Presenter Bio's and Disclosures
Presenter Bio's and Disclosure Statements
Listed alphabetically by presenter last name
Sarah is the owner of Baker Speech Clinic, a pediatric speech therapy clinic in Oklahoma City. She graduated from OUSHC with a Masters of Speech-Language Pathology in 2000. She is an active member of OSHA, having served as vice-president, president and private practice chairperson. Specializing in pediatric communication disorders, Sarah has worked in a variety of settings, including public education, early intervention, university clinics and private practice. Sarah is an adjunct professor with the SLPA program at Oklahoma City Community College, teaching a course on autism spectrum disorders. She is a CASANA recognized expert in childhood apraxia of speech. Sarah is program director or Project Piece of Mind, an autism safety initiative. She lives in Bridge Creek, OK, with her husband and son. She has two grown daughters and two grandchildren. FINANCIAL & NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None
Dr. Christi Barbee, Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, has been working in this capacity since 2014. She has been training audiology clinicians since 2005, and has received several continuing education awards. She received the University of Oklahoma Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2011-2012 for her work teaching in the clinic and teaching in the classroom. Her scholarly interests include interprofessional education, and audiologic test methods. In addition to teaching in the clinic and in the classroom, and performing research, Dr. Barbee helped found an interprofessional service mission trip to the state of Yucatan, Mexico. When this program began in 2002, approximately 30 children were served during year one, and in 2017, that number increased to approximately 1100 people. She remains dedicated to providing service to this underserved population and continues working with Doctor of Audiology Students at both the University of Florida and the University of Oklahoma, and local Mexican organizations to ensure follow-up care. FINANCIAL & NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None
Allie Bartlett works at Baker Speech Clinic, a private practice in South Oklahoma City, specializing in pediatric communication and feeding disorders. She bean her career as an SLP in Norman Public Schools before deciding to move to private practice after having her daughter in 2013. She graduated from OUHSC with her Masters of Speech-Language Pathology in 2010. She is the 2017 Honors & Awards Committee Chair for OSHA having served previously as secretary. She is also involved with the Project Piece of Mind through Autism Oklahoma. Allie lives in Newcastle with her husband of nine years and 3-year-old daughter, Ivy. She remains very close to her family in Sterling, Oklahoma, where she was born and raised. FINANCIAL & NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None
Erin Benear is a third year doctor of audiology student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is a member of Leadership HSC and an Oklahoma LEND Leadership Fellow. She is a member of multiple local and national professional organizations, including the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association and the Oklahoma Speech-Language Hearing Association. She will complete her fourth year externship at the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Health Care System beginning in June. FINANCIAL & NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None
Dr. Susan E. Benson is an Assistant Professor in the Speech Language Pathology Program at the University of Central Oklahoma. She teaches coursework in language development and language disorders. Her current research interests include the instructional practices for developing explicit grammar knowledge in SLP students and the use of technology in early intervention programs for children with delayed communication development. FINANCIAL & NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None
Teresa Bierig, MS, CCC-SLP is the Team Leader of Acute Care at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa. Her experience includes working in a variety of hospital, rehab, skilled nursing, home health, and corporate settings with a focus on medical speech-language pathology and foreign accent modification. She has also taught in the SLPA program at OCCC. She has served OSHA as Tri-Alliance Chair ,Medical Issues Chair, and is the Oklahoma representative for the ASHA STAR and SMAC reimbursement and advocacy networks. She additionally is the OSHA representative for the Medical Advisory Committee of the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority. FINANCIAL & NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None
Christina Cid, MS,CCC-SLP, has practiced as a Speech Language Pathologist in various healthcare settings for the last 20 years. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from OUHSC. She currently practices at INTEGRIS Health Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation. She is the coordinator of the SPEAK OUT! and LOUD Crowd programs at Jim Thorpe and the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma, which focus on treating and maintaining the communication of people living with Parkinson's. Her clinical work includes contributing to Parkinson's research at OUHSC on the efficacy of SPEAK OUT! and effects on prosody and presented findings along with Dr. Frank Boutsen at ASHA 2015 and poster presented findings at the World Parkinson Congress 2016. She co-presented at ASHA 2016. Christina has received the Stanley F. Hupfeld Eagle Award for her outstanding contribution to the mission of INTEGRIS, "to improve the health of the people and communities we serve." She also is the recipient of the Make a Difference award for her contributions to the lives of people living with Parkinson's. She currently practices in the outpatient rehabilitation setting and conducts five weekly groups, as well as a choir, at the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: None. NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Christina works at the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma.
Karen Copeland has a variety of work experience as an SLP, including public school, acute care hospital, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation and home health settings. She currently works as an SLP and Education Coordinator at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, OK, where her primary clinical focus is caring for adults with neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders. She also has adjunct teaching responsibilities at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. For the past 6 years, she has organized Cowboy Aphasia Camp at OSU-Tulsa, which pairs people with aphasia and graduate student clinicians for a week of mutual learning. Karen is a Past-President of the OK Speech-Language Hearing Association (2000) and a past Chair of the OBESPA. She is the current Chair of the OSHA Standards and Ethics Committee, a member of ASHA SIG 2’s Professional Development Committee, and a member of the ANCDS Communications Committee and Certification Committee.Karen completed the ANCDS Board Certification process in 2016. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Karen is employed by St. John Medical Center, and receives a salary. NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: She is an ASHA Member, and serves as Chair of the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Standards & Ethics Committee
Susan Dowell, MS, CCC-SLP, is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist who received both her bachelor's (2012) and master's (2014) degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma. She previously has worked in the skilled nursing, acute and outpatient settings. Susan is currently employed by Integris HEALTH working specifically at Integris Jim Thorpe-South Outpatient Clinic. Her current focus of care is that of treatment and evaluation for language expression, language comprehension, cognitive-linguistics, fluency, voice, and swallowing. In addition to this traditional medical model, she is also the lead SLP of the newly developed Integris Aphasia Clinic. FINANCIAL & NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None
Colette Ellis, MEd, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, has specialized for over 35 years in the evaluation and treatment of feeding, swallowing, voice, neurogenic and oral placement disorders of all ages. She is the owner of a private practice in Chickasha, OK, and the lead clinician for Grady Memorial Hospital in the same area, in addition to serving as a TalkTools Instructor. She is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. Colette has specialized training in speech/oral-sensory motor/feeding therapy, aphasia, apraxia, aqua therapy, Beckman techniques, ABA, MBSImp, videostroboscopy,and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing FEES. She is fluent in French, and has lectured at numerous conventions and seminars across the United States. FINANCIAL & NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None
Wanda P. Felty is the Community Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator at the OUHSC Center for Learning and Leadership/University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CLL/UCEDO). She also serves as the Core Family Faculty for the Oklahoma Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (OKLEND) program. She works in local, state, and national systems to ensure that patients, parents and families are represented at all levels of service, education and research. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Ms. Felty is an employee of the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, research and Service (UCEDO) and the Center for Learning and Leadership (CLL). She also receives financial compensation in her role as Core Faculty Mentor, Parent-Faily Perspective, in the Oklahoma Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (OKLEND) program. NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Ms. Felty Advocates for individuals with disabilities and their families.
Mark J. Fisher, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the OU Health Sciences Center. He has practiced nursing in a variety of inpatient and outpatient areas. Research interests include interactions and communication among patients, parents, families, health professions students, and health providers. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Dr. Fisher is a salaried Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at OUHSC. He also receives financial compensation in his role as Core Faculty Mentor, Nursing, in the Oklahoma Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (OKLEND) program. NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: In addition to his salaried faculty position, Dr. Fisher serves as a grant reviewer.
Toby Hamilton is a practitioner who applies mindfulness practices in her daily life. As a practicing occupational therapist since 1980 whose specialties include mental health and productive aging, she uses mindfulness to promoting both for her own health. She is professor emeritus enjoying retirement after a 5-year career as a teacher of people with deafness/blindness and a 31-year academic career teaching in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Allied Health at the OUHSC. FINANCIAL & NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None
Mary A. Hudson, PhD, CCC-A, is an Associate Professor in the College of Allied Health at the OU Health Sciences Center. She has practice audiology in a variety of settings. Research interests include amplification, enhancing patient- and family-centered communication, and inter-professional education. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Dr. Hudson is a salaried Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at OUHSC. She also receives financial compensation in her role as Core Faculty Mentor, Audiology, in the Oklahoma Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (OKLEND) program. NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Dr. Hudson serves on an ASHA ad-hoc committee re: competency assessment for audiology students, and she has served as a book reviewer for the International Journal of Audiology.
Dr. Humphries earned undergraduate degrees in Family and Child Development, a master's degree in Early Childhood Education, and a doctoral degree in Occupational and Adult Education. She has presented at OSHA in 2014 and 2015, as well as at ASHA in 2015. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Dr. Huphries is a co-author of a book published by Redleaf Press titled "A Fighting Chance: Supporting Young Children Experiencing Disruptive Change". She also will be exhibiting and selling products at the conference that assist children with sensory processing, ADD/ADHD, OCD, or trauma that need a "fiddle to focus". NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: None
Heather Jarvis is a speech-language pathologist at The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany, OK, where she has worked for the past 11 years. Heather graduated with a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the OUHSC in 2006. In 2015, she became a Board Certified Specialist in the area of swallowing and swallowing disorders. She is a current member of ASHA, and holds the position of Community Outreach Chair for the Oklahoma Association of Neonatal and Pediatric Therapists. Heather provides guest lectures over the topic of pediatric dysphagia at the University of Oklahoma to undergraduate and graduate level students. She also has provided continuing education lectures to various professional organizations across Oklahoma. FINANCIAL & NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None
Becky Khayum, MS, CCC-SLP is the founder of MemoryCare Corporation, a company that provides therapy services for people with dementia around the Chicago region. She specializes in the area of person-centered treatment approaches for individuals with neurodegenerative conditions, with a focus upon functional approaches and integration of technology. She collaborates in research initiatives with the Northwestern Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center, with specialization in the area of primary progressive aphasia. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE:Owner of MemoryCare Corporation, a for-profit therapy company (2009-present). Paid consultant at the Northwestern Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center in the area of dementia research (2013-present). In contract with Medbridge: author of CEU webinars in the area of dementia management (2017 - present) NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: none
Suzanne H. Kimball, AuD, is an associate professor of audiology and the undergraduate program director in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Kimball’s research interests are in the areas of telepractice and the diagnosis and management of tinnitus and sound sensitivity. Dr. Kimball currently serves as the President of the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: None NON-FINANCIAL DISCLUSRE: Suzanne currently serves as president of OSHA.
Kelli Marshall is a speech-language pathologist and co-owner of Today’s Therapy Solutions, a pediatric outpatient clinic, and Today’s Consulting Solutions, a professional development and consulting company. Kelli has over ten years of experience working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. She has experience in private practice, schools, hospital and university settings. Kelli also provides professional development and consultation services to schools and private practices. Her areas of expertise include: Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC), functional communication systems, and social skill development. Kelli resides with her husband in Moore, Oklahoma and has two daughters, Brooke and Libbye. FINANCIAL AND NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: None
Christina is a licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist practicing in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned a BA in Psychology with a minor in Speech Language Pathology and a MS in Communication Disorders from the University of North Texas. Christina has over 16 years of experience working with individuals with autism within both the home and clinical settings. As an SLP and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, she has worked collaboratively within behavior therapy programs and speech therapy programs to improve treatment outcomes for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. She also advocates for patients to secure authorizations for covered autism-related interventions (i.e. ABA and speech) through authorizations, utilization reviews and appeals. She has been an invited speaker at local universities and organizations presenting on topics related to the integration of speech and language and applied behavior analysis FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Receives a salary/payment for employment at Therapy and Beyond. This organization provides ABA and speech therapy to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: None
Elaine L. Martindale, M.S. has worked at the University of Central Oklahoma since 2010. She was the speech-language pathologist and clinical supervisor at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf Edmond Regional Preschool at UCO, as well as an instructor in speech-language pathology from 2010 until 2014. In June 2014, Mrs. Martindale took over as the Clinical Coordinator for the speech-language pathology program. She received her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in 2001. She received her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Vocal Music Education from UCO in 1999. She holds the CCC from ASHA and is licensed by the Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and holds an Oklahoma teaching certificate. Upon graduation, she accepted a position with Edmond Pubic Schools as a speech-language pathologist in an elementary school where she remained until 2010. In 2009, she received the Gwen Cacy Award from the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association for excellence in clinical skills. FINANCIAL & NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None
Ms. Nicole Mercer is a Clinical Supervisor at the University of Central Oklahoma Scott F. McLaughlin Speech and Hearing Clinic and serves as the supervisor for the Oklahoma School for the Deaf Edmond Regional Preschool. Nicole teaches Beginning Signing Exact English and Intermediate Signing Exact English at UCO. Ms. Mercer worked with Oklahoma City Public Schools from 2004 to 2014. During her tenure with OKCPS, she served elementary students in Deaf/Hard of Hearing self-contained classrooms. Ms. Mercer worked with students of varying needs from diverse cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Ms. Mercer’s main area of interest continues to be serving students with hearing loss. FINANCIAL & NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None
Racheal is a licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist practicing in Oklahoma. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA. She earned a BS and MS in Speech Language Pathology from Oklahoma State University. Racheal has 8 years experience treating children with communication disorders in public schools, private practice and clinical settings. At Therapy and Beyond, Racheal currently works collaboratively with Board Certified behavior analysts to implement speech therapy into daily behavioral programs to help enhance functional communication for children with autism and other developmental disorders. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Receives a salary/payment for employment at Therapy and Beyond. This organization provides ABA and speech therapy to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: None
Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 27 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities. FINANCIAL & NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None
Jill D. Moore, MS, CCC-SLP, has a BS from OSU and an MS from OUHSC. She has been in practice in various settings including schools, acute, LTA SNF, home health and private practice. She is currently an SLP in acute care at Integris Southwest Medical Center, where she developed the bedside dysphagia screening tool for the James L. Daniel Stroke Center now used throughout the Integris system. FINANCIAL & NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None
Camber obtained her M.S. in Communication Disorders from the OU Health Sciences Center in 1998. She has provided assistive technology, augmentative-alternative communication, and speech-language pathology services in a variety of settings including early intervention, school-based, and home-based. She previously worked for Oklahoma City Public Schools and Edmond Public Schools as a school speech language pathologist and assistive technology consultant. Camber was an Assistive Technology Curriculum Specialist at the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Center from 2008 to 2013. She then joined the Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities at the Oklahoma Autism Network and served as the Training and Outreach Coordinator. Camber currently is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Clinical Supervisor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at OUHSC. She serves as Co-director of the iLEAP program at John Keys Speech and Hearing Center and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on AAC and Autism Spectrum Disorders. FINANCIAL & NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None
Melodye Pipes graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with a Master of Science degree. She has worked in public education since then in Oklahoma City from 2000 to 2006 and Norman Public Schools from 2007 to present. FINANCIAL & NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None
Kari Rains earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her mast'er degree in Child Development. She has presented with Dr. Jane Humphries at OSHA and ASHA, and she specializes in children with social and emotional regulation issues. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Kari is a co-author of a book published by Redleaf Press titled "A Fighting Chance: Supporting Young Children Experiencing Disruptive Change". She also will be exhibiting and selling products at the conference that assist children with sensory processing, ADD/ADHD, OCD, or trauma that need a "fiddle to focus". NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: None
Jay Rosenbek, PhD has practiced for 48 years. He is Professor, Emeritus: University of Florida and Adjunct Professor, Michigan State University. He continues an active program of clinical consultation and provides continuing education in the US and abroad. He is a Fellow in ASHA and has received the Honors of ASHA and the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences as well as the Career Clinical Award and the Kwana Publication Award from the ASHA Foundation and ASHA. He continues a modest research career and publishes the occasional paper. He is happiest in the clinic. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Dr. Rosenbek is receiving an honorarium from OSHA for this presentation. He also receives royalties from Cengage and Plural Publishing NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: None
Dr. Linda Sealey-Holtz is Associate Professor and Program Director of the Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). Dr. Sealey received her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) and completed her Master’s degree in SLP at UCO. She has nine years of experience in higher education, including five years at UCO. Dr. Sealey is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with over fifteen years of clinical experience in providing speech-language therapy in outpatient rehabilitation, public school, hospital, skilled nursing facilities, and home health settings. Linda’s scholarly presentations at the local, state, and national levels have been well received, winning the Donald J. Nash Memorial Award for Outstanding Presentation at the AAAS-SWARM Division Annual Meeting. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Dr. Sealey is a full-time, tenured faculty member at the University of Central Oklahoma, since Fall 2012. This presentation was completed during regular paid time, as well as unpaid time, at UCO. UCO may also pay for time to present this information as part of its commitment to encouraging scholarly work. NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Dr. Sealey is a member of OSHA and ASHA. She is the OSHA Council-at-Large and Publications Chair.
Nuala South has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 1981, specializing i the field of augmentative and alternative communication with children and adults with developmental and acquired disabilities. She has presented at a number of state conferences and local associations, as well as conducting workshops and training related to AAC. Nuala is currently employed as an AAC sales consultant for Tobii Dynavox for Oklahoma and Arkansas. She provides assistance with trainings, evaluations, demonstrations and funding for communication devices. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Full-time, paid employee of Tobii Dynavox. NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE; None
Wendy Stacy is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist, ALTA-certified academic language therapist and qualified instructor, IDA-certified dyslexia therapist, and holds additional licensure as a dyslexia therapist in the state of Texas. She is the director and cofounder at ReadWrite Center in Oklahoma City, providing assessment and intervention services for students with dyslexia. She also serves as the dyslexia consultant for several area education task forces and is currently working with members of the state legislature and Decoding Dyslexia Oklahoma to further the awareness of the need for legislated dyslexia services in Oklahoma. Wendy regularly provides professional development training for teachers, reading specialists, therapists, school psychologists, diagnosticians, speech-language pathologists and school administrators covering a wide variety of material including an overview of dyslexia, screening and assessment for dyslexia, reading, grammar and writing intervention and dyslexia simulations. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Wendy Stacy is the author of products that will be discussed in the sessions. NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: None
Renee Thomas, PT, DPT, graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2013 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She is a licensed physical therapist and her specialties include vestibular rehabilitation, adult and pediatric neurorehabilitation, rehabilitation involving robotics, and post-surgical rehabilitation. Dr. Thomas joined the OUHSC Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in 2014 where her roles include clinical services, research, and teaching. She is also part of the faculty at the Oklahoma City Community College in the Health Professions Department in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program. Dr. Thomas currently serves as the Director of the Dizziness and Balance Clinic in the College of Allied Health on the OUHSC Campus. FINANCIAL & NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None
A leader in the field of geriatric audiology, Dr. Weinstein has developed some of the world's most widely used tools to identify persons with hearing loss and to quantify the psychosocial effects not apparent from the audiogram. The Hearing Handicap Inventory (HHI) has been translated into 25+ different languages and is used globally to document the negative health related outcomes associated with hearing loss and to capture the benefits of hearing related interventions. Dr. Weinstein's research has focused on screening of older adults for hearing loss; linking hearing to social isolation and connecting the benefits of hearing aids to social engagement. Dr. Weinstein is a Professor and the Founding Executive Officer of the Health Science Doctoral Programs at the Graduate Center, CUNY. A recognized opinion leader in the field of audiology, Dr. Weinstein has represented the field on federal panels and has been a leader in professional societies. Her policy, opinion pieces and blogs are read nationally and internationally by members of the audiology community and beyond. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Reimbursement for travel and honorarium from OSHA. NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: None