Leah Gongola, Ph.D., BCBA-D, COBA has licensure in general and special education. She taught in the classroom and was a home-based Medicaid provider. Gongola was also an Associate Professor in the Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology Department at Youngstown State University. Dr. Gongola currently directs Proactive Behavior Services and Camp Sunshine of Aurora, a nonprofit summer camp designed to meet individualized needs for students with disabilities. Dr. Gongola is passionate about applying the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) across a variety of settings and in setting up plans and programs that infuse the science of ABA in tandem with behavioral artistry and the human connection.
Dr. Loudon is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). She taught moderate to intensive special education elementary through middle school for 26 years and is an adjunct professor at Youngstown State University. Jen received a Masters in Supervision and Curriculum from Wright State University and a Doctorate in Special Education from Kent State University. In 2017, Jen was awarded the Outstanding Special Educator award through the National Association of Special Education Teachers. Jen’s expertise is in the areas of autism, behavioral interventions, curriculum modifications, and accommodations.
Ashley Krznar BCBA, COBA, is a behavior analyst working with individuals with exceptionalities in home and school settings. She earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood and special education and master’s degree in special education. Krznar co-developed Breaking Boundaries, a social skills group for adults with exceptionalities.
Gay Dent-Yonkers is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her Masters Degree in Education with a major in Community Counseling and an emphasis on marriage and family. Gay achieved her board certification in behavior analysis (BCBA) in 2018. She is a certified CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention trainer. Gay worked for Orange City Schools for 33 years as an Intervention Specialist and Behavior Coach. She holds permanent teaching licenses across a variety of specialty areas and grade levels K-12. She has provided services across many different settings including in-home, separate facility, and school-based for children and adults with various emotional needs and abilities. Gay enjoys training families and other professionals about the application of behavior analysis. Her goal for all clients is to create comprehensive, evidence-based programs that encompass social, behavioral, and life skills, using the strengths and preferences of the individual.
Courtney Downing is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst that provides services to children and adults with exceptionalities. She earned her undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University and her Master’s degree in Special Education from The Ohio State University. Courtney has provided ABA services in a variety of settings including schools, homes, and other residential settings. She was a co-author in a published article in the Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities journal and has presented at the NADD national and Ohio conferences. Courtney is passionate about connecting with individuals and using Applied Behavior Analysis practices to enhance their lives.