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Meet Our Team

 

Lisa Abdalla, M.A., BCBA
Director and Behavior Analyst

Lisa received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, with a Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2000 from the University of South Florida, then her Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, from the University of South Florida in 2002.  Lisa has worked in the field of Intellectual Disabilities and Autism, since 1999.  She was Board Certified in 2003, as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has been a practicing BCBA, since that time, working with both children and adults. Lisa has owned ABA Therapy Associates, Inc. since 2005 and serves as Director and Behavior Analyst.  In the past, she was a Research Associate at the University of South Florida, at the Division of Applied Research and Educational Support.   Also in the past, she served as the Behavior Services Manager and Director of a 48-bed ICF, as well as working at the Child Development Center at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.  Lisa has been faculty for the University of West Florida as a Practicum Supervisor for their ABA graduate program, as well as a Fieldwork Supervision Site for Ball State University, in the past. Lisa currently sees clients in the Pinellas and Pasco County areas and provides BCaBA Supervision.

Jessica Valladares, M.A., BCBA
Senior Behavior Analyst

Jessica received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Florida State University and her Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, at the University of South Florida.  Jessica has worked in the field of Intellectual Disabilities and Autism since 2003. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), in 2004. Jessica has a background in working in the school system.  She provides high-quality ABA Therapy to adults in group homes and family homes, as well in Adult Day Training programs and the community. She has experience supervising RBT's.  Jessica has been a part of the ABA Therapy Associates' team since 2006 and works the Hillsborough County area. She served as a member of the Hillsborough LRC Committee for several years.

Kyla Walker, M.S., BCBA
Senior Behavior Analyst

Kyla received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Florida State University, on the Performance Management Track.  Kyla also received her Master's Degree in Psychology with the Specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis, from Florida State University.  Kyla has worked in the field of Intellectual Disabilities and Autism, since 2000.  She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), in 2003.  Kyla also has experience with the school system, psychiatric inpatient facilities, and ICF's.  She provides high quality ABA Therapy to adults in group homes, family homes, Adult Day Training programs, and the community.  Kyla has had specific experience collaborating with an Elementary School in Sarasota County and providing ABA Therapy to students there. She has been a member of the ABA Therapy Associates' team, since 2006.  Kyla works the Manatee and Sarasota County areas.  She served as a committee member on the Sarasota/Manatee LRC Committee for several years.

Gretchen Mathews, M.A., BCBA
Senior Behavior Analyst

Gretchen received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Florida State University and her Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida.  Gretchen has worked in the field of Intellectual Disabilities and Autism, since 2005.  She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2009.  Gretchen brings a background of working with foster care children and teens and conducting parent training.  She provides high-quality ABA Therapy to adults in their group homes, family homes, Adult Day Training programs, and the community. She has experience supervising Medwaiver Behavior Assistants. Gretchen started out as a Medwaiver Behavior Assistant herself, with ABA Therapy Associates, from 2006-2008.  In 2009, she became a member of the ABA Therapy Associates' team as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Gretchen works the Pinellas County area.

Tate McGhee, M.S., BCBA

Tate received his Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts in 1996 from Carnegie-Mellon University and his Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2004 from the Florida Institute of Technology.  He became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), in 2004. Tate has been working with adults and children with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism, since 1997.  Tate has worked in settings such as: early intervention clinics, day programs, forensic and psychiatric settings, ICF developmental facilities, schools, and in private ABA practice. He provides high-quality ABA Therapy to clients in their homes and in the community. Tate has experience providing Verbal Behavior Assessments and Programs, such as the VB-MAPP and ABLLS-R programs, to young children with Autism. He has experience supervising RBT's.  In the past, he served two terms on the Local Review Committee for Pinellas County from 2005-2009. He became a part of the ABA Therapy Associates' team in 2012 and works the Pinellas County area.

Danah Collier, M.A., BCBA

Danah received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2008 and her Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida in 2014.  In 2012, she completed the Professional Development Program in Applied Behavior Analysis through the Florida Institute of Technology and obtained certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).  She then became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), in 2014. She provides high quality ABA Therapy to adults with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities in their group homes, family homes, Adult Day Training programs, and the community. Danah also has a background in working as a Certified Senior Case Manager in the child welfare system. She has made professional presentations at the University of South Florida and at the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis Conference.  Danah serves on the Pinellas and Pasco County Local Review Committee.  Danah joined the ABA Therapy Associates' team in 2014 and works the Pinellas County area.

 

Satori Kearney, M.A., BCBA

Satori received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in 2006, from the University of South Florida and her Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University, in December 2016.  In 2011, she completed the Professional Development Program in Applied Behavior Analysis through the Florida Institute of Technology and obtained certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA), in 2012.  In February 2017, she then became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She provides high quality ABA Therapy to adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism. Satori has worked specifically in client's homes, Adult Day Training programs, summer camps, and other community settings.  In addition, she brings a unique background of working in child welfare. She spent 5 years as a Certified Welfare Case Manager and Senior Case Manager.  Satori joined the ABA Therapy Associates' team in 2014 and works the Pinellas County area.

Michelle Huff, M.A., BCBA

Michelle received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in 2005, from the University of Florida and her Master’s Degree in Exceptional Student Education and Applied Behavior Analysis in 2018, from the University of West Florida. She became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA), in 2016, then a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), in 2018. She is currently seeking her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Assessment, from the University of West Florida. Michelle has been working with children and adults with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities, since 2015.  Michelle has worked in settings such as: early intervention clinics, family homes, group homes, day programs, and schools.   Michelle has experience providing Verbal Behavior Assessments and Programs, such as the VB-MAPP and ABLLS-R programs. She also has experience supervising RBT's. She became a part of the ABA Therapy Associates' team in 2019 and works the Pinellas County area.

 

Lindsey Golonka, M.A., LMHC, BCBA

Lindsey received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology, from Purdue University in 2004.  In 2012, she earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Valparaiso University, becoming a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (in Indiana), in 2013. Then in 2015, Lindsey received her Certificate of Completion in Applied Behavior Analysis, from the Florida Institute of Technology.  She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), in 2016.  Lindsey works with adults with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. She also has past experience with utilizing ABLLS, VB-MAPP, AFLS, and QABF Assessments with children. She has experience supervising RBT's. She provides high quality ABA therapy in clients' homes, Adult Day Training programs, and community settings. Lindsey joined the ABA Therapy Associates' team in 2019 and works the Manatee and Sarasota County Areas.

Morgan McKeown, M.A., BCBA

Morgan received her Bachelor's Degree in Public Health, from the University of South Florida in 2017.  In 2019, she completed her Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, from the University of South Florida. In 2020, Morgan became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Morgan has worked in the field of Intellectual Disabilities and Autism, since 2016, and before that she did extensive work with homeless veteran women in Tampa, FL.  She has experience in working with clients with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism in their group homes, family homes, Adult Day Training programs, and in the community. Morgan has experience with both children and adults. In addition, she is a Certified Behavior Assistant Trainer with APD and a PCM Instructor.  She joined the ABA Therapy Associates' team in 2022 and works the Pasco County area.

 

Karis King, B.A., BCaBA

Karis received her Bachelor's Degree in English/Professional and Technical Writing from the University of South Florida in 2004.  In May 2012, she completed the Professional Development Program in Applied Behavior Analysis through the Florida Institute of Technology and obtained certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).  Karis has worked in the field of Intellectual Disabilities and Autism, since 2009.  She has specific experience in working with clients in their group homes, family homes, Adult Day Training programs, and job-training with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism. In the past, she also served as a Liaison and Trainer amongst clients' circle of supports and ensuring goals were met.  Karis joined the ABA Therapy Associates' team in 2013 and works the Pinellas County area.

Kelly Winger, B.A., BCaBA

Kelly received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida in 2009. She became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) in 2013.  Kelly has worked in the field of Intellectual Disabilities and Autism, since 2009.  She has experience providing ABA therapy to both children and adults, in home and community settings.  Kelly is proficient in implementing skill acquisition programs consisting of verbal behavior training, such as the VB-Mapp and ABLLS-R programs with children.  She has experience supervising Practicum Students and RBT's.  Kelly joined the ABA Therapy Associates' team in 2021 and works the Manatee and Sarasota County areas.