Related Services and Vocational Department

Director of Related Services (SPOT) - Kate Garrity, MS, OTR/L
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.

Transition Coordinator & Vocational Director – Shawna Boesch, B.S., CBIS
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.

Physical Therapist - 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.

Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Supervisor - Jessica Buckley, M.S., CCC-SLP
Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Worcester State University. Prior to joining Ivy Street in 2015, she worked with both children in Early Intervention and adults with brain injuries. In addition to providing Ivy Street students with communication and cognitive support services, Jessica also offers clinical supervision to graduate students and clinical fellows. She enjoys collaborating with team members to provide students the opportunity to develop and maintain skills needed for functional living.

Speech Language Pathologist - Alana Macchi, M.S., CCC-SLP
Alana earned bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Literature from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College. She has experience working with individuals in the school and hospital settings between the ages of 5 and 21. At Ivy Street School, Alana evaluates and treats expressive, receptive, and social-pragmatic language disorders. She especially enjoys working with students at Ivy Street School on functional communication skills that will support their ability to thrive in the community setting.

Speech Language Pathologist - Tess Boyle, M.S., CF-SLP
Tess has a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University. Prior to that, she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Interdisciplinary studies from Stonehill College. Tess has completed clinical course work in a variety of settings including a public school for severe special education needs and a geriatric short-term rehabilitation facility. Most recently, Tess was a student clinician at Spaulding Pediatric Outpatient as a part of their Augmentative and Alternative Communication team. She currently is a part time staff member at Ivy Street School. Tess is also working part time as a Speech Pathologist for HealthPro at a variety of geriatric skilled nursing facilities providing therapy for swallowing and cognition.

Occupational Therapist – Gigi Jordan, M.S., OTR/L
Gigi graduated from Boston University with her BS in Therapeutic Studies in 2013, and her MS in Occupational Therapy in 2015. While in graduate school Gigi completed a Fieldwork internship at Ivy Street, an experience which resonated with her early in her career. Since graduating, Gigi has practiced in a variety of pediatric, early intervention, and school-based settings while living in Los Angeles and New York City. She has also spent two months abroad volunteering at a therapeutic school in Jaipur, India, and has served as the lead tennis coach for the Special Olympics tennis team on the north shore. Gigi is eager to be working at Ivy Street while also earning her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Boston University. At Ivy Street, Gigi most enjoys having functional teaching moments out in the community with the transition-aged classrooms. She is most passionate about finding the most functional efficient ways to build independent living skills, using technology whenever possible.

Occupational Therapist - 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.

Vocational Coordinator - 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.

Vocational Counselor – Dani Long, BA
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 SPOT 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.

Vocational Counselor - 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.

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