Program Directors

Suhad Abdallah, BCaBA, MEd Program Director

Suhad began working at the Aurora school in September of 2014 as an ABA instructor and has since moved on to be a Program Director and Assistant Director of Clinical Services.   Suhad earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Jordan and completed her ABA coursework at Florida Institute of Technology. Suhad is a BCaBA and a Licensed Assistant Behavior Analyst in the state of Virginia. Suhad also has a provisional license as a Special Education teacher in the state of Virginia. She earned her Master’s degree in Special Education from George Mason University. She loves working with the students at Aurora, supporting their progress in Communication skills, in addition to their independent and functional living skills.


Kristen Bingaman, BS, Program Director

Kristen has been at the Aurora School since January 2017. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Cairn University in 2014 and is currently working towards her masters in Special Education in ABA. After working as a Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) for a year and a half, she became a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and worked as Lead ABA Therapist for ABA2DAY behavior services for a year. Since coming to the Aurora School, Kristen has worked as an ABA Instructor, Assistant Program Director, and now Program Director. She loves leading the Launch program and helping her students’ learn independent living, social, and vocational skills.

Olivia Caro, Program Director

Olivia  joined the Aurora team in September 2014. She has a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor is Special Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Olivia is doing her ABA coursework at Florida Institute of Technology. Olivia has always loved working with children. She has worked at in the preschool setting as well as working for an company that offered ABA services in home. She is looking forward to this school year and working with all the wonderful students here at Aurora. 


Amy Diehl, Program Director

Amy has worked at the Aurora School since June 2016.  She graduated from Bridgewater College with her bachelor’s degree in psychology, where she took classes in behavior analysis and realized her interest.  She is currently working towards her master’s in ABA with an emphasis on Autism at Ball State University.  Before coming to Aurora, she worked as an in-home Behavior Specialist in Harrisonburg, VA.  She loves working with the students at The Aurora School and helping the students reach their full potential.


Hayley Lundblad, BS, Program Director

Hayley graduated from Shenandoah University with a degree in Psychology. Currently she is getting her master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis at Shenandoah University. Hayley is on track to graduate in December. As an undergrad Hayley volunteered at NW Works, a facility that offers employment to adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. Hayley is thrilled to work at the Aurora school; she loves working in such a positive environment and seeing the progress all of the students make.


Elyse Striker, Program Director

Elyse joined the Aurora team in November 2016. She is currently working towards her Board Certification of Behavior Analysis at Shenandoah University. Prior to working at Aurora, Elyse worked with children of all ages with developmental and behavioral disabilities at summer camps, day schools and treatment centers. Aurora has given Elyse the opportunity to work with children to reach their full potential toward independent living and functional communication  skills, which is what she truly admires about her career.