Meet the OWS Team

Andrew Abdallah, M.A., R.B.T.
Program Director

Andrew is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) holding a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. He has over 10 years experience working in the Mental Health profession. 5 of those years he worked as a direct care professional with children. He completed his education at Rider University for both his Bachelors and Masters degrees. He specializes in the treatment of trauma, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. He has been an avid skateboarder most of his life having skated for nearly 2 decades now. He is now the Program Director of Open World Skate (OWS) and works closely with the clinical director to create and implement treatment programs for all clients seeking lessons and/or treatment with OWS

Nicholas Ma, M.A., B.C.B.A.
Clinical Director

Nicholas Ma is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) holding a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). He graduated from Rowan University with his B.A. in Psychology with a specialization in children's behavior in 2014, went on to finish his M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2019, and earned his Board Certified Behavior Analysis certification in 2020. He has over 8 years experience in Applied Behavior Analysis working with a wide variety of populations, specializing in developmental disability. Although not a skateboarder (yet!), he has a passion for the application of behavior analysis towards health. He has conducted research at Rowan University on the applications of ABA principles on the increase in exercise behavior. He is now the Clinical Director of Open World Skate (OWS) and works closely with the program director to create and implement individualized behavior support systems for the clients seeking lessons and/or treatment with OWS.

Paul Abdallah, B.A., R.B.T.
Lead Instructor and Behavior Skater

Paul is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) holding a Bachelors degree in Psychology. During his undergraduate studies he completed coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis concentrating his studies in substance abuse and depression leading him to move on to working in the field after graduation. He has worked as a Behavior Technician and Special Education Teacher for 4 years now. He has skated for almost 2 decades and translates this knowledge and experience into his Skateboarding working as a Behavior Skater at OWS.

Ayodeji Odulaja, M.P.H., R.B.T.
Public Health Dept. Chief of Staff

Ayodeji AKA DJ is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) holding a Masters degree in Public Health. He has 2 years experience working in the Mental Health profession. He completed his Bachelors degree at Penn State University and completed his Masters degree at Grand Canyon University. He specializes in trauma, substance abuse, and mental health rehabilitation. He has been involved in the professional sports world as a Soccer Player and recently over the past 2 years has worked alongside physical therapists to rehabilitate athletes including skateboarders. He is now the Public Health Chief of Staff at Open World Skate (OWS) and works closely with the clinical director and program director to create and implement treatment health guidelines for all clients seeking lessons and/or treatment with OWS.

Yvette Wood, M.F.A., R.B.T.
Director of Design

Yvette Wood is a Registered Behavior Technician and Digital Designer with a Bachelors Degree in Digital Art from Rutgers University. Her 15+ years experience in freelance work has led her to also explore Digital Photography as well as Social Media Advertising for small businesses. She has been an avid follower of the Skate community since her teens and began supporting her younger skaters' passions for the sport some time later. She believes in using Art and Design to positively impact her community.