Committees

As ORABA grows, we are beginning to form committees and programs related to various behavior analytic issues in the state. We would love to have your participation! Please read about the committees below and fill out the form if you would like to participate.

ABA Ambassadors program

This program aims to disseminate information about ABA to relevant groups outside our field, with a set introduction to ABA that can be presented to any group followed by a short presentation about the application of ABA relevant to that group. We are working on materials and selecting target audiences right now and would love your assistance. If you are interested in either preparing materials or presenting to audiences, please fill out the form below and we will contact you shortly.

Want to get involved? Email us at ambassadorscommittee@oraba.org

ABA in Schools Committee

This group is working to help Oregon public schools gain access to ABA providers and support for students and teachers currently receiving ABA services, as well as participating in local collaboration groups and assisting with the creation of formal procedures related to ABA in schools.

Want to get involved? Email us at schoolcommittee@oraba.org

Conference Committee

This group organizes our yearly ABA conference (in October) and includes planning all aspects of the event (theme, guest speakers, location, food, sponsors, parent and student opportunities, materials, brochure, CEU setup, etc.) It meets approximately once a month via ZOOM!

Want to get involved? Email us at conferencecommittee@oraba.org

Legislative Committee

This group is working on legal issues related to the regulation of the practice of ABA in the state.

Want to get involved? Email us at info@oraba.org

Committee Chair Members

LeAnn Decker-Shah

LeAnn Decker-Shah

Ambassadors Committee Co-Chair

LeAnn Decker- Shah is the co-chair and jointly leads the Ambassadors committee along with Alexandra McCallen (ORABA Board Vice President). LeAnn Decker-Shah received her bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. She then completed her master’s degree in Childhood Education (with certification in Special Education) through Mercy College in New York City, NY. While teaching in a residential facility for developmental disabilities in New York State, she was introduced to the science of ABA and immediately began her BCBA coursework through the Florida Institute of Technology, remotely, while remaining a teacher full-time, and beginning as a behavior technician part time. LeAnn Decker-Shah is now in her third year as a student in the distance doctoral program for Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a BCBA and LBA (OR/WA/VA). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, exploring on foot and bike, and spending time with her dogs.

Sydney Singer

Sydney Singer

Vice President

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Sydney Singer is the co-chair and jointly leads the School committee along with Sophie Millon Meza (ORABA Board Secretary). Sydney Singer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University Northridge. She then went on to obtain a Master’s of Science, in Applied Behavior Analysis, from California State University Northridge in 2015. During her graduate internship, she worked at Pacoima Elementary school, providing both individual and school-wide behavior support.

Sydney Singer is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). Prior to practicing in the state of Oregon, Sydney Singer practiced in California, providing ABA services in the home, community, and school settings across Los Angeles County. She now works as the Clinical Director for Behavioral Learning Network, providing in-home and community-based ABA services in Multnomah and Clackamas Counties.

Desiree Salzer

Desiree Salzer

Conference Committee Co-Chair

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Desiree Salzer received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Soon after, she began in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2008, as a Behavior Technician, providing direct therapy to individuals with Autism. Desiree Salzer completed her Master’s degree in Education, with a concentration in Autism and ABA, at Texas State University. She moved to Oregon in 2014 and began working as a BCBA in-center and in-home settings.

Desiree Salzer is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in Oregon. She works as a Regional Clinical Director with Centria Autism. She is currently completing the Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Specialist program through Florida Institute of Technology. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, spending time outdoors, and staying busy with her family.