Kate Garrity, MS, OTR/L
Director of Related Services
Kate has a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Before joining Ivy Street School, Kate worked as a Program Director of the Transitions Program at Aspire MGH, helping teens and young adults develop skills for employment and independent living. Prior to receiving her master’s degree, she worked as Assistant Director of a community-based day program for adults through the Department of Developmental Services. In addition to working with the Ivy Street students in the classroom, Kate supports the students living at the Cottage Farm Program after school, helping to build independent living skills in the home and community contexts.
Shawna Boesch, B.S., CBIS
Transition Coordinator & Vocational Director
Shawna joined the Ivy Street community in 2012 while completing her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Simmons College. Shawna has always been passionate about supporting individuals with unique challenges and needs and has experience in a variety of school and healthcare settings, including hospitals and Alzheimer’s and dementia care facilities. Shawna’s mission at Ivy Street has always been to support all students in becoming self-determined agents of their own life as they transition into young adulthood. Shawna supports the Vocational Department and Transition team in preparing Ivy Street students for gainful employment, continuing education and independent living.
Jen Stumpf, MS, PT
Jen began her career as a physical therapist in 1998 in the New York City public schools where she worked with children with developmental delays for over 10 years. Simultaneously, she worked extensively with infants and toddlers (0-3 years old) in home-based settings and helped develop a tennis program for children with special needs in Brooklyn, NY. More recently, she worked in orthopedic and skilled nursing settings in Portland, OR. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience from Oberlin College, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy, both from Touro College. At the Ivy Street School, Jen has created and implemented a number of adaptive sports programs, such as the partnership with the Boston University Fitness and Recreation Rock Climbing Department as well as with Community Rowing, Inc.
Dafna Goldwasser, M.S., OTR/L
Dafna has a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Studies from Boston University. Before joining Ivy Street School, Dafna worked in a variety of pediatric and school-based settings in the greater Boston area through Easter Seals of Massachusetts. She also has experience working in the community with transition-aged students through Skills for Life. Prior to working in Boston, she worked as an occupational therapist in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital in the Washington DC area. Dafna is passionate about working with students to develop functional living skills and gain confidence while navigating in the community.
Emma Weiner, M.S., OTR/L
Emma has a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Clark University. While in graduate school, she completed clinical internships in an acute care hospital and in a private school for students with learning disabilities. Emma also has 7 years of experience working with adolescents and young adults at Sunrise Day Camp, a day camp in New York for children with cancer and their siblings. Emma has always been passionate about working with children and adolescents particularly in school settings and hopes to support students in attaining meaningful goals for independent living. In addition to providing one-to-one OT services, she will also be available on the residential floor in the morning.
Julia Straus, M.S., CCC-SLP
Julia earned a Master’s degree in Communication Science and Disorders from Emerson College and a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Delaware. She has experience working with individuals in school and hospital settings ranging from birth-18. Prior to coming to Ivy Street School, Julia worked in early intervention providing services to children birth-3 and their families in the home. At Ivy Street School, Julia enjoys working with collaborating with the Ivy Street team as well as working with students, supporting them to develop functional communication skills that will enable them to be successful in their communities.
Erin Yanoshak, M.S., CCC-SLP
Erin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, as well as a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Misericordia University. Prior to working at Ivy Street, she worked in a variety of settings as a contract speech language pathologist primarily focusing on transition, literacy, and social pragmatic language disorders. She also has experience working in hospital settings treating individuals with cognitive-communication disorders and dysphagia. At Ivy Street, Erin evaluates and provides services for students with expressive, receptive, and social-pragmatic communication disorders. She especially enjoys working with students on their functional communication skills as they prepare for transition.
Kevin McGrath, CESP
Kevin began his journey with Ivy Street School in 2014 as an educational 1:1. From there he worked as a teaching assistant in the B1 transition classroom, and culinary arts program. Kevin joined the Vocational Department as a Vocational Assistant in 2016 progressing through the roles of Vocational Counselor and now Vocational Coordinator. Kevin is a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) and has studied psychology and human rights at Hunter College in New York City, and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Kevin and the vocational department strive to support our young adults in building professional skills, expanding their network, and finding fulfilling employment in the community.
Kate Enicks, M.S.
Kate joined the SPOT Department at the Ivy Street School in September of 2018 as a Vocational Counselor. Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Wittenberg University and a Master of Science degree in School Counseling from Villanova University. Kate worked as a third-grade teacher and school counselor in Philadelphia before moving to Boston. Kate and the Ivy Street Vocational Department work with students to create their professional portfolios, identify their vocational interests and skills, and build relationships with community businesses. Hard work in these areas leads to personal growth and often to employment opportunities for the Ivy Street students.
Dani Long, B.A.
Dani joined the Vocational Department at the Ivy Street School in August of 2017 as a part-time Job Coach. From there she moved into a full-time role in the department as Vocational Counselor. Dani holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina and has prior experience in education and human services through her work in after-school and summer programs. In addition to working with our students to identify individualized employment opportunities in the community, Dani also provides job training and professional skill building through her role as manager of Ivy Street School’s student-run coffee shop. Dani and the Vocational Department strive to provide an environment where our young adults can build professional skills and confidence, explore opportunities available to them, and seek fulfilling employment in the community.
Abigail Schmidt, B.S.
Abigail joined Ivy Street School as the Community and College Coach in August 2019 after receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Vermont. While at the University of Vermont, Abigail worked for a mentorship program aimed at supporting students with unique needs in attending college. She quickly became passionate about helping students become autonomous and independent members of their college communities. At Ivy Street School, Abigail works in the transition department to support students whose vision includes pursuing higher education and is focused on making college more accessible for students with diverse needs.