Behavior Analysis No Ka Oi, Inc. provides both diagnoses and treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Services are provided in the clinic and also in the child's natural environment such as the home, school, or other community settings. We understand that each child, family, and environment is unique and therefore we tailor each program to meet the needs and goals of the individual child and family.
Dr. Walton is the Executive Director at 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 over 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 consulted to the Department of Health Developmental Disabilities Division for approximately 15 years and assisted people with co-occurring developmental disabilities and mental illness transition out of inpatient settings. Dr. Walton recently launched a learning lab called Fit Learning Honolulu utilizing precision teaching to teach academic skills. She also currently works part-time at Kapiolani Medical Center’s intensive pediatric feeding program. In her free time, she enjoys rescuing animals, running, and practicing yoga.
Christine K Walton, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Sara is the Clinical Director at Behavior Analysis No Ka Oi, Inc. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a Masters Degree 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 and started working in the field of ABA in 2008. 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. Additionally, Sara lived in San Francisco for several years and worked as a Behavior Analyst in the school and home settings. She is the past Legislative Chair of the Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) and is a TAGteach Level 2 teacher. Sara is currently enrolled in Endicott College's Ph.D in Applied Behavior Analysis program under the direction of Dr. Justin Leaf. During her free time, Sara enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, going to farmers markets and practicing yoga.
Sara Sato, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Joni is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who 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. She has worked at BANKO as a Lead Techinician for several years, and had 6 years of experience working with children and teenagers in various settings prior to joining the BANKO 'ohana. Joni was a part-time teacher at an alternative learning center, an after school care group leader, and a basketball and softball coach. In her free time, she enjoys boxing for fitness, watching movies, outdoor activities with friends and family, and taking her dog to the park.
Joni Wong, M.S.W., BCBA, LBA
Faith was born and raised on the Leeward Coast of Oahu. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology nad her Master's degree in Special Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Faith received her BCBA in 2018. Before joining the BANKO team, Faith has worked with students diagnosed with ASD in the school setting as a paraprofessional, as well as, in the home and community setting as a RBT. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, fishing, camping, and traveling.
Faith Kahakeli'i, MEd., BCBA, LBA
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.
Kathryn Larson, M.A., BCBA, LBA
Hannah is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts and her bachelors of science in recreation and leisure studies as Gordon College in Wenham MA. She worked as a BCBA in home, school and clinic settings in Massachusetts for a year after graduating and then moved to Hawaii. Prior to earning her Master’s, Hannah worked as a behavior therapist in home, school, and clinic settings for three years. In her free time she likes to cook, go for runs, read, knit, hike, and spend time with her family and friends.
Hannah Greenwood, M.S., BCBA, LBA
Judith is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She was born and raised on the north shore of Oahu, before relocating to the mainland. Judith earned her B.S. in Psychology from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, in 2004 and An Advanced Certification degree in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders, from Brooklyn College in 2011. Since 2007, Judith has worked as an Applied Behavioral Analyst (ABA) Therapist/Teacher, at private schools designed for children with ASD that focused on increasing appropriate social interactions and skill acquisition for children with autism. Judith returned to Hawaii in 2014, where she later earned her Master’s degree in Exceptional Students Education with a focus in applied behavior Analysis from the University of West Florida in 2018. Judith continues her passion to serve children with special needs. Her hobbies involve, spending time with family, hiking, reading, swimming, singing, and dancing
Judith Ojukwu, MA., BCBA., LBA
Rachel is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who earned her earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Hawaii and her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2017. Before traveling to Orlando to pursue ABA, she worked in Hawaii as an RBT for 5 years, and as an after-school care leader for 4 years. She enjoys swimming, photography, gardening, shopping, and spending time with friends and family. She also loves animals and would love to own multiple pets when her housing situation allows for it.
Rachel Bressem, M.S., BCBA, LBA
Stacy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Hawaii. She obtained her Masters in Special Education with a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at George Mason University in 2017. Stacy began working with children on the autism spectrum after her own son was diagnosed with autism. She has experience working with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum in the home, school, community, and clinic setting. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, distance running, hiking, and trying new foods.
Stacy Hopkins, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Laura was born and raised in Massachusetts and received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from The University of Kansas in 2016. She has been a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst since 2017. While attending KU, Laura completed three practica in early childhood autism intervention classrooms and served on two research teams under Dr. James Sherman and Dr. Pamela Neidert specializing in pediatric feeding disorders, preference assessments, food selectivity, and administration of the VB-MAPP. In addition, Laura interned at The New England Center for Children, a premier institute in autism education and research outside of Boston, Massachusetts. After earning her certification, Laura worked at an out-patient clinic in Manhattan, Kansas for two years gaining experience in assisting a BCBA to develop programs, supervise RBT’s, implement behavior interventions and facilitate caregiver training. She was working remotely supervising staff and developing behavior interventions under the supervision of a BCBA for a home-based company in Virginia before joining BANKO. Laura is currently completing her master’s in behavior analysis from Simmons University. She enjoys watching Boston sports, KU basketball, hiking, drinking coffee, and spending time with her dog and husband.
Laura Simons, B.A., BCaBA
Dr. Chanel Kealoha earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Southern California then went on to obtain her Master's and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University. She completed a doctoral fellowship at Kapiolani Medical Center where she received intensive training in the assessment and treatment of families referred for issues related to child abuse. Dr. Kealoha is licensed to practice in Hawaii and has more than 10 years of experience providing clinical services. She has focused her training on Child and Adolescent Psychology, particularly the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders throughout the lifespan. Her clinical background has been largely influenced by her interest in culturally-appropriate therapies and assessment. Through her research, Dr. Kealoha has sought to improve the relevance of mental health care and education for the Native Hawaiian community and her research on an alternative treatment for depression has been published in a nationally recognized medical journal.
Chanel Kealoha, Psy.D.
Celina became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in 2019. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Hawaii Pacific University, her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University, and has recently completed the behavior analysis course sequence from the University of West Florida and is pursuing certification. Celina has always had a passion for working with children and has worked with children with disabilities and special needs since 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, trying new restaurants, and hanging out with family and friends.
Celina Garces, M.S., RBT, LMHC
Kylie was born and raised on the west side of Oahu. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Seattle University. After graduating, Kylie returned home where she received her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in children and families from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is currently working with children with disabilities and families in an early intervention program as a Social Worker. Kylie has been an RBT at BANKO for a couple years and has come to love the field of Behavior Analysis. She intends to continue within the field and pursue certification as a Behavior Analyst. In her free time, Kylie enjoys sports, board games, video games, singing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends
Kylie Teramoto, MSW., RBT
Jessica was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated from Pacific University (Forest Grove, Oregon) in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Learning/Psychology. After taking a year off to gain more experience in the field of ABA, she started a Master of Education in Special Education with a BCBA track through an online program with University of Hawaii at Manoa. Jessica will continue her studies through an online program with Arizona State University and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Special Education with a concentration in ABA while working towards her BCBA certification as a behavior analyst. She has worked in various elementary and middle schools as a volunteer, tutor, teacher’s aide, skills trainer/paraprofessional. She admires children’s curiosity to learn and being a part of their journey to grow as individuals. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys music, dancing, singing, eating, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends.
Jessica Noochan, B.A., RBT
Joy Kojima, M.S., RBT
Joy was born and raised on the island of Oahu. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University. She has over 10 years of experience working with children, primarily as a Behavior Specialist for Early Intervention. Joy completed her coursework and is receiving her clinical hours to sit for her certification as a behavior analyst. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, eating at new places, and working out.
Amanda was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She received her B.S. in Family Resources at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2014. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Special Education at UH-Manoa and working towards her certification in behavior analysis. She is also certified by the Department of Health, Foster Care Developmental Disabilities Division. Helping her mom care for two clients who live with them in the home. Previously, she worked as an Early Intervention paraprofessional for two years, and part time teacher in various preschool and elementary school settings. Amanda loves spending time with her family, reading, hiking, working out, and shopping at Target.
Amanda Harding, B.S., RBT
Nicole Pfeiffer, B.A., RBT
Nicole grew up outside of New York City and moved to Hawaii two years ago. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Media Studies and Fine Art from Purchase College in 2013. Nicole is currently working on a Masters in Special Education through the University of Hawaii and is pursuing her certification in behavior analysis. Nicole's experience is varied and includes doing ABA in schools in Vermont, working with an adult on the spectrum at his place of work in New York, and working in private homes as an RBT here on Oahu. In her free time Nicole enjoys singing, hiking and practicing yoga.
Devin was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She moved to Oahu in 2010 to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa, which is where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2014. When Devin was living in Alaska, she volunteered for a non-profit program for over ten years called “Rainbow Connection.” Rainbow Connection was a therapeutic horse-riding program for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is where Devin’s passion for teaching (and learning) bloomed. Devin intends on returning to graduate school in the near future in order to earn her Master’s and Doctorate degree in either Occupational Therapy or Special Education. Additionally, she wishes to explore certication as a behavior analyst. along the way. In Devin’s free time she enjoys going to the beach, fishing, hiking, playing music, and being with family and friends as much as possible.
Devin Gabay, B.A., RBT
Kennedy was born in Los Angeles, California but raised here in Hawaii. He graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. He entered the field of ABA as a paraprofessional but soon became a RBT shortly after. Ever since he fell in love with the field and is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Behavior Analysis through Florida Institute of Technology. He enjoys playing soccer, hiking, eating and watching movies with family and friends!
Kennedy Spencer, B.A., RBT
Julia was born and raised in South Carolina. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in History and French from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Upon completing of her degree, she began her work in early intervention, becoming a Registered Behavior Technician shortly thereafter. She moved to Hawaii in August of 2019. She has a passion for classical music, opera, as well as language learning and teaching. In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, eating new foods, and traveling.
Julia Pitts, B.A., RBT
Brendan is an RBT who was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu. After graduating from Kahuku High School he went to Washington state where he obtained his Bachelors degree in Psychology with an Emphasis in Neuroscience from the University of Puget Sound. After college Brendan traveled to South Carolina as an Americorps VISTA, where he worked with non-profit organizations to bring behavioral health resources to the community. It was after this that he found the field of ABA. Being able to work with the children and their families gives him a chance to follow his passion of helping others. Now Brendan has come back to Hawaii to be closer to family and continue that work. In his downtime Brendan enjoys traveling, movies, reading, and practicing martial arts.
Brendan Joanou, B.A., RBT
Leia was born in Japan but raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is now finishing up her Master’s degree in Criminology with Forensic Psychology through Middlesex University in London. She began working as an RBT after completing her Bachelor’s degree, took some time off to pursue her Master’s, and returned to ABA due to her passion for the field. In her free time she enjoys hiking, going to the beach, reading, going to the gym, and travelling.
Leia Reynolds, B.A.
Jasey was born and raised in Hilo on the island of Hawai'i. She moved to Oahu in June of 2017. She is currently earning her Bachelor’s of Science at HCC. She plans to eventually obtain a medical degree. Previous to becoming the administrative assistant at BANKO, she managed and was a character performer for Aloha Character’s (Oahu Branch) that performed at princess and superhero kids parties. Jasey enjoys spending time with her family, reading, writing, hiking, and going to the gym.
Kapua was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawai'i. Before becoming an administrative assistant at BANKO, she was a bell clerk for a hotel in Waikiki and then a flight attendant for a small charter aircraft for the outer islands. On her free time, Kapua likes to spend time with her son and boyfriend, working out at Egan's bootcamp, reading, and taking long strolls through Target.
Jax Oreo is a 2 year old Holland Lop. Hops is an energetic 2 year old Lion Head Dwarf bunny. Sugar is our youngest 5 month old Holland Lop. All bunny colleagues were rescue animals. They enjoy hanging out with their BANKO friends and getting fed fresh veggies and hay.