Our Team


Position: Executive Director of Early Start
Email: [email protected]
Location: CA
Certification: M.S., PPS, BCBA

Debbie Ruff has been working with individuals with disabilities and developmental delays since 2006 and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2011. She completed her undergraduate coursework from California State University, Bakersfield with a B.A. of Psychology and continued to complete her M.S. in School Psychology at National University. After earning her master’s degree, Debbie immediately continued her studies by completing the required coursework, accruing hours, and passing the exam to become a BCBA . She has extensive experience working with the early start populations, conducting intake and ongoing assessments, and mentoring staff. Debbie has also created content for various training in topics including supervision, behavior intervention plans, standardized assessments, and early intervention. Debbie joined the team at Brett DiNovi & Associates in the spring of 2021 and created the early start program from the ground up. In addition to running the early start program, Debbie works with Mentorologist on vetting monthly speakers. Debbie has a special interest in Organizational Management and completed the OBM Certificate through Florida tech in August of 2018 and has a passion for employee satisfaction. When Debbie is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two children and judges diving for the US Diving Association. Lastly, Debbie also serves as a Subject Matter Expert for the BACB.


Executive Director of Early Start

Debbie Ruff has been working with individuals with disabilities and...


Position: Vice President of HR NJ/PA
Email: [email protected]
Location: NJ
Certification: SHRM-CP, RBT

With over 20 years of experience in ABA, Lisa’s passion has always been helping people. Lisa found her home at BDA in 2015 and since has worked in many roles from an RBT to Social Skills Director. Her extensive experience and knowledge of each position makes her a perfect addition to the leadership team. As Vice President of Human Resources, her understanding of the job and passion for helping people are a huge asset to the organization. Lisa’s responsibilities include employee leaves, disability, assisting with onboarding, health insurance, employee verification, assisting with recruitment and everything Covid 19 in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and Maine. She is also readily available to all BDA team members for general questions and grievances. Lisa also cares deeply about employee satisfaction and plays a huge role in keeping up employee morale. Outside of work, Lisa is a dedicated mother to two daughters and loves spending time with her two dogs.


Vice President of HR NJ/PA

With over 20 years of experience in ABA, Lisa’s passion...

Professional Advisory Board

Julie S. Vargas, PhD

Formerly Skinner, Author and Educator

E.A. Vargas, PhD

Vice President, B.F. Skinner Foundation


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