2021 Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis Board Members
Roxanne Bristol MA, BCBA, LBA
Roxanne has been serving individuals with intellectual disabilities since 2012. She obtained her masters degree in behavior analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in 2015. She has practiced in home, school and clinical settings and has a passion for supervision, parent training and teaching social skills related to dating. She considers integrity and the dissemination of our science a unique and meaningful aspect of our professional and ethical code. Living here in Hawaii and adopting the culture, and way of life means becoming those examples of integrity and disseminate our science to the individuals impacted not only by Autism, but all of those who can benefit from behavior analysis. She recognizes the wonderful opportunity of being a part of the HABA board as a way to foster collaboration and bridge the gap between education, practitioners, families and the community at large. Her goals while on this board are to open some lines of communication and share the benefits of the science we use every day to impact meaningful and socially significant behavior change for our state.
Ashley Hogan MA, BCBA, LBA
Ashley is a licensed behavior analyst (LBA) at ABC Group, Hawaii where she works as a clinical supervisor mentoring newly certified behavior analysts in case supervision as well as providing supervision to students pursuing their certification. Ashley has recently transitioned into a new role as an instructor and practicum supervisor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the Special Education department where she teaches ABA courses in the BCBA program and provides supervision to students gaining experience hours in the DOE. Ashley has been active in HABA since she moved to Hawaii in 2015 and is part of the Events and Legislative committees. She is passionate about the growth of our field in Hawaii and the training, supervision and support that is available to those who are pursuing their certification or newly certified.
Deborah Ho’ohuli, RBT (Maui)
Deborah is a graduate student at the University of West Florida, where she is enrolled in the Masters in Exceptional Student Education/Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Specialization program and intends to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam upon completion. Originally from West Oahu, Debi has a little over 13 years of experience working in different capacities with children, adolescents and adults with special needs and their families in the State of Hawaii. She has served clients in therapeutic living programs, forensic housing programs, group homes, alternative learning centers, military facilities, preschools, public schools, private schools, community settings and home settings. A Registered Behavior Technician(RBT) and Clinical Supervisor at a small private school in Maui, Debi’s recent professional endeavors include Parent Training/Consultation and Direct Care Staff Training. She is committed to the dissemination and ethical implementation of behavior analysis throughout Hawai’i nei.
Sally McKeever, BCaBA
Sally is a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) with a background in Education. She is currently working toward a Master’s Degree in Professional Behavior Analysis in the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) online program. Originally from Ohio, Sally has been living in Hawaii for over 18 years. She became a Skills Trainer in 2011, passed the BACB exam in 2018 to become a BCaBA. She has been enjoying working and growing in this role in center based as well as in-home services with families in our community.
Debbi is a licensed behavior analyst at Windward Synergy Center in Kailua, Hawaii where she works as a supervisor and direct service provider of Applied Behavior Analysis. In addition, she works directly with children and their caregivers to teach communication and functional life skills. This includes the writing and implementation of behavior intervention plans and programs, the support and training of registered behavior technicians, leading social skills groups and providing parent training.
Prior to joining Windward Synergy Center, Debbi has worked as a counselor and behavior health specialist for the Department of Education, and for Autism Behavior Consulting as a registered behavior technician (RBT) were she gained educational and clinical experience, training and competence to continue her work as a behavior analyst. As a parent of a child with autism, Debbi has served as a passionate parent and professional representative with her local state chapter the Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) and currently serves as the Legislative Chair.
As the Legislative Chair for HABA she works directly with other parents, professionals, legislators and community stakeholders advocating for access to medically necessary applied behavior analysis (ABA) services for consumers. Additionally, she strives to work collaboratively with these community stakeholders to ensure our most vulnerable keiki are given the care they deserve by mandating access to ABA services be overseen by licensed behavior analysts or licensed psychologists who have ABA in their education, training and competence.
Alexandra Sagastume, BA, BCaBA,
Alexandra Sagastume, B.A., BCaBA is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst who has worked with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental delays since 2013. She has been a BCaBA since 2016 and is currently a graduate student, enrolled in the Special Education Masters Program BCBA Track at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She has been an active member of the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) as well as the Hawai’i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) since 2018. Alexandra’s professional interests include behavioral pharmacology, organizational behavior management (OBM), and parent training.
Kahalenoe Kamalani, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA
Kahalenoe Kamalani, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has experience working with children and families in Hawaii through various roles- including as a licensed early childhood educator, parent educator, skills trainer, Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), and behavior specialist. Through these roles she has gained experience working in the public school system, private school sector, home, community, and clinical settings. Noe earned her Master’s in Education (Special Education) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her professional interests include: OBM, learning and development, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), parent training, verbal behavior, and supervision.
Carla Gross, M.S.
Carla is married and has been living in Hawai'i for the last 25 years. She has over 20 years of experience working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. With the grit and determination that won her All American honors as a swimmer and water polo player, Carla combines her education, hands on parenting, and competitive spirit as she seeks to ensure people with disabilities are treated as people, just like us, with weaknesses but also strengths, destined for their own greatness in the way they see fit. Carla describes her children, "We are blessed with 21-year-old twins that keep has quite busy. Our daughter is an athlete currently in her senior year of college. It will be strange never seeing her swim again. Best sister ever!! Our son is the most amazing person you will ever meet. He’s been known since he was born as “ handsome devil“. It was a simple nickname that has stuck through the years. Despite his uniqueness, he is one of the happiest people around and we couldn’t be prouder of him."
Naomi Ka'ae Tachera, M.A. RBT
Naomi Ka`ae Tachera was born and raised on Hawai`i Island, and has two children with autism. She serves as a parent representative for Hawai’i Association for Behavioral Analysis (HABA) and on the board of Autism Society of Hawai'i for the last 3 years. Naomi is from the first graduating class of Kanu o ka `Aina a Hawaiian-focused, bi-lingual Public Charter School. Naomi has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, and a Master’s degree in Exceptional Student Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of West Florida. She is currently working as a Special Education Teacher.
Neighbor Island Representatives
Joy Oliveira (Hawaiʻi Island)
Joy is a graduate student at the University of West Florida, where she is completing coursework towards certification as a behavior analyst. Joy is a Hawaiʻi Department of Education (HIDOE) Special Education teacher who resides on Hawaiʻi Island.