Directors

 

Tracy Pierce Bender, PhD-ABD, BCBA
Founder/ Executive Director

tpbprofileTracy Pierce Bender is the Founder and Executive Director of the Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She is a highly sought-after consultant to professionals and parents for her expertise in severe problem behaviors, early childhood intervention, autism intervention, in-home parent training, and program consultation. Tracy has over 20 years of experience working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. In 2003, with the grit and determination that won her All Ivy League Honors in Volleyball as captain of the Columbia University team, Tracy combined her training in Applied Behavior Analysis and experience with autism to create the Brent Woodall Foundation. Her mission is to empower parents of children with autism and developmental disabilities and to encourage their involvement in their children’s therapy by providing educational training, customized academic and behavioral plans, psychological assessments, and modest financial support. She is also Co-Founder of the Cristi’s Outreach Foundation, a branch of the Brent Woodall Foundation that originally started in 2001 as a preschool program for children with developmental disabilities in a local orphanage in Barlad, Romania. In 1993, Tracy joined the AHRC as the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program Coordinator, for which she developed a unified ABA program for several educational institutions. Tracy holds a PhD-ABD and a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from The New School University in New York. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Columbia University. Tracy lives in the Dallas area with her husband and four children. She enjoys coaching her daughter’s volleyball team and watching her children play sports. Her most preferred reinforcer is Diet Coke.

 
 

Carley Waltenburg, MS, BCBA
Director

Staff Head Shots 001Carley Waltenburg is the Director of the Brent Woodall Foundation and has worked with the foundation since 2005.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. Carley is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her areas of interest include early intervention and parent training. While working at the Brent Woodall Foundation, Carley has had the opportunity to speak at parent workshops and provide consultation to parents of children with autism and developmental disabilities on  in-home ABA programs across the country. Carley enjoys attending conferences and staying up-to-date with the most current autism research. She lives in the Dallas- Fort Worth area with her husband, son, and daughter.  Her most highly preferred reinforcer is Dr. Pepper.

 
 

Irina Pasat, MS, BCBA
Director

Irina Pasat is the Director of International Outreach at the Brent Woodall Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas and a Master of Science in Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. She is also a Board Certiified Behavior Analyst. Irina began her work with children with autism and developmental disabilities in Romania 11 years ago. She has several years of experience using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in early intensive intervention, parent training, as well as in teaching life skills and academic skills. Irina’s most preferred reinforcers are reading and spending time with her friends.

 
 
 

Jaci Hardwick, Certified Educator, RBT
Assistant Director

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Jaci is the Assistant Director of Education at the Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children. She runs the Foundation’s Preschool Readiness Education Program (PREP) and Woodallkids Academy. Jaci has also presented parent training workshops for the foundation, providing parents with resources and skills for the home and school environments. She has worked with the Foundation since 2008.  Jaci holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Bible Study with an English Specialization from Dallas Christian College. She is also a Certified Educator and is currently pursuing national certification in behavior analysis at the University of North Texas. Outside of the workplace, Jaci spends her free time coaching youth sports, volunteering at church, and spoiling her sweet nieces.

 
 

Jennifer Chen, M.S, BCBA
Assistant Director

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Jennifer is the Assistant Director of Behavior Services for the Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children. She specializes in assessment and parent training through the Foundation’s Family FIRST program. She has also presented parent training workshops for the foundation, providing parents with resources and skills for various environments. She has worked with the Brent Woodall Foundation since August 2008. Jennifer is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas Woman’s University (TWU). She holds a Master of Science in Family Studies. Her passion for working with children evolved from various volunteer experiences such as mentoring elementary students and providing camp counseling prior to joining the Brent Woodall Foundation’s team. Jennifer is a native of Sherman, Texas. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, drawing, and volunteering. Her most preferred reinforcers are books, musicals, family time, and hot tea.

 
 

Yurmea Jung, M.A., BCBA

Assistant Director

Yurmea is an Assistant Director at the Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children and has been working at the foundation since 2008. Yurmea is from South Korea and grew up in the Philippines during her adolescent years. She moved to the United States in 2006 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the Dallas Baptist University in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in Family Life Education and is a Certified Family Life Educator – Provisional (CFLE-P). Yurmea has had many opportunities to grow with the foundation and has become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in May 2017. She is motivated by the progress of each child that she witnesses every day. Her personal and professional goal is to advocate for healthy family dynamics and parent-child relationships. Outside of the Brent Woodall Foundation, she is a pianist and enjoys teaching piano. Her most preferred reinforcers are coffee, and movies.