ORABA's Current Leadership

Board

 

Analise Herrera, BCBA, LBA 
President
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Analise Herrera is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst. She currently works for Autism Spectrum Therapies as a Behavior Analyst Specialist. In this role she supports clinicians to ensure clinical quality, provides graduate fieldwork supervision, and engages in caregiver education.

Analise has been working in the field of behavior analysis in Oregon since 2009. She has been involved with ORABA in a variety of capacities throughout that time and has remained dedicated to the expansion of high quality ABA services in our state. Analise served as a Co-Chair for ORABA's Public Policy Committee from 2021-2022. During this time, Analise and Co-Chair Jaclyn Connelly, supported in several important pieces of legislation, ensured timely communication with the behavior analytic community, and developed processes to increase the effectiveness of ORABA in supporting public policy matters that impact the practice of ABA. 

Analise is dedicated to diversity in our workforce, clinical excellence, and equitable access to services. She has extensive leadership and team building experience. Her understanding of the growth of behavior analysis in Oregon and the specific issues that are faced by clinicians in this state is valuable to ORABA's Executive Board. 

 

Shaun Goodman 
Vice President
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Shaun has been involved with ABA in Oregon since 2012, and an active member of ORABA since 2013. Throughout the years, Shaun has seen ABA grow in strength and numbers. Before taking on the role of Vice President and Ambassador Co-Chair, Shaun served on the Ambassadors Committee from 2020-2022 and specifically focused on disseminating ABA and amplifying autistic voices. In addition, one of Shuan's passions is the support in creating resources for parents.  Throughout the years she has seen families struggle to navigate insurance, DD services, employment supports, group homes, and more and over the year of 2021 Shaun worked closely with ORABA's student representatives to create more robust and accessible caregiver resources.

Shaun currently is a Clinical Supervisor at LifeStance Health (formally Western Psychological and counseling services). Shaun earned her Masters in Special Education from the University of Washington, studying under Dr. Nancy Rosenburg and became a . a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in 2017.  Shaun has presented research posters at ORABA and WABA. Over the years, Shaun has worked in a variety of local settings including schools, clinics, and in homes and with clients range in age from 3-19.

Outside of ABA,  Shaun enjoy the great outdoors, house projects, volunteering at Kindness Farms in SE Portland, being involved in her community, and dancing.

Katie Spicer
Treasurer
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Katie Spicer received her Bachelors of Arts in Speech-Language-Hearing Science from the University of Minnesota. She then obtained a Masters of Science in Special Education from the University of North Dakota. Katie became a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst in 2016 and has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities since 2011. Currently, she works with Intercare Therapy as a Training Supervisor/BCBA.

Katie has worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings including in-home, clinic, group homes, and day programs. She has experience with intensive behaviors across the lifespan and early intervention. Katie is passionate about including learners in their goal development and staff development, and promoting cultural competency.

Amanda Johnstone
Secretary
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Amanda started her career in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis as a behavior technician in 2010. Since then she has fallen in love with the field and has taken on several different roles, including her current role as Clinical Director at Autism Spectrum Therapies. Amanda received her bachelor’s degree in history from Loyola Marymount University and her master’s degree in special education with a specialization in autism from San Diego State University. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a licensed behavior analyst in the state of Oregon. Most recently, Amanda was elected as an Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador for the year 2021.

 

Board Advisors

 

Sophie Million, BCBA, LBA, SLP 

Sophie currently is the School Committee Chair and serves as an advisor to the board.  

 

Alexandra McCallen, BCBA, LBA

Alexandra McCallen is a bilingual (French and English) Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over 18 years of experience designing behavior-analytic/ educative programs for individuals with Autism and other developmental needs. As of 2002, Alexandra worked with individuals with Autism and related disorders in home settings, while pursuing her B.S. in Psychology from Mary Washington College. After graduation with that degree in 2004, Alexandra began working for a private day school, as a Lead In-Home Therapist in their after-school ABA program. Alexandra provided direct services to students, who ranged in age from 1.6 to 16 years of age, enrolled in the regular and grant programs. She also fostered close relationships with several public educational districts, in order to advocate and promote client success in school settings.

In 2005, Alexandra began working as a Special Education Teacher, with students with Autism and related disorders in a self-contained High-School classroom. Her students ranged in age from 15 to 22. Not only did she gain experience in public education, but in the planning for and implementation of Community Based Instruction (CBI), a vital component of transition services. Alexandra was, therefore, responsible for the placement of students in various work settings, in order for them to acquire and improve their work skill repertoire. During this time, she continued to work as a teacher, and as an in-home consultant and therapist, while attending George Mason University to complete her master’s degree, in Special Education, across all endorsement areas K-12, as well as meet the educational requirements for her BCBA. During this time as well, she gained her experience hours to become a BCBA, which she obtained in 2009.

In 2008, Alexandra moved to the Seattle area, where she worked for an ABA non-profit organization for 10 years, wearing different hats: Program Manager, Program Supervisor and Development Coordinator. Alexandra relocated to Portland in 2018 and is currently the Clinical Director for Intercare Therapy’s Oregon office.   Alexandra served as the Chair for the Ambassador's committee for several years as well as vice president of ORABA from 2020-2022.  Currently Alexandra is the chair of the Fundraising Committee created in 2021 and serves as an advisor to the board.    

Alexandra has experience in a variety of fields: ABA, Special Education and Fundraising/ Development. Alexandra was instrumental in helping to grow the Washington Association for Behavior Analysis (WABA) to what it is today. She is passionate about the dissemination of behavior analysis, to increase awareness and care in Oregon, and beyond, as well as strengthening the community as a whole. 

 

Michelle Sherbon, BCBA, LBA

Michelle Sherbon works at LifeStance Health (Previously Western Psychological and Counseling Services) as the Clinical Director of their ABA Services.  Michelle earned her MA in ABA from California State University Northridge, completing her supervision hours in Dr. Fahmie’s research lab working with children with problem behavior under the supervision of Dr. Fahmie. After graduation she obtained her BCBA and began working at the Shabani Institute in Southern California under the guidance of Dr. Shabani.

Michelle moved to Oregon in 2016 where she was hired at LifeStance Health.  Michelle served as Conference Committee Chair multiple years and was on the Board Of Directors as ORABA's President from 2020-2022.  Currently Michelle leads the Directors/Leadership Group and serves as an advisor to the board.   

Outside of ABA, Michelle loves being outdoors in nature and enjoys backpacking trips, kayaking adventures and summiting mountains in the PNW.