Zipporah Levi-Shackleford M.Ed., PBSF, EdD (c)
Founder, Director of Behavior & Academic Supports
Zipporah Levi-Shackleford is the Founder and Director of Behavioral & Academic Support for Creative Approach Development Center. She started the organization because of her personal experiences as a special needs sibling and mother. Zipporah provides a wide variety of services for individuals, ages 5 to 105, that experience challenges related to medical and learning disabilities. Some populations she provides supports for include individuals with autism, Down’s Syndrome, Asperger’s, Cerebral Palsy, PTSD, depression, anxiety and more. She provides this service to the special needs population by delivering the tools and resources necessary to aid them in achieving their highest possible abilities.
Zipporah believes that having a direct hands-on, interactive approaches allows her clients to make the massive, positive changes needed to succeed. Her belief is that everyone should live the life based on their choices.
As a champion for the disability community, Zipporah has developed and harbored relationships with community members such as having a strong presence with local schools as well as working side by side with the Governor of Virginia. Her skills and expertise has allowed her to teach large audiences around the country. Thus, she is frequently requested to teach conferences for young professionals, public/private school trainings and other events specialized in helping people learn and understand more about the special needs population.
Zipporah’s education stems from having an Associate’s in Elementary Education, a Bachelor’s in Child Development, a Master’s in Education, and she is currently working towards a Doctorate in education specializing in Instructional Technology which she is using to develop online trainings, apps, and other digital resources to further educate people with disabilities and their support teams. In addition to this, Zipporah has certifications in Disability Leadership, Positive Behavior Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Furthermore, she has personal experience with the special needs community as she herself has four children. Each with multiple diagnoses including Autism, Asperger’s and Down’s Syndrome. She takes all cases and opportunities seriously as she has experienced and encountered many events throughout her life causing her to become an avid and passionate ally with the population.
Moshe Z. Levi LPN, MBA (c)
Senior Administrative Coordinator
Moshe Levi is the Senior Administrative Coordinator for Creative Approach Development Center. His role at Creative Approach is overseeing daily operations as well as designing and coordinating events and workshops. These events and workshops are designed regarding topics pertinent to the special needs community.
Moshe believes that patience, hard work and determination can help individuals overcome many challenges. Diagnosed at grade school with a learning disability himself, Moshe knows the stress, frustrations and even disappointments faced with challenges related to finding and securing resources. With this experience, Moshe has dedicated his life to ensure that others with similar challenges have greater opportunities today, than there were yesterday.
Moshe Levi has worked as a rehabilitative nurse for 7 years. He is also an AmeriCorps Alum with experience working with children from many diverse backgrounds and needs.
Moshe is a licensed practical nurse (LPN), has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He has led and trained countless audiences regarding diversity training, creating inclusive environments and helping to create better communication between individuals.
Lavenia Beverly B.A
Academic Life Coach
Driven, passionate and dreamer are all words to describe Lavenia Beverly. Even as a child she knew she was born to be a helper. Serving others just came natural to her. In 2007 she was named Homecoming Queen of Hermitage High School. While in undergrad, she worked with inner city “at- risk” youth to find positive outlets using art and education. After earning a Bachelor Degree from Old Dominion University in 2014, Lavenia worked with youth in foster care recovering from severe trauma. Then she decided to take a year off from work and school to serve as a member of AmeriCorps, ReadingCorps, where she volunteered over 1500 hours to help efforts to close the literacy gap in tri-cities Virginia schools. Lavenia has both personal and professional experience with youth and adults with various levels physical and mental abilities. She’s currently taking courses to earn a Master of School Counseling, expected in 2019. With a passion for human services and education she has big dreams of serving today’s youth. Nurturing and fostering a sense of confidence, pride, and education. Lavenia’s personal mission is in line with CADC’s mission to bring all abilities to their fullest potential!