Dr. Pellerito’s Updated Bio

Joseph Michael Pellerito Jr

Dr. Joseph Pellerito Jr. has been widely recognized for his steadfast commitment to excellence working as an administrator, researcher, professor, consultant, entrepreneur, and master clinician in the private, academic, and public sectors. He believes that dedicated leadership, teaching, and research can result in transformational ways of thinking and doing.
Dr. Pellerito earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Medical Sociology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan; a Masters of Science (M.S.) in Technology in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; and a Baccalaureate of Science (B.S.) in Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University Lee Honors College, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
He was recently elected to the Catholic Charities Board of Directors Diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan and has held other leadership positions including Associate Professor, Chair, and Program Director at Western Michigan University; Associate Professor, Chair, and Program Director at Wayne State University; Founder, CEO, and Chief Consultant at Pellerito + Associates, LLC, Abilities Group LLC, and HEROES NATION lc; Vice President of Research and Consumer Technology at iCan!; and Administrator, Director, and Senior Therapist at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in The Detroit Medical Center.
Dr. Pellerito founded the Princess Party and is the planning committee’s chairman; cofounded and served as inaugural Managing Editor of The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT); published the first textbook on driver rehabilitation and community mobility, other textbooks on topics important to the disability community, and scholarly and consumer oriented articles in refereed journals and online; and is frequently invited to speak and lead workshops throughout North America on disability related issues; resilience, health, and wellness; and reputation management for health professionals.

Princess Party! 2014

April 10, 2014

Dear friends, colleagues, & family,

We hope you’ll consider joining us to acknowledge remarkable girls with and without disabilities at A Princess Party on June 20 in the Grosse Pointe War Memorial’s Crystal Ballroom in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.
The event will be co-hosted by A Princess Party, LLC and National AMBUCS™, Inc. Ambucs is a non-profit service organization consisting of a diverse group of men and women who are dedicated to working with occupational therapists and other healthcare professionals to foster mobility and independence for people with disabilities. We couldn’t be more excited to have Ambucs lend their years of experience to manage the event’s budget, document cash and in-kind contributions, and assist with other important aspects of the party planning. Mr. Jack Bellware, Ambucs National President.
We have had numerous groups and individuals offer their time and talents to help make the event a success; for example, the event will feature dancing to the musical stylings of professional DJ, Mr. Nabile Ansara; delicious desserts from Josef’s Bakery; complementary keepsake photographs taken by a professional photographer, Mr. Phillip Mabarak; theatrical entertainment by Leo Babcock and members of The Renaissance Festival; awards given to each of the girls by a local celebrity, and much more! Please see the informational flyer included with this message for more information.

If you know a special princess with or without a disability that would like to attend the hottest Princess Party around, please contact us: Joseph Pellerito Jr. by phone at 313.643.7925 or email at jmpelleritojr@gmail.com or Michelle Lent at princessparty2014@gmail.com.

Finally, please consider helping us make this year’s event a royal celebration of our princesses’ bravery, beauty, and brilliance by volunteering your time and talent, becoming a Princess Pal by sponsoring a little princess for just $50, nominating princesses or sponsors or both, or making a cash donation at one of the following five sponsorship levels: King or Queen: $1000-5000; Prince or Princess: $500-1000; Duke: $250-500; Knight: $100-250; and Herald: $5 -100. And one-hundred percent of the funds raised and in-kind gifts received will go to support our efforts to make this annual event possible for so many deserving girls of all ages, disabilities, and abilities.

In the meantime we will continue to clean the castle, polish our armor, ready the trumpets, and lower the drawbridge in anticipation of A Princess Party 2014!

Warmest wishes,

Michelle Lent
Event Co-Chairman

Joseph Pellerito Jr.
Event Chairman & Founder

Samsung launches its smart home efforts for the home that only has Samsung


Are you an Android(s goog) fan? More specifically are you a Samsung fan? If so, then the connected home stuff that Samsung is launching today might be right up your alley. The South Korean electronics giant has introduced what it calls its Smart Home Service to control connected appliances and eventually help consumers build out automatic scenarios that could make their lives easier.

The Samsung post announcing the launch explains that someone using the Samsung Smart Home service (available via an Android app today) could program their devices so when she says “Good Night” to the TV remote control, connected devices within the home such as the recently launched Smart Bulb and air conditioners automatically turn off. Such is the stuff of home automation dreams.

But it has a big catch. For any of this automation to work you need to have Samsung gear. This isn’t an open play. Still…

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