Mary Ellen Hood, M.S. CCC-SLP
CSDX-9001 Overview of Communication Disorders
Ms. Hood has an M.S. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands. She is the former Executive Director, Clinical Services of the Newport Therapy Center from 1993-2010 where she directed and managed four clinics and personnel in various community settings (clinic, hospital, schools). She is a licensed and clinically certified speech language pathologist and holds a California state license. She has been the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from CASHA-District 8 in 2009. Ms. Hood has a wealth of clinical experiences as well as previous teaching experience in Master’s programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders at other local universities. Ms. Hood has been instrumental in the development of the syllabi and background work for this post-bacc program and will be providing some administrative oversight for this certificate program.
, M.A., CCC-SLPCSDX-9002 Phonetics
Belinda Williams has a M.A. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from New York University and is a candidate for a doctoral degree in Human Development and Psychology from University of California Los Angeles. She is a licensed and clinically certified speech language pathologist and holds a California state license. Additionally, she holds clinically certified and research trained in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2 (ADOS-2), the gold standard in autism diagnosis and classification. She works for the prestigious private practice Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center, Inc. where she specializes in comprehensive pediatric evaluations and autism spectrum disorders. She also directs its Pre-Social Skills program for children with autism with minimally verbal to phrase level speech. She regularly presents at national conferences and is a member of American Speech and Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR).
Kathleen Wohlgemuth, M.A., CCC-SLP (Spring)
Ms. Wohlgemuth has a M.A. in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Fullerton. She is a licensed and clinically certified speech language pathologist and holds a California state license. Her professional experience includes: member of the brain injury rehabilitation team, panel member–cleft palate team for Memorial Hospital Medical Center, Long Beach. She has worked as a program specialist, speech-language pathologist and DHH coordinator for Anaheim Union High School District. Ms. Wohlgemuth is a part-time faculty/lecturer for California State University, Fullerton’s Department of Human Communication Studies.
Lianne Pfister, ABD, M.A., CCC-SLP
Therese Cooper, M.A., CCC-SLP
CSDX-9004 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Swallowing, Hearing
Mrs. Therese Cooper has an M.A. in Communication Disorders from Whittier College. She is a licensed and clinically certified speech language pathologist and holds a California state license. Her professional experience includes working in the psychiatric center at College Hospital of Cerritos, transitional living center/head injury program/vocational rehab at Casa Colina in Pomona, various skilled nursing facilities and acute hospitals in Orange County, assisted living facilities, and private practice. Her current primary focus is Dysphagia, cognitive deficits, neurological disorders, Alzheimer’s and dementia in the geriatric population. She also supervises CFY’s and advanced clinic graduate students. Therese Cooper has a wealth of clinical experience as well as previous teaching experience in Neurology and Neurogenic Disorders, and Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Swallowing and Hearing.
Cindy Wineinger, M.S., CCC-SLP
CSDX-9005 Introduction to Child Language Acquisition and Development
Ms. Wineinger has a M.S. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands. She is a Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Redlands where she has been teaching upper division and graduate courses in Communication Disorders since 1988. She is also the Executive Director of Academic Networks in Anaheim since 2003. Ms. Wineinger is a licensed and clinically certified speech language pathologist and holds a California state license. She has various clinical experiences with University of California FOR OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center in Orange, CA; private practice in family-centered therapy home programs for young children with Autism and individual therapy through the Providence Speech and Hearing Center in Orange. She has also supervised graduate and undergraduate clinicians. Ms. Wineinger is also involved in scholarly/professional presentations.
Katy Peck, M.A., CCC-SLP, CBIS, CLE, BCS-S
CSDX 9004 Anatomy & Physiology
CSDX-9006 Clinical Methods & Procedures
Katy Peck, earned her MA in Speech Language Pathology from Eastern Michigan University and her BA degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Michigan State University. She is currently a Speech and Language Pathologist IV for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, focusing on the complex medical needs of patients ranging in age from high risk infants to young adults. Katy is also a Pediatric Clinical Consultant for Passy Muir, Inc., providing education in multiple forums, including: In-services, special events webinars, exhibits, and poster sessions. Katy is a guest speaker for local and state conferences, national symposia, and internationally broadcasted webinars. She has authored multiple published manuscripts on tracheostomy and dysphagia. Katy is member of the American Speech-Language Association (ASHA), Certificate of Clinical Competency, American Brain Injury Association, Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), California Children’s Services (CCS Paneled), Certified Lactation Educator, UCSD Extension, Board Certified Specialist, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.
Leann Schouten, M.S., CCC-SLP
Leann Schouten is the owner of Jump and Schout Therapy, a multidisciplinary private practice in Brea, CA. Leann is PROMPT certified and has additional training in the areas of apraxia, autism, child language, hearing impairments, Lindamood-Bell LIPS and Visualizing and Verbalizing. Continuing education training has been completed in the areas of auditory processing, Dichotic Interaural Intensity Difference (DIID), Social Thinking, cochlear implants just to name a few. In her practice she provides a multidisciplinary collaboration with occupational therapist, physical therapist, and ABA providers. She earned her MS degree in Communication Disorders from CSU Northridge, and BA degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from CSU Northridge. Leann is currently a Regional Center of Orange County service provider and is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the California Speech Language Association (CSHA), the Autism Society of America (ASA), the Medical Speech-Language Pathology Council of California (MSCC), and the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA). In addition, Leann holds a current Nonpublic School Agency (NPA) certification through the state of California.
Linda Pippert, M.A., CCC-SLP, MBA
CSDX-9008 Neurology and Neurogenic Disorders
Ms. Pippert holds dual master’s degrees in Communicative Disorders from California State University Fullerton, and in business administration (MBA) from Pepperdine University. She currently is Vice President of Clinical Operations for AlphaVista Services and Adjunct Faculty at Chapman University and California State University Fullerton. She has held administrative positions as Clinical Director of Speech Pathology for Rehab Alliance and Executive Director of Providence Speech and Hearing Center. She has served as a Rehab Manager for RehabWorks at a skilled nursing facility and Rehab Consultant for North American Health Care. Her areas of expertise are the geriatric population: dysphagia, adult neurogenics and voice disorders. She is the current Treasurer for the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA). She has held positions with CSHA as Commissioner of Association Services and Treasurer in the past and served a two-year term as the CSHA Board representative to the ASHA State Advocacy for Reimbursement (STAR) Network. In 2001, CSHA awarded her Fellow of the Association. In 2004, she was awarded Honors of the Association.
Chris Switzer, M.A., CCC-SLP
CSDX-9019 Audiology and Audiometry (co-taught with Dr. Abramson)
Switzer has a M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Montana, Missoula. She is a licensed and clinically certified speech language pathologist and holds a California state license. She is also an Orofacial Myologist and her specializations are in aural habilitation, SEE sign language, autism, oromyofunctional disorders, early intervention and preschool language. She has maintained a private practice in Orange County since 1985. Her previous employment as a Speech Language Pathologist was in Medical Centers/Hospitals in Southern California and Denver, CO.
Maria Abramson, Au. D., CCC-A, FAAA
CSDX-9019 Audiology and Audiometry
Dr. Abramson has a Doctor of Audiology degree from A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences. She is a licensed and a clinically certified audiologist (CCC-A) with American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and with the state of California Board of Medical Quality Assurance. She also is a Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology. With more than thirty years of experience, Dr. Abramson provides audiologic services to adults and children throughout Orange County. She is also on staff at seven hospitals with extensive experience in hearing assessments for adults. Dr. Abramson has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from CSHA (2001) for Pediatric Hearing Aid Fitting. She is the author of the diagnostic and therapeutic Basic Auditory Training (BAT) Program.
Lisa LaSalle, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
CSDX-9007 Speech Science
CSDX-9020 Voice and Fluency Disorders
Dr. Lisa LaSalle is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist with specialty training in stuttering and fluency disorders. She earned her Master’s degree from University of Virginia in 1986 and her PhD from Syracuse University in 1993. Dr. LaSalle has taught in graduate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders full-time and as an adjunct professor for twenty years and is currently a full-time Professor at University of Redlands. Her research interests have focused on individuals who stutter, concomitant disorders associated with stuttering and a fluency disorder known as cluttering. Dr. LaSalle has co-authored papers in Journal of Fluency Disorders, Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research and other journals. She is currently mentoring students on a research project aimed at better understanding the relationships between language, phonology, and fluency among normally fluent two- to four-year-olds.