MEET THE STAFF
"My hearts a stereo, it beats for you so listen close."
-Gym Class Heroes
Guided Transitions for Supported Individuals, LLC was founded in Akron, OH by Owner, Brandon Farr. He has been involved in the special needs and special education community for over 10 years. He continues to encourage families and clients to strive for individuality regardless of their behaviors or other barriers. Helping families find resources, helping clients learn new skills, and ultimately advocating for special needs is why Brandon does what he does!
" Miss Brandie"
Miss Brandie is beginning her 4th year of teaching with us this school year as an Intervention Specialist. She has spent majority of her teaching with students with severe behavior and cognitive needs. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Intervention Specialist from The University of Akron and her Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis from The University of Cincinnati. In her free time, Miss. Brandie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, couponing, playing board games, and traveling!
Program & Community
Tiffany graduated from Kent State University in 2006 with a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She is certified by the Ohio Board of Speech Language Pathology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Tiffany draws from both professional and personal experiences to guide her practices. She has a son who struggles with sensory challenges, which fuels her commitment to ensure that families concerns are heard and are addressed as a family unit, not just focused on the individual.
She has 12 years experence providing assessments and intervention in a variety of settings including hospitals/acute care, skilled nursing facilities, preschools, public school, and private companies whose focus is individuals with special needs. She also has 6 years experience supervising graduate students in the Speech Pathology program and Speech Therapists in their clinical fellowship year of training.
Her expertise includes Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Integration, Articulation Disorders, functional skill development and Routine Based Integration. She believes early detection/intervention and Routine-Based Integration are vital for empowering families, maximizing the rate of skill development, and maintaining the level of gains achieved.
Tiffany is a mother of 4 children who enjoys learning, spending time with her husband and children,and engaging in new experiences.
Ed Davis "Mr. Ed"
Edward Davis (“Mr. Ed”) is a graduate of North High School and The University of Akron, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Education with concentration areas in Language Arts and Science. Ed also obtained his State of Ohio teaching license (Grades 4-9). He has cared for and worked with children of different abilities in many different settings, including his own younger brothers, as a YMCA summer camp counselor, a tutor throughout high school and college, a homeschool teacher, and a Montessori Assistant Teacher. His empathy and understanding of students’ individual needs helps him give each student exactly what they need. In his spare time, Ed likes working in the garage, tinkering, building, and repairing. He also loves working on and learning about cars, especially historic imports.
Miss Katy is a graduate of Akron Early College High School and of the University of Akron, with an associate’s degree. Miss Katy has been working in the special education field for about a year, in both group homes and at school. Currently, Miss Katy is an educational aide and focuses on building transition skills in our students out in the community. In her free time, Miss Katy enjoys crafting, listening to music, spending time with friends and watching TV.
“Mr.Lunden is a graduate of Copley High School and while he’s not enrolled currently he plans on returning in the near future to finish his PTA Degree. Mr.Lunden has been working in the special needs field for a year now and is an educational aide at the high school. He spends much of his time out at vocational sites with the students or in the classroom helping them where he can.Mr.Lunden in his spare time enjoys listening to music,watching tv,playing video games and exercising.”
Assistant to the Director
Mr. Shawn has been married for 3 years and has a chocolate lab and miniature dachshund. He found his passion for working with individuals with disabilities while volunteering in high school. He graduated from Kent State University with his bachelor's degree in Moderate to Intensive Educational Needs and then continued on to get his Masters in Special Education from Vanderbilt University where he also completed course work and experience requirements in behavior analysis. He became a BCBA in 2018 and has extensive experience working with students with severe and challenging behavior. When he isn't working he likes to compete in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, loves to fish and take his dogs to the park.
Mr. Boyd has been married for 22 years to his wife, Wendy. Two sons, Ben and Luke, one of which has Autism. Mr. Boyd comes from a Customer Service and Marketing background with his BA and MBA in Business, Communication, and Marketing areas. He changed career paths to working with special needs as an Educational Assistant for 4 years and a Teacher for students with Autism for 2 years. He has his Intervention Specialist licensure and will finish his M.Ed. MMIS degree with Reading Endorsement from Notre Dame College very soon. In his free time, Mr. Boyd enjoys gardening, boating, and spending time with his family which includes 3 rescue dogs. His passion for helping students achieve their goals is why Mr. Boyd loves this field.
Mr. Beisel has worked with special needs students for several years, helping them become the best versions of themselves and achieve their goals. He comes from a family of caregivers and educators and has a strong passion for aiding and educating those in need of assistance. In his free time, Mr. Beisel spends time with his family and friends, video games, and enjoys the creative side of life. With art being one of his hobbies, Mr. Beisel brings his gift of art and creativity to Guided Transitions for all of the projects and activities we do.
Mary Beth Blake
"Miss Mary Beth"
Miss Mary Beth is an educational aide who has had experience in the special needs field for the past 4 years as a personal care provider, companion, and tutor. She received her Bachelors in Biochemistry with a minor in Spanish from John Carroll University ‘17 and plans to attend medical school in the next few years. Until then she has found joy in helping the special needs community. In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, playing softball, painting, and traveling.
Mr. Chad was born in Barberton and a graduate of Kenmore High School. He currently lives in Akron, OH with his fiancé Sonia and daughter Andrea. He comes with experience in the special education field, previously working as a head of program that focused on vocational and occupational therapy skills. Chad has a degree in Occupational Therapy and brings many of his experience into the classroom and community of Guided Transitions. Some of his hobbies include reading, going to dinner with family and friends, and spending time with his Mother. Mr. Chad loves working in this field and feels that if you love what you're doing, you'll never work a day in your life. We are glad to have you on the team!
Katherine Krebs "Miss Katherine"
Miss Katherine joins us as an Administrative Assistant, leaving her previous management position. She was born and raised in California but moved to Ohio in 2013 to attend Kent State University. She is currently getting her Bachelor’s in Accounting. She has a little sister with Down Syndrome, her name is Stephanie. Katherine has two cats named Smokey and Abbey. While she is not at work, Katherine enjoys spending time with her cats and watching movies. She is excited to help Guided Transitions and the staff to be the best version we can be to serve our families!