Subject Matter Experts

Aaron Campione

Aaron Campione is a BCaBA who has been working with BDA since 2013. He is currently a Behavioral Consultant in four school districts and works after school with a handful of learner's as well. Before joining the team at BDA, Aaron worked for the ARC of Cumberland County and the Hammonton Public School system. In total, he  has spent the last 15 years working with learners aged four to twenty-one on the autism spectrum. 

Amanda Mecker

Amanda provides leadership to the entire organization by designing instructional training videos for internal consultants as well as for clients of BDA. She has extensive experience in designing and implementing individualized programming to support young learners in achieving meaningful behavior change. Clinical work in diverse settings has afforded Amanda experience in training families, direct care workers, and school support staff to implement programming that is comprehensive and tailored to individuals’ needs. Amanda is a leader in designing skill acquisition programs that utilize stimulus control transfer procedures to increase learners’ independence and participation in their communities. Additionally, Amanda has a passion for facilitating discussion of current behavior analytic literature to inform development of evidence based and innovative interventions.

Anika Costa

Once introduced to Applied Behavior Analysis in 2000 while working as a speech therapist, Anika quickly discovered her passion. For almost two decades, she has directly provided behavior and performance support to individuals, groups, and organizations across educational, private and community-based agencies. A presenter at local and national conferences, Anika has used her extensive field experience as a platform for providing meaningful training, supervision, and mentoring to behavior analysts across the country. Anika recognizes the importance of effective training for developing skills, as well as effective coaching to ensure skills learned in training transfer into the natural environment. As a former teacher in New York City Public Schools, Anika is equipped with a specialized skillset that allows her to effectively work with teachers and school leaders in school improvement efforts across the nation. As Executive Director of Curriculum and Training at Brett DiNovi and Associates she has been laser focused on the use of instructional design for developing effective professional development, and the application of principles rooted in OBM to ensure transference of skills taught into the natural environment.

  • Contact Anika: anika@brettdassociates.com; (347) 853-2509

  • Areas of Subject Matter Expertise

    • CHAMPS

    • Classroom Management

    • General Ecological Assessment

    • Performance Diagnostics

    • Pinpointing Behavior in Coaching

    • Reinforcement in Coaching

Billy Brown

Billy Brown began working in the field in 2009 at Blue Light Digital Sound. Billy was the program director for their music education program that used behavior analytic principles to teach music to individuals with emotional/developmental disabilities. While obtaining his undergraduate degree at Rowan University he participated in many cognitive psychology research studies. Notably, Billy was second author on a study that looked into quantifying creative differences across music composers when given the same melodies and harmonies to write a song with. After completing his undergraduate degree in Psychology he attended Rider University's Master's in Applied Psychology program. During graduate school Billy continued work as a music educator and started working in a research clinic setting that focused primarily on verbal behavior.  After leaving the clinic Billy joined Brett DiNovi and Associates. His focus at Brett DiNovi Associates has been school based consultation in behavior disorder classrooms. His clinical and personal passions include using technology to automate/improve processes to allow therapists to spend more time doing therapy and less time handling paperwork.

Brian McConnell

As the Director of Educational Services and with a long history with Brett DiNovi & Associates, Brian provides leadership to co-workers in schools as well as providing home consultative services. Brian also is a NJ Certified Teacher of the Handicapped with 18 years designing instruction using the principles of applied behavior analysis. He maintains a special interest in direct interaction with administrators, teachers, and students with a specialized focus in the Elementary Autism population and training staff members on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). With a comprehensive knowledge of the principles of behavior, he demonstrates particular expertise in the areas of Verbal Behavior, conducting functional behavior assessments and preference assessments, reducing problem behavior, and increasing functional skills.

  • Contact Brian: brian@brettdassociates.com; (609) 617-4108

  • Areas of Subject Matter Expertise

    • Developing Behavior Intervention Plans

    • Graphing/Visual Analysis

    • VB-MAPP

Brianna Snyder

Prior to finding the field of behavior analysis, Brianna majored in psychology and criminal justice at Monmouth University. Originally, she wanted to work as a psychologist in some capacity, until she realized your average psychotherapy session was not leading to any real behavior change. During her junior year of college, Brianna took a job for an agency providing behavior analytic services to children with autism. At the time, she had no idea what behavior analysis was, but she figured it was worth a try! I guess you could say the rest is history. Upon graduating from Monmouth University with her bachelor's degree, she went right into an applied behavior analysis master's program at Georgian Court University. While at Georgian Court, she began her career at Brett DiNovi & Associates as a clinical associate (CA). As a CA, she gained experience working with children with behavior disorders. Brianna became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2018 and continued her career as a behavior consultant with BDA. As a BC, she has extended her interests to coaching, staff training, conducting ecological assessments, and conducting functional behavior assessments. Her clinical interests include habit formation, self-management skills, organizational skills, and improving health and wellness behaviors.

  • Contact Brianna: brianna@brettdassociates.com; (732) 779-4332

  • Areas of Subject Matter Expertise

    • Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)

    • General Ecological Assessment

    • Health and Wellness

    • SEAT

Chris Sheldon

After 12 years in the field, Chris has amassed an immense knowledge base from the different settings and capacities in which he has effectively utilized behavior analysis. Tapping on successful experiences in residential, vocational, in-school, intensive in-home, community, and organizational training, he brings a multitude of techniques and strategies to the table.  In his direct services to learners, Chris provides support to varying populations, including ASD, MD, and at-risk general education students. However, he has shown particular proclivity in the development of classroom reinforcement systems, as well as working with the BD/ED population. As Director of School Consultation working with families, Child Study Team (CST) members, Principals, and Directors, Chris is able to gear his consultation to one focused on training and professional development on a greater scale. The years of working with people from 5 - 80 years of age, with and without disabilities have honed his skills to align with his passion for training and teaching others. Chris’s ability to customize the delivery of material to his audience is one rarely seen. He understands that the same message often needs to be delivered differently to different people.  Within the agency, he provides excellent training and mentorship to his colleagues, effectively developing programs and utilizing Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) strategies to shape autonomous leaders within the company.

  • Contact Chris: csheldon@brettdassociates.com; (908) 917-2372

  • Areas of Subject Matter Expertise

    • BD/ED Population

    • Treatment of Severe Problem Behavior

    • Pairing and Rapport Building

Dan Gelardi

Dan Gelardi is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Analyst (NY), and; Certified Special Education Teacher (Early Childhood). Dan has over 15 years of experience working with individuals with autism/developmental disabilities ranging from 18 months to adolescents in NY and NJ. He also has experience working with at risk general education students and students with emotional/behavior disabilities at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Dan’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) background includes experience in Discrete Trial Training (DTT), early intervention, skill acquisition programs, verbal behavior, conducting functional behavior assessments (FBA’s), and creation and implementation of individualized behavior intervention plans. Dan is passionate about disseminating the science of ABA to parents, educators, and other stakeholders for the benefit of learners across school, home, and community settings. In his current role as Director of Training Systems, Dan combines his extensive knowledge of ABA with the principles of Organizational Behavior Management to ensure that staff members feel fully supported within the company through the agency’s comprehensive mentoring program.

  • Contact Dan: dan@brettdassociates.com; (917) 319-3003

  • Areas of Subject Matter Expertise

    • ASD Population

    • Basic Instructional Strategies

    • Developing Behavior Intervention Plans

    • Early Intervention Programming

Elizabeth Piper

Elizabeth graduated in 2006 from Rowan University’s first ever behavioral science program. After providing services at Bankbridge schools, Elizabeth obtained her BCaBA in 2007. Elizabeth consulted in various settings as a BCaBA while she completed her Master’s degree in Special Education and teaching in an elementary Autism program in 2009. During this time, Elizabeth developed and trained staff on programming for students with developmental disabilities. Elizabeth also assessed her students using the ABLLS and VB-MAPP, and continues to cultivate her skills in verbal behavior assessments and goals to this day. Also during this time, Elizabeth implemented a comprehensive evidence based direct instruction program to create inclusive and comprehensive programming for learners. After the school days were over, Elizabeth organized social skills groups and worked in home settings with various aged learners. While teaching in the autism program in her 4th year, Elizabeth enrolled in a post-master’s BCBA program through Penn State and obtained her certification in 2013. After earning her BCBA, Elizabeth has taken two amazing “breaks” from direct work (named Olivia and Henry), and has continued to consult in various school districts with a special focus on soft skills and collaborating in the public school setting with administrators and teachers. Elizabeth considers herself well versed in classroom management and social/emotional education. Elizabeth has worked with preschool aged students to young adults throughout her career and loves the creative environment found in elementary schools. Elizabeth has committed herself to the field for over fourteen years and is excited to continue to grow as a professional while seeking new learning opportunities from her knowledgeable and amazing peers and co-workers.

Erin Bertoli

Erin started out her career as a special education teacher working in early childhood classrooms utilizing Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior as her primary approach to teaching.  After receiving her board certification in behavior analysis in 2010, she began consulting in public and private schools.  Erin also did some private work during her child-rearing years exploring different settings and contexts, including home-based services, work with young adults in the community, and leading social skills groups in clinic settings.  Her clinical strengths and areas of interest include acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and relational frame theory (RFT); conducting various assessments, including the ABLLS-R, VB-MAPP, AFLS, Essentials for Living, and the PEAK assessment; and various approaches to functional assessment, specifically Greg Hanelys work on practical functional assessment and the IISCA.  As a mother of 3, Erin is deeply passionate about fostering strong social and emotional development in youth and has recently focused her attention on contextual behavior science and the vast utility of mindfulness, ACT and RFT within the world of ABA.  She recently presented at ABAI on this topic and is in the midst of working on multiple projects to help further this area of work.

 

Heather Francisco

Heather Francisco earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, master’s degree in Special Education and received her BCBA certificate from Rutgers University in 2014. She started her journey and love of behavioral analysis as an intern at the Douglass Developmental Disability Center (DDDC) in 2007. She would later go on to teach in a self-contained Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) classroom in Freehold Twp from 2014-2017 (a satellite school of DDDC).  Heather Francisco has spent 10 years (2007-2017) as a special education teacher in a wide array of settings.  She was responsible for creating and implementing instructional, functional, and social programs for students with special needs. She was also responsible for training staff in effective teaching and communication techniques based on best practices, evidence-based learning, and applied behavior principles. In 2016, in addition to being a teacher during the day, Mrs. Francisco worked as a Behavioral Analyst in which she provided at-home behavioral therapy in the form of direct supervision of clients, supervision of therapists, and consulting with parents. She provided effective treatment for reducing problematic behavior and promoting skill acquisition of positive replacement strategies and skills. Data collection and analysis were also integral parts of her home programming as well as her school programming. Mrs. Francisco was also an adjunct professor at Rutgers University. She instructed prospective teachers and modeled effective teaching, research-based teaching techniques, and provides current research on behavioral interventions and data collection. Mrs. Francisco has received extensive training on conducting functional assessments, skill based assessment,  facilitating functional communication and initiating social skills. With Brett DiNovi Associates since 2017, Mrs. Francisco has consulted in many school districts, private homes, and group homes. She has presented at NJ Autism, NJABA, and ABAI. She specializes in social skills instruction, conducting analog and trial based Functional Analyses, and programming for students with ASD. She is able to conduct program evaluations for in home programming or school programming.

Heidi Light-Giglio

Heidi has been a Behavior Analyst for more than 14 years, consulting to various school districts, private schools and home programs across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York for learners with Developmental Disabilities.  Her foundations were established through her years working as a Program Coordinator at Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, of Rutgers University in 2002, and as a consultant in 2008, through the Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project, now PaTTAN Autism Initiative.  Following many years of having regular integrity checks completed on her and many more years completing numerous integrity checks on the staff she supported, Heidi has grown fluent in creating, running and modifying Intensive Teaching  Programs based on the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills- Revised, and the Verbal Behavior Milestones and Placement Program.  She has spoken at many local, regional and national conferences on use and application of the Verbal Behavior Milestones and Placement Program, and has acted as an expert witness in a variety of due process hearings when programs have been in question. Her passion is for using the analysis of Verbal Behavior to develop spontaneous and functional use of language and related skills based on each individual’s strengths and needs, establishing curricula that marries both developmental and practical skill progressions, and overall, using best practice behavioral principles to increase meaningful skills for every child.

Isaac Bermudez

Isaac Bermudez is the Executive Director of Brett DiNovi & Associates California and has been providing services in applied behavior analysis since 1998.  He received his graduate degree from the California State University, Los Angeles in Psychology with a specialization in Behavior Analysis. In 2005, he became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and in the same year was awarded the Julie Vargas Award for student research at the California Association for Behavior Analysis annual conference. Isaac has worked for several providers in Southern California and has been in executive leadership for the past 10 years. During that time Isaac has held positions such as Clinical Director, Director of Clinical Operations, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Behavior Analyst, and Executive Director. Isaac’s focus is on developing and growing healthy ABA practices and works closely with the clinical and administrative teams to create and implement systems to provide quality ABA services to individuals of all ages and various diagnoses. Isaac is qualified to provide ABA services in all environments including schools, homes and communities. In addition, Isaac stays active in the field by conducting workshops, symposiums, and being a presenter at state, national, and international conferences on topics such as school support and consultation, behavior phenotypes, behavior intervention plans, mentorship, performance management and more. He has co-authored several articles for the Association for Professional Behavior Analyst (APBA) monthly newsletter on issues related to functional assessments and technology for behavior analysts. Isaac’s professional philosophy is to support and build a healthy ABA practice by creating the systems to passionately support its staff so they are in the best position to deliver the highest quality of services possible. Isaac’s primary aim is to help clients achieve social significant outcomes towards a more independent life.

Kate Harrison

Since she was young, Kate has had a passion for helping people become the most independent version of themselves. After beginning a career in Special Education at James Madison University, Kate began to explore other areas outside classroom teaching which led her to Applied Behavior Analysis. After completing ABA coursework at George Mason University, Kate became a BCaBA in 2012, and a BCBA in 2014, and has since served various roles including Home Case Supervisor, District ABA Coach, Clinic Program Specialist, and her most exciting role yet, Director of Employee Wellness. Kate’s passion for supporting individuals with special needs has since expanded to supporting parents, staff, and all individuals in achieving fulfilling lives through Acceptance and Commitment Training. Kate believes that with thoughtful dissemination, the science of ABA can change the world. 

Kate Major

Kate is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who earned her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Rowan University. She has been in the special education field for 9 years, working with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities in home, school, and community settings.  Her time in the field has been spent conducting functional behavior assessments (FBA), developing evidence-based behavior and skill acquisition programs, while training parents and direct support staff on the implementation of these programs. 

Kristin Petrocelli

Kristin Petrocelli has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for the past nine years providing in home consulting services.  In 2019, Kristin became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has a strong interest and background working with younger learners providing Early Intervention Services.  She also enjoys conducting Functional Behavior Assessments pinpointing functions of maladaptive and target behaviors.  Kristin enjoys working with younger learners on motor programs, action programs, behavioral programs, expressive and receptive language programs, and self help programs that are necessary for young learners to build fundamental skills needed for everyday life.  Kristin also has worked in the mental health field for the past eighteen years, holding a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling working with many individuals with diagnoses listed in the DSM-V.  Some of these diagnoses are also diagnosed to some of the learners with ASD and Kristin can assist with this specified population.

Krystina Sapienza

Krystina attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, majoring in Psychology and planning a career as a special educator. It was while working at a school for individuals with developmental disabilities in the summer of 2009 that she was exposed to Applied Behavior Analysis and instantly hooked. Krystina worked for Bancroft in their consultation department after graduating from Rutgers in 2012, providing ABA services to schools in the South Jersey area. During this time, she also pursued a Masters of Education in Special Education at Wilmington University. Luckily, she was able to simultaneously take classes for Rowan's Applied Behavior Analysis graduate program with a partnership through Bancroft. After completing her Masters in 2013, she immediately jumped into a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Applied Behavior Analysis at Rowan University and obtained her BCBA certification in 2015. Since then she has been working at both Brett DiNovi and Associates and Gloucester County Special Services School District as a behavior analyst. Krystina also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Purdue University Global in the Undergraduate Psychology department teaching classes focused on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. In these roles, she has been able to develop a passion for functional behavior assessments, visual analysis of data, and staff training. Her personal interests include traveling whenever possible, reading, and spending time with family.

John Mondelli

John began working with individuals with developmental disabilities at Lifestyles for the Disabled in 2010.  He attended the State University of New York at Albany for undergraduate, and completed his Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Georgian Court University.  John has experience working with adults with developmental disabilities as a Behavior Specialist in group homes, working in public schools as a Registered Behavior Technician, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2017 while continuing to consult in school and home settings.  As a Behavior Consultant for Brett DiNovi and Associates, John's focus and interests include developing classroom management approaches for teachers using proactive and positive approaches and Organizational Behavior Management principles, training direct care staff using Behavioral Skills Training, and coaching others to develop good leadership skills while strengthening his own leadership and coaching skills. 

Lauren Haley

Lauren’s introduction into the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) came in 2011 when she participated in an internship at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center (SPARC) while working towards her undergraduate degree in Psychology at West Chester University. Surrounded by passionate behavior analysts, Lauren fell in love with the science, leading her to pursue her Board Certification and Master’s degree in the field. Lauren attended Temple University and earned the degree of Master’s of Science in Education with a concentration in ABA in 2014. During that time, she continued her work at SPARC, allowing her to gain experience in social skills instruction, challenging behavior reduction, skill acquisition program development for learners aged 2 to 30, treatment of pediatric feeding disorders, and behavioral consultation in the clinic, home, and educational settings. Lauren then continued her work in a short-term residential facility aimed at stabilizing the most challenging behaviors and training caregivers with the goal of family reunification. Because of her unique experiences throughout her time in the field, Lauren has the ability to apply the science of Behavior Analysis in a variety of settings, utilizing outside the box methodology which is conceptually systematic with behavioral principles. As a member of the Brett DiNovi Team, one of Lauren’s main goals is disseminating the science of Applied Behavior Analysis and creating the same passion in others that was instilled in her as a young undergraduate student.

Leanna Fichetola

Leanna is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and certified teacher with over 12 years of teaching experience in early childhood and special education.   She began her career in ABA in 2016 and earned her BCBA in 2018.  As Director of Education at BDA’s Operant Learning Center, Leanna provides behavior analytic supervision, instruction of district specific curriculum to learners, and oversees the educational support provided by our various supplemental programs.  Her teaching experience and strong knowledge of behavioral principles makes her an asset on interdisciplinary planning teams and enables her to find success with unique learners in our intensive, transition back to school program.  Leanna leads a social skills group with early learners and child yoga groups through Movement Matters.  She has experience with, functional behavior assessments, intensive teaching and discrete trial training, verbal behavior and functional communication training, and skill development across a variety of areas. Her interests include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), verbal behavior and functional communication training, and applying behavior analytic principles to animal training and enrichment. 

Lindsey Belman

Lindsey has held a variety of roles in the field of developmental disabilities since she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Developmental Psychology from Boston University. She started out in the field as a 1:1 ABA therapist at a specialized school while taking evening classes to obtain a special education teaching certificate. While teaching special education, Lindsey quickly realized she had a passion and strength in the area of behavior management. She pursued a Master’s of Science in Special Education in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities and completed the coursework to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  As a BCBA she has consulted in a variety of settings including private and public schools, group homes and learner’s private homes with learners 3 to 21 years old. She credits this broader scope with allowing her to understand the benefits and challenges in all settings which help her support both parents and educators effectively.  Lindsey’s clinical interests include assessment, curriculum, augmentative communication and reduction of problem behaviors.   She believes in transdisciplinary collaboration with other related professions to maximize outcomes for every learner.  

Lynn Von Thaden

The child of a special educator, Lynn began her exposure to Applied Behavior Analysis at Bancroft Neurohealth in 2002; she attended Boston University for undergraduate and worked as an Integration Specialist in public schools until completing her Masters of Science in Behavior Analysis.  At Simmons University, she completed several research projects, presenting on experimental stimulus equivalence and participating in comprehensive interventions for behavioral health and eating habits.  Lynn became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2010 and continued her career in Los Angeles, California.  As a Clinical Director for Pacific Child and Family Associates (now Autism Spectrum Therapies) and Behavior Frontiers, she extended her interests to home-based services, training direct care staff and performance management.   Her clinical and personal passions are designing caregiver implemented behavior plans (and trying to implement with her own beautiful children) and ethics for behavior analysts.  

Matt Ingemi

As a former certified Special Education teacher, Matt brings a unique perspective to the table. He is able to understand the difficulties of teaching through problem behavior, perfectly befitting his position as Associate Vice President of School Consultation at Brett DiNovi & Associates.  Matt has extensive experience working with Autism, at risk general education, and the BD/ ED/ OHI populations. The latter group of students requires an uncommon skill set, in which Matt has found near perfection, often educating others within the field and the agency. Matt uses his knowledge of behavior analytic principles to assist students, teachers, Child Study Team members, and Directors to create a more successful environment in the individual classrooms and schools, globally affecting therapeutic behavior change systems.  Along with his presentations for professional development, Matt is a talented lead crisis trainer in the Safe and Positive Approaches curriculum, using his personal and professional experiences to keep the workshops engaging and entertaining.

May Beaubrun

May Chriseline Beaubrun started her career in behavior analysis in 2003 as a fieldwork student at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.  May continued her education and earned a Master’s in special education, a supervisor’s certificate, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2009.  While receiving her education, May worked as a classroom teacher for Rutgers university-based program.  She developed and implemented Individualized Educational Programs for each student, supervised, supported, and trained teaching assistants and undergraduate fieldwork students in the basic principles of applied behavior analysis.  May then worked as a behavior consultant for public school districts and in-home Applied Behavior Analysis programs   In 2014, May became the clinical director for Hybridge Learning Group, LLC.  Her responsibilities included developing and providing initial and ongoing training to behavior technicians and board-certified behavior analysts, completing staff evaluations and managing results of evaluations to ensure the adequate performance of clinical staff performance, and reviewing and analyzing various metrics to make data-based decisions regarding company policies and procedures.  As the clinic director, she worked in conjunction with Saint Peter’s hospital to provide caregiver and staff training with children newly diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.  She has worked with children and adults with various cognitive, developmental, and physical disabilities in a variety of settings. She has completed program evaluations; developed skill acquisition programs to teach academic areas, cognitive functioning, social skills, language and communication, and adaptive skills; provided parent training; conducted functional behavior assessments (FBA); developed Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP), and provided staff training to various levels of professionals. May has presented at the annual Autism New Jersey convention (formerly Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community) as well as Association for Behavior Analysis International.  May has a wide variety of experiences within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Michelle Zube

Michelle Zube is a dual certified teacher in the state of New Jersey and licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 15 years of experience supporting individuals with developmental disabilities.  She has worked stateside and internationally to develop ABA programs and train teachers in the principles of behavior. Michelle's experience and expertise are in the areas of Verbal Behavior, Relational Frame Theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT). 

Paul Gavoni

An expert in human performance, coaching, and organizational leadership, Dr. Paul "Paulie" Gavoni is a behavior scientist who has worked across education and human services for over two decades.  In this capacity, he served the needs of children and adults in a variety of positions including: Vice President, Director of School Improvement, Leadership Director, Professor, Assistant Principal, School Turnaround Manager, Clinical Coordinator, Therapist, and Behavior Analyst.  As Chief Operating Officer at Brett DiNovi International, Dr. Gavoni is passionate about applying Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) strategies to establish positive and engaging environments that bring out the best in people. Beyond his work in education and human services, Dr. Gavoni is also a former fighter and highly respected coach in combat sports. Coach “Paulie Gavoni,” as he is known in the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) community, has trained world champions and UFC vets using technologies rooted in the behavioral sciences. Coach Paulie has been featured in the books  Beast: Blood, Struggle, and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Arts, A Fighter’s Way, and the feature article Ring to Cage: How four former boxers help mold MMA’s finest.  He is also an author who has written extensively for a variety of online magazines such as Bloody Elbow, Scifighting, Last Word on Sports, and  Bloody Elbow where his Fight Science series continues to bring behavior science to MMA. Known for his authenticity and practical approaches, Dr. Gavoni is a sought-out speaker at a variety Educational, Sport, and Behavior Analytic Conferences. He is co-author of Behavioral Karma: The 5 Scientific Laws of Life & Leadership (best-seller); Quick Wins! Accelerating School Transformation through Science, Engagement, and Leadership; Deliberate Coaching:  A Toolbox for Accelerating Teacher Performance (best-seller); and MMA Science:  A Training, Coaching, & Belt Ranking Guide (best-seller). Dr. Gavoni is proud to introduce ABA & OBM to a massive audience through his numerous articles, books, videos, and leadership courses. 

Pierre Louis

Pierre is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and currently Vice President of Culture &        Professional Development at Brett DiNovi and Associates. Pierre has 20 years of experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as other developmental and behavioral challenges. He completed his BCBA coursework at Rutgers University, while working at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, followed by graduate coursework in training and performance improvement at Capella University. Pierre has used that combination of experience and education in subsequent leadership roles in public and private schools as well as residential group homes. Additionally, Pierre has taught Intro to Applied Behavior Analysis at regional colleges and Universities. Pierre's interests include leadership development, mentorship, ACT, and public speaking. 

Stefanie Perrin

Stefanie Perrin earned a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Temple University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Stefanie has experience providing behavior analytic services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a variety of settings including a neurobehavioral stabilization unit, private and public schools, group homes, vocational programs, and private residences. The primary focus of these services has been to assess and develop interventions to decrease problem behaviors (e.g., self-injurious behavior, aggression, and food refusal) as well as increase functional skills. She has extensive experience conducting analogue functional analyses and experimental analyses to demonstrate treatment effectiveness. 

Tom Cavalier

Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Kean University in 2010. After graduation Tom worked in several special education programs including a pilot program to bring students on the Autism Spectrum back into the district. While working in this program Tom was first exposed to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Witnessing first hand the ability the science had to change the lives of his students, Tom started working for BDA and soon after earned his Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certificate in 2015. As an RBT, Tom found a niche working with learners who engaged in severe program behaviors (e.g. aggression, self injury, property destruction). In these challenging circumstances Tom strived to work with stakeholders to promote the best learning environment possible. Tom continued his education in ABA at Florida Institute of Technology and earned his Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) credential in 2017. As a BCaBA, Tom strives to develop and oversee function- based interventions to reduce maladaptive behaviors and increase functional skills. “As a parent and Behavior Analyst, the last thing I want to hear is a parent or staff member tell me they feel frightened or helpless when it comes to their child/ student. The greatest satisfaction in the world is knowing you are helping to change lives for the better.”

Zachary Craig 

Zac grew up working at his mother’s daycare and always dreamed of working with children. At Yale University, he worked at the Child Study Center and St. Francis School while getting a degree in Psychology. After graduation, he began his journey in the field of ABA by working at the Lovaas Institute in 2008. Starting as a one to one ABA therapist, he proceeded to advance to a clinical supervisor over his 10 years with the company. This company provided a strong background and focus in autism, discrete trial teaching, incidental teaching, early intervention, behavior reduction strategies, family consultation, and graphing and reporting. He went back to school for his Master’s in ABA to expand on his clinical and theoretical knowledge and pursue a BCBA. During his ABA program, he had internships at Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Research Center (SPARC) at West Chester University in their feeding program, as well as, at Elywn residential facility for children up to age 21. He graduated with his Master’s degree in ABA from Temple University and began work with Brett DiNovi & Associates. At BDA, he has worked in homes and school consulting with a variety of age ranges and types of children (from 5-6 year olds to 18 year olds and students with autism to LLD and BD classrooms). In the Spring of 2019, he began teaching a class at Georgian Court University in effective teaching strategies for students with autism and continues to teach that course. His clinical passions include working with children with autism, teaching others how to best serve these students, early intervention, behavior reduction plans, and skill acquisition programs, especially early developmental skills. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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