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Dr. Laura Forkum

Dr. Laura Forkum, PhD, BCBA-D,LBA  Executive Director/ co-founder (laura@autismbehaviorservices.org)

Laura Forkum is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has a Masters in Special Education with a concentration in autism from University of Louisville and she has a PhD in Exceptional Learning with a concentration of ABA from Tennessee Tech University. She has experience working with children with autism and related disabilities in home, clinic, and school setting with a focus on early intervention. She is an approved Division of Mental Retardation Services (DMRS) approved Behavior Analyst in the East Region of Tennessee. She is a member of the Association of Behavior Analysis, Tennessee Association of Behavior Analysis, the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee, Council for Exceptional Children, and Division of Early Childhood.

Jessica Shelley, MS, BCBA, LBA (jessica@autismbehaviorservices.org)

Jessica Shelley grew up in a small town in Northwest Georgia and attended Jacksonville State University in Alabama where she graduated with an undergrad degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in Behavioral Psychology. During her time at JSU, She became interested in applied behavior analysis while completing her practicum at an early intervention preschool program. While completing her Master’s she worked as a graduate assistant at The Little Tree Preschool in Jacksonville providing services to children. She became interested in working with adults after moving to Chattanooga in 2011 and has been in the field ever since. Jessica is a DIDD Approved Behavior Analyst and a member of ABAI.

Rebecca Brooks, MA, BCBA, LBA (rebecca@autismbehaviorservices.org)

Rebecca is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst from the Chattanooga area.  She has a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from East Tennessee State University and completed Applied Behavior Analysis coursework through Florida Institute of Technology.  Rebecca became interested in ABA while working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a residential setting; since becoming a BCBA she has provided services to children in clinic, home, and school settings.  Rebecca is a member of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts and Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis.

Sarena Jones, MEd , BCBA, LBA (sarena@autismbehaviorservices.org)

Sarena Jones is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst originally from Gainesville, Florida.  She received her Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Florida where she went on to begin her career in the classroom.  Teaching Pre-K through 1st Grade, Sarena taught in an inclusive classroom with children of varying abilities.  While teaching, she was introduced to ABA and immediately began to pursue certification.  Sarena completed her Applied Behavior Analysis coursework through Florida Institute of Technology.  Since obtaining her certification, she has gained experience working with children with autism and related disabilities in hoe, clinic, and school settings, as well as job coaching through Vocational Rehabilitation.

Sage Hutchison, RBT (sage@autismbehaviorservices.org)

Sage is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) as well as a Speech Pathologist Assistant (SLP-A) from Dothan, Alabama.  She attended Auburn University in Alabama where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders.  She has worked as a SLP-A in both private clinics and school systems for the past 5 years, in which she has provided services to adolescents and children with autism spectrum disorder and various intellectual disabilities.  Sage moved to Chattanooga with her husband and two golden retrievers 3 years ago and is currently enrolled in Ball State University, where she is pursuing her passion of serving individuals with special needs by earning her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis though their distance program in pursuit of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Cindi Rote, RBT (cindi@autismbehaviorservices.org)

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Neely Van Frank (neely@autismbehaviorservices.org)

Neely is originally from Germantown, TN.  She found her passion for working with kids with autism at a summer day camp in Memphis.  Neely earned her Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in May 2017.  Since graduating college, she has had experience working in a clinical pediatric therapy setting with children with autism and other developmental disabilities.  She has high hopes of entering into a master’s program in ABA therapy to become a BCBA.  She is eager to learn new things and help others learn more about ASD.

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