About Us

Sarah Hively, BCBA, Executive Director

Sarah Hively – Executive Director (MA, BCBA)

Hello! My name is Sarah Hively. I am the owner and Executive Director of A.B.S. Behavioral Services, LLC., and also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). I received my undergrad in Special Education from Miami University of Ohio, and my master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavioral Disorders from Columbia University. I have worked and supervised in home, school, and clinical settings. Between being a working mom of two girls, a wife, and business owner, I enjoy going to the gym and working out, watching Bravo TV, enjoying fun Fridays with my family, having dance parties with my girls, and trying to keep a sense of humor as I juggle it all!

My continued mission and goal is to provide kiddos with and without disabilities, families, teachers, and schools with quality services that will lead to a meaningful change. I truly think of the kids and families we serve and work with as extended family members. Whether it is tackling those tricky challenging behaviors, teaching school readiness, joint attention, communication, and social skills, or more everyday functional life skills like potty training, bedtime routines or sitting at the dinner table eating a meal together, we will approach the behavior in an applied and functional way to ensure that our behavior changes make a meaningful impact on every client's life!

 

 

 

Our Staff

Colleen Coley Bird, BCBA

 

Colleen Coley Bird, BCBA

Colleen Coley Bird is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working with ABS since 2013. She grew up in Indiana, graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 (Bachelor's in psychology) and from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2014 (Master's in applied behavior analysis). She has been working in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2011. In her free time she likes to read, knit, and play with her dog. Colleen has always been interested in working with children with disabilities because she grew up with family members and friends with disabilities and she wants to make sure that all children have the best chance they can to become independent and build meaningful friendships.

 

 


Trisha Smith, BCBA

 

Trisha Smith, BCBA

Trisha Smith is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been with ABS Behavioral Services since 2013. She grew up in Libertyville, Il and graduated from Illinois State University in 2008 (B.A. in Psychology) and from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2014 (M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis). Studying abroad in Spain in the summer of 2007 created some of her fondest experiences and memories and she cannot wait to visit again. Trisha is a big fan of corny jokes, spending time with her niece and nephews, hanging out with her dog, playing bingo (seriously), and Netflix marathons. Trisha has participated in the Polar Plunge every year since 2011 which raises money for the Special Olympics of Illinois. She is very proud of her friends, family members, and clients that participate in the Special Olympics and looks forward to cheering them on during their events! The best part of her job is watching and helping her clients learn and grow, and the look on client's and parent's faces when they achieve another milestone.

 


Katie Giovanetto

 

Katie Giovanetto

Katie Giovanetto has been a behavioral therapist at ABS since 2014. She grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Augustana College in 2010. She received her Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis in December 2016. Katie has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2010. Most of her experience is in increasing communication skills in children and young adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or a developmental disability (DD). In her free time, Katie loves cheering on the Chicago Cubs and exploring the city with her boyfriend. The reason she got into this field was because she saw how effective the procedures were when volunteering at an ASD clinic in college. Since then, her ultimate career goal has been to effectively help as many individuals as possible using behavioral principles and procedures.

 


Marissa Cowsill Kohlhagen

 

Marissa Cowsill Kohlhagen

Marissa Cowsill Kohlhagen was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has been working as a behavior therapist for ABS since 2014. Prior to that, Marissa taught preschool, which is where two of her students in particular inspired her to want to work with children who have challenges with behavior. Her passion for ABA therapy comes from her belief that all children have the ability to learn, but they do not have an identical way of learning. She herself struggled in school academically and to this day wishes her teachers would have tried modifying their teaching styles to better fit the kind of learner she was. Working as an ABA therapist, she is able to be that person to the kids she works with. In her free time, Marissa enjoys baking, going to see plays with friends, watching Netflix, and enjoying being a newlywed (October 2016)!

 


Samantha Favorite

 

Samantha Favorite

Samantha Favorite is a behavior therapist who has been working at ABS since August 2015. She graduated from Saint Mary's College in 2014 (Bachelor's in psychology and sociology). She has been working in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2013. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys exploring Chicago with her husband, traveling, coloring, and playing fetch with her cat. Samantha has always been an advocate for individuals with disabilities and every day she gets to spend with her clients and their families is a true joy!

 

 

 


Nikki Condit

 

Nikki Condit

Nikki Condit has been working as a behavior therapist since 2012 and has been working with ABS since the spring of 2015. She grew up on a lake in Wisconsin and loves living close to the water in Chicago. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Cross-Categorical Special Education (Go Badgers!). She received her special education teaching certification for early childhood through adolescence. Her passion in this field stems from seeing her clients' successes and she enjoys creating environments that allow for each of her clients to achieve their goals. Nikki especially enjoys seeing friendships blossom between the students here at ABS. When she is not working at ABS, she can be found outside enjoying what the Windy City has to offer, whether it is from a bike, a sailboat, or her own two feet.

 


Cory LaFlair

 

Cory LaFlair

Cory LaFlair is originally from Toronto where he received his a Bachelor's of Honors in Psychology in Toronto, Canada, and he has thoroughly enjoyed living in Chicago since 2015. He has been working within the field of ABA for since 2012 both in Chicago and in Toronto and has experience working with kids age 2-18. In his days off Cory a ferocious traveler and a lover of the Toronto Blue Jays. Cory discovered ABA while doing a practicum course in his undergrad where he saw how ABA can make a difference in the lives of so many. One of my favorite moments at ABS was the look on a client’s face when all of her friends yelled surprise at her birthday party!

 

 


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