Our Staff

 

Christine Kim Walton, Ph.D., BCBA-D 

 

Dr. Walton is the Director of Behavior Analysis No Ka Oi, Inc. She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and has been working with children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities for 20 years. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University, her Master's Degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada Reno's Behavior Analysis Program under the direction of Dr. Jim Carr, and her Ph.D. in Psychology in West Virginia University's Behavior Analysis Program under the direction of Dr. Philip Chase. In addition, she respecialized in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hawai'i and completed her clinical internship at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She worked as the Behavior Consult Team Coordinator and the Mental Health Division and Developmental Disabilities Division Liaison for people with co-occurring developmental disablities and mental illness in the Department of Health. She currently works part-time at the Developmental Disabilities Division. Dr. Walton has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2000 and is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Her expertise and interests are in the area of applied behavior analysis, behavioral instruction including precision teaching and fluency-based instruction, verbal behavior, functional behavioral assessments, positive behavior supports, pediatric feeding disorders, severe aggression and self-injurious behaviors, and organizational behavior management. In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, and yoga.

 

Jessica Carvalho, M.Ed., BCBA

 

Jessica is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Masters degree in Special Education K-12, from Chaminade University in Honolulu Hawaii. She also completed her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts and BCBA coursework from Florida Institute of Technology. Jessica has over 12 years of experience working with children and adults with autism and other disabilities. She worked as a paraprofessional for many years in Massachusetts and Hawaii as well as a licensed special education teacher with the DOE for five years and a tutor at BANKO. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her dog, hiking, and reading.

 

Sara Sato, M.Ed., BCBA

 

Sara is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a Masters in Special Education, Severe Disabilities/Autism Specialization from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She also completed her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Japanese from UHM and BCBA coursework from Florida Institute of Technology. Sara has worked with children with Autism and other disabilities since 1999. She has served as an Educational Assistant in Special Education classrooms, as a paraprofessional for several behavioral companies, special education teacher in the DOE and as a Lead Instructor at BANKO. Sara recently returned to Hawai’i after living in San Francisco for 2 years. In San Francisco, Sara was a Behavior Analyst and member of a management team of an ABA company. Sara enjoys spending time with her family, going to farmers markets and practicing yoga.

 

Nicole Heber, M.A., BCBA

 

Nicole is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received her Bachelor’s in Behavioral Neuroscience from Purdue University in Indiana and her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Illinois. Nicole has experience working in various settings with adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities. In her free time, Nicole enjoys reading, going to the/ watching movies, taking her dog on walks, and Zumba.

 

Kathryn Larson, M.A., BCBA

 

Kate is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Masters in Clinical Practices in Psychology from the University of Hartford. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University and completed her BCBA coursework through UMass Lowell. Kate has worked with children and adolescents with Autism in the ABA field since 2004 and has worked in multiple settings including a private ABA day school in Connecticut, a clinic setting in Virginia, as well as in homes in Virginia. In particular, Kate is interested in feeding programs and verbal behavior. In her free time, Kate enjoys spending time with her cats, crocheting, swing dancing, and diving for sea glass and shells.

 

 

Charlye Ramsey, Ed.S., N.C.S.P.


Charlye Ramsey is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist with over 12 years experience working with children with ASD and other disabilities and their families. Charlye completed her BCBA coursework while earning her Masters Degree in School Psychology and Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Middle Tennessee State University. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Family Studies with an emphasis in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education at Western Kentucky University. Charlye worked for the DOE as a School Psychologist on Molokai before moving to Oahu to work as a Junior Specialist Researcher at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Center on Disability Studies. Among her professional experiences, she has worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia and an Inclusive Education Advisor in Cambodia and Papua New Guinea. This year, Charlye serves as a member of the Board for the Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) as the Secretary and Events Co-Chair. In her free time, Charlye practices yoga and Thai massage and enjoys going to the beach, gardening and upcycling roadside treasures.

 

Darren Olsen, B.A.

Darren received his bachelor's degree in psychology at Arizona State University. He is currently in the PhD program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Darren also conducts emotional-behavioral assessments and therapy with youth at the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Prior to moving to Hawaii for school, he worked one on one with children with developmental disabilities for five years and also lived in Brazil for two years. Outside of work and school, Darren enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering with youth at his church, playing basketball, and going to the gym.

 

Joni Wong, M.S.W.

 

Joni received her Bachelor of Social Work from University of Portland and her Master of Social Work, with the concentration area of Child and Family, from University of Hawaii, Manoa. Joni has worked with children and teenagers in various settings for many years; as a part-time teacher at an alternative learning center, as an after school care group leader, and as a basketball and softball coach. In her free time, she enjoys boxing for fitness, watching movies, and outdoor activities with friends and family.

 

Shannon Ching, B.A., BCaBA


Shannon received her Bachelors of Arts in Social Sciences with a Concentration in Psychology from the University of Hawaii--West Oahu and completed her BCaBA coursework from Florida Institute of Technology. She volunteered as a summer camp counselor for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for several years and has worked as a Patient Registrar at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children for over three years. She was born and raised on Oahu and enjoys everything the island has to offer, especially the food and the ocean. Shannon loves having fun with her son swimming, hiking, singing, and dancing!

 

Rebecca Byrnes, B.A.

 

Rebecca received a bachelors degree in Economics and a bachelors degree in Environmental Studies from University of California in Santa Cruz. Before working at Hawaii Behavior Analysis No Ka Oi, Rebecca worked for an ABA company in San Francisco and had been a swim instructor for over ten years. She is currently working on her masters in Special Education for severe/multiple disabilities/autism from University of Hawaii, Manoa. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys hiking, playing violin, and exploring Hawaii.

 

Elizabeth Connolly, B.A.

 

Liz received her Bachelors in Elementary Education and Mathematics with a minor in History from Wheelock College located in Boston, Massachusetts. In college, Liz ran cross country and tutored other college students. Prior to working in Hawaii, Liz has worked in a first and third grade classroom as well as substitute teaching in a range of classrooms in a Boston suburb. In her free time, Liz enjoys reading books, going on runs, and cooking.

 

Tiffany Wa'ahila, B.A.

 

Tiffany received her bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is from the Big Island and moved to Oahu to pursue her education. Tiffany plans to obtain her masters and her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Outside of work and school, Tiffany loves going to the beach, hanging out with friends, and dancing hula.

 

Elizabeth Smith, M.Ed.

 

Elizabeth is a Students Services Coordinator for the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE). Previously, she was a preschool and lower elementary Special Education Teacher for the DOE. Elizabeth has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with an emphasis on Special Education as well as a masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Both degrees were earned at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Prior to working for Behavior Analysis No Ka Oi and the Hawaii Department of Education, Elizabeth worked as a substitute teacher in Michigan and played softball for Grand Valley State University. Elizabeth enjoys playing volleyball and softball on her spare time.

 

Nicole Fleming, B.A.

 

Nicole Fleming received her bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Social Behavioral Science at Soka University of America in Orange County, California. Nicole spent her early childhood years in Japan and then moved to Hawaii where she completed her primary and secondary education. She has been living on the Leeward side of the island since 2000. In college, she joined the taiko (Japanese drumming) club and has played ever since. She currently teaches the art of taiko to the youth at her local community center. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, kayaking, and cardio exercise.

 

Aleesha Berndt, M.Ed.


Aleesha received both her Masters and Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Minnesota. She is currently completing her coursework to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst through Florida Institute of Technology. Aleesha has been working as a Special Educator with United Cerebral Palsy (a sector of Hawaii Early Intervention) since 2010. She provides individual therapy to young children (birth-3 years old) with developmental delays and disabilities. Aleesha has special interest in addressing challenging behavior and social emotional delays. In her free time, Aleesha enjoys hiking, yoga, and the beach.

 

Alysaunde Murphy, M.A.

Aly is originally from the Bay Area and earned her BA in Psychology in Southern California at Cal Poly Pomona. She then worked as a Behavior Interventionist with children with developmental disabilities in the Bay Area before relocating to Oahu. Aly completed her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at HPU in 2014. After completing a year-long practicum working with adults with mental illness and substance use disorders, she is excited to be working with children again. Aly now spends her time enjoying beautiful hikes and beaches around the island. Some of her other hobbies include working out, baking, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Lindsay Jones

Lindsay is our Administrative Assistant. She is from Washington State and recently moved to Oahu. She enjoys going to the beach and hiking with her husband and two dogs, sewing and reading. She is starting school in the fall to earn her Degree from Grand Canyon University.

Barley Walton, D.O.G.

 

Barley is a 5 year old English Cocker Spaniel and hails from the land down under. She has been a part of Behavior Analysis No Ka Oi, Inc. from its inception. Barley participates in social events with the children at the clinic and is our mascot. Barley enjoys swimming, getting her ears scratched, and running during her free time. She loves greenies and mummies homemade beef jerkey.

 

 

Addie Carvalho, D.O.G.

 

Addie is a one year old Goldendoodle puppy. Addie enjoys spending time at BANKO, participating in sessions at the clinic, and getting to play with the children. In her free time she likes going on long hikes and walks, getting belly rubs, and spending time with her Mama.

 

Mazie, G.P.I.G.

 

Mazie is a 2.5 year old guinea pig diva. She loves eating fresh grass, corn, apples and bananas . Mazie spends most of her day at the clinic where she is spoiled by all the kids that feed her.

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