The Patterns Leadership Team

One of the most rewarding aspects of our field is finding the right staffing fit for our clients. At Patterns, our staff has been strategically developed with our clients in mind. We firmly believe that our team can inspire and support behavior change through evidence-based teaching methods. In addition to their expertise, the members of our Patterns team are personable, engaging, and interested in doing all that they can to meet the needs of our clients.


Ihab Shahawi - M.A., MBA

Chief Executive Officer


Ihab has been a student and practitioner in the field of ASD since 1983, he has a BA & MA in Psychology and an MBA from UCLA. Having studied and worked with the likes of Dr. Ivar Lovaas and Dr. Gary LaVigna, luminaries and pioneers in the ABA field. In 1996 he founded The SAILS Group, an organization specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents with Autism and other intellectual and developmental disorders who are behaviorally challenging. He enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Vivian ELShahawi

Chief Operating Officer


Vivian received her BS in Biology from the University of Virginia and since has worked at helping those in need, first as a candy striper hospital volunteer while in college and then as a counselor to addicted street children in her hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia. Since 2002 has been the Chief Operating Officer of The SAILS Group, an organization focused on services to children and adults on the Autism Spectrum. We welcome Vivian now to Patterns as our COO. Vivian enjoys time traveling, spending time with her husband, children, and 2 grandchildren.


Paul Burke


Paul earned his MBA from California Baptist University and since has been partnering with businesses to strengthen and sustain their infrastructure. Paul first started with Patterns in 2014 as the CFO, then moved over to the SAILS Group, Inc. and is now an intricate part of both companies. Providing them both with strong leadership and development.

Patterns Leadership Team