Executive Director - R. Larry Taylor, Ed.D.

Dr. Larry Taylor received a Doctorate in Education Degree from the University Louisville in the area of Educational Leadership and Organizational Development. Larry worked 23 years in local school districts serving in the role of teacher of exceptional children, school counselor, instructional supervisor, director of special education and assistant superintendent of personnel, curriculum and instruction.

In 2005, He was appointed as the State Director of Exceptional Children Services for the Kentucky Department of Education. While at KDE, he served in the role of Interim Associate Commissioner for the Office of Special Instruction Services and Director in the Division of Learning Services. July 2011, Larry accepted the position of Director of Special Education Cooperative for the Ohio Valley Special Education Cooperative and Consultant for the Center for Learning Excellence at the University of Louisville.

August of 2015, Larry was appointed as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Autism Training Center.



Assistant Director - Heidi Cooley-Cook, M.Ed.

Heidi Cooley-Cook graduated from the University of Louisville with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and The Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development. While in Colorado, Heidi worked with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Upon returning to Kentucky, she continued working with adults with disabilities and children with autism. Her work with autistic individuals quickly developed into a passion. Heidi brings over 15 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities and their families in various capacities including direct support, job coach, case manager, behavior interventionist, and advocate. Heidi joined the KATC in 2011 and has provided direct training and technical assistance to educators, autistic individuals, caregivers, and service providers. Additionally, she has led the KATC’s efforts training the Commonwealth’s first responders - Autism and First Responders, promotion of the Yellow Dot Program, and supporting arts groups and others in providing Sensory Friendly accommodations. In March of 2020, Heidi was selected as the Assistant Director of the Kentucky Autism Training Center.



Program Coordinator - Michelle Bush, M.A.E.

 Michelle Bush, is a two time graduate of Western Kentucky University (WKU).  She currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education.  Michelle has six years of experience in the healthcare industry where she worked as the office coordinator for a general surgeon's office, hospital, and insurance company.  Her Higher Education work experience started in the Department of Psychology at WKU in 2012and most recently for the Special Education Department at the University of Louisville, for past three years.  In both roles, she provided support to department faculty, students and staff as well as served on several college committees.  At KATC, Michelle creates and monitors the center’s website and web-based systems, coordinates webinar training programs, Professional Development and Regional workshops, develops marketing initiatives and serves as KATC's main contact for communication (social media, listserv, emails, etc.).

Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, going on long walks and being creative with her Cricut craft machine. She resides in Louisville with her husband Anthony, her daughter Ammerie, and fur baby, Max.

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Family Field Training Coordinator - Mike R. Miller, M.Ed.

Mike MillerMike Miller received a BS Degree from Murray State University in the areas of elementary and special education.   He received a Master’s Degree in Special Education and holds a Rank 1 Degree and certifications in gifted education, supervisor of instruction, exceptional child consultant, and director of special education.   Mike attend Eastern Kentucky University and Murray State University  for his post graduate studies.   Mike worked in local school districts in the role of teacher of exceptional children and director of special education.

Mike was employed at the Kentucky Department of Education and served in numerous roles of programs for students with disabilities. November 2014, Mike joined Kentucky Autism Training Center, University of Louisville, College of Education and Human Development. Mike’s work at the center includes working with professionals, parents, local school districts, and university students.  He also works closely with the University of Louisville Autism Center navigating systems for families. 



Field Training Coordinator - Kimberly Howard, M.Ed.

 Kimberly Howard graduated from Morehead State University with an undergraduate degree in Moderate to Severe Disabilities (P-12) and Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling with a Rank 1 in Learning and Behavior Disorders (P – 12). For the past several years Kimberly has been a Field Training Coordinator for Kentucky Autism Training Center. Prior to working at Kentucky Autism Training Center Kimberly taught in a highly structured classroom in Fleming county Kentucky for students diagnosed with autism and for children that needed autism like supports. Prior to teaching in the highly structured classroom Kimberly was a special education teacher for several years teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels in Menifee, Rowan and Fleming Counties. In her current role at KATC, Kimberly provides direct training and technical assistance to education staff, social and community personnel, counselors, job coaches and families



Field Training Coordinator - Michelle Antle, Ed.S.

 Michelle Antle completed her undergraduate degree at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky. While at Kentucky Wesleyan, Michelle discovered her passion for working with children on the autism spectrum. She pursued training in Applied Behavior Analysis and became a home provider for The Childhood Learning Center. Michelle then moved south to attend graduate school at Western Kentucky University where she completed her Ed.S. degree in the field of school psychology. She worked in the mental health field for years and shared her knowledge and experience to help improve the level of care for families and children on the autism spectrum.

Michelle just finished a two year presidential term for the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools (KAPS).  She takes an active role in promoting the importance of the mental health of our youth, and also has interests in the areas of crisis response in schools, threat assessments, and overall school safety. Michelle emphasizes the importance of communication and partnerships and is actively involved in her community.

In 2011, Michelle was recognized for her hard work and dedication and was named Kentucky School Psychologist of the Year. She went on to represent the state of Kentucky at the national level.

Michelle Antle currently works as a Field Training Coordinator for the Kentucky Autism Training Center. She is also a school psychologist and has worked in the public school setting for the last 16 years. Michelle is married to her husband, Jason, and they have two children, Alivia and Houston. Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.



Field Training Coordinator - Enid Hurtado, M.Ed. 

 Enid Hurtado received her BA and Educational Specialist: Moderate to Severe teaching credential from San Diego State University. She served students with Autism, preschool-12th grade, as a paraprofessional and then as a special education teacher in different educational settings ranging from special day class to full inclusion. After 10 years serving in the school districts, she began working with children with Autism and their parents in the home setting as an infant developmental teacher. She then become an Education and Implementation Specialist for an assistive technology company. In this role, she trained, in-person and online, groups of teachers, direct service providers, and parents, at conferences and school districts both nationally and internationally on using visual supports with students. She returned to directly serving students as a substitute teacher for Jefferson County Public Schools and a Registered Behavior Technician as she completed her Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. She currently lives in Louisville and provides training and technical assistance to local school districts and other community agencies as a School and Community Field Training Coordinator for the Kentucky Autism Training Center.


Welcome our newest Field Training Coordinators! - Bios coming soon!

Field Training Coordinator - Tracy Belfield, Ed.S.

Field Training Coordinator -  Heather Paige Alger, M.S. CCC-SLP