Hope Learning Center Staff
Classes and social groups are facilitated by professionals and volunteers with qualifications within that particular area. All staff and volunteers have required background checks and clearances.
Marie Haney graduated from Messiah College with B.S. in Home Economics. She has worked in the public school district for over 7 years with students on the autism spectrum and as a Disabilities Program coordinator at a local church for 10 years serving over 100 families and working with students ages 2 - 35 with various disabilities. She has completed four years of continuing education courses at the National Autism Conference at Penn State. Marie is responsible for programming, enrollment, and community partnerships at Hope Learning Center.
Anne Hughes earned a BS in Special Education from Millersville University and has worked as a teacher and parent educator for almost 30 years. Anne has experience working with students and young adults with autism and a variety of developmental disabilities, in both school and community based settings. At Hope Learning Center, Anne assists with programming and curriculum development.
Gwen Damiani earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Temple University. She has worked as a Teacher’s Assistant for Montgomery County Easter Seals Early Intervention program and has assisted families in negotiating medical challenges while working as a Medical Social Worker. Gwen helped families in crisis while working as a County Social worker and has provided crisis intervention and counseling for children and adolescents in a school
environment. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Gwen assists Hope Learning Center with Curriculum and Group Discussion and is available for counseling needs and concerns.
Tyler Haney graduated from West Chester University with a BA in History (with Honors) and a minor in Museum Studies in May 2020. While at West Chester University, Tyler participated in the Dub-C Autism program (DCAP). In October 2021, Tyler was hired as Assistant Product Manager for Bachmann Trains in Philadelphia. At HLC, Tyler leads the Advisory Board which is composed of other young adults on the spectrum and provides valuable insight to HLC based on their experiences. He also serves as a consultant for programming, and helps with workshops, speaking engagements, and student discussion groups.
Steve Haney earned his MBA from Eastern University and is a full-time professor of marketing at Cairn University. Prior to teaching full time, Steve started and developed various marketing departments of Fortune 100 companies and non-profit organizations. Steve is responsible for all business aspects of HLC, facilitates discussion groups and mentors students.