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

Ms. Noland has served as the Director of Education at The Bay School since April 2010. Ms. Noland joined The Bay School team in 2003 and has had numerous roles within our organization, including Instructor, Senior Instructor, and Teacher of the Upper Elementary and Middle School Classrooms. As the Director of Education she now oversees educational programming and clinical services. Ms. Noland graduated from California State Monterey with an MA in Education.

Ms. Noland has her moderate/severe special education credential. She completed her BCBA coursework through the University of North Texas and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Ms. Noland is a member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA), Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).



Lesley McManus, M.Ed.

Teacher

Ms. McManus has served as Teacher of Classroom B at The Bay School since April 2013 and joined The Bay School team in 2010. She graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology.

Ms. McManus has her moderate/severe special education credential and graduated from California State Monterey with an MA in Education.

Ms. McManus is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).


Julieanne Salisbury, M.Ed.

Teacher

Ms. Salisbury has served as Teacher of Transition Classroom 1 since July 2012. She joined The Bay School team in 2008 as an instructor and became a Teacher Trainee in 2011. She graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a BA in Environmental Studies and British Literature.

Ms. Salisbury has her moderate/severe special education credential and graduated from California State Monterey with an MA in Education.


Stephanie Haas, M.Ed., BCBA

Teacher

Ms. Haas has served as Teacher of Transition Classroom 2 since February 2008 and joined The Bay School team in 2003 as an instructor. Over the last several years she has been instrumental in shaping our state of the art vocational programming for students aged 15-22. She graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a BA in Community Studies with an emphasis in Sexuality Education and HIV Prevention. Ms. Haas graduated from California State Monterey with an M.A. in Education.

Ms. Haas has her moderate/severe special education credential and completed her BCBA coursework through Fitchburg State College and Florida Institute of Technology.

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


Brandie Rankin

Teacher

Ms. Rankin has served as 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. Ms. Rankin graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology.

Ms. Rankin has her moderate/severe special education credential and is in the process of completing her BCaBA coursework through California State University Monterey Bay.


Benjamin Gray, M.Ed.

Teacher

Mr. Gray has served as Teacher of Classroom A since July 2015. He joined the team 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. Mr. Gray graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology.

Mr. Gray is has his moderate/severe special education credential and and graduated from California State Monterey with an MA in Education.

 


Taylor Schauer

Teacher Trainee

Ms. Schauer has served as Teacher Trainee since August 2014. She joined The Bay School team in 2010 as an Instructor and became a Senior Instructor in 2012. Ms. Schauer graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a BA in Sociology.

Ms. Schauer is obtaining her moderate/severe special education credential through California State University Monterey Bay.

 


Elizabeth Weissman-Young

Ms. Weissman-Young has served as Teacher Trainee since May 2016. She joined The Bay School team in 2013 as an Instructor and became a Senior Instructor in 2015. Ms. Weissman-Young graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Psychology.

Ms. Weissman-Young is obtaining her moderate/severe special education credential through California State University Monterey Bay.


Jim Toohey

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Vocational Coordinator

Mr. Toohey has served as Vocational Coordinator at The Bay School since April 2015. He joined The Bay School team in 2008 and was promoted to Senior Instructor in 2010. He has a breadth of experience working with individuals with special needs in different employment settings and, prior to working at The Bay School, served as a job coach at a local organization serving adults with disabilities utilizing a community-based work model. Jim is highly passionate and skilled in working with adolescents and young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. He works diligently to meet the unique, individualized needs of a wide range of students in volunteer and paid employment settings.

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