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Dr. Amanda N. Kelly, was first introduced to the science of behavior analysis, after meeting a young child with autism, while pursuing a career in elementary education. After graduating with her bachelors in Elementary Education from Shepherd University, Dr. Kelly moved from West Virginia to Massachusetts, where she completed coursework and supervision requirements to obtain her BCaBA. Dr. Kelly continued studying the science of behavior analysis, earning her masters and doctorate in Behavior Analysis from Simmons University, and obtaining her BCBA and BCBA-D, respectively. After successfully defending her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Kelly relocated from New England to the island of Oʻahu, where she championed autism insurance and advocated for licensure for behavior analysts. In 2016, Dr. Kelly became the first behavior analyst licensed in Hawaiʻi. Throughout her career, Dr. Kelly has focused on showcasing effective applications of behavior analysis, most notably extending to areas of education, public policy, ethics, and sustainable behavior change. Due to her effective dissemination and advocacy efforts, Dr. Kelly has been awarded the Jerry Shook Practitioner of the Year (2012), Advocacy Group of the Year (2015), and Provider Advocate of the Year (2019). Dr. Kelly is considered a thought-leader in behavior analysis and education and is often highly sought after as a speaker at national, as well as international events (Thailand, Israel, Philippines).
Andria Tupola formerly taught music at Leeward Community College. She has earned 2 degrees in music education (a M.A. from the University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa and a B.M. from Brigham Young University) and is currently completing a PhD (also in Music). Andria is an honors graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Kapālama, and is an avid fan of both sports and the performing arts. She enjoys spending time with family, especially her husband, Tavo, and their two daughters. In 2018, Andria ran for Governor of the State of Hawai’i; she will also be running in 2022. Andria's vision is to create a Hawaiʻi where more local families can afford to live here for generations to come. Andria knows there are systemic issues in our state that must be addressed, which needs to start at the top. Andria believes we cannot solve the problems in Hawaiʻi with the same mindset in which they were created. We need new fresh leadership that puts the people first. Andria firmly believes that this State deserves more and that TOGETHER we all can work towards creating a better Hawaiʻi.