Adrienne Kessler, Ed.D., BCBA

President -Elect

Adrienne Kessler is Chief Executive Officer of Speech and Language Development Center in Buena Park, located in Southern California. She also serves as Board Member of CAPSES. 

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Adrienne Kessler is Chief Executive Officer of Speech and Language Development Center where she has served since 2016. She brings over 20 years of expertise in for-profit, non-profit and public school sectors serving individuals with autism and related disorders ages 18 months to more than 50 years old. Her early career was marked as a clinician under the direction of NPAs such as CARD and Lovaas Institute. Throughout her career, she has served in progressive leadership roles designing district wide educational and therapy programs for students with Autism and related disorders from early intervention through transition for school districts in Orange County. She lead the development of autism therapy services for the largest non-profit ABA provider in the country building from the ground up, spanning five counties under her direct leadership and serving more than 1500 individuals during her tenure at Easter Seals Southern California as Regional Vice President. She currently serves on local school site council committees in Orange County and is committed to ensuring all student’s abilities are met with quality education programs. 

Kessler serves as the CAPSES Orange County Region Representative and as a member of the Finance Committee. 


  • B.A. in Psychology, Concordia University
  • M.Ed in Education and Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University
  • Graduate Certificate in Behavior Analysis, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • BCBA Certification, Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, University of La Verne

Companies / Associations

Currently At:

Speech and Language Development Center
8699 Holder Street
Buena Park, CA 90620

Member of:

  • Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)