Senior Leadership Team

Executive DirectOR 

Laura Grow, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Clinical Director

Danielle Gureghian, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Director of Development

Ilana Dubrovsky, B.A.

Board of Directors

Michael D’Aquanni — President
Partner, Law Office of Michael A. D’Aquanni, LLC

Jeff Chesebro — Treasurer
President, Princeton Partners

Patricia Miller — Secretary
Co-owner, Beloved Bath, LLC

Mitchel A. Baum
Founder and President of MAB Strategic LLC

Cynthia Flanagan
Partner, Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP

Executive Director

Laura Grow, Ph.D, BCBA-D

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Dr. Grow is the Executive Director of Garden Academy. She received her doctorate in behavior analysis from Western Michigan University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute.

Dr. Grow is a former faculty member of California State University- Fresno and University of British Columbia. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior.

Dr. Grow is a current editorial board member for Behavior Analysis in Practice. She has published over 20 research studies in top-tiered journals in behavior analysis and education.

Dr. Grow has 17 years of experience implementing and directing services for individuals with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Her clinical and research interests include teaching language and communication skills, comparing the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching strategies, and refining parent and staff training techniques.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Gouda, and cooking Cajun food in her great grandmother’s cast-iron pot.

Dr. Grow's Publications (last 5 years)

  • Grow, L. L., & Van Der Hijde, R. (2017). A comparison of procedures for teaching receptive labeling of sight words to a child with autism spectrum disorder. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 10, 62 – 66. More…

  • Grow, L. L., Kodak, T., & Clements, A. (2016). An evaluation of instructive feedback to teach play behavior to a child with autism spectrum disorder. Behavior Analysis in Practice. Advance online publication. More…

  • Pastrana, S., Frewing, T., Grow, L., Nosik, M., Turner, M., & Carr, J. E. (2016). Frequently assigned readings in behavior analysis graduate training programs. Behavior Analysis in Practice. Advance online publication. More…

  • Nosik, M. R., & Grow, L. L. (2015). Prominent women in behavior analysis: An introduction. The Behavior Analyst, 38, 225 – 227. More…

  • Lechago, S. A., Carr, J. E., Kisamore, A. N, & Grow, L. L. (2015). The effects of multiple exemplar training on the relation between listener skills and intraverbal categorization. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 31, 76 – 95. More…

  • Grow, L. L., Kodak, T., & Carr, J. E. (2014). A comparison of methods for teaching receptive labeling to children with autism spectrum disorders: A systematic replication. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 47, 600 – 605. More…

  • Grow, L. L., & LeBlanc, L. A. (2013). Teaching receptive language skills: Recommendations for instructors. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 6, 2 – 21. More…

  • Koehler-Platten, K., Grow, L. L., Schulze, K. A., Bertone, T. (2013). Using a lag reinforcement schedule to increase phonemic variability in children with autism spectrum disorders. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 29, 71 – 83. More…

Dr. Grow's RECENT Speaking Engagements

Clinical Director

Danielle Gureghian, Ph.D., BCBA-D

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Dr. Gureghian received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (Behavior Analysis) from Western Michigan University in 2006, Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2008, and a Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2013. Dr. Gureghian is a BoardCertified Behavior Analyst and has been working with individuals with, and without, intellectual and developmental disabilities since 2006.

From 2006-2009, Dr. Gureghian worked in the Neurobehavioral Unit-Outpatient Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute where she specialized in the assessment and treatment of problem behavior and parent and staff training. At the University of Kansas, Dr. Gureghian trained over 100 undergraduate students on the application of behavior analytic principles on childhood-related issues such as skill and language acquisition, toilet training, social skills, problem behavior, and feeding difficulties.

Dr. Gureghian has presented at regional and national conferences on topics including assessment and treatment of feeding problems, variables influencing observational learning, and risk factors for persistent self-injury.

Dr. Gureghian research interests include reinforcement-based strategies to facilitate development of critical academic and language skills, strategies to promote functional living skills, and the assessment and treatment of problem behavior.

Dr. Gureghian is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and has been a member of Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis, Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis, Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Gureghian has been clinical director of Garden Academy since January 2014.


Emily Mahon, M.S., BCBA

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Emily Mahon received her Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood and Special Education from the State University of New York at Cortland in 2009. In 2013, she became a NJDOE certified special education teacher. She received her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2018. She is currently enrolled in a Post-Masters Principal Certificate program through Caldwell University. Emily has been with Garden Academy since 2009. From 2009-2013, Emily worked in the role of an instructional paraprofessional. Between 2013-2016, Emily served as the certified special education teacher in several Garden Academy classrooms. She became the classroom supervisor of Classroom A in 2016 and the Principal of Garden Academy in July of 2019.

Her experiences include application of behavior principles to feeding difficulties, skill acquisition, assessment and treatment of problem behavior, toilet training, and staff and parent training. Emily is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the New Jersey Association for Applied Behavior Analysis. She presented at the Applied Behavior Analysis International Conference in 2017 on increasing the acceptance of non-preferred foods in children diagnosed with autism.

Director of Development

Ilana Dubrovsky


Ilana Dubrovsky joined the Garden Academy family in May 2019 as Director of Development. With a diverse background in institutional advancement, marketing and communications, and event planning, Ilana is thrilled to bring her fusion of experience to help Garden grow!

Previously, Ilana served as Director of Advancement at the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey. At the Partnership, Ilana was a strategic partner in this new position, establishing structures and systems for the advancement department, encompassing both development and communications. She also managed the organization's fundraising events, cultivated new partnerships and donors, and spearheaded the creation of an organization-wide database.

During her time in institutional advancement, Ilana worked at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, New York as Director of Annual Giving and Development Communications. Beginning her time at Poly Prep in the communications department and later moving into development, Ilana had the opportunity to deeply understand all advancement operations.

Ilana also brings with her, six years of event planning experience, mostly working for New York City venues, managing event sales departments.

In her free time, Ilana loves to spend time with her husband and two young children, Dylan and Mia.