Seattle Behavior Consulting and Therapy

About Us

Mara Oblak, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Director, SBCT
        
BCBA-D #1-09-5509
LBA # BA60770271


Seattle Behavior Consulting and Therapy was founded by Dr. Mara Oblak, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2012. Dr. Oblak received her BA in Special Education and Elementary Education from Gonzaga University in 2005. Following graduation, she moved to New York to study Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis at the Teachers College at Columbia University. She received her MA (2007) and Ph.D. (2010) along with Associate Behavior Analyst and Assistant Research Scientist ranks from the program.

      While in NY, Dr. Oblak worked with middle school children with emotional and behavioral disabilities and elementary aged children with ASD. She also served as preschool teacher for 4 years at a preschool for children with and without disabilities. In 2010, she moved to Southeast Louisiana to teach an inclusion classroom using behavior analysis techniques to individualize instruction for both the regular education and special education students in the classroom. Dr. Oblak also trained undergraduate and graduate students from the local university on the use of those techniques in the classroom. As a native Seattleite, she is excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest to provide services to children and their families.





Jenny Cronier, M.Ed (BCBA 1-14-16889; LBA # BA60770271)
Clinical Director

            Jenny is a graduate of Nicholls State University's Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis Master's program and holds an undergraduate degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. While pursuing a certification in Elementary Education from Nicholls, she felt the need to further her education to better serve students with special needs. 

While completing her graduate studies at Nicholls State University, Mrs. Cronier worked in a variety of educational settings identifying students' developmental cusps and capabilities and  implementing verbal development protocols. With years of special education under her belt, Jenny felt the need to extend her talents to their fullest extent by pursuing her national certification and state licensure in Applied Behavior Analysis. Now a mentor herself, Jenny finds immense gratification in passing her knowledge on to the next generation of graduate students. 






Shakira Callahan 
Practice Manager, SBCT

Shakira Callahan was born and raised in Athens, GA. She has recently relocated to Seattle. She has been employed in the medical field for over 10+ years. She has always had a passion for helping others and loves mentoring young children. She has volunteered with Big Brother Big Sister and Mentors for Life. She also enjoys spending time outdoors and arts & crafts projects. 



SBCT Program Supervisors:


Mara Oblak, Ph.D., BCBA-D #1-09-5509; LBA# BA60770271



Katie Grenny, M.Ed, BCBA (BCBA #1-15-19973; LBA # BA60769857)
Katie discovered her passion for Special Education when she volunteered for Camp Prov at Providence General Hospital, realizing that individualized instruction can have magical effects on children at all points in their lives. She took college classes in high school to speed up her education and recently graduated with her Masters in Early Childhood Special Education with her WA State Teaching Certificate from the University of Washington. In her program, she taught at the Experimental Education Unit, learning about inclusion, early childhood curricula, how to be an asset on a multi-disciplinary team, and how to make evidence-based decisions. Katie passed the BCBA exam in August 2015 and looks forward to serving families in the Pacific Northwest. 



 Rachel Kakach, M.Ed., BCBA (BCBA#1-13-14953; LBA# BA60769899)

Hi! I’m Rachel. Born and raised in Minnesota, I moved out to Washington to attend the University of Puget Sound where I majored in Psychology and French Literary Studies. After I graduated from college, I worked at the University of Washington Autism Center as an interventionist on the Early Steps Study, which provided intensive early intervention services to young children with autism using the Early Start Denver Model. Through this experience, I learned how important it is for an individual’s team – the parents, teachers, ABA therapists, BCBA, and other related-service professionals – to work together to ensure that everyone is on board with the child’s plan. This ultimately led me to go back to school to pursue my Master’s in Education in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Washington. I passed the BCBA exam in September of 2013. I am excited to join the SBCT team!






Cindy Perez M.S., BCBA (BCBA # 1-17-25334; LBA # BA60769903)

I grew up in Southern California and completed my B.A. in Psychology at UCLA. After graduating, I began my career at a non-public school for children with moderate to severe autism. While working at that school I decided to pursue an M.S. in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. In September of 2014 I moved to Washington and have since been working with the SBC&T family. I finished my graduate program December 2015 and I passed the BCBA exam in February 2017. I enjoy reading during my spare time, visiting Seattle's thrift bookstores, and going to boxing/kickboxing classes.








Joshua Haegele, MAAL BCBA (BCBA # 1-16-23295; LBA# BA60769850)



Josh has recently relocated to Seattle from the greater St. Louis area. Joshua studied German and French at Southern Illinois University and earned his masters in Applied Linguistics (Foreign Language Teaching) at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. Joshua jokingly calls this his “3rd Career” and has previously worked in diverse fields such as translation, procurement, and IT before settling on the ABA field. Joshua passed his BCBA exam in August 2016 and is looking forward to putting his skills to use. Joshua is currently working on an MBA. In his free time he enjoys reading Sci-Fi and Non-fiction, writing, learning languages, and playing STO or SWOTR. 







SBCT Registered Behavior Technicians:


Cady Bashaw CBT # 60793505

I was born and raised in the small Washington town of Enumclaw, I moved to Seattle when I was 18 to obtain my BFA degree in Photomedia from the University of Washington. About three years ago, I changed my career path to something I feel strongly about and became a Washington State Certified caregiver. As a sibling of a special needs individual, I am overly zealous to broaden my horizons of teaching and learning from these amazing individuals; and I look forward to optimizing my personal experiences within my new career. In my spare time I truly enjoy watching movies, art projects, attending art shows, trivia, and spending as much time as I can with my significant other, Michael, and our two cats: Luca and Marvin. I’m indescribably excited about joining the SBCT team! 







Tracey Comella CBT# CB60768636

Tracey Comella joined the SBCT team in May of 2016. Tracey received her education in Early Childhood Teaching from Glassboro State University where she excelled in hands on classes working with children with disabilities. Tracey found she truly loves working with children with challenges and after a successful career in business, returned to early childhood education. From 2005 to 2016, Tracey worked hands-on in the highly acclaimed early intervention “Stepping Stones” program in Fair Lawn, NJ where she received hands-on training in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). With her Substitute Teacher Certification, Tracey ran a “Stepping Stones” classroom for several months as she covered a teacher on maternity leave. Tracey also worked for the Bergen County Special Services where she provided home programming services – training to both the children and parents in academics and life skills.

“They are not Autistic Children, they are children with Autism. – They are children first who just happen to be challenged by Autism. We can help them work through their challenges.” – Tracey Comella

 


 

Nicholas Drake CBT# CB60774166

I am a graduate of Michigan State University where is received my BA in Social Work. I recently moved to Seattle from Michigan to continue my education and obtain my Masters in Social Work at the University of Washington. I've worked in ABA therapy for the past year and love it. In my spare time I enjoy playing and watching sports, playing guitar and meeting new people.








Lauren Forney CBT# CB60775005

Hi, my name is Lauren Forney. I earned a bachelor's of Psychology with a minor in studio art from Eastern Washington University. I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Education in Special Education emphasis is Autism Studies from the University of North Dakota. My work experience includes two years of case management for youth in foster care, and nearly two years as a behavior technician implementing ABA, and brief time teaching English in Spain. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, arts and crafts, going to concerts and hanging out with family and friends. I am so excited to be a part of the SBCT team!




Mark Flores CBT# CB60775014

I’m a graduate from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Psychology. Prior to working at SBCT, I interned and worked with children at the Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center (Navos Mental Solutions), and have also worked part-time at the Children’s Center at Burke Gilman (by the Seattle Children’s Hospital). On my time off from SBCT, I enjoy hanging out with friends, spending time with family, shooting pool, music concerts, and relaxing in the comfort of my home!



Danielle Funk CBT# CB60775069
My name is Danielle Funk, and I have been working with children for the past several years. Before working with SBCT, I worked with a lot of foster children. I currently have a BA in psychology and I am passionate about learning and working with kids. I also enjoy taking on new projects.  In my spare time I enjoy painting and yoga. 




Jad Hipple CBT# CB60790660
Hello my name is Jad. I graduated from Northwest University studying psychology. This is my first year working in ABA Therapy and would love to continue! I plan on continuing my education and attending graduate school in the near future. I enjoy hiking with my dog Rascal, going to concerts, and playing guitar. I am excited to work with the SBCT team!



Stefan Horzbanczuk CBT# CB60776270

Hi! I have been working for SBCT since May of 2015. I previously worked for another ABA agency for a year, and truly love what I do and especially where I work. I have recently begun my Master’s Degree in Special Education at the University of Washington, with a concentration on ABA principles in order to earn my BCBA credential. I enjoy hiking and being with my dog, Ruby, and spending time with my family.  I also love listening to music, and being in this wonderful part of the country!







Rebecca Lund CBT# CB60776136
I have recently earned my Bachelors Degree in Psychology in August 2016. I am excited to be working with children. I plan to return to school to continue my education and earn my Master's degree in Psychology. In my free time I enjoy traveling, hiking, and spending time with friends & family.





Haley Scheer CBT # CB60768468
Born and raised here in the PNW on Vashon Island, I have spent the past 5+ years living abroad. I obtained my Master of Arts (Honours) in Psychology studying for 4 years at the University of St Andrews. I developed an interest in working with children through experiences such as volunteering at an orphanage in Peru, working a part-time childcare position during university, and interning at the Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center in Burien. Following my graduation I seized the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream and bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok. I spent all of 2015 backpacking solo around Southeast Asia, and got certified as a yoga teacher along the way. Having recently returned to my home in the PNW, I am delighted to have the opportunity to pursue my passion of working with children and putting my psychology degree to use. In my spare time I am an avid world traveler, writer, outdoors-enthusiast, yogi, and photographer.




Marah Seaver CBT # CB60775061
My name is Marah Seaver. I was born and raised in a small town near Grand Rapids, MI.I attended Northern Michigan University on the south shore of Lake Superior, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis. Before working for SBCT I was a direct support professional working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. In my free time I enjoy hiking, traveling, and photography. 






Alex Sovet CBT # CB60785570

I grew up in Rhode Island and received B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. After graduating, I moved to Boston and worked at a residential school providing special education services to adolescents. I worked both as a 1:1 teaching assistant and a vocational training specialist. While working there I received my M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Bay Path University. I recently moved to the PNW, and look forward to a rewarding career working with clients in my new home. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, eating, and spending time with my significant other and our dog.





Caleb Tizon CBT # CB60775027
Hello, my name is Caleb. I have lived in the Seattle area for about eleven years. I graduated from Antioch University Seattle with a BA in Liberal Studies-my area of concentration was Psychology & Counseling. Prior to working for SBCT, I tutored children on violin technique and literature. I also volunteered in the Philippines, tutoring children on values of entrepreneurship and poverty relief. I plan on continuing my education and working towards a career in social work. 



Gerard Wrenn CBT# CB60772004

I grew up in Connecticut and went to college in Massachusetts at Becker College. At Becker I received my B.A. in Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis. While attending Becker I was also a member of the Lacrosse team and once I finished playing I began coaching at Becker.  Before working for SBCT I worked at Montville Public Schools in Connecticut as a part-time Paraprofessional working with children with disabilities using ABA and did my practicum working with children with disabilities at The Darnell School in Massachusetts using ABA. In my free time I enjoy skiing, hiking, and traveling. 



Natalya Zwar CBT # CB6077211

I have my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Washington. I was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority where I took on the position of philanthropy chair, heading our chapter's fundraising and volunteering with Autism Speaks. I have worked with the UW Autism Center as well as the Puget Sound autism community. I am looking forward to working as an RBT and administering the strategies of Applied Behavior Analysis. I know these children have as much to teach me as I have to teach them!









Support Staff

Denise Koenig
Office Manager

Hi, I'm Denise, your first point of contact at SBCT. I'm proud to help families navigate the process of starting ABA, as well as seeing the growth in all the clients who come through our clinic doorsI'm involved with a local children's cultural non profit group as their president and when I get any free time, I enjoy reading, writing and puzzles. 



Adrienne Bohannon SLP# LL60647793



Adrienne earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication and sociology from Wake Forest University. She also has a Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Indiana University. She began her career at Riley Hospital for Children (Indianapolis, IN) and later, Duke Children's Hospital (Durham, NC).  Adrienne's private practitioner experience includes schools, clinics and home-based intervention.  Most recently, she worked at an ABA clinic, Collaborating for Kids (Bloomington, IN), treating patients individually as well as a variety of groups: language groups, social skills groups and feeding groups.  Adrienne and her husband, Patrick have two children (Lucy, 7; Andrew, 5).  In her free time, Adrienne enjoys reading, cooking, gardening and traveling.





Crystaline Brown
Administrative Assistant

Crystaline grew up in Woodinville and lives in West Seattle with her fiance and their cat. She graduated from UW with a Bachelor's Degree in Comparative History of Ideas in Spring 2017. Her thesis project is titled Luxury Womb and is a collection of short speculative fiction stories which explore the intersections of gender, technology, culture, and modern human reproduction. Her dream is to become a famous fiction writer. Crystaline loves to read and travel and is very excited to be a part of the SBCT Admin team. 









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