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. 

Brenda Duarte
Administrative Assistant

Brenda has been a Registered Behavior Technician since 2018.  She is from Washington and has an Early Childhood Education certification with an emphasis in special needs from Tacoma Community College.  Brenda has a passion for learning, and her positive attitude is only second to her fashion sense! 

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. 

Heidi Dawson

Heidi completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology from American Military University in 2017 and has a Master’s in Special Education through Grand Canyon University. Because Heidi thinks she is Batman and wants to do all of the things, her daytime job is a special education K-5 resource room teacher for a local school district. Heidi loves working with children of all dynamics because they each bring something very special to the table. Her future goal consists of her going back to school (again!) to become a school psychologist. 


In Heidi’s very infrequent spare time, she enjoys chauffeuring her kiddos to their multiple extra curriculars, working out, cracking jokes with her husband, chilling with her 5lb maltipoo named Zeus, and reading.     

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.  

Mailing Address

15406 Meridian E. Suite 103

Puyallup, WA 98375


T: 253-262-3409

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