Jean Blosser, CCC-SLP, Ed.D., ASHA Fellow
President, Creative Strategies for Special Education
Jean Blosser is passionate about creating systems in our schools that ensure SLPs, OTs, PTs and their education colleagues provide high quality, outcomes-based services for children with disabilities. To Jean, collaboration is essential! Jean is an SLP, entrepreneur, author, and leader in school services. As President of Creative Strategies for Special Education she consults nationally with schools, businesses, universities, and professional organizations. Her in-service programs for therapists, special educators, general education teachers, administrators and universities are innovative and engaging.
Jean’s books and articles are strategic and practical. They stimulate collaboration between parents, teachers, and therapists. Her many publications include: School Programs in Speech-Language Pathology: Organization and Service Delivery; Outcomes Matter in School Service Delivery; Integrating the Core Curriculum into Service Delivery; and Let’s Talk and Listen Today: Daily Activities for Developing Language and Listening Skills. She previously served as Department Chair, Director of the SLP Center, Dean, and Associate Provost at The University of Akron. Prior to launching a national education consulting business in 2012, Jean was VP, Therapy Programs and Quality of a national education staffing and solutions company.
Dr. Richard Kelley
Dr. Kelley received his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also obtained his MD and PhD degrees. At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he completed a residency in general pediatrics, followed by a fellowship in Clinical Genetics. He then joined the faculty of the Division of Metabolism at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 1982 before moving to Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University in 1987, where he completed 27 years of service at the rank of Professor of Pediatrics in 2014. After spending 2 years at Boston Children’s Hospital as Distinguished Visiting Scientist in the Department of Genetics and Genomics, he retuned to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2016, where he is now a member of the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine. Dr. Kelley is board certified in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics, Biochemical Genetics, and Cytogenetics and a fellow of the American Board of Medical Genetics.
Dr. Kelley’s research has focused on the elucidation of the biochemical basis of genetic disorders and on the development of effective treatments for a variety of metabolic diseases. Through the application of various techniques of biochemical analysis, especially mass spectrometry, Dr. Kelley has discovered the biochemical cause of more than a dozen genetic diseases. Areas of concentration have varied from disorders of fatty acid and peroxisomal metabolism to disorders of cholesterol biosynthesis and, most recently, to mitochondrial diseases, especially Barth syndrome and mitochondrial autism. Dr. Kelley was a Founding Director and, currently, is Director Emeritus of the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, PA, where he continues to study and treat genetic disorders common among the Amish and Mennonite communities of Lancaster County, PA.
David Pritchard is an educator serving in the classroom for more than 20 years. Holding a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a National Board Certified Teacher, he takes a very structural approach to both learning and creating communication.
Lorraine Watson, Ph.D.
Dr. Watson is a clinical psychologist with over thirty years of experience in leadership and behavioral health. She is the co-founder of Essential Learning (now Relias Learning), the largest provider of Internet-based continuing education and training to the behavioral health and human service profession.
Prior to this, she was the chief operating officer of a psychiatric disease management company and its health information subsidiary. Prior to this position, she was Chief Executive Officer of a large multi-facility behavioral health system. She has also been a clinical consultant for federal law enforcement agencies.
Dr. Watson’s volunteer work has included President of the Board of Directors for Mental Health America—San Diego for 2 years and member of the Board for 8 years. She has also served as Member of the Church Council of the Mission Hills United Church of Christ in San Diego where she held the position of Chair of the Personnel Commission and was responsible for developing the draft 10 year strategic plan for the Church.
Dr. Watson received her practicum, internship and post-doctoral training at the Naval Training Center, the Naval Hospital in San Diego and the University of California, San Diego. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego and her doctorate degree from the California School of Professional Psychology, an American Psychological Association approved program.