CW Staff

Communication Works is a private practice of Bay Area speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists, committed to providing the highest quality of services to our clients, families, and caregivers. We thoroughly enjoy the work that we do and look forward to working with you!


Hillary Kissack, M.A., CCC-SLPHillary
Executive Director
Email: hillary (at) cwtherapy (dot) com

Hillary is the co-director/owner of Communication Works.  She is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist, who has served individuals with speech, language and social deficits, auditory processing deficits, oral motor deficits, developmental disabilities, and autism.  She has provided therapy for infants up through young adults in a variety of settings; including public schools, nonpublic agencies, in the home, and in private practice.  Hillary has gained experience in dealing with challenging behaviors and behavioral management.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Chico and her Master’s Degree from University of the Pacific in Stockton.  Since 2003, she has specialized in developing and providing social language groups for children in the Bay Area. Hillary truly enjoys working with a variety of students and their families. In her spare time she is enjoying her own family, husband, and children.


Elizabeth Sautter, M.A., CCC-SLPElizabeth
Executive Director
Email:
elizabeth (at) cwtherapy (dot) com

Elizabeth is the co-director/owner of Communication Works.  She is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who has been working with clients and their families since 1996.  Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s Degree from San Francisco State University and her Master’s Degree from San Jose State University.  She is experienced in the areas of autism, developmental disabilities, social cognitive deficits, and challenging behaviors.  Elizabeth has worked with individuals ranging from preschoolers to adults in private practice, schools, and hospitals.  Since 2001, Elizabeth has focused most of her career on social cognitive and self-regulation intervention and training.  She has completed the mentorship and internship with Michelle Garcia Winner and has authored three books: Whole Body Listening Larry at School, Whole Body Listening Larry at Home, and Make Social Learning Stick!  In addition, her relationship with her sister and extended family members with special needs have made her work a life-long endeavor.  She is an Oakland native and lives with her husband, two sons and dog.


Audra L. Elliott, M.S., CCC-SLPAudra
Director of Supervision and Program Development
Email:
audra (at) cwtherapy (dot) com

Audra has over 20 years of supervisory and therapeutic experience at the university level and in the private/public sector.  She is highly regarded as an expert in the field of autism and with deaf/hard of hearing populations.  She has vast experience teaching and providing trainings in the domain of supervision.  As the Director of Supervision and Program Development she oversees our licensed therapists in the field as well as manages our Clinical Fellowship Program.  She supports our skilled supervisors in obtaining cutting-edge information and provides education, training and mentoring to our staff so that they continue to be recognized as leaders in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.  Audra also oversees our Partnership Program with local districts and organizations for CW’s Non Public Agency (NPA) Certification.  She has been involved with the development of several professional conferences both at the local and national level, provided training for professionals in the medical settings, and has professionally edited several publications in the field.  Prior to joining CW, she owned her own private practice, has been the Director of Special Programs for the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic and Communicative Sciences and Disorders Department at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) and was the Head Speech-Language Pathologist at Spectrum Center.  Audra holds a California license in Speech-Language Pathology, is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist, is on the ASHA Ad Hoc Committee on ASD and has been an Advisory Board member of the California Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CA CADDRE) as well as is a member of the Deaf Counseling Advocacy and Referral Agency (DCARA) and Council for Exceptional Children.  She is an alumna of San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley.


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Anthony Savala
Business Services
Email:
anthony (at) cwtherapy (dot) com

Anthony has over 10 years experience in sales, relationship management and business development in the private sector.  As our Business Manager, Anthony is responsible for the financial and strategic planning for our office.  His addition to the team allows the managing partners to focus on therapy.  When not at work Anthony enjoys reading up on the environment, sustainable living and spending time with his wife and two sons.  He also enjoys traveling.  After graduating from the University of Arizona he began to “shoe-string” travel and has been to 14 countries in South East Asia, Europe, and Central America.


Megan LarsenMegan
Operations Manager
Email: megan (at) cwtherapy (dot) com

Originally a native of Texas, Megan has called the Bay Area home since the summer of 2000.  Megan comes to CW after having worked several years in retail and customer service.  She completed her Masters of Library and Information Science at San Jose State in December 2013 and has a B.A. in Art History from UC Berkeley.  When she is not CW’s Information Architect or Records Resource, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband and chihuahua, going to yoga classes, and hiking.

 


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Project Manager and Office Consultant
Email: sally (at) cwtherapy (dot) com

Before arriving at CW, Sally Allen was CEO and founder of “A Place for Everything”, a professional organizing business that helped individuals and companies effectively arrange space and efficiently manage time.  Ms. Allen is a leading expert in home/office organization, space design, and relocation.  She has worked with Marriott International Hotels and Resorts, the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Committee, the 1996 Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, and has moved her family 19 times.  Sally’s latest move brought her to the Bay Area and eventually to CW where she brings her organizing skills to the office as their Project Manager and Office Consultant.


Our Therapists


Hasina Anderson, M.S., CCC-SLP
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Hasina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications from Baylor University in Waco, Texas (Sic ‘Em Bears!) and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, East Bay. Hasina’s interest in communication began with her passion to share someone’s story through print/broadcast journalism and later marketing for a physical medicine management company for injured workers. Over the years, her appeal to the psychosocial aspect of language and her volunteer work with CW prior to graduate school ignited her interest in communication disorders. Hasina has worked with the pediatric and adult populations with language disorders/delays, articulation and phonology disorders, developmental delays, learning disabilities, social-cognitive challenges, emotional regulation challenges and traumatic brain injuries. Hasina was born and raised in Houston, TX. She enjoys living in the SF Bay Area with her husband and two boxer dogs. When not working, Hasina enjoys spending time and traveling with her family, sports and fashion.


Sandra Chavarria M.S., CCC-SLPSandra Chavarria

Speech Language Pathologist

Sandra earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech & Hearing Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she then enjoyed several years of graduate studies in Linguistics before being irresistibly drawn back to the world of speech and language therapy. While completing her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at Portland State University, she fell in love with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and never looked back. Sandra has worked with preschoolers, school-aged kids, and young adults in both hospital and school settings. During her years of intensive experience performing comprehensive AAC evaluations and implementing low and high technology AAC solutions for people with a wide range of needs, a cherished career highlight was being told “I don’t want to” by a teenager with severe autism using his speech-generating device. She loves working with clients, their families, and their communities to develop communication strategies that enable self-representation, connection with others, and satisfying participation in the person’s chosen areas of focus.

Sandra passionately believes that there is almost no situation which is not improved by the presence of a dog.


Jessica Choy M.S., SLP-CFimage1
Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow

Jessica is a born and raised Bay Area girl, and after spending six years away for school, she was thrilled to finally return and begin her career.  Her interest in the field of speech pathology was sparked during her time volunteering at the Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program (ECPCP), during her four years at UCLA. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Physiological Sciences, she then found a home in the Inland Empire while completing her Master’s Degree in Communicative Disorders at the University of Redlands. Jessica’s clinical experiences included working with preschool, elementary school, high school and adult populations with a variety of speech, language, developmental, and medical disorders. Her interests include early intervention, working with children on the autism spectrum, and working with children with hearing loss. When she is not enjoying life as a speech therapist, Jessica enjoys spending time with her friends and family, watching Warriors’ games, cooking, and doing anything crafty.


Theresa Christiansen, M.A., CCC-SLPTheresa
Speech Language Pathologist/Supervisor

Theresa graduated from California State University, Chico in 1991 with a Masters Degree in speech pathology and audiology. She began her career in Nurnberg, Germany at the Exceptional Family Member Clinic, specializing in the birth to five population of military family members with exceptional needs. Additionally she has worked in the hospital, school and private practice settings. Theresa has supervised Speech Pathology Assistants with CW since 2009 as well as maintained a caseload of students within the private schools of the Oakland Diocese. Her experience includes working with individuals with articulation, language, and auditory processing deficits, social deficits, developmental disabilities, oral motor deficits, and autism. When not working Theresa enjoys running, biking and spending time with her husband and three children.


Marisela Delatorre, B.A., SLPAMaricela
Speech Language Pathology Assistant

Marisela received her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, East Bay in Communicative Sciences and Disorders accompanied by a minor in Sociology. Currently, she is working as a bi-lingual Speech Language Pathology Assistant in the public schools serving students preschool to 5th grade. Marisela is a native Spanish speaker and is excited to deepen her knowledge in the areas of speech, language and social learning. Her professional focus is helping the Hispanic community by increasing their awareness of resources available to help strengthen their child’s speech, language and social skills. She grew up in the Bay Area in a Spanish speaking household with eight other siblings. She is the first in her family to receive a Bachelors degree and plans to continue on for her Master’s Degree. When not working, Marisela enjoys spending time with her family, shopping and enjoying the outdoors.


Carolyn Emrich, M.S., OTR/LIMG_1778
Occupational Therapist

Carolyn has been an occupational therapist for nine years, working primarily in pediatrics with children with special needs ages 0 through 21. Carolyn has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine and graduated from University of Southern California with a masters in Occupational Therapy.  Her professional experience includes sensory processing, social skills, self regulation behavioral support, DIRFloortime ®, Pivotal Response Treatment, and motor development.  She particularly enjoys working with children on the autism spectrum by supporting their needs within the home, school, and community.  When she isn’t working, she enjoys traveling with her husband, painting, or going to Disneyland.


Kevin English, M.S., CCC-SLPKevin E
Speech Language Pathologist

Kevin is an east coast transplant who earned a B.A. in Psychology from Boston University.  After running several day programs for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities for 10 years, Kevin decided to pursue his Master’s in Speech Pathology and Audiology at California State University, East Bay. He is a California licensed and ASHA certified SLP. Kevin has experience in skilled nursing, elementary, middle and high school settings.  Kevin’s professional interests include expressive and receptive language disorders, pragmatic/social skills disorders, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication.  Kevin’s other interests include skiing, hiking, camping, taking in live music and exploring the Bay Area with his wife and daughter.


Mandy Gargano, M.C.D., CCC-SLPMandy
Speech Language Pathologist

Mandy received her Bachelor’s degree in linguistics from San Diego State University, and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Upon completing her graduate program, Mandy packed up and moved from Louisiana to the Bay Area where she has immersed herself in the culture and community of both San Francisco and the East Bay. She has been working with school-age children with moderate-to-severe developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and social and cognitive impairments. She has extensive experience working with AAC, expressive-receptive language disorders, motor speech impairments, and articulation disorders. Mandy has been trained in ABA methods for behavioral management and feels passionately about the role communication plays in effective behavioral plans. When not working she enjoys traveling, yoga, live music, and enjoying her community in the East Bay.


Kelsey Hammon, M.A., SLP-CF
Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow

Kelsey enjoys working with children with a variety of speech and language delays and disorders.  She is particularly interested in early intervention with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Kelsey obtained her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from San Jose State University.  As a Project Aural Impact Scholar, she received specialized training regarding hearing loss, technologies and strategies for developing listening and spoken language. She provided speech and language intervention utilizing a total communication approach with toddler and preschool-age children with hearing loss, many of which presented with multiple conditions. Additionally, Kelsey received training on how to effectively implement a literacy-based approach to intervention for elementary-age students. Kelsey believes in collaborating with other professionals and involving families to provide a holistic approach to treatment. Kelsey is a Bay Area native who enjoys traveling, yoga, running, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.


Regina Hawkins, M.S., CCC-SLPRegina
Speech Language Pathologist

Regina is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist with 15 years of experience working with children and adults of all ages. For the past 12 years she has focused on early intervention, preschool, and elementary age students treating a variety speech and language disorders. She has vast experience and expertise in the area of Augmentative and Alternative communication (AAC), social pragmatic disorders, articulation, phonology, language delays, auditory processing, fluency, oral motor, and developmental delays. She also supervises graduate student interns, SLPA’s and CFY’s. Regina received her Undergraduate Degree at the University of Toronto where she first learned about the Hanen program and is now certified in “It Takes Two to Talk”. She earned her Master’s Degree at Emerson College in Boston, MA. In her free time she enjoys traveling, yoga, mindfulness, and spending time with her two school aged children.


Wendy Kleven, M.A., CCC-SLPWendy
Speech Language Pathologist

Wendy received her Master’s Degree in speech-language pathology from California State University, East Bay. While at CSUEB, Wendy participated extensively with the College Link Program, provided through Student Disabilities Services, to help transition students diagnosed with Autism into college level curriculum. Wendy has worked with clients ranging in age from preschoolers to adults and has experience with autism spectrum disorders, special needs populations, and receptive/expressive language disorders. She has a background in Applied Behavior Analysis and has worked in Special Day Classes for several school districts. When not working, Wendy enjoys running, hiking, reading and trying new restaurants in the Bay Area.

 


Jillian Kusumoto M.S., SLP-CFJillian Kusumoto
Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow

Jillian was born and raised from Los Angeles, CA before she moved to the bay area to complete her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from San Francisco State University. Between the two programs, Jillian spent her time in LA volunteering at The Help Group, a specialized school for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum, and working at Pediatric Therapy Network, an early intervention program for almost two years. Her clinical experiences include working with a variety of populations, from early intervention, elementary-age, to adults with speech, language, cognition deficits and swallowing disorders. Her particular areas of interest include early intervention and working with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. When not working, she loves spending her free time shopping (especially at Target!), visiting family in LA, watching the Los Angeles Lakers, and exploring the outdoors with her boyfriend and friends.


Jillian LeVos-Carlson, M.S., CCC-SLPJillian
Speech Language Pathologist

Jillian received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Andrews University and a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Loma Linda University.   She is certified in the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol® for Childhood Apraxia of Speech and has collaborated directly with author of the Kaufman Method.  She is especially interested in supporting children with motor speech concerns (childhood apraxia of speech, dysarthria, and stuttering) and speech-sound delays/disorders as well as fostering effective social communication skills. Jillian is formally trained/certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Training® approach for home and school based intervention for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, and other Voice Disorders.  Jillian is also trained in other highly effective social-emotional curriculums (e.g., Michelle Winner Garcia’s Social Thinking®, the Zones of Regulation® and Sarah Ward’s Executive Function treatment).  Jillian truly believes in working with a multidisciplinary team and takes time to support and educate families.  Jillian has had experience working in both the school and private practice setting.


Noma Lozano, M.S., SLP-CFNorma Lozano
Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow

Norma earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from UC Davis.  She has a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Cal State East Bay. Norma has experience working with children of all ages, from preschool to high school and with various communication needs. Areas of interest include fluency, articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders/delays, autism, apraxia, swallowing, pragmatic/social skills, selective mutism and bilingualism.  She is originally from Oakland and a native Spanish speaker.  During her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.


Laurie Matte, M.S., CCC-SLPLaurie
Speech Language Pathologist

Laurie received her master’s degree from California State University, East Bay in Speech-Language Pathology. She has worked with both children and adults in multiple settings over the years, but has extensive experience working with developmentally delayed / disordered children with behavioral challenges. Approximately 75% of her current caseload is providing speech and language services for school-aged students with Autism. Laurie enjoys working for CW providing supervision for SLPAs working with developmentally delayed students. Laurie is a baseball and volleyball mom for two older children and treasures a hectic, happy life with her family. When time permits she loves reading crime mysteries and historical fiction.


Marcella McCollum, M.A., CCC-SLPMarcella
Speech Language Pathologist

Marcella earned her B.A. in Psychological Services from University of San Francisco.  While saving up to earn her graduate degree in Psychology, she was recruited into the field of Speech-Language Pathology and has never looked back.  She earned her M.A. from San Jose State University (SJSU) and after several years of working in Minnesota and California, she returned to SJSU to serve as the clinic director.  She has worked closely with students and recent graduates, providing mentorship and supervision. Prior to her university position, Marcella provided direct services to children, specifically as a member of diagnostic and treatment teams, collaborating with doctors, audiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, and music therapists. She is passionate about multi-modal learning and collaborating with other professionals to improve the lives of all people. She is PROMPT trained, and certified to lead Hanen It Takes Two to Talk®, and More Than Words® workshops. She has provided seminars at the local and state level in the areas of supervision, mentoring, accent, and multicultural issues. Marcella is currently a member of ASHA SIG 11 and 14, and is the co-chair of CSHA’s diversity committee and the director-elect for her local district.


Stephanie Milona, B.A., SLPAstephanie-milona
Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Connecticut in 2005. Upon moving from Boston, MA where she grew up, she obtained her SLPA license from San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA.
Stephanie has 11 years of experience working within the school system in the field of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. She has worked with students from early intervention through young adult. Stephanie is seasoned in working with students facing numerous cognitive, developmental, articulation disorders, and the Deaf/Hard of Hearing population. She has a background in American Sign Language, the Listening and Spoken Language model, and is a licensed School Audiometrist.


Elcia Olivo, M.A., CCC-SLPElcia
Speech Language Pathologist

Elcia received her B.A. in Spanish from Southern Arkansas University and her M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Houston.  She has worked in a variety of settings including: hospitals, long-term rehabilitation centers, early childhood intervention centers, public and non-public schools, and private practices.  Her experience includes articulation/phonological disorders, receptive/expressive language delays and disorders, social deficits, developmental disorders, language disorders secondary to neurological disorders, fluency, voice disorders, and dysphagia (swallowing disorders).  Elcia has worked with clients ranging from infants to adults and is fluent in both Spanish and English.  She is originally from Houston, Texas but has lived in various locations (nationally & internationally) for the past 10 years.  When she is not working, Elcia enjoys spending time with her dog, Meli, hiking, yoga, traveling, listening to music, learning new languages, and reading.


Judy Ramos, M.S., CCC-SLPJudy
Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist / Supervisor

Judy Ramos received her undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at California State University, Hayward. She grew up in New York City and Puerto Rico where she began her interest in working with bilingual children and second language acquisition. Judy has had the privilege of working with families and their children in different cities throughout Alameda County. Her main areas of interest are in the assessment of bilingual learners, using appropriate evaluations of English Language Learners (ELL), and differentiating between language differences and language disorders in ELL children between the elementary and middle school ages. Judy is trained and certified to lead Learning Language and Loving It® workshops – The Hanen Program. She also works as a supervisor with Speech Pathology Assistants and is a member of The Hispanic Causus (a related professional organization of ASHA) and a member of ASHA’s SIG Group 14. Outside of work, Judy enjoys reading, dining out, entertaining friends, the opera, the symphony, and traveling.


Jenny Ripley, M.S., CCC-SLPJenny
Speech Language Pathologist

Jenny received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science and Neuroscience from the University of San Francisco and her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from San Francisco State University. While at San Francisco State, she participated in Project CLLASS (Collaborating for Language, Literacy and Augmentative Systems in Schools) where she received specialized training in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Jenny has over five years of experience working as an ABA Lead Therapist and Program Supervisor with children with autism spectrum disorders ranging from eighteen months to nine years of age. Jenny is trained in It Takes Two to Talk-The Hanen Program and The Zones of Regulation. She currently works at a non-public school for children with autism. When not working, Jenny enjoys traveling, reading, eating, and spending time with her friends.


Brianna Roberts, M.A., CCC-SLPBrianna
Speech Language Pathologist

Brianna earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics with a minor in Cognitive Science at UC San Diego, followed by her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Bilingual (Spanish/English) Certificate at San Diego State University. While at SDSU, her clinical experiences included working with children from early intervention all the way up to high school, with various communication needs. As a Project CI2ELO (Collaborative Interventions to Improve English Learners’ Outcomes) trainee, she also received specialized training in the areas of collaboration, response to intervention (RTI), literacy, and how to implement evidence-based practice for bilingual and multilingual students. Brianna is trilingual in English, French, and Spanish. She currently works at a public elementary school. When not working, you might find her salsa dancing, exploring the outdoors, or spending time with friends and family.


Veronica Torres, B.S., SLPAVeronica
Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Veronica received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from California State University, East Bay and her SLPA license from Delta College. She has worked in the clinical, in-home, and school setting in ages ranging from preschool to the elderly. She thoroughly enjoys her experience of working with children on the autism spectrum with social cognitive deficits in speech and language as well as articulation therapy and working with aphasia patients and in home settings as a lead therapist in behavior intervention. She currently works as a bilingual therapist in the preschool setting in Northern California where she was born and raised. In her spare time, Veronica enjoys reading, sports, learning languages, eating, dancing, traveling, knitting and spending time with her family.


Corinne Vairora, M.A., CCC-SLPCorinne
Speech Language Pathologist

Corinne received her undergraduate degree at California State University, Northridge with a degree in Deaf Studies. She originally set out to be a teacher of the Deaf but found her passion in communicative disorders. She completed her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology at San Jose State University. She’s a Bay Area native and has an extensive background working with children with special needs. She is proficient in American Sign Language (ASL) and has worked in a number of school settings with children and families in preschool through 5th grade. When not working, Corinne enjoys traveling, snowboarding, waterskiing, and spending time with family and friends.


Jenna Volpe, M.S., CCC-SLPJenna Volpe
Speech Language Pathologist

Jenna received her Bachelor’s Degree in speech, language and hearing sciences at the University of Arizona, and her Master’s Degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Tulsa. She has worked with children ages 18 months through middle school. Her particular areas of interest are early intervention, preschool, and elementary school-aged children. Jenna enjoys involving families and other professionals in treatment programs to better help children reach their full potential. She was born and raised in the East Bay, but now loves living in San Francisco. In her free time Jenna enjoys cooking, exercising, spending time with her family, and cheering on the Arizona Wildcats!


Jennifer Wayman, M.S., CCC-SLPJennifer W
Speech Language Pathologist

Jennifer is a licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist.  She received her Bachelor of Sciences degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She earned a Master of Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from California State University, Hayward.  Jennifer has 19 years of experience as a speech pathologist working with children ranging in age from 18 months through high school age with a wide variety of speech, language, and developmental disorders.  Her most recent experience is with the early intervention (18 months to 5 years of age) deaf and hard of hearing population.  Jennifer is skilled in Signed Exact English.  Jennifer has supervised interns from the Speech Pathology and Audiology department at CSU East Bay.  She is a current member of the California Speech and Hearing Association (CSHA) and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  Outside of work Jennifer keeps busy with her husband, their two daughters and the girls’ sporting events.


Joyce Weisel, M.S., CCC-SLPhead shot
Speech Language Pathologist / Supervisor

Joyce graduated from Cal State East Bay and spent most of her career working for the Oakland Public Schools.  She has worked with pre-school through elementary-age children and has extensive experience in the areas of Phonology, Language Development and Autism.  She has especially enjoyed treating children with phonological disorders.  Joyce has recently retired and is enjoying her part-time work with Communication Works.  She enjoys swimming, singing, and spending time with friends.


Candace Wheatley, M.S., CCC-SLP candace-wheatley
Speech Language Pathologist

Candace grew up in Kentucky and is a recent transfer to the Bay Area. She studied at Georgetown College where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then obtained her master’s degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Kentucky. She worked as a speech language pathologist in Louisville, KY with adults in both the skilled nursing and outpatient rehabilitation settings prior to relocating to the East Bay. Since moving to California, Candace has transitioned to working in public schools where she thoroughly enjoys working with a variety of students and their families. Candace’s experience includes serving individuals and groups with articulation/phonological disorder, autism spectrum disorder, apraxia of speech, aphasia, dysphagia, and expressive/receptive language delay and disorders. When not working, she enjoys exploring the Bay Area, staying active with yoga and hiking, reading, traveling, and cooking.


Bill Whipple, M.S., CCC-SLPBill
Speech Language Pathologist

Bill earned a B.A. in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and a Multiple Subjects Credential from San Francisco State.  After working as a Bilingual Elementary Teacher for 8 years in the Bay Area, Bill changed directions and received his Master’s in Speech Pathology, at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.  He is a California licensed and ASHA certified speech language pathologist with 10 years of experience working in the field.  Bill has worked in a variety of settings including acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing, outpatient adult and pediatric clinics, where he supervised student interns and CFY candidates.  Bill’s professional interests include expressive and receptive language disorders, bilingualism, language acquisition, pragmatic/social skills disorders, fluency disorders, and voice disorders.  Bill’s other interests include playing and listening to live music, camping, biking, and kayak fishing.  He is a native Spanish speaker and is originally from Nicaragua.


Sarah Wilkerson, M.S., CCC-SLPSarah W
Speech Language Pathologist

Sarah graduated from California State University, East Bay in 2011 with a Masters Degree in speech-language pathology and audiology.  Her experience has primarily comprised working in the public school setting where she has supported a variety of ages ranging from preschool to high school.  She loves that her job helps students communicate more effectively, whether it be improving articulation/fluency, navigating the social nuances of language, or expanding expressive/receptive language skills.  Sarah has worked with many special day classes, including autism specific, mild/moderate, moderate, and severe.  Born and raised in the Bay Area, Sarah enjoys singing and spending time with her husband and two energetic little girls.


Consulting


Erica Bland, M.S., CCC-SLPErica B (2)
Assistant Clinical Director & Speech-Language Pathologist

Erica is a graduate of California State University, East Bay with a Master’s Degree in speech-language pathology and audiology. An Atlanta native, Erica received her Bachelor’s Degree in special education at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. During that time, she developed an interest in the area of autism while working at Emory University in the Walden Program. Additionally, she spent time in San Diego as an in-home therapist, trained in techniques of floor time therapy, discrete-trial teaching, and applied behavioral analysis with children with autism, ranging in age from toddlers to school-age children. Also a site supervisor for a social skills training program, Erica taught social communication skills to children with autism and worked to generalize those skills in biweekly community outings. Her main areas of interest are early intervention and autism, and she specializes in social thinking, SCERTS, self and emotional regulation and sensory integration work. During her down time, Erica enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Leah Kuypers, M.A. Ed., OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
CW Consultant

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Leah earned her bachelor’s in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a graduate certificate in autism and M.A. in education from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. She has practiced, as an occupational therapist in the school and clinical settings, specializing in sensory processing disorder, motor coordination and self-regulation needs. Leah has worked with students with autism since 1999 as an ABA therapist, occupational therapist, and most recently as an educational autism specialist in the school system. Her experience includes working with students of all ages and challenges, including mental health disorders, motor impairments, anxiety disorders, social cognitive difficulties, ADHD/ADD, and other neurobiological disorders. Over the last 10 years she has extended her education in behavior management, therapeutic listening, TEACCH, social thinking, ALERT program, Braingym, Neuronet, sensory processing, visual strategies, assessments and evaluations including the ADOS as well as others. Leah has developed and presented to parents and professionals on a curriculum she terms “The Zones of Regulation”, which is an evidence based curriculum designed to help clients learn strategies to self-regulate their sensory needs and emotions. She currently resides in Minnesota with her family and is available for consultations via phone or Skype.


Liz Weldon, M.S., CCC-SLP
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CW Consultant