Our Team

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 Gorlick

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

With over 20 years of experience in program management and community leadership in service-and-values-based organizations, Joanne has built multi-stakeholder partnerships and developed complex programming. She has championed and advocated for children, youth and families in community, school, and residential settings. She has worked with families who have experienced domestic violence and youth needing the guidance of a mentor. She has developed her leadership and collaborative skills that has empowered strong teams.

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.

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.

Kris Clark

Behaviour Consultant and Clinical Strategies Specialist

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Sara Alian

Behaviour Consultant

Sara joined CBI in October 2020. She worked as a Junior Behaviour Consultant, Special Education Assistant and Behaviour Interventionist under the supervision of a BCBA since 2014. Sara has worked in various school, home, and community settings implementing individualized treatment plans. She graduated from University of British Columbia and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology. She has recently completed her Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis and has all of her BCBA supervised hours completed. Born and raised in Iran, Sara is fluent in spoken and written Farsi.

Jade Dallas

Behaviour Consultant & Employment Specialist

Antonela Beslija

Behaviour Consultant & 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.

Jasmine Dhaliwal

Behaviour Consultant

Jasmine has been in the field of behavior analysis and developmental disabilities for the last 9 years where she has worked to facilitate, empower and support meaningful positive outcomes. Jasmine prides herself on her extensive front-line experience working in schools, recreational centres, in home and in clinical settings supporting individuals across a variety of ages and abilities. She is inspired by the individuals she works with and believes in implementing strategies that will make their life more purposeful and increase quality of life. Jasmine has provided many trainings and has experience mentoring staff, volunteers, and community partners by providing training in support strategies that foster inclusion and success for support staff across a variety of disciplinaries. Jasmine is passionate about equipping staff in order to make meaningful changes. Jasmine has her Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behaviour Analysis – Autism and her Masters of Science in Behaviour Analysis and Therapy.

Zenia Motafram

Behaviour Consultant

Jeanie Woltz

Behaviour Consultant

Mary Mae Oquendo

Behaviour Consultant

Mary Mae holds a B.A. in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Capilano University and is currently completing her master of Exceptional Student Education at the University of West Florida. Her background is in Early Childhood Education, having worked in inclusive daycares for eight years where she found a passion for working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She has worked in the ABA field for a few years now and would like to continue to promote person-centred approaches and self-determination in her work at CBI Consultants.

Amy Fang

Behaviour Consultant

Amy holds a Master’s degree from Brock University in Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behavioural Analysis and has recently obtained her BCBA in April 2021. For the past 8 years she has worked and supported individuals with developmental disabilities across a variety of ages and has utilized ABA application for the past 4 years. Amy strongly believes in supporting these individuals through life skills and social skills to be able to live a high quality of life, she is excited to continue promoting person-centered approaches and fostering inclusion in her work with CBI consultants.

Taylor Markell

L.E.A.P. 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.

Nathan Pangalia

Self-Determination & Customized Employment Team Lead

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.

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 schools and individual settings as a Behaviour Interventionist with a variety of individuals on the autism spectrum and developmental disabilities. She has experience in Applied Behaviour Analysis and The Early Start Denver model. In her current role at CBI, she will be working with individuals as an Implementation Consultant and an Employment Specialist. Sheila is looking forward to applying her knowledge and experience with the practices of Positive Behaviour Support to help enhance the lives of others.

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.

Samantha Lutz

Implementation and Employment Specialist

Alexander Magnussen

Implementation and Employment Specialist

When Alexander was 14 he was supported by CBI. He was a Professional Public Speaker and spoke on what it’s like to have Autism. He has done two TEDx Talks and many other speeches. Alexander was the Chair of the Self Advocate of Semiahmoo and now Co-chair of The Self Advocate Leadership Network. He is apart of The Re-imagine Community Inclusion. Alexander was on the Board of Inclusion BC and Semiahmoo House Society (UNITI). In 2018 Alexander started working at Community Living BC as a Strategic Initiative Advisor. Now he is an Employment Specialist with CBI.

Jeff MacEachern

L.E.A.P. Administrative Specialist

Jeff joined CBI Consultants in October 2020, supporting the new L.E.A.P program staff and participants with their administrative and technical needs. He also brings a broad skillset to bear on new and continuing IT projects, and is excited to innovative on internal infrastructure to support CBI’s evolving goals and needs as they grow. With a family background in the field of educational support, Jeff is glad to find in CBI a place to put his strengths to use for a good cause.

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.

Annette  Kerr

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Marisa Mitchell

Implementation and Employment Specialist

Marisa joined CBI in July 2021. She graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2020 with a BA in Honours Psychology and completed her thesis on the relationship between loneliness, social anxiety and emotion recognition in young adults. Marisa believes that encouraging the personal growth of others in turn encourages her to grow as a person. She is looking forward to working with colleagues and clients who are as passionate about self-determination as she is. Marisa is excited for the opportunity to develop professionally and personally within her role and is very grateful to be a part of the incredible CBI Consultants team.


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