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Scott Herbst, President
Scott is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno.  There he focused his studies on Organizational Systems Analysis and Relational Frame Theory (RFT).  He has numerous publications on both the academic and popular press in the areas of organizational management and culture, leadership, human language learning, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He was an Assistant Professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology for six year where he taught classes in basic principles of behavior, applied behavior analysis, ACT & RFT, research methods, and ethics.  He is currently president and founder of SixFlex Training & Consulting and his firm helps organizations apply behavior science to workforce engagement, leadership, and organizational culture.  He is on the editorial board of The Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and Behavior and Social Issues.  

Jana Sarno, Outgoing Operations Coordinator
Jana is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with extensive educational and clinical experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University. Jana attended The University of Southern Mississippi and earned her Master of Arts degree in Psychology. During her time at USM, she worked with children enrolled in Head Start, provided consultation services to local school districts, and worked at a multi-disciplinary setting focusing on pediatric feeding disorders. After her time at USM, Jana completed a year-long internship at the Marcus Autism Center, a NIH Autism Center of Excellence in Atlanta, GA. While at Marcus, Jana received intensive clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, verbal behavior, and pediatric feeding disorders. Most recently Jana has held clinical leadership positions in a number of organizations and continues to serve in this capacity with Autism in Motion (AIM) Clinics.

Candice Gizewski, Operations Coordinator
Candice is a Board Certified Behavior Analysis with a background in Special Education. She is the Founder of Behavioral Perspective, providing in home and clinic based ABA services to individuals on the autism spectrum, ABLE academy, a non-public secondary education and transition school for young adults with autism and related disorders, and co-founder of Classroom Rescue, providing on site and web based ABA training for teachers. Candice received her masters from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2008. She is passionate about supporting individuals with autism and their families throughout the lifespan as well as mentoring young professionals in the field of applied behavior analysis.

Alison B. Carris, Member at Large

Ali is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor; she earned a Master of Arts degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, in 2011, in Clinical Psychology with specializations in Applied Behavior Analysis and Counseling. Ali is currently the Clinical Director of LifeSpeed: Behavioral Support Services, where she provides essential support to individuals and families while also overseeing the work of dedicated team members. Through the techniques and principles of Acceptance and Committment Therapy, as well as other forms of Contextual Behavioral Science, Ali is passionate about helping clients and supervisees develop psychology flexibility and ultimately lead their best lives.

Ali has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults living with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities across a variety of settings. Ali’s areas of expertise include behavior management for the dually diagnosed, staff training and organizational development, family counseling and training, and clinical supervision. When she’s not chasing after her two little girls, you will likely find Ali either deep in a mystery novel or singing a little Karaoke with her husband.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Ashley Whittington-Barnish, Member at Large
Ashley is an associate professor and department chair of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Applied Behavior Analysis Department in Chicago. Dr. Whittington-Barnish is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified school psychologist, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BA in psychology and educational studies and from Illinois State University with an MS in psychology and a Ph.D. in school psychology. She completed her doctoral internship at Livingston County Special Services Unit and her post-doc at Trinity Services Autism and Family Resource Center. She has worked in school, clinic, and in-home settings with children of all ages, specializing in working with children with autism and their families.

Brigid McCormick, Member at Large
Brigid received her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and the founder of Precision ABA, LLC, Brigid currently works with children and adolescents in their homes and communities. She is an experienced precision teacher, and focuses her treatment under that lens. Before getting her master’s degree, Brigid graduated with her teaching certification with an endorsement in special education from Illinois State University, and blends teaching and ABA to produce exceptional outcomes for children and their families.

Sara Baillie, Member at Large
Sara Baillie, Ed.D., BCBA currently holds a full-time faculty position at Trinity Christian College. In her role as an  Associate Professor and the Director of the Graduate Program in Special Education- Behavior Intervention Specialist, she is the  BACB Verified Course Sequence Coordinator  and teaches both applied behavior analysis and special education courses.  Sara's research has been focusing on behavioral interventions in the schools- including FBAs, BIPs, and specific interventions such as Positive Behavior Supports.  She has presented at numerous conferences and has also been published in the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. In addition to holding the BCBA credential, she is licensed as both an elementary education teacher and a special education teacher in the state of Illinois. Prior to her faculty role, she has taught general education, special education, worked as a full-time school BCBA, acted as a school consultant, worked in Early Intervention, and has also provided therapy in a clinic. She would love to continue to disseminate behavior analysis, specifically focusing on the field of education and schools throughout Illinois..

Brandi Walton, Student Representative

Brandi is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a background in speech-pathology and special education. Brandi attended North Carolina A&T State University and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She earned her Master of Arts in Secondary Special Education and Transition Services at The George Washington University. Brandi is currently a second-year doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) focusing on Special Education Urban Research for Greater Equity.  

Brandi’s current research interest focuses around transition services for African American young adults with high incidence behaviors. More specifically, she is interested in learning about experiences of African American college students with disabilities. Most recently Brandi has presented at national conferences focusing on a comprehensive review of transition service research and was awarded a community grant through UIC’s College of Education Dean’s Office Collaborative Community Grant implementing social skills training for young adults with intellectual disabilities. 

Brandi has worked with a range of ages and disabilities and is passionate about helping others. Currently, she is providing direct ABA services in the Chicago area at a nonprofit social service agency to adults with Intellectual Disabilities in their homes and day training programs. As an African American woman, Brandi believes it is important to continue to diversify the field of ABA. As a student representative, Brandi is eager to promote cultural diversity, engage in collaboration with other professionals, grow in the field, and continue to disseminate behavior analysis.