Ashley Monden is a Licensed Special Education teacher, who is in her second year teaching at an elementary school on Oahu. Before relocating to Oahu, Ashley worked as a teacher on Hawaiʻi Island. Prior to becoming a teacher, Ashley worked as an Educational Assistant (EA) for close to a decade. Currently, in addition to working as a public school teacher, Ashley also works part-time as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) for an ABA Agency on Oahu. Ashley obtained her Masters in Special Education from Chaminade University and has completed the approved course sequence in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from the University of West Florida (UWF). Ashely is an active member of the Hawaiʻi Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) Legislative Committee.
Crystal Amelang graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 2002 and has now been working in pediatrics for 15 years. She has experience working in a variety of pediatric settings including the home, community parks, beaches, public and private schools and play based sensory clinics. These opportunities have allowed her to treat children with a variety of developmental delays and given her extensive experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum and with Sensory Processing Disorders. Crystal is an Advanced Integrated Listening System (iLs) Practitioner, Advanced Pediatric Interactive Metronome (IM) Practitioner, an Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner (SIPT). Crystal has completed 500 hours of training in massage therapy, which she incorporates into her pediatric practice, as well as training in CranioSacral Therapy provided by the Upledger Institute. Crystal relocated to Hawaii in 2009 and realized there was a great need for specialized therapies for the pediatric population on Oahu. At that time she began her pursuit to bring Sprouts Therapy to life, founding the Oahu based program in December of 2010.
Debi Hoohuli, originally from West Oahu, has more than 15 years of experience working in various capacities and environments with children, adolescents and adults with special needs and their families in the State of Hawaiʻi. She has provided services to clients in therapeutic living programs, forensic housing programs, group homes, alternative learning centers, military facilities, preschools, public schools, private schools, community settings and home settings. Debi is a graduate student at the University of West Florida and enrolled in the Masters in Exceptional Student Education/Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Specialization program. Her recent professional preferences include Parent Training/Consultation and Direct Care Staff Training. Debi is committed to the dissemination and ethical implementation of behavior analysis throughout Hawai’i nei. Debi currently oversees the agency’s Department of Health -Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DOH-DD/ID) Medicaid Waiver Program as well as the Parent Education and Training Program for ABA agency on Maui.
Dr. Karen Tyson is a Pediatric Neuropsychologist and the Chief Clinical Psychologist at the LD-ADHD Center of Hawaii. She is a nationally recognized expert in the area of learning disabilities and special education law and advocacy. A graduate of the Wrightslaw Special Education Advocacy program at the William and Mary School of Law she is called upon to lecture and testify in court for learning-disabled students across the United States. Dr. Tyson’s clinic, the LD-ADHD Center of Hawaii has multiple offices on Oahu and also on the Big Island. She is an approved APPIC training site for graduate students pursuing their doctorate in clinical psychology and mentors and trains students across Hawaii. She specializes in learning disabilities, ADHD and Autism and conducts exhaustive neuropsychological evaluations to assist families and schools in better understanding a child’s strengths and deficits. She is also an active researcher; current research studies include gender differences in girls with autism as well as a reverse longitudinal study of the effects of Pitocin on the brain and possible correlations with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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.