MA, BCBA, COBA, Owner, Clinical Director, CEO
Nora has the heart to see children, teens, and families grow and thrive to become the best version they can be. She has been working with children of all ages and various disabilities since 2005. She was as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher in Colorado Springs, Colorado for 4 years and an ABA therapist in a clinic setting during the summers.
In November 2007, she received the Teacher's First Award for Southern Colorado. In 2009, Nora became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and began working with Autistic children and their families in their homes, community, and schools in Dayton, Ohio.
Nora founded Achieve Together Behavior Services, LLC in 2009 to provide more children and families with the opportunity to grow and have a balanced and happy life. She has worked with children from 2 to 19 years old on the autism spectrum. Nora received her Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-6 teaching) at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, her Master's Degree at the University of Colorado at Denver in Early Childhood Special Education, and her Applied Behavior Analysis Certification through Pennsylvania State University's Distance Learning Program. Nora specializes in teens who need help building conversation, social and transitional life skills. She also works with preschool and elementary aged children and specializes in language and social skills development.
Nora is a working towards her certification in Nonviolent Communication. She is passionate about creating an empathetic environment for clients, parents and staff.
Jessica carries a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has worked in the field of ABA since 2009 and has welcomed all the different perspectives of the autism spectrum.
Jessica brings a high level of skill, functional tools, creativity, compassion, and kindness to every family she serves. She enjoys this work because of all the wonderful people she gets to meet, the confidence she sees kids acquire and how the lives of families change because of it.
Specializing in young children, she focuses on decreasing problem behavior and creating an environment where kids are motivated to do amazing things. She's been with ATBS since 2015.
MA, BCBA, COBA
Safety Care Trainer
Sarah Yahna (Hudgens), is an accomplished Intervention Specialist and BCBA. With 14 years of experience teaching grades k-12 in Beavercreek, Milford, and St. Louis public school districts, teaching academics, life skills, and transition/pre-vocational skills. Sarah was honored to be selected as Teacher of the Year in 2017 for Beavercreek City Schools. She served on the district’s behavior support team for 3 years, consulting and working with teachers within the district, as well as assisting in training teachers and paraprofessionals in principles of ABA. She will provide ongoing training, and supervision of our Learning Pod program individually and in a group setting.
Sarah was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri. She has been involved with children and adults with special needs the majority of her life, in the classroom, residential and group home settings. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor's degree as an Intervention Specialist in 2007, and began teaching children with mild/moderate/severe disabilities. Sarah attended Florida Tech Institute with a focus in behavior analysis. She enjoys the challenges and milestones that working in this field brings and especially teaching life skills and social skills.
Sarah enjoys running, biking, hiking and competitive Irish dancing. She has been with ATBS since 2017 providing behavior therapy and consultation as an Intervention Specialist.
MS, BCBA, COBA
Clinical Director of the Learning Pods Program
Alexandra is an autistic BCBA who holds a BS in Physics and MS in ABA. She has worked in education since 2013, across a variety of settings and roles. She is from California, and moved to Ohio in 2020 to work with ATBS. Alexandra brings her own experiences learning to navigate society as autistic while embracing stimming and giving up appearing normal. She is passionate about ABA reform and creating accommodating and affirming spaces for neurodivergent folk.
In addition to working at ATBS, Alexandra spends her time advocating for neurodiversity affirming practices within ABA. She also enjoys spending time with her cats and husband, playing board and role-playing games, swing dancing, and cooking.
MS, BCBA, COBA
Clinical Director Designee
Zane Ferguson has been with ATBS since 2016 and a BCBA since 2021. In 2020, he published a research article in conjunction with Dr. Fred Peterson, Psy.D. Zane became an Elevatus Trainer in 2021 to provide the community and ATBS with an evidenced based approach to increasing accessibility of sex and sexuality education for the I/DD population for ATBS.
Zane has worked with young children, teens, and young adults. He brings with him experience in sex education, research and advocacy.
Zane enjoys spending his personal time seeing live music, doing oil painting, and playing tabletop and board games.
M.Ed. BCBA, COBA
Alex has been blessed to work with ATBS since 2018. As a military spouse, Alex has had the opportunity to work in a variety of jobs over the years. She has managed international logistics accounts for automobile manufacturers, worked in operations at headquarters for grocery store chains, spent time as a veterinary assistant and run a small health and wellness facility. She has extensive experience in both logistics and account management and she excels at systems analysis and organization.
When Alex first began working at ATBS, she quickly fell in love with ABA, as a compassionate and dignified approach to helping others. Her work at ATBS soon became not only a job, but something in which she passionately believes. Her favorite part of her job is getting to see the kids that ATBS supports. Her second favorite part of her job is getting to know and support the amazing parents that come through these doors.
Alex lives with her husband of 10 years and their 3 “fur monsters”, Casper, Bri and Tali. Due to her husband’s career in the military, they are currently stationed in Biloxi, MS. In her off- hours Alex loves hiking, biking, skiing, swimming and anything outdoors. She is passionate about dog training, and she and her dog, Casper, are a certified therapy dog team! But mostly, Alex loves spending time with her “pack”, whether it be lying outside in the grass or curled up on the couch watching Harry Potter for the 100th time.
Over the years, Alex has learned that what makes a job truly special isn’t what you are doing, but the people with whom you are doing it. Alex is so honored to be working among such an exceptional team and to be able to fully believe in work that ATBS accomplishes.