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The Current OHABA Board



Nikki (Bordner) Williams is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst with over 10 years of experience serving children and adults with Autism and Developmental delays in Ohio. Currently, she is an Instructor at Kent State University. Prior to her current role, she was a Clinical Evaluator for Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE). She served as the Professional Standards Chair for The Ohio Association for Behavior Analysis (OHABA) from 2016-2019 and currently serves on the executive board as the Treasurer for OHABA. Nikki is very passionate about working with young educators, ensuring they have a firm foundation in the science of behavior, theoretical, and philosophical concepts. 

Past President:


Janet Hansen is a licensed Psychologist and Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst.  She has worked in a variety of mental health settings and has been in private practice for twenty years, specializing in children and developmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders. Janet is passionate about bringing the science and research of ABA to the practice of ABA as well as pulling from both psychology and behavior analysis to provide a unique blend of evidence-based interventions to clients. Janet has been an active member of OHABA since 2010, has served on multiple committees, chaired the Membership committee and served on the executive board as Secretary, President-Elect and President. Janet balances her professional and personal goals while traveling with her labradoodle “Indy” between her lake home in Indiana and Columbus. She stays sane through dog walks, boat rides, cooking, yoga and sampling new herbal tea flavors.

President Elect:  

ron demuesy, BCBA, COBA

Ron holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Miami University and a Masters of Education degree from The Ohio State University where he studied under the advisement of Dr. Nancy Neef and Dr. Bill Heward.  Ron is a special education teacher, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst (COBA).  During his career as a Behavior Analyst, Ron has worked as a BCBA for both public schools and private companies and has served as an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Dayton and Capital University.

In addition to working in public schools and teaching, Ron works as a Lead Consultant for FTF, in Worchester, MA and as a Subject Matter Expert for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.


Kim Phan Wolff BCBA, COBA

Kim Phan Wolff has been practicing as a behavior analyst since 2009 but fell in love with the field back in 2006. She is the Founder and Director of Wolff & Phan Autism Center (Wolff PAC) located in the Akron area. After living in Boston, Nashville, and Honolulu, she decided to settle in Ohio with her husband and three daughters. She likes road tripping and finding the next best restaurant to enjoy an omakase dinner with her husband.Learn more about her here



Hi, I am Dacia McCoy and I am a professor at the University of Cincinnati in the graduate-level Behavior Analysis Programs. I have been involved in OHABA since 2015 and enjoy connecting with others across the state of Ohio. A few of my favorite things are traveling, local restaurants, and jazz music. I have two young children and we are a foster family. You can learn more about me on LinkedIn

Membership Chair: 

Alexa galloway, BCBA, COBA

Alexa Galloway has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since December of 2020. She currently serves as a Behavior Consultant for the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio. In her current role, Alexa supports school districts with PBIS implementation and professional development. Before working in education, Alexa worked in various settings including clinics, homes, and inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. She also volunteers for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board as a Subject Matter Expert, supporting the board with BCBA, BCaBA, and RBT exam development. Alexa lives in Westerville, Ohio with her daughter, wife and two cats.    

Education Chair:

Kate Anderson, BCBA, COBA 

Kate Anderson is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst as well as an Intervention Specialist. She found this field in her undergraduate career at The Ohio State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. After graduation she earned a Master’s in Education degree from Vanderbilt University specializing in Early Childhood Special Education with an emphasis in Autism. She began working with Dr. Janet Hansen as a Behavioral Consultant and earned her BCBA.  During her 13 years with Dr. Hansen, Kate specialized in early intervention and early childhood interventions including parent, staff, and teacher education and training.  In 2022, she went back to The Ohio State University to pursue a PhD in Special Education and continue her work towards collaborating with parents and professionals to bring evidence-based practices to children and their parents. She has been married for 15 years with 4 kids between the ages of 7 and 12. She loves being active and coaching basketball. 

Professional Standards Chair:

Dr. Bryan Droesch, LPC, BCBA, COBA

Bryan Droesch is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 15 years of experience working in a variety of settings (residential, day programs, and schools) and with individuals of all ages. Bryan has a BA degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University, a MSEd from the University of Dayton in Counselor Education, and completed coursework in behavior analysis at The Ohio State University. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Haugland Learning Centers and a doctoral candidate in Leadership Studies in the College of Professional Sciences at Xavier University. He has been involved with OHABA since 2013. He has also served as President-Elect, President, Past President and Seceary

Public Policy Chair:

Jen Gonda, BCBA, COBA

Hello! I am Jen Gonda and I am OHABA's Public Policy Chairperson. My interest in public policy stems from a longstanding rebellious streak that resulted in more detentions than I care to admit for breaking ridiculous rules. In Ohio, we have quite a few ridiculous rules about ABA and I think it is time to change them. I am blessed to have two daughters and a husband that puts up with me and colleagues that like to argue for the betterment of each client. I have never been accused of going with the flow and I am working on how to smile and nod. My favorite thing to teach clients is how to express displeasure and evoke a compromise without arguing, which is the exact same strategy that I taught as a high school debate coach. 

Program Co-Chairs:

Cara Brown, MA, BCBA, COBA

Cara started in the field of behavior analysis in 2000 focusing on Verbal Behavior programing. Her experience teaching children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities ranges from clinical, residential, and educational settings across Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas. Cara opened Behavioral Intervention and Consulting  the fall of 2012 with the vision of providing families with quality ABA Programming in a clinical setting. Her continued mission is to allow parents, children, and employees to feel like part of a team, creating an ideal environment for learning. She also teaches behavior analysis related courses at Miami University-Oxford through the department of Educational Psychology. She enjoys cooking with and for friends, spending time with her family as well as her 2 dogs. Cara also loves spending time boating and swimming with her family at Lake Cumberland. 

Ashley Showalter, Ph.D., BCBA-D, COBA

Dr. Ashley Showalter is a psychologist and licensed behavior analyst at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she focuses on helping families with children 3 to 10 years old who engage in problem behavior. She supervises early intensive behavioral intervention services, parent coaching and school consultation services. In addition, Dr. Showalter is the Associate Track Director for the APA approved internship training program and co-chairs the CASD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

She received a Doctorate of Philosophy in School Psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 2014.  Her graduate studies focused on academic and behavioral interventions through a multi-tiered system of supports.  Additional areas of focus during training included the assessment and treatment of autism and other developmental disabilities. 

Technology Chair:

Kate Wallace, M.ED, COBA, BCBA

Kate began in the field of behavior analysis in 2014. She has worked in schools, clinics, and homes. In 2020, Kate opened Fit Learning Columbus in Dublin, Ohio. She is passionate about changing education for all types of learners. Additionally, Kate consults with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio. When not working, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and golden retriever. She also enjoys riding her bike and spending time outside! 

DEI Chair:

Juliana Carrus, M.ed, MA, CCC-SLP, BCBA, COBA 

Juliana Pabon Carrus is a dually certified Speech Language Pathologist and BCBA. She is originally from Colombia, but has called Cleveland home for 22 years.  She has worked in the field of Early Intervention, primarily with children with severe behavioral concerns and limited functional communication skills.

She is passionate about impacting and improving the lives of children and their families by leading effective and happy therapy teams. She loves coffee, books, flowers, and true crime podcasts. 

Learn more about her here

Student Chair:

Sara Martin

Sara Martin has been a student pursuing her BCBA since 2020 when she began her master’s program at The Ohio State University, studying ABA. She has worked as a special education teacher for 6 years and has experience working with individuals on the Autism spectrum in homes and the community. In addition, she is a PhD student studying special education at The Ohio State University in Columbus. She has a passion for advocating for individuals with disabilities to be included in their communities and providing functional communication to ensure all individuals have a voice. She and her partner recently welcomed their first son in March of 2023 into their fur family of two dogs and two cats. She enjoys spending her free time hiking, running, travelling, and reading. Learn more about her here

Ohio Association for Behavior Analysis

Chair Position Descriptions:

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General Board Service Roles and Responsibilities

Term: Terms vary in length based on the position. Elected positions are 2 years in length. Appointed positions have no expiration.

Estimated Time CommitmentTimes vary in duration based on the position. Approximately 5-10 hours per month, but possibly up to 20 hours per month immediately prior to and following the annual conference.

  1. Participate in Board meetings as scheduled in person.
  2. Participate in one committee and attend committee meetings as scheduled.
  3. Fulfilling specific responsibilities of board member position.
  4. Fulfilling specific responsibilities of committee chairperson position.
  5. Attend the annual conference as well as conference events where Board member presence is particularly important, such as the Awards Ceremony, Luncheon, and VIP Reception.

General Overview: 

To advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of OHABA so as to support the organization’s mission and needs.


The purpose of OHABA is to promote the science and theory of Behavior Analysis through the support of research, education and practice.

Major Board Member Responsibilities:

  1. Organizational leadership and advisement
  2. Promotion of the organization
  3. Community outreach
  4. Oversight of the OHABA conference planning and evaluation
  5. Formulation and oversight of policies and procedures
  6. Financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget

Expectations of Board Members:

  1. Attend and participate in Board meetings in person.
  2. Attend and participate in special events.
  3. Participate on a standing committee of the board, and serve on ad-hoc committees as necessary.
  4. Attend quarterly Board Member meetings.
  5. Monitor and manage email no less than on a weekly basis.
  6. Be alert to community concerns that can be addressed by OHABA’s mission and objectives.
  7. Help communicate and promote OHABA’s mission and annual conference to the community.
  8. Become familiar with OHABA’s finances, budget, and financial/resource needs.
  9. Understand and comply with the policies and procedures of OHABA, including the confidentiality and conflict of interest policies.
  10. In general, utilize personal and professional skills, relationships and knowledge for the advancement of OHABA.

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