Leadership Team

Our leadership team exists to ensure all project-related work is aligned to our scope of work, to give leadership to the overall direction of the work, and to ensure all project tasks are completed accurately and within a reasonable timeline.  We gather at least twice a month to review information and continue to ensure the work moves forward.

Shanna Hirsch

Shanna Hirsch, PhD, BCBA-D

Steven Rufe

Steven Rufe, MEd

Associate Director
Audrey Depa

Aubrey Depa

Project Coordinator

Karen Elfner, MA

Program Manager for Data & Implementation
Georgia McKown

Georgia McKown, PhD

Program Manager for Effective Data Systems & Professional Learning

Staff & Associated Personnel

The Behavior Alliance’s work is made possible thanks to a team of powerhouse individuals who work together to ensure the work is executed across the entire state.  Our talented individuals support the state’s regions, aligned with our funder’s model of regional support, to ensure behavior-related work has the proper contextual support across South Carolina.

A. Bolland

Anneliese Bolland, PhD, LMSW, MPH, CHES®

External Evaluator
Megan Carpenter

Megan Carpenter, PhD, BCBA-D

Research Fellow
Cathy Griffith

Cathy Griffith, PhD, BCBA

Project ECHO Lead
Monica Hughey

Monica Hughey, PhD

Regional Behavior Coach
Mya Kelley

Mya Kelley, MA, CCC-SLP

Graduate Research Assistant
Amanda Rumsey

Amanda Rumsey, PhD

Mental Health Lead

Advisory Board

Our alliance isn’t the first to tackle behavior-related concerns at the state level.  As a result, to ensure we learn from experts inside South Carolina for context and folks who have led behavior-related work outside of South Carolina at state and national levels, our board exists to help provide us honest feedback based on the trajectory of our work.  Our Advisory Board meets twice annually to give us feedback on our project trajectory, give us advice, and ensure we are working strategically to implement our project objectives.

simone adams

Simone Adams

Southern Wesleyan University
Allison bruhn

Allison Bruhn

University of Iowa
Sarah Gams

Sarah Gams

South Carolina Department of Education
Heather George

Heather George

University of South Florida, Center on PBIS
Steve Goodman

Steve Goodman

Independent Consultant
cheryl hubbard george

Cheryl Hubbard-George

South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
Mark Samudre

Mark Samudre

University of Kentucky
Susan Thomas

Susan Thomas

Independent Consultant
kimberly yanek

Kimberly Yanek

Center on PBIS

Get In Touch

If you have any questions for our team about the work of the Behavior Alliance, feel free to reach out to us.