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amanda Parker, m.ed, bcba 

FOUNDER, CEO

Amanda began her career working in in-home based ABA programs in 1998.  After seeing the success her clients were making, she decided to pursue a master's degree in special education along with her BCBA, and start one of the first Verbal Behavior-based ABA schools in the midwest. For over twenty years Amanda has successfully directed ABA programs while researching scientifically-based methods for treating children with ASD.  In her research, she discovered that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating children with ASD, and while ABA is the most researched treatment for autism, one must understand its many applications to develop the most comprehensive program. 

After obtaining her BCBA in 2007, Amanda has continued her education by attending over 100 workshops and trainings on applications of ABA. In addition, she has received certifications in Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), Professional Crisis Management Instructor (PCM), Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), and The Association Method.

Amanda has experience treating individuals aged 2 to adulthood and has consulted in a variety of settings including school districts, residential facilities, clinics, and in-home programs. She frequently presents on ABA and its applications throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Georgia.


 
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Alison Hanley, BCBA 

Clinical DIRECTOR -ITASCA, IL

Alison began her career working in in-home based ABA programs in Wisconsin in 2012 and completed her master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and BCBA certification in 2016. She has experience working with children from early childhood through adolescence and has worked with individuals across the spectrum.  

As Clinical Supervisor, Alison supervises our team of BCBAs and BCBA candidates in Illinois.  In addition, she provides support in the areas of programming, parent training, and supervision of registered behavior therapists (RBTs).  She frequently attends conferences and consults with other BCBAs to expand her knowledge and application of ABA and how to ensure the CABS team is continuously growing in our knowledge and applications of ABA .

 

Itasca, IL Team

Adrian goad, BCABA

Adrian began her ABA career in 2010 working as a behavior therapist at an ABA therapeutic day school where she worked with children 10-14 years old with autism. There she focused on teaching independence, behavior reduction, and group and social learning.

Adrian joined the CABS team in 2011 and has supervised programs for children aged 2-22 with autism and related disorders. While Adrian loves working with children of all learning levels, she has developed an area of specialty with elementary and middle school aged kids where she is able to focus on teaching social awareness, communication, functional independence and generalization of skills.

Megan Debnar, BCaBA

Megan began her career in ABA as a 1:1 therapist at a therapeutic day school in 2011. She earned her BCaBA in 2014 and began her work as a behavior analyst working in school and home settings.

To gain more experience in treating individuals with ASD, Megan began supervising programs in a residential setting. Here she was able to diversify her background by working with different age groups, including young adults, and gain experience taking on a much larger caseload.

Megan came to CABS in 2016 wanting to continue to develop her expertise in treating children with ASD. She recently earned her Masters degree in ABA at Ball State University and plans to take the BCBA exam this year.

Kendall Fleck, BCBA

Kendall has worked with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a variety of different settings since 2016.  She began her career as an ABA therapist in an ABA clinic setting in Indiana while she completing her undergrad degree at Purdue University.

While working at CABS Kendall pursued her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University and earned a certificate in Autism along with her BCBA certification. Kendall has experience working with individuals ranging from 1 to 26 years old in the home and clinic setting.

Laura Fontana

Laura began her career in  ABA as a 1:1 registered behavioral technician at CABS in 2017.  She quickly moved up to the position of case manager while earning her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus in Autism at Arizona State University.  

Throughout her time at CABS, Laura has gained experience working with children and adults with Autism.  She loves to work with a variety of learners where she can focus on teaching verbal and nonverbal communication, social regulation, and generalization. Laura loves to treat all levels of learners but has developed a stregth with those learners who may have more challenging behaviors.

Jenna KURzawski, BCBA

Jenna has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2014. After obtaining her degree from North Central College she obtained a position as an RBT and fell in love with the field and her clients. She made the leap to complete her BCBA certificate and got her Master in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2019.

Jenna has worked in clinic and in-home settings with children ages 3-10. She has experience teaching academic skills and language skills but finds teaching good learner skills, such as behavior reduction and functional independence the most rewarding. She has developed an area of specialty in decreasing rigid behavior and developing functional play patterns.

MORGAN SANDELIN, BCBA

Morgan is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who began her career with CABS in 2016. She has a history of working with clients 3-25 years of age across a wide range of abilities.

Morgan earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2015 with a double major in Psychology and Interpersonal Communication and a minor in Spanish. Later she went on to earn her master’s degree from Ball State University in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism.

Throughout her years of experience working in the field, Morgan has worked in a variety of settings to help children with autism and developmental disabilities build critical communication, social, and functional living skills. She enjoys collaborating with parents and families to create functional and individualized goals for each of her clients.