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.
Kimberly has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2004. During that time, she received her BA in psychology from UCLA in 2007 and her MA in psychology and applied behavior analysis from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2014. Kimberly has worked with clients ranging in age from 9 months to 40 years old and has experience working with individuals diagnosed with autism, Down Syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome, fragile X, Angelman syndrome, William syndrome, and many more. She is passionate about providing naturalistic ABA and designing goals and programs that are uniquely designed for the specific needs of her clients and their families and for sharing her love of providing excellent ABA with those she works with.
Linda started her career consulting for large companies and hospitals as an auditor, after receiving her Bachelor’s from Drexel University.
She started her journey in researching and applying Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 1997. As her knowledge of ABA as the most effective treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder grew, she committed her time to helping pass the NJ Autism insurance law of 2009, meeting with NJ congressmen in Washington D.C. She also wrote a Disabilities Resource Guide published by her county and created and mentored school district and parent disability support groups, across 3 counties. Linda brought her passion for helping the community to BDA in 2012. Linda is responsible for analyzing current processes and procedures, ensuring compliance and monitoring funding trends to guide the organization. Linda also trains staff and provides feedback on treatment plan report writing and peer reviews based off of stakeholder’s frequently changing requirements.
Linda continues to be a resource to staff, case managers and families to locate and acquire funding for ABA services including school district funding, Medicaid, Insurance and CMO funding. Linda’s commitment to advocating for the best quality services has resulted in countless successful insurance peer reviews and insurance appeals. Linda is responsible for acquiring and monitoring all after school funding authorizations to ensure the company’s services are sustainable and our families and learner’s get the best quality services.
Samantha received her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis through Rowan University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Samantha has experience working with individuals from 2 through 21 years of age and across a variety of populations. In addition to completion of functional behavior assessments and the creation of positive behavior support plans, Samantha regularly conducts assessments such as the Vineland and the Verbal Behavior Milestones and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) in order to assist in creation of programming. Through training in programming and Brett DiNovi & Associates’ coaching program, Samantha was able to find her niche within the field of coaching. As the Director of Employee Coaching, Samantha is able to provide guidance to her colleagues, whether it be those just beginning in the field, or as an additional set of eyes to review plans created from our senior consultants. Samantha continues to learn and share her knowledge in an effort to not only spread science, but also to spread support and kindness to those around her.
Utilizing the BDA company limousine for the enhancement of our learners, Steve transports our learners with their assigned staff into the community on carefully chosen outings. He also manages BDA properties, procures supplies for the properties, procures and assists vendors working on BDA properties. He is certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security FEMA – National Response Framework and Incident Command System (ICS 100) for Law Enforcement.
Professional Advisory Board
Julie S. Vargas, PhD
Formerly Skinner, Author and Educator
E.A. Vargas, PhD
Vice President, B.F. Skinner Foundation