Our Team
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Children at The Bay School are surrounded by caring, highly trained professionals seeking to improve the quality of life of the students in their care.

 

Our team members are uniquely qualified to provide the level of specialized care that enables each student to make significant and ongoing improvements in behavior, functional skills, communication, and social skills. These improvements result from tireless work combined with our uncompromising commitment to the highest standards.

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School staff include:

  • Doctoral-level clinical directors, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), and educational administration by certified special education administrators
  • Consulting physician and psychiatrist and on-site registered nurses
  • Master’s-level certified special education teachers
  • Master’s-level behavior specialists, BCBAs, and Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs)
  • A family service staff specializing in autism and applied behavior analysis (ABA)
  • Adapted physical education, art, and music teachers
  • Vocational director and coordinators, and job coaches
  • Allied health therapists (occupational, physical, and speech)
  • Pre- and post-doctoral interns

 

Our senior leadership team includes:

Andrea Gold, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Executive Director

Bertilde U. Kamana, Ph.D., BCBA
Director of Education & Clinical Services

Laura Noland, M.Ed., BCBA
Director of Community Engagement and Development

 

Our Educational & Clinical team includes:

Brandie Rankin, M.Ed., BCBA
Behavior Analyst

Ms. Rankin joined The Bay School team in 2011 as an Instructor, became a Teacher Trainee in 2013, and transitioned to Special Education Teacher in 2015 where she worked for six years with our high school and post-secondary aged students. In 2021, Ms. Rankin became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and was promoted to a Behavior Analyst position, providing advanced clinical support to students and teachers across multiple classrooms.

Ms. Rankin graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology and California State University, Monterey Bay with an MA in Education. She completed research for her Masters thesis on skill acquisition using instructive feedback, a procedure in which additional information is provided to a learner during reinforcement. Ms. Rankin holds a moderate/severe education specialist instruction credential and completed coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology.

Ms. Rankin is a member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

 

Stephanie Iwanciow, M.Ed., BCBA
Behavior Analyst

Ms. Iwanciow originally joined our team in 2003 as an instructor and has since held many roles within The Bay School, including Senior Instructor, Special Education Teacher, and Clinical Coordinator. In 2019, Ms. Iwanciow transitioned to her current position of Behavior Analyst where she is responsible for conducting assessments, running treatment sessions, and assisting in the development of behavioral interventions for various students throughout the school.  

Ms. Iwanciow graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a BA in Community Studies with an emphasis in Sexuality Education and HIV Prevention. She graduated from California State Monterey with an M.A. in Education and, for her capstone project, created a curriculum guide for teaching independent living skills for individuals on the autism spectrum. Ms. Iwanciow also holds a moderate/severe special education credential.

Ms. Iwanciow completed her BCBA coursework through Fitchburg State College and Florida Institute of Technology and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with an additional certification in Organizational Behavior Management (OBM). Ms. Iwanciow is a member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA).

 

Becky Barall, M.Ed., CBIS, BCaBA
Teacher

Ms. Barall joined The Bay School team in June 2016 and has held various roles within our organization, including Instructor, Teacher Trainee, and Interim Teacher. In October 2020, Ms. Barall became a Special Education Teacher, working with a wide range of elementary, middle, high school, and transition-aged students. Her professional interests include the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior including aggression and self-injury, as well as the sustainable implementation of evidence-based practices in school-based and clinical settings.

Ms. Barall received her Masters degree in Education with an emphasis in Special Education from California State University, Monterey Bay. She is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) and holds a moderate/severe education specialist instruction credential. In addition, she is completing coursework in applied behavior analysis at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Ms. Barall is a member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

 

Ryan Mackey
Teacher

Mr. Mackey has held multiple positions since he joined our team in 2013. He started as an Instructor, was promoted to Senior Instructor, and later transitioned to Teacher Trainee where he gained experience developing IEPs, designing treatment procedures, and managing a classroom. In September 2021, Mr. Mackey stepped into his current role of Special Education Teacher, working with a wide range of elementary, middle, high school, and transition-aged students. Mr. Mackey enjoys working with individuals with complex communication and behavioral needs and is well versed in working with students who utilize augmentative and alternative communication.

Mr. Mackey graduated from the California State University, Sacramento with a BS in Kinesiology. He currently attends California State University, Monterey Bay where he is in the process of completing coursework to obtain his MA in Special Education. Mr. Mackey holds a moderate/severe education specialist instruction credential.

 

Johnathon Meza
Teacher

Mr. Meza joined The Bay School team in 2015 as an Instructor. He became a Senior Instructor in 2016 and later transitioned to Teacher Trainee where he gained experience developing IEPs, designing treatment procedures, and managing a classroom. In August 2021, Mr. Meza stepped into his current role of Special Education Teacher where he supports high school and transition-aged students.

Mr. Meza received his BA in History at UC Santa Cruz with the intention of teaching at a public high school. However, after working at The Bay School he quickly realized his passion and drive lay in educating students with disabilities. Mr. Meza enjoys teaching essential life skills that help our students lead independent and fulfilling lives. 

Mr. Meza currently attends California State University, Monterey Bay where he is in the process of completing coursework to obtain his MA in Special Education. Mr. Meza holds a moderate/severe education specialist instruction credential.

 

Taylor Schauer, M.Ed.
Teacher

Ms. Schauer joined TBS as an instructor in 2010, was promoted to Senior Instructor in 2012, transitioned to Teacher Trainee in 2014, and became Special Education Teacher in 2017, working with our adolescent and young adult students. Ms. Schauer completed research for her Masters thesis on evaluating the effects of Differential Reinforcement of Lower Rates of Behavior (DRL) on reducing rates of perseverative speech in individuals with autism. As the teacher of our transition-aged students, she works closely with our Vocational Coordinator to increase student participation within community volunteer and paid employment settings.

Ms. Schauer graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Sociology and California State University, Monterey Bay with an MA in Education. She holds a moderate/severe education specialist instruction credential.

 

Laurel Schumm
Teacher

Ms. Schumm joined The Bay School team in 2018 as an Instructor and became a Teacher Trainee in 2021. In 2022, Ms. Schumm transitioned to her current role of Teacher of Transition Classroom 2, working with our adolescent and young adult students.

Ms. Schumm received her BS in Environmental Studies at The Evergreen State College with the intention of pursuing environmental science research and law. After beginning work at The Bay School, Ms. Schumm quickly realized her passion for special education and love for spending time in the classroom. Ms. Schumm enjoys teaching communication and essential life skills to help our students advocate for themselves and lead fulfilling lives.

Ms. Schumm is currently attending California State University, Monterey Bay where she is in the process of completing coursework to obtain her MA in Special Education. Ms. Schumm holds a moderate/severe education specialist instruction credential.

 

Ross Platts
Teacher Trainee 

Mr. Platts joined The Bay School team in 2016 as an Instructor, was later promoted to Senior Instructor, and transitioned to his current role of Teacher Trainee in 2022. As Teacher Trainee, he has been gaining experience developing IEPs, designing treatment procedures, and managing a classroom. Mr. Platts received his BA in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Mr. Platts enjoys supporting students with communication, social skills, and community-based learning opportunities. 

Mr. Platts currently attends California State University, Monterey Bay where he is completing coursework to obtain his moderate/severe education specialist instruction credential.

 

James Toohey
Coordinator of Vocational Services

Mr. Toohey joined The Bay School team in 2008, was promoted to Senior Instructor in 2010, and became Coordinator of Vocational Services in 2015. Prior to working at TBS, Mr. Toohey served as a job coach at a local organization serving adults with disabilities utilizing a community-based work model. He has a breadth of experience and is passionate about working with adolescents and young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. As Coordinator of Vocational Services, Mr. Toohey leads our Employment and Community Inclusion Program where he supports our students in gaining opportunities to engage in paid, competitive work or accessing valuable service-learning experiences in integrated community settings.

Mr. Toohey graduated from the University of Lowell with a BA in Elementary Education and English.

 

Our Administrators team includes:

Gilbert Arias
School Operations Coordinator

Mr. Arias first joined our team in 2008 as Facilities Coordinator and in 2012 he transitioned to his current position, School Operations Coordinator. As School Operations Coordinator, Mr. Arias assists in maintaining updated student records, required school licensure and certifications, contracts with LEAs, and billing. Mr. Arias has a rich background in technology which has enabled him to provide internal IT support to our team as well.

Mr. Arias graduated from Heald College with an Associate Degree in Business.

 

Josh Stogner
School Support Coordinator

Mr. Stogner joined our team in 2007 as an instructor, where he worked for several years providing direct 1:1 support to students. Mr. Stogner was promoted to his current role of School Support Coordinator in 2012. In this role, Mr. Stogner manages many important school operations, including school purchasing, as well as facility and vehicle maintenance. Additionally, Mr. Stogner takes an active role in the recruitment process, where he interviews and helps onboard new team members.

Mr. Stogner graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology.