Gwenn Blau, MS, works closely with the Executive Director of the Hackett Center for Mental Health to support program planning and development, and the coordination of efforts to improve services, expand the use of evidence-based best practices, and put policy into practice.
Prior to joining the Center, Gwenn worked as the High School Education Director in a private, non-profit organization serving individuals with a wide range of disabilities. Throughout her 38-year career as a public and private school classroom teacher and administrator, Gwenn provided a positive educational experience for children with language and learning disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities and/or other health impairments. She worked at all levels – elementary, middle, and high school, as well as with youth transitioning to adulthood. 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 is a highly organized professional with 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 team at the Treatment and Learning Centers (TLC) 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, Special Education, from the University of Central Connecticut.