The perfect team — 
We are dedicated and passionate about people. 

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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 second 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.


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VICTORIA GOINS
GENERAL MANAGER

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.


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Isoris Nivar
COORDINATOR

Isoris is an NYC native but it is Philadelphia that has her heart. She graduated from Temple University with a BA in psychology. She has worked at the University of Pennsylvania in the neuropsychiatry department for a CHOP collaborative study looking at clinical and neurobehavioral phenotypes in children and adolescents. She currently works at the Abramson Cancer Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as a research coordinator for breast cancer clinical trials. She plans to pursue a degree in medicine and do translational research.

Isoris strongly believes that no matter how different someone may seem on the outside at the very core we are all the same. We all want to be seen for who we truly are and we all deserve acceptance and unconditional love. It is this belief that she incorporates into every aspect of her life and she’s excited to join a team that shares this same fundamental belief.


Fleur De Jong
Volunteer


Kathleen Peng RN, BSN
Volunteer


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David trum
Director of music programs

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.


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Maryanne Sholl BA, MEd
Parent Liaison

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. 

 

 
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Alyssa Marino

Alyssa received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and special education from Lebanon Valley College in 2015. She is currently enrolled at Temple University to obtain a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. Over the past three years, Alyssa has worked as a special educator in Camden, New Jersey. In the 2015 – 2016 school year, she led a project to expand the special education services at the school to ensure all students with disabilities are receiving a quality education. Alyssa also works as an Applied Behavior Analyst Therapist on the weekends and throughout the summer season. She is passionate about providing her students with the necessary tools and knowledge to accomplish their dreams. Great Expecations Together offers Alyssa a place to bring her passion of opening the doors of opportunity for individuals with disabilities and continue her work as an advocate for students with disabilities.

 
 

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Jordan Barnada, MA, PA Certified school Psychologist

Jordan received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Delaware in 2015 and her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Widener University in 2018. She is currently in her last year of a PsyD program at Widener University. Jordan is concentrating her studies on working with children, adolescents, and families. She is especially interested in working with children within the school system by completing comprehensive assessments for students with disabilities and providing behavioral support to students in need. As such, Jordan became a certified school psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania in 2019.

Jordan has always had a passion for helping and working with people with disabilities and was looking for another avenue to cultivate this passion. Immediately after meeting the Goodspeed family and individuals in the GET community, she knew that she wanted to get involved and help in any way that she could.