S.N.A.P.S. Heroes Team Members
Meet the Team
I’ve been a practicing therapist for over 20 years, licensed in marriage and family therapy and as a behavior specialist (that’s what all the initials after my name stand for).
My career started teaching parenting classes in Camden, N.J. It was a great learning experience and the parents taught me a lot. I then worked in wraparound for the next ten years as a Mobile Therapist, Behavior Specialist and as part of the intake team, especially for the autism spectrum disorder division. I did hundreds of Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs). But when it came time to recommend social skills groups, there really weren’t many available options. The few that existed were expensive and inflexible. A parent asked me to start a program, and I accepted the challenge.
After some research, I spent time with Dan LeGoff, Ph.D. who created the LEGO® team building program. In 2008, I set up Let’s Go Play as a not-for-profit and we began to build. Five years later, I was working as an adjunct professor in the Autism Certificate Program at a local university and Let’s Go Play was invited to attend their autism resource night. I asked my sons, Drew Rowan, M.D. and Dan Rowan, M.S., who were coming with me, to expand Dr. LeGoff’s original idea. Being avid gamers, they created a program based on a video game concept and LEGO. I loved the idea and S.N.A.P.S. Heroes© was born. We continue to offer LEGO team building, Heroes and Pokemon classes at Let’s Go Play.
My husband and I live in Delaware County. When I’m not at work, I like to cook, travel, knit and read. Unfortunately, my 94 pound dog likes the balls of yarn too!
Lead Game Designer
I have always had a passion for helping others. I worked at Let’s Go Play before going to college, and then spent two years working as a Therapeutic Support Staff prior to pursuing my Master’s degree. After graduating with my M.S., I worked for a year as a Mobile Therapist.
Having obtained ABA training during graduate school, I decided to pursue my Behavior Specialist License, which allowed me to move on to the position of Behavioral Specialist. I worked in that role at a local agency for the past four years. From there I moved on to pursuing my dream of creating Therapeutically Designed Role Playing Games (TdRPG) and have committed myself to bringing amazing games to help kids and teens learn and grow.
Aside from my desire to help those in need, I have always been a gamer and am a self-proclaimed nerd, knowledgeable in most of the various fanbases of nerdom, but especially in video games, comics, competitive card games and tabletop role playing games. The idea of creating a therapeutic game for kids, together with my brother, was a natural fit for our similar interests and influences. The basic concept for the game came together in minutes, and S.N.A.P.S. Heroes© has only continued to grow and expand from that day. We continue to add therapeutic concepts to the framework of the game and create learning opportunities through the plot and story told in each session.
I strongly believe in the power of imagination and creativity and incorporate both these aspects into the game as well as to every session that I run. And by combining my two main passions, I have truly found my dream job—one that I believe has limitless potential in its capacity for helping others and in being fun. What we have created is the fusion of therapy and learning by simply playing a game and I could not be happier.
My hobbies include exercising, martial arts, and playing video games, card games and tabletop games. I also enjoy reading, writing, and drawing, both digitally and traditionally.
Lucas Scott, Phil Ballentine
The newest additions to the S.N.A.P.S. Heroes Team, Mr. Luke and Mr. Phil are seasoned Game Masters, familiar with running our S.N.A.P.S. Heroes sessions. Their hard work and tremendous personalities are a sight to behold! S.N.A.P.S Heroes is proud and thankful to have two such stand up gentlemen available to run sessions and help test game material.