in the future to be a high school counselor. I have a lot of child development course work under my belt. I really enjoy doing arts and crafts with kids, particularly crafts with yarn. I love to loom knit.

  • Tiffany Vaughn

    The majority of my experience is working with developmentally delayed children, mainly under three years of age.I have a double Bachelor's in Psychology with my under grad studies focusing on child development and Criminal Justice.

  • Valerie Muniz

    Hi & Welcome to Specialized Sitters.
    I'm Valerie from Grand Junction.
    Being a mother myself of 4 children plus numerous foster care children I know & understand the valuable need to have not just quality trustworthy care for our children & loved ones, but also knowing that the caretaker is also a Christian & is well trained in several areas. I'm first aid/CPR certified. I am certified as a Qualified Medication Administration Person (QMAP) and am also certified in Blood-borne Pathogens. I've also done coursework in behavior management and emergency preparedness.
    I look forward to meeting you & your awesome family soon :)