ACCEL Promotes Dr. Don Stenhoff as Director of Behavior Services

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ACCEL, a private, nonprofit school for children with special needs, h
as announced the promotion of Dr. Don Stenhoff as director of Behavior Services. In his role, Stenhoff will provide day-to-day leadership, administrative management and support for both the BISTA Center, located at ACCEL’s east campus in Tempe, and the Department of Behavioral Services departments, located across four locations.

Stenhoff has been with ACCEL since 2009 as the director of the BISTA Center. In addition to Stenhoff’s roles at ACCEL, he has been a part-time lecturer with the Department of Special Education at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, and the Institute for Human Development at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Additionally, he is a part of the Masters of Science applied behavior analysis program advisory committee with the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Stenhoff earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in special education from Eastern Washington University and his Masters of Science degree in special education from Utah State University. In 2005, he earned a doctorate from Utah State University in special education. He has more than 18 years’ experience in the special education field.

Stenhoff has held many certification and licenses, as well. He has been a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Arizona since 2010, as well as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral since 2009. He holds professional memberships with the Arizona Association for Behavior Analysis, Arizona Autism Coalition, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Association of Professional Behavior Analysts and Council on Autism Services.

“Don’s exceptional special education background and experience in leadership, teaching, and mentoring make him a great asset as the director for the BISTA Center,” said Nancy Molder, vice president of educational services at ACCEL. “We’re thankful to have him on the team and supporting our mission.”

Stenhoff is a Queen Creek resident.



ACCEL is a private, nonprofit school for children with special needs, ages 5-22, and adults 18 and over and is recognized as a leader in the field of Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ACCEL provides innovative, individualized and comprehensive educational, therapeutic, vocational, behavioral, life skills and transitional services to individuals with a wide range of abilities and challenges including autism, intellectual, emotional, physical disabilities and health impairments. ACCEL operates a variety of enterprise programs including ACCEL Adult Services, The BISTA Center and Gifted Hands Boutique. For more information, please visit

Shelby Ray
Shelby Ray
A former HMA Public Relations employee.

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