Board of Trustees
Lisa Krieger, CPA, President
Barbara Strate, Secretary
Howard Snyder, Esq., Treasurer
Raymond J. Falcon, Jr., Esq., Trustee
David Felig, MD, Trustee
Michelle Spiridakis, Trustee
Scott Brooks, Trustee
The EPIC Professional Advisory Panel
The EPIC Professional Advisory Panel consists of nationally and internationally recognized experts in the fields of Behavior Analysis, Autism Education and Intervention, Verbal Behavior, Ethical Practice in Behavior Analysis and Employment in Adulthood. The Panel’s diversity of expertise is designed to parallel the diversity of challenges experienced by individuals with autism spectrum disorders. The EPIC Professional Advisory Panel includes:
Jamie DeQuinzio, Ph.D., BCBA-D – Alpine Learning Group
Jaime Ann DeQuinzio, Ph.D., BCBA completed her doctorate in Psychology specializing in Learning Processes and Behavior Analysis at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She completed pre-doctoral training and research at the Institute for Educational Achievement, a dissemination site of the Princeton Child Development Institute. Her interests include evaluating stimulus generalization in applied behavior analysis, stimulus class formation within social paradigms, and increasing social and language skills in children with autism. She has published in the areas of generalized imitation and the amelioration of social-affective deficits of children with autism. Dr. DeQuinzio has specialized in the treatment of children with autism and other developmental disabilities for 11 years and has provided behavioral consultation services to many school districts in New Jersey. She has extensive experience in developing school and home intervention programs for children with autism. She has presented at local and national conferences on topics relating to various intervention technologies in applied behavior analysis and holds positions as an adjunct lecturer at Queens College/CUNY and Caldwell College
Gina Green, Ph.D., BCBA – Association of Professional Behavior Analysts
Gina Green received a PhD in Psychology (Analysis of Behavior) from Utah State University in 1986 following undergraduate and master’s degree studies at Michigan State University. She has been a faculty member in Behavior Analysis and Therapy at Southern Illinois University; Director of Research at the New England Center for Children in Southborough, Massachusetts; Associate Scientist at the E.K. Shriver Center for Mental Retardation in Waltham, Massachusetts; and Research Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Currently Dr. Green is the Executive Director of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, a consultant in private practice in San Diego, and a lecturer in Special Education at San Diego State University. She has authored numerous publications on the treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries, as well as the experimental analysis of behavior. Dr. Green co-edited the books Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism and Making a Difference: Behavioral Intervention for Autism. She serves or has served on the editorial boards of several professional journals in developmental disabilities and behavior analysis. Dr. Green also serves on the Board of Trustees and the Autism Advisory Group of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and the advisory boards of several autism programs and organizations. She is a former president of the Association for Behavior Analysis, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, a founding Director of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Council for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health, and the Association for Behavior Analysis. Psychology Today named her “Mental Health Professional of the Year” in 2000. In 2005 she received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from The Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland for her work in autism. Dr. Green lectures and consults widely on autism and related disorders, behavioral research, and effective interventions for people with disabilities.
Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., MS., CCC-SLP – Eden II Programs
Dr. Gerenser is the Executive Director of the Eden II Programs. She received her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Organization for Autism Research. In addition, she is co-president of the Council on Autism Services as well as Associate Editor of the Journal of SLP & ABA. Dr. Gerenser has presented on topics in autism and related disorders at local, national and international conferences. She is the co-author of Behavioral Programming for Children with Autism, an interactive CD-ROM as well as several articles and book chapters. She currently sits on the advisory boards of several autism programs across the U.S. and abroad. Joanne has won numerous awards for her work with individuals with ASD, most recently, the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis Award for Representation of Behavior Analysis in the Media.
Jose Martinez-Diaz, Ph.D., BCBA-D – Florida Institute of Technology
Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz is Associate Dean and a Full Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Psychology and Liberal Arts. Dr. Martinez-Diaz is Head of Florida Tech’s School of Behavior Analysis, which he founded. Jose is CEO of ABA Technologies, Inc., a company specializing in instructional design and technology. He is an adjunct professor at Penn State’s Department of Special Education. Jose is a Senior Consultant for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), the BACB liaison to the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), and a member of APBA’s Board of Directors. He serves as a member Florida’s Behavior Analysis Peer Review Committee and Florida’s Behavior Analysis Certification Committee. Professor Martinez-Diaz was an officer and board member of the BACB for seven years. Jose is a past president of the Florida Association of Behavior Analysis and received its Charles H. Cox Award for Outstanding Service and Advancement of Behavior Analysis in Florida in 2005.
Danny Openden, Ph.D. BCBA-D – Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center
Dr. Daniel Openden is the President and CEO of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) and Faculty Associate in the Division of Curriculum & Instruction at Mary Lou Fulton College of Education at Arizona State University. He has worked extensively with families with children with autism spectrum disorders on both federal- and state-funded research projects; provided consulting and training for school districts across the country; presented research at regional, state, and national conventions; and been published in peerreviewed journals and book chapters in the field. Dr. Openden has expertise in developing training programs for teaching parents and professionals to implement Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) and is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, where he previously served as Vice President and Clinical Services Director. He earned his doctoral degree in special education, disability, and risk studies at UC Santa Barbara. In 2011 the Phoenix Business Journal named Danny one of Phoenix’s “Forty Under 40” up-and-coming community leaders.
Carl Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D – Behavior Analyis Center for Autism
Dr. Carl Sundberg is the chief clinician and founder of the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism in Indiana. He received his doctorate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University under the direction of Dr. Jack Michael. While a graduate student, he taught behavior analysis at WMU for seven years. Dr. Sundberg has publications in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and A Collection of Reprints on Verbal Behavior. Dr. Sundberg has over 30 years of experience using behavioral interventions to teach individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. He oversees the training of all the staff at BACA and consistently spends time with the clients. Eighty percent of his time is spent contributing to the training of staff and addressing specific client programs.
Bridget Taylor, Psy.D., BCBA-D – Alpine Learning Group
Dr. Bridget 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-five 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. She has been influential in the development of autism treatment centers both locally and in Italy, India, Canada, France, Australia and Kosovo. Dr. Taylor’s current research interests are in identifying innovative procedures to increase the observational learning repertoires of children with autism.
Dawn Townsend, Ph.D., BCBA – Institute for Educational Acheivement
Dawn B. Townsend, Ph.D., BCBA is the Executive Director of the Institute for Educational Achievement. She earned a doctorate in psychology from the CUNY Graduate School and University Center. During that time, she was the recipient of several fellowships, including fellowships awarded by the New York State Institute for Basic Research, Queens College, and the Princeton Child Development Institute. She has extensive clinical and research experience in the area of autism intervention, with an emphasis on developing communication and social skills in children with autism. Dr. Townsend has served as an adjunct lecturer at Queens College (CUNY). Her research has focused on the development of social and language skills in children with autism and she has published numerous articles in both basic and applied behavior analysis journals. In addition, she has made numerous presentations on autism intervention at local, national, and international conferences and promotes the application of behavior analysis in the education of individuals with autism through consultation with other programs and professionals.
Janet Twyman, Ph.D., BCBA – University of Massachusetts Medical School/E.K. Shriver Center
Dr. Janet S. Twyman, is a noted proponent of effective instructional practices. She is committed to evidence-based instruction and has a strong record in the transfer of instructional technology and developing web-based programs for wide-scale distribution. A career educator, she has been a preschool and elementary school teacher, a principal and administrator, and university professor. She has worked directly with typically developing students, preschoolers with intellectual disabilities, young adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems, and learners with autism spectrum disorders. As vice president of Instructional Development, Implementation, and Research at Headsprout, she led the design, development, and dissemination of the company’s highly regarded educational programs, and oversaw program implementation in over 1,000 public and private schools. Dr. Twyman has served on the boards of numerous organizations including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (where she chaired the Education Group) and PEER International (assisting township schools in Port Elizabeth, South Africa). In 2007-08 she served as president of ABAI. In her role with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School/E. K. Shriver Center, she focuses her time on evidence-based innovations in education and the systems that support them to produce meaningful difference in learners’ lives. Dr. Twyman was also recently named as the director of Innovation & Technology for the U.S. Dept. of Education’s national Center on Innovations in Learning.
Paul Wehman, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, Rehabilitation Research Training Center
Dr. Paul Wehman is a Virginia Commonwealth University Professor of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Chairman of Rehabilitation Research with a joint appointment in the Departments of Special Education and Disability Policy and Rehabilitation Counseling.
He pioneered the development of supported employment at VCU in the early 1980s and has been heavily involved in the use of supported employment with people who have severe disabilities including autism. Dr. Wehman serves as Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities and the Director of the VCU Autism Center for Excellence (ACE). He has researched, written, instructed and presented extensively on issues related to transition from school to adulthood and special education as it relates for young adulthood. He has published more than 200 articles, 114 book chapters, and authored or edited 43 books. He has most recently been the recipient of the 2014 Princeton Lecture Series Fellowship through Eden Autism Services Past honors include the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.-Foundation International Award in Mental Retardation, Mary Switzer Fellow for the National Rehabilitation Association in 1985, and the Distinguished Service Award from the President’s Committee on Employment for Persons with Disabilities in October 1992. Dr. Wehman received the VCU Distinguished Service Award in 2001 and was recognized as one of the 50 most influential special educators of the millennium by a national survey coordinated by the Remedial and Special Education journal (December 2000). He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. He has been the principal investigator of more than $70 million worth of federal grants since being at VCU.
The Human Rights Committee is comprised of professionals in the autism and developmentally disabled community and parents of children with autism community. The EPIC Human Rights Committee is responsible for reviewing the educational and behavior reduction programs to ensure and safeguard the individual rights of each learner to receive the educational opportunities that maximize and/or support their potential for independence and self-fulfillment, while at the same time preserving the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct by EPIC’s Board of Trustees and staff to successfully discharge their duties and responsibilities.