Alumni

Class of 2018

Colleen Carbonneau
Colleen Carbonneau is originally from Londonderry, NH. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Elms College in Chicopee, MA. Colleen chose JU because she wanted to “explore a new area outside of New England.” After learning more about what JU had to offer from a friend, she decided it would be a great place to pursue graduate education. Colleen’s professional plans and goals include moving back to New England and working in an elementary school or hospital.

Katherine Carroll
Katherine Carroll is originally from Panama City, FL and graduated in May 2016 from Florida State University with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She choose JU because she loved “how intimate and friendly the campus and the staff were.” In her own words, she said: “I fell in love with the school and the program here instantly.” After graduation, Katherine hopes to pursue a career working with neurological disorders, such as Dysphagia and Motor Speech Disorders in a medical or nursing home setting.

Brittany Chancey
Brittany Chancey graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida. She has lived in Jacksonville for the past 7 years. Prior to JU, Brittany was a reading enrichment teacher at a local middle school. She chose JU because the program “offers hand on experiences, they have great affiliations within the Jacksonville community, intimate class sizes, and the professors are experts in the field as well as genuinely care about their students.” After graduation, Brittany aspires to work with children and adults in an outpatient clinical setting.

Janelle Collazo
Janelle Collazo received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Florida in 2012 in Psychology and Italian. She then pursued the Communication Sciences and disorders field while attending Florida International University and worked as an SLPA for one year. Janelle chose JU due to the “class sizes and the wide variety of experience this program offers.” After graduation, Janelle plans to work with the pediatric population in a school setting.

Claudia Cortez
Claudia Regina Cortez obtained her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, she resided in North Palm Beach, FL. Claudia chose JU “because of the exemplary faculty, prime location, and plethora of opportunities available.” Claudia hopes to work in the hospital setting. She also wants to be involved in the local community through advocacy and support groups.

Tara Cripe
Tara Cripe is originally from the Jacksonville area and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Florida Atlantic University in 2014. Tara chose JU because, as a Jacksonville native, she was “excited to work alongside with professors who are actively contributing to the Jacksonville community.” Tara’s professional plans and goals include working in pediatrics. In the future, she has plans to obtain experience in several additional settings as well. 

Katrina Doherty
Katrina Doherty is a Jacksonville native, but moved to Gainesville, FL to receive her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a Minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Katrina chose Jacksonville University because of the “phenomenal faculty and varied off-campus clinical sites, which is unique to JU.” As a Speech Language Pathologist, Katrina hopes to gain clinical experience in a variety of settings, as well as revolutionizing the way healthcare interacts with multicultural individuals.

Julie Dutton
Julie Dutton is originally from Peoria, IL. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Murray State University in 2015. Julie said she chose to pursue her graduate education at JU because “the networking opportunities within the medical setting is so vast.” Following graduation, she hopes to begin working with adults in the medical setting.

Gabriel Fernandez
Gabriel Fernandez is from Orlando FL and graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. He chose Jacksonville University for its location and the clinical opportunities offered throughout the community. He also wanted to be in a program “where the faculty was approachable and genuinely cared about helping their students flourish.” After graduation, Gabriel has plans to work in a medical setting with either children or adults.

Katie Floor
Katie Floor graduated from University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Katie chose the Jacksonville University SLP program because of “the hands-on clinical experience that students receive through the wide variety of off-site clinical practicum sites.” After graduation, Katie plans to return home to her home state of Rhode Island to work with a pediatric population in a clinical setting.

Jay Goodman
Jay Goodman is from Land O’ Lakes, FL and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of South Florida. He chose to attend Jacksonville University because he believes “the program is superior to other competitive schools and the professors are genuine, the curriculum is challenging, yet rewarding, and campus is absolutely stunning.” Jay’s professional plans and goals include a desire to work with adults, particularly working with people with aphasia at an aphasia center.

Kelsey Haddock
Kelsey Haddock earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida in May 2014. She chose to pursue graduate studies at JU because of the “experienced and passionate faculty, as well as the ample amount of opportunities that students are given to receive hands-on clinical experience throughout the community.” After graduation, Kelsey hopes to work with adults in an outpatient facility or hospital, specifically focusing on cognitive rehabilitation therapy.

Brittany Helton
Brittany Helton is from Amelia Island, FL. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Union University in Jackson, TN. As a Jacksonville native, she “became aware of the dedication and reputation of Jacksonville University’s administration and faculty in the arena of academic excellence.” Brittany’s goals include becoming a clinical pediatric speech-language pathologist and serving those with neurological communication disorders.

Sadie Hoaglin
Sadie Hoaglin is from Bradenton, FL. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Child Sciences. After graduating, she went on to earn her second degree from University of South Florida in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Sadie chose to attend Jacksonville University‘s MS SLP Program based on the “opportunity for students to learn in real world settings and the variety of clinical placements throughout the Jacksonville community.” After graduation, Sadie plans to work with adults with neurological speech disorders in a medical setting.

Dong Hoang
Dong Hoang graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and the University of South Florida with a second Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She chose Jacksonville University “because of its location, small class sizes, and knowledgeable professors.” Following graduation, Dong’s goal is to work with pediatric populations in a medical setting.

Tyler Houston
Tyler Houston’s hometown is Wellborn, FL. She attended the University of Florida where she majored in Biology and minored in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Tyler chose JU because of “small class sizes, unique layout of the school, and especially because of the faculty and staff who showed that they genuinely care.” After graduation, Tyler hopes to work in home settings with children and adults with speech disorders so that they can “obtain a better life for themselves.”

Rena James
Rena James is originally from Lakewood, New Jersey. She attended the University of Central Florida where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Rena chose JU because she “knew after visiting the campus and meeting the wonderful professors and staff, JU was the perfect campus.” After graduation, Rena plans to work in an outpatient rehabilitation clinic, specifically working with clients with aphasia, TBI, and cognitive deficits.

Corinne Kelleher
Corinne Kelleher earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a minor in Linguistics. She chose Jacksonville University “to learn from exceptional professors along with the opportunity to experience a vast majority of clinical settings.” Corinne additionally mentioned that the beauty of the state and tropical weather also played a role in deciding to move to Florida. Corinne’s future goals include working with adults in a medical/rehabilitation setting.

Chauncey Malone
Chauncey Malone earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of West Georgia. He is originally from Albany, Georgia and decided to attend JU’s SLP program because he appreciates “how passionate and knowledgeable the professors are about their areas of interest,” and he “knows JU’s professional atmosphere” will mold him into a skilled SLP. In the future, Chauncey has aspirations to work in the area of adult language disorders. He eventually hopes to obtain a PhD and conduct research in aphasia.

Katherine McAtee
Katherine McAtee graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences and minors both in Psychology and Special Education. Katherine moved from her hometown of Waterford, Pennsylvania and chose to attend Jacksonville University because the SLP graduate program “offered vast learning opportunities, excellent staff members, and a significant amount of clinical placement sights that would allow the chance to work in various settings within the Jacksonville area.” After graduation, Katherine plans to work with pediatrics or in an adult aphasia setting.

Megan McCort
Megan McCort is originally from St. Petersburg, FL. She received her Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida and worked as an SLPA for two years and as a special needs preschool teacher for one year. Megan chose JU because of “the value the program puts on experience and because of the real life exposure outside the classroom.” Megan’s future goals include working with adults with language disorders.

Renee Meyer
Renee Meyer earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Psychology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. She choose to attend JU due to the “unique clinical opportunities that provide possible job connections along with the exceptional CSD program.” After graduation, Renee hope to work either in the medical setting or with veterans.

Lauren Morales
Lauren Morales earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at the University of North Florida. Prior to attending JU, Lauren worked as a Reading Interventionist for Duval County Public Schools. She chose to pursue her MS SLP at JU because of the “passion and expertise displayed by every professor, as well as the vast clinical opportunities available in Jacksonville.” Currently, Lauren is enjoying all areas of the SLP profession and is excited to work with both children and adults after graduation.

Sandra Morris
Sandra Morris graduated from JU in 2016, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She chose to continue her educational journey through JU’s MS SLP Program because she “knew her passion for the field would continue to be challenged and enriched based on her undergraduate experience with the faculty’s wealth of knowledge, the wide variety of off-campus clinical placements, and intimate class sizes.” After graduation, Sandra hopes to pursue her dream of working with the pediatric population in a clinical setting and to obtain a PhD in communication sciences and disorders.

Tara Peaks
Tara Peaks earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Radford University in 2014. She chose to pursue her graduate studies at JU because of the “vast opportunities for clinical practicum placements, the faculty and staff’s passion for the speech-language pathology fieldwork, and the beautiful location.” After graduation, Tara plans to work in an outpatient rehabilitation setting working with children and adults.

Taylor Reaves
Taylor Reaves earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Florida in 2016. Taylor chose to pursue her graduate studies at Jacksonville University, because of the “faculty expertise, the hardworking students that surround the program, and their passion for the field of Speech Language Pathology.” Since attending the JU open house her junior year in college, Taylor knew that the SLP Master’s program at JU would help guide her “to become a well-rounded Speech-Language Pathologist.” After graduation, Taylor hopes to work as an SLP practicing in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Emma Riley
Emma Riley is originally from Fairhaven, Massachusetts. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Psychology from Worcester State University in 2014. After completing her undergraduate program, Emma began working as an SLPA at a private practice. Her interest in AAC led her to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology from the University of New Hampshire and began working in a school for children with severe/profound disabilities. Emma chose JU because she “wanted to experience a different region of the country while still being fairly close to extended family in the South.” After graduation, Emma would like to work with the pediatric population.

Taylor Rowland
Taylor Rowland graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida. Before starting at JU, she worked as a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant for Hillsborough County Public Schools, at an ESE elementary and at an exceptional center. She chose JU because of the “opportunities for experience in the Jacksonville community, and professors that not only care about academic success but success in the field as well.” After graduation, Taylor plans on working with children and adults in a private practice or school setting.

Shelby Shelton
Shelby Shelton is originally from Owensboro, Kentucky. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Western Kentucky University in communication disorders and science. Shelby came to JU to “start a new journey and gain experiences in the medical field.” Her goal as a speech-language pathologist is to work in a pediatric medical center with children who have cleft palates.

Tara Strange
Tara Strange received her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education, with a concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Prior to her graduation in 2016, Tara worked with children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities as a Personal Care Assistant in homes and recreational placements. She chose JU because of the “program's ability to include differential clinical placements and also the varied expertise available from each professor in the program.” Tara aspires to work in a medical setting, exploring both the pediatric and geriatric populations.

Nicholle Sturm
Nicholle Sturm was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. After working in early intervention, she realized she wanted to pursue a career as an SLP so she earned her second Bachelor’s Degree in CSD from JU. Nicholle “loves” JU for its “intimate, serene campus” and has enjoyed her time learning and couldn't imagine herself anywhere else. She looks forward to working in various areas of the field after graduation.

Zoe Welch
Zoe Welch is originally from Baltimore, MD. She received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Jacksonville University. She chose JU to pursue her Master’s degree for several reasons and mentioned that, “at JU you get professors that are the best in their field and the most passionate about what they do. I am not just a number in large auditorium but a budding medical professional that they want to educate, encourage, and empower.” After Graduation, Zoe hopes to work with multiple populations.

Joanna Yeakel
Joanna Yeakel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Stetson University in 2010. A Jacksonville native, she chose to return to the area and attend JU because of the “well-rounded expertise of the professors and the emphasis on clinical education.” Joanna hopes to work with both adults and pediatric populations in her career as an SLP.

Ashley Young
Ashley Young is a native of Jacksonville but received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida State University in 2016. She was first “drawn” to JU, because of the “many opportunities available for clinical placements,” but ultimately chose JU because of “the expertise and empathetic nature of the faculty.” After graduation, Ashley’s primary goal is to specialize in TBI, Stroke, and Dysphagia.

​Class of 2017

AllenJanai Al​len 

Janai Allen earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She chose to peruse her graduate studies at Jacksonville University for the vast opportunities in the medical setting and beachside location. Janai has a true passion for speech language pathology and hopes to attain employment in an inpatient pediatric setting. 


BarbettiBianca Barbetti

Bianca Barbetti attended St. Johns River State College as well as the University of Central Florida before relocating to Jacksonville, where she completed the rest of her undergraduate work and began the MS SLP Program. The location close to home, small class sizes, and knowledgeable professors are what Bianca has identified as creating an invaluable experience. Following graduation, Bianca plans to work on an army base as an SLP in an elementary school setting.


BenefieldMary Benefield

Mary Benefield attended the University of Georgia and became a first-generation college graduate with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Mary attributes the approachable faculty “that genuinely care about helping their students” as well as the multiple off-campus practicum experiences as the reason she feels she will become a well-rounded SLP. After graduation, Mary hopes to work in an acute care setting.  


BushLauren Bush
Lauren Bush attended Florida State University for her undergraduate studies where she majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Business. She chose JU because she appreciated how hands-on the program is and how passionate all the professors are in their areas of interests. Lauren’s primary goals are to work in outpatient care or in a skilled nursing facility.

 

CallowayVictoria Calloway
Victoria Calloway received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Prior to attending JU, she was an SLP-A for two years at a private clinic in Houston, Texas. Her decision to come to JU was based on the hands-on experience the students are given as well as the ample amount of opportunities that Jacksonville has for fieldwork. Victoria’s future goals are to work with the pediatric population in a clinical setting.

 

CrumRachel Crum
Rachel Crum received a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Delaware in 2015. Upon graduating, she chose to further her education at JU for many reasons which include: the expertise of the professors; the connections to surrounding Children’s Hospitals, particularly Nemours; the studies-focused, ​private school atmosphere; the location in sunny Florida. After graduation, Rachel plans to pursue a career treating children and adults facing breathing, feeding, and swallowing disorders.

 

DalgarnJenna Dalgarn
Jenna Dalgarn attended Penn State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2013. There were many reasons that JU appealed to her—she loved that the clinical placements were integrated within the community, that the professors were experts in their field, and that she would be a part of an up-and-coming program. Whether working with children or adults, it is Jenna’s goal to work in a medical setting following graduation.

 

FeuersteinJessica Feuerstein
Jessica Feuerstein graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Linguistics and a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorder. She chose JU because of the extensive coursework and the wide variety of clinical placements off-campus, which offer a unique experience that other schools do not offer. Jessica’s primary goal after graduation is to be gainfully employed in a medical setting where she can assist with both pediatric and adult clients.

 

FischerBrynlee Fischer
Brynlee Fischer graduated from Stockton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. In the year following graduation, she worked at a special services school, primarily with children with autism. She chose JU for the hands-on experience offered to graduate students as well as the location of the school. After graduation, Brynlee would like to continue working with a special needs population where she believes her true passion lies.

 

FundoraCarolina Fundora
Carolina Fundora graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from Florida International University. After completing her prerequisites, she became an SLP-A and worked for over 3 years servicing children and young adults on the autism spectrum at a full-inclusion charter school. She chose JU because of their involvement with the Jacksonville community and the wealth of knowledge and experience available from the professors. After graduation, she hopes to continue to help children with special needs. 

 

GarrowOlivia Garrow
Olivia Garrow received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Elmira College. She chose JU because of the small class sizes and wonderful opportunities that are available in Jacksonville. After graduation, Olivia plans to work with geriatrics in a skilled nursing facility.

 

HotchnerJulia Hotchner
Be​fore enrolling in the JU’s MS SLP Program, Julia Hotchner attended Pennsylvania State University. What really attracted her to JU was the faculty and staff’s passion for the field. After graduation, Julia hopes to work with pediatrics in an outpatient setting.

 

 

HurstShelby Hurst
Shelby Hurst graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and a minor in Deaf studies. She chose JU for the wide range of opportunities, extensive coursework, and the hands-on experiences students receive through off-campus clinical practicums. Shelby’s primary goal after graduation is to work in a rehabilitation unit or skilled nursing facility.

 

ManaganiFlorinda Mangani
Florinda Mangani graduated from University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She chose to pursue a MS SLP at Jacksonville University because of the small class sizes, the expert faculty, and the affiliation with Brooks Rehabilitation. After graduation Florinda plans to work in an outpatient clinic with adults and pediatrics. 

 

MartinelliKelsie Martinelli
Kelsie Martinelli graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2015. She chose Jacksonville University for the hands-on clinical experience and the beautiful Florida location. As anticipated, JU has provided excellent clinical opportunities at a variety of facilities in the community. After graduation Kelsie plans to work with pediatrics, preferably in a hospital setting.


McCuneMolly McCune

Molly McCune attended Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri for her undergraduate career. Molly chose the JU MS SLP Program because of the affiliation with Brooks Rehabilitation, intimate size of classes, and promise for extensive knowledge from the professors. After graduation, Molly is hoping to move to Colorado to work with the geriatric population.

 

MillerTiffany Miller
Tiffany Miller attended University of South Florida where she graduated with two Bachelor’s degrees in Relational Communication and Communication Sciences and Disorders, while also receiving a minor in Psychology. She chose JU for the vast opportunities and experiences that are provided. Tiffany’s primary goal after graduation is to pursue medical speech language pathology as an Aphasiologist.

 

MontfordDanielle Montford
Danielle Montford received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts in 2014. She chose JU because of the many opportunities available for clinical placements, as well as the affiliation with Brooks Rehabilitation and was eager to be a part of the newly formed program. After graduation, Danielle hopes to work in an outpatient rehabilitation setting with either children or adults.

 

MorganEmma Morgan
Emma Morgan attended Elms College in Massachusetts for her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2015. She chose JU for the great program that was developing and the location. Emma’s primary goal is to work in pediatrics with children with complex medical needs.

 

NewbergHeather Newberg
Heather Newberg attended the University of North Florida and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She chose JU because of the new and innovative program that promises to be one of a kind in the Jacksonville area. Heather’s primary career after graduation is to work with people with aphasia, specializing in stroke and TBI.

 

PatsyCallie Patsy
Callie Patsy graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Sign Language/Deaf Studies. As a Jacksonville native, she was immediately attracted to JU and the widespread opportunities presented for clinical practice in the Jacksonville area. Callie is excited to explore all professional options after graduation.

 

RiveraKimberly Rivera
Kimberly Rivera graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She chose JU because of the quality of education and the opportunity to be part of the new upcoming program that focuses on medical speech-language pathology. Kimberly’s primary goal after graduation is to continue advancing her education and specialize in the area of craniofacial anomalies in children.

RohmRegina Rohm
Regina Rohm attended the University of Central Florida after receiving her Associate’s degree at Indian River State College.  Regina chose the JU MS SLP Program because of its location, the faculty, and the innovative new program. While unsure of an exact job setting, Regina is looking forward to giving individuals a way to communicate with others. 

 

RoldanChelsea Anne Roldan
Chelsea Anne Roldan received her Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida. She chose JU because of the experienced, personable faculty in the field that have contributed to the new and rich history at the university. She enjoys using her skills and learning through clinical placements in the Jacksonville area. Chelsea's primary career goal is to work in an in inpatient setting, primarily with feeding in the NICU or swallowing studies in geriatrics. 

 

SawlJessica Sawl
Jessica Sawl received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida. She chose JU because of its location and the educational/clinical opportunities offered. Jessica’s primary career goal after graduation is to work in pediatrics.

 


ScarlettKatherine Scarlett
Katherine Scarlett attended the University of Central Florida where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. After completing her undergraduate degree, Katherine worked as an SLP-A in the public school system. She chose JU MS SLP Program because it is specifically detailed towards her career goals as an SLP and the professors are well seasoned in the field, providing invaluable experience in their specialty areas. Katherin​e’s primary career goal after graduation is to be employed as a CF-SLP working with children and adults with hearing impairments.

 

SchultzJennifer Schultz​
Jennifer Schultz graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. She completed her prerequisites in CSD at Florida Atlantic University and decided to pursue her MS SLP at JU. Jennifer chose JU because of its diverse opportunities for practicums and externship and the very knowledgeable professors. After graduation, Jennifer plans to pursue working with adults or kids in the acute or inpatient setting.

 

SheffieldCynthia Sheffield
Cynthia Sheffield graduated from Florida Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida with an Associate’s degree and Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree. She chose JU because of the diverse opportunities the program offered though off campus internships. Cindy’s primary career goal after graduation is to be able to provide a means of communication for each of her patients with the highest quality of care and, most importantly, with a compassionate heart.

 

SmithCassandra Smith
Cassandra Smith attended the University of West Georgia where she received her Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Speech Pathology. After completing her undergraduate degree, Cassandra worked as a lead preschool teacher with children from ages one to four years old. She chose the JU MS SLP Program because of its beautiful location, small class sizes, and knowledgeable and passionate professors who have specialty areas in this rewarding field. Cassandra's goals include working with children and adults and she hopes to flourish and achieve her dream of becoming an amazing clinician.​


TurnerCourtney Turner
Courtney Turner moved from Ohio to Florida to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of South Florida. She chose to continue her education at JU because of the opportunity to learn from an exceptional staff, the access to facilities with integrated learning, and clinical placements that would allow her to work in various settings within the community. After graduation, Courtney hopes to work in a medical setting serving patients with Aphasia.

 

VersaceAbigail Versace 
Abbie Versace graduated from JU in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She chose to attend JU’s MS SLP Program based on the phenomenal experience she had as an undergraduate student at the institution and knew she would be “in the best hands” if she remained at JU. Abbie hopes to stay in the Jacksonville area and work with children in a medical setting after graduating next spring.

 

WasserbergerLauren Wasserberger
Lauren Wasserberger attended the University of South Florida in Tampa for undergraduate studies. She fell in love with the JU campus and highly educated professors. Prost-graduation, Lauren hopes to be places in a hospital setting working with the geriatrics population.

 

WilliamsAmanda Williams
Amanda Williams graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from Jackson State University. The welcoming and professional professors ensured her that JU was the best school for her to further her education. Amanda plans to work in a hospital or outpatient rehabilitation clinic, specifically with adults, after graduation.

 

 

Class Of 2016

Carolyn Alexander.pngCarolyn Alexander
Carolyn Alexander attended Florida State University for her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science and Disorders. She chose to complete her Master’s degree at JU because, as a Jacksonville native, she was aware of the school’s great academic reputation and knowledgeable faculty members. After graduation, Carolyn plans to work with patients who are recovering from traumatic brain injuries.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Brooks Rehabilitation. 
 

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Baggs_Kelsey.pngKelsey Baggs
​Kelsey Baggs graduated with her Associate of Science degree at Santa Fe College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida. As predicted, JU’s knowledgeable professors and wide variety of opportunities have provided Kelsey with a great experience that make her proud to be a part of the program. After graduation, Kelsey plans to pursue a clinical fellowship job and hopes to continue to explore each aspect of speech pathology.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Speech Rehab Services.

 
 
Kylie Braquere.pngKylie Blaquiere
Kylie Blaquiere attended Auburn University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with a concentration in infancy and preschool. She chose the JU MS SLP Program for the opportunity to have hands-on clinical experiences with working Speech-Language Pathologists around Jacksonville. After graduation, Kylie plans to pursue a career in medical speech-language pathology and specialize in dysphagia, specifically in the area of intensive care with adults and infants. 
She completed her clinical fellowship at UF Health Shands.

  
Brecheisen_Kristi.pngKristi Brecheisen
Before coming to JU, Kristi Brecheisen was an elementary school teacher and reading specialist for twelve years; her love for working with children has her very excited to start her new career as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She came from a military background and has had the opportunity to live in many places. She chose JU because of the small program, individualized attention to students, and the opportunity to be a part of a brand new MS SLP Program. Kristi received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama and a Master’s degree in Education from Tarleton State University. In addition, she was involved with the Florida State University CSD Bridge Program. She plans to find employment working in a pediatric setting in Texas.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Santa Rosa County Schools.

 
Bridget Carr.pngBridget Carr
Bridget Carr earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development from JU in 2012. Following graduation, she worked on Vanderbilt University's Developmental Stuttering Project, which inspired her to pursue a career in helping children to develop effective communication. She is thrilled to have returned to JU for her MS SLP and hopes to contribute to the field by promoting the personal success of children through early intervention for motor speech, articulation, phonology, language and literacy.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Coastal Therapy.

 
Carisa Castleberry better version.pngCarisa Castleberry
Carisa Castleberry received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida. She chose the JU MS SLP Program because of the opportunity to work in community-based clinical practicum sites, rather than having to complete hours in a university-based clinic. After graduation, Carisa plans to work with geriatric patients with speech and swallowing disorders following strokes and/or head and neck cancer.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Brooks Inpatient Rehabilitation.

 


Daniel_Dahifna.pngDahifna Daniel
Dahifna Daniel attended Florida State University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and Disorders. She chose JU because of its great geographical location, size of the city, and proximity to other large cities. Dahifna’s primary goal after graduation is to become an excellent Speech-Language Pathologist.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Appleseeds Learning Center.

 


Farah_Tala.PNGTala Farah
Tala Farah attended JU and earned a dual Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Sociology. She chose to pursue graduate studies at JU because of the knowledgeable professors, the supervisor mentors, and multiple healthcare opportunities in Jacksonville. Tala’s dream career after graduation is to become a clinician in a hospital setting working with individuals with swallowing disorders and cognitive deficits.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Speech Rehab Servies Jacksonville.

 


Farrell_Anna.PNGAnna Farrell
Anna Farrell received her Bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University, where she discovered the Speech-Language Pathology profession. She chose to obtain her MS SLP at JU for many reasons, including: location, the wonderful professors, and the clinical experience she would receive outside of a university clinic. Once she graduates, Anna’s goal is to work with adults and children in her hometown of Jacksonville and to develop into a well-rounded, efficient, and effective clinician.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Speech Rehab Services.

 


Kayla use this one.pngKayla Fouraker
Kayla Fouraker graduated from Trinity Christian Academy in 2012, received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from JU in 2014, and will receive her MS SLP from JU in 2016. She chose the JU MS SLP Program because of the location, amazing faculty and staff, and the ability given to students to grow in their field of study in order to achieve academic goals. Kayla’s primary career goal after graduation is to obtain her clinical certification and specialize in the area of her choice in speech pathology.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Brooks Rehabilitation-Westside.

 
 
Alexandra Ganas.pngAlexandra Ganas
Alexandra Ganas graduated from JU with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Dance. She completed prerequisites in CSD at Florida Atlantic University and then chose to return to JU for graduate school because of the amazing undergrad experience, including the small, intimate classes and relationships with her professors. Alex’s priority upon graduating is to work in an acute care setting with adults.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Martin Memorial/La Posada/Jupiter Medical.

 


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Melissa Godsey
Melissa Godsey received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Florida and decided to pursue her MS SLP at JU in 2013. She chose JU because of the intimate, collaborative, and supportive approach taken with the students. Melissa hopes to work with adults in the outpatient setting with a focus on persons with Aphasia and Parkinson’s disease.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Brooks Aphasia Center.

 

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Jacqueline Jones earned a Bachelor's degree in Spanish Language & Literature from Sonoma State University in California. After moving to the Nation's Oldest City to begin a teaching career in Special Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages, Jacqueline chose to complete a MS SLP at JU because of its dynamic approach to learning, in-field training opportunities, and emphasis in medical practice. After graduation, Jacqueline will begin her career as a clinician in Northeast Florida.
She completed her clinical fellowship at River Garden.
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Kathleen Kelly graduated high school with the goal of becoming a speech pathologist. She graduated from Winthrop University in 2012 with a major in Communication Science Disorders and then worked for a year as a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant before applying to graduate school. JU’s outstanding professors and clinical experiences have helped her gain experience in many different settings, helping her become a better overall clinician. In the future, Kate would like to work in an acute care setting, but is open to any opportunity that may present itself.
She completed her clinical fellowship at SSM Rehabilitation Hospital.

 
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Richard Kelly received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology from JU in 2011. He continued attending JU because of the phenomenal experience he had as an undergraduate, and wanted to continue his education in Speech-Language Pathology. The newly formed JU MS SLP program was an opportunity for early patient contact, exposure to a rapidly growing field and fantastic leadership in the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences. He plans to pursue a career in the acute or inpatient setting after graduation.
He completed his clinical fellowship at Brooks Inpatient Rehabilitation.

 
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Christie Lesser graduated from Florida State University and then began her career in the mortgage industry, later becoming an elementary school teacher. After seeing those with communication disorders first hand, she decided to pursue a career in speech-language pathology and JU has enabled her with the opportunity to do so. Upon graduating, Christie is looking forward to working with kids and adults in Northeast Florida.
She completed her clinical fellowship at EVO-Duval County.

 
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Robyn Mendlow
Robyn Mendlow received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology at Florida State University. She chose JU because of the innovative program design that provides a variety of clinical opportunities in the community. Robyn’s goal following graduation is to become more involved in research.
She completed her clinical fellowship at the University of Utah.

 


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Meghan Pace received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Florida. JU enticed her with their new program in which she knew she would thrive and receive the best academic and clinical experiences offered in Florida. Meghan’s primary career goal is pediatric outpatient rehabilitation.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Brooks Rehabilitation-St. Augustine.

 


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Katherine Patchett received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from Mississippi College in 2004 and completed her CSD prerequisites through the Florida State University Bridge Program in 2014. She chose JU because of the exciting opportunity to help provide the foundation for a new master’s program and to gain real world experience through clinical placements in nationally recognized facilities throughout Jacksonville. She plans to pursue a career as a researcher and clinician in acute care after graduation.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Clear Choice.

 
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Marie Peoples received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Education degree in Counseling from the University of North Florida. She chose JU because it was a burgeoning program with a fresh faculty and innovative new ideas. Marie’s primary career goal is to fuse her two master’s degrees to focus on improving outcomes for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
She completed her clinical fellowship at GRASP Academy.

 

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Erika Platock
Erika Platock attended Florida State University for her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and Disorders. She chose to attend JU because it offered everything she needed to become a successful Speech-Language Pathologist, including renowned faculty and the opportunity to be part of the inaugural MS SLP cohort. Erika’s primary career goal after graduation is to work with the adult/geriatric population in either acute care or skilled nursing setting.
She completed her clinical fellowship at EBS-Duval County.

 

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Nicole Poling
Nicole Poling received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida. She chose to pursue her MS SLP at JU because of the well-renowned professors. After graduation, Nicole wishes to work in a skilled nursing facility or outpatient setting with adults and geriatrics.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Heartland ManorCare-South Jacksonville.

 


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Tamsyn Pyper earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Eckerd College. She was drawn to JU's graduate program because of the emphasis on medical speech pathology, experienced faculty, and diverse clinical learning opportunities. After graduation she plans to complete her Clinical Fellowship Year in Jacksonville.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Mayo Clinic.

 

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Alexis Rizk
Ali Rizk received her Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics at the University of Florida and received a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders after discovering her interest in that area. Soon thereafter, she knew she wanted to be a Speech-Language Pathologist and further her education on how to help adults who had acquired cognitive linguistic disorders. JU has offered Ali the opportunity to learn from outstanding professors and gain experience from the wide variety of clinical opportunities in the Jacksonville area.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Brooks Inpatient Rehabilitation.

 

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Fidelia Schnarr
Fidelia Schnarr pursued her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. She chose JU because of the leadership of Dr. Christine Sapienza and for the opportunity to join the MS SLP Program in an intimate setting. After graduation, Fidelia’s career goal is to work with patients with developmental disabilities from infancy through geriatrics.
She completed her clinical fellowship at a contract position-New Jersey.

 
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Prior to beginning her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Caitlin Smith attended both the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida. She chose JU because she wanted to attend a ‘real-world’ based graduate program where all the professors were easily accessible and knew her by name. After graduation, Caitlin would like to find work at a long-term acute care facility and eventually pursue her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences with a concentration in Movement Science.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Kindred Health Green Cove.

 
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Before attending JU, Julie Speulda completed her undergraduate degree at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. The focus on the medical aspect of Speech-Language Pathology, opportunities provided in the community, and affiliation with Brooks Rehabilitation are a few of the reasons that she chose to continue her education at JU. Julie’s primary goal after graduation is to earn her ASHA certification and work with adults who have aphasia, TBIs, or neurological diseases.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Brooks Rehabilitation HCP.

  
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Vanessa Vargas attended Texas A&M International University in Laredo, TX where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders. She chose to pursue a MS SLP at JU because she knew it would allow her the opportunity to work in various clinical environments and gain real-world, hands-on therapeutic experiences. After graduation, Vanessa plans to complete her clinical fellowship working with the pediatric population in a school setting.
She completed her clinical fellowship at Great Strides Rehabilitation.