Executive Committee

President: Erick M. Dubuque, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Erick Dubuque is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Special Education at the University of Louisville. Dr. Dubuque also serves as the Accreditation Administrator for the Association for Behavior Analysis International’s (ABAI) Behavior Analysis Accreditation Board (BAAB). Prior to his work at the University of Louisville, Dr. Dubuque served as an Assistant Professor and Program Director for Spalding University’s M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis Program. He earned his degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2012 under the advisement of Linda J. Hayes, Ph.D. Dr. Dubuque is a former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer (Kenya) and is the President of the Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis. As an active member of the behavior analytic community, Dr. Dubuque has served as the Student Representative to the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and on the organization’s Education Board. He is past Academic Coordinator for the Jordan University of Science and Technology Master’s Degree Program in Applied Behavior Health Analysis, the first graduate degree program in behavior analysis founded in the Middle East. Dr. Dubuque’s scholarly interests extend across the philosophical, experimental, applied, and professional domains in behavior science. A general theme across all of his interests is the understanding of technology and complex human behaviors, especially as they relate to the topics of education and social justice. Dr. Dubuque is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctor (BCBA-D) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Past President: Brandon Franklin, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Brandon Franklin, MS, BCBA, LBA, is a Clinical Supervisor at Clinical Behavior Analysis in Louisville, Kentucky.  He has 5 years experience working in the field of behavior analysis with adults, children, families, and animals.  Brandon graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelors in Justice Administration and graduated from Spalding University with a Masters in Applied behavior Analysis.  Brandon got his start in behavior analysis working with US military operations groups K9 teams.  Since, he has provided community services with families and service providers throughout the state of Kentucky for children and adults and participated in numerous BICs and HRCs.  In 2014 and 2015 Brandon represented KYABA at APBA and ABAI’s Affiliated Chapter training, presenting on licensure in 2015. Brandon has been involved with KYABA since 2011 when he served as KYABA’s student representative and again in 2013-14 as a Representative.  Brandon was elected as President-Elect for 2015 and is happy and was honored to serve as President in 2016.

President-Elect: Robert Pennington, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Robert Pennington PhD, BCBA-D, is an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Special Education. He is a co-director of UofL’s programs in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) andApplied Behavior Analysis, served as a past director of the Kentucky Autism Training, and is a past president of the American Council on Rural Special Education. He has over 25 years of experience implementing behavior analytic practices with individuals with disabilities, their families and teachers. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2010, and has had accepted for publication over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to working with persons with ASD and intellectual disability. Robert is passionate about the dissemination of research-based practice and has provided well over 200 refereed and invited presentations to practitioners, parents, and researchers. He currently sits on seven journal editorial boards and on multiple advisory panels and committees including Governor’s Advisory Council on ASD, Jefferson County Public Schools ECE advisory board, and Kentucky Peer Support Network. He also has served on the KYABA executive committee since 2013. His current research interests involve behavior analytic communication instruction and developing high quality programs for students with significant intellectual disabilities. 

Representative: Molly L. Dubuque, M.A., BCBA, LBA

Molly L. Dubuque received a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She earned her M.A. in Psychology (with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis) from UNR in 2008. Molly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Licensed Behavior Analyst, and is a member of the Association of Behavior Analysis International, the Nevada Association of Behavior Analysis, and the Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis. Molly has over 15 years of experience working with children with developmental disabilities in the United States and overseas. Molly has worked as an assistant director for a day treatment and habilitation program for adults with developmental disabilities and has held various positions in the UNR Early Childhood Autism Program. She has taught master’s level classes at the Jordan Institute of Science and Technology, the first behavior analysis program in the Middle East, and developed behavioral programming for Jordanian children at the Autism Academy of Jordan. As a Behavior Analyst with Advanced Child Behavior Solutions, she provided consultation to parents and teachers of children with and without disabilities, conducted teacher and parent trainings, and managed home-based EIBI services for young children with Autism. Molly currently works as a Behavior Analyst at the University of Louisville Autism Center and serves as the Practicum Director in the University’s M.Ed. in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis Program. She serves as a representative to the Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis (KYABA) and is an active member of Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT).

Representative: Becky L. Nastally, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Dr. Becky L. Nastally, owner of Bloom Behavior Therapy in Paducah, is a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Kentucky. Since relocating here in 2010 she has worked diligently to advocate for greater proliferation of applied behavior analytic services in the western part of the state. As a business owner she has been at the forefront of securing increased sources of funding for ABA, including Kentucky Medicaid and the private insurance market. Dr. Nastally has collaborated with school districts, community foundations, local medical providers, and other human service organizations to increase awareness of behavior analysis and its important application to children with autism spectrum disorders. She brings to the table close to 15 years of experience working with children with ASD and their families, practicing in several different states and positions. She served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program at Southern Illinois University from 2010 to 2013 where she received the honor of non-tenure track (NTT) teacher of the year. She received her M.S. (2008) and Ph.D. (2010) from Southern Illinois University, and a B.S. in Psychology from Western Michigan University. Her current interests lie in early and intensive behavioral intervention for autism and she also has several years of research experience in the field of behavioral addiction. She has authored 14 peer-reviewed journal articles, one book chapter, and 26 professional presentations in the field of applied behavior analysis. She has served as a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Focus on Autism and Other Disabilities, Analysis of Gambling Behavior, and The Psychological Record. 

Representative: Amanda Ralston, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA 

Over the past eighteen years, Ms. Ralston has worked with countless individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities, as well as providing education to both parents and professionals interested in Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior methodologies. She has provided consultation services and served as an invited professional speaker across Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. After receiving her B.S. in Psychology from Centre College in Danville, KY, Ralston was first certified as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) in 2001, following intensive coursework in Jacksonville, FL, and a resulting mentorship with Vincent J. Carbone, Ph.D., BCBA-D.  She obtained her M.Ed., BCBA, and Kentucky License in 2013. She is also a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. Ralston is a frequent guest speaker for organizations and school districts throughout Kentucky, also providing public workshops on a regular basis in an effort to increase awareness about Applied Behavior Analysis, to increase ABA consumers' education on various service delivery models, and to promote effective treatment for children with autism. She is an active advocate for Autism insurance reform and ABA practitioners, and she regularly attends state and national functions related to professional practice and regulation of behavior analytic services, as both participant and speaker. Ralston has served as a subject matter expert to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board in Littleton, CO on multiple occasions. Ralston is the Founder & President of Verbal Behavior Consulting, Inc.  Established in 2007, VBC is a 2017 Small Business Association - Kentucky Pacesetter Award winner that currently employs 35 full-time applied behavior analysis technicians, supervisors, and administrative staff members. Ralston was nominated for Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year in both 2015 and 2017.  Additionally, she was named a Lexington Young Professionals' Association Rising Star in 2015. Verbal Behavior Consulting’s mission is not only to provide effective and excellent services to its clients but to also guide and train the next generation of ethical and effective Behavior Analysts. Ralston continues to seek additional education in her field in order to provide up-to-date information to her audiences and effective treatment recommendations to her clients and team.

Student Representative: Amy Hall, M.Ed.

Amy Hall received a B.S. in Special Education from Murray State University and a M.Ed. from the University of Louisville in Teacher Leadership with a concentration in Learning and Behavior Disorders. Recently, she finished her ABA and Autism certificate and is looking forward to completing supervision hours and sitting for boards within the year. Currently, she is enrolled in the Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction program at U of L where she has a focus on classroom interventions for individuals with EBD. Amy is a Special Education teacher at a middle school in Jefferson Country Public Schools where she works mostly with adolescents who exhibit severe problem behaviors. At her school she also serves as the step team coach, ECE department chair, KTIP mentor, and PBIS team lead. She recently accepted the position of president for the Behavior Analysis Student Association of Louisville (BASAL.) Amy is excited to be a part of KYABA and is honored to serve as the student representative for the upcoming year.

Director of Operations: Maqenzi Hovious, B.A.

Maqenzi received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University Bloomington and is currently a second-year graduate student in the MEd ABA program at the University of Louisville. Additionally, she is involved with UofL as a graduate assistant in the GA/GTA program under Dr.’s Cooper and Hirn in the Special Education Department.  Maqenzi also serves as the Special Education Department representative for the UofL Graduate Student Council across campuses, as well as volunteering as an active member of the KYABA Events Committee.