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About Us

The mission of SpeechPathology.com is to enhance the quality of life for the patients and clients in the care of the professionals we serve.

We support this mission by:

  • Providing the most relevant, convenient, and economical continuing education opportunities presented and authored by the leading experts in their respective professions to enhance clinical knowledge and skills.
  • Connecting quality professionals to the right job to better serve clients and patients.
  • Enhancing students’ clinical knowledge and skills to become meaningful contributors to the profession.

Carolyn Smaka, AuD

Carolyn Smaka, AuD, CCC-A/SLP


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, MA, 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, AuD

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, MS, 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 PhD

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."

Tony Perlak

Tony Perlak

Chief Marketing Officer

Tony has over 20 years of diverse marketing experience. In his previous senior roles at Vonage, Nutrisystem, Gate Gourmet and AT&T Wireless / SunCom Wireless, Tony was instrumental in building emotional brand engagement, creating customer-centric marketing campaigns, overseeing lifecycle management, and leading communications and product development. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Bates College, and a Master of Business Administration in finance from American University.

"I am passionate about serving the needs of our customers. We provide a superior product at an unbeatable value, and ultimately, we strive to enhance the quality of life for the patients and clients of the professionals we serve."

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."

Jill Connolly

Jill Connolly


Jill is a technical copyeditor for text courses and assists in the development of content. Prior to joining the editorial team, over the last five years she has held positions in SpeechPathology.com's Career Center and Continuing Education Sales departments. Jill graduated from University of Minnesota at Morris with BA degrees in English and Human Services.

"My English background has proven useful across different departments within SpeechPathology.com. As a part of the Editorial team, it's rewarding to help create informative courses that are easily accessed and support allied health professionals. On a personal note, and as evidenced by my journey, SpeechPathology.com has created a working environment where they support and foster their employees' strengths and encourage growth."

Nancy Adamson

Nancy Adamson

CEU Administrator/Assistant Editor

Nancy has been an audiologist for over 25 years. Prior to joining SpeechPathology.com full time, Nancy worked as a clinical audiologist in a medical setting, working with patients with cochlear implants and hearing aids.

"SpeechPathology.com provides educational opportunities that are unmatched. We take tremendous pride ensuring that our courses are current, of varied subject matters and presented by many of our industry leaders. I am honored to be a part of this process."

Leigha Jansen, EdD, 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 MEd

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."

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

Vice President, Continuing Education Corporate Accounts

Malia has dedicated over 25 years of her career to the allied health field and has a proven track record in operations, sales, and recruiting and staffing. Her varying roles included Regional Director of Operations for a large contract rehab provider and Vice President of Recruiting & Staffing. Throughout Malia's career, she has developed a reputation for exceeding clients' service and value expectations and is proud to continue that mission today at SpeechPathology.com.

"My career path has provided me with a global view of the Allied Health industry, allowing me to understand companies' unique needs. In this role, I have the opportunity to use this knowledge to tailor programs to fit the business model of each company and their staff."

Heather Robertson

Heather Robertson

Group Sales Account Manager

Heather holds a BA in Communications Media from Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. Her healthcare background includes serving as the lead Receptionist and Outreach and Digital Marketing Coordinator for a large Ophthalmology practice, where she was instrumental in improving the company’s online presence, bringing in new clients, and partnering with a hearing instrument specialist to help roll out the office’s first hearing program. Heather’s exceptional customer service skills and understanding of online marketing make her a remarkable asset to the AHM team.

"I have always been passionate about helping others. I’m excited about stepping into my new role because it allows me the opportunity to provide professionals in the allied health fields with the necessary tools to enhance their skills and education, and in turn, enrich the lives of the patients they serve."

Ronaldo Olivas

Ronaldo Olivas

Director of Marketing and Sales Retention

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. This experience got him hooked on helping others to achieve their professional goals. In his current role with the Marketing and Sales team, he is focused on initiatives that provide professionals with access to quality CEUs and a great customer experience.

"The most enjoyable part of my job is assisting professionals with accessing the latest knowledge and tools they need to care for their patients."

Tanya Leyba

Tanya Velarde

Customer Experience Manager

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

Sales Support Manager

Stephanie has more than 16 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

Director, IT/Project Management

With an MSc in Computer Science and 15 years of web experience, Craig guides the IT team through the design and development 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."

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, MA,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."

Dave Walters

Dave Walters

Chief Technology Officer - Allied Health Media

As CTO, Dave collaborates with the leaders of each business unit and develops strategies that ensure the company’s security, stability, and scalability – while advancing and leveraging our technology to continually improve business performance. Dave's previous roles include serving as CTO of the Technology group at Spafinder Wellness, Inc., and a 13 year tenure at XO Group (formerly The Knot, Inc). A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Mathematics), Dave grew up and resides on Long Island, New York.

"I have a passion for leading Technology organizations through corporate transitions and building technology that is scalable and flexible to meet the ever-changing needs of business. I look forward to working with my new Tech team in bringing that all together."