NRS 437 to 641D

Senate Bill 217 has officially been codified into law. It has replaced the original NRS 437 with NRS 641D. We urge all constituents interested in the practice of applied behavior analysis within the state of Nevada to read the updated statute. Some of the noticeable changes include:

  • Transfer responsibilities from the Aging and Disability Services Division concerning the regulation of behavior analysts, assistant behavior analysts, and registered behavior technicians to the Nevada ABA Board.
  • Inclusion of behavior analysts, assistant behavior analysts, and registered behavior technicians under the definition of “provider of health care.”
  • Maximum fee updates, most notably in regards to behavior analysts. 
 
The website has been updated to reflect the new NRS 641D.
 

NV Applied Behavior Analysis Board

Rachel Gwin

Rachel Gwin serves as the representative of the general public on the Nevada Applied Behavior Analysis Board. Mrs. Gwin became aware of and interested in Applied Behavior Analysis when her youngest daughter was diagnosed with autism over 7 years ago. Mrs. Gwin earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Brigham Young University. Before having her 3 children, she taught 2nd grade in Utah, and Kindergarten (her favorite) in Nevada. In Colorado she also worked as an aide in an autism preschool and in a 7th grade special education class. She lives with her husband and three daughters in southern Nevada. In her precious spare time she enjoys reading, woodworking, spending time with her family, and attempting to garden in the desert.

Wendy Knorr

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Christy Fuller

Christy Fuller received a Master’s from the University of Nevada, Reno in December 2011. While at UNR, she found a love for behavior analysis when she started working with young autistic learners in 2002. Since graduation, she has worked for big service providers and smaller service providers in schools, at home, and in clinics. She is passionate about our state and the application of our science, and is proud to have served on Nevada’s ABA Board since its inception. In her free time, she can be found spending time with family, hiking, running, tinkering in her garden, volunteering on other boards, or spending time with friends.

Courtney LoMonaco

Courtney LoMonaco is a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the state of Nevada. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education (2012) and Master of Education with an emphasis in behavioral interventions (2017) from the University of Nevada, Reno. She began her work in the field of special education working as a self-contained teacher in public schools in 2012, and has been serving as a behavior analyst in public schools since 2018. In her free time she can be found spending time with her family and dogs, paddle boarding, practicing yoga, attending concerts and reading books.

Dr. Brighid Fronapfel

Dr. Fronapfel is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the State of Nevada with expertise in early intervention, autism and related disabilities, behavioral gerontology, teacher training, and school-based behavior analysis. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University and her M.S. from California State University, Stanislaus.
Dr. Fronapfel is a research assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno where she has held positions as Project Coordinator for the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children Project (PTR-YC), a supervisor and advisor for the Certified Behavior Analysts in Nevada Schools (CBANS) Project, a consultant for the Washoe and Mineral County School Districts, a member of the Interdisciplinary Consultation Team and a trainer for the Positive Behavior Supports-Nevada Aging Project.
At present, Dr. Fronapfel is a member of the expert faculty panel for Project ECHO and serves as a practicum supervisor and instructor for graduate students completing their behavior analytic supervised independent fieldwork Special Education Graduate Program in Advanced Studies in Behavior Analytic Interventions. Prior to her appointment to the Board, Dr. Fronapfel served as a member of the Public Policy Committee for the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Patrick A. Leytham

Dr. Patrick A. Leytham is a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst through the Behavior Analytic Certification Board and a Licensed Behavior Analyst through the State of Nevada. He has been practicing within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis as a Registered Behavior Technician (2017 – 2019) and a BCBA (2019 – current). Dr. Leytham earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Special Education, focusing his studies on literacy strategies for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is also licensed as a Special Educator (2007 – current), holds an endorsement to teach children with ASD, and has taught exceptional children (i.e., ADHD, ASD, FAS, ID, LD, etc.) from early childhood through high school in general education, resource, and self-contained classrooms. From 2011 through 2021, Dr. Leytham also taught special education coursework at multiple institutions of higher education (CSN, UNLV, WSU, TUN), wherein he (a) conducted research on children and adolescents with ASD, (b) published several articles relating to special education, behavior analysis, and teacher education preparation, (c) presented at local, national, and international conferences, and (d) engaged in community outreach programs focused on improving the lives of families with exceptional children. He currently serves as the Secretary/Treasure for the Nevada Applied Behavior Analysis Board. In his free time, Dr. Leytham enjoys watching soccer and ice hockey, as well as spending time outdoors spearfishing and camping.