Nicole Leonard attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she received her BA in Psychology, and MA/Ed.S in School and Behavioral Psychology. She took her first course in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2006 and chose this as her preferred choice of practice. She worked as an individual trainer at the Shorkey Center in Beaumont, before coming to Texana Center as an intern to complete her Board Certification in Behavior Analysis.
Leonard also completed a separate internship in preparation for her Licensed Professional Counselor examination. She and her husband are in the process of building a house in Richmond, Texas.
Anna McGhan joined the staff at Texana Center in June 2009 after interviewing with Dorothea Lerman, Ph.D., BCBA at the University Houston-Clear Lake, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, who recommended that she apply to work at Texana Center in order to gain good experience.
She received her MS from the University of Houston-Clear Lake while working at Texana. McGhan always knew that she wanted to work with children and actually had an uncle with an intellectual disability. So, with a background in behavior and biology she soon found that becoming a Behavior Analyst was the perfect fit for her.
One of the things she most enjoys about her job is the first time a child accomplishes something positive such as saying a new word, sharing a toy or completing an academic task and seeing the families’ and child’s smiles. Kate Johnson-Patagoc commented “it always makes us very proud when our staff pass their certification, as it takes a lot of dedication and hard work to achieve this success”.