Liz Weldon M.A., CCC-SLP
HEAD of SCHOOL
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. She has worked collaboratively with Marjorie to help bring her vision and mission to life and continues to do so each and every day as Head of School.
Kristin Schinella, Ph.D.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of STRATEGY and GROWTH
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. Her courses were for teachers working on their Masters in Education.
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 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.
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.
Kelly’s love of working and supporting children with ASD began while in her last year of college, when she interned at Oakland’s Children’s Hospital Autism Intervention program (CHAI). That is where she saw how effective and important early intervention is in teaching children a variety of skill sets. Upon graduation from Dominican University with a bachelor’s in Psychology, she worked as a Behavior Therapist for five years, progressing into a Senior Behavior Therapist role. During that time, she created and implemented child-specific goals and developed tools and protocols that helped children improve their social skills, expand their language, and minimize their behaviors.
When she started working at The Helix School in August 2016, Kelly combined her two passions—working with children with ASD and employing her knack for organization and creative projects. At Helix she wears multiple hats, including office organization, scheduling, assisting teachers with direct interaction with students in group activities, and creating projects to support teachers’ lesson plans and goals.