We are open and accepting new patients.
ABES Inc. Sycamore will be opening on November 2, 2020!
Professionals With Genuine Care and Concern
Who We Are
Here at Autism Behavioral & Educational Services, Inc., we strive to use evidence-based and the most advanced teaching strategies available. Our teaching techniques are based on the principles of applied behavior analysis.
We teach skills that can be generalized across a variety of people and settings. Parent training is an essential part of our program that ensures the child continues to apply and hone those new skills throughout the day.
We regularly coordinate our efforts with interdisciplinary team members, such as teachers, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists. Contact us today to learn more.
Our mission is to provide effective intervention strategies to children on the autism spectrum and their families.
Our goal is to assist children and their parents in developing a behavioral repertoire
as similar as possible to a typical child.
Veronica Glickman, MA, MS, BCBA
Veronica Glickman, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Autism, Behavioral & Educational Services, Inc. (ABES), has dedicated her professional career to working with kids and adults with autism and their families.
Veronica began working with the adult population as an undergraduate student at Adelphi University in Long Island, NY, while working toward her Psychology degree by providing vocational training and placement.
Since that time, Veronica earned: a Master of Arts Degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Hartford; a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University; a Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Veronica’s experience spans from early childhood, 18 months through adulthood. She has created and supervised in-home and clinic-based ABA programs across the country, set up classrooms, trained professionals, and was an administrator in a therapeutic day school. Veronica also mentors and supervises students studying applied behavior analysis.
Veronica’s twenty-year tenure spans across four states: New York, Connecticut, California and Illinois. Upon diagnosing and recommending behavior analytic services in Illinois, Veronica found that there was a lack of service providers and ABES, Inc. was born.
Amanda N. Kelly, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
Amanda N. Kelly, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA (also known as Behaviorbabe) obtained her bachelors in elementary education from Shepherd University, her masters in behavioral education, and doctorate in behavior analysis from Simmons University. Dr. Kelly has served on multiple boards and committees including Together For Our Keiki, the Hawaiʻi Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Hawaiʻi Disability Rights Center.
Dr. Kelly's dedication and commitment in improving access to services, as well as her outstanding advocacy, has resulted in several awards including Jerry Shook Practitioner of the Year (2012), Advocacy Group of the Year (2015), and Provider Advocate of the Year (2019). Dr. Kelly is considered a thought-leader in behavior analysis and is often highly sought after as a speaker at national, as well as international events. In addition to her expertise helping families and school teams, Dr. Kelly's interests extend to dissemination, public policy, and sustainable behavior change.
Krista Gengo, MA, BCBA
Krista Gengo has had the privilege of serving individuals on the autism spectrum and their families since 2007. Krista received her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and completed post graduate work in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Florida Tech, securing Behavior Analyst licensure in 2015. She has supported this population in a variety of settings including clinic, classroom, and home environments. Prior to relocating to Illinois, Krista served as clinical director of an ABA program in Texas which incorporated a collaborative model with other therapeutic disciplines in addition to an ABA preschool. During this time, she assisted in creating a service model to be replicated nationwide. She has had the honor of working with children 18 months through early adulthood, striving to incorporate the entire family unit. It is an incredible joy to be entrusted with a child’s care, she understands the gravity of that trust and works to capitalize on the time she gets to share in the child’s journey.
Chelsea Most, BA, RBT
Chelsea graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders with an emphasis in Speech Pathology. She has since worked in a variety of school settings working with children ages 2 - 18 years old, both with and without disabilities. Her experience ranges from conducting small group lessons to one-on-one therapy sessions.
After graduating from NIU, Chelsea moved to Arizona to continue her education (and find warmer weather). While there, she obtained a Graduate Certificate in An Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders from Arizona State University and worked in various settings with children on the spectrum. It’s here that she started working in the field of ABA and found her true passion. Chelsea is currently (re-planning) her wedding and cannot wait to share her experiences with the ABES community.
Kylie Nekola, MS, BCBA
Kylie Nekola is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has a Master’s degree of Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Kaplan University. Kylie has worked with children with an autism for 10 years.
She has a variety of experience in multiple settings including a therapeutic day school, in-home therapy, clinic based services, and running social skills groups. Kylie is passionate about building new skills and seeing growth in her clients and their families.
Marie LaFronza, MS, BCBA
Marie LaFronza is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master’s degree in Psychology with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Purdue University Global.
Marie has 5 years of experience utilizing ABA while working with individuals ranging from ages 2-14 with an Autism diagnosis. She has experience working with individuals in clinic-based and home-based settings, and in 1:1 and social group settings. Marie is enthusiastic about fostering growth and independence in her clients in a positive environment.
Jordan Creed, MS, BCBA
Jordan graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2013. Shortly after she began working at an inpatient pediatric, psychiatric hospital on the behavior intervention unit. It was there that Jordan became exposed to Applied Behavior Analysis as she worked with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and severe maladaptive behavior.
Jordan fell in love with the field and graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy in 2018.
Kelsey Schuler, MS, BCBA
Kelsey Schuler has provided ABA services to individuals with special needs since 2014. She received her Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2017 from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Since, she has worked with a variety of ages from 18 months to adulthood and a variety of diagnoses such Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and more. Kelsey is specialized in Precision Teaching, a method of ABA designed to increase fluency. Kelsey is excited to share her passion of ABA and to create effective and positive changes for the lives of families.
Robert Lee , J.D.
Robert Lee has been a part of Autism Behavioral & Educational Services, Inc. since its inception and came on full time two years ago to help with ABES’ expansion. In his current role as Chief Financial Officer, Robert oversees finance, legal, and human resources. Robert has spent most of his career in education. Prior to his current role at ABES, Inc., Robert worked in Higher Education supporting numerous institutions with state authorization and regulatory compliance.
Robert is a cum laude graduate of Northern Illinois University’s School of Business having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1999. Robert went on to complete his legal education at California Western School of law earning a Juris Doctorate degree in 2005.
Sheldon came out of retirement to take on the position of Accounting Specialist at Autism Behavioral & Educational Services, Inc. Sheldon brings a wealth of finance and accounting expertise to this role. Sheldon has served on the Board of Directors of numerous organizations over his career. Currently, Sheldon is the Treasurer of the New Light Cemetery located in Lincolnwood, IL, a position he has held for 20 years.
Sheldon has always been passionate about education. Sheldon was first elected to the Board of Education of District 73 in 1982. He was reelected five times, served four years as board President and 18 years as the Finance Chairman.
A successful businessman, Sheldon owned and operated two furniture stores in the Chicagoland area for 25 years. Prior to opening his own stores, he managed one of the largest furniture stores in Chicago for 10 years.