Congratulations to our Newest BCBAs
We're celebrating three staff members who recently became Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). This is an outstanding accomplishment which requires strong commitment and extensive work. At Arizona autism United, employees have advancement opportunities in their careers and we support their desire for professional growth. With these three team members obtaining their certification, AZA United has a total of 16 BCBAs which contributes to the progress of our mission to help as many families as possible with individualized supports.
Nick is a Clinical Specialist who leads ECA and ABA programs by conducting assessments, writing treatment goals, training direct service providers, and providing ongoing support to client families. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Special Education. Nick started helping children with autism and their families nine years ago at AZA United, first as a habilitation and respite provider and then he became a Behavior Coach. After a few years in those roles, he moved into the Assistant Clinical Specialist role, where he started to learn how to organize and supervise home-based ECA services. He eventually moved into his current role as a Clinical Specialist where he enjoys utilizing his expertise in early intervention. Nick feels most passionate about applying his knowledge in ways that allow him to develop meaningful relationships with families and teach functional skills to learners. He loves watching children grow and progress over the course of his time working with them. When not at work, Nick spends time running, growing and taking care of his house plants and exploring and enjoying nature. His hidden talent is to come up with impromptu poetry.
Emily has served families at AZA United for almost 5 years in different roles, she is currently a Clinical Specialist where she creates treatment plans for skill acquisition, behavior reduction, and parent goals for clients in our ABA services department, both home and clinic based. Emily received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development through Arizona State University and then went on to get a Master's degree of Science in Psychology with a Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. Besides working with children in early intervention, Emily is passionate about training the future BCBA’s and helping our behavior technicians learn and grow in their career. Emily loves the outdoors, when she is not at work, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding or going camping. This past summer, she learned to wake surf and can't wait to do it again this year!
Kendall has been a clinician at AZA United for 4 years and he is a Clinical Specialist who creates socially significant intervention and programs to fill deficit areas for children with ASD. Kendall has a Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Science, with a minor in Sociology and his Master's degree is in Curriculum and Instruction: Applied Behavior Analysis. Kendall is passionate about seeing the growth of the children he treats as they continue working through their programs. He is filled with pride when his clients acquire new skills that they will use for the rest of their lives! In his spare time, Kendall enjoys weight training and listening to music. He knows how to play the tenor saxophone and piano and sings R&B, R&B soul and blues when there isn't an audience around.
Nick, Emily and Kendall, you make us so proud!
Our programs team is growing, we invite you to explore our employment opportunities and join our talented work force!