Governing Committee

Thomas McCool (EdD, QASP-D)
Member Type: Appointed
Voting: Yes
Term Begin: October 2014
Term End: Open
Position: President & Chief Executive Officer
Stakeholders: Educators, Provider Sector, Certificants

From 2005 to 2014, Dr McCool served as President/CEO of the Eden Family of Services, based in Princeton, New Jersey. Eden provides a broad array of services to children and adults with autism and their families. From 1996 to 2005, Dr. McCool served as the Vice President of Development and Government Relations for The Devereux Foundation nationally, and from 1985 to 1996 he was the Executive Director of Devereux California with responsibility for Clinical, Residential, Recreational, and Educational/Vocational Programs for 235 children and adults who have a developmental disability.
Dr. McCool is a founder of the National Commission on Accreditation of Special Education Services (NCASES) and also a founder of the National Association of Residential Providers of Services for Adults with Autism (NARPPA). From 2012 to 2015 Dr. McCool served as president of the National Association of Private Special Education Services (NCASES). For more than 30 years, Dr. McCool has been a member of the Autism Society of America.

Lisa Hunter-Romanelli (Ph.D, ABAT-D, QASP-D)
Member Type: Elected
Voting: Yes
Term Begin: January 2014
Term End: January 2017
Position: Member
Stakeholders: Practitioner, Certificants

Prior to joining the REACH Institute, Lisa was an Assistant Professor at Columbia University, where she directed a number of ground-breaking projects to improve children's mental health services in NY City and State. A cum laude graduate of Harvard University (1993) with psychology major, she received her doctorate in Psychology from Rutgers (l998), after which she completed post-doctoral clinical child psychology training at the Yale Child Study Center (l999). Lisa's current position is as Executive Director of the REACH Institute and she is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.

Diana Johnston (ABAT)
Member Type: Appointed
Voting: No
Term Begin: January 2014
Term End: January 2017
Position: Custodian of Records
Stakeholders: General public, Regulators

Diana is the Custodian of Records for the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board with the Department of Justice.

 

Olive Webb (ONZM, FNZPsS, Ph.D, DipClinPsych, DipHSM, QASP-D)
Member Type: Elected
Voting: Yes
Term Begin: January 2013
Term End: January 2016
Position: Member
Stakeholders: Practitioners, Regulators

Olive is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the area of Intellectual Disability for some 30 years, specializing in those people who have a mental illness as well as intellectual disabilities. For some 15 years she managed a Dual Diagnosis service at Sunnyside Hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand. Olive has been centrally involved in the deinstitutionalization movement. In 2006, Olive was awarded the Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit by the Queen for her services to the disability sector.

Judy Corliss (RN)
Member Type: Elected
Voting: Yes
Term Begin: January 2013
Term End: January 2016
Position: Member
Stakeholders: Parents, Consumers, General Public

Judy is a mother of 4 adult children, the oldest (33) is severely affected with autism. Judy is a long time advocate for people with disabilities. She has presented numerous times at the International and National Autism conferences around advocacy and the efficacy of service delivery. Many years ago Judy and her husband moved their young family from Lincoln, Nebraska to Santa Barbara, California to ensure their son, who had been diagnosed with Autism, had access to appropriate support services. Judy is currently a RN, BSN, with certification in GI Nursing. She is currently employed as Educator Nurse in Endoscopy at SB Cottage Hospital where she has worked for the past 14 years. Judy previously worked as RN in Labor and Delivery in Lincoln, NE. Judy was awarded the Santa Barbara County Hospital Hero Award in 2008. Judy is a colon cancer survivor and continues her advocacy role for colon cancer screening. Judy has been accepted into the SGNA Fellowship research program and is a current member of the UCP Board of Directors Santa Barbara 2012.

Fred Clough (J.D.)
Member Type: Appointed
Voting: Yes
Term Begin: January 2013
Term End: January 2016
Position: Public Member
Stakeholders: General Public

Fred Clough is a retired attorney who practiced law in Santa Barbara from 1973 until his retirement on March 31, 2010. A former City Attorney of Santa Barbara, Fred served as the General Counsel of Pacific Capital Bank from February 2001 until his retirement. Pacific Capital Bank operated Santa Barbara Bank & Trust and three other community banks.

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