The perfect team —
We are dedicated and passionate about people.
Brooke Goodspeed MSN, CRNP, AOCNP
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Brooke has been involved with the disability community since the birth of her second child in 2010. She contributed to the development of the New Parent Support Group for the Trisomy 21 Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2011, and has served as a parent support member of Parent-to-Parent of Pennsylvania since 2011. She is an active member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.
Brooke graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in History and Philosophy of Science, as well as a BS in Psychology. She also received a BSN and an MSN from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 2005. She worked at the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center in the Behavioral Medicine and Oncology department; she then spent 10 years as a nurse practitioner at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Rena Rowan Breast Center in Philadelphia. Brooke currently sees hematology and oncology patients at Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists Association. She has tailored her clinical focus to the integration of the medical and psychosocial needs of her patients. Great Expectations Together is the realization of Brooke’s dream: a place that brings people of all ages and abilities together in a comforting and welcoming environment.
Chief Operating Officer
Erica’s life changed and gained new purpose after her son was diagnosed with autism in 2007.
Erica is President of Autism Advisors LLC and Founder of HopeGrows for Autism 501c3, a nationally recognized disabilities advocate, author, public speaker and devoted mother. Raised on the Philadelphia Main Line, Erica is a true #phillygirl at heart who previously worked for Philadelphia Weekly and Philadelphia Magazine. Erica currently lives in the Philadelphia Suburbs with her two children Leo and Scarlett. Erica radiates Peace Love and All Things Autism.
Erica earned her Bachelor's Degree in from Syracuse University in 1997 and will be heading up the GET Cafe Project.
Born in the Philippines, Victoria Goins currently lives in Pottstown, Pa with her husband and two children. Her daughter Lana was born with Trisomy 21 and was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum Disorder in early 2015. Since the birth of her daughter in 2009, Victoria has been passionate about being involved in the special needs community offering support to new families that have children with Down Syndrome and have recently reached out to other parents who have had their child recently diagnosis with ASD. Victoria has worked as an Applied Behavior Analyst Therapist. In addition to her Associate Degree in General Science, she is also pursuing her Bachelors in Psychology.
Eleanor Miller BSN, MSN, OCN
Research Director & Resource Navigator
Eleanor Miller is originally from New Oxford, Pennsylvania, outside of Gettysburg. She attended Penn State University and Thomas Jefferson University, where she earned degrees in biology and nursing, respectively. She is an oncology nurse at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, where she currently has the important role of Manager of the Oncology Nurse Navigators. She serves patients and families affected by cancer by facilitating access to care, resources, and overall support. Additionally she has been integrally involved in initiatives to improve access to care, program development and process improvement. Eleanor is thrilled to apply her skills with us, and ensure each individual and family benefits from the programs offered at Great Expectations Together, Inc.
Director of Music and Composition
David is a composer and music educator. He received his MM in Composition from the University of Cincinnati: College Conservatory of Music, and his BM in Music Theory/Composition from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. David first began working with children with special needs in 2009 through Easter Seals where he served as the music director of Camp Carefree in 2009 and 2010.
As a composer, David has collaborated with ensembles and performers such as the Electrum Duo, Philadelphia’s Network for New Music, the West Chester University Percussion Ensemble and the Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Delaware County Community College, as well as a private music instructor at the Meridee Winters School of Music. Through his experiences as a musician and educator, David understands the important role that music and the arts play in both empowering individuals and strengthening communities. At Great Expectations Together Inc., David seeks to help students of all abilities develop their musical voices and discover their shared talents and passions.
Tovah Feehan BFA, MS, CCC-SLP
Certified Infant Massage THERAPIST
Tovah earned her MS in Speech Language Pathology at Hunter College and a BFA in Theater Arts at University of the Arts. She is American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified and licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Tovah worked in research at NYU Langone Medical Center before moving to Philadelphia in 2011, where she fell in love with early childhood intervention. Tovah currently works at Nemours duPont Hospital for Children. She is forever grateful to be a part of the excitement and challenges that the first years of life can bring and recognizes the incredible importance of ongoing support and education for families, as well as the gaps that often exist in care. Tovah is thrilled to bring her passion for partnering with families to help each child reach their highest potential at Great Expectations Together, Inc.
Nadira Eva Akter BA, MEd
Eva Akter received her BA in Speech-language Pathology from Temple University in 2010 and received an MEd from Cabrini College in 2014. She has worked as assistant teacher at the Penn Children's Center, teaching children from ages 3 through pre-K and most recently as lead teacher at Apple Blossom Learning Tree. Her love for the fine arts has led her to most recently teaching private art lessons with school-aged children. Born in Bangladesh and spending her early years growing up there, she is fluent in Bengali. Great Expectations Together, Inc. offers her the opportunity to combine her passion for art and teaching, as she believes in the universal language of creative expression for individuals of all abilities.
Maryanne Sholl BA, MEd
Maryanne Sholl, is a graduate from West Chester University with a BA in Professional Studies and a minor in Special Needs. She holds a MEd and Certification from Cabrini College in Elementary Education. Maryanne has over ten years of teaching experience, including direct work with non-verbal children successfully included in a typical Kindergarten classroom.
Maryanne has two sons, the oldest of whom has special needs that span several developmental domains. She is committed to helping individuals with disabilities, particularly advocating for dispelling myths surrounding individuals who are non-verbal. Maryanne is thrilled to be a part of Great Expectations Together, Inc. to continue her work in education and advocacy for individuals with disabilities.
Jess received her BA in psychology from Muhlenberg College in 2014. During her undergraduate studies, her passion for work with the disability community was sparked when she worked with children of all abilities as a teacher, camp counselor, and tutor. Post graduation, Jess worked for a nonprofit that served underprivileged and in-need communities in the New Orleans area and states in the Gulf South. She has extensive experience in marketing and management. She also has a heavy background in the performing arts (specifically jazz and blues vocals). Jessica has worked on program and social development at Great Expectations Together and fundraising efforts.
Director of Volunteer Services
Najah Munson has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Community College of Philadelphia. She is currently enrolled at Walden University to obtain her Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Development. Najah has been employed at Penn Children’s Center since 2006 where she has worked with children from ages 3 months old to pre-Kindergarten. Her current position is as Lead Teacher in a toddler classroom working with children ages 18 months to 3 years of age. She was awarded the Pillars of Excellence Award Honorable Mention from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Najah is dedicated to servicing the underserved populations, particularly individuals with disabilities.