Ryan O'Donnell, MS, BCBA
Behavioral Scientist, Creator & Entrepreneur
Ryan O'Donnell hails from northern Nevada in the grungy, yet surprisingly classy, (and newly renovated) Reno, Nevada . He likes his climate like he likes his data: evolving, uncompromising, and progressive. He is a master of science; that is, he has a M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis, however he has since grown to include many other interests, including entrepreneurship and capturing perspectives and stories through various mediums. He has used this degree to work with a lot of great people to help organizations and families in Florida and Nevada that support people with Intellectual Disabilities. Currently he leads product development and distribution for High Sierra Industries as a Learning Systems Development Specialist. His focus outside this role is on building a community of thought leaders and doers to create content that increases the transparency of behavior analytic technologies with the hopes of creating a platform that truly saves the world. His interests are all over, from artificial intelligence and machine learning applications to the theory and philosophy behind Why We Do What We Do (wwdwwdpodcast.com). In his spare time you can find him consuming social media, prepping/climbing a giant mountain, or walking around with his camera in his hand (and, occasionally, all simultaneously). Connect with him on most all social platforms via TheRyanoDotCom and let him know what drives you to pursue the Behavior Analysis vision.
Co-Founder, Entrepreneur & Behavioral Scientist
Melissa has 16 years of experience working in the field of ABA and Developmental Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Cornelia De Lange, Rhetts Disorder, to name a few. She has experience with neuro-typical children with behavioral challenges within a variety of settings (e.g., schools, foster system, daycares) and is creating a pre-school in the fall of 2017. She is the Founder of The Bedrock Clinic & Research Center, Inc. - a non-profit organization that focuses on delivering quality pediatric behavior analytic services to the community, dissemination of the science of behavior analysis to the community, and state-of-the art training model for those pursuing graduate degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis. Melissa also serves as the Chair of the Dissemination for Behavior Analysis (SIG) of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.
Andy Chavez is CEO and co-founder at BehaviorMe, a startup merging virtual reality and behavioral sciences for the greater good of mental health care. Mr. Chavez received a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to co-founding BehaviorMe, Mr. Chavez ran an experiential marketing startup and was project manager for two award winning design and build creative agencies based out of New York City. Mr. Chavez instills creative thinking and business processes in an attempt to recognize scalable and sustainable opportunities across all fields of thought, industry, and populations.
Chris Medina is a co-founder of BehaviorMe, where he serves as Chief Financial Officer and giver of quiet moral support. He was born and raised in Miami, FL where he studied at Florida International University, graduating with a B.A. in Economics and a Minor in Criminal Justice in 2014. In January of 2015, Chris entered the M.S. in Entrepreneurship (MSE) program at the University of Florida, where he co-founded BehaviorMe, served as Chairman of Gator Innovators (UF student government agency), and graduated in May of 2016. BehaviorMe develops virtual reality simulations for behavior analysts to teach basic life skill acquisition in their clinics.
Annie Escalante, MS, BCBA
Ana “Annie” Escalante is a BCBA with a BS in Psychology and a MS in Counseling and Behavior Analysis. Born and raised in sunny South Florida, she has experience working in clinical settings, in-home therapies, IDTs, and group homes. Her interests include disseminating behavior analysis in and out of the field, applying behavior analysis principles to everyday concerns and collaborating with other professionals to create new and exciting content. In her endeavor to disseminate ABA, she co-founded BehaviorMe, a mission driven startup, who is determined to meld technologies, such as virtual reality and behavior analysis, to help with a wide variety of behaviors.
Andrea Villegas is a graduate student at the University of Florida where she is pursuing a Doctorate in Behavior Analysis, focusing on health behavior change, under the mentorship of Dr. Jesse Dallery. She received her B.S. in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Florida, during which she gained experience addressing severe problem behavior in research and clinical settings, primarily with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Andrea is also co-founder of BehaviorMe, a start-up dedicated to expanding the field of behavior analysis using cutting-edge technology.