Kristine Quinby, MEd, BCBA, LBS
Potential’s Founder, President and CEO
Nearly every person who has experienced success in their career will cite a particular moment – the turning point – when the path forward becomes clear. For Kristine Quinby, that moment came around 2005.
At the time, she was a self-employed, certified Applied Behavior Analyst (ABA) consultant carrying a caseload of about 15 children, all with an autism diagnosis. Kristine had long been a believer in the merits of ABA and was inspired by the tremendous progress this small group was making. If she could help a dozen or so children surely, she could help hundreds.
In 2006, she founded Potential, Inc.
Based in Newtown, Pa., Potential provides services and support for individuals with autism (from toddlers to older adults), their families and the community. In 2010, Potential’s “Springtime School” was licensed as an Elementary School and five years later, High School licensure was added. For Kristine, it’s the culmination of years of hard work and a relentless drive to serve the autism community.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from Rider University, Kristine earned her Special Education Certification (master’s level) from Holy Family University and her master’s in Special Education from Penn State University.
For the next few years, Kristine worked to hone her skills by serving in a variety of roles across several organizations. The most recent of these was as a Special Education Teacher in the Autistic Support Classroom for Bucks County Intermediate Unit and Pathway School. She became an independent ABA consultant in 2000.
A staunch advocate for the autism community, Kristine is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, Association for Behavior Analysis, the ABA in PA Initiative, the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts and the National Association of Private Special Education Centers. She has also participated in the Pennsylvania Autism Task Force, Community Connections for All Children and the Bucks County Autism Task Force. As a guest speaker, Kristine has presented extensively on the topics of ABA and autism at private and public schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Kristine is a past Board Member of the Pennsylvania Association Council for Exceptional Children (PACEC) and has presented PACEC workshops on developmental and age appropriate practices for children on the autism spectrum and on reducing problem behavior in the classroom through positive reinforcement.
She resides in New Hope, PA with her husband, teenage son and daughter, the family’s faithful dogs, Sasha and Sparky, and five chickens.