Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis

To educate, advocate for, and support both providers and consumers 
of Applied Behavior Analysis.

2019 Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis Board Members


Angela Broff, MSCP, BCBA, LBA

Angela Broff first moved from Minnesota to Hawaii in August of 2001,  She believes in plans that are tailored to individual needs and strives to work collaboratively with all members of the treatment team to bring positive and meaningful changes to behavior. Angela is also an Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) practitioner and eager to find more ways to help systems make changes in their routines or procedures. Some of her additional areas of interest include; making healthy choices, sustainability projects, social skills development and parent training. Ms. Broff strives to assist treatment teams and organizations to make gains in identified goal areas by focusing on reinforcing leadership behavior and identifying and reducing any potential barriers to success and growth. Ms. Broff is currently applying these principles to support and mentor colleagues both in her daily workplace, as the owner and Clinical Director of Windward Synergy Center,  as well as her local community. She hopes to draw more amazing people to this exciting science and continue to find ways to motivate others in this field to network, share stories and support one another.


Kyle Machos, MS, BCBA, LBA


Kyle is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Hawai'i Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis with a minor in counseling from The University of North Texas. After completing his masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Becoming a BCBA, Kyle and his wife, Suzanne, moved to Hawai'i in 2014. Kyle previously worked on the HABA events committee in 2017 and is now the clinical director of Windward Synergy Center on Oahu. With nearly 20 years' experience working to improve the lives of the individuals he serves, he has a passion for early childhood intervention, training and supervision of behavior technicians, organizational behavior management, and parent/caregiver training in the science of behavior. Working across all environments has inspired Kyle to work to improve the collaboration of services throughout all settings and strive for lasting change. He aspires to understand the unique needs of our families and professionals throughout the islands and work together to find sustainable solutions.

Past President

Kathleen Penland, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA 


Kathleen is the proud mother of two beautiful girls. Kathleen and her family lived in Hawai'i for nearly 10 years. Recently, Kathleen and her ohana relocated to New York state. Kathleen has been an instrumental part of the HABA board and committees since 2015. She holds a Masters in Special Education and completed post-graduate education in applied behavior analysis (ABA) at Penn State. Kathleen is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) specializing in treatment of autism and developmental disabilities. She has a passion for parent and community training in ABA as well as supervision of trainees pursuing Certification. 


Shanda Strickland MS, BCBA, LBA


Shanda is the Director of ABA Operations and Business Development at Easterseals Hawai’i. She holds a double masters in both Criminal Justice and Applied Behavioral Analysis with an emphasis in autism. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Hawai’i Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA), and has been part of the Hawai'i ABA field for the more than 10 years. Her career has provided opportunities to work within multiple settings, with varying ages, diagnosis and needs. Shanda has a passion for integrated care and assisting the individual and their families through all milestones, as well as organization behavior management. She is a former resource caregiver within the foster care system and continues to volunteer for local projects. Having relocated from neighbor islands in 2016, she is still discovering all Oahu has to offer and enjoys exploring its beauty. 


Jennifer Ninci, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA


Dr. Jennifer Ninci is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and she teaches courses in the applied behavior analysis programs and severe disabilities/autism teacher preparation program. She is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). Dr. Ninci has provided services for individuals with disabilities or behavioral problems in various settings including schools, Head Start centers, clinics, homes, and residential facilities. She has extensive experience in developing, implementing, and teaching stakeholders (e.g., teachers, caregivers) to implement educational programs and behavior intervention plans for children with developmental disabilities. Her research pertains to the education and treatment of children with developmental disabilities, including children with autism spectrum disorder and severe communication delays or intellectual disability. 

Legislative Chair |  legislation@hawaiiaba.org

Dr. Amanda N. Kelly, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA obtained her bachelors in Elementary Ed. (2002), her masters in Behavioral Ed. (2007), & her doctorate in Behavior Analysis (2013). Dr. Kelly has experience working as a paraprofessional, special education teacher, school counselor, & behavior analyst. Over the past two decades, Dr. Kelly has worked in home settings, public & private schools, residential placements, & community settings for children, adolescents, & young adults with social-emotional, cognitive, and behavioral needs; both in Massachusetts and Hawaiʻi. Dr. Kelly has served on several boards and committees and is currently serving on the board for the Hawai'i Disability Rights Center, on HABA, & as Director for Together For Our Keiki. Dr. Kelly's dedication and commitment in improving access to educational & medical services has resulted in numerous speaking engagements throughout the world, including talks in Canada, Philippines and Thailand. In 2016, Dr. Kelly became the 1st behavior analyst licensed in the state of Hawai'i. Dr. Kelly has received several awards, including the "Jerry Shook Practitioner of the Year" from BABAT (2012), "Advocacy Group of the Year" from Autism Speaks (2015), and "Provider Advocate of the Year" at the Autism Law Summit (2019). Dr. Kelly currently serves as Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) & Co-Founder for DOBE, LLC. In addition to her expertise helping families and schools, Dr. Kelly's interests in behavior analysis extends to dissemination, organizational management, public policy, and sustainable behavior change. Dr. Kelly is also known by her popular online persona, Behaviorbabe.

Sara Dinkelo M.S., BCBA, LBA


Sara Dinkelo, is a Board Certified and state licensed behavior analyst (BCBA/LBA) who has specialized in working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental delays since 2001. Sara completed her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism from Sage Colleges in 2013. She became a BCBA in October 2014. Currently, Sara works as a Behavior Analyst on Oahu at a clinic treating individuals with ASD across the spectrum and lifespan. Since 2016, Sara has served on Events Committee and on the HABA board as the Marketing Chair since 2017. Her professional goals include organizational behavior management, self-advocacy, adolescent and adult supports and Sustainability efforts. This year, Sara would like to work towards the use of applied behavior analysis to create social change to support sustainability efforts here in our islands. 

Events Chair

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.

Student Representative
Celeste Nishijima, M.A., BCBA

Celeste is a BCBA at ABC Group Hawaii. She has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for over four years, starting as a behavioral instructor at the Lovaas Institute in Los Angeles. Celeste recently completed her Masters of Arts in Exceptional Student Education, with an emphasis in ABA at the University of West Florida (UWF).  Celeste's interests include Verbal Behavior (VB) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Parent Representatives

Please email vicepresident@hawaiiaba.org to share concerns or ideas regarding parent and consumer needs.

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."

Maile Rogers, Ph. D.

I grew up in Aina Haina, second oldest of 6 kids. My older brother was severely disabled, one of his diagnoses was autism, so my siblings and I grew up as advocates for him and others like him.  My husband and I have been married for 12 years, we have 4 beautiful children together. Our oldest is 8, and he is brilliant and kind and thoughtful, and he is also autistic.  We, as a family, are doing our best to enjoy every little milestone and take each day as it comes.

In addition to serving on the board for the Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis, Maile also serves on the PAIMI Council Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness. 

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

Please email vicepresident@hawaiiaba.org to share concerns or ideas regarding HABA's neighbor-island members.

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.

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.

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