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M.S., BCBA Lead Co-Instructor
Jamie Duncan-Chapman has over 12 years of experience working with children with disabilities in public and private settings. She earned her Master’s in 2002 from Florida Institute of Technology and also became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the same year. She is currently an Instructional Specialist for CSAAC where she evaluates student programs and trains teachers and teaching assistants. Through her work, she has experience designing and developing online courses for various audiences, something she believes will help her as a co-instructor in the online classroom. Jamie has had extensive practice troubleshooting teaching procedures to determine the most effective techniques and has also been responsible for county-wide acquisition and implementation of a web-based professional development and resource program. She has also been a featured speaker in several webinars and workshops on the topic of autism. Jamie anticipates bringing her real-world experience into the real-virtual world to contribute to the next future behavior analysts.
M.S., BCBA Lead Co-Instructor
Jan Montgomery graduated with a master of science degree in psychology with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis from North Dakota State University in 1988 and became board certified in 2000. Her career has included work at a head injury rehabilitation program where she directed a secure locked unit for violent offenders, chairing LRC committees, consulting with group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities and providing behavior workshops for caregivers and professionals. From 1997 through 2008, Jan worked with dependent children and their caregivers, beginning with a pilot project with the Positive Parenting group. This pilot project was headed by Dr. Michael Stoutimore, based on Dr. Glenn Latham’s work. Jan was elected and served as president of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis from 2010 to 2011 and her presidential speech highlighted the ongoing need for behavior analysts to work with individuals with mental health diagnoses. Having the opportunity to work in the areas of developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury, and also with children, caregivers and professionals in the child welfare system, has given Jan a wide range of experience in training. Her specialty interest areas in ABA include working with parents of children with problem behaviors and, more recently, exploring areas in organizational behavior management. Jan finds it particularly exciting to teach behavior analysis to students who will go on to use their knowledge to change lives.
Robertson, Corey L.
M.S., BCBA Lead Co-Instructor
Corey Robertson graduated with a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Institute of Technology in 2006 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2007. He began his career in 1998 as an exceptional education teacher for the Orange County Public Schools, working two years at the elementary level and two years at the middle school level. He has since worked as a behavior analyst for a number of organizations, working in homes, schools and community settings with parents, teachers, and staff to improve the lives of children and adults with and without disabilities. He is also interested in Organizational Behavior Management as it applies to human services. Corey is passionate about teaching and enjoys interacting with students from all types of backgrounds, from all over the world. His experiences in different applications and settings of applied behavior analysis has given him a well-rounded perspective and has contributed to his knack for explaining things in a way that is easy to understand and remember.
Zuluaga, Carlos A.
M.S., BCBA Lead Co-Instructor
Carlos Zuluaga, M.S., BCBA, received his BCaBA in 2005, graduated with a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2006, and received his BCBA in 2007. Carlos has been working with children with developmental disabilities and language delays for the past five years. Throughout this experience, he has seen how important it is to have a good foundation in the basic principles and procedures used in behavior analysis in order to be an effective practitioner. Carlos has served as the lead behavior analyst at Quest Kids, Inc. in Orlando, FL since 2005. In this role, Carlos carries out assessments of skill deficits and develops, implements, and evaluates behavior programs to address those deficits. He also provides supervision to behavior analysts in training, conducts parent training on compliance management, community outings, feeding programs, and functional communication training. Carlos is excited to have the opportunity to be a co-instructor for the Florida Tech ABA Online Program and to share his knowledge, skills, and experiences with students.
Assistant Lead Instructors
Jennifer Engheben earned her Master of Science in Education from Mercy College in 2005. She met the BACB’s instructional requirements by completing Florida Institute of Technology’s online professional development course sequence in December of 2008 and received her BCBA in March of 2009. During Jenn’s undergrad years, she volunteered at a shelter for women and children where she worked in both the nursery and after school program - this motivated her to pursue a career in education. She has been teaching since 2003. She has also worked as a supervisor and parent trainer since 2005. One of her greatest skills as a co-instructor is her ability to have students actively participate at an intense level while maintaining a relaxed classroom environment. Jenn is excited to inspire future behavior analysts to be compassionate when providing services and remain true to the dimensions of applied behavior analysis.
Kinney, Chad E. L.
Chad Kinney earned his MS in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2007, and became a BCBA that same year. He first became interested in behavior analysis in 2000 while in undergrad at the University of Florida, and began working as a behavior consultant in homes and schools after graduating in 2003. He earned his BCaBA in 2004, and started working with the Humane Society on dog training, and began working in home with children with autism and developmental disabilities. He also did some direct care staff work with adults at a local ADT, and led an anger management course for court-ordered youth at a local P.A.L. From 2007 to 2009, Chad worked as the lead teacher/program director/principal of a small school for children with autism. Chad has been a co-instructor for the online program since 2007. He is especially interested in the tremendous applications of behavior analysis to general education, counseling, and animal training, and is excited to be teaching in the field.
Christi Reed received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology. She has an extensive background in applying ABA methods in a variety of areas such as homes, schools, companies and in the courtroom as an expert witness in the field of ABA. Ongoing support and protection of the integrity of the field by training quality persons to have better standards of practice and the ability to develop effective and high caliber programming is what motivates Christi in her practice (though she admits chocolate is a close second). Christi looks forward to the opportunity to become more involved in teaching in a more formal environment to help students prepare for certification in ABA.
Rob Satterfield, beloved Co-instructor and FL Tech Alumnus passed away of natural causes on Saturday March 29, 2014. His wife, Debbie, survives him. I loved Rob like a son and I am finding it difficult to come up with appropriate words to honor his memory. He was one of my closest colleagues, my former graduate student (class of 2005), and current assistant lead co-instructor for Florida Tech’s ABA Online. He has been one of the true pillars of our ABA Online program for many years, contributing to various teams, such as our curriculum team. Rob was one of the kindest and nicest persons I have had the pleasure to know. His sense of humor always made us laugh even during trying times. Please join me in celebrating his life and mourning his death.
Jose A. Martinez-Diaz, PhD, BCBA-D
Professor and Associate Dean
Florida Tech School of Behavior Analysis
Florida Institute of Technology
Albert, Kristin M.
M.Ed., NYS LBA, BCBA
Kristin Albert graduated with a B.A. in psychology and English from Allegheny College in 2004, earned her M.Ed. in special education from Penn State University in 2007, and is currently enrolled as a behavior analysis doctoral student at Florida Institute of Technology. Kristin began working in the field of ABA in 2004; she became a BCBA in 2008, while working at the Carbone Clinic. She has worked as a 1:1 therapist, program supervisor, clinic-based assistant director, and consultant in home-, school-, and center-based ABA programs for children with autism, developmental disorders, and behavioral disorders. Kristin has experience with B. F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior, discrete trial instruction, natural environment teaching, direct instruction, behavior intervention plans, descriptive assessment, and supervision/tutoring towards board certification as a behavior analyst. She has published research on using an interrupted chain procedure to increase manding, joint control, and a behavioral analysis of eye contact. She has also developed and implemented staff management and training procedures, performance management programs, and data-based decision protocols. Kristin is passionate about teaching others about behavior analysis and verbal behavior.
Bill Carlucci, M.S., BCBA received his Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2009. Currently, Bill is a behavior analyst at Devereux Florida State Inpatient Psychiatric Program in Orlando, FL. Bill is responsible for conducting functional assessments/analyses for individuals ages 12-17 diagnosed with mental health disorders, developing and evaluating behavioral programs, and implementing a campus-wide level system and incentive system. Bill has also worked as a behavior analyst for Devereux Florida Family Care, where he was responsible for conducting assessments, developing, and evaluating behavior programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Additionally, Bill conducted a 30-hour training in the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to foster parents working with individuals with developmental disabilities. This experience allowed Bill to develop teaching materials, including real world examples to share with students. Shortly after, Bill continued teaching ABA courses to other foster care programs and group home staff members. He enjoyed the experience of tutoring these individuals to assist them as they sat for the BCBA and BCaBA exams. Bill’s diverse clinical experience has provided him with a vast array of experiences to share with his students and the ability to provide everyday examples.
Courtney, William "Tim"
Tim Courtney graduated with a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in 2006 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst that same year. He has worked as a behavior analyst since 2003 with different organizations such as the Brevard County Public Schools, The Transformations School of Autism, and currently, the Columbus Organization / Outreach Services of Indiana. In addition to his work as a behavior analyst, Tim has a plethora of instructional experience. He has been a co-instructor for Florida Institute of Technology since 2007, created a one-hour Autism curriculum for first responders and law enforcement throughout the state of Indiana, provides a two-day training in Positive Behavior Support throughout the state of Indiana, and is a BCBA Remote Supervisor, providing international supervision based on BACB standards. Tim’s research interests include functional assessment, medical and dental avoidance and escape behavior, verbal behavior, and dissemination of the science of Applied Behavior Analysis. He recently began working with the Indiana University’s dental program training dentists and dental hygienists how to behaviorally address avoidance and escape-maintained behavior. Serving as a co-instructor allows him the opportunity to stay on top of the latest innovative information, while sharing his experiences and teaching students best practices in the field of ABA.
Michael Cripe graduated with a Masters of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida in 2008 and received his BCBA in 2008. He had previously been a Florida Certified Behavior Analyst since 1988. Michael has worked with special populations for 30 years, in a number of behaviorally based programs. From 1988 to 1996, he served as a Behavior Specialist assigned to special projects at Tacachale, a large developmental services institution in Gainesville, Florida where he oversaw implementation of Azrin-Foxx toilet training programs and was the staff liaison to the University of Florida’s Demonstration Project on Self-Injurious Behavior. In 1996, he was hired by Dr. Michael Stoutimore as one of a team of behavior analysts on a new project to provide behavior analysis services to dependent children and their caregivers in Hillsborough County, Florida. He continued working in child welfare with the Behavior Analysis Services Program until its end in 2008. Michael has consulted with practitioners from other disciplines throughout his career and enjoys providing a behavior analytic perspective to colleagues from other backgrounds. His areas of interest include behavior analytic approaches to issues in child welfare, delinquency and education. He currently provides services to a broad spectrum of children, adults and families in the Tampa area.
Jessica Dean, M.S., BCBA graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2006 and received her BCBA that same year. Jessica specializes in teaching those with developmental disabilities functional communication based on Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior. She is interested in continuing to expand behavior analysts’ knowledge of the verbal operants and believes that this is an area that applied behavior analysts should have a greater understanding of. In addition to her duties as a co-instructor, Jessica also does behavior analytic work as an independent contractor for Behavior Change Consultants, Inc. and Establishing Operations, Inc. In these roles, Jessica is responsible for the oversight and programming for children and adolescents diagnosed with a developmental disability. She focuses on the acquisition of communication in combination with deceleration of inappropriate behavior and parent training. In terms of teaching future behavior analysts, Jessica’s greatest strength is her ability to take complex concepts and break them down into terms and situations that apply to them. Her students appreciate her availability to them, as well as her ability to relate tough concepts to “real world” situations that we, as behavior analysts, encounter on a daily basis.
Sheldon Ebbeler has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida. He has a well-rounded, albeit eclectic, background including education in physics, astronomy, communicative disorders, and linguistics.
Nonetheless, his passion resides within the field of behavior analysis. With over 15 years of experience in the applied arena, working with children, adults, and adolescents, he has been a board-certified behavior analyst for a decade. His specialty in this field is the analysis of verbal behavior and other phenomena related to complex human behavior.
M.S., BCBA, Director of Special Projects
Tom Freeman earned a master of science in ABA from Florida Tech in 2000 and became a BCBA in 2001. He began his career in 1979 at the Fernald State School in Massachusetts, a large residential institution. After working in direct care for several months, he became a staff-psychologist, and for the next 15 years, provided/oversaw 24-hour clinical behavioral services for several caseloads of individuals with a wide variety of behavioral, medical and functional needs. From 1986 through 1995, he also helped conduct seasonal animal behavior research, primarily with wild humpback whales for the University of Hawaii Marine Mammal Lab. He moved to Florida in 1995, continuing in clinical work, and in 2001 was hired to serve as the local review committee (LRC) chairperson and area behavior analyst for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities in Daytona Beach, where he provided comprehensive oversight of Medicaid waiver-based behavioral services in Volusia and Flagler counties. He first worked with Dr. Martinez-Diaz in 1997 at Threshold Inc., in Orlando Fla., and began assisting Dr. Martinez-Diaz in teaching certification coursework in 2000. He has been teaching with Jose ever since. He began working full-time for ABA Technologies in 2010 and is currently the senior vice-president. He has produced a number of publications and presentations in behavior analysis, and is co-author of the chapter titled, “Ethical Considerations for Applied Behavior Analysis” in Cooper, Heron, and Heward’s (2007) Applied Behavior Analysis, 2nd ed. He is deeply committed to sharing ABA with the world and is dedicated to helping students explore both the science and the heart of behavior analysis.
Kaitlynn Gokey received her masters of science at Florida Institute of Technology in 2012 and received her BCBA the same year. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in behavior analysis at Florida Tech. Kaitlynn has experience with a variety of populations, including those diagnosed with autism, traumatic brain injury, dementia, ADHD and Down syndrome. She has also published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and has a number of presentations. Kaitlynn loves teaching and lives for that “Aha!” moment when a student learns a pivotal behavior or challenging new concept. Teaching, for Kaitlynn, is a way to broaden one’s impact on the world, disseminate one of the most important sciences and improve lives beyond a person’s direct reach.
Houvouras IV, Andrew J.
Andrew says, "The world is better because of applied behavior analysis. The world needs applied behavior analysis." Certified as a behavior analyst since 1998, Andrew graduated with a MA in psychology from Marshall University. A BCBA for Brevard County Public Schools since 2001, Andrew specializes in the assessment and treatment of severe challenging behavior, serves as an expert witness for county due process cases, and handles high acuity cases within the school system. A regular presenter at local, state and international conferences, an author of CE presentations and a published author, Andrew enjoys public speaking and spending time with his family swimming, surfing, stand up paddleboarding, and coaching/playing sports. His interests are all aspects of ABA including behavioral medicine, the application of ABA to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and the dissemination of ABA. He looks forward to every class he teaches and feels fortunate to be part of the program. "I hope students understand learning is lifelong and remember what BF Skinner said, 'Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.'"
Katie Kavanaugh has her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis from Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. Katie became a BCBA in May of 2013 and has worked with children and adolescents with autism (both in-center and in-home), children with other behavioral concerns, parent training, international consultation and organizational behavior management. Katie has interests in international dissemination, experimental analysis of behavior, instructional design, sustainability, relational frame theory and organizational behavior management. Katie is currently a doctoral student at Florida Institute of Technology in the School of Behavior Analysis and is providing distance supervision to students that do not have access to a BCBA on location in sites such as India, Kuwait, Australia and South Africa. She is also a lab manager for an aquatic operant lab where they train goldfish and research interesting and exciting ways to study behavior. She hopes to enlighten her students to the applications of behavior analysis outside of developmental disabilities and to motivate her students to work hard and to find their passion for the field, just as Katie has found hers.
Ph.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director of the Scott's Center for Autism Treatment
Dr. Michael E. Kelley graduated from Louisiana State University with a doctorate in psychology with an emphasis in behavior analysis in 2003. He was trained at Johns Hopkins University and Emory University prior to joining the faculty at Emory University in 2004. Dr. Kelley has held positions at Emory University, the University of Southern Maine, The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Florida Institute of Technology. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, autism and translational research.
Dr. Kelley is both a BCBA-D and licensed psychologist. He has extensive experience assessing and treating severe problem behavior such as aggression, self-injurious behavior, destructive behavior, pica and pediatric feeding disorders.
Dr. Kelley was awarded the B.F. Skinner New Researcher Award in August 2010 for exceptional promise for behavioral research within 7 years of receiving a doctorate and has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (2009-2012).
Melissa Knoll graduated with a master of science degree in applied behavior analysis from Florida Institute of Technology and received her BCBA in 2007. She has experience working in the field of autism and other related disabilities, is most interested in working with clients with severe behavioral disorders and rare diagnoses and has been privileged to work with a few rare cases including Prader Willi and Phelan Mcdermid syndromes. Melissa has researched stimulus-stimulus pairing procedure on a 3-year-old autistic male and also has worked to develop a hand-held computer used to assist caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease in their daily living. She has worked as a behavior analyst working with children with developmental disabilities for organizations such as Florida Tech Behavioral Services, Quest Kids, Inc., PRBAI and Brevard County School System. Melissa loves working with and teaching students to help them become confident and knowledgeable behavior analysts.
Paula Leonardo graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in May of 2003 and received her BCBA in 2004. Since 2001 Paula has worked as a Behavior Analysts for three consulting firms and served on the faculty of the University of South Florida for five years as a Behavior Analyst with the Behavior Analysis Serviced Program (BASP), in partnership with the Department of Children and Families. In this capacity, Paula’s role included providing services to families experiencing behavior issues with the children or foster children who were living with them. Paula has experience working with children with mental health issues or development issues, and has assisted in the development of behavior management programs for local group homes and mental health facilities. Paula also has five years of experience providing parenting training for caregivers in the community. She currently holds the additional duties of assisting in developing curriculum for parent training, providing behavior management training for parents, teenage mothers, and inmates in jail awaiting re-entry into the community. Paula is motivated by the fact that as a CBA, she can make a huge difference in people’s lives and the world.
Anita Li earned her B.S. in psychology from the University of Florida and M.S. in applied behavior analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. She is also currently pursuing her Ph.D. in behavior analysis at Western Michigan University. Prior to beginning her doctoral program, Anita was a clinical director at a severe behavior center, where she implemented and supervised programming for students, conducted functional assessments, designed practicum curriculum and trained staff. In addition, she's also worked in early intervention, consultation in-home and in-schools and remote supervision and has assisted with certification exam preparation for students. Anita is motivated by her love of behavior analysis and sharing her knowledge with others in and out of the field and hopes to bring practical applications to the classroom and broaden her students' repertoires. Anita has a strong background in research as well as disseminating behavior analysis to parents and other professionals. She has presented her research at a variety of conferences. She is also strongly interested in other areas of behavior analysis such as the experimental analysis of behavior, behavior economics, relational frame theory and its applications (ie. ACT), philosophy of behavior and instructional design.
Clare Liddon received her Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in 2013, and became a BCBA in early 2014. She then went on to earn her Ph. D. in Behavior Analysis from FIT in 2015. She is working as a Post-Doctoral Fellow on the Neurobehavioral Inpatient Unit at the Kennedy Kreiger Institute. Clare has experience working in early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) programs for children with autism, both center-based and in home. She also has experience working in home with typical children with behavioral problems, foster parents, and in school with teachers. Clare has a great passion for behavior analysis. She has been authored on peer-reviewed journal articles, and has presented at multiple state and national conferences. Clare’s clinical and research interests include treatment of severe behavior problems, verbal behavior, behavioral relapse, and treatment maintenance. She hopes to help perpetuate the field behavior analysis through shaping the skill sets of future clinicians and researchers."
Alexander Lorenzo graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in May 2010 with his Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis and received his BCBA in the same year. In the past, he has presented a seminar on Teaching Verbal Behavior to children diagnosed with Autism at Florida International University. He is motivated by watching the improvement of behavior, and believes that ABA has life-changing power. While currently employed as the President and Executive Clinical Director at Animate Behavior. Alex has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2008.
MacLeod, K. Sandra
K. Sandra MacLeod received her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Utah in 2008, she received her BCBA in 2000. She has taught in many different settings and a range of people and backgrounds graduate and undergraduate courses in ABA for teachers at the University of Utah and graduate students in the ABA program at The Chicago School of Psychology. As part of the Behavior Analysis Services program she was a senior behavior analyst and taught caregivers positive parenting strategies. She enjoys enlivening her teaching with examples from clinical work and personal experience, and loves to see the people she works with try a small behavior change intervention and see what happens. Her research has been with students who have difficult backgrounds and are struggling in school. Currently, K. Sandra MacLeod is working in Behavior Consulting. She is always learning and open to new insights, and enjoys seeing the possibilities in the people she works with.
Emily Meyer earned her Master’s degree in Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Institute of Technology’s School of Behavior Analysis in December of 2012 and became a BCBA that same year. Before her introduction into behavior analysis, Emily received her Bachelor’s degree in Education (with a major in Varying Exceptionalities) through the University of North Florida. Her professional career began in 2004, serving as a public school Special Educator for four years, during which time she earned her first Master’s degree in Education. As a teacher, Emily served children with disabilities in kindergarten through third grade by co-teaching in inclusive classrooms. This environment gave Emily the opportunity to collaborate with professionals in various disciplines including administrators, psychologists, behavior analysts, general and special educators, as well as the parents of the children she taught. Upon her introduction to Jose and his courses in behavior analysis, Emily realized how the understanding of this applied science could have positively impacted her abilities as a teacher. Since that time, Emily has been excited to share the “good news” of behavior analysis with other professionals, especially those working in the field of education. Emily uses her experiences in education to help explain the concepts of behavior analysis to a range of audiences from various backgrounds. This ability is invaluable in her current position as Curriculum and Performance Specialist for ABA Technologies Inc., where she gets to work “behind the scenes” in creating the online courses and in applying behavior analysis in a business setting.
Myers-Kemp, Kristin K.
Ph.D., BCBA-D, Director of Curriculum Evaluation and Improvement
Kristin Myers-Kemp graduated with a Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in May of 2005 and received her BCBA the same year. After spending several years “in the field” Kristin returned to FL Tech to pursue a Ph.D under Dr. David Wilder. Kristin received a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis in July of 2011. Upon graduation Kristin returned to her previous position as the Director of Curriculum Evaluation and Improvement for ABA Technologies, Inc in conjunction with FL Tech’s own ABA Online Program. She has worked for the University of Florida Behavior Analysis Services Program, providing training on Behavior Intervention Plans to caregivers, as well as writing Behavior Intervention Plans and overseeing their implementation. Kristin has also acted as a liaison for dependent children receiving treatment in DCF programs, community providers and other partners to develop, access, and network behavioral resources for children and families. She has been a co-instructor for the ABA Online Program since 2007 although most of her time is dedicated overseeing the curriculum rather than teaching. Her research interests include behavior analysis in education through educational programs, including maximizing effectiveness of education through curriculum design, the effect of effort on behavior and childhood compliance.
Osborne, Matthew R.
Matthew R. Osborne received a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Florida Institute of Technology in 2007, and became a BCBA later that year. In 2000, he was introduced to behavior analysis as an undergrad while simultaneously working as a direct support professional in an inpatient mental health hospital and as a behavior therapist in a school for adolescents diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Matthew has experience supervising and providing behavioral services for children and adults diagnosed with autism, intellectual disability, and/or brain injury within residential, school, community, and inpatient hospital settings. He actively seeks out opportunities to communicate the effectiveness of ABA to parents, new client populations, and to local businesses and organizations. Matthew is a tech geek and is energized by finding hacks to improve both staff performance and client outcomes. Currently, he is developing strategies to improve both communication and collaboration across multidisciplinary treatment teams. Additionally, he enjoys developing practical and effective interventions for adults who exhibit high intensity/low frequency problem behavior in inpatient and community-based settings. Matthew is excited to be a part Florida Tech’s highly qualified team of co-instructors and to share his experiences as a professional behavior analyst with future behavior analysts.
Valeria Parejo graduated with a Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in 2006 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst the same year. She began her career in the field of ABA in 2002, and while working full-time as a Behavior Analyst, she completed FIT’s Master’s program in Orlando. After graduation, she was invited to serve as a member of the Hillsborough LRC, which reviews behavior plans of the area’s providers to ensure that ethical guidelines are followed and best practices are upheld.
Etti Parnes, MS, BCBA, earned her Master of Science in Special Education from Adelphi University in 2000. She completed her coursework to meet the instructional requirements set by the BACB through Penn State University in 2007, and earned her certification as a BCBA in 2009. Etti has been working in the field of special education since 1993, in both school and home settings. She currently teaches a course on Curricular Assessment and Behavior Management at Mercy College in Brooklyn, NY, and also provides behavioral services at home; she works with students with a range of disabilities and challenging behaviors. She loves empowering future teachers about ABA and is excited about how effective behavior analysis is when used in the classroom setting.
Matt Potak graduated with his Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology and has over 10 years of experience working in the field of Behavior Analysis. Matt is currently serving as the president of the Bay Area Association for Behavior Analysis and also serves on the Legislature committee for the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. As an instructor he brings a diverse background that includes working with individuals with acquired and traumatic brain injury, sex offenders, developmental disorders, and Autism. Matt brings many experiences throughout his career to the classroom that he believes can help others retain concepts, principles, and how to apply them in real life settings. He owns his own practice and is excited to teach and to make a difference in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Catalina Rey, MS, BCBA graduated with a Master’s of Science degree in Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Institute of Technology in 2010 and received her BCBA the same year. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology. Catalina has several years of experience in behavior analysis and has a strong background in research. She has experience working with foster parents, intensive problem behavior with adolescents living in group homes, and working with young children with autism in early intervention. Finally Catalina has produced a number of publications and presentations on behavior analysis and performance. Her aim is to bring her real life experiences into the classroom to share with others. Catalina is passionate about behavior analysis, finds teaching to be motivational and is excited to be teaching in the field.
Ryan Jr., Robert J.
Robert Ryan graduated with a Master’s of Science Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Tech in 2007 and received his BCBA in 2008. He has experience in verbal behavior, functional assessment and analysis, behavior support plans, discrete trail training, natural environment teaching, precision teaching, direct instruction, and assessment of basic language and learning skills, but considers verbal behavior his specialty and the area he is most interested in. Robert has held various positions as a behavior analyst including District Behavior Analysis for the Osceola County Public Schools where he developed programs and training for school and district level staff, and administrated district cases for implementation of programs and student placement changes. He has also been the CEO and President of Behavior & Communication Therapy, Inc., a Behavior Analysist company consulting with individual families and institutions specializing in individual student and employee goals, providing training, management and organization for those who are working with individuals with autism and other developmental disorders. Robert has always thought that ABA is a critical component of teaching; it defines, describes, and prescribes what good teaching is.
Sickman, Lisa M.
Lisa Sickman received her BCBA in 2013. She taught for two years as a graduate student at Western Michigan University and worked for two years at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders as a clinician where she implemented behavioral techniques to teach skills and reduce challenging behaviors for children and adults ages 3 to 23. She completed research on conditioned reinforcers for the use of teaching new skills to children diagnosed with autism. Her specialty interests in ABA include working with clients with various developmental disabilities to teach new skills and improving company systems. Both in her experience at Western Michigan and as a clinician, Lisa found the best part of her career to be when she could teach and finds it most exciting when she can see students apply what they have learned to their own lives.
Silbaugh, Bryant C.
Bryant C. Silbaugh earned a BA in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, and an MA in Psychology from San Diego State University (SDSU). After SDSU he worked for multiple ABA service delivery agencies in southern California as a behavioral technician and then supervisor. As a behavioral supervisor he designed and supervised behavior intervention programming for children with Autism of all ages in homes, schools and a clinic setting, and was extensively involved in the development of staff training modules and systems for assessing staff performance with clients. Bryant is currently enrolled in a PhD program in Special Education at the University of Texas, Austin, specializing in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. He works for a local agency providing behavior intervention to children with Autism, consults with a local school district on using evidence-based best practices in the classroom, and is involved in translational and applied research that relate to behavioral variability, functional communication training and motivation. His extensive background in Autism, scientific training, and passion for disseminating Behavior Analysis and training new professionals in the field make him a valuable asset to our program.
Sharin Smolenyak graduated with a Master’s of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Florida in 1974, became a Florida Certified Behavior Analyst in 1987 and received her BCBA in 2003. She worked at the Children’s Mental Health Autistic In-patient Unit at the University of Florida Shands Hospital, and has had 33 years of experience working at a Florida Developmental Services Institution with individuals juvenile to geriatric. Sharin was a Certified Behavior Analyst on-call for behavior emergencies for seven years for an institution of 550 residents. She provided behavioral services in Florida District 3 for ten years in group homes, foster homes, schools, ARC’s, and aging and adult services placements. She has worked for the past two years as a Clinical Behavioral Specialist F/C at the Seguin Unit male forensic facility for the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Sharin is proud and enthused to be a co-instructor, and to have a role in contributing to the quality of Applied Behavior Analysis services that are provided.
Alice studied at Auburn University for her undergraduate degree in Psychology, and graduated in 2010 from California Lutheran University with an MS in Clinical Psychology. In 2012 she completed the FIT ABA online course series and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst the same year. She began working with preschool children with autism in 2004, using ABA-based strategies. She continued her work in Los Angeles, using ABA-based interventions in private homes, community, and public and private school settings. As a clinical supervisor she has performed assessments, developed intervention plans, and trained parents, teachers, and staff. This experience has shaped her approach to implementing evidence-based interventions in real-world settings. She is particularly passionate about applied research on early intensive behavior intervention, social skills, communication, and ethical practice. Alice volunteers her time with organizations emphasizing evidence-based practice, and has presented her research at a number of national conferences. She credits FIT for properly preparing her for the BCBA exam and is excited to share the experiences with her students.
Angelique Walsh - Angelique Walsh received her BCBA in 2002, and graduated with a Master of Science Degree in psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Nevada at Reno in 2003. She
joined with the University of South Florida to work on a granted statewide project to increase the safety and stability of children in foster care placements. During the first six years with the University, Angelique focused on training numerous caregivers and professionals to use behavior management techniques to improve their children's behavioral problems and cope with mental health disorders. While with the University, she worked on several research projects and a program re-design project for group homes. As a Senior Behavior Analyst, Angelique has supervised other behavior analysts working in the community with caregivers of children in foster care, and built relationships with other agencies in the community. For the past five years, she has been working with Behavior Basics Incorporated as a behavior consultant and the Director of Instructional Design. Behavior Basics has offered her the opportunity to design curriculum, train teenage mothers and train prisoners re-entering the community from a jail setting. Angelique finds her work fulfilling and important; she is always researching something and usually reads several books at one time because there are just too many interesting books out there to just choose one.
Marc earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Western Michigan University and M. S. in Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. In addition, he was a postdoc at Juniper Gardens Children’s Project at the University of Kansas. He has taught graduate and undergraduate-level courses in ABA and has conducted basic and applied research. He has extensive experience providing behavior analysis services to individuals with a variety of developmental disabilities in home, clinic, and school settings. Marc’s main areas of interest are teaching functional communication skills to children with autism, behavioral pharmacology, and staff training/management. He is currently Senior Clinical Manager with Easter Seals Bay Area’s Autism Project where he oversees the operations of the clinical programs in the Pleasant Hill, CA office. Finally, he has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored a textbook chapter, and presented at state and national conferences.
Leigh Wooten graduated from the University of Central Florida with her educational specialist degree in school psychology in 2000. She became a board-certified behavior analyst in 2005 and also is a licensed school psychologist. Leigh has provided school psychological and behavior analytic services to the Osceola County School District since 2000. Working in the school district, Leigh provides behavioral consultation and training to teachers, administrators and parents and oversees the implementation of behavior plans. Leigh’s specialized training in the assessment of individuals with developmental disabilities allows her to develop effective behavior intervention for students, sensitive to their specific areas of need. Leigh has worked for community agencies as a behavior analyst in the Orlando area and has provided supervision to individuals seeking their board certifications in behavior analysis. She formerly taught behavior analysis for the University of West Florida and enjoys providing an engaging and interactive learning environment for her students, who are working toward a common goal of improving the quality of life for their clients.