Class Notes, Fall 2016

October 01, 2016

Renee Blaker, BA ’68, at the age of 70, is still working in her private practice as a speech-language pathologist. She has enjoyed a rewarding and exciting career.  Even though she went on to obtain a master’s degree, she learned most of her skills from the superb professors at GW.

Byrna Bornstein, BA ’78, still loves this work after over 35 years. She has a private practice in Westwood, Mass., and she’s gone on several medical missions in the Philippines and Peru.

Lisa Boxbaum, BA ’13, after working in the field for a few years, is now returning to school to pursue her master’s in communicative sciences and disorders at New York University.

Shreya Chaturvedi, BA ’16, will be attending a MS-PhD speech language pathology program at Boston University.

Anna Cohen, BA ’10, works in the Adult Inpatient Rehab department at Staten Island University Hospital of Northwell Health. She looks back fondly on her language development classes now that she is watching each stage in real time with her 2-year-old daughter!

Laura Crouse, BA ’16, is about to start graduate school at The University of Rhode Island for speech language pathology.

Ruchi Gadodia, MA ’15, is working at a charter school system in the San Francisco Bay Area called KIPP Bay Area.  She delivers speech and language services for students in Pre-k through 12th.

Patricia Gaffney, BA ’01, is faculty in the Doctor of Audiology program at Nova Southeastern University.  Her expertise is vestibular assessment and treatment.  She recently won the College of Health Care Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.

Sabra Gelfond, MA ’85, ’88, is a practicing speech & language pathologist serving as the executive director of a private clinic that offers speech and occupational therapy and services for children with special needs, especially autism spectrum.

Rebecca Goldenberg, BA ’16, will be attending Temple University for her master’s in speech language pathology!

Erin Goodman, MA ’16, is completing her CF with PHILLIPS Programs at the PHILLIPS School - Fairfax, a therapeutic day school for students with developmental, academic and social/emotional needs.

Jacqueline Gorman, MA ’74, was employed as an SLP in the Middletown, R.I., schools for 28 years, retiring in 2007. Following several months of volunteer teaching in Swaziland, she returned to Rhode Island where she is currently working in home health rehab. She is relocating to Prescott, Ariz., in January.

Heather Gross, BA ’15, pursuing her master's degree in speech-language pathology at Columbia University. Her goal is to become a voice therapist for professional voice users. She’s been involved with the Stuttering Association for the Young and leading aphasia groups!

Melanie Hudson, MA ’79, began a three-year term in January 2016 on the board of directors of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association as chair of the Speech-Language Advisory Council.

Billie Laub, BA ’75, MA ’76, just retired from Charles County Public Schools.

Whitney Mislock, MA ’16, is currently a speech language pathology clinical fellow at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Aldie, Va.

Sara Pool, MA ’16, is a speech-language pathology clinical fellow at the Puget Sound VA Medical Center and is working towards a leadership position within our profession's state organization.

Chiara Scarpelli, BA ’14, completed her MS in speech pathology at Columbia University in May. She is now living in Melbourne, Australia, for six months while working in the Aphasia Lab at La Trobe University.

Laurie Shpilsky, MA ’14, is currently working as a speech-language pathologist and program manager at a skilled rehabilitation facility in Warminster, Penn.

Beth Stone, MA ’72, is a speech/language pathologist, working with autistic children ages 18 months-5 years through Humboldt County Office of Education Special Beginnings program. She is producing a documented dance film on autism.

Mindy Strugatch, BA ’75, MA ’76, after an incredibly rewarding career as an SLP in the public schools (35 years), is now enjoying a part-time career as a clinical supervisor/adjunct at Kean University in New Jersey supervising graduate students in the Department of Communication Disorders.

Carla Traub, MS ’14, is practicing in a SNF and absolutely loves it! She truly enjoys working with this population.

Rene Utianski, BA ’08, CCC-SLP, is currently a clinical fellow in speech-pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She is conducting research on neurodegenerative diseases, with a focus on primary progressive apraxia of speech.

Ben Watson, BA ’77, completed a PhD at the University of Connecticut.  He spent the last 24 years at New York Medical College where he was the founding chair of the MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (1998-2012) and is now vice dean, School of Health Sciences and Practice.

Meissa Wexler Gurfein, BA ’91, is living and working in New York City as a speech-language pathologist.  She is in private practice specializing in pediatric communication disorders.

Ellen Zane, BA ’73, is currently the vice chair, Board of Trustees, GW University, and recently appointed to the board of directors of Boston Scientific Corporation.