Nevada’s PBIS Technical Assistance Center
Ashley Greenwald, Ph.D., BCBA-D is the Project Director of Nevada’s PBIS Technical Assistance Center. Previously, she was the Administrative and Clinical Director for Positive Behavior Support-Nevada. Mrs. Greenwald assisted in writing the School Climate Transformation Grant and the SAMHSA Project Aware Grant, which were both awarded to the state of Nevada in 2014. Mrs. Greenwald has years of experience working with children and adults with intellectual disabilities and challenging behavior. Mrs. Greenwald is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in behavior analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Don Jackson, Ph.D. is the senior project advisor and co-principle investigator for Positive Behavior Support-Nevada, a project of the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities at the University of Nevada Reno. Dr. Jackson obtained his Masters degree from Western Michigan University and his doctorate from the University of Utah in 1973. He then joined the clinical faculty of the Dept. of Human Development at the University of Kansas before coming to Reno in 1977, where he served as director of psychology at Children’s Behavioral Services and Sierra Regional Center until 2011. His contributions to the field of disabilities and behavior disorders include five instructional books, several chapters and journal publications, and many professional presentations. His current professional work focuses on positive behavior support policy and program design related to implementing effective, evidence-based practices for individuals and organizations.
Kathryn Roose M.A., BCBA, LBA, CADC is the Systems and Evaluation Manager for the Nevada PBIS Technical Assistance Center, working on the School Climate Transformation Project, and the Facility-Wide PBIS Project. Previously, she worked as a consultant on the PBS-Nevada Aging Project and the ATAP Parent Preparedness Project; at Positive Behavior Support-Nevada as a Training and Consultation Specialist, providing support to families and school teams addressing challenging behavior; as a Behavior Interventionist and Case Manager working with children and adults with intellectual disorders at Person-Centered Assessment, Training and Habilitation (PATH) at the University of Nevada, Reno; and as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Mrs. Roose holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego, a Master of Arts degree in behavior analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is currently a doctoral student in behavior analysis at the University of Nevada, Reno. Mrs. Roose is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst.
Holly Seniuk, Ph.D., BCBA-D is the Project Coordinator for the Nevada PBIS Technical Assistance Center, working on the School Climate Transformation Project, and the Facility-Wide PBIS Project. Dr. Seniuk graduated with her PhD in Behavior Analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013 and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2010. Dr. Seniuk has previously worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton where she developed an undergraduate level behavior analysis program. She has over 10 years of experience working in a variety of clinical settings including early intensive ABA treatment for Autism, consulting to schools, conducting workshops and trainings for parents and teachers with Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports of Nevada (PBIS-NV), and working as the Assistant Director of a day treatment facility for adults with intellectual disabilities.
Jane Gardner is the Administrative Assistant for the Positive Behavior Support Grant Projects in the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities. Ms. Gardner attended Washington State University and has worked as an Administrative Professional for 42 years. Previous positions included administrative support for Certified Public Accounting firms and in broadcasting and newspaper sales. The last 11 years Ms. Gardner has worked on the University of Nevada, Reno campus where she has enjoyed working with undergraduate and graduate students along with the faculty and staff.
Positive Behavior Support-Nevada
Christine O’Flaherty, M.A., BCBA is the Clinical Director and Northwest Training Coordinator for Positive Behavior Support-Nevada. Mrs. O’Flaherty currently works for Nevada’s PBIS Technical Assistance Center, located on the University of Nevada campus. Mrs. O’Flaherty previously worked for Washoe County School District, where she supported teachers and students in both general and special education settings at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She worked as an Autism Consultant and Behavior Analyst. Mrs. O’Flaherty is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, holds two bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Nevada, Reno and a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in behavior analysis from Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts.
Jocelyn Whitworth, M.Ed. is the Northeast Region Training Coordinator for Positive Behavior Support-Nevada. She has a bachelor of science degree in Special Education and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She is a licensed Early Childhood Special Education teacher with Elko County School District. Jocelyn has additional training in teaching children with autism and provides support to teachers serving children with autism in inclusive settings. She is a TACSEI coach (Technical Assistance Center for Social Emotional Intervention) supporting classrooms serving young children with challenging behavior. She is PAT certified (Parents As Teachers) and enjoys the family support component of PBS-NV.
Robert Johnson, M.Ed., BCBA has been the Northeast Training and Consultation Specialist for Positive Behavior Support-Nevada for the past 10 years. He sits on the State Board for Early Childhood Leadership Team that administers the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention grant. Mr Johnson is a TACSEI Trainer and coach for northeastern Nevada. He is a BCBA consultant for Elko County School District and for the Autism Treatment and Assistance Program. He services as District Vice Chairman for the Overland Scout District. Mr. Johnson has years of experience working with children and adults with intellectual disabilities and challenging behavior. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and History from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree in Education Leadership from Southern Utah University.
Lauren Brown, M.A., BCBA, is a Northwest Training and Consultation Specialist for Positive Behavior Support- Nevada. Lauren received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, with majors in both Psychology and Sociology, and her Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis. Lauren has previously held an externship with Sierra Regional Center as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), providing behavior supports to families and support staff working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has also worked as the Assistant Director at the Person-centered Assessment, Treatment, and Habilitation (PATH) program. Lauren is currently a doctoral student in the Behavior Analysis Program at the University of Nevada, Reno, and has previously and is currently teaching various psychology courses for the University’s undergraduate students.
Veronica Smith, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA is the Las Vegas Training Coordinator for Positive Behavior Support – Nevada. Mrs. Smith is the owner of Autism & Behavioral Consulting Services and operates as the Clinical Director. Mrs. Smith previously worked for Clark County School district, where she taught students in grades 3-5 in a self-contained classroom for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Prior to that, she worked as a Developmental Specialist III for Nevada Early Intervention Services where she led the Behavior Analysis Team, supporting staff and families in the home setting. Mrs. Smith is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, received both her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in Special Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Eilish Kelderman is the Undergraduate Assistant for PBS-NV. Miss Kelderman was born and raised in Reno and has an older sister with Down syndrome which spiked her interest in being involved with the disability community in Northern Nevada. Miss Kelderman holds a leadership position in the Siblings Conference at the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention. She leads the Sibling Conference with several other Sibling Leaders by sharing experiences, answering questions, and giving advice to sibling attendees. Miss Kelderman graduated high school with an Advanced Diploma and is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno.
School Climate Transformation Project
Kaci Fleetwood, M.Ed., BCBA is the State Coordinator for Nevada’s School Climate Transformation Project. Kaci Fleetwood currently works for the Nevada PBIS Technical Assistance Center, located on the University of Nevada campus. Kaci Fleetwood previous worked for Washoe County School district, where she taught youth in both general and special education settings at the elementary and high school levels. She has worked as an implementation specialist, coaching teachers at the school-site, zone, and district levels. She earned bachelors and a master’s degree in education with instructional licenses in elementary education, special education, English as a second language, instructional coaching, literacy/reading specialist, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Jodie Soracco, M.Ed., BCBA is the State Coordinator for the School Climate Transformation Project with the Nevada PBIS Technical Assistance Center. Jodie Soracco has been working with Positive Behavior Support-Nevada since 2008 as the Northwest Training Coordinator. In 2012, she took on an additional role as state coordinator for School-wide Positive Behavior Support. Mrs. Soracco previously worked for the Washoe County School District as a teacher with experience teaching in elementary and special education classrooms. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education with a focus on Emotional and Behavior Disorders, with an endorsement in autism. Mrs. Soracco is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.