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Jenilee Sunshine

Jenilee Sunshine

Jenilee is the neurodivergent founder of Mindful Behavior. She is a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst with over 15 years of experience in the field. She received supervision experience at an intensive year-round ABA day center in Appalachia Kentucky where she primarily worked with severe forms of maladaptive behavior. This experience included conducting experimental FA, Behavior Treatment Plan creation and implementation, curriculum development, and providing direct services with children ages 2-15. Jenilee received her M.Ed. at Arizona State University in 2011, and began teaching through their ABA Masters program in 2012. In summer of 2012, she shifted gears to support adults with IDD and behavioral disorders. She worked in the client’s home, community, and day programs. Her focus was primarily treating severe maladaptive behavior reduction with safe replacement behavior; as well as independent living skills and job coaching. In this position Jenilee worked directly with the clients and trained their Direct Support Staff. In 2013 she partnered with local school districts to provide ABA onsite. In 2014, she provided ABA to children through the state’s medicaid program in the home and community settings. In 2015 Jenilee partnered with an OT, PT, and SLP clinic in order to provide ABA in a multidisciplinary setting. In 2016 she moved to North Carolina while providing ABA services to local adults. In 2018 Jenilee shifted gears yet again and remotely directed a practicum program for BACB trainees receiving experience hours. She later transitioned into a Regional Clinic Director position and gained extensive operational experience at a large private equity firm. Since early 2022, she’s been the Director of Clinical Operations for a small, privately owned organization based in Maryland and Virginia. 

In 2019 Jenilee began her  journey with ACT while moderating a Facebook Group, DoBetter. This is when she became passionate about providing accessible CE opportunities to clinicians in our field. Jenilee began collaborating with Autistic Advocates once listening and engaging curiously to critical feedback about ABA.  In 2020, Jenilee had a near death experience. She was bedridden and on a leave of absence from her place of employment for an extended period; so she decided to do something to give back to a field she loves. Jenilee then began her  journey into becoming a certified yoga instructor in order to provide accessible classes to disabled bodies. During this timeframe Jenilee continued efforts to improve our field and collaborate with the Neurodivergent community. This is when Mindful Behavior was born. Her mission with Mindful Behavior is to address latent ableism within ABA, provide a platform to disabled voices deserving of a seat at the table, provide educational opportunities to enhance the field forward, and offer mentorship opportunities combining clinical expertise with lived experience. Jenilee hopes to utilize her wide array of experience to provide you with mentorship or supervision to help you become the clinician you want to be. Jenilee looks forward to growing with you!

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