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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.

Kyle Lininger, BCBA | President

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!

Jessica Belokas, BCBA | President-Elect

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.

Carey Beranek, BCBA | Past 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.

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.

Dr. Amy Kenzer, BCBA-D | Treasurer

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.

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 started her career in the field of ABA in 2008.  She received her undergraduate degree in Music with a minor in Psychology and master’s degree in Special Education both from the University of Arizona. Raakel’s areas of interest include Organizational Behavior Management, Integrated Healthcare, Quality Management, Public Policy related to ABA and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practices. Raakel is currently a Vice President of Clinical Integration for Intermountain Centers. Within AzABA, Raakel has served as the co-chair for the EDI Committee and is currently a co-chair for the Public Policy Committee.

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., BCBA, LBA | 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.

Hanna Roen, BCBA | Board Member

Hanna Roen, M.A.S., BCBA, LBA started in the field of ABA in 2010. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley and her master’s degree in Infant-Family Practice from Arizona State University. Hanna works as a Senior Clinical Supervisor in the Comprehensive Behavioral Program at SARRC. Hanna’s passions in the field include values-based supervision, DEI initiatives, client self-advocacy and empowerment, and mentoring the next generation of BCBAs. Within AzABA, Hanna has served as co-leader of the ACT/RFT SIG since 2021 and is an active member in the EDI Equal Access to Care subcommittee. She is grateful for the opportunity to join the AzABA board and serve the amazing Arizona ABA community.

Megan Tadvick, BCBA | Board Member

My name is Megan Tadvick and I have been a BCBA for over 8 years and a member of AzABA since 2013. I am passionate about providing compassionate family treatment guidance, teaching functional skills, and supervision. When not working, I enjoy running, reading, and watching my two sons play sports. Thank you for the opportunity to serve on the board.

Ehren Werntz, PhD, LBA, BCBA-D | Board Member

For those who don’t know me, I’m the son of a special education teacher, originally from South Bend, Indiana and got my start in ABA working in SARRC’s Jumpstart program 20 years ago. I spent a few years as a middle school special education teacher in a title 1 school, and for the last 16 years I’ve been at AZA United where I’ve worked to develop multiple behavior analytic and community support programs. Today I serve as the Vice President and Clinical Director for Family and Community Services at AZA where I oversee a multi-disciplinary team and programs focused on family treatment, community education and serving underserved populations within ABA and behavioral health in general.

Interns

Ryan Mott | Student Intern

Kiana Hernandez | Student Intern

My name is Kiana Hernandez I am a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with Arion Care Solutions LLC. Working with young children that have special needs has always had a special place in my heart. Getting to see the children I work with progress and grow is such a rewarding feeling. I value providing quality and compassionate care to the families I serve. I currently have my Associates Degree in Art’s with an Emphasis in Psychology. I will be continuing my undergraduate Degree at Arizona State University with hopes to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analysis in the future. I am very excited to be a part of AzABA and what is to come for current and future Registered Behavior Technicians.

Bella Holmen | Student Intern

Since obtaining my undergraduate degree in Family and Human Development, I have developed a clear passion for serving those with developmental disabilities. This passion has led me to my current role as a Lead Registered Behavior Technician at ALLY Pediatric Therapy. ALLY has strengthened my passion for the field of ABA and has led me to my  current pursuit of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. For the past two years, I have been working towards becoming a BCBA and have recently graduated from Arizona State University with a Master’s degree in Special Education- Applied Behavior Analysis. I am grateful to have been selected for the internship position at AzABA and to have the privilege of working alongside those within the organization who have a passion similar to mine. As an ambassador, I look forward to advocating for the organization as well as for those whom the organization serves.

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 Jamilah Amirah. There are three EDI subcommittees: Equal Access to Services, chaired by Kayla Rosenberger; Informing & Impacting Legislation & Policy, chaired by Diana Davis-Wilson; Training & Education, chaired by Ehren Werntz.

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 Jessie Marshall and 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 and Bailey Blake.

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 Christina Ricciardelli and Kayla Rosenberger.

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, Liz Carr, and Ashley Sanchez.

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