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Our Team.

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April Parnell 
MS, BCBA, CO-Founder

April Parnell has been working in the field of behavior analysis for many years and she loves to help others who are in need. April’s background in family therapy combined with her education and years of experience in both clinical treatment and executive leadership in Behavior Analysis has shaped her appreciation of an individual child’s role within family, social and educational systems. Prior to starting Sunshine, April held experience in outpatient pediatric treatment, interdisciplinary treatment, educational intervention, and organizational leadership/management. Her expertise includes early intervention, parent education, social skills training, staff development, clinical management, and operations management. April strives to ensure functional and sustainable change for clients, build connectivity within treatment teams and increase access to services for children and families in need.

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Karen Chanda

Karen is a BCBA at Sunshine Special Education Services, Inc. form Long Island, NY. Prior to Sunshine, Karen retired in August 2020, as the Director of Vocational Training and Placement Services, at a large non-profit on Long Island after 20 years of service.  She has held various training opportunities at public and non-public organizations, various public-school systems on Long Island, and continues to actively host workshops and training related to special education and behavioral interventions.

Karen received a BS in Health Administration from Eastern Michigan University, a MS from the University of Toledo. a MS in Special Education from Dowling College, and an Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. When she is not working, Karen can be found spending time volunteering with Big Brothers and Sisters, Animal rescues, and with her husband and daughter at the beach.

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