Jonathan Goodspeed, BS, MBA
President

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.


Lori short, MS, LBS, BCBA
secretary

Lori received her BA from Temple University in 2009. During her undergraduate studies, she began working with children, adolescents, and young adults, providing one-to-one support to individuals with Autism, developmental disabilities, as well as behavioral diagnoses, through Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services. In 2012, Lori obtained her MS in Applied Behavior Analysis from Saint Joseph’s University and shortly thereafter became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) as well as a Licensed Behavior Specialist (LBS). She has contracted with both Delaware County and Montgomery County Intermediate Units to provide behavior analytic services in the Early Intervention Program. Lori plays an integral role in evaluations and assessment of individuals with special needs and has sound knowledge of the IEP process. She is proficient in developing programs to enhance verbal behavior, increase appropriate replacement behaviors, and decrease maladaptive behaviors. Lori also works with military families in the tri-state area (PA, NJ, DE), providing services to individuals across the life span, in the school, community, and home setting, in addition, to participating in a local non-profit to promote inclusion of all abilities. Lori values an interdisciplinary approach, team cohesion, and continues to strive to maximize each individual’s full potential.  


Natalie Subeh Nuhn, MEd
Treasurer

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
board member

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
Board Member

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.


Eleanor Miller  BSN, MSN, OCN
Board member

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.  


Victoria peetros
Board member

Vicki Peetros has been a parent advocate for individuals with special needs for over 15 years. She has dedicated her life to improving the lives of individuals with special needs by her advocacy, philanthropy, and by fostering inclusion through community activities. Vicki presently serves as director of the Upward Basketball program at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. Vicki has also served as president of the Committee for Special Education at Lower Merion School District from YEAR. She is a dedicated parent to her two children, who serve as a daily inspiration for creating a diverse and inclusive community.