The PEAL Center
Helping Families of Children with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs
412-281-4404 (Pittsburgh)
215-567-6143 (Philadelphia)
866-950-1040 Toll Free
412-281-4409 TTY

About PEAL

Board of Directors

Linda O. Rhen, Ed.D

Linda O.Rhen, Ed.D
Linda is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the Penn State Harrisburg campus. She was formerly the Director of the Bureau of Special Education at the PA Department of Education. Linda has been a long time champion of inclusive education and has guided Pennsylvania school districts in the adoption of inclusive practices as the Project Director of the Gateways Project. Linda was the Executive Director of Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit before assuming the leadership position for the PA Bureau of Special Education.

Her areas of specialty include special education law and policy; leadership of complex organizations; communication on a statewide, regional and local level; working with parents and special education advocacy groups; technical assistance and support strategies to improve student outcomes; and, leadership for the inclusion of students with disabilities.