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Who We Are

Executive Board Officers

Don Kincaid Don Kincaid - President
University of South Florida
Term: 2020-2023

Kaci Fleetwood Kaci Fleetwood - Vice-President
University of Nevada, Reno
Term: 2022-2025

Rose Iovannone Rose Iovannone - Treasurer
University of South Florida
Term: 2021-2024

Sarah Wilkinson Sarah Wilkinson - Secretary
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Term: 2021-2024

Full Board Members

Rachel Freeman Rachel Freeman
University of Minnesota
Term: 2021-2024

Steve Goodman Steve Goodman
Michigan’s MTSS Technical Assistance Center
Term: 2020-2023

Shanna Hirsch Shanna Hirsch
Clemson University
Term: 2021-2023

Jennifer Jeffrey-Pearsall Jennifer Jeffrey-Pearsall
Sheppard Pratt
Term: 2022-2025

Laura Kern Laura Kern
University of South Florida
Term: 2020-2023

Muna Khalif Muna Khalif
University of Minnesota
Term: 2022-2025

Stephanie Martinez Stephanie Martinez
University of South Florida
Term: 2022-2025

Sara McDaniel Sara McDaniel
University of Alabama
Term: 2020-2023

Erika McDowell Erika McDowell
Wildflower Schools
Term: 2021-2024

Satish Moorthy Satish Moorthy
New York City Department of Education
Term: 2022-2025

Kelsey Morris Kelsey Morris
University of Missouri
Term: 2021-2024

Scott Ross Scott Ross
California State University Monterey Bay
Term: 2021-2024

Jodie Soracco Jodie Soracco
Virginia Commonwealth University
Term: 2022-2024

Jessica Swain-Bradway Jessica Swain-Bradway
Northwest PBIS Network
Term: 2022-2025

Diana Yip Dianna Yip
Positive Behaviour Support Academy Asia
Term: 2020-2023


Tim Knoster Tim Knoster - Executive Director
Bloomsburg University

Wendy Machalicek Wendy Machalicek - Co-Editor JPBI
University of Oregon

Mandy Rispoli Mandy Rispoli - Co-Editor JPBI
Purdue University

Randall De Pry Randall De Pry - Newsletter Editor
Portland State University

Susan Barrett Susan Barrett
Mid-Atlantic PBIS Network

Pei-Yu Chen Pei-Yu Chen
National Taipei University of Education

Alejandra Gallego Alejandra Gallego
Southside Independent School District

Cristina House Cristina House
Sewall Child Development Center

Kat Kimling Kat Kimling
Morgridge Academy, National Jewish Health

Michael Paal Michael Paal
University of Oldenburg

Shiralee Poed Shiralee Poed
Queensland University of Technology

Marney Pollack Marney Pollack
Vanderbilt University

David Rotholz David Rotholz
University of South Carolina

APBS Volunteer Recognition

The Association for Positive Behavior Support relies on and appreciates the generous volunteer support of its members in its work on achieving the organization's mission. Periodically, APBS committees nominate members for recognition who have made a significant volunteer contribution to these efforts. These members are recognized in the APBS Newsletter and listed here on the website. Please join APBS in thanking these individuals for their active volunteerism.

Contact volunteers@​apbs.​org if you would like to learn more about getting involved with APBS!

Mara Power - October 2022

Mara Power

Ms. Mara Power, M.A.
I-MTSS Early Career Scholar
Doctoral Fellow, Special Education
Department of Educational Psychology
Neag School of Education
University of Connecticut

Mara Power

Mara Power has served as the Conference Social Committee Chair on the APBS Student Network Advisory Board for the past two years. In this role, she has spearheaded social programming for the APBS conference, putting together events designed to build community among student members. For the most recent conference, Mara planned a trivia social that was a hit among students and early career members alike! In addition to her service on the Student Network Advisory Board, Mara serves as a student representative on multiple APBS committees, including TEC and Mental Health. Mara's contributions to the broader APBS community in these roles are many and include advocating for student opportunities on TEC and sharing ideas for collaborations between the Student Network and Mental Health committee (and bringing them to life!). Mara is always eager to offer her assistance and goes above and beyond to help make APBS the best organization it can be.

Thank you, Mara, for your outstanding volunteer service to the Association for Positive Behavior Support!

Brooke Wagner - July 2022

Brooke Wagner

Ms. Brooke Wagner
Regional MTSS Coordinator
Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Reno, Nevada

Brooke Wagner

Brooke Wagner has been an active member of the Community and Network Development Opportunities (CANDO) committee for the past year, as well as a vocal supporter of the international networks, the Student Network, and the development of the Early Career Network. Brooke has made many valuable contributions to our discussions around increasing membership, engaging current members, and increasing our visibility on social media. She brings the voice of state-level leadership to CANDO, ensuring that we continue to support this important group of stakeholders. Brooke has also worked to support the efforts of the Membership Committee by helping to create a survey used to gather information about member perceptions of APBS benefits. She is always one of the first people to volunteer when there are tasks that need to be done, and she was a key player in helping to organize the APBS information booth during the poster session at the recent conference. We appreciate Brooke’s consistent enthusiasm and commitment to APBS and the mission of our organization!

Thank you, Brooke, for your outstanding volunteer service to the Association for Positive Behavior Support!

Teresa Rodgers - January 2022

Teresa Rodgers

Dr. Teresa Rodgers
Chief Behavioral Analyst (retired July 2021)
Missouri Dept. of Mental Health
Jefferson City, Missouri

Teresa Rodgers

Teresa Rodgers has been a long--standing volunteer participating on the Association for Positive Behavior Support Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Ad Hoc Committee. In addition to being a leader within the IDD Ad Hoc committee meetings, over the years Terri has assisted with strand development, workshops, and other presentations and events at the annual conference. Terri has recently been working on the committee's White Paper on Positive Behavior Support in the IDD field. Terri's work leading positive behavior support using a tiered model at a statewide level has been essential, and her experience implementing Applied Behavior Analysis has made her an invaluable member of the Association. Terri's efforts to support people with IDD across her career is appreciated and we would like to acknowledge her important contributions.

Thank you, Terri for your outstanding volunteer service to the Association for Positive Behavior Support!

Jennifer Jeffrey-Pearsall - October 2021

Jennifer Jeffrey-Pearsall

Dr. Jennifer Jeffrey-Pearsall
Sheppard Pratt Health System
APBS Mid-Atlantic PBIS Network
Towson, Maryland

Jennifer Jeffrey-Pearsall

Jennifer Jeffrey-Pearsall has served on the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Ad Hoc Committee and has been instrumental in supporting its work over the past year. Jenn has been involved in action planning activities, including the design and development of a White Paper addressing Positive Behavior Support in the IDD field. In addition to the IDD Ad Hoc Committee, Jenn has served as a volunteer for other committees as well; and you will hear her voice as the narrator for the Introduction to APBS on the home page.

For these reasons, we nominate Jennifer Jeffrey-Pearsall for Outstanding APBS Member Volunteer recognition and thank her for her volunteer service to the Association for Positive Behavior Support!

Meme Hieneman - July 2021

Meme Hieneman

Dr. Meme Hieneman
Positive Behavior Support Applications
Palm Harbor, Florida

Meme Hieneman

Meme Hieneman was a tireless advocate for positive behavior support so that it stays true to its core principles and its emphasis on family and community contexts. She has volunteered time to APBS in delivering this message through video recordings, workshops for practitioners and parents, etc. As a leader of the Home & Community PBIS network, Meme brought together families and professionals, directly leading a network with over 350 members. Meme would take time from her busy day to talk to people that reached out to her as a mentor, colleague, and friend. She was driven in her mission that positive behavior support be accessible to everyone and worked tirelessly to distribute resources to families and professionals on positive behavior support nationally and internationally. Specifically, Meme has:

  • Initiated dialogue with the positive behavior support group in the United Kingdom (BILD) to identify and work together on common areas of practice & needs
  • Piloted Family chats with APBS, and then launched these as an on-going support to families nationally
  • Provided and supported webinar presentations and workshops for the network and APBS
  • Established partnerships to bring people together to work together to support family and home needs
  • Coordinated and led a team of professional volunteers to maintain a website filled with excellent resources on positive behavior support, provide webinars, and family chats
  • Provided personal funds and volunteered her time to cover the costs of expenses associated with website and clerical staff

Thank you, Meme, for your many years of outstanding service to the Association for Positive Behavior Support!

Karen Robbie - April 2021

Karen Robbie

Ms. Karen Robbie
Kennebunk, Maine
Research Assistant,
Univ of Connecticut
Doctoral Student,
Univ of Maine

Karen Robbie

Karen Robbie's commitment, support and engagement to the Training & Education Committee has been remarkable. She has unwavering commitment to the team, attending several meetings each month to provide feedback, insight and support. In addition, she frequently volunteers her time and skills outside of committee meetings to advance projects and tasks related to implementing APBS's Strategic Plan activities. Karen has proved herself an essential stakeholder by contributing to conversations and sharing ideas and considerations as APBS pivoted the 2021 conference to a virtual format.

Thank you, Karen, for your outstanding volunteer service to the Association for Positive Behavior Support.

Stewart Shear - January 2021

Dr. Stewart Shear

Dr. Stewart Shear
National Director of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services,
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health,
Berwyn, Pennsylvania

Stewart Shear

Stewart Shear is an active member of the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Ad Hoc Committee and has made significant contributions by volunteering for many of the action plan activities. The IDD Ad Hoc Committee is working to increase members who support people with disabilities in home and community settings. Stewart has contributed to these efforts by attending meetings regularly, providing leadership in committee brainstorming, presenting at conferences, contributing to policy documents, and supporting the efforts of other committee members.

Stewart is a leader in bringing a tiered model of Positive Behavior Support to the disability community and, as a result, he provides important leadership to the committee. We appreciate Stewart's dedication and would like to recognize his contributions formally.

Thank you, Stewart, for your outstanding volunteer service to the Association for Positive Behavior Support.

Normand St-Georges - July 2020

Mr. Normand St-Georges

Mr. Normand St-Georges Research Professional TELUQ University Ottawa, ON Canada

Normand St-Georges

The Community and Network Development Opportunities (CANDO) Committee, along with the Public Awareness and Dissemination (PAD) Committee, wish to recognize Normand St-Georges for his extraordinary volunteer service to APBS.

Norm volunteered his time to review and edit translations of video scripts and other documents to complete the conversion of three positive behavior support videos posted on the new APBS website, including Positive Behavior Support at Home, Positive Behavior Support in Schools and Positive Behavior Support in Your Community, into the French Canadian language, including scripts for dialogue and closed captioning.

Norm served on the CANDO committee when he was on the APBS Board. When his term ended, he continued on the committee as a Volunteer. Norm has been a valuable member of the CANDO committee, and has provided support for the International APBS Networks.

Thank you, Norm, for your outstanding volunteer service to the Association for Positive Behavior Support!

Ashley Rila - July 2019

Ms. Ashley Rila

Ms. Ashley Rila
Doctoral Candidate
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Ashley Rila

The Community and Network Development Opportunities (CANDO) Committee would like to recognize one of our APBS members for their extraordinary volunteer services: Ashley Rila.

Ashley is a member of the APBS Student Network and serves on the CANDO Committee. Ashley has worked with APBS Student Network leader and board member, Sarah Wilkinson on the revision of a poster rubric for scoring of the Student Poster submissions to our annual conference, planning Conference activities to encourage student participation, attending and participating fully in meetings of the CANDO Committee, and being extremely helpful in recommending ideas for increasing APBS Student Memberships. We are fortunate to have Ashley on our CANDO Committee and value her contributions!

Thank you, Ashley, for your outstanding volunteer service in support of APBS!

Kelcey Schmitz - October 2019

Ms. Kelcey Schmitz

Ms. Kelcey Schmitz
MTSS/School Mental Health Training and TA Specialist
University of Washington School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center
Seattle, WA

Kelcey Schmitz

The Training and Education Committee is pleased to recognize Kelcey Schmitz for her extraordinary volunteer service providing social media management.

Kelcey has raised awareness of APBS via several social media channels and her invaluable service to the TEC and APBS for the past two years, particularly around conference time, has put APBS and the conference on the social media map! In her management of social media communication, Kelcey brought together a team, created standards and a plan, and got APBS out there.

Thank you, Kelcey, for your critical contributions and outstanding volunteer service to APBS!

Skip Kumm - April 2019

Mr. SKip Kumm

Mr. Skip Kumm
Doctoral Candidate
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Skip Kumm
The Public Awareness and Dissemination (PAD) Committee, along with the Student Network Advisory Board, wishes to recognize Skip Kumm as an Outstanding APBS Member Volunteer.

Skip is a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He serves as a student member of APBS and volunteers with the Public Awareness and Dissemination Committee as a student member. Skip regularly attends monthly meetings and looks for additional service obligations. Most recently, Skip worked diligently to review and edit scripts for the new APBS videos. He has provided timely and important commentary and revisions.

Skip has also been an active member of the Student Network Advisory Board. He calls in to monthly meetings and has contributed to the many projects this group has been working on, including preparations for the 16th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support.

We thank Skipp Kumm for his outstanding volunteer service to the Association for Positive Behavior Support!

Tara Davis - July 2018

Tara L. Davis, M.A. & NCSP

Tara L. Davis, M.A. & NCSP
School Climate Specialist
Metropolitan Regional Educational Service Agency (MRESA)
Smyrna, Georgia

Tara Davis
Ms. Tara Davis, a devoted practitioner of Positive Behavior Support and the PBIS Framework, has been an active volunteer on the Training and Education Committee (TEC) for several years. She attends most of the virtual meetings, and, even more impressive, she consistently volunteers to participate in activities. For the last two years, Tara has assisted the TEC by scoring nominee applications for the Ted Carr Initial Practitioner and Initial Researcher awards. This activity required Tara to review multiple materials associated with each nominee and use a rubric to score the nominee's performance on several components. In addition, she participated in numerous virtual meetings to discuss the results and provide feedback in selecting the final awardees. Tara has also volunteered to review new and adapted policies and procedures being addressed by the TEC and provide feedback. Tara's feedback is consistently on target and provides the TEC with a practitioner's perspective that is of high value. Tara is well-deserving of recognition and thanks for her volunteer service.</p>

Thank you, Tara, for your outstanding volunteer service in support of APBS!

Sheri Luecking - October 2016

Sheri Luecking, MSW, LCSW

Sheri Luecking, MSW, LCSW
Midwest PBIS Network, Lisle, IL

Sheri Luecking
Sheri Luecking is a Co-Leader of the Midwest-Illinois PBIS Network. As a leader of this APBS Network, Sheri created and currently facilitates a Rural PBIS Implementation Work Group, and she leads a Train-the-Trainer model of implementation support. Sheri has been a major voice in the APBS community in expanding preventive practices to include classroom-based behavior and academic support strategies. Her leadership has contributed to the development and implementation of more accessible and effective training events for APBS leaders involved with training associated with the PBIS framework. Sheri regularly serves as a volunteer during the annual APBS conference in many roles, including poster session aide, customer service provider and/or session host. Volunteering at the APBS conference fits with Sheri's worldview that supporting others makes one a more fulfilled person and the world a better place.

Thank you, Sheri, for your outstanding volunteer service in support of APBS!

Nanette Perrin - July 2016

Nanette Perrin, Ph.D. BCBA

Nanette L Perrin, PhD, BCBA-D
Director of Pathways
LifeShare, Overland Park, KS

Nanette Perrin
The Training and Education Committee is pleased to recognize Dr. Nanette Perrin for her extraordinary volunteer service as APBS Coordinator of BCBA Continuing Education Credits associated with both the APBS Annual Conference and our ongoing webinars. For the past several years, Nan has invested a significant amount of time and effort in both reviewing conference and webinar proposals to determine whether each meets various criteria to award BCBA CEUs and processing the necessary paperwork associated with the award of CEUs earned by participants. The award of CEUs is an important feature of professional development offered through APBS, and Nan’s exemplary efforts in this regard are greatly appreciated.

Thank you, Nanette, for your outstanding volunteer work in support of APBS!

Michael Lombardo - April 2016

Michael Lombardo

Mr. Michael Lombardo
Director, Interagency Facilitation &
PBIS Program Director
Placer County Office of Education
Auburn, California

Michael Lombardo
The Training and Education Committee nominated Michael Lombardo for recognition as an APBS member volunteer who has made significant contributions to the Organization. An active member of APBS since 2012, Michael serves as Primary Contact for our APBS California Network. Recently, Michael has provided extraordinary effort and outreach throughout the California Network to recruit volunteers for our 13th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support. Both the number and quality of our conference volunteers this past year positively impacted the success of our conference in San Francisco, and we are pleased to acknowledge Michael’s recruitment efforts in support of APBS.

Thank you, Michael, for your outstanding volunteer work in support of APBS!

Barry McCurdy - July 2015

Dr. Barry McCurdy
Devereux Center for Effective Schools
King of Prussia, PA

Barry McCurdy
The Dissemination Committee would like to recognize Barry McCurdy for his efforts in hosting visitors from abroad and providing guidance and information on the application of positive behavior support to support children involved with child protective services and system level application.

Thank you, Barry, for your outstanding volunteer work in support of the mission of APBS!

Randall De Pry & Matt Tincani - April 2015

Dr. Randall De Pry
Dept. of Special Education
Portland State Uinversity
Portland, OR

Dr. Matt Tincani
College of Education
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

Randall De Pry
After successfully completing multiple years as an elected member of the APBS Board of Directors and the Executive Committee in various offices, Randy has continued to serve APBS through his position as Editor of the APBS Newsletter. This service requires considerable time and commitment on an on-going basis throughout the year as this quarterly publication brings relevant information and organizational news to our membership.</p>

Matt Tincani
After successfully completing a three-year elected term on the APBS Board of Directors, Matt has continued to serve APBS through facilitation of the awarding of the annual E.G. “Ted” Carr Initial Researcher Award. This service requires considerable time and commitment throughout the course of each year culminating with selection and announcement of award winners in conjunction with our annual conference.

Thank you Randall and Matt for your outstanding volunteer work in support of APBS!

Kate Dooley & Shanna Hirsch - January 2015

Kate Dooley
Student APBS Memmber
University of Connecticut

Shanna Hirsch
Student APBS Memeber
University of Virginia

Kate Dooley & Shanna Hirsch
The Training and Education Committee of APBS has nominated Kate and Shanna for recognition of their excellent work in designing and implementing the process for recruiting, judging and awarding the Student Poster Award at the annual International Conference on Positive Behavior Support.

Thank you Kate and Shanna for your outstanding volunteer work in support of APBS!