presenters listed in the sequence they will be presenting in

Originally from West Oahu, Debi 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 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 her agency's Department of Health -Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DOH-DD/ID) Medicaid Waiver Program as well as the Parent Education and Training Program on Maui.

Debi Hoohuli

 
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.

Jennifer Lonardo 

 
Maureen grew up in the Bay Area along with her 4 siblings, one of which struggled with severe disabilities. Because of the strong advocacy of her mother, her brother now lives a fulfilling and independent life. Maureen models that strong advocacy for her own 2 beautiful daughters who are both diagnosed with Autism along with co-occurring conditions. Maureen and her husband of 33 years have 4 wonderful children, and recently retired from 25 years of fostering medically complex infants. She is passionate about helping and supporting other parents to advocate for their children in the special education system.

Maureen McComas 

Dr. Maile Rogers grew up in Aina Haina and was the second oldest of 6 kids. Dr. Rogers' older brother was severely disabled; one of his diagnoses was autism. Naturally, Dr. Rogers and her siblings grew up advocating for her brother and others with similar challenges. Dr. Rogers and her husband, Tyler have been married for 12 years and have 4 beautiful children together; 2 boys and 2 girls. Their oldest son, age 8, is brilliant and kind and thoughtful, and is on the autism spectrum. More recently their youngest son, now age 4, was also diagnosed with autism. As a family, they do their best to enjoy every little milestone and take each day as it comes. In addition to her role as a full-time mother and volunteer advocate, Dr. Rogers is also a volunteer member of the PAIMI (Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Council. Dr. Rogers and her family now reside in Utah, where her keiki have been thriving.

Maile Moody-Rogers, PhD

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).

Amanda N Kelly, PhD

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.

Andria Tupola

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.

Karen Tyson, PsyD

Also joining us, Together For Our Keiki Board Members, Advocates, & Ambassadors

Lara Bollinger, J.D.

Lisa Sakuda

Jessica Akiona

Stefany Guerrero

Ashley Monden