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.
Erin Cook, BCBA | President
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. While there, she worked 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 is currently the Assistant Clinical Director at Creative Therapy Solution, where she utilizes organizational behavior management practices to create sustainable business processes. She is also infusing principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into supervision of clients and RBT’s. Erin has been an active part of AzABA leadership since 2016, when she jumped head first into the role of Publication Committee Chair. Since then, she has been the Co-Chair and Chair of the Ethics Committee, which involves the creation and execution of CEU events and monthly meetings.
Dr. Amy Kenzer, BCBA-D | President-Elect
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.
Brian van Meerten | Past President
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. Kellie Band, BCBA | Treasurer
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.
Kristine Mooney, BCBA | Secretary
Kristine Mooney, M.Ed., LBA, BCBA is a licensed behavior analyst, who began working in the field with individuals with developmental disabilities in 2006. While obtaining her undergraduate degree in Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona, she worked as a habilitation provider, where she was fortunate to work closely with a BCBA. Through those experiences, Kristine was able to see the positive impact that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can have, while targeting language and behavior related challenges together. Since that time, Kristine has been passionate about continuing her education and skill repertoire as a clinician and disseminating behavior analysis through collaboration with other direct care providers, parents/caregivers and professionals. Since obtaining her master’s degree in Special Education Collaboration and Consultation, with an Autism emphasis, from Arizona State University in 2011, Kristine has gained extensive experience working directly with young children and their families, conducting assessments, developing treatment plans and protocols, analyzing data and reporting on client progress, providing supervision to behavior technicians, Registered Behavior Technicians® (RBT®s) and BCBA® applicants, leading parent trainings and consultation, and collaborating with other key stakeholders on client teams. In addition, Kristine gained widespread experiences as an assistant clinical director, related to organizational behavior management (OBM), including, but not limited to, the establishment of and maintenance of quality assurance measures, conducting competency-based assessments of team members and providing performance feedback, developing and monitoring organizational systems for sustainable growth and improved client outcomes, and coordinating interdepartmental functioning. In addition to her clinical and managerial experiences, Kristine has also been active in the leadership of the Arizona Association for Behavior Analysis (AzABA) since 2016, where she serves on the Board of Directors as the Secretary and co-chair of the Program Committee.
Kristina Bartell, MS, LBA | Board Member
Kristina is an Arizona Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (LBA), who began working with children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2009 while living in Hawaii. She began her journey as a behavior technician implementing our science in homes and community-based programs. These opportunities impacted her life greatly and continue to inform her journey as a Behavior Analyst. After returning to the mainland, Kristina began working at S.E.E.K. Arizona to support children and young adults with various diagnoses across settings. In 2016, Kristina led a team in establishing the B.R.I.E.F. Early Intervention Program, a comprehensive clinic-based program with an emphasis on verbal behavior, behavior reduction, and parent training. Currently, Kristina supports a team of Behavior Analysts and Registered Behavior Technicians providing services within clinic, home, school, and community settings.
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.
Sarah Duarte, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA | Board Member
Sarah Duarte is an Arizona Licensed (LBA) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), who began working with children and young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2007. Sarah completed two undergraduate degrees, Elementary Education and Special Education: Cross Categorical Specialization, as well as her graduate degree, Curriculum and Instruction: Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis, through Arizona State University. Previously, she taught in special education programs at Title 1 school sites in Level C classrooms. From 2009-2013, Sarah was the designated Special Education Department Chair at a local school district focusing on inclusion initiatives, peer-education programs and individualized student programming. 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 Clinical Director of Behavioral Services at Arion Care Solutions utilizing organizational behavior management (OBM) to support sustainable program development and growth. Sarah is the Chair of AzABA’s Ethics Committee; additional areas of interest include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, community outreach and involvement, integrated healthcare across the lifespan and pediatric feeding. 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, and other topics within Organizational Behavior Management. Raakel is currently the Associate Director of Clinical Services at HOPE Group. She primarily oversees the clinical operations and focuses on policy and procedures, compliance, utilization, and staff performance.
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.
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 Jessica Belokas and 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 Carey Beranek.
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 Kristina Bartell.
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 Erin Cook.