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.
The Team Behind the Vermont Association for Behavior Analysis
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.
Joy Brewster is the founder and president of Joy Brewster & Associates, Inc. She founded the agency to meet the need for qualified behavior analysts to support the needs of children and adults who have special needs. Since the agency’s inception in 1998, we have served hundreds of individuals who have a myriad of diagnoses- autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other developmental delays or mental health issues.
Mrs. Brewster has been a board-certified behavior analyst since 2001 and has licensure in Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts. During her 25 years of experience applying the science of behavior analysis to effect positive change in herself and others, she has been privileged to serve in nursing homes, residential programs, vocational programs, clinics, schools, and home-based programs. Her professional role has also included providing supervision and mentoring to people pursuing board certification.
Her graduate studies include behavior analysis, counseling psychology, biomedical sciences, and literacy instruction; she is pursuing a doctorate in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction. Her mission is advancing the science of behavior analysis to improve the lives of others.
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.
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).
April graduated from Northern Vermont University in August of 2015 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in August of 2017. She has worked for Northwestern Counseling and Support Services (NCSS) for ten years and has held several positions with a focus on providing effective and family centered treatment to those living in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. April began at NCSS as the Parent Child Center Administrative Assistant and quickly developed a passion for providing early intervention services. She began early intervention work as a Developmental Educator and soon after enrolled in a graduate program for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Just prior to graduating with her masters in ABA, April took a position providing ABA services to children and families as a Behavior Specialist and later as a Behavior Consultant for the Applied Behavior Services Team. Currently, April is the Team Leader for the Applied Behavior Services team which provides home and community based ABA services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.
April has experience providing ABA services to children in the home, community, and center-based settings and is dedicated to ensuring families receive high quality ABA treatment. In addition, April has experience as a BCBA supervisor and enjoys supporting others to further their education and careers in the field.