We are so excited to begin our summer sessions with our experienced and well-educated Summer Program Staff. During their training at our National Office, they participated in various sessions which taught them techniques on dealing with homesickness, money management skills, and transition support. We also participated in an “improv” class which taught us charismatic communication. Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook to follow our adventures and read more about our summer activities during this year’s Summer Programs.
Matthew Kosiorek, Director of Summer Programs
Matthew graduated from Westfield State University in 2007 and continued his education with a Certificate in Asperger’s Studies from Elms College.
Matthew joined the CIP family in 2010 working in Site Development directly under CIP’s founder, Dr. Michael McManmon. In the spring of 2013 Matthew began coordinating the Summer Programs. He enjoys all kinds of sports including everything from soccer and softball to surfing and snowboarding and other outdoor adventures.
I am extremely passionate about providing a GREAT summer experience to individuals with learning differences and autism, because everyone was made for good purpose and is inherently valuable.
Jenel Meier, CIP Amherst Summer Program Coordinator
Jenel has a BA in Human Services and Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. She has been working in the field of Special Education for 10 years in elementary school, residential treatment centers, career and tech ed training, and high school special education. Jenel has been a staff member at CIP for almost 3 years. In her spare time, she enjoys reading in her hammock, trying new restaurants, and almost anything outdoors.
During the Summer Program, I am looking forward to seeing the students grow and learn from each other over the 2 weeks.
Laura Moore, CIP Bloomington Summer Program Coordinator
Laura attended college at the University of Southern Mississippi where she studied History. She works in a Community Based Special Education Classroom working with children grades K-2 with autism and other learning differences. In her spare time, Laura loves to spend time with her husband and 3 kids. She also loves to read and hang out with friends.
The thing I am most looking forward to this summer is getting to meet some amazing young people who are excited to step away from their comfort zones and experience something new. I think we are going to have an amazing summer at CIP!
Shantae Short, CIP Long Beach Summer Program Coordinator
Shantae Short joined the College Internship Program in August 2014. She graduated from Concordia University, Irvine, with her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with Education. She is currently preparing to start her Master’s program in Social Work. As Community Engagement Instructor, her goal is to assist CIP students to use community resources to gain independence while building a relationships within the Long Beach community. She has 10 years experience working with students who have learning differences in the school setting and loves the work that she does. In her spare time Shantae enjoys spending quality time with her husband, two children, and puppy. She enjoys going to the beach, hiking, themeparks and new adventures.
I am excited for all the fun activities as well as watching the summer students step of of their comfort zone and grow.
Gina Iannone, CIP Brevard Summer Program Coordinator
Gina graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2013 with her masters of social work. She is currently living in Melbourne, Florida and working with at risk youth in a school setting, as well as working with adults in a Behavioral Health setting. When she isn’t working Gina enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, watching movies, swimming and spending time with friends, family, and having fun outside with her dog, Genny.
Kimberly Franklin Goetz, CIP Berkeley Summer Program Coordinator
Kimberly has been in the field of education for over 20 years. After working in Corporate Training for the Disney Institute, she obtained her Teaching Credential and Master’s Degree in Education. Presently she is an elementary school teacher in Southern California. Working part-time with CIP, she began in the Summer of 2015 in Long Beach, and she is looking forward coordinating an exciting and enriching series of Summer Programs in Berkeley in 2016. In her spare time Kimberly enjoys local activities along the California Coast.