The Minnesota Northland Association for Behavior Analysis was founded in 2005 to:

  • Provide a professional network and resources for behavior analysts in the Northland

  • Be a voice to promote the ethical and effective use of behavior analysis

  • Be a resource for those seeking ABA services in the Northland

  • Organize an annual ABA conference

  • Provide continuing education for professionals in the Northland.

2021 Conference

Our annual conference is our hallmark event.  The conference is held in September each year.  Click below to find out the latest updates on speakers, workshops, and more!


The People Behind the Mission

Angelica Aguirre


The president oversees operations and leads the organization.

Kate Schroeder

Conference Chair

The conference chair organizes the yearly conference, recruits speakers, and develops workshops.

Trista Knudson


The treasurer oversees the budget for the organization and manages official business.

Eric Larsson

Legislative Chair

The legislative chair organizes members and gets member feedback on legislation that affects the practice of behavior analysis.

Jolene Germain

Membership Chair

The full member liaison represents members that are professionals in the field of behavior analysis.

Sara Athman

Community Member Chair

The community member chair represents community members with a stake in behavior analysis.

Ibelizet Dominguez

Student Member Liaison

The student member liaison represents student members from programs in the Northland and organizes student events.

Elizabeth Harri-Dennis

Communications Chair

The communications chair curates the website, social media, and emails to members.

Carissa Jivery

Northern Minnesota Liasion

The northern Minnesota liaison represents the interests of behavior analysts in the northern  part of Minnesota.

Odessa Luna

Central Minnesota Liaison

The central Minnesota liaison represents members from central Minnesota.

Hazel Ashbeck

Southern Minnesota Liaison

The southern Minnesota liaison represents members from southern Minnesota

Holly Johnson

North Dakota Liaison

The North Dakota Liaison represents members from North Dakota and connects MNABA to our partners in North Dakota.

Amber Bruns

South Dakota Liaison

The South Dakota Liaison represents members from South Dakota and connects MNABA to our partners in South Dakota.

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How we work

MNABA bylaws are the policies and procedures for how we run.  Click the link below to read the bylaws in full.


What we're working on

MNABA's strategic plan is updated yearly.  Click the link below to find out what we are working on this year.

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MNABA wrote the Standards of Practice in 2012 to promote the highest standards of behavioral treatment.  Click the picture above, or the link below to read the full statement.



The Minnesota Northland Association for Behavior Analysis (MNABA) supports the elimination of restraint and seclusion as components of therapeutic treatment regimens for children, adolescents, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and mental health disorders. Restraint should only be used in the case of emergency (immediate threat to safety of the individual or others in close proximity), and should be considered a safety protocol not having therapeutic benefit.



MNABA is for professionals, students, and the community!

Click below to find out more about how MNABA can help you.



Our Core Members

MNABA was created by professionals to make continuing education and resources available in the Northland.  Click to find out more about the benefits of becoming a member.



Future Behavior Analysts

Interested in a career in behavior analysis? Connect with students, find internships, and behavior analysis programs in the Northland.

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Our Partners

Behavior analysts collaborate with educators, parents, and clients to improve services.  Community members make what we do possible.  Click to see how you can get involved.