Board of Directors

Julie M. Slowiak, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Executive Director


Julie Slowiak received her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in organizational behavior management (OBM) from Western Michigan University in 2008. Dr. Slowiak is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She teaches undergraduate courses in learning and behavior, applied behavior analysis, OBM, and statistics, as well as graduate courses in organizational systems analysis, training and development, and worker wellbeing. Dr. Slowiak is the Founder of InJewel LLC, a values-focused coaching and consulting company. She is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Julie's research blends her training in applied behavior analysis and organizational behavior management with topics studied in the fields of occupational health psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, and applied sports psychology. In general, Julie is interested in the behavioral processes underlying athletic performance, the integration of Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) to health, behavior, and human performance coaching, healthy lifestyle behavior change, performance management and improvement, and behavior-based and values-focused coaching.

Fun Fact: Julie enjoys pushing herself outside of her comfort zone to try new things that will test her mental and physical capacities. She has participated as a member of the Wiki Wiki Ohana amateur dragonboat team, completed the Minnesota Tough Mudder, has kayaked on Lake Superior, and previously trained in a mixed martial arts gym. Julie is an avid weight lifter and enjoys practicing yoga, cycling, and hiking with her dog, Hurricane. 

Sarah Burby, M.A., BCBA
Interim President


Sarah Burby received her Masters in Applied Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Rider University in 2013 and works as Director of Clinical Services at Brett Dinovi & Associates. Sarah also owns Small Changes Health and Wellness Coaching LLC, where she utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support and empower clients to meet their health and wellness goals by making small, sustainable changes. 

Sarah is Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Certified K-5 teacher in the state of New Jersey, Certified Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and Precision Nutrition (PN) Level 1 Coach. Sarah also completed the requirements necessary to sit for the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBC-HWC) exam and is currently completing the necessary coursework to become a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. 

Sarah’s areas of expertise include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size approach, Motivational Interviewing, and Behavior Skills Training. Sarah’s clinical interests include helping clients heal their relationship with food and exercise as well as improve their body image. She is also interested in using antecedent strategies to prevent burnout in the workplace and developing skills to improve overall well-being. Sarah enjoys creating CEU events and trainings primarily focused on  incorporating Intuitive Eating and Applied Behavior Analysis as well as supervising BCBA candidates who are looking to practice in the area of Health Coaching. . 

Fun Fact: Sarah loves walking on the boardwalk, cycling, and taking Pure Barre classes. She moved to the beach with her husband in 2018 and loves the peace and serenity of the ocean. Sarah also loves cats and when she is not at work, the beach, or starting another DIY project she can be found relaxing at home watching HGTV with her husband and two cats, Riesling and Scooter.

Gabrielle Torres, M.S., BCBA, LBA


Gabrielle Torres received her Masters of Science in Human Health and Behavior with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Columbia University in 2008 and currently works as a Training & Development Specialist at Acorn Health. Gabrielle is also the founder of Finding Balance LLC a company providing counseling and consulting using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Virginia and a Resident in Counseling in Virginia.

Gabrielle's areas of expertise include behavior analysis, person-centered counseling, ACT, career and professional development and organizational behavior management (OBM). She is an RRCA run coach and has served as a coach for Team in Training and as the Director of Training for the DC Triathlon Club.

Fun Fact: Gabrielle is from the tiny island of Curacao. She loves travel and adventure and tries to travel to at least one new place each year. She's on a mission to visit all 50 states and as many countries as possible. She is also an endurance athlete and loves mixing her love of travel with endurance events. She completed her first marathon in Stockholm, a 300-mile NYC to DC bicycle ride with Climate Ride, an Ironman in Louisville and the highlight of her adventures was her 2016 summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. She follows the motto you only live once and believes we should push our limits and take advantage of all the adventures the world offers!

Rachel Foster, Doctoral Candidate
Membership & Outreach Manager


Rachel is passionate about all things related to nutrition, fitness, and wellness. As a Ph.D. student at the University of Kansas, she is grateful to work with an incredible team that allows her to pursue these interests through her personal and professional goals. Rachel researches the relation between reinforcing efficacy of food and food addiction. Her clinical work focuses on providing diet and weight management interventions for typically developing adults in the community with obesity, as well as teaching sport and exercise skills to individuals with IDD. As a yoga teacher, an upcoming opportunity she is excited about is to be able to research yoga as a balance and mobility intervention for adolescents with autism. Rachel's goal is to empower others to live their healthiest lives through behavior change. Outside of school, Rachel loves spending time outdoors, powerlifting, competitive swimming, and cooking nutritious, wholesome foods.  

Fun Fact: Rachel is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and is passionate about teaching and practicing heated power vinyasa and restorative yin yoga. She loves the outdoors and lives for long hikes, camping, and time at the beach or on the lake.