Presenter Bios

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Maria Arnold, M.Ed., BCBA
Rutgers University, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center

Mrs. Arnold is an adjunct professor for the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. She has a B.S. in Elementary/Special Education from Seton Hall University, and a Masters Degree in Special Education from Rutgers University. She is also a certified behavior analyst. Mrs. Arnold has over 40 years of experience working with people on the autism spectrum. She has co-authored publications and presented at conferences and workshops at a local, state, and national level on topics related to applied behavior analysis and special education. She has also served on the behavior management committees of other programs. Mrs. Arnold’s current interests are in special education law and compliance as well as curriculum and transition services.

Workshop # A8

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Katherine Baker, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Behavior Analysts of Oregon

Dr. Katherine Baker is the founder of Behavior Analysts of Oregon and a behavioral and educational consultant. Dr. Baker has specialized in using the principles of ABA to teach educational goals and language development in students with autism and developmental delays in employment, educational, community and home settings for the past decade. She obtained her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from Columbia University, is a BCBA-D and holds New York teaching certifications in both general education and the education of students with disabilities. She has presented at national and international conferences on effectively using ABA across educational settings and increasing complex verbal and social behavior in students with developmental delays.

Workshop # #44

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Nicole Ballinghoff, M.Ed.
Partners in Learning

Ms. Ballinghoff completed her Master's degree at Arcadia University and is the Assistant Director of Behavioral Support at Partners in Learning, Inc. She has worked with young children with autism since 2006 and has presented research on the topics of video modeling, differential reinforcement schedules, and technology as stimulus prompts for students with ASD.

Workshop # G63

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Kelly Balon, M.A., BCBA
Manasquan Public Schools

Ms. Balon holds a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University. She has worked in the field of behavior analysis for the past 19 years and has conducted research in the area of teaching methods for young children with autism. Ms. Balon has presented her research and other ABA topics at state and national conferences. One of her most recent accomplishments included starting up a successful public high school program for students with autism. Ms. Balon’s professional interests lie in staff training, behavior reduction procedures, teaching functional skills, and implementing ABA in inclusive settings. 

Workshop # B15

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John Barnard, M.S.Ed., BCBA
Bancroft School

John C. Barnard is the Director of Elementary Education at the Bancroft School in Haddonfield, NJ. He is an experienced clinician and educator with more than 20 years’ experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities in both home-based and center-based instructional environments. Mr. Barnard earned a Master's of Science in Education in Applied Behavior Analysis from Temple University, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and is certified by the NJ Department of Education as a Teacher of the Handicapped. Mr. Barnard is familiar with the individualized and comprehensive curriculum sequencing that guides early intensive behavioral intervention and with the implementation of clinical support to school-aged students in inclusive, center-based, and community-based placements. Mr. Barnard is also a part-time adjunct professor in the ABA program at Rowan University.

Workshop # F56

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Kerry Beetel, M.A.
Southern Regional High School
 

Kerry Beetel, M.A. has been teaching in the field of special education for 16 years. He currently is a special education teacher at Southern Regional High School’s autism program where he has established a functioning teaching café and greenhouse for the students to practice and learn vocational skills. Mr. Beetel is also the founder and president of the nonprofit Piece of the Puzzle, Inc. which provides vocational and life skills training to young adults with autism in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Workshop # G65

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Helen Bloomer, M.S, BCBA, LBA
Helen Bloomer Autism Consultation

Ms. Bloomer, a NYS-licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst, was trained and affiliated for ten years at the Children's Unit for Treatment and Evaluation at SUNY Binghamton under the direction of Dr. Raymond Romanczyk. She is the founder and former Executive Director of the Crossroads School in New York and New England. Ms. Bloomer has done extensive work in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis, co-authoring and presenting at numerous conferences, nationally and internationally. She has consulted for schools in the United States, Ireland, Brazil and China. In addition, she produced the training video series "Bridges" which has helped families and educators throughout the world. She recently was also the Clinical Director of PAAL, assistant director at the McCarton Upper School in Manhattan, adjunct lecturer at The Sage Colleges, and adjunct lecturer for Brooklyn College. Currently Ms. Bloomer is the Chief Clinical Director for Peter Gerhardt Associates, LLC. Ms. Bloomer is an approved TRICARE provider and consults with numerous families in the U.S. Military. Ms. Bloomer has been a member of the executive board for the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis (NYSABA) for approximately 15 years. She previously has served in many positions including President, Member at Large, etc. Ms. Bloomer was a peer reviewer for the New York State Department of Health clinical practice guidelines for autism/pervasive developmental disorders. 

Workshop # E45

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Andy Bondy, Ph.D.
Pyramid Educational Consultants

Andy Bondy is Co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. Dr. Bondy is an innovative leader in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis. He directed a statewide public school system for students with autism for fourteen years. He is co-author of the PECS Training Manual, 2nd Edition, A Picture’s Worth, and Autism 24/7. Along with Dr. Beth Sulzer-Azaroff, Andy wrote The Pyramid Approach to Education, a training manual that offers an integrated orientation to developing effective educational environments blending applied behavior analysis with functional activities and creative communication strategies.

Workshops # A10, L&L 3 & C26

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Kate Cerino Britton, Ed.D., BCBA

Alpine Learning Group

Kate Cerino Britton is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a certified teacher of the handicapped, and has worked with individuals with autism since 1997. She is currently the Principal of the education program at the Alpine Learning Group. She holds a Masters in Educational Administration from Caldwell College and Special Education from Long Island University and recently completed a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University. She serves on the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis Board of Directors as the Secretary and Continuing Education Chair and has presented at national and international conferences.

Workshop # C28

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Michele Brosman

Michele is a mother of 4 children. Her third child is a son, now 18 years old, with autism. She has been married for 30 years and a registered nurse for 30 years.  

Workshop # C21

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Debra Brothers, BSN, RN
Somerset Hills Learning Institute

Debbie earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wilkes University in 1984. She has received PALS Certification and Advanced First Aid Certifications and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. As a school nurse, Debbie provides instruction to teachers, parents, and management teams on health and comorbid conditions for children with autism as well as education to parents. She also conducts comprehensive nursing assessments of nonverbal and verbal children with autism to determine their medical needs. Debbie has presented at various professional conferences including those hosted by NJABA and Princeton Child Development Institute. Debbie’s research interests include weight management and successful participation in medical procedures. 

Workshop # E47

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Kevin Brothers, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Somerset Hills Learning Institute

Dr. Brothers is the founding Executive Director of the Somerset Hills Learning Institute. His career spans more than 30 years providing behavior analytic services to people with autism. Dr. Brothers earned his Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas in 1999. Having studied with Drs. Donald M. Baer, Patricia J. Krantz, and Lynn E. McClannahan, his research interests include issues in stimulus control, organizational behavior management, and using digital technology in autism treatment. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. He currently co-mentors masters and doctoral students in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Workshops # D32 & E47

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Marlene Brown, M.S., BCBA
Rutgers University, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center

Marlene Brown, M.S., BCBA, is the Assistant Director of Outreach Services at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center. Ms. Brown has over 25 years of experience in statewide advocacy, influencing policy development, and working with learners with autism spectrum disorder. She has also presented at local and national conferences on a variety of topics surrounding home-based services and supports for families of learners with ASD.

Workshop # A8

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Donald Brown, ChFC, CASL, LUTCF
MassMutual Tri State 

Don has been in the financial services industry for the past 31 years. Before transitioning to MassMutual Tri State, Don was with MetLife since 1985. During his many years with MetLife, he has been recognized as an industry leader in both personal production and management. Educating individuals and families on how to properly plan for a dependent with special needs is a primary focus of Don’s practice. He regularly presents to local support groups and nonprofit organizations, including a monthly educational workshop for expecting parents on the basics of financial security. Don also provides assistance to local businesses. He is active in his local Chamber of Commerce, who recognized him as their 2011 Member of the Year. In addition, he runs employee workshops on topics including retirement planning to corporate clients. Don demonstrates a broad, long-standing commitment to local community and philanthropic service. He is an over 20-year volunteer with Camp Fatima of New Jersey, an all-volunteer one on one camp for developmentally challenged children. He annually acts as a camp activities staff member as well as serves on their finance committee. Don is involved with DeVry University-New Jersey Campus and was honored to be their commencement speaker in February 2011. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the grammar school at St. James Church in Woodbridge, NJ and has the coached the school’s soccer team since fall 2010. Don is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Economics and Finance and holds his Series 6, 7, 63, and 24 security licenses along with his life, annuity, accident and health licenses, and LUTCF, CASL® and ChFC® designations.

Workshop # C22

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Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA-D
Autism New Jersey

Dr. Suzanne Buchanan is the Executive Director at Autism New Jersey, a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral (BCBA-D). She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Long Island University and has worked in the autism field for more than fifteen years. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Dr. Buchanan provides Autism New Jersey with clinical leadership; disseminates information regarding evidence-based intervention to parents, professionals, and the media; and advises public policy efforts from a clinical perspective. Her interests include family resilience, informed decision-making about autism intervention, and contributing to the development and implementation of state policies that impact the autism community and the professionals who support them. She currently serves as the Government Affairs Chair of the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis, is a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association’s Committee on Legislative Affairs, and is the co-author of Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism: An Introduction and other agency publications.

Workshop # Keynote

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Andrea Burleigh
Atlantic Cape Family Support Organization

Andrea Burleigh is the Executive Director of the Atlantic Cape Family Support Organization. As a mother of 4, she has experienced the trials and triumphs of raising children with mental health and developmental challenges. In 2005, Andrea began carrying out the FSO mission as a Community Outreach Specialist and continues to help families, now as the Executive Director. Andrea’s passion to help parents/caregivers and youth understand they aren't alone has enabled families to have their voices heard.

Workshop # C21

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Frank Campagna
"Autism Daddy" blog

Frank Campagna is father to a 13 year old son with autism. In 2011, he began writing about his experiences and has become a social media sensation with his "Autism Daddy" blog and Facebook page by giving people a humorous and realistic look at the world inside an autism household.

Workshop # F51

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Alison Capelli, B.A.
NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities

Alison Capelli earned a B.A. in Psychology from Stockton University. She has been in the field working with individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses for almost 10 years. Directly from college, Alison worked at the Occupational Training Center in Burlington County doing job coaching and counseling for individuals who obtained jobs at the McGuire Air Force Base. After working at OTC for three years, Alison obtained a position as a Habilitation Plan Coordinator with the Division of Developmental Disabilities. At DDD, she served as an advocate for individuals living in their own homes and in residential facilities with the state of New Jersey. Alison provided ongoing monitoring to ensure individuals’ health and safety were maintained. Alison began a new position in June 2016 in the Supports Program and Employment Services Unit and is assisting with getting individuals Medicaid and services through the Supports Program. 

Workshop # G61

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Tracey Cohen, B.S.
Author

Tracey Cohen is the author of Six Word Lessons on Female Asperger Syndrome published by Pacelli Publishing. Diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at the age of thirty-nine, Tracey aspires to empower others to learn, accept and find peace in an ever complicated neurotypical world through her book and speaking engagements. Tracey earned her B.S. in Kinesiology and K–12 teaching certificate at the University of MI in Ann Arbor. She is a lifelong competitive runner, freelance writer, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

Workshop # D31

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Katelynne Collick, B.A.
NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities

Katelynne Collick holds a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University has over eight years of experience in the field of supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For the past five years, her focus has been primarily geared towards employment outcomes. As an employment specialist for The Arc of New Jersey’s Project HIRE, Katelynne spent much time in the community working with individuals to achieve their employment goals. She also connected with multiple school districts to bring an employment focus to their transition programs. Following her time as an Employment Specialist, Katelynne held the role of Training and Consultation Services Director at The Arc of New Jersey. She provided training and technical assistance for supported employment to providers, individuals, and families throughout the state. Most recently, Katelynne has joined the Office of the Supports Program at the Division of Developmental Disabilities as the Coordinator of Employment and Transition Services. 


Workshop # G61

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Tara Costantini, MSW, LSW
Cape Atlantic Integrated Network for Kids & Atlantic Cape Community College

Tara Costantini, MSW, LSW, is a Care Manager Supervisor with Cape Atlantic Integrated Network for Kids and an Adjunct Professor at Atlantic Cape Community College. Tara received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2001. Tara has experience with therapeutic foster care, early childhood education, and with behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Tara supervises a team of care managers whose expertise is in facilitating a Child Family Team process to meet the needs of youth ages 3-21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities.   

Workshop # C21


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Terese Dana, M.S., BCBA
Laura Adaptive Recreation Center

Terese Dana, M.S., BCBA, is a behavior analyst and social skills consultant who has been helping students find solutions to social, emotional, and behavioral challenges since 1988. Ms. Dana consults for school, and home programs, both nationally and internationally. Ms. Dana is the co-founder of the Laura Adaptive Recreation Center in Madison, N.H., and currently serves as the center’s program designer and behavioral consultant. Ms. Dana authored the Fitting In and Having Fun DVD series which includes: Fitting In and Having Fun, Moving On to Middle School, Confident and In Control and High School Life: Unspoken Expectations and the File Factor Emotional Empowerment System. She is the autism consultant for Didi Lightful, an animated children's TV show currently in pre-production with Amazon. Ms. Dana has appeared on national television, in the New York Times and in The Autism Sourcebook, Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping and Healing. She has lectured in the US and Canada on the acquisition of social skills and self-regulation strategies.

Workshop # D35

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Lauren DeGrazia, M.A., BCBA
Partners in Learning

Lauren DeGrazia, M.A., BCBA is the Director of Behavioral Health at Partners in Learning, Inc., a nonprofit inclusive early education program. Ms. DeGrazia received her undergraduate degree in elementary/special education from LaSalle University in 2007 and graduated from Rowan University in 2012 with a Master's degree in ABA and a Graduate Certificate in ASD. She has presented on topics related to classwide and individual contingency management procedures, as well as feeding and toilet training protocols for children with autism.

Workshop # A4

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Jacqueline DeVore, Esq.
Mayerson & Associates

Jacqueline ("Jackie") DeVore is a passionate advocate who fights for the rights of children and their families. Jackie was handpicked to join the Mayerson & Associates litigation team due to her excellent litigation and advocacy skills as well as her demonstrable passion for advancing the rights of students with disabilities.

Workshop # B12

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Emerson Dickman, J.D.
Law Office of G. Emerson Dickman

G. Emerson Dickman has spent 40 years as an advocate and attorney for individuals with disabilities and their families. He has appeared before the NJ Supreme Court in the matters of Lascari and J.E., protecting due process rights of pupils in special education and constitutional rights of adults with developmental disabilities. Emerson has been recognized with national speaking engagements and many professional advisory board positions including current membership with the Professional Advisory Board of the Center for Development and Learning, and former membership of the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities and Secretary of ARC of NJ. Emerson and his team of caring professionals and support staff are based in Maywood, NJ.

Workshop # L&L 6

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Brett DiNovi, M.A., BCBA

Brett DiNovi & Associates

Brett is the founder & CEO of the largest award-winning behavioral consultation group of its kind on the East Coast of the United States which deploys over 300 consultants throughout NJ, PA, NY, DE, and worldwide through the use of remote video consultation. He has the unique and distinguished experience of studying applied behavior analysis under the rigorous scrutiny of both Dr. Julie S. Vargas (formerly Skinner) and Dr. E.A. Vargas at West Virginia University's internationally recognized program. For the past 27 years, Brett has used behavior analytic principles to create large scale change across school districts, fortune 500 companies using principles of organizational behavior management (OBM), and across individual learners. 

Workshop # A9

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Jacqueline Dobres, M.S., OTR/L, BCBA
Rutgers University, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center

Jacqueline Dobres is a licensed occupational therapist and certified behavior analyst. She graduated with her master's degree from Philadelphia University and her BCBA from Rutgers University. She is currently a behavior analyst with the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center and enjoys working with children with autism and their families. 

Workshop # C29

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Elizabeth Doerrbecker, Psy.D., BCBA-D
Berkeley Heights Public Schools

Dr. Doerrbecker is a BCBA-D and school psychologist for the Berkeley Heights School District. She received both her Psy.D and BCBA-D from Rutgers University and has focused much of her career on supporting children with autism and related disorders. Dr. Doerrbecker enjoys supervising psychology interns and supporting staff members working on RBT certifications.

Workshops # F55 & G64

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Craig Domanski, Ph.D., BCBA-D
The DATA Group

Craig Domanski, Ph.D., BCBA-D is the Clinical Director and co-founder of The DATA Group, an NJDOE-approved agency providing ABA services to families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Domanski also currently serves as the Chair for the NJABA Insurance Provider Workgroup which aims to disseminate information about providing services through health insurance plans to the behavior-analytic community. Dr. Domanski received his Ph.D. from Caldwell University and is currently an adjunct lecturer at Georgian Court University. His research interests include training conditional discrimination skills, the assessment and treatment of maladaptive behaviors, and parent training. 

Workshop # D39

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Joseph Ferrito, Psy.D.
Behavior Therapy Associates

Joseph J. Ferrito, Psy.D. is a postdoctoral fellow at Behavior Therapy Associates and a Certified School Psychologist in New Jersey. Dr. Ferrito earned his doctoral degree in Applied Psychology from Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. Dr. Ferrito has expertise in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with a broad array of mental health difficulties including trauma, anxiety, emotional and behavioral difficulties, learning disabilities, social-emotional skills deficits, and developmental delays. Dr. Ferrito provides individual, group, and family therapy, collaborative parent training, and psychological/psychoeducational evaluations.

Workshop # A6

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Theresa Fiani, B.A.
Queens College & the Graduate Center, CUNY

Theresa Fiani, B.A., is a 4th year Ph.D student at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Ms. Fiani moved to New York from Lebanon to pursue her Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis. Her research focuses on developing social communication interventions for children with developmental disabilities including teaching joint attention to children with autism and improving expressive communication in infants with Down syndrome. Ms. Fiani is also the research coordinator for SIBS Club, a program for children with autism and their siblings, and Adjunct Lecturer at Queens College. 

Workshop # E43

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Ira Fingles, Esq.
Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer

Ira M. Fingles has devoted his legal career to the representation of individuals with disabilities and their families. His motivation to enter this field stemmed from his experiences with his sister who has multiple disabilities. He has provided legal representation to individuals with disabilities in a variety of areas, including educational rights for children with disabilities, benefits and services for adults with disabilities, guardianship, and estate planning. He has argued precedent-setting cases in federal and state court and before administrative agencies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He received his J.D. degree from Temple University in 1992 and has been admitted to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars.

Workshop # D34

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Maria Fischer, Esq.
Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer 

Maria Fischer, Esq. is the mother of an adult daughter with autism. Maria’s legal work focuses on guardianship, estate planning, and helping families of adults with disabilities access and retain appropriate services. She testified before the New Jersey legislature on housing issues related to individuals with developmental disabilities and on controversial policies of the Division of Developmental Disabilities. She is an active member of the family advisory committee at The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey, serves on the Board of The Arc of Mercer County, and is the Chairperson of Special Olympics New Jersey. She earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars.

Workshops # B14 & C23

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Kate Fiske, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Rutgers University, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center

Kate Fiske, Ph.D., BCBA-D is a clinical assistant professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology of Rutgers University and an associate director at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center. Dr. Fiske earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University and completed her internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Her research interests include the evaluation of best practices for treating individuals with ASD using ABA and the provision of support for families of individuals with autism. She has presented at national conferences, published in books and journals, and is the author of Autism and the Family: Understanding and Supporting Parents and Siblings.

Workshop # C30

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Heather Francisco, M.Ed., BCBA

Freehold Township School District

Heather Francisco earned her masters in education and completed her BCBA coursework from Rutgers University. She is currently a special education teacher in a self-contained utism class in Freehold Township, NJ. She is responsible for training staff in effective teaching techniques based on best practices, evidence-based learning, and applied behavior principles. Mrs. Francisco also performs the following responsibilities: creating and implementing behavioral interventions, taking data on effectiveness of interventions and skill acquisition rate on individual programming, conducting treatment integrity checks, performing functional behavioral assessments and functional analyses to determine function of behavior in order to create function-based treatments, customizing IEPS, and analyzing behavioral data and academic/functional program data to inform decisions regarding action plans for students and modifications needed. Mrs. Francisco also works as a Behavioral Analyst, providing in-home behavioral therapy in the form of direct supervision of clients, supervision of therapists, and consulting with parents in order to provide effective treatment for problematic behavior and promote skill acquisition of positive replacement strategies and skills. Data collection and analysis is also a big part of her home programming as well as her school programming. Mrs. Francisco performs many of the same duties for in-home behavioral therapy as she does during the day as a teacher of an Applied Behavior Analysis classroom. Finally, Mrs. Francisco is also an adjunct professor at Rutgers University. She instructs prospective teachers and models effective teaching, research-based teaching techniques, and provides current research on behavioral interventions and data collection. Mrs. Francisco's experience is primarily with elementary school aged children. Mrs. Francisco has nine years' experience and has worked with many special populations of students including students with ADHD, students on the autism spectrum, students with communication impairments, students with physical impairments, students with intellectual disabilities, students who have English as a second language, and also students who are typically developing. Mrs. Francisco is interested in continuing research on evidence-based behavioral and academic interventions based on principles of applied behavior analysis and effective learning.

Workshop # B20

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Kathleen Freeman, Ph.D., RNC-NIC

Drexel University
 

Dr. Kathleen Freeman is an adjunct professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University Online in the Certificate Program in Nursing Care of Autism. She has been in nursing education for over 20 years. Certified in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing and holding a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Rowan University, Dr. Freeman has a clinical background in the developmentally vulnerable and has expanded this expertise to include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as a parent of an adult child with ASD. She received her B.S.N. from the University of Pennsylvania, M.S. in maternal-child health nursing from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Workshop # F54

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Lori Frost, M.S., CCC-SLP
Pyramid Educational Consultants

Lori A. Frost, M.S., CCC-SLP, co‐founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants, has over 30 years’ experience working as a speech language pathologist with children with complex communication needs and the professionals and families who support them. Lori is co‐developer of the Picture Exchange Communication System® and co-author of The Picture Exchange Communication System Training Manual, Autism 24/7 and A Picture’s Worth. 

Workshops # A10 & C26

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Bobbie Gallagher, M.A., BCBA
Autism Center for Educational Services

Bobbie J. Gallagher, is a BCBA, and both a student and adjunct faculty member at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Bobbie is a mother of three children, two of whom were diagnosed with autism. Her work with children with disabilities has spanned over twenty years, ten of those within her own private practice. She acquired her BA in communication studies at Monmouth University, her MA in special education at New Jersey City University, and her BCBA certification through the Florida Institute of Technology. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in applied behavioral analysis through the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Bobbie is an established national-level public speaker on topics involving ASD and sexuality.

Workshops # B17 & C27

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Michele Gardner, M.Ed.
Berkeley Heights Public Schools
 

Mrs. Gardner is the Director of Special Services for the Berkeley Heights Public Schools. She has also served as an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey for the last 8 years and had previously been both a teacher of students with autism and a Learning Consultant. 

Workshops # F55 & G64

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Beth Glasberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D

The Success Center

Beth Glasberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is the director of GBCS, LLC and the Success Center. She is the author of several books and journal articles and has worked with learners on the autism spectrum for over 20 years.

Workshop # F56

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Amy Golden, M.S., BCBA

Behavior Therapy Associates

Amy Golden M.S., BCBA is a BCBA at Behavior Therapy Associates. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduate degree in ABA at St. Cloud State University. She previously served as Parent Services Coordinator at Autism New Jersey. Ms. Golden has extensive experience designing and supervising home-based ABA programs, providing parent training, staff workshops, and consulting in public schools. She is Program Director of the southern NJ HI-STEP® Summer Program. Ms. Golden co-authored a booklet: Autism: Start Here, What Families Need to Know.

Workshops # B19 & C25

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Elizabeth Golini, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LBA

The New England Center for Children


Elizabeth Golini, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LBA is a consulting specialist for the New England Center for Children. Her primary work is focused on improving educational and social outcomes for children with autism in school and home settings. She has worked for the New England Center for Children for the past eight years in the consulting department as well as in the intensive residential center. She has extensive experience in treating maladaptive behaviors such as aggression, self-injury, and property destruction. Elizabeth has her Masters of Science in Severe Special Needs from Simmons College and completed her training in behavior analysis at Western New England University.

Workshops # D37 & E46

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Cara Graham, M.A., BCBA
Graham Behavior Services

Cara Graham, M.A., BCBA is the Director and founder of Graham Behavior Services. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received her Master of Arts degree in Special Education from Kean University and completed her coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University. Cara’s work focuses on providing home and community based services for children with developmental disabilities. She currently serves as the Chair for the NJABA Business Practices Workgroup. 

Workshop # D39

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Elena Graziosi, M.Ed.
Autism New Jersey

As Manager of Information Services for Autism New Jersey, Elena Graziosi assists families and professionals who contact the agency’s help line.  She provides information and advocacy advice to parents navigating the various New Jersey service systems for children and adults.  Elena presents workshops on topics such as educational rights and health insurance, and creates content on a variety of topics for Autism New Jersey’s website and publications.  She has a Master of Education from Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts from The College of New Jersey. Prior to joining Autism New Jersey, she worked for several years in public relations and corporate training.  

Workshop # B13

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Euric Guerrero, M.A., BCBA
The COR Behavioral Group

Euric V. Guerrero, M.A., BCBA holds a Master of Arts Degree in School Psychology, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and practices in New York and New Jersey. His areas of expertise include behavioral and educational assessment and treatment, school consultation and collaboration, parent training, crisis de-escalation and training, and promoting motivation, executive functioning, coping skills, and social problem solving in children. Mr. Guerrero is the Assistant Clinical Director at The COR Behavioral Group in Closter, NJ, whose core sectors of expertise are home and community based services, parent training, early intervention, school-based consultation, training, and multidisciplinary treatment.

Workshop # A5

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Marissa Gynn-Ricafort, M.A., BCBA
Bergen County Special Services School District

Marissa Gynn-Ricafort, M.A., BCBA is a supervisor for Bergen County Special Services School District’s Autism Continuum. She currently oversees the Behavior Analysis Department that provides services to students and staff members in various school programs. Ms. Gynn-Ricafort’s interests include presenting professional development workshops on autism and special education. 

Workshop # B15

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LaChan Hannon, M.Ed.
GETAC

LaChan V. Hannon is a career educator and co-founder and Executive Director of Greater Expectations Teaching and Advocacy Center, Inc. (GETAC) created to support families with children with developmental differences and education professionals through parent workshops, professional development, and advocacy support. LaChan has a Bachelor's degree in English, graduate certificates in Educating Individuals with Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership/Teacher Leadership, and is a doctoral student at Montclair State University in Teacher Education/Teacher Development. Her research and teaching interests focus on culturally responsive school/parent partnerships and teacher learning.

Workshop # B11

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Michael Hannon, Ph.D.
Montclair State University/GETAC

Dr. Michael Hannon is an assistant professor at Montclair State University and co-founder of Greater Expectations Teaching & Advocacy Center (GETAC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting parents and educators of children with developmental differences. Dr. Hannon has authored or co-authored 15 publications and made over 40 presentations at professional conferences. His research is about fathering children with autism, with a specific interest in Black fathers' relationships with their children with autism and service providers. Dr. Hannon earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education from Penn State University.

Workshop # B11

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Jennifer Hilton, M.Ed., BCBA
Institute for Behavioral Studies, Endicott College

Jennifer Hilton is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst for North Middlesex Regional School district in Massachusetts. Jennifer has worked in the public school system in various capacities since 2007 in both the public school and collaborative setting. Jennifer is currently working toward her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Endicott College.

Workshop # B16

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Robert Isenhower, Ph.D., BCBA
Rutgers University, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center

Robert W. Isenhower, Ph.D, BCBA is a training coordinator at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2010. Dr. Isenhower has worked at the DDDC since 2012, where he completed the clinical supervision requirement necessary to earn his BCBA. Along the way, he has conducted applied behavior analytic research, presented at numerous state and national conferences, and coauthored peer-reviewed publications involving both the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior and facilitating skill acquisition in individuals with autism.

Workshop # E50

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Emily Jones, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Queens College & the Graduate Center, CUNY

Emily A. Jones, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Licensed Behavior Analyst (New York) is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York. Dr. Jones holds her Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook. Her research integrates knowledge about the behavioral phenotype to tailor interventions. This includes examinations of interventions to address joint attention in children with autism and communication, cognitive, and motor skills in children with Down Syndrome. Dr. Jones is also evaluating interventions to improve sibling relationships when one sibling has autism. Her research has been supported by the Professional Staff Congress, Organization for Autism Research, Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation, and Autism Speaks.

Workshop # E43

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Lindsay Keker, M.A.T., BCBA
Freehold Township School District

Lindsay has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2011. She holds a master’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from New Jersey City University. She received her BCBA credentials from Rutgers University. She worked as a classroom teacher at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center where she received her clinical hours and served as a clinician and supervisor to teaching assistants and fieldwork students from Rutgers University. In 2014, she transitioned to the public school environment and began teaching in Freehold Township as a self-contained special education teacher. While at Freehold, she had the opportunity to teach students diagnosed with various disabilities while operating under the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. She also works privately in the home with families and children on the spectrum as a Program Coordinator, supervising therapists. Lindsay’s professional interests lie in the reduction of maladaptive behaviors, functional skill acquisition, and effective staff training. 

Workshop # B20

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Laura Kenneally, Ed.D., BCBA-D
Southern Regional High School

Laura Kenneally, Ed.D., BCBA-D is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working in the field of autism for over 30 years. She has served as a special education teacher and consultant in both private and public schools. She has given numerous workshops on using iPads, effective behavioral strategies, and siblings’ issues. Dr. Kenneally is a consultant and teaches graduate classes in applied behavior analysis at Kaplan University.

Workshop # G65

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Erika Kerber, Esq.
Community Health Law Project

Erika Kerber is the Director of Litigation at the Community Health Law Project (CHLP). She's been with CHLP for over 13 years, first as Supervising Attorney of its Monmouth/Ocean office and then as the Managing Attorney of that office, ultimately moving up to her current position as Director of Litigation. CHLP is a nonprofit legal services organization which has provided legal and advocacy services to low-income New Jersey residents living with disabilities for over 40 years. CHLP has regional and satellite offices throughout the state and its dedicated staff assists individuals in a myriad of legal issues ranging from SSD/SSI claims and other entitlements, housing, health care and managed care issues, guardianships, family, consumer and other civil law matters. Prior to joining CHLP, Ms. Kerber practiced family law at Northeast New Jersey Legal Services, litigated child welfare cases while working for the City of New York, and spent some time in private practice. Ms. Kerber received her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and her bachelor's degree from the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business. 

Workshop # G62

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MaryLouise Kerwin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Rowan University

Mary Lou Kerwin, Ph.D., BCBA-D is Professor and Department Head of Psychology as well as the Executive Director of the Center for Behavior Analysis at Rowan University. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental and Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and is a licensed psychologist as well as a BCBA-D. Her research interests include pediatric feeding disorders, behavioral treatments for drug addiction, parenting interventions for mothers in drug treatment, and treatments for autism. 

Workshop # F58

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Heather Kovacs-Schroeck, M.S.Ed.

Southern Regional High School

Heather Kovacs-Schroeck, M.S.Ed., has been working with students with autism and/or multiple disabilities ranging from ages 3-21 in both public school and out-of-district programs for over 16 years. She currently teaches in the autism program at Southern Regional High School. Ms. Kovacs-Schroeck also serves as the district's Structured Learning Experience Coordinator for Project ASPIRE, the district's Crisis Prevention Training Coordinator, and the advisor to the Go Club. Ms. Kovacs-Schroeck previously taught undergraduate and graduate classes in special education and behavior analysis at Monmouth University.  

Workshop # G65

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Robert LaRue, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Rutgers University, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center

Robert H. LaRue, Ph.D., BCBA-D is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. He earned a dual doctorate in biological and school psychology from Louisiana State University in 2002. He completed his predoctoral internship with the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University and a postdoctoral fellowship with the Marcus Institute at Emory University. He currently serves as the Director of Behavioral and Research Services at The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, where he supervises several doctoral students and staff providing behavioral consultation to programs within the Center. He has authored articles in peer-reviewed journals, written several book chapters, and presented at national and international conferences. His research interests include the assessment and treatment of maladaptive behavior, staff and teacher training, and behavioral pharmacology.

Workshop # F57

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Stacy Lauderdale-Littin, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Monmouth State University
 

Stacy Lauderdale-Littin, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Special Education at Monmouth University where she coordinates the Masters in Education/Autism track and Applied Behavior Analysis certificate programs. She spent 6 years as an elementary school teacher for children with autism in Los Angeles before attending graduate school at University of California, Riverside (UCR) where she received her Ph.D. in Special Education. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center. Her research interests include student-teacher relationships, parent-teacher relationships, and the implementation of evidence-based practices for students with autism in the classroom. 

Workshop # C30

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Kathryn Looney, M.Ed., BCBA
Hoboken Public School District

Kate Looney received a dual Bachelor’s degree in Special and Elementary Education from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. She went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. Kate received her ABA  training and supervision hours from Alpine Learning Group in Paramus, NJ under the guidance of Bridget Taylor and became a BCBA while working there. She transitioned at Alpine from a paraprofessional to a lead teacher and ultimately to a senior behavior specialist for students with autism ages 5-9. Kate now teaches in the Hoboken Public School district as a preschool ABA teacher. Additionally, Kate presented at NJABA in 2015 and ABAI in Chicago.

Workshop #
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Lori Lorenzetti, B.A.
Partners in Learning

Ms. Lorenzetti is the Associate Director of Behavioral Support at Partners in Learning, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing early, intensive intervention to learners with autism in the least restrictive, natural settings. Ms. Lorenzetti has presented on topics related to including children with autism, improving sibling interactions, and using technology to improve attending and social behaviors for young children with autism.

Workshop # A4

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Becca Lory, CAS, BCSS
Evolving Skye

Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS was diagnosed on the autism spectrum as an adult and has since become an active advocate and life coach for individuals on the autism spectrum. Ms. Lory has published multiple articles along with speaking publicly about life on the autism spectrum with the goal of spreading awareness, understanding, and encouraging self-advocacy. Having spent four years supporting the autism community through nonprofit work, Ms. Lory decided to branch into autism consulting, in-service trainings, and life coaching as a solo venture while developing improvisational workshops to assist adults on the spectrum with the practice of independent living skills.

Workshop # D31

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Joelle Lugo, M.Ed., BCBA
Freehold Township School District

Joelle Lugo, M.Ed., BCBA has been in the field of learning and behavior for 20 years. She began as a special education teacher in a private program for students with autism. Joelle received her master’s in Learning, Cognition and Development from Rutgers University and has completed postgraduate coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is currently a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) for the Freehold Township school district. 

Workshop # B20

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Gregory MacDuff, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Princeton Child Development Institute

Gregory S. MacDuff, Ph.D., BCBA-D is Executive Director of Adult and Community-Living Programs at the Princeton Child Development Institute. He is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Sciences at the University of Kansas and the Departments of Psychology at The College of New Jersey and Rider University. He is a Past President of the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis and has served in an array of positions within the organization for more than 10 years. He has authored articles and book chapters on incidental teaching, photographic activity schedules, staff training strategies, prompt- and prompt-fading procedures, behavioral intervention for adults with autism and intervention models in residential settings. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has provided consultation and training to a variety of public and private programs.

Workshop # E48

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Stacie MacLaughlin, MSW, LSW 
Cape Atlantic Integrated Network for Kids

Stacie MacLaughlin, MSW, LSW is a Licensed Social Worker and Care Manager Supervisor at Cape Atlantic Integrated Network for Kids, a Care Management Organization located in Mays Landing, New Jersey. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Drew University and her Master of Social Work from Monmouth University in 2011. Stacie has worked previously in case management for youth with developmental disabilities, with adults with severe and persistent mental illness in residential settings, and with at-risk adolescents in New Jersey shelters. Stacie’s passion to serve youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities has been influenced by her own lifelong experience living and working with cerebral palsy, anxiety and depression. Stacie aspires to one day work directly with youth and families as a family therapist. 

Workshop # C21

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Kerry Magro, M.A.

KFM Making a Difference

Award-winning speaker and best-selling author Kerry Magro was diagnosed with autism when he was four. Today at 28, he’s been featured in over 25 major publications such as Upworthy, Buzzfeed, BBC News, USA Today, Huffington Post, NBA.com, The Mighty and Yahoo Parents about his life on the autism spectrum. Through his travels, he’s spoken professionally for the past five years at over 700 events and conferences through the National Speakers Association. In 2011, Magro started a nonprofit organization that promotes disability awareness and helps gives scholarships to students with autism to attend college. An advocate of theatre therapy, Magro has consulted for several films such as Joyful Noise and Jane Wants a Boyfriend."

Workshop # L&L 4

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Gregory Makely, B.A.

The Family Resource Network

Greg has served people with disabilities, in various capacities, since 1986. He is currently Director of Employment of Services for The Family Resource Network, overseeing the New Jersey Work Incentives Network Support, Getting to Work, Wireless Work, and the EDGE Program.

Workshop # F53

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David Mandell, Sc.D.
University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research & Center for Autism Research at CHOP

David S. Mandell, Sc.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine where he directs the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research. He also is Associate Director of the Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The goal of his research is to improve the quality of care individuals with individuals with psychiatric and developmental disabilities receive in their communities. This research is of two types. The first examines the effects of different state and federal strategies to organize, finance and deliver services on service use patterns and outcomes. The second consists of experimental studies to determine the best ways to successfully implement evidence-based practices in community settings. Dr. Mandell is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He co-chaired the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Autism Task Force from 2003 to 2006 and consults with Philadelphia agencies to help them develop appropriate policies to meet the needs of people with autism. He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Interagency Autism Coordinating Council. Dr. Mandell holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Columbia University and a doctorate of science from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Workshop # Keynote

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Christopher Manente, Ph.D., BCBA
Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services

Christopher J. Manente Ph.D., BCBA is the Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS). Previously, Dr. Manente served as an Assistant Professor of Education at Caldwell University, a behavior consultant working in schools throughout NJ, and as the Senior Program Coordinator of Adult Services at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) at Rutgers University. Dr. Manente is currently the Chair of the Adult Services Workgroup (ASWG) for the NJ Association for Behavior Analysis and is a strong advocate for the advancement of community-based educational, vocational, and residential opportunities for older learners with autism.

Workshop # F57

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Kathy Matthews, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Faison Center

Dr. Kathy Matthews is the Vice President of Education and Outreach at the Faison Center in Richmond, Virginia, which provides lifespan services to individuals and families impacted by Autism. This program encompasses a full day school, outpatient behavioral health center, early intervention program, and adult and residential services. As part of her position, Dr. Matthews maintains formal affiliations with the Applied Behavior Analysis program at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY and the Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD. She also serves as the CABAS Senior Behavior Analyst at Faison overseeing educational services, research, new program development, training, and outreach.  

Workshop # B18

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Mark Mautone, M.A.
Hoboken Public School District

Mark Mautone was the 2015 NJ State Teacher of the Year. He is currently a lead teacher in the Hoboken Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program for educating children with autism. Mark graduated from Kean University with a Bachelor of Arts in Teacher of the Handicapped and Caldwell College with a Masters of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). He is currently pursuing his Educational Leadership degree at Montclair State University. Mark serves on  Education.com's Advisory Board. In addition, he contributed writing to Chapter 7, "Autism Spectrum Disorder" in Pearson's college textbook, Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education, 11th Edition.

Workshop # F52

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Kathleen McCabe-Odri, Ed.D., BCBA-D
Partners in Learning

Dr. McCabe-Odri is the Executive Director and Founder of Partners in Learning, Inc., a nonprofit program serving children with ASD and their families with the highest quality ABA interventions in natural, nonclinical settings. Dr.McCabe-Odri has worked in the field of ABA since 1987 and has presented both nationally and internationally on topics related to ASD, such as treatment integrity, stimulus control, inclusive education, and technology interventions for children with ASD.

Workshop # G63

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Mary McDonald, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Hofstra University & Eden II Programs

Dr. Mary E. McDonald, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Specialized Programs in Education at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. She is currently the Program Director for the Advanced Certificate Programs including the Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. McDonald serves as the Interim Associate Executive Director of Eden II’s Genesis Programs. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- doctoral level and a licensed behavior analyst in the state of NY. Dr. McDonald has worked in the field for over 20 years. Some recent areas of publication include: PECS and challenging behavior, increasing conversation skills, social reciprocity, inclusion and persistence of fads in autism intervention.

Workshop # D36

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Maria McGinley, Esq., MST
Mayerson & Associates

Maria has devoted her career to the representation of individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. Her motivation to enter this field stemmed from her years of experience as a special education teacher in New York City. Maria is a partner at Mayerson & Associates, the nation’s very first civil rights law firm dedicated to the representation of individuals with autism. Maria is an expert litigator and has an excellent track record prevailing in due process cases at both the administrative and federal levels. In addition to her work at the firm, Maria is the vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Chapter of Autism Speaks. 

Workshop # B12

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James Millonig, Ph.D.
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY B.S. 9/83-5/86 Biochemistry. University of Oxford, Oxford, England M.Sc. 9/86-8/87 Genetics. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ Ph.D. 9/87-2/94 Molecular Genetics. The Rockefeller University, NY, NY Postdoc 2/94-9/99 Dev Neurobiology. Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Rutgers University

Workshop # F60

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Leslie Newport, Psy.D., BCBA-D
Private practice and Endicott College

Leslie Newport holds a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University and is a BCBA-D. She has a private practice in Highland Park, NJ, works as a consultant in public schools through Project: NSTM at Rutgers University, and is an Adjunct Professor at Endicott College.

Workshop # C24

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Anjalee Nirgudkar, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Behavior Analysts of New Jersey

Anjalee Nirgudkar began her career over 20 years ago as a Behavior Analyst on the Home-based Preschool Team at the New England Center for Children. She received an M.Ed. and a Ph.D. from the Applied Behavior Analysis Program at Columbia University. Anjalee spent 5 years as a teacher and then supervisor at the Fred S. Keller School. She served as an adjunct professor at Caldwell College in the Department of Psychology and provided supervision and mentorship components to individuals studying for the BCBA examination. Anjalee currently serves as the director of Behavior Analysts of NJ, LLC and consults to schools in Northern New Jersey. 

Workshop # E44

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Joseph Novak, Ed.D., BCBA-D, CCC-SLP, ATP
REED Academy

Joseph A. Novak, Ed.D., BCBA-D, CCC-SLP, ATP is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Speech Language Pathologist, and RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional. He is the Assistant Clinical Director at REED Academy, a private school for students with autism located in Oakland, New Jersey. In addition, Dr. Novak also runs a consulting company and is a Proloquo2Go/Proloquo4Text Trainer. He received his M.A. in Speech Language Pathology from Kean University where he is also an Adjunct Professor teaching Applied Behavior Analysis to graduate speech students. Dr. Novak received his Ed.D. in Special Education from Nova Southeastern University. 

Workshop # D38

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Rory Panter, Psy.D.
Behavior Therapy Associates

Dr. Rory A. Panter is a licensed psychologist in NJ at Behavior Therapy Associates, P.A. Dr. Panter has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety disorders, and training parents on behavior management strategies to improve child behavior. She provides behavioral consultation to schools, conducts Functional Behavior Assessments and Psychoeducational and Program Evaluations, develops Behavior Intervention Plans, and runs social skills groups. She is the Program Director of the North NJ Campus of HI-STEP® Summer Program. This program is an intensive day program for children to improve their social skills and problem solving ability.

Workshop # A3

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Debra Paone, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Rutgers University, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center

Debra Paone, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Assistant Director of Outreach Services, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center. Dr. Paone has over 20 years of experience working with learners with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology (Learning Processes/Behavior Analysis) from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has presented at local and national conferences and has coauthored published articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Workshop # A18

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Lisa Parles, Esq.
Parles Rekem

Lisa McCauley Parles, Esq., is a partner in the Springfield, New Jersey law firm Parles Rekem, LLP and the parent of a 26 year old with autism. Her practice focuses on representing individuals with disabilities and their families in the areas of early intervention, special education, transition and adult services, residential placements, reasonable accommodations, insurance coverage and guardianships. In addition, she has practiced in the area of Labor and Employment Law. She served as the Director of the Leadership Studies Program at Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business and is an adjunct Professor in both the undergraduate and MBA programs. She received her BA from Hamilton College and JD from Rutgers - Newark Law School.

Workshop # D33

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Stefanie Perrin, M.S.Ed., BCBA
Brett DiNovi & Associates

Stefanie Perrin earned a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Temple University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Stefanie has over 17 years of experience providing behavior analytic services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a variety of settings including a neurobehavioral stabilization unit, private and public schools, group homes, vocational programs, and private residences. The primary focus of these services has been to assess and develop interventions to decrease severe problem behaviors (e.g., self-injurious behavior, aggression, and food refusal) as well as increase functional skills. 

Workshop # A9

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Mary Petrovici, M.A., BCBA
Function Wheels

Mary is currently a Board Certified Behavior Analyst consulting and supervising in both home and public school-based settings using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Her research interests include functional analysis, verbal behavior, and functional communication training. Mary received both her B.S. and M.A. in Special Education from Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York and received her certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. Her prior professional experience includes four years at a Bronx, New York day treatment program working with students with autism, emotional disturbances, as well as other disabilities.  

Workshop # A7

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Paul Prior, Esq.
Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer

S. Paul Prior has spent his entire legal career representing people with disabilities. As the younger brother of a man with autism, he has a lifelong commitment to disability law. His legal work has focused on special education, guardianship, financial entitlements, and access to appropriate services. He has successfully argued leading cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as other state and federal courts. He holds a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law and serves on the board of directors of The Arc of New Jersey. Previously, he served on the boards of Special Olympics New Jersey, the Eden Foundation, and Autism New Jersey. He is a member of the Elder Law Section of the New Jersey Bar.

Workshop # C23

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John Roy, MSW
Cape Atlantic Integrated Network for Kids

John Roy, MSW, is a Community Resource Administrator with Cape Atlantic Integrated Network for Kids (I.N.K.), one of the 15 Care Management Organizations for the State of New Jersey. He brings over 30+ years experience working with youth and families to insure their voices are heard and services provided. He was trained in the Wrap Around process by Dr. John Van Den Berg, Ph.D. and teamed with him as a consultant to work with Pennsylvania’s Child Welfare System. John has presented on such topics as: "Behavioral Status Measurement Tool-A Qualitative Instrument for Juvenile Problem Behaviors" at a conference in Tampa, Florida; New Jersey Education Association - "The New Jersey Children’s System of Care for Behaviorally and Emotionally Challenged Youth"; and as a Co-Presenter at the New Jersey NASW Conference on "Autism - Supports and Services". John has also authored articles in national/international internet-based journals. He is committed to the Children's System of Care philosophy and core values.

Workshop # C21

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Eric Rozenblat, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Institute for Educational Achievement

Eric Rozenblat, Ph.D., BCBA-D is the Director of the Institute for Educational Achievement. He earned his doctorate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University. He is the current President of the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis. He has presented at local and national conferences on various topics including differential schedules of reinforcement, staff training, promoting independence in students with autism, script and script-fading procedures, and teaching joint attention skills. He has also published work in peer-reviewed journals. His research interests include differential schedules of reinforcement, teaching joint attention skills to individuals with autism, and teaching language and social skills through script and script-fading procedures.

Workshop # E48

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Samantha Russo, M.S.Ed., BCBA
Eden Autism Services

Samantha Russo, M.S.Ed, BCBA is the assistant director of adult clinical services at Eden Autism Services. She is currently working on increasing function-based treatment for severe problem behavior. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a teaching certificate in early childhood education and special education from the University of Scranton and a master's degree in applied behavior analysis from Temple University. Prior to joining the Melmark team, she worked with young children providing early intervention services. Her main areas of research interest include the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, physiological measurement, and feeding disorders. 

Workshops # F59 &G66

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Vincent Scanelli, LUTCF, MDRT, CLTC
Allstate

Working in financial planning and insurance for the past 25 years, Vincent Scanelli is the owner of the Colts Neck Insurance Agency which has a concentration on Estate and Special needs planning. Vincent has served our community in many capacities, which has given him a unique perspective on planning for the many uncertainties and challenges faced by planning for individuals with disabilities. Serving on the local school board for six years has helped him to understand how working together can often get what is best for children. Some of the nonprofits that Vincent has participated in as a board member have been Ride for Autism, current President of DOORS at Douglass, and President and Founder of Someone Special Needs You, a nonprofit that provides services and group homes to individuals with disabilities. Vincent is a parent of a parent of a 21 year old young man with severe autism who is living in a group home. Vince is aware of the daily challenges and hurdles that are faced when raising a special needs child.

Workshop # L&L 5

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Rebecca Schulman, Psy.D., BCBA-D
Behavior Therapy Associates

Rebecca Schulman, Psy.D., BCBA-D is a postdoctoral fellow and board certified behavior analyst at Behavior Therapy Associates. Dr. Schulman received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. She has extensive experience providing individual, family, and group therapy. Dr. Schulman specializes in evidence-based treatments for children through adults presenting with developmental disabilities, disruptive behaviors, sleep problems, social skills deficits, anxiety disorders, childhood sexual abuse, and sexual problem behaviors. Dr. Schulman also conducts diagnostic evaluations, psychological and psychoeducational evaluations, and functional behavior assessments. 

Workshop # A6

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Michael Selbst, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Behavior Therapy Associates

Michael C. Selbst, PhD., BCBA-D is Director of Behavior Therapy Associates. He is a BCBA-D, Licensed Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has co-founded and is Executive Director of HI-STEP® Summer Social Skills Program and Executive Director of the Weekend for Improving Social Effectiveness (W.I.S.E.). He has extensive experience working with pre-school aged children through adults. Dr. Selbst consults to numerous public and private schools, provides FBA’s and BIP’s, independent evaluations, has presented numerous workshops, and co-authored POWER-Solving® social skills curriculum.

Workshops # B19 & C25

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Eileen Shaklee
"Autism with a side of fries" blog

I am the writer of the autism blog, "Autism with a side of fries." My work has been featured on web sites such as Autism Speaks, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, BLUNTMoms, Babble, and Bon Bon Break. I have been a guest on several podcasts such as "Loud Mute Radio", "Bacon and Juice Boxes", "Autastic, A Comedian's Guide to Autism", "The Autism Show", "Autism Radio", and "The Coffee Klatch Special Needs Radio". In a life before motherhood, I was a job coach and prevocational instructor at the Children's Center of Monmouth Monmouth County. 

Workshop # L&L 2

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Anya Silver, M.A., BCBA
Quality Services for the Autism Community

Anya K. Silver has been working in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis for over 20 years. Anya received her Bachelors Degree in 1995 in Psychology from Queens College. She completed her Masters Degree in 1996 in Child Development at Tufts University. Currently, Anya works with the adult autism community. She is the Clinical Director of Day Habilitation programs for Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC). Anya is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and an active member of the autism community. She presents at local and national conferences on topics related to autism intervention. Anya is a Media Watch Writer for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT). 

Workshop # D36

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Deborah Silver, M.A.
The Success Center

Deborah Silver has her Master's degree in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Behavior Analysis from Rider University. She is the coordinator of the College Success Program at The Success Center, focusing on the unique needs of the college student on the autism spectrum.

Workshop # F56

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Kimberly Sloman, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Rutgers University, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center

Kimberly Sloman, Ph.D., BCBA-D has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities and autism in both clinical and research endeavors for over 15 years. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Behavioral and Research Services and the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center and Clinical Associate Professor at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her research interests include the assessment and treatment of problem behavior, automatically reinforced problem behavior, and maintenance and generalization of treatment effects. 

Workshop # E50

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Amy Smith, B.S.
Autism New Jersey

Amy Smith is the Information Director at Autism New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Trenton State College and hold teaching certificates as Teacher of the Handicapped and Teacher of Nursery School. Amy has spent more than 28 years in the field of Special Education including her work as a Preschool Disabled Teacher and Director of Childhood Services for The Arc of Somerset County, Inc. Amy received a certificate for a Special Education Advocacy Training (SEAT) course offered through the University of Southern California (USC) and The Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA). Currently, Amy has been appointed a seat on the State Special Education Advisory Council (SSEAC). Presently, Amy is in pursuit of her Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management from Thomas Edison State College. Amy helps families and professionals navigate public and private service delivery systems, frequently presents on various advocacy topics, and is actively involved in policy initiatives that impact the autism community and the early intervention, special education, and adult service systems.

Workshop # A2

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Maureen Solan, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LBA
The New England Center for Children

Maureen Cary Solan, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LBA is the Assistant Director of Public School Services - NY/NJ Region for the New England Center for Children. Her primary work is focused on providing appropriate curriculum and behavioral consultation services for children with autism and developmental disabilities in public school settings. She is also an adjunct lecturer in Hunter College's behavior analysis program. Maureen has worked for the New England Center for Children for the past 16 years in the consulting department as well as in the intensive residential center. Maureen has her Masters of Science in Severe Special Needs from Simmons College and completed her training in behavior analysis at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Workshop # E46

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Michelle Soreth, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Rowan University

Michelle Ennis Soreth, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Center for Behavior Analysis at Rowan University. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a Specialization in Behavior Analysis from Temple University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctoral Level. Her research interests include the experimental analysis of behavior, behavioral parent training, and behavior analytic treatments for autism spectrum disorder. 

Workshop # F58

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Gerald Turning, Jr.
Tinton Falls Police Department

I am currently a Captain in the Tinton Falls Police Department.  I am a nationally recognized Police K9 Handler and Trainer and, most importantly, I am a proud Autism Dad of a twelve-year-old fireball named Eric.  I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware and my Master's Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.  I have conducted Autism Awareness training for hundreds of police officers, EMT's, Fire personnel and Medical Reserve Corps volunteers around the state.  I have written several published articles on the police/autism relationship and wandering prevention.  I also manage a popular blog and Facebook page titled:  "Bacon and Juice Boxes:  Our Life With Autism".

Workshop # E42

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Nkechi Ugoji, MSW, LSW
NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities

Nkechi Ugoji, MSW, LSW, is Senior Coordinator, Transition, Policy, & Training, at the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities. She has a Masters in Social Work with a public management and professional development concentration and a background in training, work with young adults and families, and program evaluation. She most recently worked at the Department of Children & Families (DCF).

Workshops # A1 & E41

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Meghan Warager, M.A., BCBA
Function Wheels

Meghan Warager, M.A., BCBA,  attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges and completed a  Masters of Arts in Teaching in May of 2013. She completed BCBA coursework at Manhattanville College. She is currently a special education teacher at Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES, teaching a 6:1:1 self-contained class designed for students with autism at Midlakes Education Center. Ms. Warager previously taught a 8:1:1 self-contained class at P168X, a District 75 school located in the Bronx. 

Workshop # A7

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Deborah Wehrlen, M.A.
DTW Consulting Group

Deborah Wehrlen has over forty years of experience in establishing innovative residential supports and developing affordable housing in New Jersey. Prior to establishing her consulting business in 2002, Deborah Wehrlen was the director of the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Deborah Wehrlen was also employed as the residential director and then the executive director with The Arc of Monmouth, establishing housing for over 85 people. Currently as a consultant in DTW Consulting Group LLC, Deborah Wehrlen has worked with several organizations to obtain funding and implement supported housing and residential supports for persons with disabilities needing permanent supported housing.  

Workshop # B14

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Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Institute for Behavioral Studies, Endicott College

Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D is a Professor at Endicott College, where she directs the Master’s Program in ABA and Autism and is a mentoring faculty member in the doctoral program. She also conducts research with the team at Melmark. Dr. Weiss has worked in the field of ABA and autism for over 30 years. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University in 1990, and she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2000. She previously worked for 16 years at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University, where she served as Director of Research and Training and as Clinical Director. Her clinical and research interests center on defining best practice ABA techniques, exploring ways to enhance the ethical conduct of practitioners, evaluating the impact of ABA in learners with autism, teaching social skills to learners with autism, training staff to be optimally effective at instruction, and maximizing family members’ expertise and adaptation. She serves on the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research, is on the Professional Advisory Board of Autism New Jersey, is a regular reviewer for a variety of professional journals, and is a frequent member of service committees for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She is also a Past President of the Autism Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, a former member of the Board of the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts, and a former Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Autism New Jersey.

Workshops # B16, C24, F59 & G66

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Erin Richard White, Ph.D., BCBA
Alpine Learning Group

Erin Richard White has specialized in working with adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in employment, educational, community and home settings for over 15 years. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds both teacher of the handicapped and elementary teacher certifications in New Jersey. Dr. White completed her doctorate and master's degree in applied behavior analysis from Caldwell University. She has published articles in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice. She regularly serves as a guest review of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. White has presented at many local and national conferences.

Workshop # C28

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Elena Zaklis, M.A., BCBA
Behavior Therapy Associates

Elena Zaklis M.A., BCBA works at Behavior Therapy Associates, P.A. Ms. Zaklis consults to school districts, works with children, adolescents, families and professional staff to develop, implement and monitor curriculum for educational programming. She conducts FBAs, program evaluations, social skills evaluations and works with teams to develop behavior intervention plans (BIPs). She manages school-based programs and provides ongoing training for staff. She leads social skills groups for children, adolescents, parents, and school personnel using behavioral skills training. Ms. Zaklis is the Program Director of Central NJ HI-STEP® Summer Program. This program is a five-week day program for children to improve their social skills and problem solving ability.

Workshop # A3

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Thomas Zane, Ph.D., BCBA-D
University of Kansas

Dr. Thomas Zane is the Director of Online Behavior Analysis programs in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas and the Clinical Director of The Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf in Beverly, Massachusetts. Dr. Zane earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology at Western Michigan University and his doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis at West Virginia University. He has served as a Postdoctorate Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts, Professor at Mount Holyoke College and Johns Hopkins University Department of Psychiatry, and Program Director of Behavior Analysis and Special Education at Endicott College. He is a licensed psychologist in New York and Massachusetts. Dr. Zane serves on the Executive Board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the international organization that represents the field of behavior analysis. He is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Organization of Autism Research, a group that raises money to fund innovative research in Autism Spectrum Disorder. For the past three years, Dr. Zane has been the President of the Ethics Special Interest Group of the International Association for Behavior Analysis. Dr. Zane has published in various journals and books, and he has presented at regional, national, and international conferences. His research interests include teacher training, staff development, evidence-based practice in autism, and the philosophy of science and radical behaviorism. 

Workshop # E49

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Eric Zimmerman, A+, FACHT
The Buddy Project

Eric D. Zimmerman is Founder and Chairman of The Buddy Project, and should know about technology’s ability to unlock some of the everyday barriers faced by the special-needs community: The 29-year-old has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism which hinders social interaction. From working with Best Buddies International, he grew to recognize that, unlike him, many individuals with special needs have little to no access to such commonplace household technologies as even their own email account. Zimmerman, a graduate of Frederick High School, decided to take action. Officially, since 2007, his technological savviness (certified in computer repair and rehabilitation by the Career Technology Center’s IT program), united with his caring, altruistic drive to help others, has been brightening lives. That’s when, out of his Frederick home, he began The Buddy Project. And, ever since, his not-for-profit organization has acted upon its mission of providing free computers (and/or other technologies) to qualifying I/DD candidates. It’s also a mission that the Frederick County Commission on Disabilities has duly honored by bestowing Zimmerman with its Distinguished Service Award. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Service Coordination, Inc. Zimmerman also has a special interest in Surgical IT and he spends one day a week at St. Agnes Healthcare in Baltimore where he learns about Surgical Equipment and Instruments as well as helps the hospital work more efficiently by the adding of his volunteering.

Workshop # L&L 1

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Greta earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminial Justice from Moravian College and has been committed to ensuring the well-being of children and youth for almost 20 years. She has over 17 years of experience in IAIU and has held a variety of positions including Investigator, Assistant
Supervisor and Regional Supervisor. Greta has been a member of the leadership team at IAIU
for the past several years and has served as the Director since March, 2013. Greta has participated in the Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (LAMM) which is a national week long training focused on enhancing the skills of leaders within the field of child welfare. Greta is also a DCF Fellow Graduate where she learned the skills relative to managing by data.
 


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