Session Presenters

(Presenter information is subject to change.)

Dr. Ryan Anderson, Ph.D., Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Dr. Anderson is a clinical child psychologist with the Child Development Unit/Developmental Medicine service and the Pediatric Sleep Program, both at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP) of UPMC.  He is a generalist and early interventionist with broad training in child psychology and pediatric psychology, and his areas of subspecialty include autism diagnostic assessment and behavioral sleep medicine. As part of the teaching mission of CHP, Dr. Anderson conducts direct supervision of psychology postdoctoral fellows and provides adjunct training and lectures to pediatric residents and fellows completing their medical training within the UPMC system. Dr. Anderson has scholarly interest in learning about how families cope with and adjust to a first diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and how this affects engagement with early and intensive services. As such, he is involved with an Autism Treatment Network study examining the role of family navigators in helping parents of children newly diagnosed with autism to access appropriate services and supports. Dr. Anderson also is interested in disseminating accurate information about autism to primary care providers and is part of a multidisciplinary group of clinicians that provides direct consultation to pediatricians using the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) model.


Erica Balint


Arianna Bendlin, Wesley Family Services
Arianna Bendlin is a board certified music therapist with Wesley Family Services. She graduated from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy and completed her clinical internship with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She has experience working with a variety of populations, including pediatrics, mental health, children with autism and other developmental disabilities, and at-risk youth.


Nora Gieg Chatha, Esq., Tucker Arensberg
Nora Gieg Chatha is a shareholder in the firm’s Estates and Trusts, Investment Management and Fiduciary Services and Long Term Care Practice Groups. Nora represents individuals, fiduciaries and healthcare providers in all areas of estate planning and wealth preservation, with a focus on special needs, public benefits and long-term care related issues. Past experience as legal counsel with the Pennsylvania State Medicaid (Medical Assistance) Agency, the Department of Human Services (formerly of Public Welfare), and knowledge of Orphans’ Court practice and fiduciary duties allows Nora to provide comprehensive representation to clients in a variety of complex situations.

Nora has been quoted on the topic of special needs trusts, with publications in “The Regulation of Investment Management and Fiduciary Services,” Thompson West (2008) and frequently presents educational and continuing education courses to local institutions and community groups, including the Pennsylvania Bankers’ Association, the Fiduciary Education Foundation and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. She has also successfully defended her clients’ positions in a variety of trust and estate related matters, including the published opinion of Debone v. Commonwealth, 929 A.2d 1219 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2007).

Nora is an adjunct instructor with Robert Morris University teaching the Federal Estate & Gift Course for its M.S. in Taxation Program and serves as President of the Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh. Nora is a member of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations and their Elder Law and Estates/Trusts/Probate sections. She is admitted to practice before all Pennsylvania State Courts and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and has been accredited to practice before the United States Veterans Administration. Nora obtained a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she was awarded a Community Services Award.


Congressman Mike Doyle
Mike Doyle is currently serving his twelfth term in Congress representing the 14th District of Pennsylvania, which includes the city of Pittsburgh as well as communities in the western, southern, and eastern portions of Allegheny County and in northwestern Westmoreland County.

His top priorities include creating jobs and revitalizing communities in the 14th District through economic development and high-tech initiatives, reforming health care, providing better public education, establishing a comprehensive long-term national energy strategy that creates green jobs and addresses global warming, and fostering a better climate for our high-tech community.

Congressman Doyle serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is one of only four exclusive committees in the House. There he sits on the subcommittees on: 1) Energy and 2) Communications and Technology. As of January 2017, Congressman Doyle serves as the Ranking Democratic Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee.

Congressman Doyle has been working aggressively on the Energy and Commerce Committee to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil supplies through the development of new, more energy-efficient technology and alternative and renewable sources of energy. He is also actively involved in efforts to draft energy policies that will halt global warming without destroying or outsourcing American jobs. He has also been working hard on the Energy and Commerce Committee to promote the availability of reliable, affordable, high-speed broadband internet service for all Americans.

Congressman Doyle is a member in the House Democratic Caucus and the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Autism Caucus, also known as the Coalition for Autism Research and Education (C.A.R.E.).

He is also one of the founders and co-chairs of the House Distributed Generation Caucus, which works to promote the widespread adoption of decentralized power generation technology that is both fuel efficient and environmentally friendly and reduces peak demands on our nation’s over-utilized electricity transmission grid – and he is a member of the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus, which promotes hydrogen and fuel cells as alternatives to overseas petroleum.

Congressman Doyle also co-founded and chairs the House Robotics Caucus, which works to ensure that our nation remains globally competitive in the field of robotics.

Doyle also serves on several other important Caucuses, such as Steel, Human Rights, and the Internet.

He is also a member of the Leadership Pittsburgh Alumni Organization, the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA), and the Penn State Alumni Association.

Doyle is a graduate of Penn State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Development in 1975. Prior to serving in Congress, Doyle was a small business owner and the Chief of Staff for State Senator Frank Pecora. Doyle and his wife, Susan, reside in Forest Hills and have four children: Michael, David, Kevin, and Alexandra.


Cindy Duch, PEAL Center
Cindy Duch is the Director of Parent Advising for the PEAL Center. Cindy lives in Hampton Township with her husband Jim and their two sons, Andrew and Alex. Her career in advocacy began when her first son was diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum. In addition to her work at the PEAL Center, Cindy is the former chairperson for the Local Task Force (LTF) for the Rights of Education in Allegheny County, IU 3, and is currently a member. She believes that the LTF is one of the greatest hidden resources for parents of children with disabilities in the public school system. Cindy also serves the disability community as the co-chairperson of the Western PA Coalition of Education Advocates and as a peer monitor assisting the PA Department of Education in monitoring the Special Education Departments of School Districts in Pennsylvania. She has a B.S.B.A. in Economics from Robert Morris College.


Rebecca Hahn MA, CRC, LPC, Counseling For PROGRESS, LLC
Ms. Rebecca Hahn, MA, CRC, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Through her private counseling practice, Counseling For PROGRESS, LLC, she provides personalized therapy for anxiety, ADHD, depression, autism, and more to families and individuals of all ages. Additionally, she holds a master of arts in community counseling and a bachelor of science in psychology. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Local Task Force on the Right to Education #3 for children and families in 42 school districts in Allegheny County.


Katie Harrill, Wesley Family Services
Katie Harrill supervises the creative arts program at Wesley Family Services and is a provider of educational and mental health services in Pittsburgh. She is a board certified Music Therapist. Katie received her Bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College in both Psychology and Music and went on to complete the Music Therapy Equivalency at Duquesne University. She has developed a uniquely inclusive approach to music therapy where all individuals are able to participate in group activities at whatever level they are able. Through her clinical work, Katie addresses the social and emotional needs of individuals with a wide range of abilities. Many of her clients are diagnosed with Autism, but she excludes no one. Katie has co-authored four publications: a book chapter titled ‘Structuring Music Therapy Sessions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders’, a journal article titled ‘Contributions of Sociocultural Theory in Music Therapy for Autistic Children’ a book chapter titled ‘A Communities of Practice Approach to Autism, Depression, and Self-Regulation’, and a book chapter titled ‘The Gifts of Music of Art.’


Megan Hoffman, Wesley Family Services
Megan Hoffman is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified PCIT Level 1 Trainer. She currently works as the Clinical Manager for PCIT at Wesley Family Services. Megan has participated in a variety of research projects including strengthening and expanding research related to using PCIT with children on the spectrum and expanding PCIT to the home environment. She received her undergraduate degree from Penn State and her graduate degree from Edinboro University and has been working in the field for 10 years.


Brittany Holzer, Esq., Tucker Arensberg
Brittany is an attorney in the firm’s Estates and Trusts, Investment Management and Fiduciary Services, and Long Term Care Practice Groups. Her practice focuses on estate planning, general corporate advice, and banking transactions.

As a member of the Estates and Trusts group, Brittany works with families and individuals to assist in the development of a complete estate plan, including financial and health care powers of attorney, as well as living wills. She also works with individuals and health care institutions to assist in guardianship proceedings. Additionally, in her estate practice, she focuses on special needs planning and medical assistance/long term care planning. Her general corporate work involves representation of clients with regard to a wide variety of contracts and agreements including merger and acquisition documentation, organizational and formation documentation, and real estate transactions, as well as various other corporate dealings. Her banking practice involves representation of financial institutions in connection with secured and unsecured credit facilities, ranging from single bank to multi-bank transactions. As a member of the Investment Management Group, she works with various financial institutions, corporate fiduciaries and advisors regarding regulation, compliance and a broad range of other legal issues.

Brittany is a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Allegheny County Bar Association, as well as an active member of the Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the Children’s Trust through the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Ladies Hospital Aid Society. Additionally, Brittany has been selected to serve on the Family House Gifting Gala Committee for the last three (3) years and has previously Co-Chaired the Crystal Owl Gala for the Challenge Program, Inc.

Brittany earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Administration of Justice, with a related concentration in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.


Carol Horowitz, Disability Rights Pennsylvania
Ms. Horowitz is the managing attorney of the Pittsburgh office of Disability Rights Pennsylvania. She received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and has since practiced exclusively in the area of civil rights for individuals with disabilities.  She has represented clients in a variety of matters related to housing, employment, public accommodations and access to services, supports, and healthcare by using individual and systemic advocacy, and class action litigation.


Rich Howard, River Communities Fiduciary Services, Inc.
Rich Howard is the president of River Fiduciary Services, Inc. While serving on the board of directors for Passavant Memorial Homes, a non-profit human services provider that supports individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses, in 2004 Rich became the founding Chairman of the Board for Life Enrichment Trust, a supplemental needs trust business related to the non-profit. In 2008, he became part of corporate management for Passavant. In 2016, he helped establish River Communities Fiduciary Services, Inc., a non-profit corporation that provides Trustee Services, Guardianship Services, and other supports that provide the benefit of professional fiduciary services.


Carla Mazefsky, Ph.D., Center for Excellence in Autism Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Dr. Carla Mazefsky has 20 years of experience specializing in ASD, and is dedicated to research to improve outcomes and quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University after completion of her pre-doctoral internship at Brown University School of Medicine. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics before joining the faculty in Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2006. In 2009, Dr. Mazefsky transferred to the Department of Psychiatry and joined the team at the Center for Excellence in Autism Research where she works closely with Dr. Nancy Minshew and Dr. Shaun Eack, Director of the Perspectives Program. She leads the Regulation of Emotion in ASD Adults, Children, and Teens (REAACT) Lab. Dr. Mazefsky has been recognized by the International Society for Autism Research with the Slifka-Ritvo Award for Innovation in Autism Research. Her current projects include a measure development study, multi-site study of psychiatric inpatients with ASD that focuses on those severely affected by ASD, and a clinical trial of an intervention to improve emotion regulation in adolescents and adults with ASD that she co-developed.

Michael Gamel-McCormick, Office of Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania
Michael Gamel-McCormick is the Disability Policy Director for Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. He held a similar position in the office of Sen. Tom Harkin, as well as being Sen. Harkin’s senior education staffer. He began his career as an early childhood education teacher, teaching in inclusive settings. He was a special education technical assistance provider for over 40 counties and cities in Virginia. For 15 years, he was a professor and dean at the University of Delaware as well as the director of the university’s Center for Disability Studies. Just prior to joining Sen. Casey’s staff, he was Associate Executive Director for Research and Policy at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.


Holly McElhinny, Allegheny Intermediate Unit
Holly McElhinny is the Program Director of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.


Shawn McGill, MSW, LSW, Shawn McGill Consulting, Inc.
Shawn is the CEO and founder of Shawn McGill Consulting, Inc., a company providing consultation in areas such as sexuality, gender identity, and general behavior supports. Shawn’s philosophy is that we must look at supports from a prevention aspect as opposed to being reactive. Implementing supports based on the unique preferences, needs and core clinical issues of each person is essential based on ways they learn and are motivated. She holds certification in Quality Management and is a Bureau of Autism services FBA Trainer. Shawn received her BA in Psychology & Sociology from Carlow in 1998 and her MSW in 2000 from the University of Pittsburgh.


Representative Dan Miller
As the eldest child of immigrant parents, Dan was the first member of his family born in America. Raised by a single mom from an early age, finances were often challenging. Even so, his family instilled in him a strong appreciation and recognition of the special opportunities America offers. As a result, Dan has made public service an important part of his life.
He enlisted in the Army National Guard after high school. While his military service was cut short due to injury, he found another way to engage in service. As a Team Leader in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corp, he led a team of young people working on community projects across the Mid-Atlantic. Dan earned undergraduate degrees in education and history and became a teacher. He later graduated with a law degree from Catholic University, where he received two community service awards, chaired their public interest auction, and served as executive editor of their communications journal. Upon passing the bar, Dan decided to serve the community again as a public defender focusing on juveniles and later as a county solicitor where he worked to make sure kids were safe in their homes and received a proper education.

Dan and his wife Kim moved to Mt. Lebanon where he joined the Mt. Lebanon Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter. In 2011, he was awarded the Medal of Merit for his attempt to save the life of a three-year-old child from a devastating house fire. He went on to be elected as a municipal commissioner, and has served the community as a board member of such local institutions as Outreach Teen and Family Center, the Center for Theater Arts, and the Hollywood Theater in Dormont.

Dan was elected to the House of Representatives in 2013 and currently serves on the Education Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Labor and Industry Committee, as well as on the Human Services and Children and Youth committees. He is the Co-Chair of the Sub-Committee on Special Education and the Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Caucus, and also is a member of the Steel, Government Reform, Early Childhood Education, LGBT Equality, HOPE and the Fire/EMS caucuses.

As state representative, Dan has received awards for his advocacy for people with disabilities from ACHIEVA, The PEAL Center, and the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association, and he has been awarded a lifetime membership in the PTA.


Teresa Miller, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Teresa D. Miller assumed duties as acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on August 21, 2017. Previously, Miller served as Pennsylvania’s insurance commissioner since January 2015, where she worked on a range of issues, including the administration’s top priorities – fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic and helping seniors.
Under her leadership, Miller made it clear that one of her top priorities at the Insurance Department was enforcing mental health parity laws, ensuring consumers have access to the mental health and substance use disorder treatments they need. Teresa has been a leader in the Wolf Administration’s efforts to protect seniors. Her work to ensure seniors in Western Pennsylvania were protected and would not lose access to their doctors helped prevent disruption in care for 180,000 by ensuring UPMC providers continued participation in Highmark’s Medicare networks through the end of the consent decrees, which expire in 2019.

In 2017, Teresa was named chair of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Senior Issues Task Force. Also at the NAIC, Teresa has been a leader in taking on the current challenges of the long term care insurance markets. At her request, the NAIC created the Long Term Care Innovation Subgroup, which she chaired, to work to increase long-term care funding options for consumers, including increasing the number of affordable asset protection options available.

Prior to coming to Pennsylvania, Miller served as acting director of the State Exchanges Group, the Oversight Group, and the Insurance Programs Group in the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Before going to Washington, Miller worked in Oregon where she fought for state adoption of mental health parity legislation, representing drug and alcohol treatment providers, social workers, the Arc of Oregon and other advocates for people with disabilities. Then, as the insurance regulator in Oregon, she worked to ensure consumers received the benefits of that law.

Miller received her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Pacific Lutheran University.


Emily Neff, Trying Together (formerly PAEYC)
Emily Neft is a Public Policy Associate with Trying Together.  She supports advocacy and policy activities to improve high-quality early care and education experiences for young children in Pennsylvania. As part of this work she is a member of the Early Intervention Coalition of Advocates (EICOA), a statewide group of families, providers, and advocates who work to ensure young children have access to early intervention services and supports. She is also on the leadership team for Hi5! In Allegheny County which supports school districts with the transition of children from early education programs to elementary school. Currently, she is researching and developing a white paper on best practices for kindergarten transition to support children and families. Prior to this role, Emily worked as a Family Support Coordinator in New York City and as a first grade teacher in Mississippi. She holds an M.A. in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in English from Allegheny College.


Eric O’Connor, River Communities Fiduciary Services, Inc.
Eric O’Connor is the vice president of River Communities Fiduciary Services, Inc. A graduate of Robert Morris University with Degrees in Human Resources and Business Management, Eric’s background includes working with business owners to produce positive financial outcomes and he also served as a trust officer with Life Enrichment Trust. He holds FINRA Series 7, Series 66, Series 6 qualifications, is a Circle of Wealth Advisor, and is an Authorized Practitioner of the Nelson Nash Institute. Eric was a founding board member of River Communities Fiduciary Services, and currently serves as Chairman for the Beaver County Children and Youth Services Advisory Board.


Pedro Rivera, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Pedro A. Rivera was appointed to serve as the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education by Governor Tom Wolf and confirmed unanimously by the state Senate in 2015. Secretary Rivera served as superintendent of The School District of Lancaster, and prior to that he served as a classroom teacher, staff member with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, assistant principal, principal, and executive director for the School District of Philadelphia. In September 2014, he was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his efforts to transform urban education – one of ten recipients nationwide to receive the prestigious honor.

Under his guidance, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has engaged thousands of stakeholders – including educators, parents, policymakers, business and industry leaders, higher education officials, and education advocates- to inform the work the department is doing on issues like graduation requirements, transitioning from the School Performance Profile to the Future Ready PA Index, and in developing the Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan.


Jeff Ruder, Esq., Ruder Law                 
Jeff Ruder is the founder and principal of Ruder Law. Since 2006, Jeff has focused his practice on advocating for the rights of disabled children in public schools. Jeff is also frequent speaker to professional and parent groups regarding the rights of students with disabilities.

Jeff also serves as an Allegheny County Solicitor, handling matters involving child abuse and neglect. In addition, Jeff works as special counsel for the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations where he represents victims of housing discrimination. Jeff also serves as special prosecutor for Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board. Previously, he worked as a guardian ad litem for Legal Aid for Children. Jeff is a 1993 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a 1996 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law.


Jeanine Schultz, PEAL Center
Jeanine Schultz is the Director of Training at the PEAL Center. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the areas of education, adult and systems advocacy, transition to adulthood, and supports. She has conducted over 100 trainings through the Pennsylvania Training Partnership for People with Disabilities and Families. Jeanine has served as a board member for the Down Syndrome Center of Pittsburgh, has a degree in Informational Technology, and is a graduate of The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities. She and her husband are the parents of four children.


Lissa Geiger Shulman, Trying Together (formerly PAEYC)
Lissa Geiger Shulman is the Director of Public Policy for Trying Together (formerly PAEYC). In this role, Lissa develops policy and advocates for issues surrounding early intervention, child care, pre-k, and home visiting. As part of this work, she promotes policies that connect the educational experiences of young children birth through age 8. Additionally, she is passionate about professionalizing and elevating the work of all caregivers and educators who work with young children. Previously Lissa was the Chief of Staff to a state representative where she worked on policy in the areas of education and disability rights and services. Lissa has an M.A. in Education and taught in both Pittsburgh Public Schools and Kansas City Public Schools.


Katie Smith, PEAL Center
Katie Smith works with the PEAL Center’s Youth Leadership Development program LEAP (Leadership, Empowerment and Advocacy Program). She creates training materials, coordinates and leads youth development and leadership trainings, and provides guidance for transitioning youth with disabilities. In 2012, Katie received a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology with certifications in elementary and special education from Seton Hill University. Katie has worked with students in all grades, subject areas and abilities as a substitute teacher. As Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania, Katie advocated for individuals with disabilities. Katie encourages others to realize their unique experiences and empowers them to share those stories to create a climate of understanding. Katie is passionate and enthusiastic about people and their abilities. She is an executive board member and student at Nickers N’ Neighs Therapeutic Riding Center and a member of the Pittsburgh SteelWheelers quadriplegic rugby and hand cycling teams.


Michelle Stockunas, ACHIEVA
Michelle Stockunas is the “A Home of My Own” Project Manager at ACHIEVA. She has 21 years of experience in the disability field in the areas of behavioral health, intellectual disabilities, and young adult transition services. She has served people with disabilities and their families, through coordination of residential services and supports all across Allegheny County. Her career experience in the disabilities field includes all aspects of residential services, including direct care of those with disabilities, assisting individuals and their families with residential opportunities in the community, as well as both supervisory and management experience. Michelle’s experience and knowledge of direct support, residential operations and the ID system, as well as policy, in combination with foreseeing necessary changes in how we support individuals with disabilities was the driving force that led to her involvement in ACHIEVA’s “A Home of My Own”. Michelle and her team of Supports Brokers and Life Coaches offer customized community living to individuals with disabilities. Michelle is a Certified Investigator for the state of Pennsylvania, ensuring the health safety and welfare of those with disabilities. Michelle received her B.A. in Psychology from California University of Pennsylvania in 1996.


Elizabeth Strickland


Lori Sutton MS.Ed., Bethel Park School District
Lori Sutton is the Director of Special Education for the Bethel Park School District. Lori earned her B.S.Ed in Special Education with dual certification in special and elementary education at Duquesne University and her M.S.Ed. in School Psychology with a Supervisor of Special Education certification from the University of Pittsburgh. She has additional certifications in English K-12 and English as a Second Language Program Specialist.


Susan Tachau, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF)
Susan Tachau is Chief Executive Officer of Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF). PATF is a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and Pennsylvania’s designated Alternative Financing Program under the federal Assistive Technology Act. PATF’s unique programming focuses on helping individuals with disabilities, their families and seniors acquire devices that enhance independence and improve quality of life. Susan’s work also focuses on creating opportunities for a better economic future for individuals with disabilities.


Tina Tolkacevic, Mt. Lebanon School District
Tina Tolkacevic earned her Master of Education degree and completed additional post-graduate work in the field of Special Education at the University of Pittsburgh and her Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and Elementary Education at Clarion University. She is one of the two “Inclusion Specialists” in the Mt. Lebanon School District’s Office of Student Support Services. Tina previously held the positions of Special Education Supervisor and Director of Special Education in local educational agencies in the area.


Brian Welles, Allegheny Intermediate Unit
Brian Welles is the Assistant Director of Special Education and Pupil Services for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.


Ralph Wilps, Jr., Ph.D.
Ralph F. Wilps, Jr., Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Forest Hills, PA. A Fellow of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and member of the National Register of Health Psychologists, he has consulted with patients, families, schools, courts and corporations since 1972. Dr. Wilps has specialties in autism, intellectual disabilities and other neurological conditions, eating disorders and other behavioral addictions, attention deficit disorders and related conditions, all of which can involve compromised executive brain functioning.