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Meet the Team: Welcome
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Meet the Team: Welcome
Meet the Team: Welcome
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Rebecca Urbano Powell, M.A., BCBA

Executive Director

Rebecca has been working in our field of ABA since 2001 in clinic, community, home and school settings. From 2005-2014 she helped start and grow the ABA program at Tustin Unified School District in Orange County, CA to 80+ staff and 120+ students.

In 2022, Rebecca was elected Treasurer on the COABA (Colorado Association for Behavior Analysis) Executive Board and is currently President.  She is a member of the team which helped draft the bill for Medically Necessary Treatment in Schools and successfully helped lobby for its passage. She is co-chair of the Public Policy Committee advocating for Medicaid provision enhancement and co-chair of the Professional Development Committee with the goal of providing educational webinars to Colorado clinicians for improving the quality of services in the state.

Rebecca co-chairs a CASP (Council of Autism Service Providers) Special Interest Group to gather data on what providers need from their software platform.  She is on the Advisory Board for Rethink, and is passionate about representing providers across the U.S. as one universal voice.

She has co-authored and led teacher/staff trainings in ABA, behavior management, and inclusive schooling for district employees and BCBA level clinicians.  Rebecca brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to her role and seeks out others who are eager to collaborate.  In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and cooking.

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Brad Powell, PMP

Chief Operating Officer

Brad has been working in Finance and IT for 18+ years.  In 2007 he transitioned from delivering financial solutions for Merrill Lynch customers to delivering software solutions for Salesforce customers.  At Salesforce, he was accountable for the success of a $30M+ professional services organization.  He was responsible for guiding healthcare organizations through business domain assessments and prioritizing resources that would implement high impact projects to deliver increased value for providers operating on Salesforce.  Customers included United Healthcare, Johns Hopkins, Children's Hospitals, UCHealth, Centene, Magellan Health, UCLA Health, Piedmont, CommonSpirit Health (Dignity Health & Catholic Health Initiatives) & Intermountain Health (SCL Health).

In 2004, Brad obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University.  He earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2010.  He is 3x Salesforce certified; Administrator, Sales Cloud Consultant, Service Cloud Consultant, and the recipient of the West Super-Region Inukshuk Award (2012) and Salesforce Services Project Team of the Year Award (2014) for leading teams of 10+ Salesforce Consultants on customer engagements.  Brad continues to advocate for organizations focused on building Enterprise Cloud Software around the People & Processes.  When he is not focused on work, he enjoys hiking, traveling and woodworking.

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David Hughes, M.S., BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

David has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with developmental, intellectual, and emotional disabilities for over a decade. He has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2010 and earned a Master’s degree in ABA in 2016 from St. Cloud State University. David has a passion for blending the extensive science of human behavior with each individual’s unique profile to help bring the joys of growth and independence to all of his clients. In his free time David enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and family, traveling to new places, and reading.


Meaghan Van Keuren, M.S., BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Meaghan started her career with an undergraduate in Rehabilitation and Human Services from Penn State University, where she developed a passion for working with special needs individuals. Following graduation Meaghan began her first job in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2015 as a Behavior Therapist. Meaghan immediately knew that this was the type of career she wanted to be involved in after observing first-hand the impact and potential ABA provided for her clients, while also having fun! Meaghan graduated with her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2019 from the Sage Colleges. After passing her board certification she moved back home to Colorado where she joined Seven Dimensions Behavioral Health. Meaghan has experience working in homes, schools, and clinics with children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In her free time Meaghan enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and hanging out with her rescue dog and her fiancé.

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Jenell Schnabel, M.A., BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Consultant

Jenell started in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in August 2004 after completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology. In the Spring of 2017, Jenell completed her master’s degree program at Ball State University and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in November 2017. Jenell has worked in a variety of settings with individuals aged 2-23 in California, then in Colorado, where she currently resides with her husband and two dogs. When not working, you will find Jenell most likely traveling to a Disney Theme Park with her husband or best friend. Jenell absolutely loves working in the field of ABA and being able to see the progress in the individuals she works with on a daily basis.

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Dr. Jeff Kupfer, Ph.D, BCBA-D

Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate

Jeff Kupfer received his doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Florida, specializing in the experimental analysis of behavior. He has conducted research in animal models of complex learning and psychopathology, as well as research examining environmental influences on bipedal travel in persons with visual loss. Jeff is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts, Colorado, and Nebraska, a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a lecturer at the University of Colorado-Denver. He was the first president of the Four Corners Association for Behavior Analysis and is a Founder and Trustee for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.  Jeff has been practicing behavior analysis since 1984 specializing in the treatment of severe behavioral disorders in persons with brain injury, developmental disabilities, mental illness, and other neurological disorders. He has published in the areas of behavior analysis, pharmacology, and visual impairments, and has served as a guest reviewer and guest editor for professional journals including The Behavior Analyst, Perspectives on Behavior Science and Brain Injury.  His research interests include delay discounting and impulsivity in persons with brain injury. Jeff enjoys hiking, training for triathlons, and walking with his two dogs.

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Christina Ferris, M.A., BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Ever since she was old enough to work, Christina has pursued jobs working with children and has since developed a passion for working with children and adolescents with special needs. Christina received her undergraduate in Psychology from Appalachian State University in 2015. After graduation, she worked as a mental health technician in residential facilities, then found a smaller company in Charlotte, North Carolina where she pursued her career in Applied Behavior Analysis. She started as a Registered Behavior Technician in 2016, earned a Master's degree from Ball State University, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2019. Seeking a change in scenery and a desire to be close to the Rocky Mountains, Christina then moved to Colorado in the summer of 2021. 
During her time as an RBT and BCBA, Christina has had the privilege of working with clients and families long-term and seeing significant progress first-hand as a result of staff dedication, family participation and satisfaction, and creating a reinforcing environment for clients. She has had experience working with clients of different ages and diagnoses, and has worked in a variety of settings including clinics, homes, and schools. Christina has a passion for teaching others socially significant and essential skills which will allow her clients to reach their full potential. In her free time, Christina enjoys running and training for races, hiking and exploring new trails in Colorado, playing with her puppy and two cats, and spending time with her partner.

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Shaina Tonge, M.Ed, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

A profession in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) seemed almost destined for Shaina. From a young age, Shaina’s interests were piqued in learning about the human mind and how it translated into behavior. Peeking at her mother's college psychology textbooks and observing people and their interactions with the world around them, her interest continued to be cultivated. This led to Shaina pursuing her own undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley.

After graduation, Shaina began her journey into the field of ABA, which combined her interest and experience working with kids, teens, and young adults, as a Behavior Technician. In this role, she found her inspiration to learn more and make a positive difference, leading her to obtain a Master's in Education, with a focus on ABA curriculum and instruction from Arizona State University. Years of experience and the support of mentors and peers led her to ultimately become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2017. All these years later, she is just as motivated to learn, grow her skills, and ensure she is following the best evidence-based and ethical practices. 

Shaina's experience with ABA includes working with individuals between the ages of 2 to 22 years old with various levels of support needs, their caregivers, and other services providers. She has conducted her work in a variety of settings including homes, schools, camps, and in the community. Her strengths include implementing neurodivergent affirming teaching and support for increased communication, independence, social skills, and self-advocacy.

Outside of behavior and ABA, Shaina enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and two cats; gardening; spending time in nature; and exploring new interests and potential hobbies.

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Guofeng Shen, M.A., BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Guofeng received her master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education in 2018 from University of Northern Colorado (UNC) and taught in the public school system in a variety of settings. While working as a special education teacher, it became apparent that challenging behavior is one of the biggest issues for students with and without disabilities. It was especially evident in students with autism. How to engage students in lessons and how to manage students' challenging behavior are keys for successful teaching and learning. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science that provides the guidance for solving this issue. Thus, the next and present stage was to enter the special education Ph.D. program with an emphasis on ABA. Currently she is in the final stages of her Ph.D. program. 

Guofeng’s working experiences with individuals of autism, other developmental disabilities, and families from diverse backgrounds spans more than 5 years. Her professional experience includes but not limited to the following: as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher in the public school system. Worked as a behavior therapist and trainer in the clinic and home settings. Further, worked as instructor and co-instructor for multiple ABA undergraduate and graduate courses. She also has conducted research and has published peer reviewed journal articles in the area of behavior analysis and special education. In addition, Guofeng has presented at national and international conferences on topics associated with ABA, as well as ABA trainings for families and teachers. She is committed to working collaboratively with families, caregivers, and other professionals to ensure the best possible care to our clients.

Outside of work, Guofeng enjoys reading, watching movies, making arts and crafts, and traveling.

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Harlee Caicedo M.A., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Harlee’s interest in working with children began in her youth when a family member was diagnosed with autism. Through that family member she got to learn how to communicate, play, and foster a caring environment. These were the formative years that fostered her interest in working with children.

Harlee is a graduate from the University of Central Florida, and from the Florida Institute of Technology where she got her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. She began her career journey with her SLP-A and BCaBA and after a few short years grew her skills and received her BCBA certification.

As a BCaBA and a BCBA she worked with some of the most diverse populations, working in Los Angeles California and in Orlando, in both English and Spanish before arriving here in Colorado.

Outside of work, Harlee is passionate about sharing her joy for the outdoors by supporting individuals in adaptive sports. During her time in California she was a multiseason volunteer for a Los Angeles Adaptive Ski Club, Unrecables, which provided adaptive sport services at Mammoth Mountain. Now that she calls Colorado her home, she volunteers at Ignite Adaptive sports in Eldora Mountain. When not in the office Harlee enjoys Cuban Coffee, a pastelito, and endurance sports.

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Christine Benson, M.A., BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Christine grew up in Evergreen, Colorado in a bilingual household with two parents that were teachers in the community. This cultivated a passion for working with kids and finding new ways to approach learning. 

Christine graduated from the University of San Diego in 2019 with a degree in behavioral neuroscience. Immediately after graduating, Christine took a job with 7 Dimensions Behavioral Health, which would soon set her path and ignite her passion for ABA. Christine then took her acquired skills from her time at 7DBH and moved to Kona, Hawai’i. In Kona, Christine worked as the only RBT on the west side of the island serving families from Captain Cook to Waikoloa. She also worked with Spanish speaking families, conducting sessions in Spanish to better serve the family. In Kona, Christine spent her time surfing, hiking and backpacking throughout the big island. All while in Hawai’i Christine continued her connection with 7DBH by translating for the company.

In 2021 Christine moved back to Colorado, reprising her role as RBT at 7DBH. Finishing her Master’s in ABA through Ball State University, Christine became a BCaBA consulting on cases and then a BCBA in January of 2023. Christine has experience with ABA in school, center, community and home settings and with a variety of diagnoses. Christine enjoys working with kids to foster independence and encouraging advocacy, believing in the community she grew up in. In her free time, Christine enjoys hiking, skiing and playing soccer in the park. 

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Victoria Sigurthorsson, M.Ed, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Victoria has been working in the field of ABA as a therapist, RBT and then BCBA for over 10 years. Victoria’s interest in ABA started when hired as a therapist during her undergraduate program. Getting to teach through play, focusing on the learners interests while teaching communication, it was more fun than a job.

Victoria then pursued her Masters degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas in 2016, and got her BCBA shortly thereafter. During her time in ABA, Victoria has worked in home, community and centers with children ages 2-16.

Victoria has an international background, originally Norwegian, grew up in the Netherlands, and has a passion for building awareness of ABA around the world. This led to volunteering with the Global Autism Project in 2019, and the opportunity to go to Indonesia to train and work with staff at an ABA center there. 

In her free time, Victoria enjoys traveling, doing yoga, and binge watching reality tv.


Emily Nelson

Ops Specialist

Emily has been active in the field of Education since 2008 in a wide range of roles including private tutoring, classroom teaching, administrative leadership, and curricular development.  These experiences have shaped her professional mission to ensure that the needs of children and their caregivers are consistently met, empowering them to achieve their highest potential.  Emily is dedicated to building processes that support both clinicians and clients, so they can focus on therapeutic goals.  Outside of work, Emily enjoys hosting Trivia nights, singing, hiking, reading, learning languages, cooking, and baking.

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