Meet the Team

Educational Learning Experience

The Administrative Team

Beth Laub - Assistant Executive Director

Denise Blair - Assistant Program Director

Cheryl Lachant - Curriculum Coordinator

Deborah Bolzan - Speech Therapy Supervisor

Lauren Telesmanic - Occupational Therapy Supervisor

Theresa Gurrieri - Physical Therapy Supervisor


 

Beth Laub
Assistant Executive Director of Education
Beth has been working in the field of special education for 20 years.  She began her teaching career at SAIL at Ferncliff Manor Residential School located in Yonkers NY. She worked with children with multiple disabilities.  After many years of working directly with the children developing their individualized programs, she decided she wanted to begin to support the staff so they could support the students and help them all grow to be the best they could be.  In 2010 Beth became the Director of United Preschool in White Plains NY where she learned how to become a team’s Director, not the Director of the team.  Her philosophy is build your team up so they can leave better than when they started, but support them so they do not want to! Her guiding mantra is “listen to listen, not respond”, it is the only way to understand and meet the needs of our students.
 
 
Denise Blair
Assistant  Program Director
Denise joined The Arc of Sullivan Orange Counties in 2014, following fifteen years of working with children with disabilities of all ages and in many different capacities. Her career began at Hawthorne Country Day School in Hawthorne, NY teaching Early Intervention, Preschool and K through 2nd grade children with disabilities. She holds a Masters Degrees in Childhood Education and School Building Leadership from Mercy College. Denise views a collaborative school environment as the key to creating successful teachers and students. She believes partnerships with parents and community members are essential to enriching the school experience for each student.
 

Cheryl Lachant

Curriculum Coordinator

Cheryl Lachant has been working in the field of special education for over 20 years.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and a Masters in Special Education from Buffalo State College.  Her teaching career started in the Buffalo Public Schools as a special education teacher.  After 25 years in the classroom, 21 of which were at the Educational Learning Experience, she made the move to Curriculum Coordinator.   Cheryl believes that collaboration and teamwork is what makes for a positive, learning and nurturing school environment and that caregivers are an integral part of this.  She also feels it is important to remember that every child has unlimited potential.  As spoken by the great Dr. Seuss, “Kid you’ll move mountains.”

Deborah Bolzan

Speech Therapy Supervisor

Deborah is a NYS licensed Speech-language Pathologist with over 35 years of pediatric experience.  She is also a certified by NYS Education as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH) and is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) holding her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech –Language Pathology.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Fredonia in Speech and Hearing Science and a Master of Science degree from Adelphi University in Speech-Language Pathology.  She is currently the speech clinical supervisor of ELE and coordinates the speech graduate student internship program.  Deborah has a special interest in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing and feeding disorders, pediatric stuttering, early literacy, selective mutism, autism and apraxia.  She has specialized training in PROMPT, Verbal Behavior/ABA, TEACCH, Talk Tools, AAC (augmentative and alternate communication), myofunctional therapy, neurodevelopmental treatment and the SOS approach to feeding.  Her therapeutic philosophy in preschool is to “address the delicate balance between researched & evidenced based practices with a family centered focus”.  She believes this can only be accomplished by collaborating with families, the medical community and all school personnel for consistency and optimal outcomes”.  

Lauren Telesmanic
Occupational Therapy Supervisor
Dr. Lauren Telesmanic is a registered and licensed occupational therapist with 20 years of experience in the pediatric setting. Lauren received a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2000 and her Post Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Boston University in 2020. Lauren joined the Educational Learning Experience team in 2019 and has implemented numerous programs to support our student’s individual learning and social emotional needs. She has worked closely with our teachers to incorporate sensory zones in the classrooms, as well as the Handwriting Without Tears program. Lauren created a sensory movement obstacle course in the school hallway and has provided professional development for all staff regarding sensory strategies for the classroom. She has extensive experience and knowledge in Ayres Sensory Integration, Yoga for Children, Therapeutic Listening, The Alert Program, reflex integration, and youth mental health. Lauren successfully leads our team of occupational therapists, providing clinical support, expertise, and supervision. She is an active member of our leadership and interdisciplinary teams, effectively collaborating with teachers, clinical support staff, and all related service providers.

Theresa Gurrieri,PT

Physical Therapy Supervisor

Theresa is a Physical Therapist with 27 years of pediatric experience. She started her career with the NYC Board of Education in Brooklyn and also with children ages birth to three in a homecare setting. Theresa started at the Educational Learning Experience in 1997 as a staff Physical Therapist for 4 years and returned again in 2005 as the Physical Therapy supervisor. Theresa’s heart is always with the children. Her main goal is working with the teachers and other related service providers to help the children reach their full functional potential.