Professional Advisory Board


What does it take to build a Universally Accessible Playground? How do you meet the diverse needs of children of all abilities through play? Shane’s Inspiration has been asking these questions since our very first playground was a conversation around the kitchen table. More than a decade later, we strive to create the best in design and programming, thanks to the deep insight and expertise provided by our Professional Advisory Board. 

Our profound gratitude to the following individuals, many of whom have guided Shane’s Inspiration since our inception…

Madelyn Alfano—Owner and CEO, Maria’s Italian Kitchen

Niv Ashkenazi—Classical Violinist

Elizabeth Bachmeyer, M.A.—Physical Therapist, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Cecily Betz—Nursing Director, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Laura Braverman—Special Education Teacher, Bellingham Avenue Elementary

Josan Calendar—Retired Inclusion Specialist LAUSD Division of Special Education

Dr. Stacey Cohen-Maitre, Ph.D.—Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Beverly Daley—Social Work Faculty, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Karen Gilman—Social Worker, Exceptional Children’s Foundation

Fran Goldfarb—Parent Family Resources Director, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Cathy Hopp—Early Intervention Specialist

Randy Jacobson, M.A.—Pediatric Physical Therapist

Alice Kibele—Director, Occupational Therapy, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Judy Knecht, Special Education Teacher, AES Elementary School

Nancy Miller, Ph.D., LCSW

Judy Nelson—Associate Professor, Music Therapist, California State University Northridge

Dr. Trang Nguyen—Developmental Optometrist

Corky O’Rourke – Teacher on Special Assignment and Special Projects, College View School

Jennifer Powell—Parent Advocate

Elizabeth Spencer—Westside Family Resources & Empowerment Center

Sue Trautman—Founder & Director, Center for Developing Kids, Inc.

Jackie Valenzuela, Community Services Specialist, East LA Regional Center

Jessica Williamson, Advocate for People with Disabilities

Julienne Wish, Retired Educator, Horizon Hills Elementary School

Damin Hopkins, Educator, Chandler Middle School, Pasadena

To learn more or become involved with our Military Advisory Board, contact Tiffany Harris at (818) 988-5676 or



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