Keena was always a teacher. As a child, she would play "school" every afternoon, lining up her stuffed animals in rows. The teddy bears were fascinated with the world around them and proved to be studious pupils. These stuffies were among the most elite in Queens, New York, able to read and write even without eyelids or thumbs. Currently, Keena lives in Marin County, California, with her real-life stuffed animal named Dandelion. Keena is in her third year of a doctoral program specializing in literacy and autism, and is also a full-time lead teacher for students on the autism spectrum. She has been in the field of education for over 12 years and is a passionate literacy specialist. In her spare time, she swings in her hammock, drinks green tea and dreams up impossible ideas. Keena is lucky enough to have a mom who worked at St. John's University for 20 years in order to gift her a college education, so she will never stop learning! She has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, a Master's in School Counseling, and is presently a third-year student in the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Literacy at St. John's University.
When Liz was a child, one of her favorite activities was to sit on her stoop in Brooklyn and repeat the phrase, “How could there be a me?” She did not waver from this activity until she was truly incredulous. Liz has always been fascinated with the human mind, which led her from a New York theater career to one as an MFT and drama therapist in California. In 2006 she fell in love with this amazing population, and of her 20 years of clinical experience, the last 14 have been working exclusively with children and teens on the spectrum. Liz is an adjunct professor at The California Institute of Integral Studies and provides psychotherapy at The Helix School in Mill Valley. She maintains a private practice, and is a national presenter on creative approaches with autism. Liz has a B.A. in Undergraduate Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a Master's in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. When not plotting with Keena, Liz can be found tending her garden, singing jazz standards or decoding her cat's meows.