AMY SHEELY, B.A.
Mrs. Sheely received her Bachelor’s Degree from Shippensburg University in 2009 with a background in Psychology and Anthropology. She currently works as the Functional Communication Assessor in Harrisburg, PA. She has experience with programming AAC devices (such as one request speech buttons), programming and implementing the iPad (using a variety of communication apps), and more. Amy became interested in communication after observing a family member learn to speak through the use of a picture exchange system. She is excited to share and teach these skills to others so that every individual can have a voice.
Kailey Zeager is a Speech Therapist at The Vista School in Hershey, PA. Kailey’s passion while working with her students is to help them find the best Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices and tools in order to help them communicate effectively. Kailey earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Deaf Studies and American Sign Language. She is currently working on her Master of Arts degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado.
Kristen obtained her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 2012. She was employed by TherAbilities Pediatric Therapy Services immediately after graduation, and has enjoyed being part of their interdisciplinary team in both the clinical and school-based settings. She enjoys the diversity of experiences found in working with a pediatric population, and values a strength’s-based approach when working with clients and their families. She believes that the incorporation of technology can be a significant means of utilizing individual strengths and interests to promote engagement in meaningful activities and social relationships.
M.A, L.B.S., BCBA
Shannon spends her time with her three children, husband and two dogs. She has worked with those with special needs, focusing in autism, for over 10 years, and loves to work with technology, communication, and ABA to improve the lives of her students and their families. In her free time she loves to read, watch her kids play soccer and hang out with the family. She is still waiting for her letter from Hogwarts.
PENDLETON, M.Ed., BCBA
Amanda Pendleton is a BCBA for the Hempfield School District. She is a teacher at heart and began her career in Special Education at The Vista School, where she worked for a collective 11 years, teaching students and then staff as a trainer. Amanda spent 3 years living and working in Paris, France as a consultant in schools for students with autism and continues to work with colleagues there to further ABA practices. She loves traveling, is an amateur potter, and can’t imagine life without cats or superheroes.
M.S, CCC-SLP, BCBA
Barb is a speech/language pathologist and a board certified behavior analyst with more than 30 years of experience working with people with autism and their families. She has extensive experience in using technology to support communication and is coauthor of a book about helping families with young children with autism. Her work focuses on collaborative processes to help people with autism communicate within their families, community and daily life.
As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I love working with individuals to build their communication skills. I currently work full-time at The Vista School with Elementary School students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I completed my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. I entered the field because I feel very passionately about assisting and building up individuals who do not have a voice.
Ashley has worked in the education of students with various disabilities for over 18 years. For the last 11 years, she has worked as an assistive technology specialist. Ashley has undergraduate degrees from Lock Haven University and a Masters degree from Penn State University. She is the proud mom of two young children.
Andrea Merlo, B.A., OTR/L, is a 1991 graduate of Elizabethtown College with a B.A. in English (concentration in professional writing). She completed coursework and certification in Occupational Therapy in 1996. Andrea has specialized in school based practice for 21 years. She holds a certification in Sensory Integration from WPS. Her career path has allowed her to develop an extensive background in autism, sensory processing/self-regulation, transition preparation, and inclusive practices working with students in kindergarten through the age of 21. Andrea has utilized IPAD and computer based supports to promote students’ independence with daily school and home based routines.