Speakers

Speakers have experience in one of these four tracks.

By purchasing your ticket (in-person or online) you'll have access to the entire 1-day event and each of the speakers below.

 

01.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

At its core, entrepreneurship is a complex set of skills – a way of thinking and acting. It is about imagining new ways to solve problems and create value. Passion, business, novelty, and creativity come together to solve real-world problems.

 

02.

BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

A science of everything that we do seems almost impossible. However, behavior analysis provides a framework for understanding why we do what we do, with diverse applications from education, technology, instructional design, training, systems analysis and policy design, performance improvement, and more.

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TECHNOLOGY

We have all experienced the exponential rate of technology - for better or worse it's here, and it's evolving quickly. Technology includes the gadgets and devices that we use day-to-day, but it also includes the process or "how to." Data collection & design, virtual reality, instructional design, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are all up our alley,

 

04.

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY & APPLICATIONS

At the end of the day there's a consumer facing an issue, whether it be behavioral, mental, or social. Our goal is to provide a framework of the first three areas that allows you to immediately provide more value in your personal professional situation. After all, that's why we all got into this field, right?

 
 
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09:00-9:50

Melissa Engasser, MS, BCBA

Affiliation: The Bedrock Clinic & Research Center, Inc.

Bio: Melissa has 16 years of experience working in the field of ABA and Developmental Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Cornelia De Lange, Rett's 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 preschool 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.


Tracks: Behavior Analysis & Entrepreneurship

 
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10:00-10:50

Amy (McGinnis) Stango, MS, OTR/L, MS, BCBA

Affiliation: Amy McGinnis Behavioral Consulting

Bio: Amy Stango is dedicated to providing quality research-based behavior analytic and occupational therapy services to children and adolescents diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities. Amy focuses on using the principles of applied behavior analysis and Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior to teach language, socialization, play skills, motor skills, academics and the management of problem behaviors across all environments. These goals are accomplished by providing direct and consultative services to families, clinics and schools across the United States and abroad. In addition, she provides training workshops and supervision to those looking to learn more about applied behavior analysis and Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior. Amy began providing ABA services, with a special emphasis on verbal behavior  in 1998. She holds a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy from Alvernia College, and is a nationally registered occupational therapist. She also holds a masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.


Tracks: Behavior Analysis & Entrepreneurship

 
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11:00-11:50

Michael Morris, PhD

Affiliation: University of Florida, Warrington College of Business

Bio: Michael H. Morris holds the George and Lisa Etheridge Professorship at the University of Florida, where he is the Academic Director of the Entrepreneurship Program. He previously was the N. Malone Mitchell Chair and founded the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University, and before that launched the Department of Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University. The entrepreneurship programs he has built at three different universities have been ranked in the top ten nationally and received global recognition for excellence. Dr. Morris is a pioneer in curricular innovation and experiential learning. His entrepreneurial outreach efforts have facilitated the development of hundreds of ventures, and he has started three ventures of his own. Professor Morris is the director of the Experiential Classroom, founded in 1999, which shares best practices in entrepreneurship education with faculty from around the globe. He annually coordinates the Entrepreneurship Empowerment in South Africa Program, where faculty and students assist historically disadvantaged entrepreneurs build their companies. He has authored 11 books and published over 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He co-edits the Prentice-Hall Entrepreneurship Series, and is editor emeritus of the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship. Dr. Morris is a Past President of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), and has chaired the American Marketing Association’s Entrepreneurship & Marketing Taskforce. He has been awarded the Edwin & Gloria Appel Prize for contributions to entrepreneurship. A former Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Morris was selected as a top twenty entrepreneurship professor by Fortune Small Business, and received the Leavey Award from the Freedoms Foundation for impacting private enterprise education. USASBE recognized him as Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year in 2012. He earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1983.


Track: Entrepreneurship

 
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Andy Chavez

Andy Chavez

Chris Medina

Chris Medina

Annie Escalante

Annie Escalante

Andrea Villegas

Andrea Villegas

2:00-2:25

BehaviorMe

Affiliation: BehaviorMe, Inc.

Bios:

Andy Chavez

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

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

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

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.


Tracks: Behavior Analysis, Entrepreneurship, and Technology

 
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2:25-2:50

Nick Green, MS, BCBA

Affiliation: BehaviorFit, LLC

Bio: Nick Green, is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and focuses on improving the health of others through practice and research. His formal education includes:

  • B.A. Psychology (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2006)
  • Minor: Philosophy
  • M.S. Organizational Behavior Management (Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, 2015).
  • Currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida.
  • Department of Psychology – Concentration: Behavior Analysis

Nick’s previous experiences include 5 years of clinical work with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities, working within organizations to evaluate and improve processes, managing and overseeing the training of small teams. For more detail on his experience, education, and professional involvement:

His experience and education bring a unique perspective when designing pro-health solutions.Nick’s main focus and research interest in reducing sedentary behavior (too much sitting) in the workplace. His passion is:“Improving human performance and health with behavior analysis.” When Nick is not in a book or writing, he enjoys training his dog Pete, improving productivity, photography, Olympic weightlifting, and CrossFit.


Tracks: Behavior Analysis, Technology, Entrepreneurship & Health/Fitness

 
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3:00-3:50

Tom Buqo, BA

Affiliation: Hofstra University

Bio: After years of floating around in misguided mentalism, Tom discovered behavior analysis in 2010 as a college junior in a class on the experimental analysis of behavior. Tom began working in a lab examining theoretical and philosophical approaches to complex verbal behavior such as creativity, as well as doing experimental work with animal models. Tom graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s in psychology in 2013 and is currently pursing a PhD in clinical psychology at Hofstra University. Tom’s main interests are applications of clinical behavior analysis to emotional and behavioral disorders, behavioral reinterpretations of identity and self, and dissemination of behavior analysis and precision measurement within clinical psychology.


Tracks: Behavior Analysis & Clinical Psychology

 
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4:00-4:50

Eb Blakely, PhD, BCBA-D

Affiliation: Quest, Inc., Florida Institute of Technology

Bio: Eb Blakely received a Ph.D. in 1988 from Western Michigan in Psychology with a specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis.  He has worked in the fields of developmental disabilities, mental health, behavior pharmacology, experimental analysis of behavior, organizational behavior management, and database design.  Dr. Blakely has co-authored 25 articles and one book.  The articles address research questions in the areas of the experimental analysis of behavior, applied behavior analysis, conceptual issues, and behavior pharmacology.  Dr. Blakely also serves as Vice President of Behavioral Services for Quest, Inc.  Here, he oversees the delivery of behavioral supports for children and adults with developmental disabilities.  Dr. Blakely provides a company-wide outcomes management system that monitors operational and clinical outcomes for Quest, Inc. Finally, he is an Assistant Professor at Florida Institute of Technology, where he teaches courses in applied behavior analysis, radical behaviorism, and behavior pharmacology.

Tracks: Behavior Analysis & Technology

 

Fireside Chat

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5:00-5:50

Host: Andres Chavez

Affiliation: BehaviorMe, Inc.

Bio: 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.


Tracks: Entrepreneurship & Technology


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Chatter: Adam Ventura, MS, BCBA

Affiliation: World Evolve, Florida International University 

Bio: Adam Ventura is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over 10 years-experience working in the field of behavior analysis. He is a graduate of Florida International University (FIU) and a Miami native. Adam’s passion for Behavior Analysis evolved into owning and leading one the largest behavior analysis service providers in Florida, World Evolve Inc. World Evolve is made up of nine different companies that provide behavior analysis services to numerous industries, including therapy, education, organizational behavior management (OBM), software development, training, and business administration. Adam has grown his organization to employ over 250 people with wide ranging skills, serving more than 500 families, clients, and businesses in 10 states and four countries. Adam’s also serves as an adjunct professor within the Behavior Analysis department at FIU. He has conducted applied research in the area of functional assessments, and in experimental settings with an emphasis on learning methodologies for gifted students.  In addition to his full-time commitment to World Evolve and FIU, Adam is one of the founding members of the Miami Association for Behavior Analysis (MiABA), and the Code of Ethics for Behavioral Organizations (COEBO). Adam is also a current contributing writer on Behavioral Science in the 21st Century (BSCI21.org).


Tracks: Behavior Analysis & Entrepreneurship


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Chatter: Ryan O'Donnell, MS, BCBA

Affiliation: RYANO, LLC

Bio: 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.


Tracks: Behavior Analysis & Entrepreneurship

The Next Gen Collaborative consists of RYANO, LLC, The Bedrock Clinic and Research Center, Inc., and BehaviorMe, Inc.  Each fueled by behavioral science, technology, entrepreneurship and doers with the aim of creating transparency of behavior analytic technologies and a platform for interdisciplinary solutions to real-world problems.