Embracing Principles, Processes and Practices of Positive Behavior Support in Homes and Communities
Who We Are
Welcome to our networks introduction page. On this page you will find who the members are and what our roles are within the network. Please go to the 'About HCPBS' to learn how to join our network and to get active in the work we do.
Co-Chair, Webinar Coordinator and Family Chat Coordinator
As a parent and special educator, Molly has sat on both sides of the IEP table. At the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University, Molly directs the PBS Training and Endorsement Project and has coordinated several projects that address maltreatment of people with disabilities. Molly is an endorsed PBS Facilitator and a certified instructor for Person Centered Thinking and Stewards of Children. Her goal is to help people of all abilities form healthy relationships in their lives.
Co-Chair and Outreach Coordinator
Linda is a Professor Emeritus of Special Education at Lehigh University. Her experience in PBS, as an author, researcher, advocate, and direct service provider for people with developmental disabilities spans over 30 years.
Research and Development Coordinator
Sarah is an Associate Professor of School Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research focuses on using PBS/PBIS to promote family-school-community partnerships. She works with schools and families to provide multi-tier PBS family education throughout Western Massachusetts.
APBS Interface (board member)
Laura Kern is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida. She is interested in the intersection of policy with educational practice, the reduction of aggressive behaviors in schools, and the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support. She practiced law for over 10 years before studying special education, receiving her JD from Quinnipiac University. She also received her masters of arts in special education from the University of Connecticut. She is the mother of a child with multiple disabilities.
Amber works at the Minnesota Department of Human Services in the Disability Services Division to support person centered and positive behavior support initiatives. Amber has over 20 years experience working with people across the life span with various needs.
Stacy L. Nonnemacher
Stacy L. Nonnemacher is the Clinical Director for the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations in Pennsylvania's Department of Human Resources. Her role is guided by the principles of PBS and includes administering and overseeing state waiver programs, developing policy, and engaging in capacity-building.
Nonprofit Manager, Treasurer
Reilly is an administrator for Virtus Health, LLC, an ABA provider organization. She has experience in this role with other organizations as well. Reilly has sat on five boards for nonprofit organizations offering supports for people with disabilities. She is also the mother of an adult son with autism.
Kaylee DeFelice is a graduate student in UMass Amherst’s School Psychology Ph.D program. She is interested in supporting teachers’ implementation of PBS and promoting equity in schools through teacher trainings and culturally-responsive interventions.