Kids On The Go Staff 2018
Meet Our Team!
Kristin Piana Schena, M.S., CCC-SLP
has changed and enhanced the opportunities for pediatric patients in the Detroit metro area. The camp has grown exponentially over the years. In 1999, one course was offered and 13 scholarships were granted. In 2017, 28 courses were offered and more than 300 scholarships were awarded. Additionally, the camp served children ages 3-14 until 2017, when the range was extended to 17 years. In total, Mrs. Schena’s efforts with Kids on the Go has impacted the lives of more than 2,000 scholarship recipients. Developing new programs to benefit patients is something Mrs. Schena began much earlier in her career at BiCounty Hospital, where she helped developed two transdisciplinary programs to help improve independence and quality of life for patients recovering from laryngectomy surgery.
Since 1998, Mrs. Schena has been working passionately to assist the pediatric special needs population with the needs-based summer camp Kids on the Go through fundraising events, marketing, communications, networking and managing the day-to-day operations. Additionally, Mrs. Schena has always welcomed students of various specialties to volunteer at the camp—providing them much needed clinical observation hours as well as supervised exposure and experience with the pediatric population they are intending to work with upon graduation. She has applied her clinical experience and expertise with her networking and management abilities to create and sustain a camp that is of no cost to the families while also providing services during the summer months when many would otherwise not receive their much-needed speech/occupational/physical therapies. For more than 17 years, Mrs. Schena used her clinical skills as a speech-language pathologist at an otolaryngologist’s private practice performing videostroboscopy, for which she has additional certification. She began working with Dr. Michael Sherbin in 2000. As a staff therapist at Beaumont Grosse Pointe, Mrs. Schena provided therapy for acute care and outpatient clients from 2004-2011. Prior, she provided similar services for patients at St. John Oakland Hospital/ Lakeshore Communications Disorders from 2001-2004. During her tenure as the Director of Speech-Language Pathology for Acute Care, Pediatric and Outpatient Services at Bi-County Hospital, Mrs. Schena helped developed the Laryngectomy Recovery Program & the Transdisciplinary Ventilator Team.
In 2018, Mrs. Schena was honored with an Outstanding Alumnae Award by Michigan State University Communication Arts & Sciences Department. In 2016, Mrs. Schena became a member of the International Women’s Day Mom-to-Mom Conference in conjunction with Michigan State University, Kodomo Center for Autism in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and Kids on the Go. In 2016, Mrs. Schena was also published in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Publication, the ASHA Leader: Spirited Solutions.
Additionally, she was:
• featured in The Grosse Pointe News as its “Pointer of Interest”
• the recipient of the Michigan Speech Language Hearing Association Service Award Program of Note
• the recipient of a Bowling Green State University Achievement Scholarship
Amanda Bungard, M.A., SLPA
Lisa Crystal M.Ed. ATR
Michelle Harr, M.A., CCC-SLP
Carly Hickey, COTA
Shaun Hickey, COTA
At the age of 4 Anthony was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), which is on the Autism Spectrum (ASD). Doctors and specialists told Anthony’s parents that he would barely graduate from high school, would never graduate from college, would never have a shot at being an athlete and would likely live in a group institution with other Autistic kids for his adult life. His family was devastated but pledged they would help Anthony be successful no matter what.
And he is. Despite bullies, adversity and numerous personal challenges Anthony worked hard and never gave up. Not only did he earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University in Sociology he is the first known athlete with autism to play Big 10 basketball. Anthony played for legendary coach Tom Izzo while at MSU. He won two Big Ten Championships, a Big Ten Tournament Title, was the recipient of the 2011 Tim Bograkos Walk On Award and the 2012 Unsung Player Award, and was also a member of the 2010 Final Four team.
Anthony has pledged his life and career to help those who face similar challenges. He has been invited to tell his story and share his message across the country and has inspired countless individuals to “LYD”- Live Your Dreams.
Kathleen Lubera, M.A., CCC-SLP, Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist
Sara Martin, M.A. CCC-SLP
Renee Pieciak PT
Kathy Smith, Certified Therapeutic Recreational Therapist
Maria Streberger, B.S.N.
Molly Truitt, COTA
Pennie Wysocki-DuBay, BS, COTAL