Class of 2018
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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’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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chelsea 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.
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.
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. Katherine’s primary career goal after graduation is to be employed as a CF-SLP working with children and adults with hearing impairments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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