Consultants

George Olshin,
Consultant,
Ph.D.

Dr. Olshin is a Professor of Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. He has been at SCSU for over 40 years. In addition to teaching graduate level classes he also coordinates the Interdisciplinary Special Education Program. He has previously held positions as a Special Education Teacher in New York City, worked at the Department of Education for the State of Georgia, and has worked for the US Department of Education in Washington D.C.

Dr. Olshin received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Columbia University in New York City and received his Doctorate from the University of Georgia.

He has been a consultant to Grove School for over 30 years and currently serves as the President of Grove School's advisory board. He functions as the Grove School liaison with SCSU. Dr. Olshin works with Grove School staff in their professional graduate studies and helps direct their ongoing training in the field of Special Education.  He also makes it possible for Grove School graduates who choose to attend SCSU to have an on-campus connection with someone who is very familiar with both programs.

All Grove juniors and seniors have an opportunity to visit the SCSU campus to prepare them for the college experience and to ease the enrollment process.

Dr. Olshin spends most of his free time developing and designing new experiential educational courses/activities as well as travelling and reading.

Susan Roy Mosca,
Consultant,
MS, CCC/SLP

Sue is a speech language pathologist who specializes in the treatment of individuals with pragmatic language and social cognitive deficits. Prior to joining Grove School in 2003, she worked in public and private settings providing diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative services to children and adults with a wide range of communication and social challenges. She began her private practice in 1993. Sue brings over 30 years of experience in a variety of treatment methodologies including Social Thinking®.

Sue received her BA in Communication Disorders from the University of Rhode Island, her MS and Sixth Year Certificate in Speech Pathology from Southern Connecticut State University. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association, is a voting member of the Connecticut Speech Language Hearing Association, and serves on several shoreline advisory boards.

Communication and the ability to successfully relate to others is vital to the student’s academic, vocational, and personal success.  Grove School’s unique, relationship-based approach provides the ideal context for teaching effective communication and social relating across all life environments. It is especially suited for students on the Autism Spectrum who require natural, but direct intervention. Sue works with Grove students in individual and group settings. She conducts evaluations and consults with staff members on a regular basis. 

Amy Roy,
Consultant,
RD, CD-N

Amy is a Registered Dietitian and CT Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist specializing in individual counseling for a variety of nutrition issues including Weight Management, Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes, Disease Prevention, Eating Disorders, Vegetarian Nutrition, Food Allergies and General Nutrition/Wellness.

Amy has almost twenty years experience in nutritional counseling and has worked in a variety of settings including university food service, health clubs and outpatient counseling facilities. Amy is passionate about assisting others to feel healthier, live healthier and to embrace the many benefits of mental and physical well-being. She loves the supportive, caring atmosphere and the team of support provided to each student at Grove. Amy is proud to be able to work within such a wonderful community.  
 
Amy received her BS in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut with a concentration in Dietetics and completed her Dietetic Internship at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, CT. She also had an opportunity to study abroad in The Netherlands as part of her internship experience.
 
Amy began consulting at Grove in 2008. She lives locally with her daughter and son and in her free time enjoys fitness, yoga, reading, vegetarian cooking and time at the beach.
 
Emily Webster,
Drama Coordinator,
Consultant

A 30 year veteran of the entertainment industry, Emily Webster found her earliest success in front of the camera. As a child actress she worked steadily in film and TV, participating in some of the 80s most iconic material. As a teenager she expanded her work into the New York theater world at such esteemed houses as the WPA and with John Guare at Lincoln Center.

After studying at Bennington College in Vermont and the American Musical Dramatic Academy in NY, Emily retired from performance in order to become a talent agent. Her mentoring approach allowed her clients to achieve impressive success, and Emily was soon considered one of the top agents in Los Angeles. While working in Hollywood, Emily was an Artist in Residence at Beverly Hills High School’s Drama Department. She was also a panelist for the The Academy of Arts and Sciences and taught sold out workshops such as “The Art of Auditioning” and “Finding the Character and Telling the Story" at a variety of acting studios.

After 15 years as an executive agent and department head, Emily relocated her family to Connecticut to focus her professional interests on what she loves the most: seeking the triumph and transcendence of performance through teaching. Since living on the CT Shoreline, Emily has taught and developed programming from Fairfield to Essex, including on camera classes at The Actor’s Gym in Hamden, master classes for the Hartford Children’s Theater (now Hartford Stage), public and private school workshops throughout the state, guest speaking at CT Kids on Stage events, and judging for the National High School Musical Theater Awards.  Emily spent five years as the original instructor of the thriving PAW curriculum for the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut in Trumbull and was a core director at Oddfellows Playhouse.  She also developed a program that adapted classical material for at risk youth and children of incarcerated parents.

At the heart of Emily’s teaching is a focus on the kind of student driven work that can engage a participant’s authentic voice through creativity. Emily firmly believes theater skills are life skills. Grove has proven a perfect environment for Emily’s love of theater and its healing properties. She is so proud of the courage and commitment the students bring to all of their performing pursuits.

Emily has also studied nutrition and is a certified spin instructor, currently teaching seven classes a week, one of which is devoted exclusively for Grove staff and student. 

Emily, her husband, and their four redheaded children enjoy living in the woods of North Madison!