Welcome to the ohio ASSOCIation for BehAVIOR ANALYSIS
Ohio Association for Behavior Analysis
CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS:
Please click on the position for a description and please contact current chair of a position you are interested in for additional information.
Deadline to get your nominations in: Dec. 20th.
General Board Service Roles and Responsibilities
Term: Terms vary in length based on the position. Elected positions are 2 years in length. Appointed positions have no expiration.
Estimated Time Commitment: Times vary in duration based on the position. Approximately 5-10 hours per month, but possibly up to 20 hours per month immediately prior to and following the annual conference.
To advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of OHABA so as to support the organization’s mission and needs.
The purpose of OHABA is to promote the science and theory of Behavior Analysis through the support of research, education and practice.
Major Board Member Responsibilities:
Expectations of Board Members:
The Current OHABA Board
Jennifer Sweeney, Ph.D., BCBA-D, COBA
Jennifer Sweeney is the Founder and CEO of Solutions Behavioral Consulting. She has over 20 years of experience practicing behavior analysis. Using high-quality Applied Behavior Analysis practices and principles, Dr. Sweeney and her staff provide behavioral consultation services for families with children who have Autism spectrum disorder, and/or other behavioral needs. Dr. Sweeney is the President of the Ohio Association for Behavior Analysis and has served on the Board in various roles since 2011. She completed her doctorate in 2010 in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavioral Analysis and completed her Masters of Arts in Special Education in 2003 at The Ohio State University. Dr. Sweeney is a Board Certification for Behavior Analysis (BCBA), Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst (COBA) and holds licenses in Special Education-: Grades K-12 and Elementary Education: Grades 1-8.
Past President: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Nikki Powell, Ph-D, BCBA-D, COBA
Dr. Nikki Powell is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral (BCBA-D). She found a passion for behavior analysis early on and continued that trajectory throughout her undergraduate and graduate training. Her clinical psychology training focused heavily on cultural diversity and psychotherapeutic interventions, while her clinical work outside of school was almost entirely behavior analytic. Nikki has focused on using behavior analysis to improve access to services for populations that have traditionally been categorized as “too hard to serve.” She has expertise in the treatment of severe behavior disorders in intellectually and developmentally delayed populations, as well as behavioral stabilization in acute psychiatric populations. Nikki is also passionate about healthcare quality improvement and had the opportunity to be trained in process and system improvement strategies. As a result, Nikki has gravitated towards opportunities to support clinical services by helping support processes and systems using quality improvement and behavior analytic sciences to create effective and efficient care models that allow for best client outcomes. Currently Nikki has sought to diversify her practice again and is enjoying working in the child welfare sector expanding access to behavioral health.
President Elect: email@example.com
Janet Hansen, PhD, BCBA-D, COBA
Janet Hansen is a licensed Psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral level and Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings including community mental health, psychiatric inpatient and pediatric inpatient. She has owned a private practice since 2004, specializing in children and developmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders. She provides diagnostic assessments, individual and group treatment, consultation to families and schools for a variety of childhood concerns and disorders. She and the BCBA’s in her office provide home, center and school-based interventions based on Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Hansen has been an active member of OHABA since 2010, has served on multiple committees, chaired the Membership committee and served on the executive board as Secretary. She is currently serving on the executive board as the President Elect of OHABA. Dr. Hansen is passionate about bringing the science and research of ABA to the practice of ABA as well as pulling from both psychology and behavior analysis to provide a unique blend of evidence-based interventions to clients.
Bryan Droesch, LPC, BCBA, COBA
Bryan Droesch is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 15 years of experience working in a variety of settings (residential, day programs, and schools) and with individuals of all ages. Bryan has a BA degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University, a MSEd from the University of Dayton in Counselor Education, and completed coursework in behavior analysis at The Ohio State University. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Haugland Learning Centers and a doctoral candidate in Leadership Studies in the College of Professional Sciences at Xavier University. He has been involved with OHABA since 2013. In addition to his current role as secretary, he has also served as President-Elect, President, and Past President.
Nikki Williams, BCBA, COBA
Nikki (Bordner) Williams is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst with over 8 years of experience serving children and adults with Autism and Developmental delays in Ohio. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in the School Psychology program at The Ohio State University. She is an Instructor at Kent State University, a Clinical Auditor for the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) and a Supervision Facilitator at Solutions Behavioral Consulting. Prior to her current roles, she worked as a Clinical Director in a center-based program for children with Autism in addition to providing in-home services to adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. In those roles, she utilized a variety of assessment tools (e.g., VB-MAPP, ABLLS-R, AFLS, ADOS-2, and Vineland-2). She served as the Professional Standards Chair for The Ohio Association for Behavior Analysis (OHABA) from 2016-2019 and currently serves on the executive board as the Treasurer for OHABA. Nikki is very passionate about working with young educators, ensuring they have a firm foundation in the science of behavior, theoretical, and philosophical concepts.
Membership Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brittany Buffy, BCBA, COBA
Brittany Duffy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst, and licensed Intervention Specialist. She graduated from The Ohio State University’s Masters program in ABA in 2014 and earned her Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2016. She has been working with children with autism and related developmental disabilities since 2005 in a variety of settings. Currently, she is a behavior consultant and RBT Coordinator under Dr. Janet Hansen. She primarily provides consultation to schools for a variety of concerns and disorders. Her interests include collaborating with other professionals and providing evidence-based services to serve her clients and train other professionals.
Program Co-Chair: email@example.com
Andrew Penmer, BCBA, COBA
Andrew Penmer is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst. He is the founder of ABA for Me, which uses the science of behavior and motivation to accelerate learning. He received his Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. He has worked at agencies as a Clinical Director and in other roles, and developed staff training for a group of State Run Intermediate Care Facilities in Texas. He is serving as Program Co-Chair for The Ohio Association for Behavior Analysis (OHABA) and previously served on the Programming Committee for OHABA. His interests include building a strong network of BCBAs in Ohio, particularly in NE and NW Ohio through events.
Nicole DeLano, BCBA, COBA
Nicole earned her Master’s Degree at Florida State University studying ABA and OBM under Dr. Jon Bailey. Nicole became a BCBA in 2008, and a COBA in 2018, when she moved to Ohio to start the midwest footprint for BlueSprig. Nicole is the Regional Director of Northeast Operations for BlueSprig and is on a mission to change the world for children with autism. Nicole started on the OHABA Board In 2020 as a Program Co-Chair.
Education Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dacia McCoy, PhD, BCBA-D, COBA
Dacia McCoy is an Assistant Professor- Educator at the University of Cincinnati in the graduate level Behavior Analysis Programs and provides supervision to students and professionals in the community pursuing becoming Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Since 2006, Dr. McCoy has experience in the education field in a number of different positions including being an elementary school teacher, middle school special education teacher, school psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level, a Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst, and consultant. She actively serves as the Education Chair for The Ohio Association for Behavior Analysis (OHABA) and in national organizations related to behavior analysis. She has published and presented research to assist in bridging the gap between evidence-based interventions and their application in practice. She also enjoys collaborating with students, teachers, parents, and administrators to develop effective and efficient interventions to support students both academically and behaviorally.
Professional Standards Chair: email@example.com
Janette Long, MA, BCBA, COBA
Public Policy Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen Gonda, BCBA, COBA
Jen Gonda is the Associate Director at Proactive Behavior Services, an agency providing ABA in homes, public, and private schools. Jen has over a decade of experience passionately working in various settings with individuals with moderate to intensive disabilities as a teacher and behavior analyst. She received her Bachelor degree in American Education and Inequality from New York University, a Master's degree in Education in Special Education--Autism and Related Disabilities from Youngstown State University, graduate certificate in ABA from Penn State University, and is working on her doctoral dissertation in special education. Her research interests include functional behavior assessment with children in poverty, policies on the use of restraint and seclusion, and least restrictive settings for children with emotional and behavioral disorders. Jen has presented many times at state and regional conferences due to her excitement regarding behavior analysis and the growth of her clients. Jen enjoys non-profit work, she spearheaded a non-profit, developing community programming for children with disabilities, served on the board of the Autism Society of Ohio, and serves on the strategic planning committee for the Ohio Speech and Debate Association.
Marketing and Technology Co-Chair: email@example.com
Ron DeMusesy, MEd, COBA, BCBA
Ron has worked in the field of special education for over fifteen years. As a certified MH teacher and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, he has worked directly with a variety of special needs populations at all age levels. In addition to supporting students and teachers within the context of the classroom, he has created and presented at local and statewide conferences in the areas of functional assessments, writing behavior plans, positive behavior support planning and establish peer collaboration programs. Ron has served as an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Dayton and Capital University. Ron is also a certified PEERs instructor and has facilitated social skills groups for students on the Autism spectrum.
Lee Geer, MS, COBA, BCBA
Lee is a behavior analyst for a public school district in central Ohio. He graduated from Southern Illinois University's Masters program in Behavior Analysis and Therapy. He has been working with children with autism and related developmental disabilities since 2001 in a variety of settings. His interests focus on functional analysis, complex behaviors and parent/caregiver training.
Student Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org