OUR TEAM

Kassidy Brown

KASSIDY BROWN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Kassidy has over 16 years of experience in the special education field, having served in numerous capacities including job trainer, paraprofessional, community mentor, life coach, and residential program director. Kassidy is a certified CT Department of Education School Business Administrator and has also received his Masters of Business Administration. Working in the non-profit sector, Kassidy has developed a comprehensive understanding of the strategic, operational, and managerial aspects of running a non-profit. He has extensive experience in both special education and non-profit management, specializing in strategic, cross functional roles. With a history of successful and progressive leadership, Kassidy utilizes his spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship to match aspirations with finite resources.

As Executive Director, Kassidy’s role encompasses strategic planning, business development, and organizational leadership. He has a deep passion for social entrepreneurship and is a firm believer in the idea that there are always ways to do things better. He thrives on the opportunity to create change and enjoys being able to see a problem, create a solution, and bring ideas to fruition. He believes The Light House not only provides a space for our students to grow but our staff as well. From 9 to 5, he gets to work with some of the most amazing people in disability services who share his vision of creating supports that allow participants to thrive. In his free time, you can find Kassidy working on his house, listening to podcasts or going on adventures with his daughter.

JULIE HILL

EDUCATION DIRECTOR

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Julie received her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and her Master's Degree in Education from Western Governor's University. In 2019 Julie began her studies in Education Administration, earning her 092 Intermediate Administration or Supervision Certification in August 2020, and her 6th Year Degree (Certificate of Advanced Studies) the following December.  In August of 2020 Julie was named Interim Education Director, and officially became Education Director of Light House in December of 2020.

Prior to earning her teaching degree, Julie was a Teacher Assistant at Westerly High School for 12 years where she worked within all of their special education programs including mainstream collaboration, The Resource Hub, Applied Academics, Sever Profound and their alternative classrooms on and off campus including, ACE, LINKS and EXCEL. Since becoming a certified teacher, she has taught in both the public and private sectors. Her public school experience includes fifth grade special education in Westerly, RI, and third grade and Kindergarten special education in Stonington, CT.  She then taught at Waterford Country School, a private special education school for at-risk youth, grades nine through twelve, before coming to The Light House in 2018.

As the teacher at our Annex School, Julie developed programming specific to each student based on their individual strengths and needs to reach their full potential. She became a teacher to make a difference in the lives of kids who do not learn in traditional ways and likes that The Light House allows for flexible thinking, and the use of creative techniques to teaching and learning that is "all about the students". Julie likes to spend her free time with her husband, children, grandchildren, friends and family, shopping, completing home decorating/design projects, or anything that has to do with being on or near water.      

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WILL ROBINSON

ADULT AND TRANSITION SERVICES DIRECTOR

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Will has a BA in Sociology and began working at The Light House ten years ago, serving as the co-coordinator of the day program where he was instrumental in developing unique and rewarding vocational training opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental with an emphasis on job coaching and building skills to maintain employment. Will now serves as the Director of Adult and Transition Services where he creates a positive and enriching environment for staff and participants by fostering independence and choice making through community engagement and volunteerism. He enjoys that The Light House offers a person centered customized programming that benefits each individual and that staff work with individuals to help them grow in every aspect of their lives. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, fishing, sports, working around the house, and most importantly, spending time with family and friends.

Catherine Chow

CATHERINE CHOW

LIFE CAMPUS DIRECTOR

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Catherine has a Masters of Education in Special Education at the University of Hartford. She has a background in technology Integration at public schools, as well as IT training, and micro farming community coordination. In her position as Life Campus Director, Catherine oversees our Life Campus operations, creates and implements curriculum, monitors progress of our Life Campus participants, and manages all of The Light House’s IT operations. She enjoys the autonomy, flexibility, supportive management, and challenging mission that The Light House fosters. In her free time, Catherine likes to ski and garden.

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KELSEY BROWN

DDS PROGRAM COORDINATOR

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Kelsey studied nursing at Three Rivers Community College and has been working for DDS for several years. As DDS Program Coordinator, Kelsey is responsible for managing, training, and supporting direct care staff as well as overseeing and coordinating all program activities. In addition to being responsible for all DDS-related administrative tasks, she also acts as liaison to parents and providers regarding plans to meet the unique needs of the individuals we serve. Kelsey loves working at The Light House where she feels like she can be herself, while encouraging those we work with to do the same. Outside of work, Kelsey enjoys spending time with her daughter, hanging out with family, hiking, and the beach.

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REBECCA ATKINS

MAIN STREET SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER
AND TRANSITION COORDINATOR

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Rebecca is the Special Education Teacher at the Main Street school and is also acting as the Transition Coordinator for the Agency. Rebecca completed her Educational Administration coursework (#092) in December of 2020 at Sacred Heart University. She also received her Master of Teaching from Sacred Heart University and a Master of Human Resource Management from UCONN, and is certified in K-6 general education and K-12 Special Education. Rebecca has experience as an educational diagnostician, in-home ABA therapist, and special education teacher and case manager for an in-district, clinical program. Prior to working in special education, she worked in college admissions and corporate recruiting. In her role at our Main Street campus, she manages a team of paraprofessionals that work one to one with each student. Rebecca's goal is to provide her students with a functional and vocational education experience, in order to best support their transition skills for life after high school. Aside from her students, Rebecca's favorite part of her job is leading and coaching such a tight-knit and compassionate team. In her free time, Rebecca likes to adventure with her French Bulldog Otis, go to the beach, try new restaurants, sing karaoke and explore new local places around town.

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KELLIE GRAHAM

OFFICE MANAGER AND BOOKKEEPER

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Kellie has an Associate's Degree in General Studies with a Biology focus and came to The Light House with over 20 years of bookkeeping experience in both corporate and non-profit settings. As bookkeeper and office manager, she enjoys the collaborative spirit of The Light House as well as having the opportunity to use her office skills to assist the company in its mission to serve individuals with disabilities. She says that watching clients succeed in their daily lives and being a part of that success has been very meaningful. In her free time, Kellie enjoys live music performances, traveling, entertaining friends and family and going to the beach.

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LOGAN KEENE

MARKETING AND DEVELOPMENT

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Logan received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a digital marketing focus, and comes to the Light House with over four years of experience in communications and marketing strategy. While completing her Bachelor’s Degree, Logan spent four years  in Northern New Hampshire assisting in marketing and fundraising efforts for a non-profit organization that provides outdoor recreation activities for individuals with disabilities. Logan is grateful to spend every day with a hard-working team of individuals who share her passion of providing exceptional opportunities for individuals with disabilities. In her free time you can find Logan hitting the slopes of the White Mountains, hiking with her Australian Shepherd Ellie, or curled up with a good book.

 

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MARLISE STELLNER

HR MANAGER AND TITLE IX COORDINATOR

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Marlise graduated from Southern CT State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and serves as our HR Manager. She has experience working with clients directly in human services, and also in recruiting and likes that this jobs combines the two. She is thankful to be able to help grow and develop the teams of people that are working day to day with our clients and students. Watching the clients succeed is meaningful. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, being outside, and going on hikes or to the beach.

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KEVIN CARPENTIER

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

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Kevin is currently completing his Business Administration Degree at Middlesex Community College. In his role, Kevin assists in the handling and organizing of day to day operations of our Central Office. Kevin looks forward to working with individuals that share in his drive and determination to strive to be better today than yesterday. In his free time you can find Kevin going on walks through a local beach, or spending time with family and friends.

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ERIC MCGOWAN

BUILDING AND GROUNDS MANAGER

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Eric is a graduate of William M. Davies Technical High School in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Prior to working at The Light House, he was a foreman for American Eagle Painting and owned his own construction company for over a decade. As Building and Grounds Manager for The Light House, Eric is responsible for overseeing and training our custodial staff as well as all building maintenance including repairs, updates, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. He also ensures all grounds are maintained including landscaping. Eric says that he loves interacting with the individuals we serve and likes that there is a lot of variety in his job responsibilities. In his free time, Eric enjoys spending time with his kids, is always willing to help someone out with a house project, and enjoys fishing.

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JEREMY OSTROUT

OPERATIONS MANAGER

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Jeremy comes to The Light House with a background as an Art Instructor, Operations Supervisor, and Operations and HR Manager. In his role as Operations Manager, he oversees both the transportation and facilities departments, and is in charge of all operational issues within our campuses. He likes the constant changing challenges he faces each day, the wonderful and caring staff that work at The Light House and the amazing students. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys the outdoors, video games, spending time with his fiance and traveling.

KATHY GREENE

FOUNDER