Catherine Friend (Witanowski) is the Early Intervention Director as well as a BCBA for Blue Balloon ABA. As EI Director, Catherine oversees daily operations in the clinic, as well as supports behavior technicians and families. As a BCBA, Catherine prides herself on providing functional and client-centered treatment to her clients with Autism, collaborating with parents to ensure families are supported at home and in the community through regular parent training. Catherine’s passion for ABA was sparked as a teenager, when she earned a reputation as a babysitter for children with Autism. This led Catherine to complete her Bachelors in Cognitive Neuroscience at University of Delaware, minoring in Psychology and Disability Studies. She went on to complete her Masters in ABA from Ball State University. Catherine’s related experiences include a unique opportunity to provide ABA therapy at The Ivymount School, located in Rockville, MD, which is a school nationally recognized for its programs for individuals with Autism. Since becoming a BCBA, Catherine has worked in clinic, home-based, and community-based settings, collaborating frequently with related disciplines (Speech, OT) and school-based providers, furthering her knowledge of related fields and advocating for her clients in IEP meetings. Catherine enjoys playing with her dogs, Mae and Dobby, making extravagant meals with her husband, and binge-watching Netflix!