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. Shannon is currently a Board Certified Behavior Analyst working for the Red Lion School District. 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, Lauren loves working with individuals to build their communication skills. She currently work full-time at The Vista School with Elementary School students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ms. Larramore completed her Bachelors and Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She entered the field because she feels very passionate 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.
Carly holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working with the middle school population at The Vista School in Hershey, PA. Carly has a passion for working with individuals with autism and teaching them that their voice matters, because being able to be heard is one of the greatest gifts in life. Carly hopes to continue her career in this field for many more years to come, as well as educate herself more in order to promote the most effective and meaningful communication for families and clients.
M.S., SLP/CCC, BCBA
Donna is a professional trained across the disciplines of education, speech and language pathology and behavior analysis with over 30 years of experience working with individuals with communication disorders and behavior challenges. Her work has been with individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings, specializing in those who have autism spectrum disorders. Over the years, she has provided assessments and implemented plans for individuals in need of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems. She has had an iPad since they first arrived in 2010 and continues to explore their potential for supporting individuals with a range of needs.
Abby graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and her Master’s from Florida State University. At FSU she participated in a grant focusing on early childhood communication and the role that AAC devices can aid language development. She currently works in early intervention where she provides services to children from birth to three in surrounding counties. Abby’s focus is on supporting early speech and language development for children and their families, feeding/swallowing, autism and AAC. She splits her time between being a clinician and a clinical supervisor to new graduates who are completing their Clinical Fellowship.
Lynn Cummings holds a Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She is a recipient of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s ACE Award and also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence. Lynn has 20+ years of clinical experience assessing and treating children and adults with a wide range of diagnoses including, but not limited to, Developmental Delay, Autism, Feeding and Swallowing Disorders, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Cleft Palate, Aphasia, Dysarthria, Apraxia, and Hearing Impairment. For the past 12 years, Lynn has been providing home-based services within the Dauphin County Early Intervention Program. She is trained in facilitating parental involvement using the coaching model.
M.A., BCBA, LBS
Andrea is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working with individuals with Autism and their families since 2010 across school, home, and community settings. Her work focuses on training staff, parents, and caregivers on individualized client programming and ABA/evidence based practices to promote positive outcomes for the clients that she serves. Andrea is especially passionate about providing effective, function based treatment to individuals with severe challenging behaviors and is well-versed in crisis management and prevention.
After receiving her Masters in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Virginia in 2011, Sara worked at The Vista School with high school students diagnosed with Autism. During this time, she became passionate about using technology to support students in communicating with their families and communities. She is now working as a school-based Speech Language Pathologist within the Warwick School District. She currently works with students K-6 with a variety of diagnoses to improve their speech and language skills. Working with students of different abilities and varying ages, has taught her that all students can communicate and has inspired her to continue to find new and innovative technology that supports their communication.
Heidi is a pediatric Occupational Therapist with 28 years experience working with children and adults and their families and caregivers. Her interest in Assistive Technology began early in her career when she saw the profound impact that single switch technology had in giving people with physical challenges the means to actively engage in play, leisure, self-care and learning activities. As technology has advanced, so has her passion for helping people learn to use both simple and complex tools to maximize their engagement with the world around them.
Graduated in 2002 from Millersville University with Psychology degree. Began career in Autism in 2003 at The Vista School as behavior support staff. Continued education in 2007 now in Speech and Language and soon after took on own classrooms for speech, language, and communication support. Graduated in 2012 with a Masters in School-Based Speech Language Pathology and continued to work at the school until fall of 2015 after birth of twin girls (also now had a two year old son). Returned to Vista in 2016 as a Communicate Specialist in the Adult Services Organization. Also work for Therabilities as an SLP in an Elementary School.
Lauren earned a degree in Psychology from Millersville in 2002 and began her career in at The Vista School as behavior support staff. Her experiences there sparked an interest in supporting communication skills and led her to pursue a Masters Degree in Speech & Language Pathology. She has worked with individuals with Autism for 15 years, working in both private and public school settings as well as programs for adults with a primary focus of supporting communication. She is also the proud and busy mother of 3 young children, a son and twin girls.
Christine is a Speech-Language Pathologist who received her Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees at Bloomsburg University. She is working towards obtaining an Assistive Technology Specialist Certificate to enhance her knowledge in the area of AAC. She is working as a school-based Speech-Language Pathologist at Lebanon School District. She works with students K-12 with a passion of working with students in Autistic Support and Life Skills programs. She enjoys collaborating with classroom teachers, families, and other specialists to promote functional communication in multiple environments. In her spare time, she enjoys playing and coaching soccer, reading, and spending time with her family.
Ariana Graham is a Speech/Language Pathologist whose caseload at Central Dauphin School District consists of a diversity of students and currently includes three elementary Autism Support classrooms. Her caseload at Goepfert Speech Associates includes clients ages birth to adult with a variety of diagnoses. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with her B.A. degree at Loyola University Maryland, majoring in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology and minoring in Special Education. There she achieved the First Year, Sophomore, Junior, and Overall Senior Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology Departmental Awards as well as Phi Beta Kappa and National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association Honor Society membership. Ariana completed her M.S. degree at Purdue University with a specialization in Autism and AAC. She completed her Master’s Thesis, “Experimental Evaluation of an iPad-based Augmentative and Alternative Communication Program for Early Elementary Children with Severe, Non-verbal Autism,” with Dr. Oliver Wendt’s AAC Research Lab and has presented at local, state, and national conferences. Her comprehensive clinical experience includes an ABA Autism Center, AAC Evaluation and Intervention Team, and Autism Diagnostic Team.
Becky obtained her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Elizabethtown College in 2005. After working at The Vista School, she has been an Early Intervention provider for the last 14 years, supporting
children and families in their natural environments with a focus on children with autism. Becky also works with the literacy project through Andrew’s Gift supporting the implementation of technology in autism classrooms. She is thankful that technology can be easily accessed to
assist children (and adults) in communicating more efficiently, engaging with others and building social relationships, managing daily tasks and routines, and becoming more motivated learners.
Elizabeth Siddle is a Behavior Consultant at The Cornerstone Agency of Pa, Inc. working with Teams & Adult Individuals to utilize skills for successful communication and behavior at home and in the community. Knowledge and experience with iPad and PC applications to support communication & behavior goals is a passion of hers. She values the opportunity to collaborate with other professionals in this field to grow AAC awareness and acceptance for all individuals. Elizabeth likes all things tech and if there is a glitch with a device, her motto is bring it on!
Salon Receptionist to Executive Assistant -Ferna got her start in the beauty industry, guiding woman on their skin-care/make-up routines at a cosmetics counter and also ran the front desk of a salon. She realized what she enjoyed most and excelled at was building and maintaining relationships, providing support and solutions. Ferna assists with managing processes, schedules/events and communications for Andrew’s Gift. During the day, Ferna is an Executive Admin to the VP for a home health/hospice organization, just recently married and is a mother of two.