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Communicative Disorders Program Department of Special Education

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Faculty and Staff in Communicative Disorders

Jasmine Aviles

Jasmine Aviles, M.S., CCC-SLP, Lecturer

Mrs. Jasmine Aviles received her graduate degree from San Francisco State University in Communicative Disorders. While at SFSU, she participated in the AAC specialization program, Project CLLASS (Collaborating for Language, Literacy, and Augmentative Systems in Schools). Jasmine currently works as a Speech-Language Pathologist at a local public school district serving students in preschool through 5th grade. She has a passion for learning as well as participating in outdoor adventures such as snowboarding, camping and paddleboarding with her husband, three children and two “fur babies”.

Burk Hall 103 | jsaviles@mail.sfsu.edu | 415.338.1001

Patricia W Cavanagh

Patricia W. Cavanagh, M.S., CCC-SLP, BRS-S

Ms. Cavanagh is a Board Recognized Specialist in swallowing disorders. She has worked in various hospital and rehabilitation settings before accepting her current position at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco. She specializes in dysphagia, voice and laryngectomy work. In addition to her full-time work at the San Francisco VA, she teaches a dysphagia seminar at San Francisco State University and is a frequent presenter at FEES, videostroboscopy and laryngectomy conferences in association with UCSF and Stanford University.

Burk Hall 146 | trishcav@sfsu.edu | 415.338.1001

Mallorie Desimone

Mallorie Desimone, B.A., CD Clinic/Office/Program Manager

Ms. Desimone graduated from SFSU in May 2007 with her bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies. While a student, she worked in the Credential Services Teacher Preparation Center. She is currently the CD Clinic Manager for the CD program.

Burk Hall 114 | mallorie@sfsu.edu | 415.338.1001

Laura Epstein

Laura Epstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, School Internship Coordinator, Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor

Dr. Epstein completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara; met her husband, and has lived in San Francisco ever since. She has two children. Her research and clinical interests include language development and disorders, bilingual/multicultural language assessment, articulation and phonology disorders, literacy and language, and the language and processes of clinical interaction. Dr. Epstein is the recipient of the 2011 state-wide CSHA Diversity Award. She supervises the child speech-language clinic at the Mission Head Start. (More information on College of Education website.)

Burk Hall 102 | lepstein@sfsu.edu | 415.338.1058

Chris Focht

Chris Focht, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA, Lecturer

Dr. Focht is a clinical and dispensing audiologist for the Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California (San Francisco). A graduate of the SFSU CD program (1988), he was in private practice for over 20 years and has had extensive experience working in educational settings. Dr. Focht teaches courses in Audiology, Audiometry, and Aural Rehabilitation.  He is also an academic and clinical preceptor for graduate students who are in the last year of their doctoral studies. Chris specializes in geriatric audiology and is often asked to speak at conventions and professional meetings.  He is married, with two grown children, and his hobbies include singing, baseball, and playing with 'Phoebe', his three-year-old cocker-poodle therapy dog who also comes to class and serves as his 'teaching assistant.'

Burk Hall 103 | cfocht@sfsu.edu | 415.338.1001

Minnie Graham

Minnie Graham, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, Professor Emerita

Recently retired, Dr. Graham earned her Ph.D. in speech and hearing sciences from UCSF. Dr. Graham taught seminars in disorders of motor speech, voice, and fluency in the communicative disorders program. CSHA awarded her Honors of the Association (2005), Fellow of the Association (2001), and District 1 Outstanding Achievement Award (1998) for her clinical service, teaching in communicative sciences and disorders, research and publication, administrative service, and service to CSHA.

Linda Kenny

Linda Kenny, M.A., CCC-SLP, Lecturer

Linda received her MA Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Kean University in New Jersey. She has experience providing services to children and adults in a variety of settings. Prior to her appointment as lecturer at SFSU, Linda worked for the Speech Pathology Group as a clinical supervisor. Additionally, Linda has been a clinical supervisor at Towson University in Maryland, a preschool speech pathologist in Anne Arundle County (MD) and a Rehab Director for a subacute care center in San Francisco. Linda is a Hanen Certified "It Takes Two to Talk" and "More Than Words" trainer. As a Hanen certified trainer, she provides training to parents/caregivers of preschoolers to become their child's primary language facilitator. Linda is a Past President of the Maryland Speech Language Hearing Association.

Burk Hall 103 | lkenny@sfsu.edu | 415.338.1001

Flo Kimmerling

Flo Kimmerling, M.S., CCC-SLP, Lecturer

Ms. Kimmerling's lifelong fascination with language began as an undergraduate at Northwestern University, followed by a Master's degree in psycholinguistics and reading at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. After serving as a high school English teacher and reading specialist for several years, she worked as a teacher of "minimally brain damaged teenagers" (what learning disabled children were called in the 70's) and then completed her M.S. in Communicative Disorders at SFSU. In addition to teaching at SFSU, she works privately in the area of language-learning disorders and serves on the staff at the Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

Burk Hall 146 | flokimm@sfsu.edu | 415.338.1001

Sophia Lo

Sophia Lo, M.S., CCC-SLP, Lecturer

An alumnus of the SFSU community, Sophia Lo received her Masters in Communicative Disorders at San Francisco State University after completing her undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego. In addition to teaching at SFSU, Sophia Lo is a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Palo Alto Unified School District. Practicing in the school setting is a natural transition from her previous work- a Chinese as well as Spanish language teacher at the Harvard-Westlake School. Outside of her professional career, you can find Sophia enjoying time with her family and friends exploring the globe.

Burk Hall 103 | sophialo@sfsu.edu | 415.338.1001

Kristina McCallum-Keeler

Kristina McCallum-Keeler, M.S., CCC-SLP, Lecturer

Ms. McCallum-Keeler graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona, Tucson in 1993 and with her Master's degree in Communication Disorders from Emerson College in Boston in 1995. She has worked in adult rehabilitation for 12 years, with preschool to high school children for 6 years (in the Boston area schools) and spent one year as a Clinical Instructor at Emerson College in Boston. She has supervised 10 Clinical Fellows (2 from SFSU) and countless students. She has two sons, Owen (13 years old) and Oliver (8 years old). She's been married over 20 years and has a new puppy, Ynez, who is a basset hound. She lives and works in Novato, CA where she continues to work with adult rehabilitation patients.

Burk Hall 145 | kmccallu@sfsu.edu | 415.338.1001

Blair Menn

Blair Menn, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinical Instructor

Mr. Menn received his graduate degree from Northwestern University in 2003. Fluent in Spanish, he joined the CD faculty in Fall 2007. He supervises clinics in adult neuorgenic disorders, advanced diagnostics, and accent modification. He also teaches a course in dysphagia.

Burk Hall 138 | bmenn@sfsu.edu | 415.338.1001

Julie Oeser

Julie Oeser, M.A., CCC-SLP, MBA, Lecturer & Clinical Instructor

Mrs. Oeser received her BA and MA from the University of the Pacific and her Executive MBA from Golden Gate University. Her experience includes public schools, acute care, rehab, SNF, private practice, home health and health care administration. She is the current Co-President of the San Mateo County Speech, Language and Hearing Association and is the recipient of CSHA’s District 4 Outstanding Achievement Award. Her passions include ethics, advocacy, mentoring graduate students and parenting three children.

Burk Hall 146 | joeser@sfsu.edu | 415.338.1001

Jill Potratz

Jill Potratz, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Instructor

Ms Jill Potratz received her bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee and her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has over 20 years experience as a speech/language pathologist in a variety of settings. In addition to being a clinical instructor at SFSU, she is also a lecturer at San Jose State University and supervises clinical fellows in the east bay with The Speech Pathology Group. She lives with her partner and their 4 children in the east bay and enjoys hiking, yoga and vegetarian cooking.

Burk Hall 103 | jillpotratz@gmail.com | 415.338.1001

Philip Prinz

Philip Prinz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor

Dr. Philip Prinz completed a B.A. in Comparative Literature at UCLA; an M.S. in Journalism at Northwestern University; an M.S. in Language & Hearing Sciences at Boston University; and a doctorate in Applied Psycholinguistics at Boston University. He holds a License in Speech and Language Pathology from the State of California. Dr. Prinz is a Professor in the Department of Special Education and Communicative Disorders at San Francisco State University (SFSU), and is on the faculty of the Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education administered by SFSU and the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on typical and atypical language acquisition and cultural and linguistic diversity and disability, and supervises graduate student interns. Major research emphases include atypical language and literacy acquisition across spoken, written, and signed modalities; American Sign Language (ASL) acquisition and assessment; and the differentiation between typical vs. atypical language abilities of English language learning children. SFSU (Dr. Prinz as Principal Investigator) has received research grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the NEC Foundation to develop a web-based ASL instrument to assess D/deaf students’ global sign language proficiency. Dr. Prinz is a recipient of Fulbright and Humboldt research fellowships. He also received an Ed Roberts Senior Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and UCB. (More information on College of Education website.)

Burk Hall 147 | pm@sfsu.edu | 415-338-7655

Marcia Raggio

Marcia Raggio, Ph.D., CCC-AU, Professor

Dr. Raggio earned her BA and MS degrees from the Communicative Disorders Program at San Francisco State University. She earned her PhD in Auditory Neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco. Her primary area of research is in the cortical representation of peripheral electrical stimulation provided by cochlear implants. Dr. Raggio served as a member and chair of the California state licensing board for audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPAHADB) for five years, appointed by Governor Gray Davis, and served under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She has published numerous research articles, and has given many presentations at the state, national, and international levels. She currently chairs the State Network Committee of the American Academy of Audiology.

Burk Hall 104 | mraggio@sfsu.edu

Nancy Robinson

Nancy B. Robinson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor,
Adult Internship Coordinator, Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor

Dr. Robinson completed her master’s degree in speech and hearing sciences at Portland State University in 1975 and Ph.D. in special education at the University of Washington in 1987. For many years, she worked at the University of Hawaii with the Center on Disability Studies with a team of faculty and students in health, education, and social science who developed interdisciplinary education models to support individuals with disabilities and their families. With Dr. Gloria Soto, Dr. Robinson co-directed two personnel preparation grants funded by the US Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs, focused on preparing SLPs and Special Educators to provide AAC services to children and families. In 2013, she was awarded Fellows of the Association by the California Speech, Language and Hearing Association. (More information on College of Education website.)

Burk Hall 115 | nancyr@sfsu.edu | 415.405.2170

Maryam Salehomoum

Maryam Salehomoum, CCC-SLP, Lecturer & Clinical Instructor

Ms. Salehomoum completed her master's degree in speech-language pathology at CSU Long Beach. She then developed clinical expertise in the areas of autism and hearing impairment in the SF Bay Area before returning to CSU Long Beach as a full-time instructor for several years. Ms. Salehomoum has returned to the SF Bay Area and currently works part-time with speech and hearing impaired children and adults interested in accent reduction. She has a passion for continuing education and growth, and welcomes the opportunity to exercise such a philosophy in both the clinical and teaching realms.

Burk Hall 146 | msalehom@sfsu.edu | 415.338.1001

Katherine Seto

Katherine Seto, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Instructor

Ms. Seto received her Bachelor's Degree in English from UC Berkeley in 1986 and Master's Degree in Speech Pathology from SFSU in 1990. She has enjoyed working with the adult/geriatric neurogenic population for nearly 20 years. She is familliar with acute care, inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, home health, and long term care settings. Ms. Seto is currently employed at Pacifica Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and has spent several years training Speech Pathology interns from SF Bay Area Universities. She is a big "foodie' and loves dogs. Ms. Seto lives in Foster City with her husband, three children, two dogs, and a tortoise.

Burk Hall 146 | katherine_seto@yahoo.com | 415.338.1001

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Patti Solomon-Rice, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, Clinic Director, Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor

Dr. Solomon-Rice received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education through the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco State University.  She received a Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Montana and a Bachelor of Science degree in speech-language pathology and audiology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from SFSU.  Her research interests are in the area of augmentative and alternative communication, focusing on language development and early intervention services.  In California, Dr. Solomon-Rice was appointed to the Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board in 2012.  She also completed a two-year term on the CSHA Board of Directors as the Commissioner on Professional Development and Continuing Education in 2012.  Nationally, she will begin a 4-year term on the Board of Ethics in 2013.  She is also the Continuing Education Content Manager for ASHA’s Special Interest Group 10 Issues in Higher Education and is a peer reviewer for ASHA’s Special Interest Group 12 Augmentative and Alternative Communication.  She previously served as chair of ASHA’s Continuing Education Board. (More information on College of Education website.)

Burk Hall 101 | psolomon@sfsu.edu | 415.338.7652

Sara Spencer

Sara Spencer, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Instructor

Ms. Spencer has worked as a speech pathologist in hospitals, schools and private practice for over 30 years. She has been supervising at SFSU for many of those years. She was the recipient of the 2010 CSHA Award for Outstanding Achievement. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two sons.

Burk Hall 146 | shs94116@msn.com | 415.338.1001

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Renata Tabellion , M.S., CCC-SLP, Lecturer

Mrs. Tabellion wrapped up her career as TV news anchor in 1998 to pursue her Masters of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders at SFSU. As a Speech Pathologist she has worked in a variety of speech-language intervention settings to include private and hospital-based clinics, early intervention programs, school districts and home-based programs for children with autism. As part of her quest to help people improve their communication skills she is currently serving as VP Education for a local chapter of Toastmasters International. Mrs. Tabellion is married and has two boys who are being raised trilingual (English, Portuguese and French).

Burk Hall 103 | renata@tabellion.org | 415.338.1001

Loran Tolbert

Loran Tolbert, M.S., CCC-SLP, Lecturer

Loran Tolbert M.S. CC-SLP, has enjoyed treating adults with communicative disorders since 2007. She is a former graduate from the SF State CD program and is now teaching Introduction to Human Communicative Disorders to undergraduates in the Fall. When not teaching she delivers speech therapy to adults in skilled nursing facilities, residents’ homes, and at a non-profit called the Aphasia Center of California. Loran received her B.S. from Florida State University in 2005. In her free time, Loran participates as a professional dancer in an Oakland based company, Ross Dance Company. She has been a company member for 5 years.

Burk Hall 115 | ltolbert@sfsu.edu | 415.338.1001

Annick Tumolo

Annick Tumolo, M.S., CCC-SLP, Lecturer

Annick Tumolo, earned her master’s degree in speech pathology from California State University, East Bay in 2003. She has 11 years of experience in working with children and adults (0-21) of varying communicative abilities. She worked for a local Bay Area school district for close to 10 years and as the lead speech language pathologist (SLP) for three. Annick served on the San Mateo SELPA Task Force in 2011-2012 to develop SELPA Guidelines for the school SLP and provided trainings to SLPs across the SELPA. She is trained to give trainings to fellow SLPs in the use of the Communication Severity Scales. Most recently she was trained by the Northern Diagnostics Center of Northern California and received a certificate of completion in their Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) program. Annick has supervised graduate interns within the school setting from a variety of graduate programs and enjoys tech and training opportunities. Annick is passionate about early intervention and preschool language and established a speech-language pathology practice focusing on working with young children. This past May, Annick received her certification in Hanen’s renowned It Takes Two To Talk program, and uses the invaluable training techniques with her clients and families.

Burk Hall 145 | Annick@sfsu.edu | 415.338.1001

Betty Yu

Betty Yu, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, Program Web Coordinator, Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor

Betty Yu earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from the Joint Doctoral Program at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University, M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from New York University, and B.A. in Linguistics from UC Berkeley. Before joining the faculty at San Francisco State, she practiced as a speech-language therapist primarily serving young children and their families in minority communities. Her research interest is in how children's language development interfaces with the development of sociocultural competence. Her current research focuses on the communication experiences of children with autism spectrum disorders and their families within bilingual contexts. She teaches courses related to language development, atypical language development, cultural and linguistic diversity, intervention in young children, and counseling in Communicative Disorders. The emphasis of her clinical instruction is on the provision of family-centered services to support communication development in children on the autism spectrum. She is the co-director of Project Common Ground, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education to prepare speech-language pathologists to work effectively with diverse children on the autism spectrum. She supervises the Autism Spectrum Communication Clinic. (More information on College of Education website.)

Burk Hall 105 | bettyyu@sfsu.edu | 415.338.3429


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