Staff Profiles

Alishia Griffith

Dr. Alisha Griffith Au.D CCC-SLP

Founder and President

Alisha Griffith is currently an Audiologist (a clinical doctor for people with hearing impairments) with the Department of Education. She is also dual certified as a state certified Speech Language Pathologist and has worked with children with various special needs for over 12 years. Alisha has also worked in the classroom as a Special Education teacher and at that time developed a passion for helping “exceptional” children.  Alisha also is a proud member and first degree black belt of the Vee Arnis Jujitsu martial arts program.  Alisha has a son that was diagnosed on the autistic spectrum but truly does not believe in labels or classification. She believes in recognizing each child as individuals and discovering their areas of strengths and weaknesses. Our goal as parents or therapists are to enhance and develop their strengths AND help to improve their weaknesses.

Philip Sheehy

Philip Sheehy

Vice President/Treasurer

Philip Sheehy has a (MSED) Master of Science degree in Education in School Counseling which makes him a certified school counselor and is pursuing another master’s degree in early education. He is also certified in CPR/First Aid, Kettlebell Training instructor and Self Defense instructor. Philip has been training in Vee Arnis Jitsu for 13 years under Professor David James. He has obtained a 5th degree black belt in Vee Arnis Jitsu, he has been teaching children and adults of various ages for the last 7 years.

Philip has worked as an intern as a guidance counselor for Urban Assembly Academy of Arts & Letters (middle school) as well as PS 503 Elementary School. Here he ran group sessions, dealt with children on a one to one ratios, ran parent programs to assist them in relating with their children as well as created a fitness program for his time at the schools.

Philip volunteered for various programs dealing with children. He worked in an 8 week program in Long Island called Family Project Program Merrick Middle School. Within this program he taught basic self-defense, basketball, and bowling to children ranging in 10-16 years of age with various disabilities (including non-ambulatory, Autistic and ADHD)

Leah DePena

Leah DePena


Leah DePena is a parent coordinator in a public school in the Coney Island area in Brooklyn.  She has dedicated her time and effort to empowering parents in getting involved and being a commanding force in their children’s education.  Her experience begins with working with the YWCA of The City of NYC.  The program was created to empower women in an effort to encourage and inspire women of all races to create and open doors for themselves.  Leah has spent 5 years with the non-profit organization working as one of the Site program directors for their elementary school programs here in Brooklyn.  She was proudly given the opportunity, to work with the school and community that she was born and raised in.  Leah is also very dedicated, hardworking and a member of the VAJ School of Defense martial arts program, for over 2 years and is very close to receiving her red with black stripe belt. She also helps out the children’s program at the dojo when her schedule permits. Leah plans to continue her education and work towards becoming a guidance counselor.