Our Team

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 Manager

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.

Clinical Supervisors

Alysha Donko, M.Sc., BCBA
Alysha has been a Behaviour Consultant for Laurel Behaviour Support Services since 2015. She is originally from Ontario and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Waterloo. Alysha went on to complete an advanced certificate in Behaviour Science Technology (BST) from George Brown College in Toronto. She has worked in a staffed residence for adults with congenital deaf blindness and at an Intense Behavioural Intervention (IBI) centre for children and teens with autism. She completed a Master of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Autism from The Sage Colleges in May 2016 and completed her board certification in February 2019. Alysha works in the North and South Okanagan regions, providing behaviour support to adults with intellectual disabilities. She is regularly involved in delivering workshops and training to parents and other service providers. Alysha is also a certified trainer for PEERS for Young Adults and facilitates groups focussing on teaching social skills in the region.
Sherry Nassrin, M.Ed, BCBA, Sexual Health Educator
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

Srishti Arora, BSc., BCaBA
Srishti is a Behaviour Consultant for Laurel Behaviour Support Services. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelors of Science in Health Science. Srishti then pursued her post-baccalaureate in Applied Behaviour Analysis through Capilano University and also attained her qualification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). She has the training to implement PECS® (picture exchange communication system). She is passionate about early intervention and using applied behaviour analysis in a collaborative approach to help the families gain the skills to help their children develop functional communication, play, and life skills that will create a positive long-term outcome for the family as a whole. Srishti is fluent in both English and Hindi and can provide services in Hindi upon request.
Ateeq Awan, M.A., BCBA
Ateeq is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and currently works at Laurel as a behaviour consultant. Ateeq’s educational background includes a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) from Brock University. Over the years, Ateeq has worked with children and adults with a wide range of developmental disabilities (e.g., autism, intellectual disability, etc.). Ateeq has extensive experience supporting individuals with complex behavioural challenges and providing ABA-based training to families, behaviour interventionists, and residential care teams. Ateeq’s aim is to promote ethical practices while making a socially significant impact in the lives of persons with special needs
Saddiqua Bacchus, M.Ed., BCBA
Saddiqua is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) for Laurel Behaviour Support Services (LBSS), approaching 20 years of experience supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities. Saddiqua has experience supporting both adults and children with varying degrees of complexity and needs. She appreciates that continuous learning, skill development, and peer consultation with colleagues are important aspects in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Keeping up to date on current developments in the field, including implementing evidence-based practices, and maintaining her certification is paramount to producing and recommending effective programs for families and individuals. As a member of the LBSS team, Saddiqua accesses many opportunities to maintain and build new skill sets, as well as explore unique opportunities in the field of ABA through encouragement from her team. Saddiqua is proud and appreciative of her role as part of the Laurel team!
Brandon Beaton, MPEd ABA, BCBA
Brandon is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working with a variety of adolescent and adult individuals who have been diagnosed with a wide range of disabilities since 2012. 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. He currently delivers capacity building sessions in both the North and South Okanagan, but consults primarily in the North Okanagan. Brandon holds a Masters of Professional Education in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis from the University of Western Ontario.
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., BCBA
Shabnam has her Master in Education in Curriculum & Instruction (Teaching and Learning) with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis and Autism Spectrum through Arizona State University. She earned an advanced certification in disability and applied behaviour analysis in 2014 from Douglas College. Shabnam is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). She is a “Category B” Behaviour Consultant on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP). Shabnam has been a Behaviour Consultant at Laurel Behaviour Support Services since January 2017. 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 passionate about early intervention and providing parent training to address and support the unique needs of each child and family. 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.
Donna Dan, B.A.
Donna has her Bachelor of Psychology degree from Simon Fraser University. Since 2007, she has worked with children with autism in home setting, group setting, and school setting. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Counselling: Art Therapy program at Adler University. Donna hopes she could combine art therapy and counseling knowledge to support special needs children and their families. Donna is fluent in both English and Mandarin. She can provide services in Mandarin upon request.
Heidi Davidson, M.Ed
Heidi is a Behaviour Consultant with the Parksville-Tofino program on Vancouver Island. Hailing originally from Victoria, she headed to Australia for an adventure and stayed there for 16 years before the Island called her back after a two-year stopover in Germany. She holds a Master of Special Education from Flinders University, Australia and also holds current BC Teacher’s Registration. Heidi has been working with children and adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities since 2003. Prior to joining the Laurel team, Heidi worked as a Special Education teacher in self-contained classrooms and Special Schools in Australia for 14 years. Heidi brings a wealth of knowledge around diversity and multiculturalism, as well as an international perspective on disability and best practice.
Zana Dojnov, BA
Zana is a Behaviour Consultant with Laurel Behaviour Support Services. She has been working for more than 15 years in different educational settings, home settings, and family resources services where she provided support to children of all age groups and their families. Zana has her diploma in ECCE, BA in Applied Behaviour Analysis – Autism, and she is currently completing her Master in Exceptional Student Education with specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis at University of West Florida. Zana is fluent and can provide service in Serbian, Bosnian, and Croatian.
Magdalen Dydula, ECE, ABS, MP.Ed.
Magdalen works as a Behaviour Consultant for Laurel Behaviour Support Services in the Okanagan Region. She is originally from Toronto, Ontario. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology from Ryerson University, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Autism & Behavioural Science from George Brown College, and a Master of Professional Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis from the University of Western Ontario. Magdalen’s roles in the field have varied from a Respite Care Provider, to Intensive Behaviour Therapist, to Lead Instructor Therapist, to Behaviour Consultant, prior to her relocating to British Columbia in July of 2019. She presently provides support to adults with diverse abilities in both the North and South Okanagan Regions.
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, M.Ed., BCBA
Nadia is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who works in the North and South Okanagan. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Major in Educational Psychology in Mexico and holds a Master of Education degree from the University of British Columbia. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Applied Behaviour Analysis and a Diploma in Child Psychology. She is passionate about diversity, inclusion, and social justice and has been working in the field of education in Mexico and Canada for the last 11 years. Nadia is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Phoebe Hu, M.Ed.
Phoebe recently completed her Master of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and became a Behaviour Consultant for Laurel Behaviour Support Services. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Counselling from Simon Fraser University in 2015. Prior to joining posAbilities, she has worked directly in the ABA field for over 6 years, as a Senior Behaviour Interventionist and as a Program Manager on home teams and social skills groups throughout the Lower Mainland. However, her experiences in providing care and support to children and families span closer to 10 years, and extend into different school, community and hospital settings. These experiences include working with individuals ages 2-19, with a wide range of disabilities and disorders, including ASD, ADHD, ODD, anxiety and Down Syndrome. Phoebe is currently pursuing her BCBA certification, and is very excited to be part of the Laurel team. She also has a working fluency in both Mandarin and French.
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.
Jesse Lo, M.Ed., BCBA
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.
Aoife Lyons, MSc, ABA
Aoife is a Behaviour Consultant working with Laurel Behaviour Support Services. She has worked with children and adults with a range of abilities and challenges since 2012 including as a support worker, educational assistant and behaviour consultant. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Social Science in 2010 from University College Dublin and completed a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Bangor University, Wales in 2015.
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.
Becky Molly, DSW, ABS, MPEd, BCBA
Becky has been a Behaviour Consultant for Laurel Behaviour Support Services since August 2015. 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.
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.
Alice Park, B.A., M.PEd.
Alice is a Behaviour Consultant with Laurel Behaviour Support Services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of British Columbia and a Master of Professional Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis from University of Western Ontario. With diverse experiences in working with children and youths, Alice began to work with children with autism as a Behaviour Interventionist in numerous home-based teams, camps, preschools and social skill groups since 2016 and has gained experiences working as a Program Manager in private teams prior to joining LBSS. She also worked as an Education Assistant in various elementary and secondary schools in the Vancouver School District, supporting students day-to-day with their Individual Education Plans and Behaviour Intervention Plans. Alice is fluent in both English and Korean and is devoted to disseminating effective behavior strategies across various cultures to ultimately decrease stigma and raise awareness of autism.
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 travelled down to UCLA to become certified in the science-based PEERS curriculum and currently runs PEERS programs both in person and virtually across the Lower Mainland. 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!
Jylah Ritmeester, MSc, BCBA
Jylah is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been with Laurel Behaviour Support Services since in 2019, when he moved with his family to Victoria from Vancouver. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UBC, and a master’s in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Autism from The Sage Colleges. He has more than 20 years’ experience working with people from all backgrounds with various types of challenges. Jylah has worked as a support worker, a behaviour interventionist, a junior behavior consultant and program supervisor prior to his move to Victoria. He continues to hone his knowledge and skills across all domains of applied behaviour analysis. Jylah also enjoys exploring beautiful Vancouver Island with his family and is grateful to be living here.
Jeremy Sherstone, M.Ed.
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., BCBA
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 BCBA certification in 2018. 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.
Angel Tung, M.Ed., BCBA
Angel is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and completed a Master of Education in Special Education in Autism and Developmental Disabilities at UBC. Angel holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from UBC, a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Special Education from SFU, and a Mathematics and Science Teaching Diploma from Douglas College. She has been working with children and youth with various abilities since 2010 and has been a special education teacher in both elementary and secondary public schools since 2012 in the Lower Mainland. Angel is also fluent in Cantonese.
Louise Utting, B.Ed., MSW, RSW, Sexual Health Educator
Louise has been a Behaviour Consultant at Laurel Behaviour Support Services since early 2016, and has been working within the team as a sexual health educator since 2019. 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, and completed the Sexual Health Education Certification (SHEC) program with Options for Sexual Health. 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, youth, and adults who have autism and/or an intellectual disability.
Kelly Warburton, M.Ed.
Kelly recently completed a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education, with a concentration in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, at the University of British Columbia. She completed a Concurrent Education degree at Brock University, which included Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) and Bachelor of Physical Education (B.Ph.Ed.). She furthered her studies to include Special Education Part One, American Sign Language (ASL) Level One, and an Indigenous Canada course. She has been a Behaviour Consultant at Laurel Behaviour Support Services since 2018. Prior to joining Laurel, Kelly worked with children and adults with a wide range of disabilities and disorders (i.e., ASD, ADHD, FASD, ODD, Down Syndrome, mental illness), within school, home, and community settings. She was a teacher for over two years before switching into the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis. She taught for 1 year in two remote Indigenous communities in Manitoba, as an Alternative Education and Resource teacher. Kelly is fluent in English and knows basic American Sign Language. She is currently pursuing her BCBA certification and proud to be part of the Laurel team!
Janice Wong, M.Sc. BCBA
Janice is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Special Education. She also holds a Master of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) from Queen’s University, Belfast. She has worked with and case managed children and youth with autism and other intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in home and residential setting since 2013. She is fluent in English and can provide services in Cantonese upon request.
Allison Worrin, M.Ed., BCBA
Allison completed a Master of Education in Special Education – Autism & Developmental Disabilities at UBC in 2017 and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. She also has a Bachelor Degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis – Autism and over ten years of experience working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis. 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. She is certified to teach the PEERS curriculum and is proud to be a part of the Laurel team.