Meet the Team
Dedicated and Certified
Owner, Executive Director
Shawn Bohanan, BCBA, is the owner of Launch Therapy Center in Augusta, Georgia. He received his B.S. in Biology from North Greenville University in 2008, and was awarded his Master’s in Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Auburn University in 2012. Shawn has been working in ABA since 2009, when he began his career as a behavior technician in Greenville, South Carolina. He became credentialed as a BCBA in 2012, and opened Launch Therapy Center in 2014. Shawn has been expanding the reach of evidence-based and heart-driven ABA ever since!
Shawn was pursuing a dream to become a pediatrician when he was given the opportunity to work with children with Autism. His college roommate talked him into working at a clinic with children on the Spectrum. Though he had planned on pursuing an M.D., his experience at that clinic rewrote his future and he pursued ABA with a passion to serve children with ASD. Speaking of the experience, Shawn said, “I found my true place and knew it instantly.”
Shawn is the proud father of four amazing children with his beautiful wife, Jaclyn, who is a fitness instructor and homemaker. They are the quintessential Disney family and love spending family vacations in the company of Mickey Mouse at all the best Disney hotspots! We are so lucky to have Shawn at the helm of Launch Therapy Center and look forward to sharing his passion and vision with you each and every day!
Adam Allen, BCBA is the Clinical Director of Launch Georgia. He received his Masters in Education from Arizona State University in 2018 and has worked at Launch since 2017. He is, without question, the epicenter of all things FUN! Adam has a truly magical ability to engage our team, lead with compassion, and serve the kids with not only quality ABA, but also dignity and heart. His role as the Clinical Director of Launch Georgia has expanded our services to more kids than ever and he has grown our team exponentially. Adam specializes in working with teens and young adults who flourish through social skills instruction and daily living skills.
Adam and his equally kind and compassionate wife, Kadie, are the dynamic duo of all things nurturing and – I’m not kidding guys – F U N! Kadie is a full-time social worker and together with their dog, Rosco, these two love to travel to NYC and host game nights with friends
Janelle Upthegrove, BCBA, received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of LaVerne and her Masters of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. She also holds post-baccalaureate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder Studies and Applied Behavior Analysis. Janelle began her journey as an RBT in 2015 and worked diligently as a BCaBA while obtaining her BCBA. She is passionate not only about working with children with Autism, but also mentoring new professionals who are growing in the field of ABA. Janelle is an experienced ABA provider who specializes in early intervention, reduction of self-injury and aggression, and increasing communication.
Janelle has been in the U.S. Navy for 18 years on both Active and Reserve duty. She has lived and served in several states across the country and overseas, but is happy to finally be settled back home in the Frozen Tundra where she serves as Clinical Director of Launch Wisconsin. She lives happily in a cabin in the woods with her beautiful family, houseplants, and too many cats.