Meet Janie and Roger Peterson
Behaven Kids founders Janie and Roger Peterson are Nebraska Licensed Mental Health Therapists. They have helped children and families work through behavioral challenges for over 3 decades. Janie and Roger opened the first location of Behaven Kids in 2000. Leading up to forming their own company, the Petersons pursued joint careers in human services serving families and children.
Both graduated from Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, with undergraduate degrees in psychology and went on to add masters’ degrees in human development and family life from the University of Kansas. They specialized in the family teaching model and became certified family teachers at Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home (the original Boys Town) in Omaha, NE, early in their careers and advanced through various management and training positions, separately working with at-risk youth and professional staff. Janie was the National Director of Family Preservation Services at Boys Town and eventually coordinated the Home Campus Family Services where she was a professional consultant to up to 100 staff members. Roger became the Director of Emergency Shelter Services at Boys Town and then headed the Education Training Services for Boys Town’s National Resource & Training Center. He later took a position as Operations Manager for the Children’s Respite Care Center in Omaha and after that was Program Director for the Nebraska Children’s Home Society during the early years of Behaven Kids.
Individually, their accomplishments are exemplary. Together, their synergy is astounding. They have jointly presented countless training workshops and developed materials for professionals at national symposiums and for local groups as well. They enjoy presenting hands-on parenting workshops for parents and caregivers. Each has pursued individual research interests. With his colleagues, Roger has published findings on studies in the areas of youth shelters and emergency youth services, and his professional work has been published in such prestigious peer-reviewed publications as the Journal of Child and Family Studies. Janie and her research colleagues have published in the areas of children and family preservation. Both Petersons serve as consultants for national and regional family and children’s services and school districts.
Janie and Roger have written the parenting books published by their own independent publishing company, Behave’n Kids Press, Inc.
Married over 35 years, Janie and Roger have raised 3 daughters and now enjoy being grandparents and foster grandparents. They are also adoptive parents and have been foster parents.
Lindsay Stanley, BCBA, LMHP
Director of Operations
Lindsay is a Nebraska Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and a Nebraska Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She graduated with a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis from St. Cloud State University. Over the past 15 years she has facilitated support for families and children with autism and behavioral challenges. Lindsay is the lead BCBA supervising over all Behaven Kids’ Autism Services. Lindsay is a Lincoln, Neb., native. She and her husband, Jeremy, are parents of two girls.
Carlee Petersen, MS, LMHP, NCC
Clinical Director – Elkhorn and Omaha
Carlee is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and is trained and practicing Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Carlee graduated with her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2013 and her Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in sociology from Creighton University in 2009. Carlee has obtained experience working with adults and children in the hospital setting, in home, and in the clinic setting. Carlee enjoys spending time with her family and her two dogs, Batman and Vickie Vale.
Ryan Leisy, MA, MEd, LIMHP
Clinical Director – Lincoln
Ryan is a Nebraska Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and a Licensed Professional Counselor. He earned a Master of Education Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Master of Arts Degree in General Psychology from the University of Louisville. Ryan specializes in behavioral interventions, but also practices as a Certified Parent Child Interaction Therapist (PCIT). Over the past five years, he has helped hundreds of families and children with a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral concerns while working at Behaven Kids through direct and indirect services. Ryan, and his wife Taryn, have lived in the Lincoln area for nearly six years and have a son named Rylan.
Macy Kasperbauer, PMHNP – BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Elkhorn
Macy is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, she provides psychiatric evaluations, mental health diagnoses, psychotherapy and medication management in an outpatient setting. Macy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nebraska Methodist College in December 2008 and worked for Behaven Kids as the Director of Nursing for several years prior to returning to school and furthering her education in psychiatry. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2015 and worked at CHI Psychiatric Associates post-graduation, advancing her practice as the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner of a well-known child and adolescent psychiatrist. Macy returned back to Behaven Kids to continue building her practice and provide outpatient psychiatric services for children and families in need. She is the co-author of The Sleep Fairy, a book geared in helping children stay in bed all night and assisting parents in establishing successful bedtime routines. Macy and her husband Kyle, have two children of their own and enjoy spending time as a family and staying physically active with CrossFit.