Joshua Pritchard, PHD, BCBA- D
Dr. Joshua Pritchard has been in the field since 2000, and has worked with a wide variety of populations with diverse behavioral issues. In addition to his clinical work, he has been involved in academia since 2010. He has been the chair of the Florida Institute of Technology’s Hybrid program and the Program Director of Southern Illinois University’s hybrid degree program. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Florida Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in behavior analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno. His professional experience includes providing direct consultation services for wide range of ages and populations in behavior acceleration and deceleration. Pritchard has served as a consultant with state facilities under review by the Department of Justice, consulted internationally on behavioral programs and setting up practicum experience, and conducted remote supervision of international students desiring certification in behavior analysis. His expertise is requested from around the globe to consult on setting up, refining, and maintaining behavior analytic centers for folks with autism and other disabilities.
He started his consulting company, JKP Analysts, in 2006 and has worked both domestically and internationally to provide educational services to children and adults with behavior issues. In 2013, Dr. Pritchard launched Lodestone Academy with the express purpose of filling a need for high quality behavior analytic services for folks suffering from severe behavior problems. He used his wealth of experience to structure the center programming and staff training to provide the highest quality of care to Orlando’s students.
In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Pritchard is the associate editor of two flagstone journals and has published in multiple journals within the behavior analytic field on a wide range of topics from teaching verbal behavior to changing driving habits. Dr. Pritchard also served as President of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, on the Executive Council of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, President of the Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis and was a member of the Supervision Task Force of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
Dr. Pritchard’s passion lies in utilizing behavior analysis to enhance the education of students who are otherwise unable to be served by the standard educational practices. He fervently believes that every student should access the best education available despite any disabilities or behavioral disorders. While the use of behavior analysis is certainly helpful in reducing problem behavior, its real power lies in the ability to best teach skills that will make the problem behavior unnecessary.
Jason Lewis, MS, BCBA
Jason graduated from Michigan State University in 2002 with a degree in Criminal Justice. Following graduation he moved back to his home state of Pennsylvania and discovered Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by working with children diagnosed with Autism. While working with kids in the Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS) in the state of Pennsylvania, he learned that Behavior Specialists who supervised him, did not produce much behavior change for those kids with whom he worked. Convinced that there was a better system to teach skills to kids diagnosed with Autism, Jason discovered the field of ABA and its successful work with kids in this population.
Upon discovering the field of ABA, Jason enrolled in the Graduate, Criminal Justice program at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. Here, Jason learned the principles of ABA and earned a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in ABA. Upon completion of his Master’s degree in 2005, Jason became a Behavior Specialist in the BHRS system to begin implementing behavioral interventions for kids diagnosed with Autism.
Jason did in-home consultations in the BHRS system for about 4 years before moving to a new position at center created to provide services for kids and adults diagnosed with Autism. The center, known as the Autism Resource and Community Hub of Lehigh Valley (ARCH of LV), located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, provided different types of services; however, Jason oversaw the after-school and summer camp programs. In this position, Jason designed programs, based on the principles of ABA, in order to teach social and daily living skills to all clients receiving services. Jason worked in this position for more than 5 years before moving to Florida to further pursue his long-term goals.
Currently, Jason is attending the Florida Institute of Technology at the Orlando campus. There, he is pursuing a second Master’s degree in ABA in order to fulfill his dreams of earning a Ph.D. in ABA. His interests include effective teaching interventions and language development and how it applies to social development. Outside of school and work, he enjoys music, particularly writing and playing songs on his guitar and studying music theory, exercising and enjoying the Florida weather.
Human Resource Director
Carisa Retherford, BA
Carisa Retherford place of birth is Puerto Rico. She has her bachelor’s degree in arts of Psychology from University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree in human resources in Interamerican University. Carisa began in the ABA field 4 years ago, as an RBT in Riverside, California. She then moved to Florida to resume working in the ABA field. Carisa started working at Lodestone Academy as a Behavioral Technician and was then promoted to Human Resources Department. Carisa loves spending time teaching dance lessons to young kids and also goes to visit her family in Puerto Rico as much as she can.
Spencer Harrington, MS
Spencer Harrington earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Florida State University in 2016. He recently obtained his Masters degree of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology and will be taking the board exam to become a BCBA in August. Since starting at Lodestone Academy in August 2016 as a Behavior Technician, he feels a renewed sense of purpose in both his career and higher education. He is dedicated to being part of a team and seeing the difference we can make in our students’ lives. Outside of Lodestone, Spencer is working on technology to improve our field and the quality of life for people with disabilities.
Brittany Shory, BS
Brittany Shory earned her B.S. in Psychology from UCF in 2011. She currently finished the BCaBA coursework at Florida Institute of Technology and will soon be taking the exam to become a certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She has been teaching individuals and groups in different settings such as in-home therapy and in-center with school aged children. At an early age she always knew she wanted to work with children. Throughout her life, Brittany has mentored and volunteered with children of all different natures. Caring for ill children in shelters to working with disabled children. She enjoys teaching new life skills, eating habits, reading, writing, and other functional skills to improve the quality of life for these individuals. Regardless the amount of time she spends with these kids, she loves the fact that she can influence and make a difference in their lives.
Assistant Director of Operations
John Morrison, RBT
John Morrison is a native of Winter Park, Florida and in addition to working at Lodestone from day one, has over ten years teaching kids in martial arts and youth ministry. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rollins College. Mr. Morrison spent 12 years at a data processing company, working his way up to Supervisor of Screening Operations. At this point, John decided it was time to get his foot in the door in the field of his degree.
While taking classes at Rollins, John took a class in Learning and Behavior with Dr. Josh Pritchard and felt Applied Behavior Analysis came naturally to him. He realized that many of the teaching principles he used with his championship winning martial arts kids were techniques used in ABA. Following a second class with Dr. Pritchard, he was offered the position of Behavior Tech at the soon to be opened Lodestone Academy. John worked his way up to Lead Behavior Tech and eventually Assistant Director of Operations.
When he is not working or going to school, John enjoys spending time with his wife of over 20 years, playing video games and guitar with his wife and kids.
Anita Li, MS, BCBA
Anita Li is currently receiving her PhD in behavior analysis at Western Michigan University with Dr. Alan Poling, with an emphasis on assessing and management of psychotropic medications to treat individuals with challenging behaviors and developmental disabilities. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2013 and has worked in Central Florida in the field since 2010. Anita attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate degree and began her coursework in behavior analysis there. Afterwards obtaining her BCaBA certification, she then went on to pursue her Masters degree at the Florida Institute of Technology’s Orlando campus. Anita has worked in a variety of settings such as in-home, remote consultation, center-based, and school-based ABA services. In addition, she has experience in instructional design, creating and implementing training materials for parents and staff. Her clinical experiences include early intervention, discrete trial and natural environment training, verbal behavior, higher-order behavior change, severe behavior management, and crisis intervention.
In addition to practice, Anita also enjoys teaching at a college level and conducting research to best determine best practices. To date, she has presented over 30 times at state and national conferences in a variety of areas such as theory and practice.
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and training her dog, Miko.