Welcome to our Team Page!

Clinical Director

Kavita Kamat, MSW, M.Ed., BCBA
Kavita is a Behaviour Analyst and the Clinical Director of Laurel Behaviour Support Services. Prior to joining Laurel, Kavita worked as a preschool teacher in an integrated state-run program in Atlanta, Georgia, where her primary focus was to create an inclusive learning environment. Kavita holds a master’s degree in social work from India (1993) and a master’s in special education from the University of British Columbia (2010). Since beginning with Laurel in 2004, she has supported families with children who have autism and other disabilities in home, school and community settings. Since 2012, she has been providing clinical supervision to team members and currently oversees the clinical development of the program and training across different regions. She is also a Certified Triple P® (Stepping Stones) Provider. Kavita is fluent in English and Hindi and has extensive experience working with children and adults from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in home settings and other residential facilities.

Assistant Clinical Managers

Anita Hua, M.Sc., BCBA
Anita is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and Assistant Clinical Manager at Laurel Behaviour Support Services. She has worked closely with individuals who have autism and other intellectual disabilities since 1995. Anita earned her Bachelor of Science degree (psychology major, linguistics minor) from the University of British Columbia and holds a Master of Science degree (counselling with a concentration in advanced behaviour analysis) from Nova Southeastern University. During her years with Laurel, Anita has supported both children and adults in the community. Anita knows American Sign Language and has worked with the deaf and hard of hearing community. She is also a Certified Triple P® (Stepping Stones) Provider.
Kate Zhao, M.Ed., BCBA
Kate has been a Behaviour Consultant at Laurel Behaviour Support Services since 2013. Prior to joining Laurel, Kate worked with children with autism and other intellectual disabilities aged two to five at a multidisciplinary autism centre for three years. Kate received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in sociology and psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC). She went on to earn her Master of Education degree in special education with a focus on autism and developmental disabilities from UBC in 2013. Kate became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst in 2013. Kate is fluent in both English and Mandarin and can provide services in Mandarin upon request. She is also able to understand Cantonese.

Clinical Supervisor

Sherry Nassrin, B.A., BCBA
Sherry has been a Behaviour Consultant at Laurel since 2013 and has been working in the field of autism since 2011. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and a clinical supervisor at Laurel. Sherry has her Master of Special Education with a concentration in autism and developmental delays from the University of British Columbia. In 2014, she graduated with a post-baccalaureate diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis-autism from Capilano University. In 2010, she graduated with a degree in honours psychology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. She is fluent in both English and Farsi, and can provide services in Farsi upon request.

Behaviour Consultants

Allison Angus, M.Ed, BCaBA
Allison has recently completed her Master of Education in Special Education – Autism & Developmental Disabilities at UBC and is a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis – Autism and over ten years of experience working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis. In addition, Allison previously worked as a Special Education Assistant for several years in various elementary schools and also has experience providing supports to individuals in both vocational and recreational settings. Allison is excited to be a part of the Laurel team.
Saddiqua Bacchus, M.Ed., BCBA
Saddiqua is a Behaviour Consultant for Laurel Behaviour Support Services. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University in 1999, Saddiqua became a Behaviour Interventionist at the New Haven Learning Centre in Toronto, a school for children with autism. At New Haven, Saddiqua was trained in the principles and application of ABA. Over the course of four years and through continued training and supervision, Saddiqua became a supervisor responsible for the training and supervision of interventionists and developing and overseeing the individual programs for children within a classroom. In 2005, Saddiqua began a new life in Vancouver with her family and earned a master’s degree in special education at UBC. During the course of her program at UBC, she continued to work within the field and in 2009, became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. Saddiqua has over 15 years’ experience working with children who have autism and is proud to be a part of the Laurel team!
Brandon Beaton, B.Sc.

Brandon has a Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology and a minor in biology. Since 2012, he has been working with a variety of adolescent and adult individuals who have been diagnosed with a wide range of disabilities. This includes-but is not limited to-autism, schizophrenia, cerebral palsy, Williams Syndrome, and mild to severe cognitive impairment. His work has focused on helping them achieve and maintain employment while also providing life skills training in the community. Brandon is currently pursuing his Master of Professional Education in the applied behaviour analysis program at Western University, and is working towards certification.

Joanne Beattie, M.Ed.
Joanne has been working as a Behaviour Consultant with Laurel Behaviour Support Services since moving to Vancouver from Montreal in 2000. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in psychology at Mount Allison University in 1986, and a Master of Education in counselling at McGill University in 1993. Joanne has been working with individuals who have disabilities since 1986. She began working with children and adults in residential, recreational and educational settings, before moving on to consulting with families.
Shabnam Charkhchi, M.Ed.

Shabnam has been a Behaviour Consultant at Laurel Behaviour Support Services since January 2017. Shabnam earned her Bachelor of Science from Thompson Rivers University, an advanced certification in disability and applied behaviour analysis in 2014 from Douglas College, and a Master of Education specializing in applied behaviour analysis in 2016 from Arizona State University. Prior to joining Laurel, Shabnam had worked with children under the age of six and school-age children as a Behaviour Interventionist since 2011. She also worked as a Special Needs Educational Assistant in a school district and as a Senior Behaviour Interventionist conducting and implementing Behaviour Support Plans for over two years. Shabnam is currently working towards her Board certification. She is fluent in both English and Farsi, and can provide services in Farsi upon request.

Blaine Croy, B.Th., M.A.

Blaine has been a Behaviour Consultant with Laurel Behaviour Support Services in the North Okanagan since 2015. His primary work and experience is with adults who have intellectual disabilities, with whom he has been working with since 2000. His educational background includes undergraduate and graduate studies in psychology and counselling. Blaine began working as a Behavioural Consultant with adults who have intellectual disabilities in the South Okanagan in 2013. He spent four years working in both Africa and Haiti. His international work experience is a great asset when working in a multicultural environment.

Alysha Donko, MS, BST

Alysha is a Behaviour Consultant for Laurel Behaviour Support Services. She is originally from Ontario and completed a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo. Alysha went on to complete an advanced certificate in behaviour science technology from George Brown College in Toronto. In 2012, she became an Instructor Therapist for Breakthrough Autism and was later promoted to Clinical Lead Instructor, supervising children aged 2 to 14 with autism. She recently graduated with a Master of Science in ABA and Autism with The Sage Colleges in May 2016 and is working towards certification. Alysha lives in Lake Country, BC and is working in the North and South Okanagan regions providing support to adults with intellectual disabilities.

Amanda George, B.A.
Amanda earned her Bachelor of Psychology from Simon Fraser University in 1999. She began working as a Behaviour Interventionist in an EIBI program (Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention) with children with autism under the age of six. She became a Behaviour Consultant with Laurel Behaviour Support Services in 2007, and currently supports families with school-age children who have ASD and other intellectual disabilities. Amanda is also a Certified Triple P® (Stepping Stones) Provider.
Nadia Galvan Hernandez, B.A.

Nadia holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a major in education, as well as a diploma in child psychology. Since 2007, she has been working with both children and adults who have autism and/or an intellectual disability. Nadia has worked as a Behaviour Interventionist with young children and has run parenting workshops. She has also been involved in supporting adults with intellectual disabilities in life skills training and community inclusion activities. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Education program and graduate coursework in applied behaviour analysis at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, and is working towards her certification. Nadia is also fluent in both English and Spanish.

Julie Lafontaine, B.A.
Julie began volunteering with individuals with intellectual disabilities when she was in high school. Upon completing a B.A. in psychology, she began working with individuals with autism at a residential treatment centre. She has been a Behaviour Consultant with Laurel since 1992. This opportunity has equipped her with extensive training and experience working with families and individuals with challenging behaviours.
Joyce Leung, B.A.
Since 2006, Joyce has worked with children with autism and other intellectual disabilities, and has experience working with children aged 2 to 18 in both group and one-on-one settings. She has a Bachelor of Arts (psychology) from Simon Fraser University. Joyce also completed the Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis program at Douglas College and is currently working toward her certification. She is fluent in both English and Cantonese, and can provide services in Cantonese upon request.
Erika Lindstrom, B.Ed.

Erika earned her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University in Ontario in 2009/2010, but has been working with children and youth with a variety of exceptionalities since 2003 in a residential summer camp setting. Following graduation, she served as the Director of Inclusion at the same summer camp, at which young people and adults with exceptionalities were included as campers through 1:1 support or as staff with job coaching support. After being hired by the Toronto District School Board, Erika worked with a variety of students with exceptional needs as a Special Education Teacher for 5 years. In 2016 she moved to BC to pursue a Master’s in Education at the University of British Columbia and simultaneously worked as an Educational Instructor and Teacher on Call at a private autism school. She is currently pursuing BCBA certification while completing her coursework at UBC.

Jesse Lo, B.A.

Jesse graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in honours psychology. He also completed the diploma program in special education at UBC in 2015. He is currently enrolled in the master’s program in special education with a concentration in autism and developmental disabilities at UBC. Jesse has worked with children and youth who have autism and other intellectual disabilities in home and school settings since 2012. He is fluent in English and Cantonese, and can provide services in Cantonese and Mandarin upon request.

Janet MacFarlane, BA (Hons.), MA, BCBA
Janet has worked in the field of developmental disabilities since 1997 with individuals of all ages. She has been a Behaviour Consultant at Laurel Behaviour Support Services since 2011 and is currently a full-time consultant and part-time Clinical Supervisor. Janet completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with first class honours, and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology at Simon Fraser University. She has been on the RASP list since December 2010 and became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst in 2014. Janet has also completed coursework in the Early Start Denver Model and is working towards certification as an ESDM Therapist.
Lisa Nott, M.Ed., BCBA
Lisa is one of our Behaviour Consultants on Vancouver Island. She has a Master of Education with a concentration in autism and developmental disabilities from the University of British Columbia. In 2014, she became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). In addition to growing up with a brother who has severe mental and physical challenges, Lisa has been professionally involved in the field of autism and intellectual disabilities since 2004. Her work has focused on ABA therapy with children and youth who have intellectual, emotional and behaviour disorders. She has utilized her skills in a variety of settings, including schools, private practices, clinics and homes.
Kelly Riccardi, M.Ed., RASP

Kelly is a Behaviour Consultant for Laurel Behaviour Support Services. After earning a General Arts degree from Capilano University in 2006, Kelly received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. After completing his degree, he pursued a professional dance career with SOULdiers Dance Company and became interested in adaptive performing arts. He later became an at-home Behaviour Interventionist through Harmony House, where he was trained in the principles and application of ABA. While gaining experience in the field, he completed his post-baccalaureate diploma in applied behaviour analysis from Capilano University. He completed his practicum and BCaBA coursework hours in a multidisciplinary practice and became a Senior Behaviour Interventionist who was responsible for training interventionists. Kelly created an adaptive dance program as part of many clients’ ABA programs, and assisted BCBAs in developing and overseeing individual programs for children in the centre-based program over the course of five years. During this time, he earned his Master of Education degree in applied behaviour analysis from Arizona State University in May 2016, and completed his BCBA supervision. In 2017, Kelly began his new role as a Behaviour Consultant at posAbilities, and is hoping to write his BCBA board exam in the near future. Kelly has had over nine years’ experience working with children who have autism and various intellectual disabilities, and is proud to be a part of the Laurel team!

Becky Roth, DSW, ABS, MPEd.

Becky has been a Behaviour Consultant for Laurel Behaviour Support Services since August 2015, and a Clinical Supervisor since December 2017. After earning a diploma in developmental services from Fanshawe College, Becky went on to complete a post-graduate certificate in autism and behavioural sciences at the same institution. She then relocated to Waterloo, Ontario, where she completed a degree in honours psychology and social development studies from the University of Waterloo. Following this, she went on to complete a Masters of Professional Education with a focus in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and is working towards certification. While residing in Ontario, Becky spent over five years as a front line staff in multiple residential homes for adults with intellectual disabilities, worked as a behaviour interventionist for children and adolescents, and provided behaviour consultation for children and adolescents. Becky is passionate about working with support teams serving adults with intellectual disabilities, and is always on the lookout for opportunities to share and exchange knowledge within the community. Currently, Becky works primarily in the South Okanagan with adults who have intellectual disabilities and delivers the Behaviour Lead Practicum and Capacity Building sessions in the North and South Okanagan.

Jeremy Sherstone, B.A.

Jeremy joined Laurel in March of 2018 and is currently supporting individuals throughout the South Okanagan valley. Jeremy is originally from Ontario, and has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities for the past 13 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Laurentian University and a graduate certificate in Applied Behaviour Analysis from St. Lawrence College. Jeremy is currently completing graduate studies in special education at the University of British Columbia, and is working towards board certification. Jeremy brings a variety of experience from child and adolescent services, and is particularly interested in providing effective, efficient, and lasting behaviour support services to rural areas in British Columbia.

Victoria Sidorovich, M.Sc., BCaBA

Victoria is a Behaviour Consultant who works for the Parksville-Tofino program on Vancouver Island. She has a master’s degree in psychology and obtained her BCaBA certification in 2015. Victoria has been working with children and adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities since 2009. Prior to joining the Laurel team, Victoria worked as an Educational Assistant at a school board and as a Behaviour Interventionist with a centre-based agency. She has supported adults with complex needs at an ABA-based program of Community Living in Ontario. She is fluent in both English and Russian.

Natalie Storer, M.A. BCBA

Natalie joined the Laurel team as a Behaviour Consultant in 2017. She has been working in the field of ABA and developmental/intellectual disabilities since 2007. Following the completion of a BSc. (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Leeds (UK) in 2008, she began her graduate career as a Behaviour Interventionist at a specialized ABA school in the UK. She moved to Australia in 2010, and progressed to a Senior Behaviour Interventionist and later a Behaviour Consultant for a centre-based ABA program. During this time she completed the BACB’s supervision and coursework requirements, and became a BCaBA in 2013. In 2015, Natalie became a Program Manager for a home-based ABA program for children and adolescents. She completed a Master’s degree in ABA, with a specialization in autism, through Ball State University’s distance learning program, in 2016. Natalie moved to British Columbia in 2017, becoming a BCBA the same year. She is passionate about providing best practice, high quality behavioural services.

Louise Utting, B.Ed., MSW, RSW

Louise has been a Behaviour Consultant at Laurel Behaviour Support Services since early 2016. She has a Bachelor of Education in the primary/junior division from Queens University and went on to complete her Master of Social Work at York University. Prior to joining Laurel, Louise worked for eight years in Canada and overseas with diverse groups of youth who had various abilities, developing and implementing intensive community-based educational programs. Louise also worked with posAbilities’ Shared Living program, where she coordinated community-based living arrangements for adults with intellectual disabilities. Louise currently supports families with school-age children and youth who have autism and/or an intellectual disability.