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 as a project manager before beginning her nursing career. Brooke has practiced as an Oncology Nurse Practitioner for over 12 years, tailoring her clinical practice to focus on the integration of the medical, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of her patients. She is currently employed at the Abramson Cancer Center of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
In September of 2017, Brooke began the next phase of her advocacy work by pursuing her doctoral degree. She is presently a first year PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania where she is focusing her research on health disparities for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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. Erica brings years of experience in disability advocacy, autism .
CREATIVE ARTS PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR
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.
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.
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.