Beautiful Gate Center (BGC) seeks to serve individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders who are inadequately served in existing public and private special education programs due to the individuals’ need for a broader range of more intensive learning supports than those traditional environments offer.
BGC will differ from a traditional school environment in that learning objectives and multi-disciplinary therapy are woven together in an inter-dependent, coordinated and mutually supporting way in every Individualized Learning Plan and throughout all day treatment activities.
BGC will use best-practice, evidence-based approaches that provides an objective basis for selecting developmental objectives and measuring progress for each participant, enabling our professionals to focus in on the most valuable objective that each participant can be working on at any given time.
BGC is committed to the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication and other assistive technologies by its participants.
The BGC program will be a private, full-day, year-round program, which supports the need for structure and routine that many of the children we serve have, and which helps to reduce the potential for regression.
Beautiful Gate Center
Angela M. Muirhead was elected Chair, and Executive Director, of the Beautiful Gate Center in September, 2015. As an accomplished business professional, she presents a thirty year foundation and proven track record of achievements in business within the real estate, banking and legal industries. Her family recently moved to the Charleston area in the summer of 2014.
Angela was President and Co-Founder of Emerald Mortgagee Assistance Company, a private company providing support services to the secondary mortgage market for mortgage-backed securities sold on Wall Street and led the company to become a multi-million dollar company providing collateral supports to the largest banks, mortgage servicers and federal servicing agencies in the country. She sold the company 5 years later to a $6 billion dollar publicly traded company based in California. After the sale in 2000, she founded her second company, Paragon Property Services, a private Colorado real estate brokerage and consulting firm for clients in both the commercial and residential markets.
Director, Center for Behavior Analysis
Billy has been directly involved in service delivery to persons with
disabilities for over 20 years. He has practiced as a Board Certified
Behavior Analyst since 2000 and is an active member of The Association
for Behavior Analysis International and The Texas Association for
Behavior Analysis (TxABA). Following his tenure as President he assumed
the role of Annual Conference Coordinator and Chairman.
During his tenure as Executive Director of Behavioral Innovations, the company expanded it's operations to include seven service locations throughout Texas and it became widely regarded as an industry leader as a result of its services and efforts to work with insurance companies and families throughout the state of Texas. Billy is now the Director of the Clemson University Youth Learning Institute Center for Behavior Analysis where he is creating an online educational program in Behavior Analysis, an International Outreach program in Behavior Analysis, and working with multiple state organizations to improve the quality of services for those with Developmental Disabilities.
Assoc. Professor of Finance
School of Business Administration
Dr. Michael Barth is an Associate Professor of Finance in The Citadel’s School of Business Administration.
Prior to joining the faculty in 2007, he spent nine years in the Department of Finance and Quantitative Analysis at Georgia Southern University, including two years as the acting department chair. Before beginning his career as a college educator, he spent five years as a Senior Research Associate with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners where he was the primary staff specialist on risk-based capital issues. He has been a program director for the Associate in Underwriting program of the American Institute for Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriters/Insurance Information Institute and was a product manager with an auto insurance group for several years. He served nine years on active duty with the U.S. Army and another six years as a reservist.
He received his Ph.D. in Risk Management & Insurance from Georgia State University in 1993. He also holds the Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) professional designation and the Associate in Underwriting (AU) professional designation.
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician Professor of Pediatrics
Medical University of South Carolina
Dr Jane Charles is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.
She is an active clinician, researcher, and educator. Her areas of specialization are in the fields of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), intellectual disabilities, and genetic disorders. She provides developmental follow up and medication management for comorbid behavioral disorders for children into adulthood.
Dr. Charles has received research funding as the principal investigator, or co-Investigator for a variety of grants exploring issues related to developmental disabilities including investigating the prevalence of ASD and Fragile X as part of the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.