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SpeechPathology.com is a recognized leader in online professional development and career center resources for speech-language pathologists and SLPAs worldwide.


Carolyn Smaka, Au.D.

Carolyn Smaka, AuD, CCC-A/SLP

Editor-in-Chief

As Editor-in-Chief, Carolyn is responsible for guiding editorial content development. She has worked in a variety of settings as a speech-language pathologist, clinical audiologist, audiology administrator and in several roles with a leading hearing instrument manufacturer. She is an active volunteer with professional associations as well as in her community.

"You know that feeling you get when you leave a really great conference, that mixture of excitement, energy and a renewed sense of enthusiasm for your profession? I truly feel that every day at SpeechPathology.com!"

Amy J. Hansen, M.A., CCC-SLP

Amy J. Hansen, MA, CCC-SLP

Managing Editor

Amy has more than 14 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist. She previously worked at Case Western Reserve University assisting on several research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health focusing on childhood apraxia of speech and the impact of SSD on reading and writing development in school-age children. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Saint Mary’s College and an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University.

"Working one-on-one with our presenters has been very fulfilling and I am amazed by the level of expertise, professionalism and dedication that our presenters bring to the field."

Joanne Slater, Au.D.

Joanne Slater, AuD

Director, CEU Administration

Prior to joining SpeechPathology.com, Joanne worked as a clinical audiologist in a variety of settings offering diagnostic and rehabilitative services. She has been an audiologist for over 25 years, and earned her Au.D. in 2010 from AT Still University.

"I am so grateful for the opportunity to have helped shape online continuing education for healthcare providers in the 21st century - it's a feeling I wouldn't trade for the world!"

Amy Natho, M.S., CCC-SLP

Amy Natho, MS, CCC-SLP

CEU Administrator/Assistant Editor

Amy received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Disorders from the University of Oklahoma. Before joining SpeechPathology.com, she spent more than 20 years in the field as a clinician and later as a department supervisor. Although she has worked in numerous settings, inpatient rehabilitation is her first love - working with adults with neurogenic communication and cognitive disorders and dysphagia.

"After working in the clinical world for many years, it is great to use my SLP background in a different way. My end goal is still the same -- to improve the lives of those with communication and swallowing disorders."

Stacy L. Williams Ph.D.

Stacy L. Williams PhD

Chief Operations Officer

In addition to her role as President of SpeechPathology.com, Stacy is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in the Communication Sciences Department in Cleveland, OH. Her ongoing research focuses on integrating simulation technology into the field of speech-language pathology by providing clients and professionals with online learning applications. In 2004, she founded and directed the Virtual Immersion Center for Simulation Research at CWRU. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Stacy earned her doctorate degree at the University of Cincinnati and has worked in the SLP field for over 15 years.

"Every day I get to do what I love - develop innovative online technology applications for the allied health professions that provide a valuable service and resource to clinicians across the world. I'm proud to be a part of that innovation and to work with such talented people."

Katie Ondo, MA CCC-SLP

Katie Ondo, MA, CCC-SLP

Senior Case Developer, SimuCase

Katie brings a wealth of clinical experience to her role as Senior Case Developer for SimuCase. She served as a pediatric speech-language pathologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center specializing in neuro rehabilitation and augmentative communication. She is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH.

"I enjoy working for SpeechPathology.com because I get the pleasure of helping professors and students utilize SimuCase in their classes. It is exciting to create new cases for the program and receive positive feedback."

Leigha Jansen, Ed.D., CCC-A

Leigha Jansen, EdD, CCC-A

Director, Educational Technology

As an audiologist for nearly 20 years, Dr. Jansen has had the privilege of working in many different environments. From clinical settings to industry, she has always found a way to fuel her passion for education. Dr. Jansen is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University's Abraham S. Fischler School of Education, as well as a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Master of Arts degree in Audiology. Dr. Jansen’s research interests include simulation-based education and instructional design practices for the adult learner.

"At SpeechPathology.com we never lose sight of our mission to positively impact the quality of patient care through education. Working with an outstanding group of people is such an added benefit."

Brenda Pantalone M.Ed.

Brenda Pantalone, MEd

Simulation Support Specialist

From three-year-olds to adult learners, Brenda has been serving as an educator for nearly 20 years. A graduate of Purdue University, Brenda has worked in early education settings, elementary schools and at the University level. She joined SpeechPathology.com in 2011.

"By working with professors and students directly, I have the unique opportunity to see how the case studies are incorporated into a course and watch the students grow professionally as they get to know each client on SimuCase."

Suzanne Humphries

Suzanne Humphries

Course Transcriptionist

Suzanne has been a medical transcriptionist/quality assurance specialist for over 13 years. After graduating from Vance-Granville Community College with an A.A.S. in Medical Office Technology, she’s held a variety of administrative positions. She also taught medical college terminology courses for several years.

"Through transcribing courses, I get to learn something new and different every day. I like that the site is an affordable and easy way for professionals to earn their CEUs and offers so many wonderful courses to choose from."

Caitlin Grefe

Caitlin Grefe

Instructional Technology Coordinator

Caitlin graduated from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa in 2012 with a degree in Communication Studies. She now uses her communication skills to teach presenters the facets of the virtual classroom, and provides technical support to both seminar presenters and participants.

"Being a part of something bigger than myself is truly amazing. I love learning how our professional customers are helping so many people, and knowing I facilitate effective use of the technology for learning makes me proud to be part of SpeechPathology.com"

Wendy Bradbury

Wendy Bradbury

VP of Sales, Career & Educational Services

Wendy has extensive experience in healthcare executive recruiting and research/background screening. Having worked in the Healthcare, Pharmaceutical and Allied Health industries, Wendy believes she has found her niche in sales and utilizes her recruiting contacts and expertise to work with allied health therapy providers. She earned her B.S. in Human Resource Management at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA.

"I really enjoy talking with different people and getting them excited about SpeechPathology.com. We have a service to fit just about every single person's needs."

Malia Johnson

Malia Johnson

Continuing Education Sales Director

Our newest team member raises the bar with her extensive knowledge in the allied health field, and bringing with her a proven track record in sales. Ms. Johnson has dedicated almost 25 years of her career in the allied arena. During this time she has made many profound professional connections and contacts over the years that have demonstrated time and time again her people first style, reverence and leadership for the allied health profession.

"This is one of the brightest group of individuals that I’ve ever worked with. I like everything they do here; Allied Health Media is stuck with me!"

Jill Connolly

Jill Connolly

Account Manager, Career Center & Continuing Education

Jill graduated from University of Minnesota at Morris, with degrees in English and human services. Throughout out her career, she has held a variety of customer service related jobs, most recently providing support for brokerage account clients and their financial advisers.

"I enjoy the daily customer interaction that I receive in the Career Center, both with job seekers and employers. In addition, the caliber of people employed by the company is second to none!"

Kelly O'Malley

Kelly O'Malley

Account Manager

Kelly O'Malley has over 10 years of customer service experience with a background in sales in the financial industry. A graduate of the University of Louisville in Political Science, Kelly brings a wealth of talent and knowledge to her role at SpeechPathology.com

"I love that every day of my job is different. This field is constantly growing and changing and we get to be at the center of it by providing innovative educational resources."

Ronaldo Olivas

Ronaldo Olivas

Director of Subscriptions and Customer Experience

While at Arizona State University, Ronaldo worked for a program that utilized National Science Foundation funds to provide minority students with financial assistance within the STEM disciplines. He got hooked on helping others and today he oversees the Customer Service Department ensuring that SLPs have the tools they need to earn CEUs and better serve their patients.

"The most enjoyable part of my job is having the opportunity to improve the day of one of our SP family members (customers and co-workers) by offering assistance and providing exceptional customer service."

Tanya Leyba

Tanya Velarde

Customer Experience Specialist

Tanya has been in the customer service field for 7 years. Prior to joining SpeechPathology.com she worked for a local electric and gas provider, Public Service Company of NM, as a Senior Customer Service Representative.

"My passion is helping others in any way possible. SpeechPathology.com gives me the freedom to do what I do best – serving our customers is my specialty!"

Stephanie Miller

Stephanie Miller

Corporate Partner Marketing Manager

Stephanie has more than 14 years of experience in the hearing health industry. A former employee of Siemens Hearing Instruments, Stephanie brings a wealth of knowledge and marketing expertise to her role as Marketing Manager. In 2009, she completed her MBA with a concentration in Marketing at Centenary College, NJ.

"I'm always learning something new either in healthcare, technology or marketing. The best part is I often get to share new information, best practices, applications, etc., with others."

Craig Knowles

Craig Knowles

Senior Project Manager

With a BSc in Computer Science, an MSc in Computer Graphics, and 15 years of web experience, Craig guides the design and management of large, complex projects that cross multiple disciplines. He has a particular affinity for training, simulation, and creative projects in general.

"Working with some of the best and most-respected individuals in their respective fields is very rewarding."

Alan Blount

Alan Blount

Director of Development and IT

Alan has been professionally making Web applications since 2004 and playing with Web technologies since 1997. Prior to joining AudiologyOnline he worked on a large intranet at Mercer HR Consulting, developed a variety of Web applications for clients at Via Studios, and served in several technology support roles. At SpeechPathology.com, he oversees the development of large Web applications built on LEMP technologies.

"This company is ready to move forward all the time, it listens, it innovates, and its main function is to provide valuable services which help our collective health."

Bill LaCalle

Bill LaCalle

Cofounder and Chief Strategy Officer - Allied Health Media

Bill founded SpeechPathology.com with his wife Aimee in 2002. He is a graduate of the business school at the University of Texas at Austin.

"I love working with this amazing group of people! It's so fun to be able to make a difference in people’s lives; from the professionals we serve to the patients they serve."

Kevin Havens

Kevin Havens

Chief Executive Officer - Allied Health Media

Kevin has more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, operations, management, and manufacturing both nationally and internationally and has worked for a variety of successful companies including small entrepreneurships, mid-market organizations, and publicly-traded corporations. Kevin earned his B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University.

"My objective continues to be centered on creating an efficient, resilient, and profitable organization where individuals enjoy what they do, support one another, and strive daily to fulfill our mission - to provide the professionals we serve with the latest tools and resources to better serve the patients in our care."

Clint Johnson, M.A.,CCC-SLP

Clint Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP

Vice President of SimuCase Education

A graduate of the University of Georgia with a Masters of Fine Arts in Communications Sciences and Disorders, Clint has more than 14 years of experience in product development and marketing of speech-related products. In his previous roles, he has authored or coauthored over 30 special education publications, collaborated with software developers to create products specifically geared to the needs of SLPs, and managed groups of editors to meet deadlines and produce quality content.

"I am proud to be a part of the SimuCase Education Team. I believe that SimuCase has the potential to truly revolutionize clinical training in universities."

Paul Dybala, Ph.D.

Paul Dybala, PhD

Chief Web Officer - Allied Health Media

Paul earned a PhD in Audiology from the University of Texas at Dallas - Callier Center, were he also worked as a clinical audiologist fitting children and adults with hearing aids for almost 10 years. Considered one of the profession’s internet pioneers, Paul established some of the seminal websites for audiologists. He has written and presented extensively on the topic of hearing care and the internet.

"Making the web better for health professionals and the patients they serve is a privilege that I get to enjoy each day."

 
 

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