OWNER & I.T.F.S Certified Developmental Therapist
M.Ed. Education/Special Education, B-K Certified & ITFS Certified
B.S. Community Health Education
Ashley Chancellor grew up in Louisburg, NC and spent her college years in Greensboro, NC. She currently resides in Raleigh, NC with her husband and two daughters. Ashley has over 8 years of professional experience in Early Childhood Education/ Early Intervention. Since graduating in 2009 with an Advanced Masters of Education degree in Early Childhood Special Education/Early Childhood Education, Ashley has served children who were Developmentally Delayed due to traumas experienced in pregnancy, birth, or other environmental factors (drug-dependent parents, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome). Ashley has also taught 2 and 3 year olds in the Washington, D.C. area who had hearing loss. In this role, she worked with students who underwent cochlear implant surgery to promote hearing, ensuring that they keep pace in reaching developmental milestones.
Upon returning to N.C., Ashley worked as a teacher at the Lucy Daniels Center, a school that focuses on healthy emotional development in children. In this position she gained great insight on how to guide students in acquiring language and social skills, learning to express ideas, feelings and concerns while working through much frustration. In addition, Ashley has taught in the Wake County Public School System as a Special Education teacher of children with severe & profound disabilities (Cerebral Palsy, Seizure Disorders, victims of abuse that resulted in Brain Injury and Emotional/Behavioral challenges, Tracheotomy, GI tubes, and those who were oxygen dependent).
Ashley has a passion for being an active part in helping children achieve their developmental milestones. She enjoys working with families and observing each child blossom! Ashley remains current in best practices of early intervention through personal research, attending conferences, and networking with colleagues in this field.
OPERATIONS MANAGER, CO-OWNER
Sanford received his Masters of Business Administration/Accounting from Liberty University in 2012. Prior to that he attended the University of NC at Greensboro and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Human Resources. Sanford has a wide range of experience in internal controls and financial management professional with key experience in: Audit Readiness, Process Realignment, Risk Management, and SAP Support. High competency in face to face issue resolution with both commercial and public sector clients. Public sector experience includes working with on the Army Financial Improvement Project, a DOD critical mission, and supporting a Navy ERP project that provides Tier 3 support for SAP administrative Navy civilian staff. Commercial experience includes operational auditing, bank compliance and risk management, and not for profit internal auditing.
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT
B.A. Speech Communication with a Minor in Psychology
A.A. Applied Science with a Concentration in Speech Language Pathology
Lisa has an Associate of Applied Science with a concentration in Speech Language Pathology from Fayetteville Technical Community College. She also holds a B.A. in Communication (Speech) and a minor in Psychology from Fayetteville State University. Lisa brings with her a proven track record in working with children who have special needs (autism, Down’s syndrome, developmental/language/ cognitive/ speech delays, physical disabilities).
She is a kindhearted and empathetic professional who is flexible and accommodating in the design and implementation of developmentally appropriate activities and lessons, employing a wide range of tools and therapeutic strategies. Lisa is a team player who possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills to develop an excellent rapport with all team members involved in each clients’ walk towards progress. During her 10+ years of treatment collaborating with families towards helping their children reach desired IFSP/IEP and personal goals.
PEDIATRIC SPEECH PATHOLOGIST
B.A. Communication Disorders
Masters of Education Degree, Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology
Wadeana Porter-Williams, a pediatric speech pathologist; is engaging, charismatic, and uplifting utilizing practical strategies that the common family can use to propel their child to successful speech and language skills. A vivacious individual with enormous drive and compassion, Wadeana found her purpose in helping children! Wadeana’s passion for people and use of proactive solutions and pathways for success, has aided hundreds of families over the years! Her mission is to help caregivers take the first step to improve their child’s speech and language development! As owner and lead speech pathologist of Progressive Speech Therapy, Wadeana has provided speech and language services for 16 years. Wadeana’s experience ranges from working with children with global
delays to those with specific language disorders. Wadeana has experience evaluating and treating a variety of communication disorders including: Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, phonological/articulation disorders, and fluency. She has practiced speech therapy in a variety settings including: public schools, homes, daycares, private schools, and private practices. Most of her experience has been with toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-aged children; but Wadeana has also provided services to students through high school and into adulthood. Wadeana regularly attends conferences, conventions, local professional meet-ups, has provided in-service training to childcare providers and staff, and stays current with evaluation and therapeutic skills by attending continuing education programs each year. Wadeana is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (NCBOESLPA) and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). A Philadelphia native raised in Winston-Salem, NC. Wadeana has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from North Carolina State University and a Masters of Education degree from North Carolina Central University. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, going to movies, traveling and spending time with her husband and three kids.
“I enjoy my profession and am rewarded with every new step a child makes toward better communication. I appreciate having an opportunity to observe a child who has very limited skills flourish and develop into a child who is very communicable & whose social skills and self-confidence are increased. I believe that a child can meet and surpass all expectations if that child is exposed to an array of positive experiences, and too, if those working with the child work together as a team to advocate for their success. I am a firm believer that family involvement is essential in providing for a child’s optimal achievements.”
HUMAN RESOURCES CONSULTANT
Diane holds a BS in Business Administration and Human Ecology with a concentration in Clothing & Textiles and Food & Nutrition from Howard University in Washington, DC. In addition she holds a Certificate in Management, University of Denver, School of Business in Denver, Colorado. Diane is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the North Carolina Association of Human Resource Management and the International Mentoring Association. Diane brings a combined 20 plus years of experience in Business Administration and Human Resources Management.