HUNTSVILLE TEAM MEMBERS
Vasuda Bangalore, M.S., BCBA, LBA
(Director/LICENSED Behavior Analyst)
Ms.Vasuda Bangalore has over eight years of experience working with children in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, in-home, community, and clinics.
In 2013, she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As an undergraduate, she participated in internships and volunteer projects where she worked with clients with developmental disabilities. This furthered her interest in the field and led to a pursuit of graduate education in Psychology.
In May of 2013, Vasuda received a graduate assistantship to attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe. As a graduate assistant, she taught undergraduate psychology courses, participated in several research projects, and attended conferences that allowed her to learn more about the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. During Fall of 2014, she began her BCBA supervision field work and graduated with her Master of Science in Psychology.
After obtaining her graduate education, Vasuda completed her BCBA fieldwork hours in Huntsville, Alabama. She successfully obtained her BCBA certification in Fall 2016 and began working as a Clinician in Augusta, Georgia.
In early 2017, Vasuda returned to Huntsville to develop an ABA program that focuses on generalization and natural environment training for clients with autism and related developmental disabilities.
Vasuda enjoys meeting new faces, attending conferences, and implementing a holistic treatment approach. She believes that collaboration between caregivers, siblings, educators, and other paraprofessionals leads to more effective outcomes. She looks forward to celebrating every accomplishment with her entire team and her families!
Alicia Leslie Jackson, M.S.,BCBA, LBA
(DIRECTOR OF CAREGIVER AND STAFF RELATIONS/Licensed Behavior Analyst)
Alicia Jackson, is a native of Huntsville, AL and now resides with her husband in Madison, AL. In August 2002, Alicia began her college education at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology (2006) and a Master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Development (2010)
In March 2012, she joined the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in an ABA Outpatient Clinic Program. Alicia transitioned to working as a classroom therapist, in-home therapist, and social skills enrichment instructor. In a very short time, Alicia discovered her true passion and purpose…working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders.
In 2013, Alicia enrolled in St. Joseph's University and completed a post master's program in Applied Behavioral Analysis, and in July 2015, obtained her BCBA. She has almost 6 years of experience as a classroom therapist, in-home therapist, social skills enrichment instructor, supervisor, and administrator. She loves working with children to help them learn, grow, and reach their full potential and also enjoys working with dedicated team members who share the same passion!
PAULA spicerkuhn, M.ed.,BCBA, LBA
(DIRECTOR OF HABILITATION SERVICES AND FACILITY OPERATIONS MANAGER/Licensed Behavior Analyst)
Paula Spicerkuhn is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with 13 years of experience working with children and young adults in a variety of settings, including group homes, hospitals, in-home, community and clinical settings.
Paula received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology in 2006 from the University of Arizona. During her undergraduate years is when Paula started working as a habilitation and respite worker for individuals on the autism spectrum. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Paula started working for Intermountain Centers for Human Development (ICHD) in Tucson, AZ. Paula worked in a group setting for individuals with high behavioral needs, which led into in-home work as Paula worked with the group homes families to transition children home. She continued working with ICHD as an intensive in-home worker, which included creating and training teams in behavior intervention plans across settings. Paula worked with doctors, therapists, teachers and social workers to coordinate care. She worked to make sure treatment for individuals was consistent across, home school and community settings.
In 2013 Paula graduated from the Northern Arizona University with a Master’s in Special Education and graduate certificate in Positive Behavioral Supports.
Paula became a BCBA in 2014 and became in Clinical Supervisor at ICHD directing the Therapeutic Day program, Young Adult and Intensive In-home programs. She moved to Huntsville in 2016 and became an ABA consultant before starting at Inquiring Minds in February of 2018.
Paula enjoys working in team setting and believes that coordination of care provides for best possible treatment outcome for all individuals.
Nina Sallis (BOARD CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST)
Ms. Nina Sallis was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2010, she moved to Mobile, Alabama to attend classes at the University of South Alabama. In 2015, Nina transferred back to the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In 2016, she received her BA in psychology. Nina was introduced to the field of ABA in 2016 and fell in love right away. She quickly started gaining experience in clinic, home, and community settings. That same year Nina started pursuing classes in ABA at Ball State University Online. In 2017, Nina graduated with a MA in Applied Behavior Analysis with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Nina has held an RBT certification for 2 years and plans on becoming a BCBA in the near future. Nina is passionate about working with children. She believes that children are truly our future and should be our number one priority. She wants to help every child she can to reach their full potential.
Jacob Doss (Registered Behavior Technician)
Mr. Jacob Doss graduated with his Master’s Degree in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2012, but recently completed a post-graduate re-specialization program in ABA at the same academic institution. Jacob completed his undergraduate studies at Birmingham-Southern College in 2004, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He has over seven years of experience providing therapeutic services to varied client populations in multiple settings, including out-patient substance abuse services, criminal populations, and those with severe mental illness in group homes and residential environments. During this time he served as Director of Residential Services for Walker and Winston counties, overseeing the daily operation of three group homes and one set of supervised apartments. His duties also included screening clients from both Bryce Hospital and North Alabama Regional Hospital for potential placement in these community residential environments. Most recently, Jacob worked as a therapist for clients committed by probate courts or the Alabama Department of Mental Health to a transitional crisis residential unit for stabilization prior to returning to the community. Despite this extensive experience in the field of mental health treatment and program management, Jacob recognized the need for increased measurability and individualization in the services provided to his clients. This prompted his return to graduate studies and introduction to the science of ABA.
Jacob currently resides in Cullman with his wife, Callie, and three children. Callie is a practicing clinical herbalist, owner of Vox Herba Apothecary, and soon-to-be graduate from the American College of Healthcare Sciences.Together, they homeschool their three children. Jacob is passionate about psychology, behavior analysis, and applying these fields and methods to help improve the lives of others. In his limited free time, Jacob enjoys playing various musical instruments, collecting vintage books, growing bonsai trees, traveling, and spending quality time with his family.
Christina Cobb (Registered Behavior Technician)
Ms. Christina Cobb received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Photography in 2011. She then obtained he Master’s in Psychology- with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Jacksonville State University in 2015. The following summer, she provided intense canine training to shape obedience as well as decreased undesired behaviors as specified by the owners. Christina worked at a residential program that involved working with teenagers and adults with extreme maladaptive behaviors.
Last year, Christina moved back to the Huntsville area to be in a location that would have a larger demand for ABA services and gain experience with various clientele with a wider range of therapy needs. She then worked with children with autism and other developmental delays, in addition to providing assistance to children within public school settings.
Christina has already completed educational coursework ands currently earning her supervision hours to work toward becoming a BCBA.
In her spare time, Chrisina loves to spend time outdoors, stay active, and visit the lake as often as possible. One of her favorite hobbies is using her “green thumb” to grow a variety of plants, flowers, and garden foods.
Lisa Durham (Registered Behavior Technician)
Ms. Lisa Durham is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. Prior to joining the team at Inquiring Minds, she was a paraprofessional in the educational setting for eight years, where she worked cooperatively with teachers, students, and parents to ensure classroom success for learners with special needs.
Lisa enjoys volunteering with the Walk for Autism, Special Olympics, Autism Family Weekend at Camp ASCCA, and Special Friends Vacation Bible School. She is a voting board member of the H. W. Durham Foundation, a grant-making foundation with a focus on aging issues, including seniors with autism and other developmental disabilities. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys family, friends, books, music, travel, and the great outdoors.
Sarisa Willoughby (Registered Behavior Technician)
Ms. Sarisa Willoughby holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her experience working with children includes, volunteering as a children's summer camp counselor with her church, volunteering with Maker's Child, a church based ministry for children with special needs and their families. Her experience also includes, representing the UAB TRIP Lab at safety seminars in North and Central Alabama, sharing information about the dangers of distracted driving to the youth of local high schools. Sarisa plans to further her education by pursuing her Masters degree in ABA Therapy in the near future.
Shelby wages (Registered Behavior Technician)
Ms. Shelby Wages is pursuing a bachelors degree in Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Shelby has a sister with has Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has known for years that she has a passion for working with children with Autism and developmental disorders. Shelby was employed at the McWane Science Center in Birmingham as an Education Specialist. Here she taught homeschool programs and summer camps, developed curriculum-related programs, traveled around the state presenting science programs in schools, and led an initiative to make the museum sensory friendly through a partnership with Kulture City.
Upon leaving Birmingham, Shelby moved to Huntsville where she worked a paraprofessional with special education students in the Huntsville City School System. This was when Shelby learned about the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and discovered her purpose. She then pursued to become a Registered Behavior Technician and is looking forward to continuing her education to one day achieve her goal of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Bianca Ray (Registered Behavior Technician)
Ms. Bianca Ray is a native of Huntsville Alabama. She began her journey into ABA with her practicum with Glenwood developmental services during her graduate studies at Alabama A&M University. After attaining a Master's of Science degree in Counseling Psychology, Ms. Bianca realized that she had a special place in her art for working with both children and adults who have ASD.
She has became a RBT in 2016, and has discovered new and creative ways to tie her love of art and counseling into NET with each passing day. She loves to sing, dance, and paint with our kiddos everyday. She also takes a special interest in developing social skills and playing to an individual's specific strengths to help them succeed in all areas. Ms. Bianca hopes to further her learning in the field of ABA, and views each day as an opportunity for growth.
ViCToria owen (Registered Behavior Technician)
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hannah williams (Registered Behavior Technician)
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erin whitlow (Registered Behavior Technician)
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