Our Team

Executive Leadership Team

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Brett DiNovi

Founder, CEO at Brett DiNovi & Associates, Brett DiNovi International, and BDA Realty
Brett DiNovi is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst & the CEO of the largest award-winning behavioral consulting/OBM group of its kind on the East Coast of the United States. Brett DiNovi & Associates (BDA) deploys over 600 consultants in more than 300 schools/organizations serving NJ, NY, DE, PA, ME, FL, California, & internationally through the use of remote video consultation. Brett is also a best selling author with his new book 5 Scientific Laws of Life & Leadership.

Brett is also the co-founder of the B.F. Skinner Institute which disseminates behavioral science worldwide. He has the unique & distinguished experience of studying the principles of applied behavior analysis under the rigorous scrutiny of both Dr. Julie S. Vargas (formerly Skinner) and Dr. E.A. Vargas at West Virginia University's internationally recognized program. For the past 30 years, Brett has used behavior analytic principles to create large-scale change across businesses using the principles of organizational behavior management (OBM). Brett has been a business consultant in Morgantown WV, an instructor at West Virginia University, a guest lecturer at numerous universities, a world-class keynote speaker, an expert witness in due process hearings, a contributing writer for online blogs, has publications in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, & has been in executive leadership positions across schools and residential programs nationwide. In addition to an award from South Jersey Biz Magazine for "Best Places to Work", an award for "Best of Families" in Suburban Magazine, the distinguished "Top Ranked U.S. Executives" award, state of NJ Senator's award, Brett's proudest accomplishment is being a role model & father of his daughter & two step-children one of whom is on the autism spectrum.

Jason Golowski, BCBA

Chief Operating Officer
As the Chief Operating Officer, Jason assists and oversees all of BDA and its subsidiaries. In Jason’s time with BDA, he created services for adults, expanded services in NJ school districts into North Jersey, and was directly responsible for one of BDAs first expansions into another state (Maine). With a focus on OBM, Jason utilizes the 5 Scientific Laws of Life and Leadership, to create systems to assist everyone within BDA and ensure the sustainability of the organization. He is passionate about being able to bring and expand services to different areas across the nation and assist in growing them sustainably from onset.

Lauren Sciuto

Chief Financial Officer
Lauren Sciuto is the Senior Vice President of Finance. She received her Bachelor's in Finance and her Master's in Accounting. Prior to working at BDA, Lauren worked as an accountant for a Country Club and Not for Profit Homeowners Association before going into Real Estate Accounting. Lauren is able to apply her skills and knowledge from those positions to directly support BDA staff as they impact the lives of our learners.

Dr. Pat Progar

Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Progar brings a wealth of experience and clinical expertise to BDA. As the Chief Clinical Officer with his BCBA – D (Doctorate Level BCBA), Dr. Progar assists and oversees everything clinical within BDA. His experience ranges from neurobehavioral units, inpatient units, clinics, public and private schools, residential programs, in home services, and starting the first PhD. Program in ABA in the state of New Jersey. Dr. Progar utilizes all facets of ABA, including OBM to make BDA’s clinical programming more successful.

Tony Discesare, BCBA, Esquire

Director of Corporate Relations
Tony is one of only a few BCBAs and licensed attorneys in the world. His legal practice focused primarily on representing / counseling school districts while also advocating for the rights of students with disabilities. As a clinician, he has a well-established ABA repertoire with over 20 years’ experience working with children and adults with special needs in a variety of settings. In addition to his legal and clinical training, he also has a child with complex disabilities / special needs that allows him to approach clinical and business situations with a unique point of view. As the Director of Corporate Relations, Tony oversees consultation and provision of agency ABA services in public school settings. He provides coaching, mentorship, and clinical support to BDA consultants in schools and homes. Tony oversees agency matters involving parent / district litigation and helps resolve ethical dilemmas involving the BACB ethical code. He has served as an expert witness and conducts regular trainings / workshops for school leaders. Tony specializes in providing practical guidance and recommendations to school districts in the implementation of special education programs / services consistent with special education case law and regulations. In his free time, Tony enjoys going to the gym/training, playing sports, going to the beach, cooking, and spending time with his two sons.

Chasity Bright, M.Ed

Executive Vice President of Operations
As the Executive Vice President of Operations, Chasity is the administrative backbone of the organization. Chasity started with our organization as a Clinical Associate over 14 years ago. In addition to overseeing the general operations of the entire company, Chasity manages the School District Contracts, payroll, billing, invoicing, time system, and the provision of feedback concerning the administrative intricacies for the company. With a broad scope of duties and responsibilities, she is able to remain informed concerning the comprehensive progress of the company's clients. Chasity ensures the company runs efficiently through her boundless work ethic, skill, and determination.

Isaac Bermudez, MS, BCBA

Vice President of BDA California
First and foremost, Isaac Bermudez is a dedicated and loving husband Nickie, and the proud father of Josh, Emma and our dog, Lucy. Family is everything to Isaac! Professionally, Isaac is the Vice President of Brett DiNovi & Associates California and has been providing services in applied behavior analysis since 1998. Isaac has worked in executive leadership positions in the area of behavioral health for the last 15 years and uses the principles of organizational behavior management to guide the support and growth of organizations. Over the last 15 years, Isaac has led ABA departments, started companies, and grew his last organization over 500% in 5 years, while earning awards for quality of service and employee satisfaction. In addition to Isaac's primary role as a leader of organizations, he is an invited speaker for state and national associations as well as has co-authored articles and chapters most recently in the textbook on Multiculturalism in Applied Behavior Analysis. Isaac is also the co-founder of the Latino Association for Behavior Analysis (LABA) as well as a mentorship service called Mentorologist.

Laura Iglesias

Executive Director of Brett DiNovi and Associates Texas

Joe Kendorski, BCBA

Executive Director
With a passion for working with adolescents and adults with problem behavior, the Executive Director brings experience in high demand to the behavioral field. Joe has demonstrated competency with the implementation of positive behavioral support (PBS) systems in school programs. In addition to expertise in PBS, Joe is extremely proficient in person-centered planning, creative behavioral solutions, community integration, and the behavior disorder population. As a leader, Joe oversees the overall employee satisfaction and monitoring the overall quality outcomes for all staff across BDA. Compassionate accountability through goal setting is a focus area through the use of behavioral science.

Heidi Light-Giglio, BCBA

Executive Clinical Director of Southern NJ
Heidi has a comprehensive understanding and unencumbered ability to apply behavior analytic principles to individual situations. However, her behavioral repertoire and passion for the science lies primarily with the analysis of verbal behavior. Having formerly worked through the Verbal Behavior Project in Pennsylvania (PATTAN) and years of experience at Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University, Heidi has over 18 years experience with conducting language and skill assessments (VB-MAPP, ABLLS-R, AFLS), Discrete Trial Training, precision teaching, Pivotal Response Training and Natural Environment Training. Being a consultant with a thorough understanding of educational programs and a skill for scientific writing, she is well-versed in completing independent evaluations and participating in due process hearings. Heidi continuously pursues research in use of the analysis of verbal behavior and in strengthening functional living skills.

Stefanie Perrin, MS.Ed., BCBA

Executive Director of Clinical Services - Southern NJ
Stefanie has extensive experience providing behavior analytic services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a variety of settings including a neurobehavioral stabilization unit, private and public schools, group homes, vocational programs, and private residences. The primary focus of these services has been to assess and develop interventions to decrease severe problem behaviors (e.g., self-injurious behavior, aggression, and food refusal) as well as increase functional skills. She has extensive experience conducting functional analyses and experimental analyses to demonstrate treatment effectiveness. Stefanie also has assisted educators in the development of Individual Education Plans and provided training to incorporate behavior analytic teaching strategies to best meet the needs of each student.

May Beaubrun, M.Ed., LBA, BCBA

Executive Director of Diversity and Training
May Chriseline Beaubrun has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst for over 10 years. She is currently the Director of Diversity & Training at Brett DiNovi & Associates. She has worked with children and adults with various cognitive, developmental, and physical disabilities in a variety of settings (i.e., clinic, hospital, home, school, etc.). She has completed program evaluations; developed skill acquisition programs to teach academic areas, cognitive functioning, social skills, language and communication, and adaptive skills; provided parent training; conducted functional behavior assessments (FBA); developed Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP), and provided staff training to various levels of professionals. May has presented at the annual Autism New Jersey convention (formerly Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community) as well as Association for Behavior Analysis International and New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis. May also was an adjunct professor at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. May has a wide variety of experiences within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Diane Madruga

Executive Director of BDA North
Born and raised in New Jersey, Diane fits right in with our roots and parent company. Diane moved to Waterboro, Maine where she has raised a family and ran a National Accredited small childcare center and preschool at her home. Diane closed her childcare in 2016 to come join, to use her vast knowledge of children, childcare, behavioral health and business operations. With a passion for children, adolescents and adults in need of behavioral services at any age, Diane is an asset to BDA North. With a Gerontology and Behavioral Science Degree, and many years of experience along with a never-ending quest for knowledge, training and a specific attraction to OBM she is in the perfect role and we are proud of her leadership and expertise as Executive Director BDA North. Boating, kayaking, and spending time with her family, are some of her favorite hobbies.Diane volunteers her time running a local dog rescue as Vice President of New England Lab Rescue. She has fostered over 70 dogs and enjoys helping animals. She has 3 dogs of her own, and her son and daughters have rescue dogs also. In her time with us, Diane has shown caring and perseverance, as well as adaptability in changing hats and stepping in wherever needed.

Joe Carter

Chief Administrative Officer
The addition of Joe Carter to the leadership team at Brett DiNovi & Associates has been the pivotal component allowing for continual growth. As the Vice President of Operations, Joe's primary function is to orchestrate the fulfillment of services by over 600 consultants using principles of organizational behavior management (OBM). Only through his exceptional organizational skills paired with tenacious execution and follow up is he able to coordinate on such a massive scale. Joe also coordinates and manages most relationships and referrals for the company’s largest funding sources. Each team member at Brett DiNovi & Associates coordinates with Joe, whether it be monthly or daily, putting him at the heart of the organization. Having worked in the role of a clinical associate in both schools and homes and a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), Joe has a unique insight into the day to day services provided to our clients.

Matt Ingemi, BCaBA

Chief Strategy Officer
As the Chief Strategy Officer, Matt oversees and assists with all School District Consultation. As a behavior analyst and a former Special Education teacher, Matt brings a unique perspective to the table. He is able to understand the difficulties of teaching and working in the school environment. Matt has extensive experience working with Autism, at risk general education, and the BD/ ED/ OHI populations. The latter group of students requires an uncommon skill set, in which Matt has found near perfection, often educating others within the field and the agency. Matt uses his knowledge of behavior analytic principles to assist students, teachers, Child Study Team members, and Directors to create a more successful environment in the individual classrooms and schools, globally affecting therapeutic behavior change systems. Along with his presentations for professional development, Matt is a talented lead crisis trainer in the Safe and Positive Approaches curriculum, using his personal and professional experiences to keep the workshops engaging and entertaining.

Josh Zeigler, MS, LBS, BCBA

Vice President of Pennsylvania Operations
Joshua Zeigler has worked in the field of behavioral services since 2005. Mr. Zeigler's work experience includes counseling adjudicated youth from the Baltimore and DC area, providing supervisory and clinical support of children and adolescents in residential programs who are affected by Autism, varying degrees of Intellectual Disability and other Comorbid diagnosis. Mr. Zeigler joined BDA in 2015. Since joining BDA, Mr. Zeigler has supported families and learners in their homes, the community, residential and group home settings, and various schools in the Philadelphia Area. Mr. Zeigler is currently the Vice President of Operations in PA with the emphasis in providing support for learners and families in their home, the community and the school setting.

Brunhild DiNovi, PhD

Project Manager
I have consulted for social service agencies as an Applied Sociologist. My experience includes the development and administration of self-assessment instruments to measure the impact of program services to vulnerable populations. Additionally, I held the position of case manager for homeless youth and families. Working with dedicated team members at BDA on marketing and insurance projects that enhance services to learners is gratifying. When not working, I enjoy being with my family, walking, being outside in various natural settings, traveling, and welcoming new life experiences.

George Candia, RBT

Vice President of Employee Engagement
George Candia is our Executive Director of Employee Engagement. With over 15 years of experience working with children and adults with behavioral disorders, George’s professional passion to support learners, their family and staff is clear. By aligning his values with core values of BDA and being a strong leader, George has been able to teach others to also become leaders and not only achieve, but crush their life goals.

Justin DiDomenico, M.S.Ed., BCBA

Executive Director of School Consultation
Mr. DiDomenico is an executive director of school consultation at Brett DiNovi & Associates, LLC. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Saint Joseph’s University in 1999 and his masters degree in applied behavior analysis from Temple University in 2002. He is currently a doctor candidate pursuing his PhD in education with a concentration in special education at Temple University. He also served as an instructor to graduate students pursuing their BCBA certificates in applied behavior analysis and behavior consultation at Saint Joseph’s University. Mr. DiDomenico is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has over 25 years of experience working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Mr. DiDomenico has experience working with children of all ages and levels of functioning. His passion lies in helping the most severe students; those who have been through several programs that have proven unsuccessful. As a result, he has been sought after by numerous districts to provide recommendations for the most difficult clients and has a proven track record of making a difference in the lives of children with special needs.

Fiorella Hurtado

Executive Director of Human Resources
Fiorella has over 6 years of experience in the field of administration within numerous industries and has worked over the past four years in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Fiorella graduated from Randall University with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration. As the Executive Director of Human Resources, she is responsible for overseeing onboarding, recruitment, payroll, analyzing current processes and procedures, ensuring compliance with State and Federal laws, and nurturing a positive working environment. In addition, she performs all Human Resource tasks and responsibilities in California with the support of Headquarters in New Jersey.

Katie Douthit

Vice President of Compliance
My professional background is in education and teaching. I started my career at BDA as a Clinical Associate and now I'm proud to be part of the Executive Team as Vice President of Compliance. Using the principles of OBM, I assist with onboarding, payroll, time system management, and auditing internal company processes for accuracy and efficiency. I enjoy spending time with my family (especially my daughter), I love animals and have several pets at home, I also love to read, and enjoy a good Netflix binge from time to time.

Brian Francis

Vice President of Strategic Growth
Brian has a unique skill set combining years of management experience with the direct application of behavioral principles for learners with severe behavior problems. He is responsible for providing all consultants with performance feedback, goal setting, and reinforcement for excelling in our organization. Brian's application of organizational behavior management principles drives the company's success by measuring a) the utilization of consultation hours for each learner, b) the assignments of clients to match consultants' skill sets, and c) the communication among schools, families and consultants. Lastly, Brian is a Certified Safe and Positive Approaches trainer to assist educators and families in how to safely manage crisis situations.

Brianna Snyder

Associate Executive Director of Clinical Training

Kate Wiamer

Associate Executive Director of Clinical Training & Director of School Consultation

Samantha Mollica, BCBA

Director of Employee Coaching

Elizabeth Christine

Vice President of Compliance

Kristen Holmbeck

Executive Director of Strategic Development

Lisa Riley

Executive Director of Human Services

Professional Advisory Board

Julie S. Vargas, PhD

Formerly Skinner, Author and Educator

E.A. Vargas, PhD

Vice President, B.F. Skinner Foundation

Awards

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