Dr. Wade Brown
Dr. Wade Brown is a Senior Behavior Analyst at Chrysalis and an Assistant Teaching Professor at Ball State University. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with Doctoral Designation and a Licensed Behavior Analyst with the State of Nevada. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis in 2014 where his research interests included delay discounting, organizational behavior, and instructional design. Dr. Brown provides behavioral consultation in the Northern Nevada region, and specializes with providing supports to adults with developmental disabilities. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Brown has been involved in higher education for the past 12 years. He has held different forms of academic appointments at The University of Nevada, Reno, Sierra Nevada College, and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Currently, he teaches at Ball State University in the Applied Behavior Analysis Program where he teaches Verbal Behavior and Single-Subject Research Methodology.
Wade has been a member of the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis for the past 10 years. He is committed to furthering the mission of NABA and advocating for Behavior Analysts across the state. In his free time, Wade enjoys spending time with his family and practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Timothy C. Fuller Ph.D., BCBA-D
I received my Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno and serve as a Director at Fit Learning. My applied experience started with Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI), where I worked with children with autism in an in-home ABA program. From there, I expanded my applied experience to include Precision Teaching and parent, teacher, and staff training. My experimental work has primarily focused on derived relational responding and the role that context plays in human behavior. Throughout my training and professional work, I have incorporated a balance between the experimental, applied, and theoretical domains of our science, and believe strongly that our professional organizations (e.g. NABA) do the same. My professional service includes being on the Board of Empower Youth, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to transforming future opportunities through access to free behavioral education. I have also served on the council for the Standard Celeration Society, as UNR’s representative to ABAI’s student council, and as the student representative to NABA; each of these board positions has afforded me the opportunity to collaborate with others pursuant to that organization’s vision/missing/and values. My professional volunteer service has resulted in vital experience with organizing successful conferences as well as other professional development events and services. If elected as NABA president, I will bring my commitment to a professional, collaborative, and inclusive environment so that NABA’s mission to promote intellectual exchange and professional development of our science persists as an exemplar among state ABA organizations.
Jeff Gesick, MS, BCBA, LBA is the Clinical Director and Partner with The Learning Consultants, delivering behavior analytic intervention to children diagnosed with ASD and related disorders, overseeing client progress, and providing clinical consultation to outside organizations. Jeff completed his undergraduate training at the University of Nevada, Reno in psychology in 2008. He then completed his M.S. in behavior analysis at the University of North Texas in 2012 and has been board certified since 2014. Jeff’s previous experience includes more than 10 years working with children, adolescents, and adults across various settings including homes, treatment clinics, supported living agencies, and schools. Jeff’s professional and research interests including Precision Teaching, a constructional approach to intervention, developing advanced relational responding and social skills in school-age children and adolescents, OBM, behavior economics, health and wellness, and supervision.
Jelly McCauley, RBT
I had been an educator in the Philippines for three years, assigned to do a practicum specializing in mainstreaming children with special needs. This experience
working with children on the spectrum fueled my passion to seek a career in special education. I obtained my master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2018.
I have been working in the field of behavior analysis for the past eight years. My interests lie in precision teaching, and utilizing Greg Hanley’s IISCA in managing
I have been a member of ABAI and NABA since settling in Las Vegas in 2015. I see a lack of student and professional participation within NABA from the Southern Nevada ABA community. As Rep at Large I hope my involvement with the Board would help promote the advancement of the field of behavior analysis across the entire state through education and dissemination of information between students, professors, and multi-discipline professionals in our community. I would like to have the opportunity to serve in a leadership position for the personal experience as well as the opportunity to bring more involvement from Southern Nevada to NABA.
Alixandria Ratkowiak MA, BCBA, LBA (NV)
Alixandria Ratkowiak MA, BCBA, LBA (NV), pursued her passion of working with children by earning her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. During her undergraduate career, she found her niche in the field of Behavior Analysis during an internship with the University of Nevada, Reno Early Childhood Autism Program providing early intensive behavioral intervention services to children ages 3-5 diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She received her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida. Currently, Alixandria works full time as a clinical supervisor, school support specialist, and social media coordinator at Advanced Child Behavior Solutions, LLC (ACBS). As a clinical supervisor her role is to develop programs and behavior reduction protocols, provide client specific support and training to registered behavior technicians, and train parents in behavior protocols. While providing behavioral support to teachers, her role is to develop and train staff to implement behavioral interventions tailored to the students within special education classrooms in rural Nevada. In her most recent role at ACBS as the social media coordinator her role is to promote the field of Behavior Analysis as well as reach a broader audience of individuals in the state of Nevada. To supplement her clinical skills and knowledge of the field, she became a member of the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis in 2016 and has presented posters on clinical interventions including stimulus fading procedures to increase dental compliance, using a lag schedule to increase variability in tacting, and increasing play skills using imitation.
Why I want to serve on the NABA board as the At-Large Representative: I would be honored to serve as the At-Large Representative if I was selected to be a member of the NABA board. If given the opportunity I would collaborate with the other members of the board to promote dissemination of our field. I hope to give back to this community by finding innovative behavior analysts in our field to share their research and give new perspectives on effective applications of Applied Behavior Analysis. Thank you for considering me for this position.
Heather Foote, MA, BCBA, LBA (NV)
Heather Foote is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Nevada. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Developmental Disabilities. Heather discovered her passion for the field of Applied Behavior Analysis as a child after witnessing firsthand the positive impact ABA treatment had on her family members with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her first chance to enter the applied field was working as a Certified Autism Behavioral Interventionist with UNR’s Early Childhood Autism Program, providing behavior analytic services to young children with a diagnosis of Autism. After graduation, she began work with Advanced Child Behavior Solutions (ACBS) LLC as a Registered Behavior Technician and pursued her Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida. Heather had the opportunity to work as a subject matter expert for the BACB in 2017 writing test questions for the RBT examination. Currently, she works as a clinical supervisor at ACBS developing treatment plans, training future RBTs, and overseeing in-home early intervention ABA services for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities. In addition, she provides consultative behavioral services in Carson City and Lyon County school districts developing behavioral interventions tailored to students with a variety of disabilities and training school personnel on implementation. Heather has been a member of the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis for several years, and has presented applied intervention posters targeting safety, independence, self-advocacy, and imitation in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Heather looks forward to expanding her knowledge in the field and enjoys any chance to give back to the community that shaped her and has given her numerous opportunities to grow.
Why I want to serve on the NABA board as the Secretary: NABA has provided me with community, connections, experience, and a deeper knowledge in behavior analysis. As I continue to pursue these things, I am looking to share my skills and contribute in a more profound way to the organization. I believe that my determination, organization, and passion for the field makes me a good candidate for this position.
While pursuing my bachelor’s degree at the University of Nevada, Reno I was recruited by a friend to the Early Childhood Autism Program. This is where I was first exposed to the field of behavior analysis. Through the clinical work there I was able to learn, understand and implement the principles of behavior analysis in an early intensive behavioral intervention setting. The initial experience into applied behavior analysis led me to switch educational goals to align with a psychology major and a focus on behavior analysis. The more I learned about the science of behavior, the more I wanted to learn.
While pursuing my master’s, I was able to provide consultative services to various Washoe County School District sites in their Social Intervention Program. This position challenged me to apply behavior analytic principles in environments with limited resources and with administration that had little knowledge of behavior analysis. Through this work I learned just how much other areas of our community were in need of behavior analytic services and just how important this work is, especially for those that did not have access to early intervention.
I now work as a master’s level RBT (and will sit for my BCBA in mid-November) at Advanced Child Behavior Solutions, LLC in Reno where I provide in-home early intervention services to various children throughout the Reno/Sparks area and assist in consultative services to rural school districts within Northern Nevada. As I take this final step towards certification, I am excited to continue this journey and am eager to immerse myself into the community while working to facilitate behavior analytic services to those in need. Being a part of NABA fulfills many of my personal and professional goals and would be a great experience.
Jose came to the United States from Colombia to obtain a PhD in behavior analysis. He is pursuing his doctoral degree at UNR under the advisement of Dr. Houmanfar. Currently, he is working on his Master’s thesis, which examines the effects of vocal verbal interactions in the coordination of interlocked patterns of behaviors among individuals. His academic interests include understanding human behavior from the individual and sociological levels of analysis, diving into the philosophical depths of the field, and international dissemination of behavior analysis, specifically in Latin American contexts. Jose is currently a member of the ABAI task force for evidence-based approaches, which focuses on public policy change—mainly studying the advocacy process and the program retention process. He is also a member of Behaviorists for Social Responsibility (BFSR) and volunteer coordinator.
My name is Kian Assemi, and I am interested in becoming a Student Representative for the NABA board. I received my master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from California State University, Fresno, and only recently started as a doctoral student at the University of Nevada, Reno. I have been involved in
behavior analytic work for about 6 years now. Most of that experience involves working with individuals with autism as well as their families. I started volunteering at an autism center at California State University, Fresno in 2013, and shortly after got a job as a behavior therapist. In 2014 I moved from the
autism center to Behavior Intervention Services at Fresno State (in home services for older clients) where I started as a behavior therapist and was later promoted to case coordinator, then senior case coordinator. After graduating from California State University, Fresno, in 2017, I became board certified and got a job as a clinical supervisor at The Center for Autism and Related Disorders. I worked there for a little over a year before moving to Reno to pursue a doctoral degree. Currently I am trying to get involved in more OBM work.
During my time at California State University, Fresno, I was Vice President of the Applied Behavior Analysis club and was heavily involved in helping with the Annual Fresno State Applied Behavior Analysis conferences. I also had amazing peers and mentors at California State University, Fresno who enabled me to present my research at symposiums and during poster sessions at various conferences, in addition to publishing research on a respondent conditioning intervention to decrease the barking behavior of shelter dogs.
I feel that my background has prepared me to be a helpful and productive Student Representative. I put a great deal of effort into everything I do, and I am eager to get involved and help in any way that I can.
Alexis is a grad student at Ball State University working on her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus in Autism Spectrum Disorder. She currently resides in Las Vegas working as an RBT closely under the supervision and guidance of Molly Halligan for the last year and a half. She quickly fell in love with the field and became eager to dig deeper into the science following her first NABA conference in 2018. In the future Alexis plans on achieving all those fancy letters at the end of her name including the BCBA title, as well continue her studies to expand her scope of practice to addiction recovery and at-risk adolescents. Although new to the field she approaches it with a curious mind and a thirst for knowledge.
I am a graduate student in the University of Nevada, Reno- Behavior Analysis Program. Currently, I also serve as the Assistant Director of the UNR Early Childhood Autism Program. I have been a student member of NABA since 2011, and it would be an honor to serve as the Student Representative. If elected, I would apply my leadership skills and academic interests to help support NABA’s mission to assist in maintaining an exceptional intellectual and professional environment for Behavior Analysts in Nevada.