Kelli is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist who lives in Philadelphia, PA. After working for sixteen years with infants, toddlers and children with special needs in home, preschool and child care settings, she decided to take on new challenges. Currently, Kelli works for Theraplay Incorporated. Through Theraplay, Kelli works at Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia; serving young children to young adults with visual impairments and other neurological, physical, medical or spectrum disorders. Additionally, she works in an outpatient clinic serving young children to school age with motor, sensory and spectrum disorders.
She earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000. During her career, she has worked not only as an educator and therapist with children, but also as a consultant to preschool and childcare programs, a trainer and facilitator for numerous adult workshops/trainings and an advocate for families of children with special needs. In October of 2009, she earned her CIMT from the Liddle Kidz Foundation, and is building an infant massage business in Philadelphia.
Kelli was born and raised in Morgantown, WV, with her parents, older sister and younger brother. She attended West Virginia University as an undergraduate. Kelli met her husband of 17 years, John, while working at the college radio station at WVU. Together they have lived in a number of cities in the US; including Pittsburgh, PA and St. Louis, MO. She is a proud aunt to four nieces and two nephews.
Kelli is an avid fan of WVU Mountaineer sports, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Pittsburgh Steelers. She loves indie rock music, yoga, travel, cooking and her dog, Ruby (the second love of her life).
There are millions of infants and children worldwide who are struggling to live to their fullest potential. Would you like an opportunity to bring nurturing touch and pediatric massage to orphaned and displaced children around the globe?
Do you wish to share your skills with children who are affected by Cerebral Palsy, AIDS/HIV, landmines, Agent Orange, developmental disabilities, genetic birth defects, mental and emotional trauma?
Just ask yourself . . . can one person make a difference?
Take this moment to make a difference in the life of a child.
Apply now to be part of our next international volunteer team . . .you too, can be a Liddle Kidz Ambassador!