Meet Yunasa’s esteemed faculty members, who have years of experience working with gifted youth and shaping gifted discourse.
Patricia Gatto-Walden, Ph.D.
Dr. Gatto-Walden is a licensed clinical psychologist with a holistic orientation who has worked with gifted individuals of all ages for more than 35 years. She is a featured speaker at gifted conferences and educational workshops throughout the nation.
Elizabeth Meckstroth, M.S.W. Emeritus
Ms. Meckstroth earned a master’s in education and a master’s in social work. She has worked in the field of gifted education since 1979, serving families and their social/emotional and educational issues. She has published numerous articles and is a co-author of Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom and Guiding the Gifted Child. Her work focuses primarily on self-development and the highly gifted.
Michael M. Piechowski, Ph.D.
Michael M. Piechowski is the author of Mellow Out, They Say. If I Only Could: Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young and Bright and Living with Intensity (with S. Daniels). Earning a PhD first in Molecular Biology and later in Counseling Psychology, he served as a faculty member at three universities and one small college. He has published extensively in the areas of emotional development, developmental potential of the gifted, and emotional and spiritual giftedness. He is one of the original designers of Yunasa. In 2016 he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by SENG and the NAGC Global Awareness Network Annemarie Roeper Award..