We are North Carolina's primary membership organization for those interested in the philosophy, science, application, and teaching of behavior analysis.
Serve as a professional reference group for all in the state of North Carolina who identify themselves as practitioners in disciplines which embrace the principles and practices of behavior analysis
Promote research that will advance understanding of human behavior
Identify and promote the use of effective and humane behavioral procedures in meeting the educational and habilitative needs of persons within the state of North Carolina
Organize and sponsor an annual conference which shall serve as a forum for presentation of technological achievement in behavior analysis
Publish and distribute a newsletter devoted to dissemination of technological achievements within the scope of behavior analysis and other matters of interest to the membership
Promote the development and expansion of job position openings for persons trained and skilled in behavior analysis
Submit your nominations NOW for the following available 2017 executive committee positions: Vice President Treasurer Member at Large Student Representative In order to nominate someone for a board position you must first discuss the requirements and duties of that position (see below) with the person and they must agree to fulfill all obligations. You can also choose to nominate yourself if you are willing to fulfill all obligations. To submit your nomination you will need to send the name of the person you are nominating, the position for which you are nominating them for, and an email address for the nominee so that we can contact them. Each nominee will be asked to submit a paragraph (150 words or less) describing themselves. This paragraph will be placed on a ballot and submitted to all members for a vote 30 days prior to the conference. Newly elected board members are then announced at the business meeting held at the annual conference in February. The deadline for nominations for the 2017 year is January 1, 2017. Please send all nominations to Kristi Toward: email@example.com Position Descriptions All executive board members are asked to attend board meetings (typically 5 per year including the business meeting at the conference) and participate in the conference planning committee in addition to the duties listed below. At least two nominees for each position below are sought and all nominees must be full members (other than the student who must be a student member) in good standing with NCABA and must consent to be placed on the ballot. Vice President – This position is listed on the ballot each year. The person who obtains this position will have a four year term in which they serve a one year term in each of the following positions: Vice President, President Elect, President, and Past President. This progression allows a person to become familiar with the inner workings of the organization before assuming the role of president and then to serve as a source of information for the board during the last year of their term. The typical duties of each of the four positions include the following.
Treasurer – This position is listed on the ballot every two years (on odd numbered election years). The Treasurer serves a two year term taking office at the end of the annual Business Meeting of the year of his or her election. Their official term is over after two years at the end of the annual Business Meeting. However, they are asked to continue to serve up to the first board meeting after their term has ended to aid in transitioning financial materials to the current Treasurer. The Treasurer and President shall have the responsibility for all funds of NCABA and shall have authority to disburse these funds for purposes authorized by the NCABA Executive Council. The Treasurer shall keep a record of all money received and all disbursements made and submit an annual report of the financial status of NCABA to the membership at the annual Business Meeting. Member-at-Large – This position is listed on the ballot each year. The person who obtains this position will serve a two year term. Thus, the voting membership of the executive council will include two Members-at-Large, serving overlapping terms of office. The Member-at-Large (elected on even-numbered years) chairs NCABA’s Committee on Public & Professional Relations, serves on the Program Planning Committee for the Autism Conference; and organizes any book fair events held at the Annual Conference. The other Member-at-Large (elected on odd-numbered years) is the chair person of NCABA’s Nominations & Awards Committee. Student Representative – This position is listed on the ballot each year and is given only to current students. The person elected serves a one year term. The student representative votes on issues before Council as a Representative of Student concerns, organizes the Student Symposium at the Annual Conference, presides over the election of the succeeding Student Representative, and promotes recruitment of student members.
CONSTITUTION OF THE NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION
FOR BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (NCABA)
First edition: 1988
Second edition: May 1998
Third edition: December 2008
Article I – Name
The name of this organization shall be the North Carolina Association for Behavior Analysis, herein referred to
as NCABA. It shall be chartered and exist as a nonprofit corporation in and under the laws of the State of North
Article II –Purpose
1. The purpose of the organization shall be to promote the analytical science of behavior and its associated
technologies within the State of North Carolina through the following means:
a. Serve as a professional reference group for all in the State of North Carolina whose work involves
the principles and practices of behavior analysis.
b. Promote research that will advance the understanding of human behavior.
c. Identify and promote the use of effective and humane treatment procedures in meeting the
educational and habilitative needs of persons within the State of North Carolina.
d. Organize and sponsor an annual conference that serves as a forum for presentation of technological
achievements in behavior analysis.
e. Publish and distribute a newsletter devoted to dissemination of technological achievements within
the scope of behavior analysis and other matters of interest to the membership.
f. Promote the development and expansion of education, training, and employment in the field of
g. Support efforts of allied organizations in providing services to individuals with disabilities.
Article III – Membership
1. Categories of Membership
Membership is open to all persons interested in or actively engaged in teaching, research, and/or
application of the principles and procedures of behavior analysis. Membership is not restricted to residents
of the State of North Carolina. Members shall be:
a. Full Member: Any individual interested in the study of behavior analysis or employed in any
profession or vocation that utilizes the principles of behavior analysis
b. Paraprofessional Member: This is a category of membership that is available for individuals who are
not academically trained in the study of behavior analysis. These individuals are eligible for
reduced membership rates, but may neither vote nor hold elected office.
c. Student Member: Any individual pursuing formal training in the study of behavior analysis on at least
a half-time basis but is not yet gainfully employed therein may apply for membership in this
category. Such application must be accompanied by an endorsement of a Full Member certifying the
applicant’s student status. Student members may neither vote nor hold office except as provided
below in Article IV (2 and 9).
2. Membership Status
To remain a member in good standing, annual membership dues shall be required. The membership year
runs from January 1st through December 31st
Each Full Member shall be entitled to one vote on all matters brought before NCABA. There shall be no
Article IV – Officers
1. All Officers (except the Student Representative) shall be Full Members of NCABA. These officers are
President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two
2. A Student Representative shall be elected by the student membership as an Officer of NCABA. [See
Paragraph 9 of this Article]
3. The Officers of NCABA shall constitute the NCABA Executive Council, and shall serve as the officers and the
Board of Directors of the Corporation for the time for which they are elected and appointed, and shall
replace the initial Board of Directors designated in the Articles of Incorporation.
a. Each officer is entitled to vote as a member of the NCABA Executive Council at the NCABA Executive
Council meetings held after the Annual Business Meeting in the year of his or her election of
b. The NCABA Executive Council shall serve as the governing body of NCABA, and conduct its
business at meetings or by correspondence, and report its actions, or request the membership to
take action, at the annual Business Meeting or by correspondence.
4. Each year the Voting Members shall elect a Vice-President, who will assume that office at the end of the
Annual Business Meeting in the year of his or her election, and who will succeed to the office of PresidentElect
at the end of the following annual Business Meeting, and then to the office of President at the end of
the next annual Business Meeting. The President holds office for one year and succeeds to the office of
Immediate Past President at the end of the next Annual Business Meeting. The Immediate Past President
holds office for one year, and completes his or her term at the end of next annual Business Meeting.
a. The President shall open the Annual Conference (typically with a presidential address), preside at
all NCABA Executive Council meetings and the annual Business Meeting, certify election results,
oversee the election of the Student Representative, serve as Co-Chair of the Conference Program
Committee, and exercise general supervision over the affairs of NCABA.
b. If the President is unable to preside over a meeting, that responsibility shall fall to the Immediate
Past President. If he or she is unable to preside, the President-Elect shall assume this responsibility.
c. The President-Elect shall count nomination and election ballots as well as the ballots in any
referenda submitted to the Voting Membership and shall assist the President as Co-Chair of the
Conference Program Committee.
5. Each year the Voting Members shall elect one Representative-at-Large to the NCABA Executive Council for
a two-year term of office. The person elected assumes office at the end of the Annual Business Meeting of
the year of his or her election. Thus, the Voting Membership of the Executive Council shall include two
Representatives-at-Large, serving overlapping terms of office. The Representatives-at-Large will serve as
members on all established committees. One Representative-at-Large (elected on even-numbered years)
(elected on odd-numberedyears)shallserveonNCABA’sNominations&AwardsCommittee.Both
committees as appointed by the NCABA Executive Council.
6. The Secretary shall be elected by NCABA membership in even numbered years for a term of two years,
taking office at the end of the Annual Business Meeting of the year of his or her election.
a. The Secretary shall keep the records of NCABA and the NCABA Executive Council; conduct official
correspondence; serve ex-officio as a member of all Committees as deemed necessary by the
Executive Council and issue programs of meetings; receive applications for membership and give
notice of all inductions into membership.
7. The Treasurer shall be elected by NCABA membership in odd numbered years for a term of two years,
taking office at the end of the Annual Business Meeting of the year of his or her election.
a. The Treasurer and President shall have the responsibility for all funds of NCABA and shall have
authority to disburse these funds for purposes authorized by the NCABA Executive Council. The
Treasurer shall keep a record of all money received and all disbursements made and submit an
annual report of the financial status of NCABA to the membership at the Annual Business Meeting.
8. The Vice-President shall take office for a one-year term following the end of the Annual Business Meeting of
his or her election. Following this term the Vice-President will succeed each consecutive year to the office
of President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past-President, respectively. The Vice-President shall serve
as a standing member of all committees. The Vice-President shall also serve in other capacities as directed
by the President and Executive Council (including conference preparation and related duties).
9. There shall be one Representative to the Executive Council who shall be a student member. The student
membership shall elect one Student Representative to the Council for a one-year term. There shall be a call
for nominations through a student flyer prior to the annual conference. A ballot shall then be sent to the
student membership and the representative shall be elected by a simple majority of votes. This Student
Representative shall assume office at the end of the Annual Business Meeting. The current Student
Representative votes on issues before Council as a Representative of Student concerns, organizes the
Student Symposium (held each year at the Annual Conference) and presides over the election of the
succeeding Student Representative, and promotes recruitment of student members.
Article V – Executive Council
The NCABA Executive Council shall consist of the elected officers as described above (President,
President-Elect, Vice-President, Immediate Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, two Representatives-atLarge,
and Student Representative).
The Executive Council shall:
a. function as the governing body of NCABA to insure that all activity is in concert withNCABA’s
b. oversee Committee and/or specially appointed member activity representing NCABA interests.
c. oversee fiscal responsibility for NCABA to insure that fiscal transactions are in concert with NCABA
3. Affiliate Members to the Executive Council
The NCABA Executive Council shall annually appoint affiliate members (Full Members in good standing) to
serve as non-voting members to the Executive Council in one of the following capacities:
a. Liaison to the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
b. Publications Editor (e.g., Newsletter, Conference Announcement)
c. Liaison (as part of the Committee on Public & Professional Relations) to other professional and allied
These Affiliate Members to the Executive Council may be invited to participate in NCABA Executive
Council discussions, at the discretion of the President. Nothing herein shall be construed to preclude an
Affiliate Member from simultaneously holding elected membership on the NCABA Executive Council.
The Executive Council shall have at least one annual meeting, at the time and location of the Annual
Conference. It shall meet at such other times and locations as may be deemed necessary by the President.
A meeting of the Executive Council may also be called by action of three members of the Council who shall
notify the remaining members at least two weeks in advance of the proposed meeting.
For purposes of transacting business of NCABA, a quorum shall consist of five members of the Executive
Council. Decisions arising from the NCABA Executive Council must be supported by at least a simple
majority of the council membership. Issues affecting a proposed revision to the NCABA Constitution must be
sent to the voting membership of NCABA, with at least three-fourths of the NCABA Executive Council
supporting the proposal. Changes to the constitution shall be submitted to a vote of the NCABA membership
with ratification dependent upon a two-thirds majority of responding voters. At least 20 percent of the voting
membership must respond for such a vote to be accepted.
6. Removal and Replacement
Members of the Executive Council who fail to maintain membership in good standing in NCABA [i.e., failure
to remit dues by February 15th] are subject to removal by majority vote of the remaining members of the
Executive Council. A tie-vote shall be construed as affirmation for removal. Positions vacated for any reason
shall be replaced by majority vote of the remaining members of the Executive Council by an existing officer
or a non-elected Full Member nominee. The replacement will serve until the end of the original term of the
originally elected officer.
Article VI – Nominations and Elections
A minimum of two nominees for each vacant office shall be sought from the Voting Membership. A nominee
must be a Full Member, may be nominated by self-nomination or by another Full Member, and must give
Nominations will be reviewed by the Nominations & Awards Committee to ensure all nominees are Full
Members in good standing. Under circumstances as such that only one candidate is nominated after effort of
recruitment is made, the election may proceed with one candidate on the ballot. Ballots shall include the
for each vacant office.
Elections shall occur by ballots mailed out at a minimum 30 days prior to the annual conference. Only full
members of NCABA shall be eligible to vote in elections to determine office holders. An individual shall be
declared elected upon receipt of a simple majority of the votes cast. In the event that no candidate receives
a majority of votes, the candidates receiving the least votes shall be eliminated and a second ballot cast. In
the event of a tie on the second ballot, the winner shall be decided by simple majority vote of the Executive
Officers and members of the Executive Council shall assume office upon the close of the Annual Business
Meeting and shall hold office until their successors are elected and assume office in their stead. All newly
elected officers shall assume office effective at the end of the Annual Business Meeting or on the 15th of
March if no Annual Business Meeting is held. All officers that are exiting the Board (except for the Secretary
and Treasurer) shall pass materials of their post to the newly elected officers within 2 weeks of assuming
office. The exiting Secretary and Treasurer shall complete all post-conference wrap up activities, prepare
the materials to present to the Board at the first executive meeting following the Annual Business Meeting,
and train the newly elected Secretary or Treasurer before the end of the first executive board meeting after
the Annual Business Meeting. All materials of their post should be passed at the end of the first executive
board meeting for both the Secretary and Treasurer. The office of President is a four-year term
commencing with the election for one year as Vice President, followed by three sequential one-year terms
as President-Elect, President, and Past-President. Representatives-At-Large each serve a two-year term.
Secretary and Treasurer each serve a two-year term. The Student Representative serves a one-year term.
Any Officer of NCABA or Member of the Executive Council may be recalled in accordance with the
a. A petition for recall bearing the names of at least 20% of the Full Members in good standing at the
time of submission shall be presented to the Executive Council.
b. The Secretary shall certify the petition with respect to the validity of the signatures. In the event the
Secretary is the Officer subject to recall, the Immediate Past President shall assume his or her duty.
c. Upon validation of the petition, the President or his/her designate shall cause a mail ballot to be
prepared and distributed to the membership having voting qualifications. The ballots shall be
received and tabulated by the Immediate Past-President who shall certify each to be valid.
d. The officer whose incumbency is under challenge shall be recalled only by two-thirds vote of those
members eligible to vote.
e. An office whose incumbency is recalled shall be filled by majority vote of the Executive Council by
an existing officer or a non-elected nominee (Full Member); the replacement shall serve until the
term would have ended for the originally elected officer.
Article VII – Meetings
1. Annual Business Meeting
There shall be at least one Annual Business Meeting of NCABA. This meeting shall be held in conjunction
with the Annual Convention of NCABA except in the event of no Annual Conference in which case, the
meeting shall be held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled meeting of such other group or association
as shall be designated by the Executive Council. Notice of the Annual Business Meeting of NCABA shall be
given to all members in good standing not less than two months prior to the scheduled date.
A quorum at the Annual Business Meeting shall consist of not less than ten percent of Full Members-in-goodstanding
Article VIII – Committees
The committees of NCABA shall consist of the Nominations & Awards Committee, the Committee on Public &
Professional Relations, the Conference Program Committee and other committees which are established by
vote of the Executive Council. Membership of all committees shall include the President and at least one of
the Representatives-at-Large [See Article IV (5)] and other members who are appointed by the Executive
a. The Nominations & Awards Committee shall announce calls for nominations for awards and for
nominations for election to the Executive Council. The Chairperson of this Committee shall present
the results of the calls for nominations to the President and the Executive Council and submit brief
descriptions of credentials for each nominee for use on election ballots as requested by the
b. The Committee on Public & Professional Relations shall organize efforts on behalf of NCABA to
promote, support, defend, and extend the influence of behavior analysis within North Carolina. The
Chairperson of this committee shall present the recommendations of this committee to the President
and the Executive Council. The Members of this committee shall also keep the membership
appraised of developments within the state that may affect behavior analysis or that may warrant
membership action. The Chairperson of this committee shall maintain a current list of committee
objectives, which shall be available to any voting member upon request.
c. The Conference Program Committee shall be Co-Chaired by the President and President-Elect and
shall plan, organize, and coordinate all aspects of the Annual Conference. This committee shall
coordinate any solicitation for Conference Sponsors under the guidance of the Executive Council.
Article IX – Dues
Dues for membership shall be established by simple majority vote of the Executive Council. This action can
be rescinded by a two-thirds majority vote of those present and voting at the Annual Business Meeting of
NCABA in which event the Executive Council shall propose an alternate schedule of dues for approval by
simple majority of those present and voting.
Dues shall be payable in the time and manner prescribed by the Executive Council and published to the
membership at large at least three months prior to the due date.
Any member who shall have failed to remit dues by February 15th of that calendar year will be declared in
arrears. That member shall be subject to suspension of privileges of membership in NCABA, including, but
not limited to, voting, receipt of the Newsletter, and eligibility for election to the Executive Council.
Article X – Amendments
Amendments to the NCABA Constitution may originate either by simple majority vote of the Executive
Council or by Introduction from the floor at the Annual Business Meeting. In either case, a copy of the
proposed amendment shall be distributed to all Full Members along with a ballot to vote for or against the
amendment. The Constitution and by-laws may be amended only by a two-thirds vote of all responding Full
Members with the requirement that 20 percent of the Full membership responds.
Article XI – Dissolution
In the event of dissolution, the residual assets of NCABA will be turned over to one or more organizations which
themselves are tax-exempt as organizations described in the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding sections
of any prior or subsequent Internal Revenue Code or the Federal, State or local government for exclusive
public purposes in the field of human services, and whose purpose is consistent with that of NCABA.
Approved: May 5, 1998
Revisions Approved by Executive Council: November 04, 2008
Revisions Approved by Vote of the NCABA Membership: December 01, 2008
Part I: Board Members
Member at Large
Member at Large
Carolyn Green Jim Phillips
First Election of Officers
Mary Kay Rizzolo
Anne La Force
Anne La Force
Anne La Force
Anne La Force
Anne La Force
Vicki Harper & Julie Grimes
Natalia Acosta Krum
Natalia Acosta Krum
The last newsletter distributed by NCABA was the December of 2015 issue.
1990 (no agenda available) University Hilton, Charlotte
1991 (no agenda available) Embassy Suites, Greensboro
1992 (no agenda available) Embassy Suites, Greensboro
1993 (no agenda available) Embassy Suites, Greensboro
1994 (no agenda available) Shell Island, Wrightsville Beach
1995 (no agenda available) Adams Mark, Charlotte
1996 (no agenda available) Quality Inn, Asheville
1997 (no agenda available) Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach
1998 Conference Agenda Omni, Chapel Hill
1999 Conference Agenda Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach
2000 Conference Agenda Grove Park, Asheville
2001 Conference Agenda Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach
2002 Conference Agenda Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, Asheville
2003 Conference Agenda Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach
2004 Conference Agenda Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach
2005 Conference Agenda Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach
2006 Conference Agenda Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach
2007 Conference Agenda Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach
2008 Conference Agenda Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, Asheville
2009 Conference Agenda Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, Asheville
2010 Conference Agenda Marriott & Embassy Suites, Winston-Salem
2011 Conference Agenda Crowne Plaza Hotel, Charlotte
2012 Conference Agenda Marriott & Embassy Suites, Winston-Salem
2013 Conference Agenda Hilton Riverside, Wilmington
2014 Conference Agenda Marriott & Embassy Suites, Winston-Salem
2015 (no agenda available) Crowne Plaza, Asheville
2016 Conference Agenda Hilton Riverside, Wilmington
2017 (no agenda available)
Fred Keller Award
Technical Utilization Award
NCABA “Do Things” Award
NCABA Poster Award Recipients
Martin Ivancic & Buddy Barrett
David Test & Nancy Cooke
Levon McKee & Susie Tompkins
Anne La Force, Mindy League, Mary Loyd, Richard Bligen, & Rod Realon
Russell Walls & Nick Roberto
Tracy Pena, et al
Eric Eberman, Jennifer Tessing,
Frances Perrin & Patrick Prograr
Maggie Ivancic, & Alison Ivancic
Rose Marie Sherman
Maggie Ivancic, Christy Ashford, Carol Pilgrim & Kelly Stanley
J. Iverson Riddle
Gary Barrett & Martin Ivancic
Erica Blackwell, et al.
Kelly Sutton; April Mustian; Maggie Ivancic; Kateri Norton
Skip O’Neil & Beth Velde; Bethany Smith; & Alison Ivancic
Skip O’ Neil
Albee Ongsuco & Susan Flynn
Shelley Clarke & Michelle Duda; Alicia Brophy
Rachel Cushing & Jane White; Crystalyn Schnorr
Sarah Hodges; Adrienne Anderson; Alyssa Gandhi
Jacqui Abrams, et al.; Sara Keane, et al.; Addison Poteet
Cliff Cowan; Caitlin Kirkwood; Allison Usher
This NCABA newsletter contains the article “Licensure Issues and the Practice of Behavior Analysis in North Carolina” written by Thomas J. Thompson, Ph.D. It describes the history of behavior analysis in the state and the current laws that apply to the practice of behavior analysis in North Carolina. (See Pages 6 & 7) Click here to review current licensing laws related to the practice of behavior analysis in states other than North Carolina (as reported by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board) A House Bill (HB487) was drafted that included exemption for behavior analysts from the Psychology Practice Act and introduced to the Legislature in March 2011. Concern was raised that it did not provide protection for the public and proposed revisions to that bill were created. NCABA presented the proposed changes to its members and requested questions and comments. We received nearly 100 responses to this request. In September 2011 members of the NCABA Board met with the committee that wrote the revision to HB487 to attempt to address the questions submitted by our membership. You can click here to view the special edition of the newsletter that addressed many of the concerns raised. A new revised bill (HB1157) was drafted in July 2011 and was pre-filled in the House on May 29, 2012. You can read this bill by clicking here. You can also review a summary written by Ruth Hurst about the change from HB487 to HB1157 and the current status of HB1157 by clicking here. In May 2013, the NC House of Representatives passed House Bill 498 related to autism insurance coverage. The bill contains information pertaining to the practice of behavior analysis. Before the session was over HB498 was waiting for a hearing before the NC Senate Insurance Committee. The bill will likely come before that committee in the Spring 2014 session. You can access this bill by clicking here. A summary was provided in the August 2013 Newsletter as well which you can access by click here. You may also want to click on one of the following links for information on the NC legislative process: http://associationdatabase.com/aws/NCPLA/asset_manager/get_file/47025/the_ncga_process.pdf http://www.ncafp.com/advocacy/ncguide/laws *These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement by the North Carolina Association for Behavior Analysis of any of the products, services or opinions they contain.