Board and bylaws



Dawn Bailey

Dr. Dawn Bailey is a faculty member at the Oregon Institute of Technology. Dr. Bailey is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) with over 20 years of experience designing behavioral & learning programs for a variety of populations, including persons with emotional/behavioral disorders, autism and other developmental disabilities. She received her graduate training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Florida State University (Go Noles!) under Dr. Jon S. Bailey, where she was awarded her Ph.D. in 2008. Dr. Bailey is a frequent presenter at behavior analysis conferences and gives workshops to teachers, parents, and staff on a variety of topics related to the practice of behavior analysis. Dr. Bailey serves on the Georgia Behavior Peer Review Committee to assist the state with policy development and implementation regarding behavior analytic services provided in the state. She was a consultant to school districts, private families and state agencies in Florida, New Jersey and Delaware between 1998 and 2017 and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Florida State University and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She was president of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA) in 2014 and held a position on the Executive Committee of FABA for many years. OIT recently opened BIG Clinic, the first ABA Clinic in Klamath Falls run by Dr. Bailey and Dr. Borgen.

Vice President


Jennifer White

Jennifer obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies and Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She then went on to continue her education and obtained her Masters of Arts in Special Education from Belmont University. She then received her endorsement in Applied Behavior Analysis from Lipscomb University. Jenny is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Oregon (LBA). Jennifer has 9 years of experience within the field of developmental disabilities. Jenny has worked with children in a variety of settings including school, in home, and clinic and has experience designing clinic programming for toddlers, early learners, and social learners. She also has extensive experience working with schools promoting inclusive environments for students with disabilities as well as classroom management, consultation, and mentoring of special education teachers. Jennifer also teaches graduate level classes in Applied Behavior Analysis at Oregon Institute of Technology and designed and teaches a 40-hour Registered Behavior Analyst Interventionist (RBAI)/Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) course. Jenny worked at Western Psychological and Counseling Services, specifically with individuals with intense behavior problems including aggression and self-injurious behavior.


Emily Kearney

Emily Kearney

Emily Kearney, MA, BCBA, LBA, received her master’s degree in special education from Sonoma State University, focusing on using ABA to increase prelinguistic communication among young children. Emily completed her post-graduate ABA studies at Florida Institute of Technology. She currently works at Building Bridges, providing ABA to young children. In the past, she has worked as a paraprofessional, led social skills groups, used operant conditioning to train rehabilitated but unreleasable water birds permanently housed at an education facility, and trained public school staff to implement ABA techniques within their inclusion programs. She is interested in generative learning and Relational Frame Theory, especially as it relates to children with strong emerging social and language repertoires.




Analise Herrera

Analise Hererra, MA, BCBA, LBA earned her master’s degree from Lewis and Clark University and then took post-graduate coursework in ABA at St. Cloud University. Analise is the Clinical Director at the Portland branch of The Center for Social Dynamics. She has been involved in ORABA for many years.





Public Policy Chair


Alice Austin

Alice Austin, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Washington State University and a Master of Arts in Behavior Sciences (ABA sub-plan) from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She earned her Doctorate in Special Education and Rehabilitation (specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis) from Utah State University in 2011. She is a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Oregon. Dr. Austin’s primary area of expertise is ABA-based, early intervention for children with autism. She also has experience providing ABA services to school-aged children and adults with developmental disabilities. In addition to direct service provision at AKA Consulting, she has conducted a variety of trainings for both parents and teachers and has provided consultative services to school districts. She is currently an adjunct professor at Oregon Institute of Technology, teaching graduate-level courses in behavior analysis. She recently served as board member to the Oregon Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board.

Student Representatives

Alisha Sheetz

Alisha Ming Sheetz

Georgia Paxson

Georgia Paxson

Alisha Ming Sheetz, BCBA, RBAI and Georgia Paxson, RBAI, provide ABA therapy to young children with autism at Building Bridges. Alisha, who recently completed her Master’s degree including graduate level coursework in ABA at National University and became a BCBA, and Georgia, who is currently studying ABA at Ball State University, share the role supporting student members of ORABA and students interested in learning about the field of Behavior Analysis.

Board Advisors

Maria Lynn Kessler

Maria Lynn Kessler

Maria Lynn Kessler, PhD, received her doctorate in psychology from Florida State University and her MS in ABA from Southern Illinois University. Maria Lynn leads the BCBA-approved course sequence in ABA from Oregon Institute of Technology and was awarded The Oregon Tech Foundation Faculty Achievement Award from the College of Health, Arts, and Sciences for providing her students with opportunities to gain more knowledge of their field through participation in meetings, networking with local professionals, and bringing in guest speakers. Dr. Kessler partnered with Gregg Gassman from Southern Oregon University to create a joint master’s in education program with an emphasis on ABA, preparing students to meet the requirements of BCBA certification and providing them with the background necessary to teach learners with ASD and other social/emotional delays.

Jenny Fischer

Jenny Fischer

Jenny Fischer, PhD, BCBA-D, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, where she first began working with children with autism during a practicum course. Jenny completed her Master of Science in Psychology (Behavior Analysis specialization) from California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock, CA in 2007, and completed her PhD in Psychology (Behavior Analysis specialization) at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles Campus, in May 2016. Jenny’s research interests include teaching language to children with autism, particularly teaching generative language repertoires. Jenny has been practicing as a BCBA in Central and Southern Oregon since 2007, and officially opened Cascade Behavioral Intervention in 2010. She has been actively involved in legislative advocacy for insurance coverage of ABA, has served on the board of the Oregon Association for Behavior Analysis and the Oregon Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board. She enjoys partnering with community organizations to expand and improve the resources available to Oregon’s families.


ORABA By-laws 2017