Class Notes, Fall 2017

October 01, 2017

Laura (Mock) Anikhindi, MA ’15, is currently working as an SLP for Fairfax County Public Schools. She and her husband just bought their first home this past summer and will be welcoming their first child (a boy!) this October!

Melanie (McNutt) Blanks, MA ’16, is currently a speech language pathologist for KIPP LA Schools. She is currently finishing up California State University-Northridge's Assistive Technology Certification Program.

Lisa Boxbaum, BA ’13, is currently pursuing a master's degree in communicative sciences and disorders at New York University.

Jaime Branaman, MA ’17, is completing her clinical fellowship year at The Ivymount School in Rockville, Md. She has the privilege of working with middle schoolers in the Multiple Learning Needs Program.

Karen Brock, BA ’74, is continuing to enjoy retirement after 30-plus years as an educational audiologist.

Kristin Budd, MA ’17, is starting a new job as a speech language pathologist for Manheim Township School District in Lancaster, Penn., where she will serve students in two elementary schools.

Judith (Katz) Cicale, MA ’77, has worked as a field training audiologist for GN ReSound since 2006. She  lives in Gainesville, Fla., and enjoys her two daughters and her grandchildren in her free time.

Christine Cohick, MA ’17, started working at a SNF in June!

Sierra Downs, MA ’17, is currently working full-time as a clinical fellow in speech language pathology at Cooper River West, a skilled nursing/subacute medical facility in Pennsauken, N.J., and volunteering for a local laryngectomee support group in Edison, N.J.

Molly Dresner, BA ’11, authored the book The Speech Teacher's Handbook: A Parent's Guide to Speech & Language (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017).

Stephanie (Goldstein) Glazier, MA ’98, is a speech-language pathologist who works with young children with a variety of language disorders. As a hanen instructor, Stephanie is contracted by The Hanen Centre to lead It Takes Two to Talk® certification workshop.

Linda (Steinberg) Goldberg, BA ’78, is working as a speech pathologist with Catholic Health Services of Long Island.

Camille Herring, BA ’15, has completed her two-year commitment to Teach For America. She is now applying to attend graduate school for speech pathology.

Junerose Juan, MA ’10, says: “Take initiative and ask for exposure/experience to what is difficult.” His CF was part time and completed in 2012; however in 2015 he became the lead clinician of his office. Now he is learning more programmatic changes and procedures for the next skillset.

Shannon O'Brien, BA ’14, is returning to graduate school for speech at Columbia University’s Teachers College after three years of working at the intersection of dance and disability as a performer and arts administrator.

Terry Perl, BA ’67, MA ’72, credits his GW education as the foundation of a successful human services career. For 40 years he was CEO of an international not for profit supporting 18,000+ people with disabilities. Since retiring in 2011, he is an active volunteer in Tucson.

Deborah (Gullatt) Peterson, BA ’73, MA ’74, has been retired from Fairfax County Public Schools since 2004 after 30 years of service. She became certified as a scuba diver in 2015 and has been traveling and diving every four months!

Joanna Pfister, MA ’14, is working as a bilingual (Spanish/English) speech-language pathologist with the Framingham Public Schools in Massachusetts.

Sara Pool, MA ’16, is working as an acute care speech-language pathologist and is the chairperson for the WSLHA Clinical Practice Committee in Seattle, Wash.

Angela Robinson, BA ’97, MS ’17, worked in the speech field for many years. This year, she graduated from GW with a master's degree in education & human development, special education: emotional and behavioral disabilities.

Karen (Hougum) Rosenthal, MA ’06, is the director for BAYADA Home Health Care in Montgomery County, Md. BAYADA provides therapy and nursing services in large assisted and independent living communities in order to keep its clients aging in place.

Jaryl Sciarappa, BA ’83, MA ’85, has spent 32 years specializing in swallowing disorders and tracheostomy care, sprinkled with a climb up the managerial ladder. At that time Joan Regnal, her voice professor, pointed out the error of her ways, stating it was a “waste of a good clinician.” Jaryl gracefully stepped off the ladder, returning to earth to happily serve the geriatric population, mentoring SLP’s in the SNF setting and growing the skill sets of graduate clinicians for the University of Rhode Island. Jaryl currently resides in Narragansett, R.I.

Stacie Rubin Smith, BA ’82, is the manager at South Miami Hospital Child Development Center, but her favorite part of the day is not managing the department, but providing therapy. Her passion is working with children and teens who have autism.

Chiara Scarpelli, BA ’14, is a speech-language pathology clinical fellow at a charter school in East Harlem, N.Y.

Sara (Schweitzer) Sokolowski, BA ’02, is living in West Orange, N.J., with her husband and two daughters. She is the assistant director of Sinai School at Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy.

Adrienne Watkins, BA ’12, exhibits her passion for social justice and education in her role as assistant dean of students at an all-girls public school in St. Louis, Mo. In 2017, she completed a degree in educational leadership from Columbia University.

Katherine Winters, BA ’13, MA ’15, is pursuing her PhD  in communication sciences and disorders at The University of Texas at Austin after working in a variety of adult and pediatric acute care, rehabilitation, and outpatient settings in the DMV area.

Liza Zeif-Forman, BA ’14, MA ’16, is an ASHA-certified, N.Y. state-licensed and TSSLD certified speech-language pathologist. Liza works with preschool children at Central Park Early Learning Center in New York.