BALC 3rd Annual Workshops and Conference 2019

BALC 3rd Annual Workshops and Conference 2019


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Emily Callahan
Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP)
Dr. Emily Callahan is currently the Executive Director of the Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP). She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) licensed in Virginia. Prior to joining CASP, Dr. Callahan was the Director of Outpatient Behavioral Services at the Virginia Institute of Autism. Emily has presented research related to applied behavior analysis and autism at numerous local, national and international conferences and meetings. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals and books and has been the Co-Principle Investigator on numerous grants focused on improving the lives of those diagnosed with autism. She is a member of the Media Watch Review Committee for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, is the Conference Co-Chair for the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis and is the past Co-President for the Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
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Cara Cappalli-Davey
Cara Cappalli is the Autism Programs Coordinator of ACES Behavior Services and Autism Programs. Cara received a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Education from Simmons College gaining experience implementing and designing programming for children with special needs. She attained her BCBA certification in 2004 and subsequently joined the ACES team as a Behavior Analyst and was instrumental in developing the Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program and ACES Home Outreach Services. In her current role, Mrs. Cappalli-Davey oversees the operation of ACES school-based ABA programs and has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Saint Joseph and Bay Path University, teaching graduate courses in Applied Behavior Analysis and providing supervision to BCBA candidates.
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Elizabeth Cranmer
Milestones Behavioral Services
Liz holds a Master of Science in Behavior Analysis, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and has worked in the field of autism treatment since 2001, providing services for children with autism in private school, home, and community settings. She is currently the Director of Training at Milestones Behavioral Services’ Wolf Harbor campus. During her time at Milestones, she has also served as a Clinical Director at the Wolf Harbor Campus, and the Clinical Director of Consultative Services, providing in-home consultation, professional trainings, as well as mentorship for candidates pursuing their BCBA certification. In addition to her responsibilities at Milestones, Liz has presented lectures and workshops on autism and ABA at local and national conferences.
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Nicholas D'Agostino
D’Agostino & Associates, LLC
Nicholas A. D’Agostino is the Senior Manager of System Design for D’Agostino & Associates, an independent Technology Consulting firm. He is responsible for physical security system design, project management, and security program optimization for the firm’s clients.

In his current role at D’Agostino & Associates, his responsibilities include spearheading system design and project management across many verticals including K-12, Higher Education, Retail, Financial and City / Municipality multi-facility deployments. He works closely with security directors, first responders, facility directors, and executives looking to integrate their expertise into cohesive security programs.

D’Agostino is a member of ASIS International and is a board-certified Physical Security Professional (PSP). His writing has been featured in Security Management, a publication of ASIS International.
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Marisa D'Amico
Milestones Behavioral Services
Marisa D’Amico began working for Milestones in 2005 as an Instructional Assistant. Since then she has held the roles of Extra Steps Supervisor, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst, and completed her Master’s Degree in Special Education. In 2014, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Marisa currently provides support for adolescents ranging from 15-21 years, in addition to providing direct training, and supervision to Registered Behavior Technicians and prospective Behavior Analysts. Marisa is responsible for supporting and consulting with the Special Education teachers and classroom Behavior Analysts, classroom management, and student assessments. She is also an on-site Physical Management Training (PMT) instructor providing initial and on-going training to staff throughout all campuses.
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Amanda Dix
Milestones Behavioral Services
Amanda holds a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and is a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Connecticut. Amanda began her career at Milestones in 2001 as an instructional assistant, has held various positions throughout the organization, and now serves as the Assistant Clinical Director at the Wolf Harbor Campus. She currently provides support to students aged 3-16 across classroom, home, and community settings in collaboration with special educators. Additionally, Amanda provides support and consultation to current behavior analysts as well as mentorship to those pursuing BCBA and BCaBA certification.
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Jeffery Forte
Forte Law Group, LLC
Jeffrey L. Forte is a special education attorney, certified child advocate and founding partner of Forte Law Group LLC. Forte Law Group is headquartered in Shelton, CT with satellite offices in Westport, West Hartford and Rocky Hill, CT. Attorney Forte is dedicated to exclusively representing families and children with special needs and regularly attends PPT meetings, mediation and due process. Attorney Forte’s legal educational background includes legal internships while in law school that contributed significantly to him honing the multifaceted nature of special education law, juvenile justice and child advocacy.
Attorney Forte is a graduate of American University, Washington College of Law where he placed first in his class for trial advocacy and first in his class for best appellate argument at the law school’s mock trial and moot court competitions. While in law school, he also served as Dean’s Fellow for the both Civil & Criminal Mock Trial Programs and was selected to be one of eight student attorneys to serve within the law school’s Third Year Criminal Justice Clinic where he served as a criminal defense attorney for children involved within the juvenile justice system. He also interned within the Connecticut State’s Attorney Office and the Division of the Public Defender where he worked with children within the juvenile justice system as well as interned at a child correctional facility in Montgomery, Maryland where he represented incarcerated youth during disciplinary proceedings.
Prior to founding Forte Law Group, Attorney Forte also worked for two of the largest litigation law firms within the state of Connecticut where he honed his negotiation, litigation and advocacy skills. He has participated in hundreds of pre-trials, mediations and court proceedings relating to individual rights, advocacy and representation.
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Solandy Forte
Milestones Behavioral Services
Solandy Forte, PhD, LCSW, LBA, BCBA-D, is the Director of Consultation Services and Community Outreach at Milestones Behavioral Services. She is a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst licensed in Connecticut and Massachusetts and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Dr. Forte provides consultation services to the school programs at Milestones serving individuals with a diverse set of complex learning needs. In addition to providing direct consultation to children within the private school setting she also has provided consultation to multi-disciplinary teams within the public school setting where she assisted with program development initiatives to promote building capacity for educating children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders within the least restrictive educational setting. Dr. Forte has experience working with children and young adults with special needs in their homes, schools, and community settings. She is an adjunct professor for the Institute of Autism and Behavioral Studies at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut and the Institute of Behavioral Studies at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Dr. Forte also has experience providing parent training, staff training, social skills training, and in-home behavior analytic services to children living in therapeutic foster homes with a wide range of developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, and autism, and related disorders. She is an active member of organizations advocating for the advancement of the behavior analytic profession. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analyst Leadership Council (BALC) and has served on the Executive Council for the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysts (CTABA). Dr. Forte has presented at regional and national conferences on topics related to staff training, behavioral assessment, navigating through cultural barriers, behavioral consultation, supervision, and ethics to name a few. She is an expert in the field who is committed to improving the quality of life of the individuals she serves.
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Peter Gerhardt
Epic School
Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ. Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years of experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author on a number of articles and chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research and is on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. He received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.
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Lisa Gregory
Milestones Behavioral Services
Lisa holds a Sixth Year Professional Diploma of Advanced Studies, 092 Certification in Educational Leadership, Master of Science in Serious Emotional Disabilities, and is a certified Special Education Teacher. She has worked in the field of autism since 2002, when she interned at The New England Center for Children, and has provided services for children with autism in private school, home, and community settings. Lisa joined Milestones Behavioral Services in 2003. She currently serves as the Principal / Director of Special Education of the MBS school program.
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Aimee Haray
Milestones Behavioral Services
Aimee Haray holds a Master of Science in Behavior Analysis, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and has been in the field of autism treatment since 1997, providing services for children with autism across private schools and group homes as well as in home and community settings. Aimee joined Milestones in 1999. During her time here, she has served as a Direct Instructor, Assistant Clinical Director, and is currently a Clinical Director at the Wolf Harbor Campus. Aimee also provides support to the afterschool programs and Adult Day program and mentors candidates seeking their BCBA certification.

Aimee has presented lectures and workshops on autism and ABA at local and national conferences.
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Carrie Hartman
Carrie Hartman is the Clinical Services Coordinator of ACES Behavior Services and Autism Programs. Carrie received her Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas in 2004 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Florida. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is licensed to practice in the state of Connecticut. Carrie has taught graduate level and undergraduate level courses in Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas, the University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University, and Saint Joseph’s College. Carrie has been providing Applied Behavior Analytic services to school districts and families since 2003 and currently provides supervision and clinical support to over one hundred staff working within ACES internal programs, Home Outreach, and various school districts. Along with her duties of oversight and supervision, Ms. Hartman continues to provide direct clinical services and training to districts and families.
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James A. Hoko
Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES)
James Hoko is the Director of ACES Behavior Services and Autism Programs. Dr. Hoko received a Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Psychology from the Human Development and Family Life (HDFL) Department of the University of Kansas where he conducted research and published articles on instructional assessment and learning strategies for children considered to be “difficult to teach.” Jim is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) licensed to practice in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Dr. Hoko has been with ACES since 1988 providing consultation and training in developing pedagogic systems, instructional design, behavior management, and staff training. He has supervised and trained dozens of professional staff, provided clinical supervision and support to hundreds of educators in dozens of school districts, and provided leadership in the development and management of educational programs for children with autism and social/emotional issues.
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Richard Kubina
Chartlytics & The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Richard (Rick) Kubina has a bachelor's degree (psychology) from Youngstown State University, a master's and a doctoral degree (special education) from The Ohio State University. Kubina is a Professor of special education at The Pennsylvania State University and co-founder of Chartlytics. Chartlytics has merged with CentralReach where Kubina is also the director of research. Kubina has published multiple research articles, books, and book chapters on evidenced based education and measurement of student progress. He also served as the past Editor of the Journal of Precision Teaching & Celeration. Kubina works with school districts, health care professionals, and coaches and athletes using Precision Teaching, effective practice methods, and other measurably superior educational programs.
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David Kuhn
Milestones Behavioral Services
Dr. Kuhn received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University with a specialization in intellectual and developmental disabilities. Subsequently, Dr. Kuhn was a Senior Behavior Analyst at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; co-director of the Behavioral Psychology Program at the Westchester Institute for Human Development and Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at the New York Medical College; and Clinical Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Associate Professor at Columbia University and Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Kuhn is currently the Director of the Advanced Intervention Services at Milestones Behavioral Services. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-D and Licensed Psychologist in New York and Connecticut. Dr. Kuhn is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and has served as a guest reviewer for numerous journals. He was President of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis 2007-2008. Dr. Kuhn has published over 20 research articles and book chapters. His current research interests focus on the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior as well as increasing appropriate behavioral repertoires (e.g., toy play and social skills) among individuals diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or other developmental disabilities as an approach to both increase adaptive behavior and decrease problem behavior.
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Stephanie Kuhn
Western Connecticut State University
Dr. Stephanie Kuhn, PhD, BCBA-D has over 20 years of experience in the field of Behavioral Psychology. She is a licensed psychologist in New York and Connecticut and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctorate level. She currently holds a faculty appointment and teaches full time in the ABA program at Western Connecticut State University. In the past, she had held faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and New York Medical College. Dr. Kuhn has authored and co-authored multiple publications in peer reviewed journals and has extensive clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has provided school consultation and school based assessment treatment services for many years as well as home based individual services including program supervision and parent counseling and training.
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Jennifer Laviano
The Law Offices of Jennifer Laviano, LLC
Attorney Jennifer Laviano is in private practice in Connecticut. Ms. Laviano holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and she earned her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut.

Ms. Laviano has dedicated her law practice entirely to the representation of children and adolescents with disabilities whose families are in disagreement with their public school districts. Her representation of children with special needs encompasses the full spectrum of Civil Rights advocacy under the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), from attendance at IEP Team meetings and Mediation, to zealous and experienced litigation in Due Process Hearings and Federal Court.

Ms. Laviano is a regular presenter, both locally and nationally, on the subject of the special legal rights of children with disabilities and their entitlement to receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education. Ms. Laviano is on the Board of Directors of COPAA, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, which is the leading national voice on special education rights and advocacy.

Ms. Laviano represents children with special needs throughout the State of Connecticut.
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Linda LeBlanc
Linda A. LeBlanc, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Licensed Psychologist is the President of LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting. She previously served as a university professor before becoming the Executive Director of Trumpet Behavioral Health from 2012-2017, leading the creation of large-scale systems for clinical standards, quality assurance, and research. She established LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting in 2017 and now consults to technology companies, universities, and behavior analytic human service organizations. She is the 2016 recipient of the American Psychological Association Nathan H. Azrin Award for Distinguished Contribution in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is also the incoming Editor in Chief of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
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Suzanne Letso
Milestones Behavioral Services
Suzanne Letso is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Milestones Behavioral Services. Mrs. Letso currently serves as the founding President of the Behavior Analyst Leadership Council, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Autism Service Providers, on the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts’ Advisory Board, the Scientific Advisory Board for the Organization for Autism Research, and as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Marrakech, Inc. Mrs. Letso has also served as the Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, and has participated in the establishment and management of a number of other service organizations, autism-related initiatives, and state task forces. Mrs. Letso was the recipient of the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts’ 2016 Jerry Shook Award that honors individuals whose achievements have enhanced the value of sound professional credentials in the practice of applied behavior analysis.

Mrs. Letso is a registered lobbyist for the Connecticut General Assembly, and has worked as an advocate on a number of legislative issues in the states of Connecticut and Alaska. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analysis, and licensed as a Behavior Analyst in New York and Massachusetts.

She is also the parent of son with autism.
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Sharri Lungarini
CCSN: The Center for Children with Special Needs & The Center for Independence
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Kristine Marino-Hartmann
Milestones Behavioral Services
Kristine is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and CT/NY Licensed Behavior Analyst, with a Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. She has worked in the field of autism and ABA since 2000. Throughout her career, Kristine has worked with children, adolescents and young adults in private school, public school, home and community settings. She assisted in the start-up of the Milestones Behavioral Services Boston Post campus in 2007, and currently serves as the Clinical Director of this program. Kristine has presented at local and national conferences, has been on the Executive Council of the Connecticut Association of Behavior Analysis, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Behavior Analyst Leadership Council.
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Patrick McGreevy
Essential for Living
Dr. McGreevy received B.S. and M.A. degrees in Psychology and Special Education, respectively, from the University of Iowa. He was a special education teacher for eight years, working with children and young adults with moderate-to-severe developmental disabilities. He received the Ph.D. degree in Education from Kansas University under the guidance of Ogden R. Lindsley.
Dr. McGreevy served as an assistant research professor in the Institute for Community Studies and the Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and as an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education at Louisiana State University. He taught courses in applied behavior analysis, as well as, curriculum and instruction for students with moderate-to-severe disabilities. He is the author of Teaching and Learning in Plain English, an introduction to Precision Teaching, and the founder and first editor of the Journal of Precision Teaching and Standard Celeration Charting . He is also the author of nine journal articles and a book chapter on teaching verbal behavior. He is also the first author of Essential for Living, a new functional skills curriculum, assessment, and professional practitioner’s handbook for children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities.
For the past 30 years, Dr. McGreevy has provided consultations for children and adults with developmental disabilities and hands-on training for their families. He has also provided consultation and training for school districts, residential programs, and hospitals in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, specializing in the treatment of aggressive and selfinjurious behavior in individuals with limited communication or language skills. Dr. McGreevy has also conducted workshops on teaching communication skills and language in the context of severe problem behavior, which are based on B. F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior.
From 2005-2014, Dr. McGreevy served as an assistant professor in the Behavior Analysis Program at the Florida Institute of Technology. He taught on-campus courses and seminars, and online lectures, with an emphasis on the application of principles and procedures.
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Jenna Minton
Minton Healthcare Strategies
Jenna W. Minton, Esq. is the President of Minton Healthcare Strategies. MHCS was founded in 2013 and specializes in guiding clients through Medicare and Medicaid regulatory processes. Specifically, MHCS focuses on the development of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Codes which are used to report medical, surgical, and diagnostic procedures and services. MHCS also assists in valuing medical services through the American Medical Association’s process (the AMA Relative Update Committee). Specialties Jenna has worked with include: nuclear cardiology, otolaryngology, and applied behavior analysis. Jenna also serves as the Director of Operations at Residential Options, Inc., supervising three learning centers for Autism in the mid-Michigan area. She oversees audit, contracting, and reimbursement issues for ROI which employs almost 350 people and services around 300 clients with ASD or a developmental disabilities. Jenna is licensed to practice law in Maryland and is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association.
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Felicia Morgan
Dr. Felicia Morgan is a licensed psychologist and licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst who specializes in evaluation and treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum and related disorders, and has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities for over 20 years. She provides diagnostic evaluation and treatment services, transition assessments, school-based consultation and training, and program support services for children, adolescents, and adults.
She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Connecticut, her Bachelor of Science in Education at Cornell University, and graduate certification in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of St. Joseph. Prior to assuming her position at CCSN, she worked as a special education teacher with children with emotional/behavioral difficulties and children with developmental disabilities, and was a psychologist who served on a multidisciplinary evaluation team at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Morgan is also a registered DDS and DSS, Autism Division Qualified Provider and as such provides home, community, and vocational-based consultation and training to adults, their families, and their service providers.
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Cresse Morrell
Milestones Behavioral Services
Cresse Morrell holds a Master’s Degree of Science from the University of North Texas and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has delivered multiple research based presentations at national and international conferences and served as a board member and co-conference planning committee member for the Virginia Association of Behavior Analysis. Cresse began working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at Milestones, then called CCCD, when the school opened in 1997 serving first as an Instructional Assistant, Behavior Analyst and finally, Assistant Clinical Director. While at Milestones, she participated in the launching of a school in New Hampshire, ultimately taking the role of Clinical Director and serving as part of a leadership team as the school grew from 3 to 19 students. Prior to returning to Milestones, Cresse held multiple positions leading teams of professionals in developing and implementing evidence based intervention for students with ASD as well as developing agency-wide protocols and procedures for large scale change, and training systems for parents and staff. Cresse has also worked directly with public school administration at building and district levels to coordinate and implement appropriate and effective educational services.
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Katie Nicholson
Florida Institute of Technology (FIT)
Katie Nicholson received her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute at University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her interests in behavior analysis include the conceptual analysis of behavior, assessment and treatment of children with developmental disabilities, staff training and performance management, systems analysis in human services settings, and social justice and persuasion. She has developed lines of research in validating best practice procedures in EIBI, tacting private events, trial arrangement procedures, use of technology to train staff, and building rapport with children. Dr. Nicholson has almost two decades of clinical experience in Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) for individuals with autism and other disorders (age 1-87) across a wide variety of settings (public school, private school, university-based clinic, hospital, community, home). She is currently an Assistant Professor at Florida Institute of Technology.
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Melissa Nosik
Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)
Melissa R. Nosik, PhD, BCBA-D is the Deputy CEO at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Dr. Nosik received her master’s degree from Florida Institute of Technology in 2004 under the mentorship of Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz, her doctorate in 2013 from the University of Nevada, Reno under the mentorship of Dr. Larry Williams and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board under the mentorship of Dr. James E Carr. Her professional interests include credentialing, public policy, practitioner training, mentorship practices, behavior-analytic applications in higher education, and diversity of practice. Dr. Nosik has 15 years of experience in practice and has trained behavior analysts both in the United States and internationally. Dr. Nosik has served as a board member for the Tennessee, Nevada, and Colorado Associations for Behavior Analysis.
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Elizabeth Nulty
The Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN)
Elizabeth Nulty is a licensed behavior analyst, a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and the Coordinator of the ABA Clinic at CCSN Behavioral Health. She provides support to the ABA Clinic development as well as behavioral analytic services to children and their families.
Dr. Nulty obtained her master’s degree from the Behavior Analysis and Therapy program at Southern Illinois University and her doctoral degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Endicott College. Dr. Nulty has over 10 years of experience working with children with a wide range of intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families within the home, community, and school setting. She has extensive experience designing and overseeing home-based early intensive behavior intervention programs through Connecticut’s Birth to Three System and by providing consultation services to children with complex learning needs within the public school preschool setting. Additionally, Dr. Nulty has worked with vulnerable populations within applied behavior analysis, including servicing children and families in DCF mandated programs, children with developmental and emotional disturbance in foster care, group homes, and residential facilities. Dr. Nulty has served as an adjunct faculty member in multiple undergraduate and graduate training programs including Naugatuck Valley Community College, the University of Saint Joseph, and Endicott College. She has provided supervision to master’s level graduates seeking to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts across the state of Connecticut. Dr. Nulty is an active member of various state and national organizations promoting the progression of ABA and access to services for underserved populations. She has served as a representative for the Connecticut Association for Applied Behavior Analysis and the Connecticut Autism Speaks State Legislative Advocacy Group. Her professional interests include early intensive intervention, joint attention, program evaluations, legislation and public policy.
Dr. Nulty has published in the Journal of Higher Education Management, the Handbook for Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and the Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders and presented workshops and symposium internationally, nationally, regionally on topics including behavioral language assessments, independent educational evaluations, systems level consultation to special education programs, joint attention, and ethics.
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Judith Palazzo
Milestones Behavioral Services
Judith Palazzo holds a Master of Science Degree in Special Education, is a Licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and has been in the field of autism treatment since 1990, providing services for children and teens with autism across public and private schools as well as home and community settings. In 1999, Judy joined Milestones (formerly the Connecticut Center for Child Development) as Clinical Director for both center-based and outreach programs.

Judy currently serves as the Director of Behavioral Services for Milestones. She is responsible for overseeing and supporting all clinical directors for Milestones center-based programs, ensuring effective student programming, staff/parent training, and continued implementation of ABA strategies across all areas of programming. In recognition of Milestones 20th Anniversary, Judy received Milestones Going the Extra Miles Inspiration and Leadership Award.
She has presented lectures and workshops on autism and ABA at national and international conferences, served on the Executive Council of Connecticut ABA, and published in Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. Judy currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analyst Leadership Council (BALC).
Mark Palmieri
Psy.D., BCBA-D
CCSN: The Center for Children with Special Needs
Dr. Mark Palmieri is a licensed psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and the Assistant Director of Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN). He provides psychological evaluations, co-directs the Feeding Clinic and the Behavioral Sleep Clinic, and supports program development for clinical and school consultation services. He leads capacity development initiatives which establish sustainable educational programs for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other complex neurodevelopmental disabilities. Additionally, he is currently leading project development throughout CCSN to expand clinical services to increase access to high quality evidence-based practices throughout the community. Dr. Palmieri is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine. Along with Ms. Kristen Powers, Dr. Palmieri is the co-author of the book, Feeding Your Child with Autism: A Family-Centered Guide to Meeting the Challenges. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on topics such as behavioral assessment and treatment planning, consultation and program development, and the treatment of feeding and other complex behavioral disorders. Dr. Palmieri received his doctoral degree from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University.
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Stephanie Peterson
Western Michigan University
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Kristen Powers
CCSN: The Center for Children with Special Needs
Kristen M. Powers, M.S., OTR/L, is an Occupational Therapist and Coordinator of Rehabilitative Services at CCSN. She conducts occupational therapy evaluations, co-directs the Feeding Clinic, participates in multidisciplinary assessments, provides school-based consultations and outpatient therapeutic interventions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other complex neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Along with Dr. Mark Palmieri, Ms. Powers is the co-author of the book, Feeding Your Child with Autism, A Family Centered-Guide to Meeting the Challenges. She has lectured extensively on sensory-motor issues, feeding, and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders both nationally and internationally.

Ms. Powers received her master’s degree from San Jose State University and her undergraduate degree from Tufts University. She has been practicing as an occupational therapist for almost thirty years and has worked with both adults and children with developmental as well as physical disabilities. She has experience providing both in-home as well school services. Ms. Powers is certified in sensory integration and administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. Ms. Powers has worked as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford and Briarwood College in Southington.
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Stephanie Reinoso
Stephanie A. Reinoso is a senior Behavior Analyst at ACES and an adjunct faculty member at Bay Path University. She received her M.S. in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Saint Josephs, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst licensed to practice behavior analysis in CT. Ms. Reinoso provides consultation services to public school districts and outreach services for families implementing a wide variety of clinical programs for individuals with autism, emotional disturbance, and intellectual disabilities.
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Jessica Rohrer
CCSN: The Center for Children with Special Needs
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Tracy Sanford
Milestones Behavioral Services
Tracy holds a Sixth Year Professional Diploma of Advanced Studies, 092 Certification in Educational Leadership, Master of Science in Special Education, and is a certified Special Education Teacher. Tracy has been teaching and developing programming for students with developmental disorders since 2002, joining Milestones in 2003. She has provided services for students in both school and community settings as well as providing in-home support.
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Denis Sukhodolsky
Yale Child Study Center
Denis G. Sukhodolsky, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Yale Child Study Center and his research concerns the efficacy and mechanisms of behavioral treatments for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Currently, he is a PI of a study of cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety in children with ASD that is funded by an R01 award from NICHD and a study of pivotal response training with oxytocin that is funded by the Simons Foundation. Dr. Sukhodolsky also served as an investigator in the RUPP Autism Network studies of parent training for irritability and noncompliance in children with ASD. In addition to his research, Dr. Sukhodolsky is a licensed and board certified clinical psychologist working with children and their families at the Yale Child Study Center.
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Daniel Sundberg
Kendrick Realty
Dan is co-owner and Director of People and Culture at Kendrick Realty. Kendrick is a tech-forward Real Estate Brokerage that is re-aligning the broker-realtor relationship by providing lead generation, extensive training, and support. Dan’s main role is to recruit, train, and support high performing agents, and foster a positive culture of high performance and fun. Dan accomplishes this by using evidence-based behavioral science techniques to train and coach agents to top performance.

Prior to joining Kendrick Realty, Dan worked as a corporate consultant for small businesses and Fortune 1000 enterprises alike. Dan had the opportunity to consult for a wide range of companies, from human services, education, and health care, to insurance, manufacturing, and banking. This work included coaching senior leaders, improving job process, and creating employee training and development programs.

Dan earned his PhD in Organizational Behavior Management from Western Michigan University, where he also taught courses on Organizational Psychology, and M.S. in OBM from Florida Institute of Technology. Dan earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dan is a published author and has served as University lecturer on Organizational Performance. Dan also serves as a guest editor for academic journals including the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. When he’s not working, Dan enjoys sailing and taking advantage of all the other outdoor activities California has to offer, and travels at every possible opportunity.
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Julie Swanson
Your Special Child, LLC
Parent Advocate Julie Swanson received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism Broadcasting from the University of Bridgeport, and her Master’s Degree in Educational Media from Fairfield University. After her son was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Ms. Swanson returned to school to obtain a Degree as a Disability Specialist. Ms. Swanson is a founding board member of Connecticut Families for Effective Autism Treatment (CT_FEAT), is an Executive Board Member of the State of Connecticut department of Education’s Advisory Council on Special Education, and is a member of the Council of Parent Attorney’s and Advocates (COPAA), where she serves as Co-Chair of the Media Relations Committee. She has been representing children with disabilities throughout the State of Connecticut as a special education advocate since 1997, and maintains her own advocacy business, Your Special Child, LLC.
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Bridget Taylor
Alpine Learning Group
Dr. Bridget A. Taylor is co-founder and CEO of Alpine Learning Group and is Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink. She holds a Doctorate of Psychology from Rutgers University, and received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Columbia University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Taylor is President of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and serves on the Autism Advisory Group for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. She is past Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and currently serves on the editorial board. She also serves on the editorial board of Behavioral Interventions. Active in the autism research community, Dr. Taylor has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on effective interventions for autism. She is a national and international presenter and serves in an advisory capacity for autism education and treatment programs both locally and abroad. Dr. Taylor was recently recognized by the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International for her outstanding contributions to behavior analysis and was given ABAI’s Fellow designation. Dr. Taylor is considered a leading authority on effective, and innovative interventions for autism.
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Christina Thivierge
Thivierge & Rothberg, P.C.
Christina D. Thivierge is a co-founding partner and principal of Thivierge & Rothberg, P.C., a private law firm founded in 2008 in New York City that handles exclusively special education matters. Thivierge & Rothberg, PC has offices in New York City and Long Island, New York. From 2000 through 2008, Christina was the Senior Associate at a Mayerson & Associates, where she handled special education matters (primarily for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities). Christina is a step-parent to a young man with an autism spectrum disorder.
Christina received her Juris Doctorate from the City University of New York School of Law and her Bachelors degree from Central Connecticut State University. She is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey, as well as a number of federal Courts of Appeal. In addition to litigating due process matters in New York, New Jersey, Indiana and Alaska, Christina has extensive federal court experience and has argued and presented dispositive motions and matters of first impression.
Christina is an award-winning member of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis, Inc. (NYSABA). She is a board member of the Eden II/Genesis Schools and Programs. Christina is also on the Board of Autism Speaks the Long Island Chapter and the Behavioral Analyst Leadership Counsel. She also belongs to the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA).
Additionally, she has presented on IDEA/IDEIA and other special education law topics for a number of organizations in the Tri-State area. Prior to attending law school, Christina worked for nine years with adults diagnosed with autism and other disabilities through the Central Connecticut ARC. While working at Central Connecticut ARC Christina was a job coach and a group home manager. Christina also served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala.
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Debora Thivierge
Debora received her BA in Sociology from Hofstra University and is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She serves as the Executive Director and Founder of The ELIJA School and Founder of The ELIJA Foundation. Debora has volunteered her time to numerous Autism groups such as Nassau County’s Department of Health Early Intervention Coordinating Council, New York State Association of Behavior Analysis, Nassau County Autism Coalition run by the County Executive and for the last 5 years served as a board member of The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®). Recently, she was appointed to the New York State Licensure Board for Applied Behavior Analysis. For the past 16 years, she has been providing advocacy to families and conducted training workshops to promote evidence based instruction for families and educators who have been touched by Autism. She has an 19 year old son with Autism.
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Sarah Trautman-Eslinger
STE Consultants
Sarah knew that Applied Behavior Analysis was what she wanted to do for a career as an undergraduate at Gonzaga University. Sarah completed her Masters Degree in Special Education at San Francisco State University with an emphasis on vocational education for adults with developmental disabilities in 2001. Sarah became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst™ in 2004, the same year she founded STE Consultants. In addition to her work at STE Consultants, Sarah is very involved with practice management and public policy issues related to ABA services. Sarah has led workshops and served on numerous panels at regional and national conferences focused on practitioner issues and health insurance reform. Sarah has guest lectured at San Francisco State University, has trained special educators and behavior analysts internationally and frequently travels around the US to provide consultative support to ABA business owners. Sarah is the President of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) - Sarah is a founding board member of the Council of Autism Service Providers -
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Harry Voulgarakis
The Shoreline Center for Autism & Developmental Disorders
Harry Voulgarakis, Ph.D, BCBA is a Licensed Behavior Analyst and Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders. He is the Founder and Director of the Shoreline Center for Autism, an agency that provides services to children with autism and other developmental disorders including home-based ABA, individual and family therapy, and diagnostic services. Dr. Voulgarakis is also a Clinical Research Fellow at the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment in the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
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Jason Watson
Jason has been working with children and adults with Autism since his graduation from Quinnipiac College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in May of 2000. In July of 2000, he began his employment with Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism at the Martin C. Barell School as an instructor and was then promoted to Lead Instructor After several years as a Lead Instructor, Jason was promoted to the position of Coordinator of Adult, Vocational, and Family Support Services in 2004.
Jason successfully completed his BACB course work through the University of North Texas and became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst, BCaBA, in September of 2010. He is a member of NSSA’s Human Rights and Peer Review Committees and a participant in the Long Island Task Force for Aging Out and the LI Quality Assurance Task Force. He is also a member of the Long Island Informed Consent Committee.
He has presented at autism conferences and agency/school workshops on issues related to transition, vocational skill development, adult services program development, and community integration for students and adults with autism.
In February of 2014, Jason was promoted to his current position as NSSA’s Director of OPWDD Services.
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Nicholas Weatherly
Florida Institute of Technology (FIT)
Dr. Nicholas Weatherly is an associate professor and chair of the Master of Arts program in Professional Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology’s School of Behavior Analysis. His areas of teaching, research, and consultation focus on developing sustainable business solutions, coaching systems, organizational assessments, and training systems. Prior to joining Florida Tech, Dr. Weatherly was a management consultant with Aubrey Daniels International where he led their instructional systems projects and consulted in a number of areas of business and industry including manufacturing, energy, banking, health insurance, and clinical services.
Dr. Weatherly is the President of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts and Past-President of both the Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis and the Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and continues to work on various workgroups and committees for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Recent efforts have included assisting in the draft of the new Professional and Ethical Compliance Code and in the development of the Code Compliance system. Dr. Weatherly has served as a member of the BACB Disciplinary Review Committee and is currently a Code Section Specialist for the BACB’s Code Compliance Committee.
Dr. Weatherly has held advisory roles and served on the board of directors for a number of professional associations, advocacy groups, and service facilities including the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis, the Minnesota Northland Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Autism Treatment Association of Minnesota. He was the inaugural chair of the Kentucky Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Board, one of the first stand-alone licensing boards for behavior analysis in the country, and continues to stay active in public policy efforts. He has also held full and part-time academic appointments with a number of universities including St. Cloud State University, Western Michigan University, and the MBA Program at Regis University. Dr. Weatherly received his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University's Applied Behavior Analysis Program with concentrations on behavioral systems analysis, behavior-based safety, and programmed instruction. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral.
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David Zabel
Cohen and Wolf, P.C.
David B. Zabel is a principal in Cohen and Wolf's Litigation, Employment & Labor, Municipal, Bankruptcy and Legal Ethics Groups. Resident in the firm's Bridgeport office, Mr. Zabel has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts, arbitration proceedings, including representing policyholders in coverage disputes with insurers, real estate litigation, disputes involving closely held businesses, business torts, probate litigation, municipal litigation and complex bankruptcy proceedings. In the employment arena, Mr. Zabel represents business owners and management, and counsels employers in a variety of employment matters, including discrimination, wrongful discharge claims, restrictive covenants, employment agreements, and personnel policies and procedures.
Mr. Zabel holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating, the highest possible Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell. He is recognized as a "Local Litigation Star" in Connecticut by Benchmark Litigation, the Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (2011-2018), in the areas of General Commercial, Bankruptcy and Employment Law, and he is recognized by Connecticut Super Lawyers (2009, 2013-2017) for his work in Business Litigation. Additionally, Mr. Zabel is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© (2018) for his work in the area of Employment Law-Individuals.
Mr. Zabel is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the Greater Bridgeport, Connecticut and American Bar Associations, and the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. He has been named to the Connecticut Bar Association Pro Bono Honor Roll (2001–2006, 2008, 2011). He is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New Jersey, U.S. District Court-District of Connecticut, U.S. District Court-District of New Jersey, U.S. Court of Appeals-Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals-Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Zabel received his A.B. in 1979 from Brown University and his J.D. in 1982 from the University of Virginia School of Law.
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Maysoon Zayid

Maysoon Zayid is an actress, comedian, writer and disability advocate. She is a graduate of, and a Guest Comedian in Residence, at Arizona State University. Maysoon is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest. She was a full-time On Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann and a columnist for The Daily Beast. She has most recently appeared on Oprah Winfrey Network’s In Deep Shift, 60 Minutes, and ABC News. Maysoon had the number one TED Talk of 2014 and was named 1 of 100 Women of 2015 by BBC. As a professional comedian, Maysoon has performed in top New York clubs and has toured extensively at home and abroad. She was a headliner on the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Muslims Are Coming Tour. Maysoon appeared alongside Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess with the the Zohan and has written for VICE. She walked in New York Fashion Week and is proud to be an ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Maysoon is currently developing a comedy series with Hazy Mills Productions called If I Cancan.