Current Board of Directors

Ali Cooper

Ali Cooper

President (2021-2023)

Ali Cooper is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) as well as a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Missouri. She completed her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Missouri where she also completed her certificate in Behavior Analysis. Ali currently works at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders where she provides Applied Behavior Analytic (ABA) services in a variety of clinical settings. In this role, Ali also provides direct supervision to students pursuing certification as a BCBA. Her research and clinical interests include function-based interventions for problem behavior, and skill acquisition methods for individuals with developmental disabilities.
 
Jennifer Weyman

Jennifer Weyman

Past President (2019-2022)

Dr. Jennifer Weyman is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Missouri. She started working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related intellectual disabilities while earning her Bachelor’s degree at University of Florida. She received her Master’s degree in Human Service Psychology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County while working at Kennedy Krieger Institute and she earned her Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of South Florida. She is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Special Education at University of Missouri and she supervises Master’s level students in both clinical and research settings at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. She is passionate about mentoring students working toward their certification in behavior analysis and using Applied Behavior Analysis to improve the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. Her research and clinical interests include functional analysis, treatment of severe problem behavior (e.g., aggression, self-injury) and restricted and repetitive behavior.

Madeline Burke

Madeline Burke

President Elect (2022)

Madeline Burke is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in Missouri. She has been working with children with autism and related disorders during her undergraduate career in which she received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders with a minor in Autism Studies. Madeline received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Maryville University. Madeline’s Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis was earned from Ball State University and her practicum experience was completed at the Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center In addition, Madeline has a certificate of Autism Studies from Ball State University and a Certificate of Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Institute of Technology. Madeline has experience with in-home, clinical, community, and school-based services. She is currently the Clinical Director for ABA Squad, INC. in the St. Louis, Missouri Area. Madeline is dedicated to providing effective and ethical services to children and adults with autism and related disorders and their families. Additionally, Madeline is committed to providing mentorship to those working towards their behavior analyst certification and hopes to create a mentorship program within MOABA. Her clinical interests are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, function-based treatment, practical functional analyses and skills based treatment, and Organizational Behavior Management.
Andresa De Souza

Andresa De Souza

Treasurer (2022)

Dr. Andresa De Souza is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL), where she serves as the VCS Coordinator and Director of the ABA Programs. Dr. De Souza led faculty the development and approval of the newly approved M.S. in ABA degree at UMSL. She currently serves as the Dissemination Coordinator for the ABAI Verbal Behavior – Interest Group (VB-SIG) and has organized several online, live events with prominent VB scholars. Dr. De Souza received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a graduate certificate in Human Resources from Universidade Estadual de Londrina in Brazil, her home country; a Master’s in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL; and a Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Munroe-Meyer Institution, in Omaha, NE. She completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Marcus Autism Center and Emory University in Atlanta, GA. During her studies, Dr. De Souza gained valuable experience in early-intervention applications for children with autism, the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, and autism diagnostic criteria. She has provided supervision and consultation for behavior analysts and agencies in the USA and abroad. Dr. De Souza has published several peer-reviewed articles and currently serves on the editorial board of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. Her research focuses on strategies for teaching verbal behavior, the arrangement of conditions that can facilitate the emergence of novel language and decrease restricted stimulus control, and caregiver training.

Todd Streff

Todd Streff

Past Treasurer (2021-2022)

Todd Streff is the Executive Director of the Skills Center which is the first of its kind vocational training facility specifically for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  He is a Board Certified and Missouri Licensed Behavior Analyst who received his Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  Since 1994 he has been providing services to a variety of populations including children and adults with autism, mental retardation, dual diagnosis, traumatic brain injury, and typically developing children.  His specializations and experience are in the areas of early intervention for children and adolescents with autism, development of school based ABA programs, training of both school personnel and parents, feeding issues, and addressing behavior problems.  He has presented at state and national conventions and various educational conferences, served as an adjunct faculty, and has conducted many workshops, staff trainings and invited lectures in the United States and internationally.  Todd serves on the board for the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis and chairs the Missouri Behavior Analyst Advisory Board.

Miin-An Hošić

Miin-An Hošić

Secretary (2021-2023)

Miin-An is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Behaviour Analyst (Kansas & Missouri). She holds an Illinois Professional Educator’s License (PEL) with a Learning Behaviour Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement and a Missouri teaching certificate. Miin-An has worked with individuals and families with developmental disabilities, Autism, and psychiatric disorders for more than 20 years in public and private schools, in clinics, in homes, in residential settings, and in the foster care system. An immigrant herself, much of Miin-An’s work experience has been with immigrant populations. She had the privilege to work within the Bosnian community of Chicago helping survivors of the Bosnian Holocaust and with Sudanese, Somali, and Kenyan Lost Boys (and Girls), as well as many other diverse people groups. Presently she serves as an urban public school district BCBA with the majority of her role divided between: providing quality oversight of treatment, providing staff professional development, special education diagnostics and evaluation, and multidisciplinary team collaboration.
Megan Boyle

Megan Boyle

Member at Large (2021-2023)

Dr. Megan Boyle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education at Missouri State University (MSU). She is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and is a licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Missouri. She received her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and organizational behavior management from Florida Institute of Technology and her PhD from Utah State University in disability disciplines, with an emphasis in ABA. Dr. Boyle specializes in the assessment and treatment of severe behavior of individuals with autism, and her research agenda focuses on elopement, behavioral contrast, and refining methods of functional analysis, functional communication training, and schedule thinning. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, Behavioral Interventions, and The Psychological Record. Dr. Boyle teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in behavior analysis in the Special Education program at MSU and provides supervision to graduate students accruing BCBA hours.

John Guercio

John Guercio

Member at Large (2017-2022)

Dr. John Guercio has spent much of his career researching effective staff training protocols and behavior intervention strategies for staff and clients in settings where severe aggression is present. Since obtaining his master’s and doctoral degrees in behavior analysis and therapy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Dr. Guercio has worked in settings serving as Director of Behavioral Services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, and as Vice President of Clinical Services and Research at the Judevine Center for Autism/TouchPoint Autism Services in St. Louis. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the behavior analysis department at Washington University, St. Louis University and Central Missouri University. He has also given more than 100 presentations at behavioral conferences and authored and/or co-authored over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals as well as written several book chapters related to the treatment of intensive behavioral issues. Dr. Guercio serves on the Board of Editors of Behavior Analysis Research and Practice and a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. In his career, Dr. Guercio has helped design and run a program for individuals with sexually deviant behavior and substance abuse issues and has developed an entire treatment protocol based upon that program.  In his current role at Benchmark Human Services, Dr. Guercio serves as the Clinical Director. He develops and delivers behavioral services for clients with significant aggression and high risk behavioral needs, many of whom have been institutionalized for more than 15 years, often under restraints and heavy medication. Through Dr. Guercio’s leadership, many clients’ medication dosages have decreased and, they have developed positive compensatory behaviors and are being integrated into the community. Dr. Guercio currently serves as the Coordinator for the Practice Track of the annual ABAI conference and is a board member of the Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis.

Alan Lowe

Alan Lowe

Student Representative (2019-2022)

Alan Lowe is a current graduate student at the University of Missouri. Alan obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri in Health Science in the School of Health Professions. During his time there, he was introduced to Applied Behavior Analysis from a colleague who was already associated with the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. As an undergraduate, Alan was employed by Blue Sprig, formerly known as Thrive Autism Solutions. Alan completed a little over a year with experience in Home Based Interventions and Center-Based treatment before applying to the program at the University of Missouri. Upon Undergraduate graduation, Alan went to work at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities in the ABIS division part-time, working primarily in EIBI. Alan is currently working on getting his graduate degree in a Master of Science in the Department of Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Alan plans on sitting for his boards to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the late spring of 2021. Alan’s primary interest in research involves non-punishment procedures such as Differential Reinforcement of Low Rates and comparing the effectiveness of spaced responding, interval, and full session DRL arrangements.

Current Board of Directors

Ali Cooper

Ali Cooper

President (2021-2023)

Ali Cooper is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) as well as a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Missouri. She completed her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Missouri where she also completed her certificate in Behavior Analysis. Ali currently works at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders where she provides Applied Behavior Analytic (ABA) services in a variety of clinical settings. In this role, Ali also provides direct supervision to students pursuing certification as a BCBA. Her research and clinical interests include function-based interventions for problem behavior, and skill acquisition methods for individuals with developmental disabilities.
 
JENNIFER WEYMAN

JENNIFER WEYMAN

Past President (2019-2022)

Dr. Jennifer Weyman is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Missouri. She started working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related intellectual disabilities while earning her Bachelor’s degree at University of Florida. She received her Master’s degree in Human Service Psychology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County while working at Kennedy Krieger Institute and she earned her Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of South Florida. She is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Special Education at University of Missouri and she supervises Master’s level students in both clinical and research settings at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. She is passionate about mentoring students working toward their certification in behavior analysis and using Applied Behavior Analysis to improve the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. Her research and clinical interests include functional analysis, treatment of severe problem behavior (e.g., aggression, self-injury) and restricted and repetitive behavior.

Madeline Burke

Madeline Burke

President Elect (2022)

Madeline Burke is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in Missouri. She has been working with children with autism and related disorders during her undergraduate career in which she received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders with a minor in Autism Studies. Madeline received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Maryville University. Madeline’s Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis was earned from Ball State University and her practicum experience was completed at the Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center In addition, Madeline has a certificate of Autism Studies from Ball State University and a Certificate of Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Institute of Technology. Madeline has experience with in-home, clinical, community, and school-based services. She is currently the Clinical Director for ABA Squad, INC. in the St. Louis, Missouri Area. Madeline is dedicated to providing effective and ethical services to children and adults with autism and related disorders and their families. Additionally, Madeline is committed to providing mentorship to those working towards their behavior analyst certification and hopes to create a mentorship program within MOABA. Her clinical interests are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, function-based treatment, practical functional analyses and skills based treatment, and Organizational Behavior Management.

Andresa De Souza

Andresa De Souza

Treasurer (2022)

Dr. Andresa De Souza is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL), where she serves as the VCS Coordinator and Director of the ABA Programs. Dr. De Souza led faculty the development and approval of the newly approved M.S. in ABA degree at UMSL. She currently serves as the Dissemination Coordinator for the ABAI Verbal Behavior – Interest Group (VB-SIG) and has organized several online, live events with prominent VB scholars. Dr. De Souza received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a graduate certificate in Human Resources from Universidade Estadual de Londrina in Brazil, her home country; a Master’s in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL; and a Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Munroe-Meyer Institution, in Omaha, NE. She completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Marcus Autism Center and Emory University in Atlanta, GA. During her studies, Dr. De Souza gained valuable experience in early-intervention applications for children with autism, the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, and autism diagnostic criteria. She has provided supervision and consultation for behavior analysts and agencies in the USA and abroad. Dr. De Souza has published several peer-reviewed articles and currently serves on the editorial board of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. Her research focuses on strategies for teaching verbal behavior, the arrangement of conditions that can facilitate the emergence of novel language and decrease restricted stimulus control, and caregiver training.

Todd Streff

Todd Streff

Past Treasurer (2021-2022)

Todd Streff is the Executive Director of the Skills Center which is the first of its kind vocational training facility specifically for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  He is a Board Certified and Missouri Licensed Behavior Analyst who received his Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  Since 1994 he has been providing services to a variety of populations including children and adults with autism, mental retardation, dual diagnosis, traumatic brain injury, and typically developing children.  His specializations and experience are in the areas of early intervention for children and adolescents with autism, development of school based ABA programs, training of both school personnel and parents, feeding issues, and addressing behavior problems.  He has presented at state and national conventions and various educational conferences, served as an adjunct faculty, and has conducted many workshops, staff trainings and invited lectures in the United States and internationally.  Todd serves on the board for the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis and chairs the Missouri Behavior Analyst Advisory Board.

Miin-An Hošić

Miin-An Hošić

Secretary (2021-2023)

Miin-An is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Behaviour Analyst (Kansas & Missouri). She holds an Illinois Professional Educator’s License (PEL) with a Learning Behaviour Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement and a Missouri teaching certificate. Miin-An has worked with individuals and families with developmental disabilities, Autism, and psychiatric disorders for more than 20 years in public and private schools, in clinics, in homes, in residential settings, and in the foster care system. An immigrant herself, much of Miin-An’s work experience has been with immigrant populations. She had the privilege to work within the Bosnian community of Chicago helping survivors of the Bosnian Holocaust and with Sudanese, Somali, and Kenyan Lost Boys (and Girls), as well as many other diverse people groups. Presently she serves as an urban public school district BCBA with the majority of her role divided between: providing quality oversight of treatment, providing staff professional development, special education diagnostics and evaluation, and multidisciplinary team collaboration.
Megan Boyle

Megan Boyle

Member at Large (2021-2023)

Dr. Megan Boyle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education at Missouri State University (MSU). She is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and is a licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Missouri. She received her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and organizational behavior management from Florida Institute of Technology and her PhD from Utah State University in disability disciplines, with an emphasis in ABA. Dr. Boyle specializes in the assessment and treatment of severe behavior of individuals with autism, and her research agenda focuses on elopement, behavioral contrast, and refining methods of functional analysis, functional communication training, and schedule thinning. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, Behavioral Interventions, and The Psychological Record. Dr. Boyle teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in behavior analysis in the Special Education program at MSU and provides supervision to graduate students accruing BCBA hours.

John Guercio

John Guercio

Member at Large (2017-2022)

Dr. John Guercio has spent much of his career researching effective staff training protocols and behavior intervention strategies for staff and clients in settings where severe aggression is present. Since obtaining his master’s and doctoral degrees in behavior analysis and therapy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Dr. Guercio has worked in settings serving as Director of Behavioral Services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, and as Vice President of Clinical Services and Research at the Judevine Center for Autism/TouchPoint Autism Services in St. Louis. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the behavior analysis department at Washington University, St. Louis University and Central Missouri University. He has also given more than 100 presentations at behavioral conferences and authored and/or co-authored over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals as well as written several book chapters related to the treatment of intensive behavioral issues. Dr. Guercio serves on the Board of Editors of Behavior Analysis Research and Practice and a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. In his career, Dr. Guercio has helped design and run a program for individuals with sexually deviant behavior and substance abuse issues and has developed an entire treatment protocol based upon that program.  In his current role at Benchmark Human Services, Dr. Guercio serves as the Clinical Director. He develops and delivers behavioral services for clients with significant aggression and high risk behavioral needs, many of whom have been institutionalized for more than 15 years, often under restraints and heavy medication. Through Dr. Guercio’s leadership, many clients’ medication dosages have decreased and, they have developed positive compensatory behaviors and are being integrated into the community. Dr. Guercio currently serves as the Coordinator for the Practice Track of the annual ABAI conference and is a board member of the Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis.

ALAN LOWE

ALAN LOWE

Student Representative (2019-2022)

Alan Lowe is a current graduate student at the University of Missouri. Alan obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri in Health Science in the School of Health Professions. During his time there, he was introduced to Applied Behavior Analysis from a colleague who was already associated with the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. As an undergraduate, Alan was employed by Blue Sprig, formerly known as Thrive Autism Solutions. Alan completed a little over a year with experience in Home Based Interventions and Center-Based treatment before applying to the program at the University of Missouri. Upon Undergraduate graduation, Alan went to work at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities in the ABIS division part-time, working primarily in EIBI. Alan is currently working on getting his graduate degree in a Master of Science in the Department of Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Alan plans on sitting for his boards to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the late spring of 2021. Alan’s primary interest in research involves non-punishment procedures such as Differential Reinforcement of Low Rates and comparing the effectiveness of spaced responding, interval, and full session DRL arrangements.

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