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TOP 25 WOMEN Reaching children on the autism spectrum

Don’t ever tell her, ‘You’ll never make it’

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iane Calabro, co-founder and broker appraiser of Classic Properties in Clarks Summit, believes in hard work, quality service and high ethics as she celebrates her 42nd year in real estate. The multi-million dollar sales achiever is responsible for the listing, selling and appraising of residential and commercial properties in her day-today activities. She keeps her word and is honest and respectful to everyone she meets. She had been working as a realtor for approximately eight years when her broker retired. Ironically, she and her two other partners of what would become Classic Properties were all in the same position. So the “3 Cs,” as they became known, created the firm. “Although we all had a following when we opened our doors, the word was on the street was that we’d never make it. So the challenge was on!” she says. From the first year it began, Classic Properties has always been in the top three firms in volume sales. “It was one thing to be on top, but staying there was the challenge. I put in 12 hour days, seven days a week, which I still do,” she says. The company, now 32 years old, was sold by

the three partners 12 years ago “‘Twenty years ago we had two offices, now we have five,” she says. Her forte is that she is a good negotiator and today she serves third-generation clients. “Our reputation grew through satisfied customers,” she says. Her husband, Ed Moody, is the “wind beneath her wings” and has always encouraged her to soar. She has two very supportive sons, Joe and Jeff Calabro, who grew up sharing their mother with her career, she says. Calabro is a member of the Greater Scranton Board of Realtors, past president and has served as numerous committee chairs; the Pa. Association of Realtors; the National Association of Realtors; the Rotary Club of the Abingtons serving as past president and earned the 25 year award - the Paul Harris Award; Scranton Business and Professional Women’s Club, serving as past president and current parliamentarian; on the board of Dress for Success and is currently vice-president; UNICO, Italian American Club; ERN (Executive Referral Network) as current president; on the board of directors of the Abington Business & Professional Association; and the Scranton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network committee.

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f a child doesn’t learn the way he is being taught, instructors should teach the way the child learns. Jodi Gregory lives by this philosophy and utilizes it as a board-certified behavior analyst and licensed behavior specialist. Nineteen years ago, Gregory began working with children on the autism spectrum as an intern from Wilkes University. Her mentor, Claire T. Shadie, encouraged her to pursue a career focusing on applied behavior analysis in relation to children with autism. Claire and her husband, George, are co-founders of the local support group called SAFE (Supporting Autism and Families Everywhere) which continues to help families locate services related to their child’s autism spectrum diagnosis. Gregory continued schooling and received a master’s degree from Marywood University and was able to assist the Pennsylvania Department of Education in implementing its state-wide autism initiative. “While working with the Pennsylvania autism initiative, I completed the Penn State University ‘behavior analysis for special education’ coursework and completed the training necessary to sit for and pass my national certification as a

behavior analyst,” she says. She began her own consulting agency, seeing clients in numerous school districts in northeastern Pennsylvania. Gregory soon opened The Gregory Center for Applied Behavior Analysis, a multi-faceted agency which boasts both a clinicbased ABA service, along with outreach ABA services in homes and schools. The center provides ABA therapy to toddlers and pre-school aged children daily in the clinic. “I feel that all children are valuable and deserve the time and caring that I deliver to my clients,” she says. Besides her responsibilities to The Gregory Center, she is also the mother of five children ranging in age from five to 20. For the first 12 years of her career, Gregory worked part time in order to be home with her children. Now, Gregory’s sons, Tyler, Zack and Jake and daughters, Sadie and Alida, love to visit The Gregory Center. With the support of her husband, Joshua, she has gradually expanded her availability to clients. He has also recently renovated and remodeled the office space that houses The Gregory Center. Her mother, Lillian Bryk, is her greatest cheerleader.

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