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Friday, July 19, 2013

Ann Helmus: Please Welcome Director of Transition Services Kelley Challen

A Letter from NESCA Director Dr. Ann Helmus

July 18, 2013

I am as delighted as I know you will be to welcome Kelley Challen into the NESCA community!

As many of you know, NESCA’s transition model was developed in 2009 by Transition Specialist Sandy Storer. During Sandy’s tenure at NESCA, we developed a thorough, person-centered and individualized protocol administered by a team of highly-experienced  clinicians.

As our community increasingly sought help around this critical stage of life development, we learned that its need for transition services far exceeded the support a part-time specialist could provide. Accordingly, we actively sought out Kelley, and are excited to have brought her on board full-time.

NESCA is committed to providing high quality transition services, and thrilled that Kelley’s presence will allow us to offer planning and consultation to an increased number of families.

Additionally, the hiring of a Director of Transition Services with substantial experience in program design and development will enable us to add new services to our repertoire (e.g. supporting schools looking to develop in-house programming) as well as to provide leadership to an expanding transition team.

Please join me in wishing Kelley every success in her new role!

Ann A. Helmus, Ph.D.

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