Program Directors

Suhad Abdallah, BCaBA

Suhad started working at The Aurora school in 2014 as an ABA instructor, which is the start of her career in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has a BA in Psychology, and is currently attending George Mason University as a graduate student in the Special Education program. She received her BCaBA certification in 2016, in addition to her VA provisional licensure in Special Education. Suhad loves working with the students, supporting their progress to achieve their goals, and increasing their independence in different functional skills, especially their communication skills. She’s really proud to be a part of the Aurora team as a Program Director.

Gerron Cooper

Gerron Cooper has recently joined the staff at The Aurora School beginning August 2017. He joins Aurora as a Program Director. Originally from Nassau, Bahamas, he received his Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Averett University. He received his Masters of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in July 2017. Gerron has spent many years working with students both here and back in his native country and hopes to use everything he has learned to help students develop and achieve their goals.

Sumiye Jarreau-Horton, BCBA

Sumiye has been working at The Aurora School since January 2016 and has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2008. Sumiye has a Master’s Degree in Education and Applied Behavior Analysis and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since the Fall of 2017. Previously, Sumiye worked in both the clinical and in-home setting in Atlanta, GA, and, is enjoying her time in a school setting. Sumiye is excited and honored to be the Program Director of the Launch Program at the Davis Cottage!


Christina Graciani, BCBA

Christina began working at the Aurora school in July of 2015 as an ABA instructor and has since moved on to be a Program Director. She earned her master’s degree in psychology from American Public University and completed her ABA coursework at Brandman University. Christina is a BCBA and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Virginia. She loves working at Aurora because it allows her to see how much the students grow and progress.  


Britney Leaf

Britney started as an ABA therapist in September 2016. She earned her BA in psychology from James Madison University and her MA in applied developmental psychology from George Mason University. She is currently taking classes with the Florida Institute of Technology so that she can sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s BACB exam in 2018. Britney has previously worked in after school programs as a teacher and as an in-home ABA therapist. She loves working in the school setting and is so excited to be working with the students and staff at the Aurora School!

John Roland

John transitioned from a career in training and management to ABA, and enjoys making a difference in the student’s lives daily.  He has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in both clinic and in-home settings in Loudoun County since 2014 and has been working at the Aurora School since August 2015.  John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Shenandoah University, a Master’s Degree in Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University, and is currently pursuing credentials to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.