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 Larsen
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


Ellie Aguilera, B.A., SLPA
Speech Language Pathology Assistant

Originally from Lemoore, CA Ellie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish at the University of Redlands. She is currently earning her master’s in Speech Language Pathology at San Francisco State. She also has an M.A in Multilingual Multicultural Education from Fresno State. Having been a SLPA for two years now, she has worked with children and adults from ages 5-24. Ellie has experience with a variety of disabilities as well as working on behavioral therapy with children with Autism. She has worked on many special day classes as well as moderate/severe and severe classes as well. Her main interests are early language development and bilingualism. During her free time she enjoys working out and cooking.

 


Vanessa Aguirre, M.S., CF-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow

Vanessa moved from her hometown of Bakersfield to the Bay Area seven years ago, where she received her Bachelors and Masters degree in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University. While at SFSU, Vanessa was a scholar in Project Common Ground, where she received specialized training as a speech-language pathologist to work with children and families on the autism spectrum in various settings. Prior to grad school, she worked as an ABA therapist with a diverse clientele of children and their families on the spectrum. This sparked her interest in specializing in autism and a social skills curriculum.  She has worked with children of all ages from 8 months through high school. Her particular areas of interest are early intervention, preschool, and elementary school-aged children. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys being outdoors, running, traveling to new places, spending time with friends, family and her dog and listening to music.


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.


Jaclyn Chang M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Jaclyn received her Bachelor’s Degree in linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and her Master’s Degree in speech-language pathology and audiology at California State University, East Bay.  She has worked with children of all ages, from preschool through high school, but her particular areas of interest are early intervention, preschool, and elementary school-aged children, and she enjoys working with a variety of children and their families.  Jaclyn has extensive experience working with the early intervention population through in-home therapy, assessing preschool-aged children, and treating articulation/phonological disorders and expressive/receptive language delays and disorders in preschoolers through fifth graders. Jaclyn was born and raised in the East Bay, where she still resides with her two crazy cats. When not working, she enjoys a good cup of Peet’s coffee, trying out new restaurants in the Bay Area, traveling, teaching fitness classes, and spending time with her boyfriend and extended family.


Sandra Chavarria M.S., CCC-SLP
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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., CCC-SLPimage1
Speech Language Pathologist

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.


Corinne Donohue, 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.


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.


Isabel Formoso, M.S., CF-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow

Isabel received her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from the California State University Northridge. She has clinical experience in the preschool, elementary and high school settings. She has worked as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant in a private practice. Prior to that, she was, for nine years, an after-school daycare counselor and a volunteer at a preschool for children with disabilities. Though originally from Sacramento, Isabel has called the Bay Area home for the past ten years. Her other interests include food and travel.

 


Daniel Garcia, A.S., SLPA
Speech Language Pathology Assistant

Daniel recently received his certification as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant from San Joaquin Delta College. He is extremely passionate about helping others address areas for improvement in speech, gaining confidence and overcoming challenges associated with academics, in order to make an overall positive difference in their lives. While in school Daniel interned at Creekside Elementary where he worked alongside the schools SLP and gained invaluable experience working with children with various speech disorders including; articulation, language, and pragmatics. Daniel also has experience working with receptive and expressive language disorders, voice, and fluency disorders as well as behavioral techniques that help him work with children of all ages. Daniel is a Spanish speaking-bilingual SLPA. His experience as a bilingual SLPA has helped him better serve the Spanish speaking community by building stronger bonds with Spanish speaking clients and their parents. Daniel’s Spanish skills have also proven particularly helpful during IEP meetings where interpreting was greatly needed.


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., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

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.


LaNee’ Herndon, A.S., SLPA
Speech Language Pathology Assistant

LaNee’ recently received her certification, with high honors, as an SLPA from San Joaquin Delta College. LaNee’ was inspired to join the filed of Speech Language Pathology after her son who was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. After watching his therapy sessions she realized she wanted to do all she could for her son and others. Thus she decided to become an SLPA. She has experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum (verbal and non verbal), as well as working with those with Apraxia, and other Speech Language Impairments. LaNee’s experience and empathy as a parent of a child with special needs, adds to the passion she feels for our profession.


Rediet Kifle, M.S., CF-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Rediet earned her B.S. Ed. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, accompanied with a minor in Sociology, from the University of Virginia. While at UVA, she spent her summer breaks as a behavioral technician intern at the National Speech/Language Therapy Center in Washington D.C., which ignited her interest to pursue a master’s degree in communication disorders. Rediet obtained her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she gained clinical experience working with young children, adolescents, and adults in school, clinic, and medical settings. She has particular interest in autism and truly enjoys working with individuals with social/pragmatic communication disorder. While at Spectrum Center, she gained further experience with behavioral management. Rediet is originally from Ethiopia and grew up in Virginia. Sociocultural awareness and mindfulness are at the core of her professional values. Outside of work, she finds joy in exploring new places, painting, dancing, and spending quality time with loved ones.


Ananda Kuchinsky M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Ananda grew up in Texas where she received her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She ventured west for graduate school where she obtained her Master’s degree in medical speech-language pathology from the University of Washington at Seattle. She has been working in Early Intervention for the past 4 years and is now devoting herself to working with preschool and school-aged children. She is a firm believer that access to communication is a fundamental right and is passionate about providing others with the opportunities to develop their communicative abilities.  She is an avid reader, nature enthusiast, and lucky owner of Hubble, her rescue dog.


Anne Laird, M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist/Supervisor

Anne graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1992 with a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She began her career in Phoenix, Arizona where she worked in hospitals, schools, private practice and home health. She then moved to Washington, D.C. and worked for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) where she was a project manager for school-based services. Anne has been in the Bay Area for 15 years and enjoys working with students and families in the public school setting and delivering services via a teletherapy model across California and Europe. Her experience includes working with individuals with articulation, language, and social deficits, as well as those with developmental disabilities and autism. She enjoys mentoring and supporting Clinical Fellows and Speech-Language Pathology Assistants in the field. When not working, Anne enjoys spending time with her two high school kids, reading, and enjoying the outdoors.

 


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.


Norma Lozano Hernandez, M.S., CCC-SLPNorma Lozano
Speech Language Pathologist

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.


Carmelie Luistro, M.S., CF-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow

Carmelie received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, East Bay. Between the two programs, she has worked as a clinical aide in group early intervention therapy, and later, as an instructor for students with special needs between the ages of 11 to 18 years.  Carmelie has clinical experience working in preschool, elementary school, and medical settings with individuals presenting with various speech, language, developmental, and medical disorders. Areas of interests include early intervention, expressive and receptive language disorders, dysphagia, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. During her free time, she enjoys participating in church activities, watching basketball games, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. She is a native Tagalog speaker and is originally from the Philippines.


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.


Roxanna M. Otero, M.S., CCC-SLP
Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist

Roxanna earned a Bachelor of Education in theater from University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.  She has a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Carlos Albizu University, Old San Juan Campus. She moved from Puerto Rico to Miami, Florida in 2012 were she finished her CF and worked for 3 years in a private clinic with pediatric population. After this she worked in a non-profit organization providing services to private and school population. Roxanna has experience working with children of all ages, from preschool to high school and with various communication needs. Areas of interest include articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders/delays, and bilingualism. She is PROMPT trained and ASHA certified. During her free time she enjoys sleeping, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.


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.


James Reodica, M.S., CF-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow

James is a Bay Area native who earned his first degree in Literatures in English from the University of California, San Diego. After five years as an ABA therapist providing behavioral therapy to children on the autism spectrum, he earned his Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University (SFSU). At SFSU, James was also a scholar in Project Common Ground, a program to prepare speech-language pathologists to work effectively with diverse children on the autism spectrum from birth to 21 years and their families across home, school and community settings. His interests include early intervention, autism, neurodiversity, and the Social Thinking curriculum. When he isn’t working, James enjoys cooking new recipes, trying different restaurants, playing hockey (Go Sharks!), and making music.

 


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.


Jamie Sabellon, M.S., CF-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow

Jamie earned her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA, where she studied Applied Linguistics. She then obtained her Master’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from the University of Redlands. Growing up in an environment in the Philippines where she was able to acquire three languages, Jamie has always been interested in language acquisition. She fulfilled her interests through her studies at UCLA, and it was there where she discovered the wonderful profession of Speech-Language Pathology. She volunteered at the UCLA Speech and Audiology Clinic, where she enjoyed working with a varied population–from children in the spectrum to adults with aphasia and TEPs. During her gap year and throughout graduate school, Jamie worked as a substitute teacher, and her love for working with school-aged children grew. Jamie’s other interests include reading, hiking, exploring, improving her Spanish, watching Netflix and dance videos in YouTube. After living in Southern California for 12 years, it was time for a new adventure at the Bay area!


Lauren Shearer, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Lauren is a Speech-Language Pathologist who received her B.S in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of New Hampshire and gained her M.S in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of the District of Columbia. Lauren is originally from Boston, Massachusetts however she is currently representing CW in southern California. Lauren’s experience includes working with children with articulation/phonological disorders, apraxia of speech, auditory processing difficulties, expressive and receptive language delays, social cognitive deficits, autism spectrum disorders, fluency difficulties in clinic, home based and school based settings. Lauren has strong background in feeding therapy and loves helping children become functional eaters. Lauren is passionate about working closely with children and their families to develop their communication and mealtime skills for all their future successes. When not working, Lauren enjoys skiing, traveling reading, running, hot yoga and exploring what the beauty of the California has to offer.

 


Shanthi Sivasankaran, M.S., CF-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow

Shanthi is a Bay Area native who left sunny California for four years to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She then moved back to the west coast to complete her Masters Degree in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University, where she was a scholar in Project Common Ground, where she received specialized training to work with children on the autism spectrum and their families. Shanthi’s clinical experiences included working with children with a variety of speech, language and feeding/swallowing disorders. When not at work, Shanthi enjoys hiking, live music and exploring new areas.

 


Wendy Tellez, 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.

 


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)
Speech-Language Pathologist
CW Consultant

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.