Nadya M. Molina MS.Ed., BCBA
Nadya M. Molina is the founder and former director of Alternative Behaviors, LLC.
She has a Bachelor of Elementary Education in Special Education (Mental Retardation) from the University of Puerto Rico, 1990; and a Masters of Special Education in Severe and Profound Disabilities from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 1995. Nadya holds a Commonwealth of Virginia, Postgraduate Professional License in the areas of Emotional Disturbance K-12, Specific Learning Disabilities K-12, Elementary Education PREK-6, Mental Retardation K-12, and Severe Disabilities K-12; and is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Nadya was also an Adjunct Professor for the ABA Certificate Program in the spring 2008 at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Nadya knew that she was going to be a Special Education Teacher since the age of 7, growing up with a friend with Down Syndrome. Her friendship to Jorge Guillermety, Jr. was her inspiration to become a teacher. She was a volunteer in a day school for children and adults with a variety of disabilities (i.e., mental retardation, autism, and physical disabilities) from 1987 to 1990. Nadya spent 13 years in the classroom working with the following populations: autism spectrum disorders, emotional disabilities, gifted and talented, learning disabilities, mental retardation, and severe-profound disabilities. She moved to Virginia in 2000 and became an Autism Resource Teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools. In 2001 she became an Inclusive Schools Facilitator, and in 2002 one of four Behavior Specialists in Fairfax County Public Schools. In 2004 Nadya created Alternative Behaviors, LLC after many families asked her to help them by conducting functional behavior assessments and creating behavior programs to target their children’s behavioral problems at home.
Many of these parents in need had young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, and needed help with the transition to adulthood. Nadya has been working with individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome for over a decade. She has expertise in working with Post Institutionalized children of all ages who require therapy and implementing safe and comprehensive "Family Intervention Programs". Nadya is regarded as one of the country's experts in providing "de-institutionalization and family preservation training" for very troubled and out of control post-institutionalized children. She has done national and international work and presentations on effective treatments based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis with the post-institutionalized child. She has worked with post-institutionalized children from Eastern Europe, South America, Asia, and domestic.
Nadya has presented workshops and parent trainings in Virginia, Maryland, Indiana, and Iceland; as well as worked with cases from West Virginia, Ireland, Canada, and Iceland. She also received The ARC – Riggs Bank N.A. Educational Leadership Award in June 7, 2001. When Nadya is not working, she loves to spend time with her son and husband. She also likes to spend time with her dog, Beck; loves shopping, watching international movies, and visiting her family in Puerto Rico.
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Kristy Lee Park MS. Ed, BCBA
Kristy Lee Park has provided behavior-analytic services to children and adults with disabilities for over eleven years. Starting in 1997, she served as a therapeutic recreation coach and has actively promoted leisure and recreational programs in the community. She currently holds a VA teaching licensure and has provided direct instruction in academic skills, social skills training, and function-based supports to facilitate inclusive practices. She has also provided behavioral treatment for individuals with developmental and severe and profound disabilities at the Northern VA Training Center.
Kristy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has received her doctorate in special education from the University of Louisville. Her research interests include School-wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS), functional behavior assessments, and early intervention. She has several publications focused on behavior assessment, intervention planning, and social skills instruction.
Kristy balances work with fun by hiking, mountain biking, and snowboarding. Kristy began working for Alternative Behaviors, LLC in 2008.
Holly Bennett MS. Ed
Holly Bennett has been working with students with exceptional needs since 2001. She graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and a minor in Special Education. She completed her Master of Education Degree from James Madison University in the area of Special Education, with a concentration in kindergarten through grade 12. Holly is currently taking courses at George Mason University, to fulfill the coursework requirements for the BCBA certificate program. Holly holds a Virginia Teaching License in Special Education and has earned endorsements in the areas of learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, and mental retardation. She has taught students in a Fairfax County Preschool Autism program in Centreville, Virginia and has also worked at a residential hospital in Norfolk, Virginia where she delivered instruction to students with severe disabilities and fragile medical conditions.
Holly grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends. Holly began working for Alternative Behaviors in 2007.
Elizabeth (Beth) Gibson MS. Ed, BCBA
Elizabeth (Beth) Gibson has
been working with children with special needs in varying capacities
Beth graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2005 with a B.A.
in English and a concentration in Education. After graduating she completed
Penn State's Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. Beth is
currently working on her Master's in Special Education with a graduate certificate
in Teaching Students with Autism at George Mason University.
is planning on taking the board exam to be certified as a Board
Certified Behavior Analyst in the near future.
Beth worked as an inclusion specialist for Fairfax County Park
Authority for five years accommodating children with special needs
in recreational settings. She
also worked for a therapeutic foster care company for two years,
providing community based interventions and strategies to meet
court appointed goals.
Beth grew up in Springfield, Virginia in
a family of six. She played softball and basketball growing
up and went on to play softball in college. She also likes
snowboarding and doing other outdoor activities with her friends. Beth
has worked for Alternative Behaviors since 2008.
Robin Moyher MS. Ed, BCBA
Robin Moyher has worked with children with special needs since 1996. Her work has mainly focused on children on the Autism Spectrum.
After graduating with a Bachelor in Sociology, she began teaching at SECEP (Hampton Roads) while completing her Masters in Special Education from Old Dominion University. In 1999 she moved to Northern VA with her husband and toddler. She was hired by Fairfax County Public Schools as an Autism Resource Teacher. From that position Robin moved to the Inclusive Schools Facilitator Position. She has also held teaching positions as Non-categorical Teacher, LD Teacher and Local Screening Chair. She is endorsed to teach Sociology, Emotional Disturbance K-12, Specific Learning Disabilities K-12 and Mental Retardation K-12.
Recently she co-founded the Adapted Tae Kwon Do program at “Lead By Example Tae Kwon Do” for children with mild disabilities (including Autism). She is also hoping to be completing the board exam to be certified as a BCBA in the near future.
When Robin is not working, she enjoys spending time with her son and husband, reading, biking and kickboxing. Robin began working for Alternative Behaviors, LLC in 2008.
Liva Ran, Office Administrator, joined Alternative Behaviors in 2010. He graduated from the University of Northern Virginia with a Masterís degree on Business Administration and Accounting. He has been an Office Administrator for several offices before joining Alternative Behaviors.
In his free time, Liva enjoys swimming, reading book, camping, and hiking. He loves and practices sports on a day to day basis to maintain a healthy life.
Amy O'Connor MS. Ed
Amy O'Connor graduated from Williams College in 2001 with a Bachelor's degree in Art and History. She earned a Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education from The George Washington University. Amy completed the graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at George Mason University in 2008. Amy holds a Postgraduate Professional License in the Commonwealth of Virginia in Early Childhood Special Education, Learning Disabilities K-12, and Mental Retardation K-12.
Amy has been teaching children with special needs since 2003. She started her career with DC Public Schools, teaching junior high aged boys with emotional disturbances in a self contained setting. Amy then moved to Fairfax County Public Schools and taught children with a variety of disabilities at the elementary level for three years in a school in Alexandria. Most recently, Amy remained at her school but moved to a teaching position in the preschool class-based program. She was preschool team lead and provided both non-categorical self contained and resource level services to children aged two to five.
Amy began working with Alternative Behaviors, LLC in 2009. She was born and raised in Syracuse, NY but has been happy to call DC her home for the past 8 years, though she misses the snow a lot. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and watching her daughter learn about the world. Amy loves to read, cook, eat, garden, and explore DC's neighborhoods.
Krystyna Bienia Psy. D
Krystyna Bienia, Psy.D. has worked with children with autism since 1997. Krys graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2001 from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH and with her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in child/adolescent clinical psychology from Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. She recently completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in Arlington, VA. Krys has worked extensively with children of varying special needs as well as post-institutionalized children as an in-home therapist for more than twenty-five families in NJ, OH, and VA.
She was a presenter in Reykjavik, Iceland in September 2006 on the topic of behavior and reinforcement procedures following the Applied Behavioral Analysis model. She has held externships at St. Mary’s Hospital in Hoboken, NJ, St. Vincent Center in Timonium, MD, DeWitt Army Community Hospital in Ft. Belvoir, VA; and as a mediator for the Americal Psychological Association/DC Superior Court partnership program providing individual and group therapy, assessments, and treatment planning for the inpatient and outpatient population.
She completed her Pre-doctoral internship at St. Anthony's Point, Inc, a private practice in western PA, which provides community-based as well as outpatient therapy for children and adults. She currently is working towards licensure at DeWitt Army Community Hospital as a post-doctoral resident. Krys' doctoral dissertation entitled Ambiguous loss as a coping strategy for families coping with the autism diagnosis, addresses a new approach to helping families coping with a child with autism. When Krys is not working she enjoys traveling. Krys began working for Alternative Behaviors, LLC in 2005.
Thomas Perry MS. Ed
Thomas Parry graduated with honors from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Thomas is currently pursuing his Master’s in Special Education and is taking courses towards his BCBA certificate at George Mason University.
At Alternative Behaviors, Thomas facilitates a social skills group for children with autism and a social skills group for adults with Aspergers. Thomas has worked at Alternative Behaviors since 2008, and thoroughly enjoys working with children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum.
Thomas grew up in Fairfax Station and has resided there most of his life. In his free time, Thomas enjoys playing music, reading books, and watching movies. He has played drums since he was 10 years old, and has more recently learned how to play guitar and piano.