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FABA Board of Directors 

 

Melissa "Missy" Olive, PhD

Executive Director 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Matt Potak

President  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kerri Peters, PhD 

President-Elect
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kim Lucker-Greene, PhD

Immediate Past President
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Marta "Tiki" Fiol

Secretary

I have worked in the ABA field for 20+ years. Academically, I was privileged to study under two fantastic leaders, Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz and Dr. Eb Blakely. I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida (UCF) (2000) and my master's in science from Florida Institute of Technology (2004). Following this, I enrolled in the Public Affairs Ph.D. Program at UCF, where I studied policy analysis, tools of governance/governments, strategic planning, management, legislative analyses, and more. Even as an ABD, the knowledge I gained has been invaluable in assisting others. For example, I lead our state in its successful legislative initiatives for RBTs/ABA, which has evolved into multi-state collaboration efforts. Professionally, I own an ABA company that provides home and community-based services throughout Central Florida. The best part of my job is working alongside an amazing team of humans dedicated to making a positive difference. My time is also allocated to serving on multiple ABA boards. Currently, I am the Past President of FABA and an integral member of various committees (e.g., Legislative, DEIA, Executive, etc.). I live in Merritt Island with my wife Dana and our boys, Jackson and Brantley. In my free time, I support our boys by volunteering as their little league baseball coach, supporting our local school's PTOs, advocating at school board meetings, or attending rallies to oppose the MAJOR legislative and academic changes that negatively impact our teachers and students. More info is located on social media.
 
 

C. Baker Wright, PhD

Treasurer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Yanerys Leon, PhD

Member-at-Large
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Michelle Castaños, EdD

Member-at-Large
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kelly Therrien

Member-at-Large

As the Director of Talent Management for ALULA, Kelly Therrien is dedicated to improving workplaces through Organizational Behavior Management. Kelly develops and executes the corporate talent management strategy aligned to the company strategy. Ensuring the organization’s talent is enabled to execute against our strategy and supported to achieve professional goals and career growth, while simultaneously ensuring client outcomes. Before returning to ALULA in her current role in Talent Management, Kelly applied her talents as Product Manager for Professional Development with ABA Technologies, Inc., overseeing various professional development products to aid in dissemination of human behavioral science. Most notably, Kelly worked with the team in designing and developing the all new OBM Specialist program to improve student learning outcomes and profitability of the program. Kelly developed her subject matter expertise by working up the ranks from delivery consultant to Senior Consultant, to Project Manager with ALULA during the course of her career after earning her graduate degree. Kelly was also a member of the Operations Team, playing a vital role in the Consultant Readiness and Delivery function. Kelly earned her MS in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her BCBA certification and has maintained it in good standing since 2004. Kelly also holds a BS in Psychology with a minor in Business from Florida State University, having completed the Performance Management track. She has published articles in both the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. Kelly is active in her behavioral science community through networking, disseminating, and contributing to the field, and is President-Elect of the Organizational Behavior Management Network (2023) and Member at Large for the Florida Association of Behavior Analysis Board of Directors (2022). She previously volunteered her time as President for the Association for Behavior Analysis of Brevard (county FABA Chapter 2021-2013), served as their Vice President (2019–2021) and Treasurer (2017–2019). Kelly is also a volunteer mentor with weVENTURE’s Ignite 360 program, a small business administration organization that serves the local community and puts entrepreneurs in contact with local professional services to help achieve accelerated business success.
 
  

Lindsay Lloveras, PhD

Member-at-Large
 
Dr. Lindsay Lloveras obtained her master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western New England University in 2018 and her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from the University of Florida in 2022. Dr. Lloveras is a Behavior Analyst for the UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment (UF Health CAN) and coordinates the inpatient behavioral consultation program at UF Shands Children’s Hospital. Her primary area of research is in the assessment and treatment of behavior disorders, with an emphasis on quantitative analysis.        
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jonathan Fernand, PhD

Member-at-Large
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Vivian Ibañez, PhD

Member-at-Large
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Colleen Taylor

Early Career Member-at-Large
 
Colleen F. Taylor became a BCBA in May of 2020. She has been working in the field of ABA since 2011, mostly with children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has a passion for teaching social skills, collaborating across disciplines and professions, and empowering parents and caregivers to utilize Behavior Analysis with their loved ones. In her free time, Colleen enjoys spending time with her two daughters and husband in Tallahasee, attempting to garden and exploring state parks. Colleen began her position as a Early Career Member at Large in January 2024 and is looking forward to using her role in helping our organization.

 

Nicki Postma-Gates

Public Policy Co-chair
 
Nicki Postma-Gates has been working in the field of behavior analysis for nearly 20 years. Her education includes a master's degree in OBM from FIT and a bachelor's from Western Michigan University. Following graduation, she gained experience from the now-dissolved BASP program providing ABA support to children in foster care. She also had the opportunity to work with UCF CARD where she gained invaluable experience working with families navigating school issues.  Additionally, she has worked with adults with disabilities and serves as a local committee member for LRC. She currently serves as the Director of Business Development for a national ABA company with a primary focus of ABA in the school setting. Nicki has had the privilege of working with FABA previously as a member-at-large and currently as the co-chair for the public policy committee. She helps lead the educational workgroup to bridge the gap between ABA providers and Florida Schools.  
 
 
 
  
 

FABA Committees

Legislative and Public Policy Committee

  • Eric Prutsman - Lobbyist & Legal Counsel
  • Kevin Murdock, PhD - Director
  • Nicole Postma - Co-chair
  • Mary Riordan, PhD - Co-chair
  • Matt Potak
  • Melissa Olive, PhD
  • Colleen Taylor
  • Use this link to Email the Committee

 

DEIA Committee

  • Lindsay Lloveras, PhD - Chair

 

 Conference Program Committee

  • Emily "Nikki" Dickens, EdD - Chair
  • Kerri Peters, PhD
  • Kelly Therrion, PhD
  • Melissa "Missy" Olive, PhD
  • Kolton Sellers

 

FABA Local Chapters (CoFABA)   

  • Kim Lucker-Greene, PhD - Chair
  • Matt Potak
 
Awards Committee  
  • Iser "Willie" DeLeon, PhD - Co-chair
  • Emily "Nikki" Dickens, EdD - Co-chair
 
 
Membership Committee  
  • Yanerys Leon, PhD - Chair
  • Michelle Castanos
  • Kim Lucker-Greene, PhD
  • Melissa "Missy" Olive, PhD
  • Kolton Sellers
 
FABA Observer 
  • Michelle Castanos - Editor
  • Lindsay Lloveras, PhD
 

 

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Tallahassee, FL 32308
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President-Elect

This position requires a three-year commitment to FABA.

As President-Elect the individual serves on the Executive Board and chairs Board meetings in the absence of the President. The President-Elect is expected to “shadow” the President and learn those duties as well as serve on several of the FABA Committees that are central to the operation of the organization. One of those is the Program Committee where the President-Elect assists in the review of submissions and makes recommendations to the Program Chair.

During the Presidential year, this person presides over the Board meetings and is expected to play an active role in the development of the Annual Conference and with issues of importance to the Association that may arise during that year. This includes communicating with state agencies and other associations regarding our positions on various issues and speaking on behalf of FABA in front of legislative committees when the Florida Legislature is in session.

The immediate Past President serves on the Executive Board, is responsible for that year’s election process, and hosts the Past Presidents’ Breakfast on the Friday morning of the Conference. As an experienced member of the Board, the Past President is expected to continue to show leadership in decision-making and to actively participate on critical committees.

Member-at-Large
At-large members are elected to three-year terms to the Executive Board and are expected to be active participants on behalf of the Association during this time. Those elected may serve in several capacities depending on availability and preference. A few of the roles that may be chosen or assigned include Observer Newsletter Contributor, Awards Committee Chair, Local Chapters Committee Chair, Conference Poster Session Committee Chair, and Conference Local Arrangements Committee Chair.

 

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