Administrative Department

Asha Persaud, MS

Chief Executive Officer

Asha Persaud is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Hope Learning Center. In this role, she leverages more than 15 years of expertise in the fields of clinical and school based therapy, behavioral intervention services, specialized education alternatives, and executive management to lead a team of educators and therapists in the delivery of customized services to children on the autism spectrum. Ms. Persaud oversees all levels of corporate direction and strategy at The Hope Learning Center, facilitating company activity in contracts, consulting, innovation and development. Under Asha’s leadership The Hope Learning Center has grown its programming to include outpatient therapy, three privately licensed schools, development and operation of a customer relation management system, teletherapy practice, and an early childhood education center. She has consistently developed high-quality, groundbreaking services to deliver on the mission of The Hope Learning Center by being the premier provider of educational and therapeutic services for children with special needs.

Meaghan Nescot

Center Director

Meaghan Nescot joined The Hope Learning Center in 2009 and works closely with the administrative, therapeutic and educational staff in overseeing the day to day operations of the center. Meaghan earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a minor in Psychology from Geneva College. Meaghan has several years of experience working one on one as a Therapeutic Staff Support for children with Autism, Asperger’s,Down Syndrome, ADHD, and behavioral issues prior to her start at Hope. She has also volunteered her time working in different settings with children such as after school programs, summer camps, alternative housing for children, and schools.

Andrew Petro

Operations Manager

Andrew Petro joined The Hope Learning Center in 2018 and holds his B.S.Ed. from Geneva College and an MA in Higher Education and Administration (also from Geneva College). Licensed as an elementary teacher (K-6) and Business and Computer Information Technology (K-12) Andrew has a number of years experience with a focus of work in operations and administration. Andrew was an instructional leader and technology manager at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School for a decade and a private education consultant for online learning and curriculum development for the past four years.


Audrey Mackie

Office Manager, Assistant to The Executive Director

Audrey Mackie joined The Hope Learning Center in 2011 working in an administrative capacity. Audrey earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Communication Studies with a minor in Journalism from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Audrey has an extensive background in media and public relations in addition to event planing. Audrey works closely with the executive director and administrative team managing day to day operations, client relations and staff needs. In addition to her administrative duties Audrey assists in planning and executing the annual Night with Santa event at Hope to benefit The Hope for Autism Foundation.

Ashley Dembowski

Service Coordinator

Ashley Dembowski joined The Hope Learning Center in 2017. Ashley has worked as a substitute teacher in various districts and classrooms and later worked as a paraprofessional for two years, and a long term substitute Special Education teacher for two years. These positions allowed Ashley to gain a wide variety of knowledge and experience in the education field, as well as allowing her to work with students of varying disabilities and ages.

Lisa Kushner

Billing Coordinator

Lisa Kushner joined The Hope Learning Center in 2018. Lisa received her Bachelor's degree from University of Pittsburgh in Health Information/Medical Records Administration and has numerous years of experience as a Licensed Registered Record Administrator. Lisa has brought great knowledge and experience with her to The Hope Learning Center and works closely with administration on all aspects of insurance intake, eligibility, benefits and billing across settings here at Hope.