Helping students with special needs maximize their potential

Our Story

Founded by a father of a child with a severe stutter, Amplio’s solutions are developed in consultation with parents and a world-class advisory board, professors, and school administrators with expertise in special populations. Our platform is secure and we work according to HIPAA, FERPA and COPPA requirements. Tens of thousands of students have received services and interventions using the Amplio platform since the solution was launched in 2019.


Dr. Yair Shapira

Founder and CEO

Dr. Yair Shapira is the founder and CEO of Amplio. Following two decades as an executive in successful start ups, he founded Amplio to help the millions of children with special needs maximize their potential, starting with his son, who stutters. His previous roles include executive positions in sales, marketing, business development and R&D. Dr. Shapira holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and speech processing from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

Ilan Atias


Following several years as a senior management consultant to Amplio, Ilan Atias became the company’s President in August 2021. He is a seasoned entrepreneur, founder and former CEO of a NASDAQ-traded company who brings exceptional expertise and insights on business management, strategy, leadership, product/market fit, operational know-how, fundraising, growth and M&A. In addition to serving as a senior consultant for dozens of companies, he previously served as President and co-founder of PowerDsine (now a Microsemi company). He holds a BSc in electrical engineering from the Technion: Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Kathleen Whitmire

Senior Advisor

Dr. Kathleen Whitmire is a senior advisor for Amplio. She has held positions at the National Center for Learning Disabilities, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), universities, and public schools. A nationally certified speech-language pathologist, Dr. Whitmire is also a board-certified specialist in child language and language disorders, an ASHA Fellow and the recipient of ASHA Honors. She has published and presented extensively at the international, national, and state levels, and served on a number of professional boards. Dr. Whitmire holds a PhD from the University of Rochester.

Jack Dilanian

Chief Revenue Officer

Jack Dilanian is Amplio’s Chief Revenue Officer, bringing more than two decades of leadership experience in education technology, where he’s led teams that support clients across the full relationship life cycle. Previously, he was a commercial leader at organizations such as Blackboard, where he was an early member of the founding team, and Hobsons, where he was responsible for all North American K-20 sales and client success efforts. Over his career, Mr. Dilanian has helped build education partnerships that have generated over $2B in value for students, parents, teachers and administrators. He is a true entrepreneur, growth generator and market disruptor.

Dr. Yoav Medan

Founding CTO and Mentor

Dr. Yoav Medan, is the co-founder and CTO of Amplio. Following three decades as a senior researcher and VP-level executive, he co-founded Amplio to help the millions of children with special needs maximize their potential, starting with his late son, who was born profoundly deaf. His previous roles include positions at IBM Research and INSIGHTEC, the world leader in focused ultrasound incisionless surgery. Dr. Medan holds a Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He is a social entrepreneur, TED speaker, member of the prestigious 8400 Health Network, visiting researcher at the Technion EE faculty and a mentor to medical technology startups.

Eran Raichel

Chief Product Officer

Eran Raichel is Amplio’s Chief Product Officer, previously serving as the company’s VP of R&D. Prior to joining Amplio, he served in senior R&D and software management roles at companies such as Pipl, a developer of identity verification and fraud detection solutions, as well as in the field of advertising technology. He brings expertise in large distributed systems and client-side applications. He holds a B.Sc. in computer science from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC).

Mikhal Katz-Francois

CFO & General Counsel

Mikhal Katz-Francois is the Chief Finance Officer of Amplio and General Counsel, responsible for the legal, compliance, financial and administration aspects of the company. She comes to Amplio with more than 16 years of experience in the legal field. Her previous roles include General Counsel to BrightSource Energy and associate in the commercial litigation and energy department at Day Pitney LLP. She holds an LLB from the Hebrew University and an LLM from New York University.

Zvi Moshkovitz

Chief Marketing Officer

Zvi Moshkoviz is Amplio’s Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for activities in an organization that have to do with creating, communicating and delivering offerings that have value for customers, clients or business partners. Zvi has global experience in areas of marketing, product management, sales, and business development, with proven track record in Conversational AI, Chatbots, IoT, security, mobile, telecom, ERP, SaaS, B2B and B2C, as well as Growth, demand generation, digital marketing, branding, PR and thought leadership, strategy, positioning and messaging, go-to-market, digital transformation.

Rebecca Bishop

VP of Pedagogy

Rebecca Bishop is Amplio’s VP of Pedagogy, responsible for all of Amplio’s clinical services aspects. A certified Speech-Language Pathologist from the University of Washington, Rebecca holds a record of more than 20 years of experience in speech-language therapy and aural habilitation, with specialization in hearing loss and cochlear implants, clinical research and other aspects of intervention & educational support for students with communication disorders.

Board of Directors & Advisors

Dr. Herbert Baum

Advisory Council

During his 35-year career as a statistician and program evaluator, Dr. Herbert Baum has worked for the National Institutes of Health, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a number of consulting firms. His research has been published in numerous refereed journals and presented at international and national conferences. In addition, Dr. Baum has served on numerous professional boards. He received the NIH Director's award, among other accolades. Currently he is an adjunct faculty member at Guilford College teaching Elementary Statistics, runs his own program evaluation consulting practice, and reviews education grants for the State of North Carolina. He received his doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Jean Blosser

Advisory Council Chair

Dr. Jean Blosser is passionate about creating service delivery systems that are educationally relevant, collaborative, and outcomes based. She consults with schools and organizations to build interprofessional teams and to develop innovative solutions to difficult special education challenges. Her numerous publications include books and resources for SLPs, educators, and parents including: School Programs in Speech-Language Pathology: Organization and Service Delivery; Pediatric Brain Injury: Proactive Assessment and Intervention; and Let’s Talk Today: A Calendar of Daily Activities for Teaching Language Skills at Home. She is a Fellow of The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and The National Academies of Practice.

Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan

Advisory Council

Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan, Ed.D, is a Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist and a Certified Academic Language Therapist. She is the Director of Valley Speech Language and Learning Center in Brownsville, Texas, and is the author of Esperanza (HOPE), a Spanish language program designed to assist students who struggle with learning to read. She was the co-principal investigator of a longitudinal study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Institute for Education Science that examined the oracy and literacy development in English and Spanish of Spanish-speaking children. Elsa serves as the Chairperson of the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities and is the Past Vice-President of the International Dyslexia Association. She has authored numerous curricular programs, book chapters, and journal articles.

Kyle Epps

Advisory Council

Kyle Epps is the Coordinator of the Speech and Language Program in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). He oversees a dynamic administrative team that supports close to 700 speech and language providers in LAUSD who provide services and supports to more than 30,000 students. Kyle has served ASHA as a member of the Continuing Education Board, a committee member of the Ad hoc committee on the Next Generation and participated in the Leadership in Schools Leadership Development Program. He has also been very active in the California Speech Language Hearing Association. He received a MA in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies with an emphasis in SLP from CSU, Fresno.

Ellen Estomin

Advisory Council

During her 40 year career with the School District of Pittsburgh, Ellen Estomin has served in numerous administrative positions and finished her career as Executor Director, Program for Students with Exceptionalities. Throughout her career, she was an advocate for changes in legislation, funding, and service delivery, for implementation of caseload/ workload strategies, and for development of partnerships to address the needs of students and families underserved because of poverty, race/ethnicity or cultural and linguistic diversity. She is an ASHA Fellow and served in a myriad of leadership roles as a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and as an invited speaker for numerous presentations. Currently Ellen is a consultant for school districts, universities and non-profit management.

Teresa Laney

Advisory Council

CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Coordinator for the Mississippi DOE, State Education Agencies Communication Disabilities Council Board member.

Andrea Lowe

Advisory Council

Bringing the parent perspective to the Advisory Council, Andrea is passionate about community and effective whole-life education. She serves to cooperate within the collective voice to assist in developing solid and abiding solutions.

Charlette McRay Green

Advisory Council

Charlette McRay Green is the Executive Director of 504 and Special Education for the Cherokee County School District in Canton Georgia. She is an ASHA Fellow and a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language. Charlette is a Georgia Council of Administrators of Special Education past president and she formerly worked for the Georgia Department of Education as an Education Program Specialist.

Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy

Advisory Council

Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, CCC-SLP is the Executive Director at The Summit School in Edgewater, MD, an independent school serving children with dyslexia and other learning differences. Prior to this position, Dr. Mele-McCarthy served as Senior Policy Advisor and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Her work includes presentation of peer reviewed research-to-practice papers and presentations on dyslexia, executive functions, and oral language foundations for academic achievement. Her publications include articles and book chapters related to policy for federal education legislation, students with disabilities, and English Learners with disabilities.

Matt Montaño

Advisory Council

Matt Montaño is superintendent of Bernalillo Public Schools in New Mexico, the same district where he began his career as a substitute teacher and served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Prior to returning to Bernalillo Public Schools, Matt was deputy commissioner of special populations at the Texas Education Agency, where he oversaw efforts to strengthen and support special education throughout the state. That work encompassed programs at every level of the public education system and involved close collaboration with students, families, and teachers, as well as campus- and district-level administrators. Matt also served as deputy secretary of teaching and learning at the New Mexico Public Education Department. Before that, he was the state education department’s director of educator quality. He holds a master’s in special education from the College of Santa Fe and a bachelor’s in history and religion from the University of New Mexico.

Connor O’Keefe

Board of Directors

Connor O'Keefe joined Quad in 2015 and is a Vice President. He leads efforts in deal generation, transaction execution and portfolio management. He is currently a board member of Streamline, Gardner School, and Amplio. Prior to Quad, Connor worked in investment banking at Moelis & Company. He holds a BBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Luann Purcell

Advisory Council

Luann L. Purcell, Ed.D. is President of Luann Purcell, LLC. She consults with and is a strategic analyst for education and professional organizations. She recently retired as the Executive Director of the international Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc (CASE), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). In that role she consulted with and advised administrators on best practices for leadership and development of quality programs for students with disabilities. She has presented nationally and internationally on educational issues and proactive leadership. Previous positions included teacher of students with emotional and behavioral disorders, coordinator of a regional resource center, and assistant district superintendent.

Dr. Judy Rich

Advisory Council

Dr. Rich is a retired public-school administrator and currently active in teaching, consulting, and
advocating for children with communication disorders from disadvantaged backgrounds due to
poverty, race/ethnicity, cultural and linguistic diversity, and other risk factors that create
challenges for equity, justice, and inclusion. She retired as Assistant Superintendent for Student
Services in Irving, TX, a poverty-impacted school district with a high proportion of English
learners. Dr. Rich is currently a Professor of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Texas at Dallas, and the 2021 President-Elect of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Dr. Daniel Serfaty

Board of Directors

As Aptima’s Founder and CEO, Daniel Serfaty has led Aptima to become the premier Human Performance Engineering business in the world. His work optimizes the integration of humans with intelligent technologies in defense, healthcare, aerospace, and education. Among his many industry and non-profit leadership activities, Daniel is a member of the IAC Boston Council and the current Chair of the NE Technion Alumni Association. His interdisciplinary background includes degrees in mathematics, psychology, aerospace engineering, and international business from the Université de Paris, the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and University of Connecticut. His doctoral work has pioneered the study of distributed command teams. He is the recipient of the UConn Distinguished Service Award and has been inducted in its Engineering Hall of Fame.

Michael Towey

Advisory Council

Michael Towey, M.A., CCC-SLP, directs the Speech Language Pathology program at Waldo County Hospital in Belfast, Maine. He leads a department of 19 speech pathologists who provide speech therapy via telepractice nationally and internationally. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and recipient of the Lindamood Award for Clinical Leadership and The Lifetime Achievement Award from Northern Arizona University. Mike provides professional training for voice, swallowing disorders and telemedicine, including groups in Israeli, Finland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Italy. His publications include: Speech Therapy Telepractice & Cost Savings for Vocal Cord Dysfunction (2012), Speech Telepractice (2012) and Telepractice & Voice Therapy: Lights, Camera, Action (2018).

Eydie Tricquet

Advisory Council

Director, Special Programs, The Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS)

Dr. Amanda VanDerHeyden

Advisory Council

After a career as a school district leader and a faculty member in higher ed, Dr. VanDerHeyden started her own consulting business. Her client list includes a large number of regional, state and federal departments, centers and institutes. For the last 20 years, she has helped schools use their data to become more effective, directing and evaluating schoolwide improvement efforts with strong results on student learning.
Amanda is a frequent speaker and has given more than 100 keynote addresses.
During Amanda’s career, technology has become the new frontier for education. Basing instruction on technology, Amanda built the programs Intervention Adviser and Spring Math.

Dr. Paul Volosov

Board of Directors

Paul Volosov, Ph.D., founded New Story Schools in 1997 to help children with serious and complex challenges live high-quality lives. Paul received his master’s degree in human development from the University of Maryland in 1972 and his Ph.D. in school psychology from Temple University in 1976. After being certified as a school psychologist and as a licensed psychologist, Paul founded several companies that support individuals with serious and complex challenges so that all can live satisfying and contributing lives.

Prof. Scott Yaruss

Advisory Council

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, is a professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University and president of Stuttering Therapy Resources. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 250 other papers on stuttering and stuttering therapy, as well as several clinical resources, including the Overall Assessment of the Speaker's Experience of Stuttering (OASES), Early Childhood Stuttering: A Practical Guide, School-Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, and the Minimizing Bullying program.

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