Greene County Early Intervention Staff Profiles
The staff of the Early Intervention Program of Pathways of SW PA, Inc. is highly qualified and dedicated to the health and well-being of each child we serve. Our team of therapists is active in the Greene County Early Childhood Education Community and makes it a priority to receive the most current and up to date trainings to provide sophisticated and progressive services for every child.
Our staff brings enthusiasm, expertise, and a commitment to help your child and family in all daily routines and activities. The primary goal is to support the development of your child and provide them with the opportunity to participate in family life and the community. Parental involvement in all aspects of these services is crucial.
Kristie Pekar-Rohrer, Program Director, has been with the Early Intervention Program since April 1998. She has experience working as an Early Interventionist. Kristie has a Master's in Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Special and Elementary Education from California University of Pennsylvania. She has additional training in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Picture Exchange Communication System, and Sensory Integration Dysfunction. Kristie has experience working with children diagnosed with developmental delay, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and autism. She believes that Early Intervention is an important program designed to meet the needs of children and their families. "It is the greatest feeling ever to know that you have made a difference in the life of a child."
Amy Matteson, Early Interventionist, has been with the program since August 2004. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She has worked with children of all ages - including infants - exhibiting developmental delay, as well as a variety of dianoses. Amy's greatest joy in working with children is seeing the progress they make, along with the excitement it brings to their families.
Valerie Willis, Early Interventionist, has been with the program since April 2008. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology from California University of Pennsylvania, and has worked with children having a variety of diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorders. Valerie has experience with intervening behavioral techniques for children and their families by implementing behavioral plans in their most natural environments. "I love children and believe that helping them learn and communicate appropriately in different ways will give them the support needed to be successful."
Kelly Kiger has been with Early Intervention since September 2004 as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She earned a Master of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology from West Virginia University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Biology (pre-physical therapy) from Waynesburg College. Kelly previously worked at HealthSouth in Morgantown and Fairmont General Hospital's outpatient facility/therapy program. She has an active interest in dysphagia and feeding therapy, and in the autism spectrum disorder; she continues training in these areas. Kelly believes that given support, encouragement, and a proper outlet all children can, and will, communicate.
Samantha Carter has provided Physical Therapy services for Early Intervention since December 2004. She earned a Master of Physical Therapy Degree, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Gannon University. Samantha is a resident of Greene County, and has experience working with children of all ages with a variety of diagnoses. She regularly attends continuing education courses in order to provide Greene County residents with the best possible services.
Kate Sielski graduated from Gannon University with a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy. She then worked with children in various settings, such as schools, early intervention and outpatient therapy. In 2006, Kate moved to southwestern Pennsylvania and continued to work with children in the early intervention setting. She attends continuing education classes focusing on sensory integration and oral motor/feeding in young children. Her years of experience treating children with sensory integration disorders allows Kate to develop individual treatment plans to fit each child's needs and strengths. Kate enjoys seeing the great strides children make once they have begun to receive services.