Jonathan Goodspeed, BS, MBA
Jon is an entrepreneur with more than 10 years experience in entrepreneurial management and corporate finance. Jon holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He co-founded a chemical manufacturing company named MinusNine Technologies, where he currently serves as the CFO and Director of Operations. MinusNine was spun out of the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and now employs more than forty people and supplies energy curable coatings, adhesives, primers and specialty products throughout North America. Prior to MinusNine, Jon worked for five years in the Photonics Investment Banking Group at SoundView Technologies in Stamford, Connecticut. At SoundView, Jon worked on private placements, sell-side mergers and acquisitions transactions, and initial and secondary public equity offerings. From inception to operations, Jon’s business acumen has been critical for Great Expectations Together, Inc. to open its doors.
Natalie Subeh Nuhn, MEd
Natalie has been Executive Director of the Penn's Children's Center since 2001. She holds a BS in Social Work, with a concentration in Community Organization; and a MEd and certification in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Rutgers University. She is also a tutor for Literacy Volunteers of America; providing support to adults who need to improve their literacy skills.
W. Daniel Feehan, ESQUIRE
Dan Feehan is a graduate of West Chester University with a B.S In Criminal Justice and earned a Juris Doctorate Degree from Widener University - Delaware Law School. After his undergraduate studies, Dan was a licensed private investigator for several years before pursuing a career in law. During his studies, he served as a law clerk for the Office of the Public Defender for the State of Delaware - Family Law Division and Face to Face Legal Clinic in Germantown, Pennsylvania. He graduated with Pro Bono distinction. Dan has spent his legal career advocating for the injured and disabled. He currently focuses his practice primarily on Social Security Disability, Veteran's Affairs, and Long-term disability (ERISA) litigation. Dan is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
In his free time, Dan is busy serving his community through multiple organizations. He is a volunteer attorney with both Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia and Face To Face Legal Clinic. He is also a member of the Fairmount Civic Association's Zoning Committee.
Melissa Bilash is founder of Advocacy & Consulting for Education, Inc. and has been practicing as an educational advocate for over a decade. During her time at Advocacy & Consulting for Education, Melissa has served more than 600 students and their families by securing millions of dollars worth of desperately-needed educational services, tuition, accommodations, and settlement funds. She has worked with the U.S. Secretary of Education, and has received special Congressional recognition for her education advocacy work. She is one of only 100 people in the United States to have successfully completed the nationally recognized and intense training program, Special Education Advocates Training (SEAT), the only Federal Training program that presently exists. She is an active member of The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA), and a nationally recognized speaker on special education and gifted education.
Melissa completed her practicum under the guidance under a local special education attorney, which covered in depth exploration of IDEA, Section 504, IFSP, IEP and ISPs. Melissa has also completed additional trainings in Chapter 14, 15 and 16 of the PA Code. She takes over 100 Continuing Education hours each year in all areas of Special Education and Gifted Law as well as many hours in specific disabilities.
Melissa was has been appointed as one of 51 educational delegates to Georgetown and Parenting Magazine's first annual Mom Congress™ on Education and Learning Conference. Melissa was also nominated Parent of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education, a nonprofit advocacy group and affiliate of National Association for Gifted Children.
Most recently, Melissa founded and chairs The Grayson School, a kindergarten through sixth grade private, non-profit school founded specifically to serve gifted students.
Jill Groman, MSW
Jill Groman is the Director of the Philadelphia Independence Network (PIN) program of JEVS Human Services, Inc. She holds a BS from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MSW from Temple University. Jill has worked with people with disabilities of all ages and in various capacities for more than 25 years. In her current role, she provides overall operational direction and support to the PIN program. The purpose of this innovative program is to enable young adults with disabilities to live in their own apartments and lead rich, full lives as part of a supportive community. Each person is supported to find ways to contribute their unique gifts through volunteerism, active community engagement, and employment. A constant throughout Jill's career is her passion for developing community partnerships that increase inclusion and opportunities for all people.