Hadassa earned her Masters of Arts in Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1999. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Stern College, Yeshiva University. Hadassa has a wealth of teaching experience ranging from general education to special education.
Hadassa works with the whole educational team in several ways:
- Coordinating service plans for individual students.
- Mentoring classroom teachers, Title I instructors, and tutors on how to modify curricula for students’ varying needs.
- Consulting with parents and school administrators on how to best serve students, in and out of the classroom.
- Directs and administers Jon Peterson and Autism Scholarship Programs.
Dr. Oren Meyers has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University. His internship training was at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland and Brecksville, OH and his post-doctoral training was at University Hospitals of Cleveland in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Oren serves on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and is licensed by the State of Ohio and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Andrea Schwartz, MA Ed.
Lead Intervention Specialist
Andrea completed her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at John Carroll University, her Masters of Education in School Counseling at Kent State University, and her Intervention Specialist Program at Cleveland State University. Prior to working for A+ Solutions, Andrea worked for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for over a decade in a variety of teaching positions and grades. She currently works as an Intervention Specialist, helping and advocating for students with special needs in several area schools. Andrea coordinates our tutoring and intervention services.
Anna Fredman, M.S., CCC-SLP
Certified Speech Language Pathologist
Anna Fredman is a licensed, certified Speech Language Pathologist. She received her Master of Science in speech language pathology from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA and previously worked at the Monarch Center for Autism. She currently sees school-aged children and has also worked with toddlers through students 21 years old. Anna has specialized in therapy for individuals on the autism spectrum, with a special interest in high-functioning students focusing on social pragmatics and young children learning basic communication and social skills. She also addresses reading, expressive language skills, written expression, and articulation with her students.
Sima (Brochie) Weinberg received her M.S. at NorthEastern University in School Counseling and continued her training in Ohio to become a LPCC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor through John Caroll University. Sima is a clinical counselor at A+ Solutions and provides individual counseling for children, adolescents and adults. She worked in the school system for over a decade and provided individual and group counseling, classroom guidance, teacher training, and faculty consultations. She runs social skills programs and creative workshops for preschool age children as well as adolescents on the topics of self esteem, handling emotions, friendship skills, and study skills. Sima works with children and adults with a variety of issues and is trained in EMDR trauma therapy, as well as other trauma – informed approaches. In her personable approach, she draws from a wide range of theoretical orientations including but not limited to Internal Family Systems, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Attachment based Play Therapy, and Mindfulness based approaches.
Courtney Evenchik received an MA at the Ohio State University specialist level program in School Psychology. She is the Director of the School Psychology program at A+ Solutions and serves as the title I coordinator. She facilitates social skills groups, parenting groups and provides parent education and guidance. Courtney conducts psychoeducational assessments and sees children and adolescents for counseling. Courtney lectures on a variety of topics related to education, parenting and mental health. Courtney is also the coordinator of the Cleveland’s chapter of Safety Kid, a comprehensive child abuse prevention program.
Elizabeth Hipwell, M.Ed.
Certified Barton Reading & Spelling Tutor
Elizabeth earned her M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds a BA in Speech & Hearing Disorders from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In addition to serving students with learning differences at the elementary and middle school levels, she has also worked in higher education as the Disability Services Coordinator at Penn State Erie. Elizabeth now specializes in the area of dyslexia, providing intensive intervention using the Barton Reading & Spelling System, and offering in depth screenings for dyslexia. Elizabeth strives to provide awareness and education on behalf of all students who struggle because of learning differences. She is a member of the International Dyslexia Association.
Favia Becker, Psy.S., NCSP
Educational Assessments, Parent Education and Professional Development
Favia completed her Master of Arts in Psychology as well as her Specialist degree in School Psychology at Cleveland State University. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who holds certification from the Ohio Department of Education as well as licensure from the Ohio State Board of Psychology. Favia has many years of experience conducting assessments and evaluations as well as determining appropriate interventions to match student needs, monitoring progress and consulting with parents and teachers regarding academic and social emotional issues. She develops trainings for teachers to help them meet the needs of diverse student learners and is an advocate for prevention and intervention services for students. At A+ Solutions, Favia conducts psychological and psycho-educational evaluations, performs parent and teacher guidance services and delivers professional development seminars.
Heather Baker received her Masters in Education with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Akron. She has worked in a variety of settings, including community, school, and residential settings. For 7 years, Heather has been treating children and adolescents with an autism spectrum and/or co-occurring mental health diagnosis in educational, community, home, and residential settings. She has worked with families to help meet the specific needs of each family member within the overall system. Heather has designed and developed a residential program for transitional age youth at the Monarch Center for Autism. She continues to work with families and youth who are affected by developmental disabilities in the Cleveland area.
Helen Wolf M.S., CCC-SLP
Helen Wolf M.S., CCC-SLP is a licensed, certified Speech Language Pathologist. She received her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of South Florida. She has extensive experience working in early intervention and with preschool aged children. She also has specialized training working with individuals on the autism spectrum. She currently works with school aged children addressing articulation, reading, expressive and receptive language skills, and pragmatics. Helen sincerely enjoys providing proactive, creative and effective therapy to all of her students.
Hope Portner, OTR/L
Certified Occupational Therapist
Hope Portner is a licensed, certified Occupational Therapist. Since graduating with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Cleveland State University in 2001, she has concentrated her practice on the pre-school through high school years, providing direct intervention in the areas of motor planning, sensory integration, handwriting intervention and visual perceptual skills. In addition to direct service, Hope functions in a consultative role, collaborating with teachers and administrators and ensuring that parents’ concerns are heard.
While Hope is serious about the work she does, she also knows that if a child is having fun they will be more engaged in the learning process. Her strengths include her ability to connect with children to form therapeutic relationships and using a holistic approach to focus on each child’s unique strengths to help them reach their potential. “One of the greatest rewards is helping a child that says ‘I can’t’ see that they can.”
Jennifer (Jenny) Wolinetz received her Masters in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago. She also completed a post graduate training program in Gestalt Therapy from the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio. Jenny is a Licensed Social Worker and has been in practice for thirteen years. She has worked with children, adolescents and families, and her career has included work in the medical and school settings.
Nikki is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a certified Ohio Behavior Analyst (COBA) with a master’s of science in Psychology. Nikki completed her behavior analysis coursework at the Florida Institute of Technology. For 15 years Nikki has been treating children, adolescents and adults with an autism spectrum and/or co-occurring mental health diagnosis in educational, community, home and residential settings. Nikki serves as the Associate Director of Monarch Lifeworks, adult autism services in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Nikki has experience as an adjunct professor for the undergraduate department of psychology at Kaplan University, teaching psychology coursework within the applied behavior analysis track of Kaplan. Nikki also provides behavioral consultation and assessment privately for A+ Solutions in Beachwood, Ohio.
Odette Hankins is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who has been working with children since 1984. She works with children as young as two years old up to the age of twenty years. She specializes in the areas of articulation and language disorders, but she also sees children with voice and fluency issues. Special areas of interest include Down syndrome, autism, early language development and disorders and pragmatics.
Odette enjoys speaking with parents, teachers and other allied health professionals about ways to support students in their environment and how to promote age appropriate speech and language skills. She also enjoys providing information about the services offered by A+ Solutions.
Rick completed his Master of Education degree in School Psychology at John Carrol University and is currently working towards completing his Specialist degree. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yeshiva University. He has been working with adolescents in a variety of settings for more than a decade. Rick has been a member of the faculty at Fuchs Mizrachi High School since 2013. In addition to classroom teaching, hea has developed numerous special programs and facilitates groups and individual sessions geard towards meeting the social-emotional needs of each student. Rick is now seeing tweens and teens for counseling.
Sandy Lyall-Kovacs is a certified Wilson Reading System tutor. She completed her Level 1 and Level 2 Wilson Reading coursework and training in 2001. She has been tutoring struggling readers privately since 2000. Sandy earned her M.A. in Education from Ursuline College in 2002 and is certified in both Elementary Grades 1-8 and Visual Art K-12. She has taught in both public and private schools in the Cleveland area.