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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.

Carey Beranek, BCBA | President

Carey Beranek has worked the last 25 years supporting individuals with Autism and developmental disabilities in residential, home and school settings. Since 2012, she has served in her current role as Clinical Director of Children and Youth Services at Arizona Autism United (AZA).

Prior to AZA, Carey ran her own private practice, supporting caregivers of children with ASD, and performing independent, school-based FBAs for those with severe challenging behaviors. Before this, Carey worked 8 years at Chrysalis Academy and Play ABA, becoming Training Director, and supervising home-based treatment and training school-based staff to implement high-quality ABA. She got her start in the field as many do – working directly with families and individuals in group home and in-home settings.

Carey is a founding member of the Arizona Association for Behavior Analysis, past Treasurer, past Public Policy Committee Chair, and a current board member. She is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors at Intermountain Centers in Tucson, AZ.

Carey graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2000 from ASU with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, received her MS in Psychology from The University of Phoenix in 2009, and earned a professional certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. She was certified as a BCaBA in 2002, became a BCBA in 2010, and in 2011, was granted a licensed to practice ABA in Arizona.

Carey has many areas of interest within the behavioral sciences, including using principles of Organizational Behavior Management to design organizational systems to optimize team performance, using the principles of Relational Frame Theory to teach derivation to early language learners with Autism, and expanding ABA services to underserved populations through the legislative and public policy process.

Dr. Amy Kenzer, BCBA-D | Past-President

Dr. Amy Kenzer is a licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst who began working with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 1997. She was fortunate to have joined the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Early Childhood Autism Program as an undergraduate student. In that program, she was introduced to behavior analysis by Dr. Patrick Ghezzi and Dr. Sidney Bijou. That introduction shaped the future of her education and career. She went on to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (2000) and Master’s (2004) and Doctoral (2007) degrees in Behavior Analysis at UNR.

Through her study and work at UNR, Amy had the opportunity to work in a variety of applied behavior analytic settings and populations including: precision teaching with typically developing children and teens at the Center for Advanced Learning (now Fit Learning); supervision of intensive, comprehensive treatment for adults with developmental disabilities at the Pre-vocational Assessment, Treatment, and Habilitation (PATH) program; consultation for an adult residential program; teaching undergraduate courses at UNR and Truckee Meadows Community College. She also continued to work in the Early Childhood Autism Program as an Assistant Director and Training Supervisor during her graduate program.

Amy moved back to Phoenix in 2007 and began working as a Research and Development Manager at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. During her time there, she focused on applied research in behavior analytic treatment of ASD. Dr. Kenzer is currently the Chief Operating Officer at the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC). Her current professional activities involve leadership of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)-based treatment programs for individuals with ASD across the lifespan and organizational behavior management.

Dr. Kenzer’s applied research interests include basic learning processes, staff training, motivation, and large-scale outcome research with children with ASD. Her basic research interests include dishabituation within an operant conditioning paradigm.

Amy has a passion for building the behavior analytic community in Arizona and driving access to ABA-based services. She testified at the State Legislature to support the passage of Steven’s Law that allowed insurance coverage for ABA treatment for ASD, actively engaged in the development and early implementation of the BCBA coursework at Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College, and served on the advisory committee for the development of the Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis at ASU, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Psychology Department.

Kyle Lininger, BCBA | President-Elect

Kyle Lininger is Vice President of Clinical Integration at Intermountain Centers. Concentrated areas of interest presently are: public policy, non-profit management, behavior systems analysis, the Community Reinforcement Approach for Substance Use Disorders, and integrated value-based healthcare modeling and intervention.  In previous roles Kyle has provided and overseen programs supporting in-home delivered comprehensive and focused Applied Behavior Analysis. He has been a school Principal.  Kyle has supervised and supported Behavioral Health Residential Facilities in addition to foster care programs.  He is the current Board President of Autism Society of Southern Arizona.  Kyle believes that there is no better place to practice ABA than Arizona!

Kayla Rosenberger, BCBA, DBH | Secretary

Kayla Rosenberger is a Licensed Board-Certified Behavior Analyst in the state of Arizona.  She is currently Chief Clinical Director at Arion Care Solutions home and clinic-based ABA services.  She holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education as well as a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction: Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University.  Kayla graduated with her Doctorate of Behavioral Health Management in December 2020, focusing on integrated physical and behavioral healthcare management.  Kayla is the current the AzABA Secretary and Co-Chair for AzABA’ s Equal Access to Services DEI Subcommittee.  Other areas of interest include Organizational Behavior Management, Behavior Skills Training, neurodivergent affirming practices, equal access to care, and compassionate care for patients and families.  She is passionate about delivering evidence-based programs and collaborating with others to provide a holistic approach to care that will increase the quality of life for individuals of all ages using Applied Behavior Analysis.

Brian van Meerten | Treasurer

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.

Kristina Bartell, MS, LBA, BCBA | Board Member

Kristina M. Bartell is a licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst in Phoenix, Arizona. Kristina has been actively engaged in the field of Behavior Analysis since 2010. Her international and cross-country experience has afforded her a rich understanding of the efficacy and flexibility of the science. Her primary areas of interest are verbal behavior and competency-based supervision. She is currently a Clinical Supervisor at S.E.E.K. Arizona where she oversees intensive clinic, home, and day treatment services for persons age 2-19 years old. Kristina received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2009 and her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2015. Kristina also teaches Behavior Assessment as a Co-Instructor for ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College. She currently serves as the Marketing Chair and Ethics Chair-Elect for Arizona Association for Behavior Analysis (AzABA).

Jessica Belokas, BCBA | Board Member

Jessica is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been Licensed in Arizona since 2010. She is currently the Clinical Director of Autism Spectrum Therapies Arizona. 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 behavior analytic coursework through the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has worked with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities in Arizona since 2003. Her clinical work and professional passion focuses on compassionate quality care for families, the development of behavior analysis training programs with a focus on quality of supervision, and the development of a workplace culture of support. She is most proud of the team and colleagues with whom she works and is dedicated to the development of excellent professionals serving the Arizona community.

Sarah Duarte, BCBA, DBH, LBA | Board Member

Sarah Duarte is an Arizona Licensed (LBA) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Sarah completed four degrees through Arizona State University; her doctorate degree in Behavioral Health (DBH) includes a specialization in integrated healthcare management. In 2014, she opened an Intensive Behavioral Treatment Department supporting behavior change via focused and comprehensive ABA programming in the home and community-based setting as well as in the clinic setting. Currently, she is the Chief Development Officer at Arion Care Solutions utilizing organizational behavior management (OBM) to support quality service provision as well as sustainable program development and growth. Sarah is the Past-Chair of AzABA’s Ethics Committee and is the current Chair for the Marketing & Outreach Committee as well as the Co-Chair for the Training & Education EDI subcommittee. Additional areas of professional interest include community engagement, equitable healthcare access, antiracist policy initiatives, public policy and integrated healthcare management across the lifespan. Sarah is continually captivated by the science and is committed to disseminating the practice of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Raakel Elzy, M.A., BCBA, LBA | Board Member

Raakel Elzy is a licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst who started her career in 2007 as an ABA therapist working with children with autism in Tucson, AZ. After pursuing her Masters in Cross Categorial Special Education, Raakel taught in a self-contained special education classroom serving children ages two to five with various disabilities including autism, intellectual disabilities, visual impairments, genetic disorders, and severe and profound disabilities. After four years of teaching, Raakel moved to Phoenix, AZ to provide ABA services as a BCBA. Raakel’s areas of interest include behavioral systems analysis, organizational leadership and culture, performance management, and other topics within Organizational Behavior Management. Raakel is currently the Clinical Director at Ally Pediatric Therapy’s Paradise Valley location.

Jessie Marshall, BCBA | Board Member

Jessie is a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst in Gilbert, AZ. She is currently the Clinical Supervisor of ABA Services at SEEK Arizona where she oversees home based treatment and virtual parent training services. Jessie also teaches as a Co-Instructor for ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College – ABA Master’s program. Jessie received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in Research, her Master’s degree in Infant Family Practice from Arizona State University, and completed her behavior analytic coursework through Florida Institute of Technology. Jessie’s professional interests include supporting and identifying developmentally appropriate treatment outcome, compassionate care for families, quality assurance monitoring and neurodivergent affirming practices.

Luis Morales M.Ed., LBA, BCBA | Board Member

Luis Morales has been supporting individuals with developmental disabilities autism since 2012. Luis became a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst in 2015 and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Arizona since 2016. He currently serves as a bilingual Senior Clinical Supervisor at Arizona Autism United (AZA) providing individualized behavior analytic services across Maricopa County. Luis is passionate about helping individuals access behavior analytic services and serving underserved populations, including Spanish speaking families. He received his Master’s Degree from Arizona State University in 2015 in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. He also holds a Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University in Special Education. Throughout his experiences, he has focused on creating, training staff, implementing, and overseeing the implementation of behavior analytic interventions in schools, clinics, and home settings. Luis’s interests within the behavioral sciences include supervision and staff training, to provide ongoing support to professionals, direct care staff, and other individuals in a supportive role for families. As expanding the scope of applied behavior analysis to other areas that are not limited to autism treatment.

Interns

Margie Abualkhail, BA, RBT | Student Intern

My Bachelor’s degree is in Social Work and I worked in the field for several years serving children, and later, the geriatric population. Following the Autism diagnosis of my first-born son when he was two years old, I spent 10 years as a stay-at-home mom so I could learn everything I could to support him, and my second-born son, from a parent perspective.  A year and a half ago, I re-entered the workforce to become an RBT and registered for graduate studies in Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology.  I am currently employed as an Assistant Clinical Specialist at Arizona Autism United (AZA United), where I am currently obtaining my Fieldwork experience.  I look forward to becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst someday in the not-too-distant future so that I may support other Neurodivergent children and families.

Kyla Christenson | Student Intern

Kyla Christenson has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Exceptional Student Education with a certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. She looks forward to obtaining a BCBA credential in near future. Kyla currently works at the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center as a Senior Behavior Therapist and is passionate about supporting individuals with autism in the natural environment (birthday parties, school, grocery stores, etc.) and creating inclusive communities.

Shawn Abigail McCormack, MS | Student Intern

Shawn “Abby” McCormack is a Masters of Science in Psychology and Managing Technician at Autism Spectrum Therapies in Phoenix, Arizona. Abby finished her Masters in 2019 at Arizona State University as a stay-at-home mom to 2 daughters (ages 7 and 4) and begam working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2020. Areas of professional interest include neurodivergent affirming practices, coordinating care for a holistic approach to treatment, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), ethics, and diversity and inclusion. Abby is currently awaiting confirmation from the board to apply for her BACB exam and is excited to represent students in AZABA!

Brianna Jack, BA, RBT | RBT Intern

I am an Arizona native who discovered a passion for working closely with individuals with special needs after watching my family have a combined experience of 30 years working with the population. At the moment I am currently working on obtaining my Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analytics while simultaneously working as a registered behavior technician. When I’m not working you can find me traveling all around the state or curled up with a good book.

Committees

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 Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee is currently chaired by Jessica Belokas and Raakel Elzy.

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 Kristina Bartell.

The Marketing & Outreach Committee communicates updates as well as disseminates information and educational opportunities to AzABA members and the general public.  Examples include the website, surveys, member recruitment, and social media. Additionally, the committee identifies opportunities for community engagement and executes professional partnerships of reciprocal benefit. Activities include public relations, member recruitment, information dissemination and development of sponsorship agreements. The Marketing & Outreach Committee is currently chaired by Sarah Duarte.

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 Raakel Elzy.

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