Our Team

OUR TEAM


Andrea Gold, Ph.D., BCBA-D

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Executive Director

Dr. Gold has served as the Executive Director at The Bay School since March 2010. Dr. Gold joined The Bay School team in 2006 as the Director of Education, where she oversaw all educational programming and clinical services.

Dr. Gold has been working with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities for 20 years. She received her MA in Clinical and Behavioral Applications in Mental Health Settings from Queens College and her Ph.D. in Learning Processes from the Graduate Center City University of New York. Since moving to California in 2006, she has been an active member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA), serving on the CalABA Board of Directors and the CalABA Conference Committee. In addition, Dr. Gold is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), and the California Association of Private Special Education Schools (CAPSES).

Dr. Gold is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D).


Laura Noland, M.Ed., BCBA

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Director of Education and Clinical Services

Ms. Noland joined The Bay School team in 2003 and has had numerous roles within our organization, including Instructor, Senior Instructor, and Teacher. As the Director of Education and Clinical Services, she trains, supports, and mentors our educational team, our clinical team, and our related services team; she develops, implements, and evaluates school policies to continuously improve program effectiveness; and she oversees student programming and clinical services.

Ms. Noland graduated from California State University, Monterey Bay with an MA in Education. She completed her BCBA coursework through the University of North Texas, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and holds a moderate/severe education specialist instruction credential.

Ms. Noland is a member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA).


Angela Chapman

Human Resources Business Partner

Ms. Chapman has served as Human Resources Business Partner at The Bay School since January 2017. Prior to joining our team, Ms. Chapman served as Human Resources Manager at Easterseals Central California, Human Resources Administrator at Threshold Enterprises, and Compensation and Benefits Analyst at West Marine.

At the Bay School, Ms. Chapman helps manage and continuously improve practices for employee recognition and engagement, employee relations, talent acquisition, benefits and compensation, workers’ compensation, and workplace safety. Ms. Chapman enjoys doing meaningful work and being involved with the community. During her free time, she is a volunteer for Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

Ms. Chapman graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.


Gilbert Arias

Admissions Coordinator

Mr. Arias first joined our team in 2008 as Facilities Coordinator and in 2012 he transitioned to his current position, Admissions Coordinator. As Admissions 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 IT internal support to our team as well.

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


Josh Stogner

Facilities 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 Facility 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 University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology.


Benjamin Gray, M.Ed.

Teacher

Mr. Gray has served as Teacher of Classroom A since July 2015. He orginally joined TBS in 2011 as an intern while completing his undergraduate coursework and became an Instructor later that year. Mr. Gray was promoted to Teacher Trainee in April 2013 when he began persuing his special education credential. Mr. Gray completed research for his Masters thesis on treating vocal stereotypy with response interruption and redirection (RIRD). As a teacher, Mr. Gray currently works with elementary and middle aged students. He has a particular interest in supporting language development with students who utilize augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices.

Mr. Gray graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology and from California State University, Monterey Bay with an MA in Special Education. He has completed coursework in applied behavior analysis at Florida Institute of Technology. In addition, Mr. Gray holds a moderate/severe education specialist instruction credential.

Mr. Gray is a member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA).

Lesley McManus, M.Ed.

Teacher

Ms. McManus originally joined The Bay School team in 2010 as an instructor and was promoted to Teacher Trainee when she began persuing her special education credential. In 2013 she became Special Education Teacher of Classroom B. Ms. McManus is highly interested in working with individuals with severe problem behavior and enjoys working with our BCBAs to help design effective treatment procedures. Ms. McManus completed research for her Masters thesis on evaluating the effects of utilizing color preferences in teaching materials on student skill acquisition.

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


Brandie Rankin

Teacher

Ms. Rankin has served as Special Eductaion Teacher of Classroom C since January 2015. She joined The Bay School team in 2011 as an Instructor and became a Teacher Trainee in 2013 when she began persuing her special education credential. Ms. Rankin works with our middle and high school aged students and has a particular interest in developing programming for students with highly unique academic and language needs.

Ms. Rankin graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology. Ms. Rankin has her moderate/severe education specialist instruction credential and is pursuing her MA in Education through California State University Monterey Bay.

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


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 Teacher of Transition Classroom 1 in 2017 where she works 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 a 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.


Elizabeth Weissman-Young

Teacher

Ms. Weissman-Young joined our team in 2013 as an instructor and has held various roles within our school since then, including Senior Instructor and Teacher Trainee. In May 2017 she was promoted to Special Education Teacher of Transition Classroom 2, where she works with our adolescent and young adult students. Ms. Weissman-Young has many interests as a teacher, but her primary focus is preparing our students for successful transitions to adult programs upon graduation. 

Ms. Weissman-Young graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Psychology. She is currently pursing her Masters Degree at California State University, Monterey Bay. She holds a moderate/severe education specialist instruction credential.


Ryan Mackey

Teacher Trainee

Mr. Mackey has held multiple positions since he joined our team 2013. He started as an instructor, was promoted to Senior Instructor and, in 2017, transitioned to his current role of Teacher Trainee. As Teacher Trainee, Mr. Mackey is gaining experience with developing IEPs, designing treatment procedures, and classroom management. He is currently attending California State University, Monterey Bay where he is in the process completing coursework for his moderate/severe education specialist instruction credential.

Mr. Mackey graduated from the California State University, Sacramento with a BS in Kinesiology.


Alison Anderson, M.Ed.

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Training Coordinator

Ms. Anderson joined TBS as an instructor in 2008, was promoted to Teacher Trainee in 2010, and became Teacher in 2011. Ms. Anderson served as a Teacher for several years before she transitioned to her current role of Training Coordinator. As Training Coordinator, Ms. Anderson is responsible for overseeing staff training and development. Ms. Anderson also provides clinical support and participates in special school projects. Ms. Anderson completed research for her Masters thesis on evaluating the effects of progressive intervals on thinning schedules of differential reinforcement of other behavior (DRO).

Ms. Anderson graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Education and graduated from California State University, Monterey Bay with an MA in Education. Ms. Anderson is completing coursework in applied behavior analysis at University of North Texas. In addition, Ms. Anderson holds a moderate/severe education specialist instruction credential.



Stephanie Iwanciow, M.Ed.,BCBA

Clinical Coordinator

Ms. Iwanciow originally joined our team in 2003 as an instructor and has since held many roles within The Bay School, including Senior Instructor, and Special Education Teacher of Transition Classroom 2. In May 2017, Ms. Iwanciow became Clinical Coordinator. In this role, Ms. Iwanciow is responsible for conducting assessments, designing Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs), and evaluating the effectiveness of treatment procedures for individuals served at The Bay 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 the Fitchburg State College and Florida Institute of Technology and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Ms. Iwanciow is a member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA).


Jim Toohey

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Vocational Coordinator

Mr. Toohey joined The Bay School team in 2008, was promoted to Senior Instructor in 2010, and became Vocational Coordinator 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 Vocational Coordinator, Mr. Toohey leads our Employment and Community Inclusion Program where he supports our students in gaining opportunities to engage in paid, competitive work or have valuable service learning experiences in integrated community settings.

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