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Who We Are

Executive Board Officers

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

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

Tina Lawson Tina Lawson - Secretary
Pennsylvania Training and TA Center
Term: 2019-2022

Bob Putnam Bob Putnam - Treasurer
May Institute
Term: 2019-2022

Full Board Members

Kaci Fleetwood Kaci Fleetwood - Co-Chair Training and Education Committee
University of Nevada, Reno
Term: 2019-2022

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 - Co-Chair Public Awareness and Dissemination Committee
Clemson University
Term: 2021-2023

Nikole Hollins-Sims Nikole Hollins-Sims
Pennsylvania Training and TA Center
Term: 2021-2024

Rose Iovannone Rose Iovannone - Co-Chair Training & Education Committee
University of South Florida
Term: 2021-2024

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

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: 2019-2022

Kent McIntosh Kent McIntosh
University of Oregon
Term: 2019-2022

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

Jessica Swain-Bradway Jessica Swain-Bradway
Northwest PBIS Network
Term: 2019-2022

Sarah Wilkinson Sarah Wilkinson - Co-Chair Community and Network Development Opportunities Committee
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Term: 2021-2024

Diana Yip Dianna Yip - Co-Chair Community and Network Development Opportunities Committee
Positive Behaviour Support Academy Asia
Term: 2020-2023

Ex-Officios

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 DePry - Newsletter Editor
Portland State University

Susan Barrett Susan Barrett
Mid-Atlantic PBIS Network

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

Kaci Ellis Kaci Ellis
University of Florida

Alejandra Gallego Alejandra Gallego
Southside Independent School District

Sui Lin Goei Sui Lin Goei
Windesheim University of Applied Scient/VU Amsterdam

Cristina House Cristina House
Sewall Child Development Center

Kat Kimling Kat Kimling
Morgridge Academy, National Jewish Health

Shiralee Poed Shiralee Poed
Queensland University of Technology

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!


Jennifer Jeffrey-Pearsall

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

Meme Hieneman

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

Meme Hieneman

Meme Hieneman is 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 brings together families and professionals, directly leading a network with over 350 members. Meme will take time from her busy day to talk to people that reach out to her as a mentor, colleague, and friend. She is driven in her mission that positive behavior support be accessible to everyone and works 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheri Luecking, MSW, LCSW

Sheri Luecking, MSW, LCSW
Co-Director
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

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

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!

Meme Hieneman

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

Meme Hieneman
The Dissemination Committee in concert with the Family Workgroup, with much enthusiasm, nominate Meme Hieneman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, for recognition as an APBS member volunteer who has made significant contributions to APBS. Meme plays an important role as both mentor to workgroup members and leader in the development and achievement of workgroup goals and objectives. She has made significant contributions to the advancement of APBS, and continues to empower APBS members and the general public about the philosophy and practice of positive behavior support with families.

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

Barry McCurdy

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

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

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!