Holly Almon, M.S., BCBA, LBA
Holly has been involved in the field of behavior analysis since 1996, when she started working part-time as a behavioral therapist while in college. She earned her Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas in 2003, relocated to Seattle, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2004. Holly has extensive clinical experience in designing, providing, and supervising interventions to serve children and adolescents with autism and related disabilities and their families, including those experiencing profound behavioral challenges. She has provided comprehensive and systemic home, school, and community based consultative services to children, families, clinics, and school district personnel, and has managed her own private practice. Holly's passions as a practitioner include performance management, assessment and analysis, program development, teaching pragmatic language skills, and resolving unique and complex behavioral challenges. Her passions as a leader include the design and management of clinical projects and processes, and helping practitioners in the behavioral/mental health field to cultivate and uphold accomplishment-based performance improvement practices.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA
Danette Darrow, BCBA, LBA
Danette first started working with children with disabilities in 2007, providing 1:1 behavior support for children with autism in a school setting. In 2008 she began her graduate program at Gonzaga University and graduated in 2011 with a Masters in Initial Teaching in Special Education with a focus in Functional Analysis. After graduation she started working as a Behavior Technician for Imagine. At the beginning of 2012 she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and transitioned into a Behavior Specialist position. Over the years she has gained knowledge and experience working not only with individuals with autism but also with other developmental disorders including Angelman syndrome, Smith-Magenis syndrome, and Down syndrome. She was instrumental in the development, opening and management of the Mountlake Terrace Center. She has a range of experience providing home, school, and center based services and has worked with clients ranging in age from 2-30 years old. Danette is skilled in consultation, training and behavior analytic services including conducting functional assessments, developing positive behavior support plans, and early intervention comprehensive programming. She has served as a mentor and supervisor to many of our new and upcoming BCBAs. She is devoted to helping individuals with disabilities and their families improve their quality of life.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SPOKANE & KENNEWICK, WA
Rick Justus, BCBA, LBA
Rick began his career providing direct support to individuals with autism in community and home settings. He received his Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Utah, teaching Special Education in the Salt Lake area. For over twenty years, he has specialized in developing functional assessments, providing parent and professional training, and implementing person-centered learning and behavior improvement strategies for individuals considered disabled and autistic. He has various specializations in Applied Behavior Analysis, Positive Behavior Supports, Intensive Behavior Intervention, Relationship Development, Pivotal Response Training and non-verbal/visual communication strategies.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, TACOMA, WA
Ryan Hannig, LBA
Ryan has been practicing ABA for over 14 years. Before that, he enjoyed teaching at a performing arts school in Los Angeles. Ryan has extensive experience in: school-based programming, creating custom intervention plans for diverse populations, and focusing on environmental planning within home and community settings. Ryan believes in inclusion models and taking advantage of every natural opportunity to help shape behavior. He places emphasis on collaboration between all members of a client’s team in order to promote generalization and further independence. Ryan enjoys guest lecturing at local universities and schools and regularly offers trainings to parents, students, and teachers alike. He’s an active member in Washington’s ABA community and currently serves as Treasurer for WABA. In his free time, Ryan explores the arts, culture, and nature of the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two daughters.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, FEDERAL WAY, WA
Christine Domschot has dedicated her life to helping children with special needs. She has more than 28 years of experience in private school, public school and clinical Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) practice. She holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of New Mexico. Christine earned her Master of Education in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis in ABA, from Arizona State University. She also is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Christine has experience managing ABA teams in clinic, home, school and community settings. She has always been passionate about early intensive intervention and is well versed in developing a comprehensive verbal behavior curriculum. She believes comprehensive early intervention truly changes the developmental trajectory of early learners. With a background in teaching, she is dedicated to sharing her knowledge of ABA with parents, aspiring behavior analysts and other members of the treatment team. Christine always strives to provide the highest standard of care with uncompromising integrity. She considers it an honor to be included in each family’s journey throughout their child’s development.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, BOISE, ID
Katie Palmer, BCBA
Katie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After a few professional opportunities in New York and on the road, she opted to take those skills into teaching. Katie has worked in education since 1999 serving as a teacher, aesthetic education artist, behavior interventionist, consultant, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her training also provided experiences in clinical settings and home-based services. In 2018 she designed and founded Two Roads Academy, an independent school in Vermont using a behavior analytic approach to building psychological flexibility integrated with Outdoor Education, Project Based Learning, and Restorative Justice. She joined the Imagine team in late 2019 to help change lives through the application of Applied Behavior Analysis.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, COEUR D'ALENE, ID
Melissa Ornellas, BS
Melissa graduated from Dordt College in 2001 with a bachelor of science in social studies. Following graduation, she worked in a residential setting with adults with disabilities followed by a position supporting children with autism in home and school environments in California. During this time, she developed skills to implement treatment plans, working closely with families to help their children succeed. Melissa moved to Coeur d'Alene in 2006 continuing to follow her passion of working with children. In 2010, she accepted a position with Imagine, serving as a Habilitative Interventionist. Melissa was promoted to Clinical Supervisor in 2015 and Program Director in 2017. She has gained experience and growth with Imagine and looks forward to continuing to enhance the lives of individuals in this community.
Dr. Jay, Ph.D., BCBA
Jay is a Licensed Psychologist who first began working with children with disabilities in 2010. He earned a PhD in School Psychology from the University of Washington in 2017. Jay completed his American Psychological Association approved predoctoral internship at the Florida State University - Multidisciplinary Center. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington Medical Center through the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) program. Jay is credentialed with the National Register as a Health Service Psychologist. He has completed the autism Center of Excellence (COE) training through the Washington State Medical Home Partnership Project. In addition to his work as a Psychologist, Jay is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). He is passionate about helping children and their families access evidence based treatments that help improve overall quality of life. Jay specializes in assessment and uses a goal oriented practice style that is informed by behavioral and cognitive behavioral frameworks.
CLIENT INTAKE COORDINATOR
Anna Biddle, AA
Anna received her education in Early Childhood Education and Child Psychology from Lake Washington Institute of Technology. After graduating, she worked in Portland for three years, teaching and supervising at a French Immersion Early Learning Center. Upon moving back to her home in Washington, Anna worked as a youth counselor for children with disabilities, histories of trauma, and severe mental health challenges. Anna has worked closely with people of all ages, developmental levels, diverse backgrounds, and underserved populations. She is passionate about working with people, supporting families, and helping bridge the gap between families and resources.
HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST
Alyssa Goodwin, BS
Alyssa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Western Washington University. After graduating and returning to her hometown of Seattle, she worked in vocational rehabilitation counseling assisting clients with disabilities secure gainful employment. Her passions are serving the community and leaving a positive impact on those she supports. Alyssa currently supports both Imagine Washington and Idaho as the Human Resources Specialist. Along with supporting our clinical teams, her goal is to help promote growth and development within the company to result in significant accessibility, higher efficiency and more children served.
TALENT ACQUISITION SPECIALIST
Nicole is passionate about bringing top talent to Imagine’s team and has been in the autism treatment field for nearly two decades. She received her master’s degree in education, with an emphasis on autism, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Nicole is an advocate for her local autism community and serves on the Wisconsin Autism Providers Association Board of Directors. While Nicole resides in Wisconsin, her top priority is ensuring children in Washington and Idaho have their treatment teams in place to making life-changing progress