Jen Madaffari Ferreira
Whitney Anderson, MA, CCC-SLP
PhD in Psychology with a concentration in Educational Psychology
Two Masters Degrees in Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology
Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Florida
Her research focused on using technology to build cognition with children who exhibit complex communication needs.
She served as the head of the Brain Sciences/Augmentative Communication Specialty team at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, whose members assess and diagnose complex communications and language based reading and writing disorders.
Worked at Tampa General Hospital in acute, rehabilitation and outpatient settings.
Exceptional experience in the development of short and long term clinical, academic, and home-based collaborative plans for children with behavioral disorders, social skills deficiencies and those that require augmented communication. As a member of several interdisciplinary teams, she has experience with adults and children suffering from progressive neurogenic and neuromuscular disorders, burns, traumatic brain injury, post transplantation and stroke.
Bobbie Vaughn, PhD, BCBA
Bobbie Vaughn has a PhD in Special Education and Rehabilitation from the University of Oregon, and a Masters of Education in School Psychology from Texas State University. She has been a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) for 14 years.
Bobbie has over 25 years of experience working wth children who have autism, ADHD, and other developmental disabilities. She worked at the University of South Florida for 17 years and was an Associate Professor conducting research, writing grants, and teaching and developing courses in Positive Behavior Support and Applied Behavior Analysis. Bobbie's work there not only included research with children and families, but also consultation with schools.
Bobbie also worked at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital for 8 years as a behavior analyst conducting functional behavior assessments, developing behavior support plans in partnership with families, and co-leading social skills groups with speech and language pathologists.
Bobbie brings extensive experience supporting children with challenging behaviors and their families in home, community, and clinic settings.
Michelle Yingling, M.A.Ed.
English and Reading/Writing Tutor
Bachelor of Science degree from University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts degree from University of South Florida, and a Master of Arts degree from Appalachian State University.
Whitney worked with children in outpatient rehabilitation centers at both Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for 5 years and John Hopkins All Children's Hospital for 13 years. She specializes in treating reading disorders (including dyslexia), receptive and expressive language disorders and apraxia. Additionally, She is trained in both Lindamood-Bell and Multi-Sensory Orton-Gillingham reading programs.
She lives in St. Petersburg with her husband, Dave, and goldendoodle, Lucy.
Melissa Gurd, MS CCC-SLP
Bachelor's and Master's Degree from the University of South Florida
Melissa specializes in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), with receptive and expressive language delays, and the non-verbal population that requires the use of Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) devices.
She lives in St. Petersburg with her husband and two daughters. In her downtime she enjoys spending time with family, exercising, and being outdoors.
Claire Harpole, MS
Bachelor of Science in mathematics education from the University of North Dakota
Master of Science in mathematics education from Nova Southeastern University
Claire has over 15 years of experience tutoring and teaching all levels of mathematics. While Claire has primarily taught high school math, she also has experience teaching for Hillsborough Community College, Keiser University, and the University of South Florida - St. Petersburg.
Claire has worked with students of all ability levels, but spent many years focusing on those for whom math was a particular challenge or had been diagnosed with a variety of learning challenges.
Claire has a passion for teaching math and believes they key to success in any math class is building confidence in her students. She has a knack for taking difficult concepts and explaining them in a matter that is comprehensible for all.
Anne Marie Lieser MA, CCC-SLP
Bachelor of Arts in English from the University at Albany - State University of New York
Master of Arts in Education from the University of South Florida, Tampa
Michelle has been an educator for 20 years and maintains current certification for grades K – 6 Elementary and grades 6 – 12 for English. She has taught in both elementary and secondary environments. Although currently teaching on the high school level, with courses ranging from College Prep to Advanced Placement, she has tutored extensively for students of all ages and abilities in reading and writing.
Michelle firmly believes that everyone should have experience teaching Kindergarten to really understand the complexities and challenges that go into students building their foundations of literacy.
Anne Marie graduated with her Bachelor’s from the University of Arizona and her Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut in 2015.
Realizing she missed the warm weather and that she wanted to be closer to family, she moved to the sunshine state. She has worked with a variety of pediatric patients in the school and outpatient hospital care settings.
Her specialty area is augmentative and alternative communication (AAC); she is passionate about using assistive technology to enhance an individual's communication and quality of life. She has experience working with autism, apraxia, receptive-expressive language disorders, speech sound disorders, fluency, and children with complex communication needs and multiple impairments.
In her free time she enjoys walking her dog (Winnie), yoga, and the beach!