Mrs. Gracanne Hinski Ryan is the Executive Director/Superintendent of HollyDELL School and Adult Programs. Gracanne was on the staff of Kingsway and, after leaving to pursue other career options, wanted to remain a part of the Kingsway family. She joined the Kingsway Executive Board in 1982. She lives in Haddonfield, NJ, with her husband, Thomas. They have four grown children. Aside from supporting Kingsway, Gracanne supports other organizations in the special needs community by serving on several other Boards including ASAH, National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC) and Say It With Clay, a non-profit organization that utilizes a hands-on therapeutic approach using clay.
Gracanne’s history with Kingsway Learning Center extends before the existing Haddonfield building was a part of Kingsway. She attended high school in the current building when it was St. Mary of the Angels Academy. Kingsway employed Gracanne as a Speech-Language Pathologist for a brief time in 1980, but during that time, Gracanne said her experience working for Kingsway left a mark on her heart that would last forever. “I respected the mission, the students and the staff and had the great fortune to continue my passion for Kingsway’s vision in 1982 when I joined the Board of Directors,” Gracanne said. “Kingsway, as a Private School for the Disabled, fulfills a critical need for parents of differently abled students who require highly specialized instruction and therapy.”
She continued, “Kingsway is a school that challenges the child while focusing on their abilities; provides an environment that is inclusive all the time; employs a staff that truly and deeply love the students for what they can do and empowers students who feel their disability is not what identifies them but rather it is their unique abilities that make them shine.”
Gracanne describes Kingsway in one word: Family. “As a Board member at Kingsway, I know the students they serve every day are part of a family that has the expertise to support them on their road to success, provides them the tools for a full meaningful life and instills in them a love of self and life. It’s what every parent wants for their child.”
“It has been an honor and a privilege to be associated with Kingsway Learning Center as a Board member for 35 years,” she added. “I look forward to an exciting future for Kingsway as they continue to expand their services to meet the demands of the differently abled population.”