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James L Nicolaus, (Founder and President), started Hopeful Hands on July 9th, 2005. James has two bachelor's degrees, one in Anthropology and one in Sociology. He also has two master's degrees, one in Business Administration and the other in Counseling Psychology. Providing mental health therapy services and behavioral support to the community and school systems are the cornerstone of Hopeful Hands, Inc. James has been working directly with children and adolescents with mental health challenges, autism, and significant behaviors of concern across many settings for the last 23 years. James has also worked for the State of Washington at Children's Administration as a Social worker 3. He ran investigations, provided community resources and helped families who were without hope. His many years of work with neurodiverse individuals fuels him to continue learning and pursuing education.
Applied Behavior Analysis
Hayley is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and licensed behavior analyst (LBA). She also maintains a Washington state counseling credential (CCC). She is a Seattle native and has worked locally in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2002. Hayley has varied experience providing behavior analytic intervention in a variety of settings, through many modalities, and across the lifespan. Her areas of clinical interest are tweens and older learners, working specifically on soft skills in executive functioning, self management and regulation. Hayley is the ABA Services & Summer Program Executive Director at Hopeful Hands, Inc overseeing all clinic based and in-home services as well as summer programming.
Grace is a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and licensed behavior analyst (LBA) in the Hopeful Hands clinic. She obtained her M.Ed in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2019. She began her career in ABA as a registered behavior technician (RBT) and continues to pursue further studies.
Grace has worked with children and adolescents with special needs for the past 4 years. She has experience providing crisis management and positive behavior support plans for children and adolescents with challenging behaviors.
Grace can provide behavioral services in English and Korean to individuals and their families.
Jennie is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and licensed behavior analyst (LBA) who has been providing services to individuals with ASD and their families since 2004. She is originally from New Jersey and graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology.
Jennie is a certified K-5 educator with extensive experience working in private and public schools and has provided supervision, consultation, and training to families across home and community settings. Jennie’s areas of expertise include behavior and classroom management, skill acquisition programming, and staff training. Her interests include the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior. Jennie is the clinical supervisor of the morning day program at Hopeful Hands, Inc.
Nicole Rodgers is a speech-language pathologist who completed a MA degree in Communication Disorders, with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, at California State University, Fresno. She is originally from Oakland, CA, and has experience working with multiple populations in various settings, including school districts, skilled-nursing facilities, and private practices. Nicole has practiced in both California and Washington and has extensive knowledge in the areas of early childhood language development, pragmatic and social language disorders, articulation, phonological processing, oral motor development, voice, and swallowing disorders. Nicole holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), where she is also a member.
Abby has been working in ABA for the past 7 years. She has experience providing intervention to a wide variety of learners from toddlers to adults. She has completed her Master's of Education in ABA and is preparing to take her boards to become a BCBA. Outside of work, Abby likes to hangout with her husband, go on walks, and read.
Aliese has worked as a certified behavior technician for 4 years. She has experience with learners from toddlers to adults. She is pursuing a Master's of Science in psychology with a focus in ABA to become a BCBA. Outside of school Aliese likes to read books, watch movies, and do puzzles with her family.
Shaylee was born in Washington state and has been a behavior technician for 5 years. She plans to pursue a career in Psychology. Outside of work, Shaylee enjoys spending time with her daughter and extended family.
Brittany recently graduated with a BA in Psychology. She is pursuing a Masters degree in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling. She has been working in the ABA field for about 18mos. Prior to working in ABA she gained experience working with children on the autism spectrum with a 24 hour homecare company. Outside of work she enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling.
Giselle is a certified behavior technician in the state of Washington and has worked in the field for three years. She has experience working with both nonverbal and verbal children ranging from ages 2-20. Giselle is pursuing a Master’s degree in Couples and Family Therapy. Eventually, she hopes to provide counseling services to families with children who have special needs. Giselle can provide behavioral services in both English and Spanish.
Jarred has been a certified behavior technician for 4 yrs. He has vast experience with verbal and nonverbal learners 6-19yrs old. Outside of work he is an avid cook and sports fan.
After years of working with veterinary professionals, Nick's love for children inspired him to pivot his career and join Hopeful Hands as a behavior technician and admin assistant. Nick shares his life with his daughter Dakota & dog Remington. When he's not working he enjoys spending time with Dakota, doing field work with Remington and mountain biking.
In addition to being a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Dr. Jensen brings the added perspectives of a Licensed Psychologist and a background in behavior genetics to his analysis and treatment of challenging behavior. He is a Past President of Northwestern Association for Behavior Analysis. Dr. Jensen has extensive consulting experience, having worked with over 50 agencies in Washington and nationally, including over 20 school districts in the Seattle area. He has provided over 400 in-home consultations and has provided ABA and psychological services to seven group homes.
Tore Lydersen has a Ph.D. in psychology and specialized in behavior analysis. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). Tore has extensive experience in behavior analysis in both academic and applied settings. He has published research in applied and experimental analysis of behavior and has presented this work at various conferences. Tore has worked for more than three decades with children and adults who exhibit challenging behaviors. Currently, his focus has been on helping children who are having difficulties benefiting from educational experiences in school.