Alyssa has always been extremely passionate about bringing our learners together and creating opportunities for them to work on social interactions in the community and clinic setting. Alyssa’s background of over ten years directing camps, and knowledge as an RBT made her a perfect fit as our Executive Director of Social Skills Operations. In this position Alyssa oversees all after school social programming and camps across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Not only does Alyssa have background experience in directing and organizing programming she is also a proud sibling of two brothers on the autism spectrum which aligns with our values as a family owned company.
As the Senior Executive Director of Organizational Culture at Brett DiNovi & Associates, Amanda oversees our new hire coaching and training process as well as company culture initiatives. She started her career in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis ten years ago and has experience working in public and private schools, residential programs, and providing in-home services. Amanda joined the BDA family as a Clinical Associate back in 2015, and since then has held a variety of roles that helped fuel her passion for the training, coaching, and culture of the organization. Her experience in these roles, combined with the mentorship provided to her as part of BDA’s coaching program, has helped grow her experience in the subspecialty of Organizational Behavior Management. Amanda ensures that our company’s new hire experience runs efficiently and effectively through her organizational skills, work ethic, and personal experiences while working in the field.
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.
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.
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 has gained a wide array of experience within the subspecialty areas of behavior analysis. Currently, she consults in school districts and homes, providing services to children and adults with autism and varying behavior disorders. She has expertise in ecological and functional behavior assessments, conducting them in both the home and school settings. She provides coaching and supervision in a variety of formats. Her coaching is typically targeted at educators and employees within the organization. In the school setting, coaching is provided to staff utilizing the principles of organizational behavior management to improve performance in the classroom. When coaching other employees, the main focus is improving overall employee performance as the staff continue to grow in their roles. Additionally, she is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, utilizing behavior analysis to coach clients on habit formation, self-management skills, organizational skills, and improving health and wellness behaviors.
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.
As Executive Director of Business Growth, Coilin is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing processes for efficient and effective business growth. Coilin focuses on relationships with funding sources and employees and assists with collections, billing, and payroll. Coilin started with BDA as a Clinical Associate in 2015.
Dan Canova is one of our Executive Directors of Employee Engagement who help facilitate training and support across all of BDA. With over 10 years experience working in education Dan is able to bring a former teachers perspective, as well as a clinical expertise to support in schools. As well as being a behavior analyst Dan is also a certified CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention trainer allowing him to pair clinical knowledge as well as an expertise in crisis management to the individuals, caretakers, and schools he works with.
Danielle received her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis through Rowan University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Danielle has experience working with individuals of all ages, including adults across a variety of settings. She currently consults in schools and homes in the South Jersey area regularly completing Functional Behavior Assessments and curricular assessments. As the Executive Director of Clinical Compliance for South Jersey, Danielle reviews insurance authorization reports for our Behavior Consultants. Danielle provides recommendations for reports based off of insurance company requirements to maintain a high approval rate for services.
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. Debbie will begin a 2-year term as a subject matter expert for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board in January of 2023.
Professional Advisory Board
Julie S. Vargas, PhD
Formerly Skinner, Author and Educator
E.A. Vargas, PhD
Vice President, B.F. Skinner Foundation