About VtABA

VtABA hosts an annual meeting in the winter for its members to keep them up to date on the chapter's activities over the year. Board Member nominations take place after the annual meeting and elections are held online in the spring.

VtABA organizes and provides an annual conference to professionals and the community by bringing nationally recognized leaders in the fields of applied behavior analysis and education to speak on topics ranging from current research to implementation of behavior analytic principles in an applied setting.

VtABA firmly believes that current research is the cornerstone of effective behavior analytic principles and thus supports and promotes behavior analytic research within the state of Vermont. Our goal is to advocate for the implementation of effective behavior analysis services across disciplines to meet the individualized needs of persons within the state of Vermont.

  • Utilize the VtABA website and social media to increase communication between members and provide resources that will benefit behavior analysts and the greater community.
  • Offer continuing education credits for BCBA’s and BCaBA’s by providing local trainings on topics relating to the field of applied behavior analysis.
  • Organize networking events for behavior analysis professionals.
  • Advocate for and ensure that certification through the Behavior Analysis Certification Board is the standard for professional behavior analysis practice in Vermont.
  • Support and advocate for an accurate representation of behavior analysis outside the field of applied behavior analysis within professional presentations, materials and media.
  • Contribute to the common goal of supporting the betterment of others through effective practice by engaging in and adhering to a respectful and effective collaborative working relationship with other professionals.

Board Members

The Team Behind the Vermont Association for Behavior Analysis

Audrey Hoffmann, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Acting Chair

Audrey Hoffmann is an Assistant Professor at Northern Vermont University—Johnson. She is Program Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Master’s program at NVU-Johnson. She is a doctoral-level BCBA and specializes in the assessment and treatment of problem behavior. Dr. Hoffmann has experience working with a range of populations including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and individuals with emotional and behavioral disorders. She is also experienced in working with individuals across the lifespan. In her current role, Dr. Hoffmann is fortunate to teach and train Vermont’s future BCBA’s.

Cheri Keith, MA, BCBA, LBA

Vice Chair

Cheri has worked for Northwestern Counseling and Support Services since October of 2011 and has experience in school, home, community, and center-based settings. Cheri became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2016 and currently holds a position as a Senior Behavior Consultant. In this role, she provides consultation for ABA-based interventions, including the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior as well as skills assessments. She also supervises those seeking the BCBA credential. Cheri has completed a Graduate Certificate program in Organizational Behavior Management and has experience providing guidance to businesses to improve their performance. Other areas of interest for Cheri include behavior-based feeding disorders, behavioral pediatrics, and trauma.

Terra L. Reed, MA, BCBA

Chair Emeritus

Terra Reed currently works in the Autism Spectrum Program at Howard Center as an Autism Specialist. In this role she provides consultation and program oversight to families and school teams within Chittenden County. Terra has over 10 years’ experience working with people with Autism. Terra enjoys working with a variety of students implementing individualized interventions to help them reach their goals. Terra became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the fall of 2015.

Maribeth Fonda, MS, BCBA, LBA


Maribeth graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from Saint Michael's College in Colchester, VT in 2008. After graduation, she worked in the Autism Spectrum Program at the Howard Center for over three years in Burlington, VT. She was introduced to Applied Behavior Analysis in that program and worked with children ages 2-19 diagnosed with autism. Maribeth moved to Brattleboro, VT in 2011 and taught preschool through the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing before making the transition to public schools in 2013. She graduated from Antioch University New England in 2015 with her Master's Degree in ABA and has been a BCBA since 2016. Maribeth was a co-coordinator of STEP Services, a behavior support service at Academy School in Brattleboro, VT for four years. Her current position is the Intensive Services Behavior Interventionist where she provides behavior consultation to three IS programs in the Brattleboro area for students K-12 with multiple disabilities. Maribeth has also enjoyed growing professionally by presenting both in and out of her school district to help disseminate and promote behavior analysis to the public. In her free time, she loves teaching Zumba Fitness!

Alyse Heffelfinger, M.Ed., BCBA


Alyse moved to VT from Texas when she was 12. While finishing up her undergraduate degree at UVM she began doing some PCA work for an individual with autism. This job, over time and with a twist of fate, became a career and launched her into the field of ABA. She has been working for SD associates since 2010 and has held several job titles within the company beginning with BI and ending with BCBA. In her free time she loves to do anything and everything that involves being outside, sunshine, and warm weather

Megan Gargano, MA, BCBA, LBA

Vice Treasurer

          Megan received her Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northern Vermont University and recently became a BCBA. Megan has been working for Northwestern Counseling & Support Services in the School Based Autism Program since April 2013 where she began as a Behavior Interventionist. She is currently one of the Team Leaders of this program, working to provide services to children with Autism and other Neurodevelopmental disabilities in the public schools of Franklin and Grand Isle counties.

         In addition to her primary role at NCSS, Megan has been a Handle With Care Trainer for three years and uses this experience to educate mental health professionals and team members on least restrictive interventions and ethical treatment practices. Her experience as an Interventionist, a Behavior Consultant, and now as a BCBA supervisor have allowed her to gain a wealth of knowledge that she uses to create effective and ethical treatment for clients receiving ABA services. 

Cortney Keene, M.Ed., CAS, BCBA, LBA


Cortney has been working in the field of education in a variety of roles since 2004. She worked for 12 years in the Hartford School District and wore many hats: special education teacher, special education technology integrationist, and coordinating the former district elementary autism program (EACH) at the Ottauquechee School. Currently, Cortney is co-owner and Clinical Director of Keene Perspectives, a center-based ABA therapy clinic in White River Junction that she and her husband, Chris Keene, opened in January of 2018. She also works with two projects through the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI) at the University of Vermont: as a coach and trainer for Vermont Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (VTPBIS) supporting school teams with their implementation of the PBIS framework, and as a statewide behavior consultant for the Vermont ITEAM providing support to teams who work with students with low incidence disabilities and complex support needs. She has her Associates from Simon's Rock College of Bard, BA from UVM in Psychology, M.Ed. from Antioch University in Place-based and Environmental Education, and her Certificate of Graduate Study (CAGS) from UVM in Emotional/Behavioral Disturbances. Cortney has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2014. She lives in West Hartford, Vermont with her BCBA husband, Chris.

Liz Elliott, MS, BCBA, LBA


I was introduced to the field of ABA in 2009 as a Behavior Interventionist at CSAC.  Watching the effects that an evidence based approach had on my students and their schools led me to become a BCBA.  The combination of social validity, cultural competency, and best practice, fortified my belief that treatment could be applied across settings.  The work I do with my clients explores the interchange between identity, community, and autonomy.  As a General Board Member, my goal is to contribute to the collective responsibility of disseminating ABA in Vermont.    

Yoanna Vaughan, MA, BCBA, LBA


Yoanna Vaughan currently supervises students aspiring to obtain their BCBA certification. Yoanna was previsously employed as Behavior Analyst providing consultation and program oversight to familys and school teams with an expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Yoanna has 10 years' experience working with individuals with Autism and other dissabilities.  joined the board in 2019 with a goal of enhancing her expertise in the field of beahvior analysis. Ensuring that families have the best support and services for their kids is an important part of her practice. Yoanna became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in February 2015 and joined the board in 2019 with a goal of enhancing her expertise in the field of beahvior analysis. Ensuring that families have the best support and services for their kids is an important part of her practice.


Damien Owczarski, M.Ed., BCBA


Damien has worked for Washington County Mental Health Services (WCMHS) in Children Youth and Family Services as a School-Wide Behavior Clinician and has been part of the WCMHS agency since 2017. The Children, Youth & Family Services Programs encompass a wide variety of office and community-based services, as well as school and home-based services for children and their families living with mental illness.  Prior to his time with WCMHS, Damien has experience working with at-risk youth, providing classroom therapeutic support; providing case management to adults with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders; and working as a behavioral health clinical intake specialist for Capital District Physicians Health Plan in NY. Damien has recently received his Master’s in Education: Applied Behavior Analysis at Northern Vermont University – Johnson. Other areas of interest consist of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, traumatic stress in children and adolescents, life space crisis intervention (LSCI), and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).

Amanda Larose, MA, BCBA, LBA, Special Educator


Amanda graduated from Castleton State College in 2012 with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. During her first year of teaching special education, she consulted with BCBAs from NCSS and SD Associates. Her collaboration with these companies motivated her to pursue her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. Currently, she works at SD Associates where she wears the hat of a BCBA and Special Educator. Outside of work, you can find her on a mountain with her dog, Hugo, or on the sidelines coaching for the Franklin County Maple Leafs Special Olympics team.
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