Virtual Trainee

Alysa Vos, MS, BCBA

Alysa Vos, MS, BCBA
2015-2016 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Alysa Vos is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and director of an organization that serves individuals with neurodevelopmental differences in Houston, TX. She received her BS in Psychology from University of California-Irvine, an MS in Education from California State University-Fullerton, and her BCBA Certification through the Florida Institute of Technology. She is passionate about comprehensive behavioral programming that first and foremost targets adaptive behaviors to empower individuals toward independence. She has worked in both clinical and educational settings training multidisciplinary teams in the process of assessing, planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating educational, home, and community programs for individuals with neurodevelopmental differences based on the most current research, best practice, and ethical standards.

Alysa became a LoneStar LEND trainee in 2014 where she has worked towards building and sustaining interdisciplinary communication and collaboration and advocacy for persons with neurodevelopmental differences and special healthcare needs.

When she is not working, Alysa enjoys reading, hiking, and splashing in the pool with her kids.


What is the AUCD Virtual Trainee?

With AUCD member programs in every US state and territory as well as internationally, our trainees exist all across the world. The Virtual Trainee is an AUCD trainee who works to build a virtual network among these trainees at AUCD member programs.

This individual works remotely from his/her home Center/Program for one academic year to build and enhance a network among trainees at AUCD's UCEDD Centers and LEND Programs. Candidates should be a trainee in the coming year, have previously acquired knowledge of their Center or Program, and be interested in learning about the entire network of centers as well as national issues related to persons with disabilities and special health care needs. The person selected works with AUCD National Office staff, via electronic means, to build communications and information exchange among trainees throughout the network.

Duties of the Virtual Trainee include:

  • Utilizing avenues such as Facebook, listserves, websites, blogs, webinars, email and newsletters to generate communication among trainees
  • Assisting with trainee portions of AUCD face-to-face meetings; co-organizing formal and informal trainee activities at AUCD conferences
  • Attending the fall AUCD Conference and the spring Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, DC, as well as other events or opportunities of relevance
  • Working with AUCD leaders at Board, Directors, and Council meetings
  • Generating new ideas for effective communication and connections among the network
  • Working with Trainee Liaisons (trainee representatives from Centers) to enhance the communication and networking of trainees
  • Spending approximately 4-5 hours per week on Virtual Trainee tasks, not including event travel

AUCD National Office staff will work with the virtual trainee providing support and suggestions. AUCD will also support the virtual trainee to attend the Fall AUCD Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington, D.C. and the Spring Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C., paying transportation, lodging and registration costs. The Virtual Trainee will receive a stipend per semester from AUCD, with an option to extend through the summer. This position is expected to take approximately 4 hours per week.


  • Be a 2nd year AUCD trainee (LEND or UCEDD) in the coming academic year
  • Work remotely from your home UCEDD/LEND
  • Have knowledge of AUCD network
  • Desire to learn about the AUCD network
  • Interest in national issues related to leadership and persons with disabilities
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Knowledge of virtual communication technologies and social networking
  • Ability to work independently with distance supervision with weekly availability during daytime business hours

Are you interested in applying to be the next Virtual Trainee?

Interested candidates should submit their applications by visiting the application webpage, creating an account, and submitting the following:

  1. your resume or vita
  2. a letter of interest
  3. a statement of support from your Director

Please contact Shannon Haworth or Crystal Pariseau at AUCD with questions.

Apply to be the Virtual Trainee here.

This is an exciting opportunity for a current trainee with experience to increase his/her knowledge of the national network and learn more about national level activities and initiatives. It is also an opportunity to exercise leadership within the AUCD network. Directors and Faculty are urged to encourage trainees to apply for this opportunity and to allow the selected trainee to use this internship as his/her leadership activity for the coming year.

Recent AUCD Virtual Trainees

Alysa Vos, MS, BCBA
2015-2016 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Laurel Geist, MA
2014-2015 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Zipporah Levi-Shackleford, MA
2015 Assistant AUCD Virtual Trainee

Elaine Eisenbaum, MSW (Trainee Representative to the Board)
2013-2014 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Stephanie Weber, PsyD
2012-2013 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Jody Pirtle, PhD
2011-2012 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Suzanne Engel
2010-2011 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Lisa Jacola
2009-2010 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Liz Terelle
2008-2009 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Terri Abrams
2007-2008 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Rene Jamison
2006-2007 AUCD Virtual Trainee