The Strength of Our Services Comes From Our People

The Shafer Center’s multi-disciplinary team of dedicated professionals provides a whole-child approach to addressing the special needs of each child we serve, and the unique needs of each family we welcome into ours.

Our Multidisciplinary Team Leaders

Helen Shafer, President & Founder

helen-shaferIn addition to serving as President and Founder of The Shafer Center for Early Intervention, Helen is also founder of IZI Medical Products, a leading manufacturer of high quality medical devices. She sits on the boards of the Autism Society Baltimore Chesapeake Chapter and Garrison Forest School where she is an alumni and current parent.

Christine Accardo Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, Director of Clinical Programs

christine-accardoChristine Accardo is the Director of Clinical Programs for The Shafer Center for Early Intervention and is an Adjunct Faculty member at the Johns Hopkins school of education. Dr. Accardo is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral a licensed psychologist and received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Medical Center.  For over 20 years, Dr. Accardo has developed and provided clinical consultation services for in-home and in-school autism programs for children and young adults. Her other professional experience includes providing psychological, educational, and cognitive assessments to teenagers with cognitive and learning disabilities, and providing counseling and therapy services to adolescents and young adults.

Megan Gosey, Director of Education

Megan Gosey is the Director of Education for The Shafer Center for Early Intervention and is a certified teacher in the areas of Special Education and General Education. Megan earned her Master’s degree in Special Education specializing in a Leader in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Towson University. She taught special education in Baltimore County Public Schools for seven years and then joined The Shafer Center as a special education teacher. Megan then began her role as the Director of Education, overseeing the academic programming for students in the Center.