CARING. IT’S IN OUR DNA.
President & CEO
Mike Kaufman, MSW, PhD, was the former President & CEO of Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), one of the largest privatized schooling companies in the country serving K–12+ special and alternative education students. Prior to joining the SESI team in 1998, he held several strategic positions in the fields of education, social work, and clinical psychology. He is an experienced public speaker, a frequent expert panelist at conferences, and a regular volunteer for community events and national charities. He has hosted his own radio talk show, taught graduate-level courses, and completed the prestigious Key Executives Program of Harvard Graduate School. In all that he does, he strives to live by the motto: “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
Chief Technology Officer
Adrian Pellew is a proven leader in IT management, having held several top-level positions at such multimillion-dollar companies as SESI and Catapult Learning. A results-focused professional with over a decade of experience directing IT planning, budgeting, and implementation, Adrian is adept at designing and streamlining operational activities for service-based organizations, with particular subject-matter expertise in business systems development, application engineering, and website and network management. As the IT chief of TalkPath Live, Adrian coordinates all online systems and processes, directs all of the company’s technological initiatives, and supervises all software and hardware utilization and optimization for our diverse client base.
Chief Program Development Officer
Theresa Grant brings her particular brand of expertise to TalkPath Live as head of our program development initiatives. Prior to her current position, she served as Chief Development Officer of Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI) until 2014, when SESI merged with Catapult Learning and she assumed the role of Program Development Specialist. A longtime educator and program manager, Theresa began her career in special education in 1985 as the co-owner/operator (with her husband) of an independent school for students with special needs. After the school was acquired in 2001, she stayed on as Program Director, earning a series of well-deserved promotions as she segued her informed skill set into the field of business development. Now developing business for TPL, Theresa excels at combining her educational insight with her talent for program development and says her favorite parts of her job include liaising with prospective clients and sharing vital information about our mission and our goals on behalf of individuals with therapeutic needs.
Director of Clinical Affairs
Brianne Kosch, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP, received her master’s from Hofstra University in 2010. She is currently pursuing a clinical doctorate in speech-language pathology at Nova Southeastern University. Brianne has extensive training and experience in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), aphasia, autism, ABA, and communication partner training. She began her career working in a specialized ABA program in Elmont, NY, for children in grades K–6 diagnosed with autism. Since 2011, she has been a clinical consultant for Lingraphica, our parent company, where she provides clinical guidance, support, and training to SLPs, patients, and families engaging in AAC trials. Brianne has been providing telepractice services since 2015. She has been a RESNA-certified Assistive Technology Professional and a member of the NJSHA AAC Committee since 2016. Now, as the Director of Clinical Affairs for TPL, Brianne uses her expertise to promote the company’s growth initiatives, build and strengthen TPL’s team of SLPs, and solidify TPL’s presence in the world of social media as she continues to provide speech teletherapy services to both student and adult clients.
Mattison Rodgers graduated from William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ, with a BA in elementary education (K–6) and a BA in English writing. She holds her New Jersey teaching certificate of eligibility with advanced standing elementary education (K–6) and completed her teaching practicum in Paterson. She was a student teacher in Cinnaminson, NJ, later advancing to substitute teacher for the Cinnaminson school district. Her next position in education took her to the Haddonfield school district, where she was a TA at Elizabeth Haddon Elementary School in a first-grade classroom. Mattison plans to pursue a master’s degree in special education and obtain her teaching certificate for students with disabilities. We’re proud to have Mattison as TalkPath Live’s first point of contact with the public, where she can apply her passion for helping people get the resources and education they need to create a future in which their dreams are possible.