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Current Board of Directors

Leanne Hopper

Leanne Hopper

President (2017-2020)

Leanne Hopper is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and is a Missouri Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA).   She has over 16 years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in home, clinical, and school settings.  In 2005, Leanne received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Nevada-Reno in Behavior Psychology, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  She is in process of completing her dissertation toward a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis through the University of Missouri-Columbia/Southeast Missouri State University.  Graduation is anticipated toward the end of 2018.  Leanne is currently the Executive Director of Autism Support Now, an organization that provides comprehensive and focused ABA services to families and individuals with ASD in the Southeast Missouri and Kansas City region.  She has worked at Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center; and the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.  Leanne’s clinical expertise focuses on early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) with young children with ASD.  She is particularly interested in developing and expanding vocal mand repertoires for early learners.  Leanne has led an EIBI classroom at the Southeast Missouri Autism Center and was also adjunct faculty for the Intensive Practicum under the Master of Art Applied Behavior Analysis Program at the University.  She received Autism Advocate of the Year from the Illinois Autism Society in 2014.  Her research interests include using telehealth to increase access to behavioral services in rural areas throughout Missouri, exploring the research to practice gap of using FA within FBAs, and using an online training platform to increase efficiency in training for staff and parents.

Jenny Frisbee

Jenny Frisbee

President Elect (2018-2021)

Jenny Frisbee is a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Missouri who received her Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from University of Nevada Reno. For more than 18 years, she has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral needs between the ages of 3-21 in the educational setting. She currently works for Special School District of St. Louis County as a director for the ABA department. She has worked as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Missouri St. Louis and Forest Institute for Professional Psychology. She has previously held positions as treasurer, president, and vice president on the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis Board and currently serves on the Behavior Analyst Advisory Board under the Committee of Psychologists for Missouri.

Todd Streff

Todd Streff

Treasurer (2018-2021)

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.

Casey Clay

Casey Clay

Secretary (2017-2020)

Dr. Casey Clay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Missouri. He received a Master of Science degree from Northeastern University in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and a Ph.D. from Utah State University in Disability Disciplines. After his Ph.D. program he completed a Post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Missouri. He has over 10 years of clinical experience designing and implementing ABA programs with individuals with disabilities including working at the ASSERT preschool and Behavior Support Clinic in Logan, UT; the New England Center for Children in Boston, MA; and the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental disabilities in Columbia, MO. He also has published his research in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA), Behavior Analysis in Practice, Research in Developmental Disabilities, and Learning and Motivation. He has also served as a guest reviewer for JABA, Journal of Behavioral Education, Behavioral Interventions, and The Behavior Analyst. His research focuses on evaluation of preference for and reinforcing efficacy of novel stimuli (e.g., social interactions, therapy animals), reduction of severe problem behavior, and methodologies to increase efficiency of skills training for clinicians and pre-service behavior analysts.

John Guercio

John Guercio

Member at Large (2017-2020)

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.

Maggie Pavone

Maggie Pavone

Member at Large (2018-2021)

Maggie Pavone is an assistant professor at Lindenwood University and the VCS coordinator for the University’s ABA program. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Simmons College as well as the owner of Connections Consulting, LLC. Dr. Pavone is a board certified and licensed behavior analyst with a doctoral degree in psychology with an emphasis in Industrial-Organizational psychology and a graduate certificate in Organizational Behavior. Over the past decade in the field, she has worked with a wide range of behavior analytic settings with diverse client populations. Although her practice has included all ages and abilities, current research interests include OBM/performance management and the dissemination of behavioral science to underserved geographic areas. Dr. Pavone is passionate about using the science of human behavior to help people live better lives and to solve problems that affect people around the world. Some of the socially significant problems currently being addressed include how to improve feedback and teacher training in Chilean charter schools, how to use behavior analysis to monitor and improve health behaviors in those at risk for obesity and heart disease, and the use of TAGTeach to improve athletic performance among college students.

Nicole Schroeder

Nicole Schroeder

Student Representative (2017-2019)

Nicole Schroeder is a current graduate certificate student at the University of Kansas. Nicole received her undergraduate degrees from Northwest Missouri State in elementary education and cross categorical special education. While attending Northwest, She was introduced to ABA through a family who was involved on her special Olympics team. While at Northwest, she did three years of ABA therapy in home and decided to expand horizons and try center based therapy. Upon graduation, she moved to Columbia, Missouri to work at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities in the ABIS division, working primarily in EIBI. Nicole graduated with her masters from the University of Missouri  in Special Education: Autism Emphasis. While working on her masters, she did research on Pivotal Response Training in the school setting as well as looking at types of therapies, both evidence based and non-evidence based, that are commonly utilized in the school special education school setting. Following her work at the Thompson Center, she moved to Kansas City, Missouri to start her work at the company in which she is currently employed, Autism Support Now. At Autism Support Now, she is currently the Lead Registered Behavior Technician as well as the Client Coordinator. Nicole plans to sit for her boards to become a BCBA in early 2019. Nicole’s research interests include expanding the use of Pivotal Response Training in public schools through paraprofessionals, expanding opportunities for ABA specific professional development in schools, enhancing in home parent trainings through Behavioral Skills Training and establishing social skills groups through sports teams.

Current Board of Directors

Leanne Hopper

Leanne Hopper

President (2017-2020)

Leanne Hopper is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and is a Missouri Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA).   She has over 16 years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in home, clinical, and school settings.  In 2005, Leanne received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Nevada-Reno in Behavior Psychology, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  She is in process of completing her dissertation toward a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis through the University of Missouri-Columbia/Southeast Missouri State University.  Graduation is anticipated toward the end of 2018.  Leanne is currently the Executive Director of Autism Support Now, an organization that provides comprehensive and focused ABA services to families and individuals with ASD in the Southeast Missouri and Kansas City region.  She has worked at Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center; and the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.  Leanne’s clinical expertise focuses on Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI) with young children with ASD.  She is particularly interested in developing and expanding vocal mand repertoires for early learners.  Leanne has led an EIBI classroom at the Southeast Missouri Autism Center and was also adjunct faculty for the Intensive Practicum under the Master of Art Applied Behavior Analysis Program at the University.  She received Autism Advocate of the Year from the Illinois Autism Society in 2014.  Her research interests include using telehealth to increase access to behavioral services in rural areas throughout Missouri, exploring the research to practice gap of using FA within FBAs, and using an online training platform to increase efficiency in training for staff and parents.

Jenny Frisbee

Jenny Frisbee

President Elect (2018-2021)

Jenny Frisbee is a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Missouri who received her Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from University of Nevada Reno. For more than 18 years, she has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral needs between the ages of 3-21 in the educational setting. She currently works for Special School District of St. Louis County as a director for the ABA department. She has worked as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Missouri St. Louis and Forest Institute for Professional Psychology. She has previously held positions as treasurer, president, and vice president on the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis Board and currently serves on the Behavior Analyst Advisory Board under the Committee of Psychologists for Missouri.

Todd Streff

Todd Streff

Treasurer (2018-2021)

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.

Casey Clay

Casey Clay

Secretary (2017-2020)

Dr. Casey Clay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Missouri. He received a Master of Science degree from Northeastern University in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and a Ph.D. from Utah State University in Disability Disciplines. After his Ph.D. program he completed a Post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Missouri. He has over 10 years of clinical experience designing and implementing ABA programs with individuals with disabilities including working at the ASSERT preschool and Behavior Support Clinic in Logan, UT; the New England Center for Children in Boston, MA; and the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental disabilities in Columbia, MO. He also has published his research in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA), Behavior Analysis in Practice, Research in Developmental Disabilities, and Learning and Motivation. He has also served as a guest reviewer for JABA, Journal of Behavioral Education, Behavioral Interventions, and The Behavior Analyst. His research focuses on evaluation of preference for and reinforcing efficacy of novel stimuli (e.g., social interactions, therapy animals), reduction of severe problem behavior, and methodologies to increase efficiency of skills training for clinicians and pre-service behavior analysts.

John Guercio

John Guercio

Member at Large (2017-2020)

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.

Maggie Pavone

Maggie Pavone

Member at Large (2018-2021)

Maggie Pavone is an assistant professor at Lindenwood University and the VCS coordinator for the University’s ABA program. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Simmons College as well as the owner of Connections Consulting, LLC. Dr. Pavone is a board certified and licensed behavior analyst with a doctoral degree in psychology with an emphasis in Industrial-Organizational psychology and a graduate certificate in Organizational Behavior. Over the past decade in the field, she has worked with a wide range of behavior analytic settings with diverse client populations. Although her practice has included all ages and abilities, current research interests include OBM/performance management and the dissemination of behavioral science to underserved geographic areas. Dr. Pavone is passionate about using the science of human behavior to help people live better lives and to solve problems that affect people around the world. Some of the socially significant problems currently being addressed include how to improve feedback and teacher training in Chilean charter schools, how to use behavior analysis to monitor and improve health behaviors in those at risk for obesity and heart disease, and the use of TAGTeach to improve athletic performance among college students.

Nicole Schroeder

Nicole Schroeder

Student Representative (2017-2019)

Nicole Schroeder is a current graduate certificate student at the University of Kansas. Nicole received her undergraduate degrees from Northwest Missouri State in elementary education and cross categorical special education. While attending Northwest, She was introduced to ABA through a family who was involved on her special Olympics team. While at Northwest, she did three years of ABA therapy in home and decided to expand horizons and try center based therapy. Upon graduation, she moved to Columbia, Missouri to work at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities in the ABIS division, working primarily in EIBI. Nicole graduated with her masters from the University of Missouri  in Special Education: Autism Emphasis. While working on her masters, she did research on Pivotal Response Training in the school setting as well as looking at types of therapies, both evidence based and non-evidence based, that are commonly utilized in the school special education school setting. Following her work at the Thompson Center, she moved to Kansas City, Missouri to start her work at the company in which she is currently employed, Autism Support Now. At Autism Support Now, she is currently the Lead Registered Behavior Technician as well as the Client Coordinator. Nicole plans to sit for her boards to become a BCBA in early 2019. Nicole’s research interests include expanding the use of Pivotal Response Training in public schools through paraprofessionals, expanding opportunities for ABA specific professional development in schools, enhancing in home parent trainings through Behavioral Skills Training and establishing social skills groups through sports teams.

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