Board of Directors
The Board of Directors are the governing body for AzABA. They are all members and behavior analysts that volunteer their time to serve on the board. Each year, AzABA members elect a new president.
Dr. Adam Hahs, BCBA-D | President
Dr. Adam D. Hahs is Director of the MS ABA Program in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University. He earned a PhD from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale working under the tutelage of Dr. Mark Dixon where his research foci were language generativity, complex human behavior, and clinical behavior analysis with individuals with autism, traumatic brain injuries, and addiction. Dr. Hahs was a Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis Board member for 3 years prior to moving to AZ. He has dedicated over 10 years to supporting and training others in a variety of settings via behavior analytic methods, and he views behavior analysis as science capable of facilitating widespread, societal change.
Brian van Meerten | President-Elect
Brian van Meerten is the Program Director of Community Relations at Behavioral Consultation Services, Inc. (BCS). He has a background in teaching with an emphasis on inclusion and providing behavioral consulting services in the Medicaid system. Brian currently serves on Arizona ASD Advisory Committee to the Governor’s Counsel. Brian received his Master’s in Education from Northern Arizona University and Certificate of Positive Behavior Support through the Institute for Human Development. He is an Arizona licensed behavior analyst and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a passion for training well rounded behavioral counselors and behavior analysts with an unpretentious perspective of the science of behavior change. Brian enjoys helping people through his profession and hiking, traveling and learning about various cultures with his family.
Dr. Aaron Blocher-Rubin, BCBA | Past President
Dr. Aaron Blocher-Rubin has been working in the field of autism treatment for nearly 20 years, and has an adult brother with autism. He is the founder and CEO of Arizona Autism United, a leading autism nonprofit organization based in Phoenix. He is a licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and holds a PhD in Human Services as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration for Healthcare. He was recognized in 2014 as the Nonprofit Director of the Year by the Organization for Nonprofit Executives. Prior to starting AZA United, Aaron served as a program director at the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center and worked directly with hundreds of families to implement effective behavioral intervention programs. Aaron was also selected as one of Arizona’s top Forty under 40business professionals in 2008 by the Phoenix Business Journal.He currently participates on several boards and committees including the Arizona Association for Behavior Analysis, the Nonprofit Leadership Council of the Alliance for Arizona Nonprofits, and the AHCCCS ASD Committee.He is also an associate faculty member at ASU and teaches a course on Organizational Behavior Management for the master’s program in behavior analysis through the department of psychology.
Dr. Diana-Davis Wilson, BCBA | Treasurer
Dr. Diana-Davis Wilson, BCBA is the Executive Director of HOPE Group. She has several years of experience providing consultation and training services to families, school districts, and organizational personnel. Diana is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Behavioral Health with an emphasis on integrated health care system management and serves as a OBM consultant within Barrow Neurological Institute’s Autism Diagnostic Clinic at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital where she currently provides autism health home consultation and practice change oversite to over 25 pediatric primary care practices across the state of Arizona. She also provides a variety of AZ-POST trainings to local law enforcement on improving interactions with individuals with autism and is an active member American Telemedicine Association. As a community advocate, Diana works closely with other professional organizations, providing education and advocacy on early access to care, best practice, and evidenced-based treatments.
Kristine Mooney, BCBA | Secretary
Kristine Mooney is a Licensed, Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She began at HOPE Group in 2011. Prior to working for HOPE Group, she worked as a speech-language pathologist in various school districts where she developed a passion for working with children affected by autism as well as language and behavior related challenges. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences and a master’s degree in Special Education collaboration and consultation, with an autism emphasis from Arizona State University. Kristine works closely with other professionals in the field on skill acquisition and behavior reduction programs while providing training to parents and therapists. Kristine is also active in the leadership of the Arizona Association for Behavior Analysts.
Dr. Kellie Band, BCBA | Board Member
Kellie Band completed her Doctorate degree from Arizona State University in Behavioral Health in 2011. She received her Board Certification in Behavior Analysis in 2013 and her License shortly following in 2014. Kellie spent about five years in California where she gained her first years of experience in working with children with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorders back in 2005. Through the employment opportunities there, she worked as an Interventionist and became proficient in Pivotal Response Treatment, Discrete Trial Teaching, and parent education. Being promoted to a supervisor that oversaw several interventionist and children she was able to manage programs and track each clients progress. She enjoys being able to coach clinicians through the implementation of interventions and nothing is better than seeing that child succeed. Upon moving back to Phoenix, Kellie had the opportunity to start United Behavioral Services to help disseminate Applied Behavior Analysis to include ALL childhood diagnoses an collaborate with a variety of health professionals for the maximum success of each child and family. Kellie has always had a passion for the community: as a cheer coach for the Special Olympics, as well as, crisis counseling with Phoenix Fire Department. These opportunities have helped her grow in her ability to work with a diverse population and she continues to share her passion with others. Kellie’s focus is promoting interdisciplinary care and collaboration as well as expanding ABA treatment to a variety of populations.
Jessica Belokas, BCBA | Board Member
Jessica received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Arizona State University with a concentration in autism treatment. She received her Master’s degree in Human Behavior from National University while completing her behavoir anlaytic coursework through the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has worked with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities in Arizona for over 10 years. Jessica has worked at The Center for Autism and Related Disorders as a Case Supervisor and Quality Assurance Manager. She is currently the Clinical Director of Autism Spectrum Therapies in the Greater Phoenix area. She is passionate about providing quality services for families and developing excellent teams with behavior analysis.
Carey Beranek, BCBA | Board Member
Carey Beranek left behind a private practice in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2012 for the chance to collaborate with a team of colleagues at AZA United who shared her passion for helping individuals with ASD. Her career started early, at the age of 19, working in a residential treatment center for adolescent boys with developmental disabilities. She was introduced to the science of ABA when she was recruited by a father to provide home-based services to his son with autism. She was instantly fascinated with the treatment of autism. She changed her major to psychology and never looked back. Carey received her BS in 2000, and her MS in Psychology in 2009. Pursuing her passion for ABA, she went on to earn her BCaBA in 2002 and a BCBA in 2010. She was granted an AZ license to practice Behavior Analysis in 2011. Carey has a wide range of experience and expertise. She worked in residential treatment settings for 2 years, has over 15 years of experience implementing and supervising home-based services, consulted and provided staff training in public and private schools for 8 years, has presented at over 20 conferences and events, and currently leads a team of service providers and BCBAs across 2 departments. She is the past treasurer and a charter member of the AZ Association for Behavior Analysis, and is currently the Clinical Director for Behavioral Consultation Services at Arizona Autism United.
Erin Cook, BCBA | Board Member
Erin Cook is a licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, who began working with young children on the Autism Spectrum in 2006, while living in Northern California. She was fortunate to be a part of an organization led by Dr. Joseph Morrow and Brenda Terzich-Garland, who had a big impact on her journey through their vision to behaviorize the world. In 2011, after earning her Master’s Degree in ABA, Erin moved to Singapore to work with children with developmental disabilities, in home and center-based programs. Shortly after returning to the United States, Erin made the decision to move to Phoenix where she has since worked in DDD, private insurance, and Behavior Health funded programs. She currently works as a Talent Development Manager, where she addresses issues in workforce development through a behavior analytic lens. Specifically, her role focuses on training initiatives, program development and employee satisfaction, which has given her a new perspective and ability to utilize the science she is so passionate about.
Dr. Amy Kenzer, BCBA-D | Board Member
Dr. Amy Kenzer is the Vice President and Clinical Services Director at the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC). She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Amy manages and supervises programs for children 12 years of age and younger. She came to SARRC after working as the Research and Development Manager at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD). As an undergraduate student looking for field experience credits, Amy stumbled into autism research and fell in love with the science. She especially values being able to make a real difference in families’ lives.
Kyle Lininger, BCBA | Board Member
Kyle Lininger is the Director of Behavior Intervention Services at Intermountain Centers for Human Development. In this role he provides clinical and administrative oversight for Intermountain Academy, a school for 85 children on the autism spectrum in Tucson, AZ and oversees a multi-disciplinary behavioral health team that serves 300 children with a variety of mental health diagnoses and developmental disabilities in Pima County. Kyle began providing behavior analytic services in 2008 and became a board certified and licensed BCBA in 2014. Kyle holds a Master’s in Public Administration which has informed his work in non-profit management, program evaluation, grant writing, public policy, and integrated healthcare. Kyle’s community advocacy work includes: Arizona’s Act Early Ambassador for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Board Member of the Gentry Foundation for Autism, Community Advisor for Sonoran UCEDD, and Professional Advisory Committee for Autism Society of Southern Arizona. Concentrated areas of interest for Kyle include: Focused and Comprehensive ABA treatment for children with autism, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and integrated healthcare modeling for pediatric populations.
Dr. Donald Stenhoff, BCBA-D | Board Member
Dr. Don Stenhoff is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University. He has over 20 years experience working with individuals with and without disabilities. Prior to joining Arizona State University, he was the Director of The BISTÅ Center and the Director of Behavioral Services at ACCEL. He has been an assistant professor at University of Kentucky teaching courses in applied behavior analysis. Dr. Stenhoff was a special education teacher, and a school and family consultant. He teaches courses on applied behavior analysis, organizational behavior management, functional assessment, and experimental analysis of behavior. Dr. Stenhoff’s research interests include functional assessment, functional analysis, evidence-based practices, classroom management, organizational behavior management, behavioral skills training, effective teaching principles, and issues related to disability.
Committees are established by the board to carry out important functions for AzABA. Each committee is chaired by a board member, and committees work on goals approved by the board to advance the association’s impact for members and the field of behavior analysis. All AzABA members are eligible to serve on a committee. Current committees include:
The Program Committee helps plan events and activities for AzABA members. Examples include continuing education presentations, the annual conference, networking opportunities, and special interest groups. The Program Committee is currently chaired by Kristine Mooney.
The Public Policy Committee works on a variety of issues that affect the practice of behavior analysis in the areas of legislation, licensing, and funding regulations. Activities include building relationships with policy makers, staying aware of and communicating significant legislative issues, and crafting position statements for AzABA. The Public Policy Committee is currently chaired by Diana Davis-Wilson.
The Marketing Committee communicates updates and opportunities to AzABA members and the general public. Examples include the website, newsletter, surveys, member recruitment, and social media. The Marketing Committee is currently chaired by Aaron Blocher-Rubin.
The Ethics Committee provides guidance for AzABA members regarding how to proceed in complex ethical situations, including how to interpret the BACB’s code of ethics. The Ethics Committee is currently chaired by Joseph Gentry.