Program Directors

 Kendra MKendra McDonald, MA, BCBA,   kmcdonald@paxtoncampus.org

Kendra began her career in behavior analysis after her son was diagnosed with autism in 2002. Following the successful implementation of his home program, she worked as an in-home ABA therapist for other families affected with autism. She completed her behavior analysis coursework at UMASS Lowell and she has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She secured her BCBA in June 2014. Kendra emphasizes the principles and teaching procedures of verbal behavior across all teaching opportunities including communication, social skills, and academics.  Her interests also include analysis of complex behavior such as remembering, teaching mediating behaviors, and other private events.

Maureen GamacheMaureen Gamache
mgamache@paxtoncampus.org 

Maureen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame with a focus in Accounting.  After an eight year commitment to the field of Accounting, she  decided it was time to pursue her true passion of helping others and have been working in the Applied Behavior Analysis field since 2012.  Before working at the Aurora School she provided research assistance to a PhD candidate at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore She is in the final year of a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington D.C..   Maureen has also been accepted to the UVA graduate program for Special Education.   Her  goal is to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Maureen thoroughly enjoys working one on one and in group settings with students with disabilities and developmental delays. She finds great satisfaction in helping them to reach their full potential.

Emily Vidt, BCBA
evidt@paxtoncampus.org

Emily is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and moved to the area in 2013. She received her Bachelors’ degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. She taught in the public school system for two years prior to coming to The Aurora School in 2015. She finished her Masters’ degree at Shenandoah University in Applied Behavior Analysis in December of 2015 and received her BCBA in May of 2016! She is very excited to be at the Aurora School as a Program Director!

Kara Seven, BCBA

Suhad Abdallah, BCaBA

Suhad started working at The Aurora school in 2014 as an ABA instructor, which is the start of her career in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has a BA in Psychology, and is currently attending George Mason University as a graduate student in the Special Education program. She received her BCaBA certification in 2016, in addition to her VA provisional licensure in Special Education. Suhad loves working with the students, supporting their progress to achieve their goals, and increasing their independence in different functional skills, especially their communication skills. She’s really proud to be a part of the Aurora team as a Program Director.