Peter Riddle, Visionary Educational Entrepreneur and Co-Founder
Peter has over 37 years of experience in the education field. A certified Structure of Intelligence (SOI) specialist and Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner, he has also developed training programs used in the comprehensive sensory-motor and visual processing gym, cognitive exercises, and Learning Strategies™. He is a recognized expert in the self-development field, parental involvement in children’s learning, and strategies that facilitate learning where traditional classroom methods have failed.
Richard A. Reutter, MD, FAAP, Medical Director and co- founder
Dr. Reutter is a nationally known developmental pediatrician in practice for 30 years, specializing in developmental, attention and behavior related disorders. He pioneered The Attention Center in Eatontown, New Jersey, devoted to the testing and treatment of children presenting ADHD symptoms. Dr. Reutter is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the first pediatrician to use the Neurolex℠ QEEG more than 10 years ago.
Herb Bilick, PhD., Director of Coaching & Parent Services and Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Bilick specializes in working with families, parents and children who struggle with the very challenging world of learning disabilities. In addition to offering psychological assessments, he is in the unique position of offering coaching and psychological services to these families who are part of the Empowered Learning Transformational Program. His services make a significant contribution to the Empowered Learning model by helping parents and adolescents achieve important goals and gain clarity in their everyday lives.
Robert Browning, Senior Teacher
Robert has over eight years of teaching in grades four, five, six, seven and eighth grade classrooms. He has been the fifth grade team leader, the sixth grade team leader, a mini-team ESOL leader, and a department head of the social studies department for the sixth grade. He has a four-year degree from Washington Adventist University in elementary education and a master’s degree in School counseling from Johns Hopkins University.
Heather Fortinberry, Senior Teacher
Motivated by helping others fulfill their own potential after years of teaching and caring for children of varying ages, Heather received a Master’s degree in psychology in 2002. For the following ten years, she proceeded to create, as well as implement, a variety of psychology courses to young adults in California. She is an author of the book “Logics of the Kingdom.” Uncovering bridges between varying disciplines, including physics and psychology, has generated a unique understanding of the human experience and an even greater desire to set people free to fulfill their own potential.
Jeff Mastroly, Center Director
Jeff, a Jersey City, N.J. native, attended high school at St. Rose High School in Belmar, N.J., where he was a state champion track and cross country runner. Jeff attended The College of N.J., where he competed in both track and cross country and majored in health and physical education teaching. He has been working and coaching at both private and public schools ever since.
Jeff began his working years as a high school cross country and track coach and substitute teacher in Hightstown, N.J. Soon after, he got his first job as a health and physical education teacher at Collier High School in Marlboro. Collier is a private non-profit high school for students with disabilities whose needs cannot be met by public schools. In the 2011 school year, Collier started a middle school that included a physical education program developed and run by Jeff.
Now a 15 year Collier veteran, Jeff realizes Collier and the Empowered Learning Transformation Centers are alike in many ways. Most important are the values – each puts the kids’ needs first; the atmosphere is loving, caring and fun; and all employees are working together for a common cause. Jeff wakes up every morning and cannot wait to get to work – they are places he wants to be, not has to be.
Denise Trimble, OTR, Occupational Therapist
Denise is a certified occupational therapist and parent. As an occupational therapist, she is intrigued by the connection between sensory motor and visual motor skills and how a child learns and functions. Her 9 year-old daughter attends the Empowered Learning Centers and has seen improvements in her upper body strength and fine motor coordination.
Elizabeth Brightbill, Senior Instructor
Elizabeth (Liz) Brightbill is an instructor at the Empowered Learning Transformation Center Hazlet. While working at ELC, Liz attended Monmouth University, where she received a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education Endorsement in Special Education and English in January 2012.
Liz has worked at the ELTC for approximately three years and continues to enjoy every minute of it. Being part of the ongoing success that the Empowered Learning Program has on students of all ages is extremely rewarding. ELTC is unlike many other learning centers in the fact that we work with individuals of all ages. The center is beneficial to individuals at all levels of achievement. Throughout the program our students are improving their sensory motor, visual processing, and cognitive skills; thus helping them to succeed in school, work, and life.