2020-2021 Faculty & Staff
Head of School
Kathy received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/Health and Fitness from Frostburg State University and completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Shenandoah University. She is a registered and licensed occupational therapist (M.S. OTR/L). Kathy began working at The Diener School in 2007 and has served in a variety of roles at Diener including Occupational Therapist, Director of Admissions and Therapeutic Services and Interim Head of School. In pediatric clinical settings, Kathy has performed assessments and developed occupational therapy treatment plans for children with a variety of diagnoses including sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, and communication disorders. Kathy has attended various workshops on cutting edge treatment strategies for children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, visual processing disorders and language-based challenges. A sample of training includes Learning without Tears, Zones of Regulation, Multi-Sensory Writing Instruction, Social Thinking, and Executive Functioning Strategies for Educators. Kathy has been at Diener for 13 years.
Teachers & Teacher Partners
Lyz Vogel Chase
Katelen earned a Master’s degree in Multicultural Special Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Prior to starting at the Diener School, Katelen lived in New York City working as an ABA therapist at the Center of Autism and Related Disorders. She has over 4 years of student teaching experience in elementary schools throughout the Bronx New York. Katelen also has 2 years of experience applying behavioral analysis principles with children/adults who have ASD. Katelen is extremely excited to join the Diener family.