Kassidy has over 12 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. He 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 and has a history of successful and progressive leadership where he 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 Radiolab or going on an adventures with his daughter.
Will has a BA in Sociology and began working at The Light House nine 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.
DIRECTOR OF ADULT AND TRANSITION SERVICES
Catherine has a BA in Sociology from Earlham College and is currently in the process of receiving her 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.
LIFE CAMPUS DIRECTOR
Kathy earned her BS from SCSU in Special Education, an MS from St. Joseph's College in Secondary Special Education and a 6th year from SUNY, New Paltz in Educational Administration. She worked as a Special Education teacher for 23 years and in various roles as an Administrator, Principal, and Education Director in CT and NY for 18 years. As the Education Director of the Learning Campus, she supervises and supports the Special Education teachers, school counselor, teaching assistants, paraprofessionals, and related service providers at the two school locations. She communicates with districts, parents and community providers to ensure that students are provided with an appropriate and positive school experience and as a team, they assess student growth, monitor and amend program options and create individualized programs for students. Having worked on a previous partnership with Kathy Greene and Kassidy Brown, she witnessed a strong commitment to providing an educational program integrating students into the community with vocational opportunities and enrichment activities in addition to a strong foundational learning experience. She says that The Light House creates the most individualized education program for each student that she has ever seen over the past 40 years, and it is wonderful to be a part of the growth and success. Kathy enjoying spending time with family, especially her two grandchildren, gardening, listening to music, reading, Zumba, kayaking, and swimming in her free time.
Julie received her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education and her Master's Degree in Education from WGU. 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 is able to develop programming specific to each student based on their individual strengths and needs and reach their full potential while at The Light House. 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.
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER - ANNEX
Rebecca received her Masters of Teaching from Sacred Heart University and Masters of Human Resource Management from UCONN, and is certified in K-6 general education and K-12 Special Education. Prior to working at The Light House, she worked in a variety of special education settings, including as a behavior interventionist, long term special education substitute teacher, educational diagnostician, in-home ABA therapist, and special education teacher and case manager for an in-district, clinical program, as well as in college admissions and corporate recruiting. In her role our Main Street Special Education teacher, Rebecca manages a team of paraprofessionals that work one to one with each student, creates academic materials, monitors student progress, oversees job sites, and provides group instruction. With the help of a very supportive and patient staff, she is learning her role as Special Ed teacher, IEP case manager, and staff coordinator and is thrilled to be working with an organization that has such a tight-knit and compassionate team. In her free time, Rebecca likes to spend time with her French Bulldog puppy Otis, go to the beach, try new restaurants, sing karaoke and explore new local places around town.
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER - MAIN STREET
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DDS PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Arielle graduated with a BS in Sport and Leisure Management and a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. Previously, Arielle worked at Groton Parks and Recreation, Natchaug Educational Program, Groton Public Schools as Fitch High School’s Head Varsity Softball Coach, and is currently the Assistant Softball Coach at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. As a TA, Arielle functions as “the nuts and bolts of the program”. As a TA, she is one of the supervisors for the after-school program and on any given day can function as the Head Teacher or a Paraprofessional. For her, the atmosphere and the students at The Light House make the day enjoyable and being able to provide different educational experiences for the students is very rewarding. In her spare time, Arielle enjoys working out, coaching, going on hikes with her dog, going to the beach and boating.
TEACHING ASSISTANT - MAIN STREET
Allison received a Bachelors in Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies from the University of New England in 2015 and her Masters in Special Education from the University of Connecticut in 2017. Before joining The Light House, Allison interned for Special Olympics CT, worked at Horizons’ summer camp as a camp counselor, health center assistant, and camp administrator and at Horizons' group homes as a Support Coach for 3 years, and provided in-home ABA services to children with Autism. As one of The Light House’s Teaching Assistants, she is constantly flipping into different roles - sometimes she has to assist as a para and sometimes as the teacher, and is always making sure that everything is running smoothly and that paras and teachers have the support they need. She says the best parts of the Light House are the students and the team that she gets to work with. In her free time, Allison loves to hike with her dog, go camping and volunteer with the Special Olympics.
TEACHING ASSISTANT - ANNEX
Melissa graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a BA in Psychology and Master of Science in School Counseling. Previously, Melissa was a middle and high school career resource counselor, and has also worked as a transportation coordinator and paraprofessional at a special education school. As our school counselor, Melissa says that getting to know students and families and having time to provide direct services makes all the difference in helping students to work toward and reach their goals. She collaborates with teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, related service providers and community members to deliver a comprehensive program to meet student needs and works closely with students to reach behavior and social goals through individual, small group and large group meetings. Melissa is a Red Cross certified Lifeguard and certified WSI, and enjoys collecting seaglass, reading, doing puzzles, and getting outside either on the beach or hiking with her dogs.
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.
Maddie graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Government and Politics and Economics. Before working at The Light House, she worked with both political and nonprofit clients as an associate at MD Strategic Consulting and with the Children’s Hospital Foundation and Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C. As The Light House’s Development and Marketing Associate, Maddie plans all fundraising events, runs The Light House’s online presence, manages grant applications, organizes annual and major giving, and executes the annual Autism Education Conference. She likes how integrated The Light House is in the Southeastern Connecticut community. In her free time, Maddie enjoys running, paddle boarding and kayaking, and going to the beach.
DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING ASSOCIATE
Marlise graduated from Southern CT State University with a B.S. in Communication and serves as our HR Generalist. 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.
HR GENERALIST AND TITLE IX COORDINATOR
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.