BACB GOVERNANCE

Board of Directors

The BACB’s Board of Directors is responsible for establishing the organization’s mission and vision and overseeing its management. Elected directors traditionally serve a three-year term and may serve a second term if reelected. Directors serve in an unpaid, volunteer capacity. Directors represent a cross section of stakeholders, including practitioners, consumers, employers, faculty, and administrators. Additional information about the Board of Directors is available in the organization’s bylaws.

Angelika Anderson, PhD, BCBA-D
Angelika Anderson, PhD, BCBA-D
Vice President | International Representative | Hamilton, New Zealand (term ends Aug. 2019)
Angelika Anderson is an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. She earned her PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 2002. Her early work included evaluations of large scale programs and school-based innovations, but also the development and delivery of the curriculum for Resource Teachers Learning and Behaviour (RTLB); a new kind of professional charged with facilitating inclusive education in New Zealand. Her major achievement in her previous position at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, was to establish the very first Verified Course Sequence in all of Australia. Today her research interests continue at the interface between developmental psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis and educational psychology. Her primary research interests are in developing and trialling efficient, often technology-based behavioural interventions, able to be implemented in low resource environments, targeting diverse populations, including adults with ASD and typically developing children in schools. She also aims to promote evidence-based practice, by engaging with local stake-holders. In her current position she is responsible for the behaviour analysis programs at the University of Waikato, which lead to dual qualifications in psychology and behaviour analysis.
Jonathan Baker, PhD, BCBA-D
Jonathan Baker, PhD, BCBA-D
Co-Secretary | Kalamazoo, MI (term ends Aug. 2020)
Dr. Jonathan C. Baker is a Clinical Faculty Specialist at Western Michigan University. He was previously an Associate Professor and coordinator of the Gerontology Certificate program, as well as a faculty member in the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program in the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University. He received his PhD from Western Michigan University (2009) in Behavioral Psychology, an MS (2005) in Applied Behavioral Sciences and a certificate in Gerontology from the University of Kansas, and a BS (2003) in Behavioral Psychology from Western Michigan University. He is a Doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). Dr. Baker is on the editorial board for Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, as well as the European Journal of Behavior Analysis. He has served as a guest Action Editor for TAVB and the Psychological Record, and serves as a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, The Behavior Analyst, Behavior Analysis in Practice, The Psychological Record, and The American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias. Dr. Baker is the current chair of the Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group with ABAI and past president of the Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis. Dr. Baker’s main research interest is behavioral gerontology, including the assessment/treatment of behavioral excesses and developing programs that remediate behavioral deficits in older adults with dementia, as well as treatment adoption. His interests also extend to adults and older adults with developmental disabilities.
Ivy Chong, PhD, BCBA-D
Ivy Chong, PhD, BCBA-D
Boston, MA (term ends Aug. 2020)
Dr. Ivy Chong, BCBA-D is the Senior Vice President of Home, School, and Center based Services at the May Institute. She previously served as the Director of Autism Services and Training at the Scott Center for Autism Treatment for 9 years and Associate Professor in the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts at Florida Institute of Technology. She has specialized in the assessment and treatment of individuals with ASD and developmental disabilities for 20 years, holds a doctorate in Psychology specializing in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University, and completed an MBA in Healthcare Management in 2016. Professional interests include early detection, diagnosis and evaluation of autism, linking assessment to treatment, and development of training systems. Dr. Chong is on the editorial board for Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, an APA online journal, and has served as a guest reviewer for Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Interventions, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and Behavior Analysis in Practice. She has presented at numerous conferences and maintained leadership roles on local and national boards.
Molly Dubuque
Molly Dubuque, MA, BCBA
Master's BCBA Representative | Louisville, KY (term ends Aug. 2021)
Molly L. Dubuque oversees early intensive behavioral services at the University of Louisville Autism Center which serves as the primary clinical training site for the University’s M.Ed. in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis Program. She previously served as the Practicum Director at Spalding University and as a Behavior Analyst for Advanced Child Behavior Solutions in Reno, Nevada. Molly earned her M.A. in Psychology (with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis) from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008 and her B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 2005. She has almost 20 years of experience working with children with developmental disabilities in the United States and overseas. Molly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Licensed Behavior Analyst (Kentucky), and is a member of the Association of Behavior Analysis International and the Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis. Molly serves as the President-Elect to the Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis (KYABA) and is an active member of Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Louisville.
Kristin Etherton
Kristin Etherton, MS, RBT
RBT Representative | Gower, MO (term ends Aug. 2021)
Kristin Etherton earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Park University and her Master’s degree in Counseling with a specialty in Elementary School Counseling from the University of Central Missouri. She has worked in the field of education and Applied Behavior Analysis for seven years, providing services to children with behavior disorders, autism, and other related disabilities. Mrs. Etherton has worked as an RBT at KidsTLC since 2017. Professional interests include crisis intervention, working with multi-cultural populations, and ethics.
SungWoo Kahng, PhD, BCBA-D
SungWoo Kahng, PhD, BCBA-D
New Brunswick, NJ (term ends Aug. 2020)
SungWoo Kahng is an associate clinical professor and Director of Academic Programs in Autism and ABA in the Department of Applied Psychology at Rutgers University. Prior to his current position, he was an associate professor at the University of Missouri (MU) where he was also the chair of the Department of Health Psychology, the Founding Director the MU Graduate Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, and Director of the Applied Behavioral Intervention Service of the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Prior to moving to MU, he was a faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Psychology and a senior behavior analyst on the Neurobehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as well as an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kahng graduated from Kalamazoo College with a bachelor's of arts in psychology and received his Ph.D. in behavior analysis from the University of Florida. He was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis where he also serves on the Board of Editors. Additionally, he is on the Board of Editors for Behavioral Intervention and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous other journals. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Kahng is on the Board of Directors of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research. Dr. Kahng is the recipient of the 2003 B.F. Skinner New Researcher Award given by Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Kahng has co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. The focus of his research and clinical work has been on assessing and treating behaviors exhibited by individuals with developmental disabilities. He is also interested in a broader research agenda, which includes topics related to obesity and aging. Finally, he has mentored numerous undergraduate, master’s level, and predoctoral students as well as post-doctoral fellows.
Mark Lister, BCaBA
Mark Lister, BCaBA
Treasurer | BCaBA Representative | Gainesville, FL (term ends Aug. 2021)
Mr. Lister earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and has worked in field of behavior analysis for 28 years. Mr. Lister has worked in a variety of settings applying his skills as a behavior analyst including the direct provision of behavior analysis services, supervision of behavior analysts, and development/management of service delivery programs. Furthermore, Mr. Lister had an instrumental role in the development of a nationally recognized treatment program for individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome (a genetic disorder characterized by life threating hyperphagia and other serious behavioral issues). In 2004, Mr. Lister co-founded Behavior Analysis Support Services, Inc., which currently provides a variety of behavior analytic services, intensive early intervention for children with autism, community based services for persons with development disabilities, parent training for the Department of Children and Families, and the sub-contracting of behavioral services for a large not-for-profit agency. BASS presently has 50 employees, 18 of whom are Board Certified at the Doctoral, Masters, or Bachelors levels.
Eli Newcomb, MEd, BCBA
Eli Newcomb, MEd, BCBA
Master's BCBA Representative | Richmond, VA (term ends Aug. 2019)
Eli Newcomb is the Director of Education and Research Coordinator at The Faison Center located in Richmond, VA. He oversees behavior analysis and educational services for 200 students, in addition to the activities of Faison's applied research laboratory. Mr. Newcomb received his M.Ed. from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a member of ABAI, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, APBA, Division 25 of the American Psychological Association, OBM Network, and Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis. He has taught behavior analysis and education courses at the graduate level, served as a guest reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and published peer-reviewed research in the areas of organizational behavior management and the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior. At the local level, Mr. Newcomb was appointed to the workgroup tasked with developing regulatory recommendations for the licensed practice of behavior analysis in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As a member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities, Mr. Newcomb serves as Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee and advises the Board on issues relevant to specialized education services, autism and intellectual disabilities, and the treatment of severe problem behavior in private school settings.
Bridget Taylor
Bridget Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D
President | Paramus, NJ (term ends Aug. 2019)
Dr. Bridget A. Taylor is Co-founder and Executive Director of Alpine Learning Group and is Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink. Dr. Taylor has specialized in the education and treatment of children with autism for the past twenty-eight years. She holds a Doctorate of Psychology from Rutgers University, and received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Columbia University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Psychologist. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and serves on the editorial board of Behavioral Interventions. She is a member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and serves on the Autism Advisory Group for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Dr. Taylor also serves on the Scientific and Community Advisory Board for SPARK a new program at the Simon’s Foundation Autism Research Initiative. Dr. Taylor is active in the autism research community and has published numerous articles and book chapters on effective interventions for autism. She is a national and international presenter and serves in an advisory capacity for autism education and treatment programs both locally and abroad.
Jennica Velasquez-Nill
Jennica Velasquez-Nill
Consumer Representative | Center Moriches, NY (term ends Aug. 2021)
Jennica is the mother of three. Her son, Dustin, was diagnosed with Autism in 2001. Since his diagnosis, she has dedicated herself to becoming an educated consumer and advocate of applied behavior analysis through networking with parents and professionals, attending workshops on behavior analysis and autism, and writing informational literature for consumers and educators. Mrs. Nill is a 2004 graduate of the Partners in Policymaking program, “an innovative national model of leadership training for people with developmental disabilities, parents and family members." She applied this advocacy training in providing testimony before New York State officials and committees in support of behavior analysis and the recognition of BACB certifications. In 2006/2007 she successfully completed the Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT) TM, an intensive education advocacy project of the USC UCEDD and COPAA. Since 2009, she has been employed at the Long Island Advocacy Center (the LIAC) as an education advocate, parent trainer and intake coordinator. Jennica has previously served as Consumer Representative to the BACB Board of Directors from 2005-2012. She wrote an article, entitled “Professional-Consumer Partnership," that was published in the March 2006 BACB Newsletter.
Francisco-Javier Virues-Ortega, PhD, BCBA-D
Francisco-Javier Virues-Ortega, PhD, BCBA-D
International Representative | Auckland, New Zealand (term ends Aug. 2021)
Javier Virués-Ortega is a senior lecturer and director of the Applied Behaviour Analysis programme at that University of Auckland (New Zealand). Before his tenure in Auckland, he has been assistant professor at the University of Manitoba (Canada), post-doctoral researcher at the Insitituto de Salud Carlos III (Spain), and clinical psychology resident (Spain Health Ministry competitive residence program). He has completed pre- and post-doctoral scholarships at the University of Hawai’i and the University of Florida under the supervision of Dr. Stephen N. Haynes and Dr. Brian A. Iwata, both renowned scholars in the field of behavioural assessment. His research focuses on the neural, emotional, and behavioural factors of problem behaviour, particularly among individuals with developmental disability. He also has an interest in the extension of behaviour analysis applications to general clinical psychology and complex language processes. His work has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and other reputed international agencies. He is author of over eighty specialized publications.