Dr. Kelly began her advocacy adventure by petitoning for autism insurance in Massachusetts. In 2010 when the bill passed, Dr. Kelly attended the bill signing. In 2012, Dr. Kelly attended hearings and met with legislators in Massachusetts in support of licensure for behavior analysts, which successfully passed that same year. Later that fall, Dr. Kelly was awarded the Jerry Shook Practitioner of the Year from BABAT for her dissemination and advocacy efforts. In 2013, after completing her PhD, Dr. Kelly relocated to Hawai'i. After only a few weeks on island, Dr. Kelly attended a legislative stakeholder meeting. In 2014, after a grueling and defeating legislative session, Dr. Kelly was invited to visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to learn more about national legislative matters. Later that same year, Dr. Kelly was offered a scholarship to attend the Autism Law Summit. In 2015, autism insurance successfully passed in Hawai'i, as did the companion licensure bill for behavior analysts. In 2015, Dr. Kelly accepted the Advocacy Group of the Year award from Autism Speaks, on behalf of the Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA). In 2016, Dr. Kelly became the first Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Hawai'i. Dr. Kelly has been active in Hawai'i and has volunteered on several boards, including HABA (2014-2019) and the Hawaii Disability Rights Center (2016-2020). In 2017, Dr. Kelly created the For Our Keiki Facebook page and in 2018, "Together For Our Keiki" was officially incorporated as a non-profit. In 2019, Dr. Kelly received the "Provider Advocate of the Year" at the Autism Law Summit in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Jennifer Lonardo has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the American University of Paris and is fluent in French. She completed her Masters program in Professional Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) and earned her BCBA. Jennifer has over 10 years of experience in the fields of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Human Services. She has worked in hospitals and schools, in-homes, and in residential programs for children and adults with mild, moderate, and severe impairments. Jennifer has completed internships in neuropsychology and ABA in hospitals and homes in Paris, France and has worked in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, California, and currently Hawaiʻi. In addition to her time as a behavior analyst and TFOK board member, Jennifer also serves on the Legislative Committee for the Hawaiʻi Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA).
Lara Bollinger is a third year law student at UDC Law. She has a B.S. in Family and Community Services from the University of Delaware, an M.S.Ed. in Special Education from Northeastern University, and certification in Behavior Analysis from FIT. Lara has been a BCBA since 2010 and has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings. While in Hawai’i, Lara joined HABA Legislative committee, where she became an advocate for students with disabilities to state legislators, working to achieve successful licensure of Behavior Analysts and statewide Autism insurance reform in Hawai’i. Lara has volunteered with the following law clinics: Legislation, Tzedek DC, Community Development, and Juvenile and Special Education. She has also interned at Advocates for Justice and Education, where she assisted families with accessing appropriate educational services for their children.