Dr. Bridget TaylorPsy.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Bridget A. Taylor is co-founder and Executive Director of Alpine Learning Group and is Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink. Dr. Taylor has specialized in the education and treatment of children with autism for the past twenty-five years. She holds a Doctorate of Psychology from Rutgers University, and received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Columbia University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Psychologist. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and serves on the editorial board of Behavioral Interventions. She is a member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and a Board Member of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment. She serves on the Autism Advisory Group for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and the Professional Advisory Board for the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts. Dr. Taylor is active in the autism research community and has published numerous articles and book chapters on effective interventions for autism. She is a national and international presenter and serves in an advisory capacity for autism education and treatment programs both locally and abroad.
Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D.The EPIC School
Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D. is currently serving as Executive Director of The EPIC School in Paramus, NJ. Dr. Gerhardt has more than 30 years’ experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He has authored and coauthored articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research, is on the Editorial Board of Behavior Analysis in Practice and on numerous professional advisory boards. He received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.
Helen BloomerM.S., BCBA
Ms. Bloomer, a NYS licensed board certified behavior analyst, was trained and affiliated for ten years at the Children's Unit for Treatment and Evaluation at SUNY Binghamton under the direction of Dr. Raymond Romanczyk. She is the founder and former Executive Director of the Crossroads School in New York and New England. Ms. Bloomer has done extensive work in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis, co-authoring and presenting at numerous conferences, nationally and internationally. She has consulted for schools in the United States, Ireland, Brazil and China. In addition, she produced the training video series "Bridges" which has helped families and educators throughout the world. She recently was also the Clinical Director of PAAL, assistant director at the McCarton Upper School in Manhattan, adjunct lecturer at The Sage Colleges, and adjunct lecturer for Brooklyn College. Currently Ms. Bloomer is the Chief Clinical Director for Peter Gerhardt Associates, LLC. Ms. Bloomer is an approved TRICARE provider and consults with numerous families in the U.S. Military. Ms. Bloomer has been a member of the executive board for the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis (NYSABA) for approximately 15 years. She previously has served in many positions including President, Member at Large, etc. Ms. Bloomer was a peer reviewer for the New York State Department of Health clinical practice guidelines for autism/pervasive developmental disorders.
Rishi ChelminskiM.S., BCBA
Rishi Chelminski is a NYS licensed, board certified behavior analyst. His training in Applied Behavior Analysis began at The University of Florida, under the supervision of Drs. Brian Iwata, Timothy Vollmer and Jesse Dallery. He earned his masters from Northeastern University while working at The New England Center for Children, where received extensive experience addressing very severe special needs. After moving to New York City, Rishi served as an adjunct lecturer at Queens College, and a Chancellor’s Fellow at CUNY. For five years he served as Director of Behavior Services at Services for the UnderServed, where he adapted ABA-based clinical practices to support adults living in OPWDD certified group homes and developmental centers. Regarding this work, he has presented extensively at The Association for Behavior Analysis International, New York Association for Behavior Analysis, and the NYS Association of Community and Residential Agencies. Currently, Rishi’s work focuses on preparing young adults with intellectual disabilities for the transition from school to managed care settings. He also collaborates with crisis intervention teams to address the mental health needs of typically-developing children and adults.
Randy HorowitzM.S.Ed., S.A.S.
Randy Horowitz is the Associate Executive Director of Program Development for the Elija School. Randy started her career as a special education teacher in public school in Nassau County and then spent close to 20 years in a senior leadership position at a nonprofit organization serving children and adults with autism in NYC and Long Island. Randy has a Master of Science in Education from Queens College and a Certificate of School Administration and Supervision from the College of New Rochelle. Randy is currently a doctoral candidate in the educational leadership program at Concordia University. Randy is an adjunct Professor in the schools of education at Queens College, CUNY and SUNY Old Westbury. Randy has presented at local, national and international conferences on topics relating to educating students with autism. Her particular areas of interest include preparing and supporting students with autism for integration into school and community activities.