Welcome to the ohio ASSOCIation for BehAVIOR ANALYSIS

OHABA functions based on the work of volunteers.  Looking to add your talents to a great organization?  There are many ways to get involved!

1. Run for a Board Position- these are two year positions and they come open on a rotating bases.  Elections are held just prior to the annual conference. More information to come on the open positions for the 2019-2021 window.

Attention:  The OHABA BOARD is now accepting nominations for the the following open OHABA board positions for 2019-2021.

 Professional Standards Chair.

Please click on the position for a description.


2. Volunteer on a Committee-  OHABA has multiple committees including:

Membership Committee

Program Committee

Education Committee

Public Policy Committee

Marketing and Technology Committee

Student Committee 

Want more information on how you can help?  Click on a Board Member's name to send them an email.

The Current OHABA Board

To reach a board member via email, please click on their name below:

President: Nicole Powell, PsyD, COBA, BCBA-D

Dr. Nikki Powell is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral level. Dr. Powell has worked with children on the spectrum for over a decade, focusing on the language acquisition and problem-behavior reduction. Most recently she has expanded her practice to assisting with the development and launch of Nationwide Children’s new Inpatient Psychiatry Unit. Within Inpatient Psychiatry, Dr. Powell has used behavior analysis to impact organization change and development, train a large new staff in inpatient care, provide clinical care, and to expand traditional inpatient treatment to non-traditional mental health populations. She presents nationally and locally at a number of conferences and is a published author in the area of skill acquisition. Her training history includes verbal behavior and severe behavior, and she remains passionate about severe behavior interventions for patients with challenging disruptive behavior.

President Elect: Jennifer Sweeney, PhD, COBA, BCBA-D

Dr. Jennifer Sweeney is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst┬« and owner of Solutions Behavioral Consulting. Dr. Sweeney and her staff provide consultation services to School Districts and families with children who have autism and/or other behavioral needs.  In addition, Dr. Sweeney mentors students pursuing Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA) ┬«, teaches courses in applied behavior analysis at Kent State University and  holds licensure in both Special Education and Elementary Education.  Dr. Sweeney has served on the Board for the Ohio Association for Behavior Analysis since 2011. In 2014, she was appointed to Secretary until 2018, when she was elected to President-Elect

Past President: Bryan Droesch, PC, COBA, BCBA

Bryan has been practicing in the field of behavior analysis for the past 10 years in various settings. He has worked with adults with developmental disabilities, students in public schools and non-public school settings, and provided in-home services. For the past 3 years, Bryan has been the Behavior Analyst with Haugland Learning Center (HLC). At HLC, he has overseen and guided the behavior support team staff and its development. He has been responsible for developing a strategic plan to develop the team, provide professional development for staff, and formalize the HLC Behavior Policy. He has served OHABA Secretary, President Elect, and President.

 Elizabeth Henry, COBA, BCBA

Elizabeth is in the process of completing her MS in ABA & OBM at the Florida Institute of Technology. She has recently returned to Ohio to help open a new company committed to providing quality behavior analytic and mental health services to individuals with ASD and related disorders across their lifespan. Prior to starting her graduate training, she trained under Dr. Jacqueline Wynn at Nationwide Children's Hospital in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (NCH-CASD) from October 2001-August 2012.

Secretary: Janet Hansen, PhD., COBA, BCBA-D

Dr. Hansen is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst who has provided services to children and adolescents including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental disabilities since 2002 through her private practice.  Her training background includes a PhD in Clinical and School Psychology through The University of Virginia with a specialty in families with infants and children with special needs as well as pediatric internship through Columbus Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Hansen has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including inpatient psychiatric, community mental health and rehabilitation center.  Her professional services include diagnostic and developmental evaluation, individual intervention, parent and school consultation, and supervising in-home behavioral interventions based on principles of ABA. In addition to Autism and related disorders, she provides services to children with ADHD, learning disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, and behavior disorders.

Membership Chair: Melissa Lawrence, BCBA, COBA

Melissa Lawrence has worked in the field of behavior analysis and autism for the past 20 years. She began her work as an independent aide under the guidance of the Wisconsin Replication Site in 1998, and in 2001, she started working at NCH:CASD. While working at the CASD, Melissa has worked with a large variety of clients and used many behavior analytic techniques, including individual  therapy and group parent training. She has specialized training to be a facilitator for Triple P of America and the Incredible Years. Melissa has worked with all branches of government and insurance agencies to find funding opportunities for families with disabilities to receive services. Melissa has also served on state task forces specifically targeting funding for persons with autism and insurance parity. She has been a part of Ohio Autism Consortium, and has been a committee member for Columbus Autism Speaks Walk since 2007. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at The Ohio State University in 1999. She also received a Master in Public Administration in 2014 from the Keller Gradual School.  In 2015, Melissa completed the BCBA certification program at Ball State University.


Program Co-Chair:  Sarah Prochak, M.A., COBA, BCBA

Sarah has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2005 and received her Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2013. Currently, she works at Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders as a Lead Case Supervisor in the Complex Behavior Program. Sarah’s experience in the field of ABA involves providing services in several states across the US in the areas of early intensive behavioral intervention, precision teaching, residential support, dialectical behavior therapy, organizational behavior management, and severe problem behavior.

Program Co-Chair: Andrew Penmer, COBA, BCBA

Andrew has worked as a BCBA since 2013 providing supervision services to individuals with autism. He has worked in school, center, and home based programs since 2006. He served on the programming committee as a member for the past 2 years. He has an interest in all aspects of treatment of autism using applied behavior analysis and is excited to promote the science of applied behavior analysis throughout Ohio by serving as Program Co-Chair

Education Chair: Hal Houseworth, COBA, BCBA

Currently, Hal is the owner of Key Behavior Services, LLC in Dayton, OH, and provides in-home ABA services to elementary and high school aged students. In this role, Hal also provides behavioral consulting services to several schools in the Greater Dayton area. He also is an adjunct professor at Wright State University in Dayton, OH, teaching the course, ‘Applied Behavior Analysis’ to undergraduate students.

Professional Standards Chair: Nichole Williams, COBA, BCBA

Nichole Williams has been practicing in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis as an instructor since 2008 working under a variety of consultants. She received her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University in 2013. During that coursework, she was under the supervision of Dr. Gwen Dwiggins for her fieldwork experience. She passed her BACB exam in 2014. She has been working with Accelerated Learning Clinic since 2011 beginning as a lead instructor responsible for direct implementation of services to individuals with autism as well as analysis of program mastery. She transitioned into the role of Clinical Consultant overseeing home based programs including training and supervising staff, developing behavior plans and on-going treatment goals. She is currently the Clinical Director of Accelerated Learning Clinic in Dublin, Ohio providing full and half day Applied Behavior Analysis treatment options to children on the Autism spectrum. In this capacity, Nichole provides behavioral management and program development for clients attending the clinic. 

Marketing & Technology Co-Chair: Lee Geer, M.S., COBA, BCBA

Marketing & Technology Co-Chair: Ron DeMuesy, MEd, COBA, BCBA

Ron has worked in the field of special education for over seventeen years.  As a certified MH teacher and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, he has worked directly with a variety of special needs populations at all age levels.  In addition to supporting students and teachers within the context of the classroom, he has created and presented at local and statewide conferences in the areas of functional assessments, writing behavior plans, positive behavior support planning and establishing peer collaboration programs. Ron has served as an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Dayton, Capital University and Arizona State University.  Ron is also a certified PEERs instructor and has facilitated social skills groups for students on the Autism spectrum.

Student Representative: Jolanda Marx

Jolanda graduated from Roosevelt University with M.A. in Clinical Professional Psychology in 2014. Worked as a licensed professional counselor at Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare Center in Streamwood Illinois as an inpatient therapist, primarily on the child unit working with children ages 4-11 for 2 years. Conducted individual, family, and group therapy for both adolescents and children at this time. Moved to Ohio and began working as an inpatient therapist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital working with children and adolescents ages 3-17. Developed a strong interest in utilizing behavioral interventions with children and adolescents with a variety of diagnoses such as behavioral activation and self-monitoring. Began ABA course sequence at Florida Institute of Technology and supervision experience in January 2017. Transitioned from therapist role to behavior support specialist role on the inpatient psychiatry unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Public Policy Chair: Jen Gonda, MEd., BCBA, COBA

Jen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and certified intervention specialist working as a behavior analyst in public and private schools through Proactive Behavior Services. Jen has 10 years of experience working in homes, schools, and the community with children with moderate to intensive disabilities as a teacher and behavior analyst. Jen spearheaded a non-profit developing community programming for children with disabilities and served on the board of the Autism Society of Ohio. She received her Bachelor degree in American Education and Inequality from New York University, Masters in Education in Special Education--Autism and Related Disabilities from Youngstown State University, graduate certificate in ABA from Penn State University, and is working on her PhD in Special Education at Kent State University. Her research interests include functional behavior assessment with children in poverty, policies on the use of restraint and seclusion, and least restrictive settings for children with emotional and behavioral disorders. 


Address: PO Box 1072 Westerville, OH 43086

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