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Kristin Schinella, Ph.D.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Over the course of her career, the central intention and essence of Kristin's work has been to help people and organizations define, clairfy and reach their goals.  As a Clinical Psychologist, Kristin has done neuropsychological assessments with children and has worked with adults in long term psychotherapy.  Kristin is a founder of The Healdsburg School, a K-8 Independent School in Healdsburg, California.  She has designed and taught online classes in the Graduate College of Education at Philadelphia's St. Joe’s University. 

It was while starting The Healdsburg School that Kristin fell in love with the collaborative, creative and energizing work of marketing, and so she set out to work with small businesses, helping them discover, grow, and reach their potential through leadership coaching, marketing, and communications.  Kristin has successfully worked with many businesses - from early stage start-ups to well-established organizations; from product companies to service businesses to nonprofits.

Kristin is a past Trustee of The Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, one of the oldest all-girls PK-12 schools in the country.  She now lives in Marin County after living on the East Coast for many years.  She has three teenagers, a daughter with special needs and boy-girl twins.  An avid reader and researcher, a sometimes yoga-class-taker, hiker and runner, and a lover of language, strategy and process and just about any growth project, Kristin also has a private therapy and coaching practice, Bay Area Insight Coaching, in Mill Valley, California. 

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Kelly Checo, M.Ed

ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL & RESOURCE SPECIALIST

In 2001, Kelly discovered the joy of working with children with ASD while completing her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Sonoma State. She was trained in the DIR/Floortime approach and began her career in early intervention, working with verbal and non-verbal preschoolers. Her work continued through elementary and middle school grades in both special and general education schools. After years as a school aide and part of a home program team, Kelly became head teacher in a classroom of students with ASD and other developmental and learning differences. She obtained a special education credential and a Master’s degree in Education and spent the past seven years as an Inclusion and Learning Specialist, adding support for students with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and attention and executive function challenges. Other areas of Kelly's training include Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner, the SCERTS model, executive function, Making Math Real, Orton-Gillingham and Lindamood-Bell processes.

Kelly is passionate about maximizing each child’s potential, as well as her own. She believes she can learn as much from each student as they learn from her. She teaches from a developmental perspective and values the importance of relationships in order to appropriately challenge and support students in achieving success and independence.

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Liz Weldon, M.A. SLP/CCC

DIRECTOR of ADMISSIONS & SPEECH and LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Liz is a passionate and experienced SLP who has spent her career working with individuals with autism. For the better part of her career she has been working on building and leading multidisciplinary teams. Liz received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from San Diego State University and a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from San Jose State. Prior to working at The Helix School, Liz was part of a multidisciplinary autism intervention team at Oakland Children’s Hospital (CHAI) and also served as the Clinical Director at a private practice in the East Bay where she managed and supervised group and individual therapy programs provided by speech, occupational, and educational therapists. Liz was trained directly by the authors of groundbreaking programs for children with ASD including SCERTS , DIR/Floortime, PRT, Hanen More than Words, Social Thinking, the Zones of Regulation and Sarah’s Ward’s executive functioning curriculum.  Liz became part of THS shortly after it was created in 2014. Knowing the program so well, Liz understands the importance of finding a good fit between families and a school. 

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Rhona Lovett, M.A.

BUSINESS and FINANCE DIRECTOR

Rhona Lovett joined the staff of The Helix School in April 2018. Prior to coming to The Helix School Rhona served, for fifteen years, as Director of Finance and Operations and a vital member of the administration team at Mark Day School. Earlier Rhona was engaged as Chief Financial Officer, administrator and part owner of Griggs Productions, an award winning corporate, diversity training firm in San Francisco. 

Rhona is a graduate of New York University with a postgraduate degree from San Francisco State. She resides in San Francisco with her husband. She is a proud mother of two daughters and a grandmother.