Gwenn Blau, MS, serves as Chief of Staff for The Hackett Center for Mental Health and works closely with the Executive Director to support program planning and development, the coordination of efforts to improve services, expanding the use of evidence-based best practices, and “Putting Policy Into Practice TM”. Gwennn develops infrastructure and processes to support efficient work practices, coordinates the execution of strategic initiatives, oversees the day-to-day operations, supervises and mentors staff to increase professional growth, promotes teamwork, and creates a positive work environment.
Prior to joining the Meadows Institute, Gwenn worked at a private, non-profit high school and served as the High School Education Director for individuals with a wide range of disabilities. Throughout her 38-year career, Gwenn provided a positive educational experience for children with language and learning disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities and/or other health impairments. She played an instrumental role in the development and opening of a special education high school program by creating curriculum, writing policy, implementing best practices, addressing regulatory requirements and coaching staff. Gwenn has expertise in operations and management, program development, and relationship building. She has received a number of awards, including the prestigious Lucille Coker Award, selected by the executive management for exemplary performance, and the Outstanding Teamwork Award from the TLC Board of Directors.
Gwenn received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of South Florida and a Master of Science in Special Education from the University of Central Connecticut.