Team Members

Laura O'Rourke

Laura O’Rourke is the founder and Executive Director of Behavior Bridges.  


Laura holds a Master of Science degree in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2006.  She is also a Washington state Licensed Behavior Analyst and Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  


Laura has worked in the field of ABA since 2002. Laura has extensive experience developing and implementing behavior support services in home, school, community, work, and center based settings.  She has provided services in early intervention, regular education, special education adult residential and employment settings. 


Laura specializes in skills training, functional behavior analysis, behavioral assessment, behavior intervention planning, staff training, and crisis intervention.  Laura also has a passion for staff and practicum supervision.  


Laura has had the pleasure of providing consultations, workshops and services across the United States and internationally.  She has also taught graduate level courses and has been a guest lecturer for several universities.


In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with her family while they explore the Pacific Northwest, and going back to her roots in the Midwest to visit family and friends- and eat good food from Portillo's, Carr Valley Cheese, & Culvers! 

Danielle Gonzalez

Danielle completed her masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University in 2015.  She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2016.


Danielle has a passion for individuals with disabilities and creating lasting change in their lives. She has a brother with autism and has dedicated her life to helping families like hers, creating change, spreading acceptance and disseminating the principles of behavior. Her future goals include adult transition services, adult housing services, sibling support groups and parent trainings.

Danielle loves trivia and spending time with her husband and her cat, Nova. 

Desiree Patty

Desiree completed her Master's of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis at Endicott College. She has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2012 and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2018.


In her spare time, Desiree enjoys crafting, reading, and hiking with her dog!


Emily Nalker

Emily is originally from the Washington, DC area and moved out to Tacoma several years ago. She graduated from the College of William & Mary with a BA in Sociology in 2014 and a M.Ed in Special Education in 2015. After graduating, Emily worked as a special education teacher for four years. She ran an elementary autism program and a junior high behavior program. Emily is now working as a behavior therapist for a supported living agency in Tacoma while she finishes her BCBA, primarily supporting adults with autism. Emily enjoys traveling and learning to do DIY projects around her house.

Kendra Whitaker

Kendra Whitaker has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2012. She earned her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University in 2016. Kendra started her fieldwork under the supervision of Laura O’Rourke. Kendra joined Behavior Bridges in February 2020. She has a passion for working with early learners, building the foundation for success and promoting lasting change and generalization. She enjoys creating meaningful relationships with families and behavior technicians. She values the importance of working as a team, which is what brought her to Behavior Bridges. Kendra lives in Lacey with her husband and daughter. On her days off she enjoys binge-watching television shows, painting and crafting, and outdoor activities such as kayaking and hiking. 

Lydia Cooper

Originally from Georgia, Lydia began her journey in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis as a student in 2015 then transitioned into an RBT role in 2016. She completed her Master's degree at Southeast Missouri State University in 2019 and decided to expand into the mental health field to become an advocate for those seeking crisis intervention services. She enjoys working with children of all ages and aspires to one day merge more ABA techniques within the mental health field. In her spare time, Lydia loves to travel back home to Georgia, explore new places and restaurants, while also teaching herself new skills within the graphic design world.

Jarred Hudson

Jarred has been a Registered Behavior Technician since 2019.  He has a passion for learning, and has expressed interest in knowing all about ABA!  He has even taken the initiative to read ABA articles without being asked!! In his spare time, Jarred enjoys spending time with his family and playing video games. 

Ashlynn Cope

Ashlynn joined Behavior Bridges in 2020!  She is a graduate of Rogers High School and currently attends Pierce College.  She hopes to become a behavior analyst some day.  In the meantime, she is an award winning golfer and lover of dogs and kids.  

Becca Haugan

Becca completed her Bachelor’s of Science in psychology at Washington State University in 2019. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Dayton and will graduate in April 2022. In her free time she enjoys baking and reading. 

Tania Murillo
Administrative Assistant

Tania joined Behavior Bridges in 2021. She has an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. Prior to joining Behavior Bridges, Tania worked with elementary school age children for the past 6 years. Tania is originally from California but moved to Washington 3 years ago when her husband got stationed at JBLM. Tania and her husband are currently expecting their first child this September 2021. On her free time, she enjoys cooking, playing board games and watching movies with her husband. Tania is very excited to have joined Behavior Bridges and is very excited to see what the future holds.