Meet the Admin Team

Our team at Pioneer Programs goes above and beyond to meet the needs of each student in our school. Each brings their own skills, expertise, and experience to the daily task of educating our students and teaching skills that will last a lifetime.


A.J. Genovese


A.J. attended the University of California at San Diego where he earned his Bachelors in Psychology.  He received training as a behavior consultant and has tutored children in the areas of Applied Behavior Analysis. 

Steve Hudson

Program Director

Steve is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Psychology. He went on to get his Master’s degree in Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis at Capella University before obtaining his BCBA.

Kelly Bayes

Assistant Program Director

Kelly dual majored in Special and General Education and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Providence College. She began her teaching career in Brooklyn, NY at a specialized elementary school for children with Autism. 

Amber Palomino

Human Resources

Amber is a graduate of San Diego State University and received her multiple-subject teaching credential from Humboldt State University.  After many years at Pioneer Programs, she has transitioned to Human Resources.

Liz Phillips

Human Resources 

As the HR Manager, Liz focuses on developing a sense of belonging and inclusion within the program by adding the HUMAN element back into Human Resources. She has been studying HR for over 7 years and has her SHRM-CP certification.