Great People - Motivated Caring Professionals

People are at the very core of everything CBI Consultants offers. Our staff are highly trained specialists with a wealth of formal and practical knowledge and experience. Our team takes great pride in being person-centered, collaborative and results-driven. By consistently ensuring our clients’ individual best interests and quality of life are positioned at the forefront of our training and consulting initiatives, we can ensure that our strategies, recommendations and implementations are highly personalized for better outcomes.

Paul Malette

President & Clinical Director

Since 1990, Dr. Malette has been a director of CBI Consultants, Ltd.  Since 1985 he has supported people with complex needs who experience challenging behaviour, and who require extensive supports in order to be successful in the community. In 1992, he and his colleagues co-authored a paper describing the Lifestyle Development Process (LDP) that was published in the Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps. He is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Vocation Rehabilitation.
Dr. Malette and his colleagues at CBI Consultants have used the Lifestyles Development Process to create an exemplary person-centered consulting and training framework. Dr. Malette continues to focus his research and training on positive, person-centered supports designed to improve the quality of life for the focus person and their support network. Dr. Malette has provided extensive training to schools, families, professionals, and support agencies throughout North America.

Mike Bote

Executive Director

Mike Bote joined CBI Consultants as Executive Director on October 1, 2018.

Mike brings 15 years of significant record of achievement in the community living sector and  large-scale private organizations. His involvement in the community living sector started when he became a homeshare provider for two individuals with developmental disabilities. With the desire to provide meaningful contributions to the sector in a much larger scale, he joined Community Living BC (CLBC) in 2011. Mike held key leadership roles in Regional Operations and Finance departments of CLBC and was instrumental to the development and implementation of its major financial systems and processes. Prior to working for CLBC, he held positions involving strategic management, organizational and business development, and marketing in Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), investment, international trading, and consulting companies.

Mike has an MBA from UBC and a bachelor’s degree in Economics.  In his spare time, Mike immensely enjoys singing. He has performed with prestigious choral groups in Canada and the Philippines


Leslie Jones

Senior Advisor

Leslie Jones started her career in 1975, working as a weekend houseparent at a treatment centre for children with autism (Laurel House) while completing her degree at UBC. Leslie worked at Laurel House and the Autism Society of British Columbia prior to joining CBI in 1997. Leslie has been the Executive Director of CBI Consultants since 2006.

Nina Magee

Contracts & Procurement Manager

Nina Magee has over 30 years of experience in the public sector at the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) and Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) in positions ranging from Social Worker Assistant, Child Protection Social Worker, Guardianship Social Worker, CYSN Child and Youth Special Needs Social Worker, CYSN Resources Social Worker, CYSN Team Leader  and CLBC Quality Service Manager. She has supported individuals (children, youth, and adults) and their families in key transition periods in their lives and in crisis periods. She has experience in developing and supporting foster homes and contracted residential and non residential services.  Nina has always been motivated to develop effective and collaborative working relationships with individuals and their families receiving supports, multi-disciplinary professionals and service-delivery partners.  She is excited to now be a part of the CBI team again working on behalf of individuals  with their families, service providers and ministry partners to deliver excellent results and outcomes for those receiving consultation services with CBI.

Nina’s educational background includes BSW, University of Victoria; and M.A. Leadership and Training, Royal Roads University.  She has also participated in the Justice Institute Conflict Resolution Program and in Satir Family Assessment Training.

Sarah Phillips

Executive Administrator

Sarah Phillips has been the Executive Administrator at CBI since 2006.  Sarah has worked in the field of Administration and Finance since 1993.

Deborah Simak

Educational Advisor

Deborah has over 30 years of experience in the public education system advocating for individuals with exceptionalities.  As a special education teacher, Deborah began her teaching career in Edmonton, Alberta in a segregated school for children with developmental disabilities. Deborah taught in special education programs at both Alpha and Burnaby Central Secondary Schools prior to becoming the District Principal of Learning Support Programs and later as Director of Learning Support for the Burnaby School District.  In partnership with CBI, Deborah developed a comprehensive professional development program for learning support teachers and educational assistants focused on Positive Behaviour Support. After a successful system wide implementation of PBS, Deborah introduced and led the Response to Intervention Framework, a systemic approach for tiered intervention of instruction for all students across all Burnaby schools.  At the provincial level Deborah held various positions on the B.C. Council of Administrators for Special Education for 14 years including President for two years.

Deborah has a Bachelor of Arts major in Psychology from University of New Brunswick and a Bachelor of Education from University of Alberta and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from University of British Columbia.

Genya Kaplun

Media, IT & Marketing Manager

Genya brings a unique blend of industry experience as a group home supervisor and a behavior consultant combined with Information Technology, Network Administration and Media Production expertise.   He takes care of CBI’s IT needs and leads our Media Production Team. Additionally, Genya helps with development and implementation of CBI’s Training & Technical Assistance Centre Marketing strategy. Genya holds a B.B.A and a B.Sci (Econ) Degrees from the Simon Fraser University.

Francesca Golrick

Field Support & Quality Assurance Manager

Francesca has supported people of all ages and across the ability spectrum.  She has been at CBI for over 17 years and what keeps her interested is discovering the key information that makes any focus person a unique individual.

Bonita Holman

Field Support & Quality Assurance Manager

Bonita joined CBI in 1997. She began supporting individuals in 1979 and has been involved in all aspects of support services; such as institutional care, residential, educational, vocational and behavioural. Bonita is CBI’s Peer Power Coordinator and a consulting supervisor. Additionally, Bonita is a certified provider of the PEERS program for adolescents.

Andrea Gibson

Change and Project Management Architect

Andrea holds a BSc degree from Queens University, Belfast. Working as a job coach with the Teenwork Canada program, she is supporting youth gain paid employment while finishing school. Andrea has worked with youth in a variety of settings over the past 10 years including schools and sports. She has experience working with young children with ASD and other development delays. She has also worked as an employment specialist for a large recruitment company in the UK. Andrea is passionate about empowering others to realize and achieve their potential in life.

Ben Reiman

Clinical Advisor, BCBA Supervisor and Project Analyst

Joanne Kautz-Allard

L.E.A.P. National Program Services Manager

Sepideh Mollasalehi

Wraparound/Complex Needs Analyst

Sepideh has been working at CBI for over 10 years. She has supported families, children and adults with special needs and has been an avid part of CBI. Her love for family interventions, team work, and collaboration is reflected in her work. Sepideh completed her Masters of Special Education at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Lucyshyn, concentrating in Behaviour Disorders.

Sherry Adam

Consultant Supervisor

Sherry Adam works as a Behaviour Consultant and Consultant Supervisor across the province. She greatly enjoys the work she does, including supporting teams, training and presenting. She believes strongly in the principles of Positive Behaviour Support and practices them regularly in both her personal and professional life.

Kris Clark

Consultant Supervisor

Kris helps support individuals to achieve inclusion in their communities and improve their quality of life. He works as a Behaviour Consultant and Consultant Supervisor. His experience includes early intervention programs, school transitions, and supporting individuals with complex needs. He has worked directly with children and young adults, and as a member of the Autism Team at the Toronto District School Board before moving to British Columbia and joining CBI Consultants. Kris currently works with families and teams to create person-centred support plans. He also develops wraparound supports and transition plans for individuals who have been involved with the Forensic Psychiatric and Justice systems. He holds a Masters degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis and is currently completing a national certification in behaviour analysis.

Wendy Counsell

Consultant Supervisor

Wendy has been with CBI since 2010. After graduating from UBC in 1994, Wendy has garnered an extensive breadth of experience in behaviour consulting and intervention with a specialization in youth and autism. Her focus is both on big picture planning and specific strategy development and execution. She’s passionate about making a difference for her clients and their families. Additionally, Wendy is a certified provider of the PEERS program for adolescents.

Victoria Hatch

Behaviour Consultant

For the past 10 years Victoria has been working with our adult, youth and under six programs. She believes that all individuals have the right to a high quality of life and is willing to look outside the box to make it happen!! Victoria also teaches Positive Behaviour Support, Principals of Observation, Introduction to Autism and Augmentative Communication courses at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Karen Inglis

Behaviour Consultant

Karen joined CBI in 2007. She has been in the field of supporting individuals since 1999 and has a background in Early Childhood Education, Supported Child Care, Behaviour Intervention and Special Education Assistant. Karen is a certified provider of the PEERS program for teenagers, and also enjoys supporting school teams with training and implementing our Peer Power Program.

Candace Daku

Behaviour Consultant

Candace holds a BA degree in Psychology from the SFU. She is a Behaviour Consultant who started as an Implementation Consultant with CBI in 2010. For the last few years Candace has been supporting individuals who may have a variety of support needs and a range of abilities. Through person centered planning and the Lifestyle Development Process Candace and CBI has been providing training and support to the teams and families in the Vancouver area. Recently, CBI has begun providing support in Northern BC and Candace will be working in collaboration with several agencies on capacity building in the Dawson Creek and Fort St John area.

Kristiina Thackray

Behaviour Consultant

Kristiina Thackray has been a Behaviour Consultant since 1986 and started with CBI in 2010. She enjoys the challenges of the work and resulting positive outcomes for the individuals served and their teams. Another aspect of the work Kristiina enjoys is training teams in the Mandt Systems which focuses on developing healthy relationships.


Christopher Finlay

Behaviour Consultant & Lifestyle Development Consultant

Christopher’s fundamental aim is to facilitate the empowerment of the individuals we work with and improving one’s overall quality of life. He is a devoted husband and father of two young daughters.‎ He’s also a dedicated long standing volunteer high school basketball coach.

Tracy Baisley

Behaviour Consultant

Tracy joined CBI Consultants as a Behaviour Consultant in 2014. Prior to working with CBI, she provided early intervention to children age 0-3 and their families, as well as worked as a child care support worker and behaviour interventionist. Tracy’s passion is teaching new skills to families, caregivers and support teams as she believes that the people closest to the individual can have the greatest impact. Tracy graduated from UBC in 2001 with a B.A. in psychology.

Brenda Pellegrin

Behaviour Consultant

Throughout Brenda’s career, she has prided herself on her extensive front-line experience beginning as a Therapeutic Instructor, Education Assistant, Facilitator, Analyst/Trainer, Behavior Therapist, Program Manager for a community-based Life Skills program to her current role as a CBI Behavior Consultant. She is creative and resolution focused as she applies an empowering evidence based self determined practice built upon Positive Behavior Support and the Lifestyle Development Process to support focus people and their networks reach their hopes and dreams for the future of a meaningful quality of life.

Danielle McGill

Behaviour Consultant

Danielle has been with CBI since 2014. She has experience working with a range of children, adolescence with ASD, developmental disabilities and mental health problems. As a Consultant, Danielle trains and supports team members to implement support strategies successfully.

Alan Craig

Behaviour Consultant

Alan has worked as a Behaviour Consultant since 1996 supporting individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, their families in close collaboration with services providers on Vancouver Island. He is especially interested in training support teams to create supportive environments through PBS and Mandt Systems training. He is focused on the development of the context of support that produce positive outcomes and increased quality of life for each of the individuals we serve.

Darienne Pearce

Behaviour Consultant

Darienne brings an extensive and varied career history to CBI which includes her work as a Special Education Teacher as well as management experience in adult and children’s Residential and Community Inclusion Programs. Her work as a Behavioural Consultant on the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island have allowed her to develop strong team building skills with a focus on enabling and improving the quality of life for the people we serve.

Nimni Weerasekara

Behaviour Consultant

Nimni is a graduate from University of Victoria and holds a B.Sc degree in Biology and Psychology. Her experience ranges from working with children with ASD, developmental disabilities and mental health problems to working with adults with psychiatric disorders. Nimni is dedicated in creating an inclusive community for individuals with all abilities and excited for her future at CBI.

Mridul Jagota

Behaviour Consultant

Mridul joined CBI in April 2019. She is M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology from the National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences in India. For the last 3 years, Mridul has devoted her time working with various age groups and different psychiatric conditions. With her current role at CBI Consultants as a Behaviour Consultant, Mridul will apply her wide range of experience and practical knowledge in supporting individuals.

Leah Newson

Behaviour Consultant

Having always been fascinated with the way we communicate, interact with one another and learn and grow from our environments, Leah’s interest in behaviour sciences found her working with a variety of dual and complex neurodevelopmental diagnosis since 2000, with a passion for supporting others to achieve their best quality of life. Leah has been a behaviour consultant since 2012. While she is dedicated to identifying what behaviours are communicating, and teaching the skills, knowledge and confidence to implement Positive Behaviour Support Strategies with fidelity, she greatly values collaborating with the individuals who spend the majority of their time with the person of interest, to foster and maintain powerful and positive changes for a happier life.

Asheley Formosa

Behaviour Consultant

Kaitlyn Edmonds

Behaviour Consultant

Kaitlyn is a student at the University of British Columbia in the M.ED Special Education – Behavioural Disorders program. She holds a B.A from Capilano University in Applied Behaviour Analysis – Autism. PBS, Self Determination, and person-centered practice are her professional passions. While ice hockey, hiking and exploring BC are her personal passions. “It is incredible to be a part of a team with clients, family members and agencies to facilitate, empower and support meaningful positive outcomes.”

Taylor Markell

TeenWork Team Lead

Taylor joined CBI in January 2019. She graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a BA in Psychology and a Diploma in Music. Before joining us, Taylor worked with individuals with a variety of abilities at a therapeutic horse riding facility. She is passionate about helping others discover their true potential and reach their goals.

Olivia MacNeill

Implementation and Employment Specialist

Olivia joined CBI in January 2019, and enjoys the challenges of her work and resulting positive outcomes for the people she is in contact with. Olivia is dedicated in empowering individuals, and supports her clients to realize and achieve their potential by improving the overall quality of their lives. Olivia is passionate about helping her clients learn new skills, and enjoys teaching CBI’s Self-Determination Curriculum. Previous to joining CBI, she worked with individuals with mental health challenges as well as vocational consulting.

Olivia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria and continues to be a life-long learner every day, to further enhance her skills to support her clients with this important work.

Sheila Shokouhian

Implementation and Employment Specialist

Sheila graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Joint Major Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Psychology. Her background involves working in both school and individual settings as a Behavioural Interventionist with children on the Autism Spectrum. She has experience in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Early Start Denver model practices. In her current role with CBI she will working with individuals as an Implementation Consultant and a Employment Specialist. Sheila is looking forward to applying her experience and knowledge with practices of Positive Behaviour Support to help enhance the lives of individuals.

Antonela Beslija

Implementation and Employment Specialist

Antonela began her post secondary education with a focus on developmental psychology. She now holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Capilano University and hopes to be a life long learner. Since 2015, Antonela has had the pleasure of working with a variety of individuals with developmental disabilities in the home, school, and community settings as a behaviour interventionist. She also has experience collaborating on multidisciplinary teams. In her role at CBI, she hopes to support and empower all those she will work with and is passionate about teaching self-determination and improving quality of life. She is extremely proud to be in a helping profession and hopes to enhance her clinical skills in order to better serve her clients. Antonela has discovered a passion in making a difference in the lives of those around her and looks forward to doing so by utilizing her knowledge and experience.

Michael Antunes

Implementation and Employment Specialist

Michael joined CBI in July 2019. He graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Psychology, and a minor in Counselling and Human Development. Michael has a passion for helping others, and is experienced supporting youth as a behavioural interventionist in a wide variety of environments such as in their homes, schools, and community. Michael hopes to grow with his role at CBI and promote inclusive employment for all.

Raveena Khella

Implementation and Employment Specialist

Raveena graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in counselling. Raveena has a passion for helping others and is devoted to use her knowledge as a way to create a secure, positive and impactful environment for her clients. Her background involves working as a support and outreach/inclusion worker with individuals in the home, school and community settings. She also has experience in facilitating afterschool workshops and programs for children and youth. Raveena is very proud to be able to work in a helping profession and hopes to deliver evidence based practices to further her skills and to serve her clients.

Nathan Pangalia

Implementation and Employment Specialist

Nathan graduated from The University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelor of Kinesiology specializing in pedagogy; “the art, science, or profession of teaching” and a minor in Geography. Nathan has a passion for helping others and using his knowledge to create a holistic learning experience for all his clients. His background involves working with a range of age groups varying in skills and abilities, this experience stems from teaching and coaching youth within his community. He is looking forward to making a positive impact in his community and improving the quality of life for all individuals.

Samantha Lutz

Implementation and Employment Specialist

Richie Reyes

Pilot Project Support Staff

Richie Reyes joined CBI Consultants in May 2019 and is supporting the project team in the development of material for the Self-Determination and Customized Employment programs and projects. Richie graduated from Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School in 2013 and has been working part-time at White Spot restaurants since then. He is excited to be part of the CBI family and looking forward to providing his input and expertise to CBI’s various projects and initiatives.

Angela  Narayan

Receptionist & Consultant Assistant

Angela has been working with CBI since 2014. She is responsible for many tasks such as welcoming and greeting visitors, answering or referring phone and email inquiries, and managing incoming/outgoing faxes and paperwork.  She is dependable, patient, well-organized and friendly. She enjoys working at CBI as she is able to socialize while she is multitasking to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.

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