joeDr. Gentry obtained his doctoral degree from Illinois State University, specializing in assessment, consultation, behavioral therapies and developmental disabilities. After completing his doctoral fellowships at The May Institute in Massachusetts, he and his family moved out to Phoenix Arizona, where they continued to provide services to children and their families.

Dr. Gentry has been working with children with disabilities such as autism, ADHD, anxiety and other behavioral challenges for the past 14 years and has presented his research nationally on topics related to applied behavior analysis, social skills and autism spectrum disorders.
As the co-owner of Gentry Pediatric Behavioral Services, he and his wife, Sarah, have been providing services throughout Phoenix and the entire state of Arizona for over 8 years. However, when they started to realize the problem that Arizona was facing with young kids with Autism not being found until they were older, they decided they could try to do something about it. The Gentry Foundation is their way of attempting to decrease the age at which children in Arizona are evaluated for possible Autism symptoms, by offering free evaluations to families who can not afford one, increasing awareness of the earliest red flags that have been researched, and by coordinating free screenings around Arizona to screen as many infants and toddlers as possible for these warning signs.

sarah-gentry-picSarah Gentry started her career as a certified special education teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree in special education at Illinois State University, in Normal Illinois. She stayed in Normal, IL and taught special education for more than three years in the public school setting.  She taught kindergarten through second grade during the school year and spent four summers working with young adults in a summer camp setting. Sarah has first hand experience teaching very diverse groups of students, including Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Downs Syndrome, Conduct Disorder, Fragile X, ADHD and Learning Disabilities.

Sarah then moved to Boston Mass., to join The May Institute, Inc., where she was lead classroom teacher in both a self-contained young adult autism classroom as well as an integrated preschool classroom. She also spent a year working within the Home Consultation Division, where she set-up and managed intensive home and school programs based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), as well as trained parents to implement these strategies with their children. While in Massachusetts, Sarah received her Master’s Degree in Special Education, where she focused her studies on ABA and communication strategies for students with disabilities.

After relocating to Phoenix Arizona, Sarah worked as a Research Diagnostician for a local, non-profit, Autism research facility.  She received extensive training and experience in the administration and scoring of many diagnostic and other assessment protocols, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS), Autism Diagnostic Interview Revised (ADI-R), Stanford-Binet, Vineland and other parent/teacher-based rating scales.

Sarah became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in January 2012. She has extensive knowledge and training in evidence-based treatments including Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS)  and Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs). Sarah spends the majority of her time consulting with teachers and parents. In the schools, Sarah assists teachers in overall classroom management and structure as well as creating individualized behavior plans. In the homes, Sarah sets up and manages individualized behavior programs based on the principals of ABA and works with parents and habilitators in the effective implementation of these positive behavior support programs.  Currently, she serves as the Vice President of Gentry Pediatric Behavioral Services and is on the Executive Board of The Gentry Foundation.

KyleKyle Kirkpatrick Lininger was born and raised in Washington D.C. and graduated from

Vanderbilt University in 2006 where he earned baccalaureate degrees in both cognitive studies and Spanish language and culture. In the pursuit of his undergraduate degree, he studied at the

University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, where he completed a sociological research thesis on racism among schoolteachers toward immigrant children.

In 2012 Kyle graduated from the University of Arizona’s School of Government and Public Policy with a Master’s degree in Public Administration where he received the program’s highest honor, the Lionel E. Rombach award. In 2014, he became a nationally board certified and state-licensed behavior analyst.

His current position is Director of Behavioral Interventions at Intermountain Centers for Human Development, a statewide behavioral health agency. His duties include oversight of Intermountain Academy and an outpatient mutlidisciplinary assessment program.

Kyle co-founded the Arizona Autism Coalition in Tucson in 2012. He was Arizona’s state representative for Autism Society of America. He was Commissioner for the City of Tucson’s Commission on Disabilities Issues, is a community advisor for the Sonoran UCEDD and is completed a fellow in the ArizonaLEND program. He enthusiastically and proudly serves as the current Act Early Ambassador to Arizona for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lisa Paine grew up in the Phoenix area and attended college at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2000 with a degree in Management Information Systems. After working in the software and financial sectors, Lisa went on to attend the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was a member of Law Review and graduated cum laude in 2007.

After receiving her J.D., Lisa practiced immigration law in San Francisco before moving with her family back to Phoenix in 2009. She worked part-time as an attorney, and full-time as a mother for several years while her children were in their youngest years. Lisa served as in-house staff attorney to a local business for four years during this time. In 2013, she opened her own practice, The Law Office of Lisa M. Paine, PLLC, which focuses on estate planning, probate, and small business services.

Lisa is a founding board member of the Early Education Cooperative Preschool (EECP), a local non-profit preschool. Prior to the formation of the EECP, Lisa was actively involved with the preschool’s predecessor organization – serving as co-chair of the parent committee for two terms, finance chair for one term.

Lisa currently resides in Phoenix with her husband, Vito, their two children, Kaleb and Lila, and their cat, Sweetest Ripper Pouncer Bell Paine.

a_a_schroeder0061Gina has been married to her husband Brian since 2006 and has 2 children. Her daughter Haley is 9 years old and her son Brendan is 4 years old. While she is first a mother, she also owns her own business. As a professional makeup artist, she primarily focuses on makeup for weddings. She recognizes that her children are her world and they come first and will do anything to make sure my children are healthy and safe. Her youngest, Brendan, was diagnosed with autism at the early age of 13 months old. She and her husband started intensive behavioral therapy for him and their family from the moment he got his diagnosis. “I knew getting him early intervention was extremely crucial. It has absolutely made a difference in our autism journey so far. After only 3 years of therapy and only at the age of 4 he is able to do anything he wants with typical kids. I know without the early intervention he would never be where he is today.” Gina is proud to be a board member and secretary for The Gentry Foundation, and is hoping her diligence and thoughtfulness, as well as her knowledge gained from navigating the system for her son, prove to be as beneficial for other kids as it has been for her own.
image1Karey Stevenson has had an exciting early career as a host, model, and actress and more recently parlayed those experiences and skills into a running a successful sales and marketing company. However, her biggest accomplishment, and one that she is most proud of, is her role as “Mommy.” Having been together for 17 years, she is happily married to the love of her life, John. Together they have put down roots here in Arizona, and for the last 5 years they are happy to call it home. Karey and John have two beautiful daughters who are their pride and joy!

Autism has personally impacted their family, and largely due to an early diagnosis and early intervention, they have made tremendous progress. Karey joins The Gentry Foundation as a Board Member to be able to assist and inspire other families on their journey and provide hope that they too can benefit from early intervention to achieve the same success.