Our People

Our Staff

ANGELA MUIRHEAD

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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.

Angela has another experience in life that is very dear to heart and has driven her passion in the non-profit sector over the past ten years. She is the mother, educational advocate and medical case manager for her special needs son who has a brain disorder resulting in intellectual disability, inability to speak, sensory processing disorder and various other symptoms. Through this experience she has gained extensive knowledge with a broad understanding of her son’s developmental and educational needs and what it takes to be part of a thriving special needs community to support families embraced with disability.

Her service in the non-profit include business advisor to several private Christian schools; School Board of Director for Silver State Christian School, a Christian school of 50 years; former member and co-organizer of the Joshua School Parents Association, a Colorado Department of Education / private school for children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities; and Director of Bridges, a special needs ministry of Red Rocks Baptist Church. Since her move to Charleston, she enjoys volunteering and accompanying her daughter in service at other non-profit organizations. She is also an active member of East Cooper Baptist Church.

Ms. Muirhead holds a BS in Finance with an emphasis in Real Estate and Accounting from Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado. After acquiring her BS degree, she earned her Real Estate Brokerage license.

Angela is married to David Muirhead, Co-Founder of Beautiful Gate Center. They have two children.

MARCUS KELLEY

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & TRAINING

DAVID S. MUIRHEAD

CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGIES

Dave Muirhead is Co-Founder of Beautiful Gate Center™ and a Principal of Blue River Systems Group, LLC, a successful Denver, CO based technology and management consulting firm. Dave has a 30-year track record of successfully delivering custom software and technology solutions to organizations in a wide variety of business verticals. He holds a B.S. in Finance and a M.S. in Information Systems, and also has a background in commercial banking and lending.

As the father of an 11-year old, significantly-impacted special needs child, Dave has a passion for raising the bar in special education and improving the long-term quality of life for children with disabilities and their families.

Prior to moving to South Carolina, Dave and his wife Angela founded, organized and served as Director of the Bridges Special Needs Ministry at Red Rocks Baptist Church for several years. Dave is a member of East Cooper Baptist Church and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including fly fishing, mountain biking, boating, skiing and snow boarding.

Dave founded Beautiful Gate Center™ with his wife Angela, the Executive Director of BGC.

SCOTT TRUESDELL

DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES

Scott is the Director of Facilities at the Beautiful Gate Center bringing forth expert knowledge and talent to support the maintenance and improvements around the Center’s new multiple building property in addition to his other working interests each week.

With an educational background from the Colorado School of Mines, and a Denver area building construction school, Scott’s long running experience in civil engineering, property development, building construction, construction administration, facilities management and campus safety began over 40 years ago which lead to his strong appreciation and passion for the development and expansion of high quality, educational and religious campus properties that offer a multitude of amenities and high quality features for children and their families to enjoy.  One of Scott’s largest projects in Denver involved a 30-year family endeavor, and non-profit mission, for the development and operation of a 20 acre Christian school campus consisting of 80,000 sf of building space with nearly 1,000 students enrolled in a pre-school to 12th grade environment.  Students enjoyed lavish gardens and shade trees, a 10,000 sf state-of-the-art student center with a 1950’s diner themed hall for dining, an animal farm, multiple playgrounds and tricycle paths, school store, drive up coffee house, football fields and so much more. 

Following his life-long work and years in Colorado, Scott and his family together left Colorado with a passion to provide a Christian non-profit retreat center located on Wadmalaw Island, SC, which opened in early 2015, offering pastoral respite and ministry support to area churches, traveling missions and members of the Charleston community.  

Today, after the recent losses of his beloved wife, and father-in-law, Scott now calls West Ashley his Lowcountry “home” and graciously offers his time as a volunteer to other non-profits and families in need in the region.  Scott enjoys spending time with his mother-in-law, two daughters, five grandchildren, and family and friends as often as possible.  In addition to his love and passion for nature and the diversity of the ecosystem in the area, he enjoys visiting the beaches, exploring waterways – especially looking for dolphins, and is always excited to capture special moments along the way with his camera.

 

ANGELA BEARD, MHS, OTR/L

DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL OPERATIONS

Angie Beard is a registered, licensed occupational therapist who has been practicing in pediatric settings for 20+ years. She received her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern Indiana in 1998 and completed her post–professional Master of Health Science degree from the University of Indianapolis in 2017.

Angie began her career with the Charleston County School District where she gained experience working with children ages 3 through 21. During her seven year tenure with the CCSD, she had the opportunity to serve children with medically complex needs including children with severe and profound disabilities. In 2006, she opened her private practice focused on early intervention while also working with school aged children having a variety of Developmental Disabilities, including Autism, Down Syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder.

Angie has a passionate clinical interest for sensory integration, sensory-based treatment interventions and the impact on a child’s behavior. She has dedicated many hours outside of private practice towards continuing education and research surrounding Sensory Processing Disorders and places a strong emphasis on functional communication being paramount to a child’s success and participation in life.

Angie resides in Goose Creek with her husband, Mike, and two sons. She is an active member of Crowfield Baptist Church where she has hosted a monthly respite night for families of children with disabilities for the past 15 years. Her excitement and passion for football makes her a number one sports fan enthusiast and she enjoys watching the sport at all levels.    

DR. LINDAJEANNE LAMAGNA SCHWARTZ, Ed. D, BCBA, MS, L/SP, TSHH
SENIOR PROGRAM SPECIALIST / LEAD BCBA

Lindajeanne has worked in the field of Special Education for over 30 years years serving in various roles over the course of her career. She began her career as a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist working in schools, private clinics and in homes serving both children and adults, creating functional and meaningful communication for these individuals.

Additionally, Lindajeanne is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and has worked in school settings, clinics and homes assisting in creating programming that aided in the facilitation of new skills and the reduction of problem behaviors for both children and adults.

Lindajeanne will be overseeing our center based program and working with behavioral therapies in our clinic. She is an incredible leader to our clinical staff and her passion to serve the special needs community well is an inspiration to team BGC.

Having recently relocated to the South, Lindajeanne and her husband are looking forward to enjoying milder winters than they are used to having coming from the North. We are happy to have Lindajeanne on board!

ALI ATCHISON, LEAD/CCC-SLP

SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

 

CARLY LANKFORD

Medical Billing Specialist / Patient Accounts Receivable

RACHEL DAWSON

Instructional Assistant

NIYA SOLES

Instructional Assistant

AYANA WALKER

Instructional Assistant

ALLIE WARSOP

Instructional Assistant

DEVON WERNER, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician / Instructional Assistant