Class of 2020
Natalie Bennick is from Jacksonville, Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and Public Affairs from the University of Central Florida. She chose Jacksonville University because of the exceptional staff and their willingness to help their students succeed.
Jenna Best is from Columbus, Ohio and received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Psychology. She chose JU because of the experienced and supportive faculty. In addition, she was drawn to the medical-based clinical affiliations that the program offers.
Miranda Bowen is from Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She chose JU because it offers a variety of clinical experiences and hands-on training. The expertise of the faculty was also appealing.
Margaret Bowman comes from Boca Raton, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with bachelor degrees in Communication Science & Disorders and Psychology. She chose Jacksonville University because of the highly experienced faculty, small class size, and the different opportunities available for students during clinical experiences.
Katelyn Bucchin is from Allentown, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Science and Disorders. Katelyn chose to attend JU because of the variety of affiliated medical partners offered for clinical practicum, and the opportunity to learn from an experienced faculty. She also hopes to broaden her horizons by living and learning in a new place.
Vida Caibigan was born in Charleston, South Carolina but has lived many places as a military dependent. She has lived in Jacksonville for over fifteen years, which is part of the reason why she decided to attend Jacksonville University. Vida received Bachelor of Arts degrees in 2014 in both political science and humanities from JU. She enjoys Jacksonville’s military culture, diversity, and the beach.
Hannah Cameron hails from Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Secondary Major in Gerontology. Coming from a large undergraduate university, Hannah liked the small program feel of Jacksonville University and the opportunity to explore multiple settings with off-site clinical practicums. She will miss having snow days but is excited to escape the cold New England winters.
Carly Cockman is from Melbourne, Florida. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida. Go Knights! She chose Jacksonville University because of the intimate cohort size and in-state location.
Olivia Coker is from Jacksonville Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Olivia chose to attend JU because she loves the Jacksonville community and the variety of clinical settings that JU provides for its students. Additionally, she admires the faculty and staff’s strong desire to ensure that each of their students leave prepared to be successful and better the community.
Kayla Collins comes to JU from Sanford, Florida. She received her bachelor's degree from Syracuse University. She chose JU because it had everything she wanted in a graduate program and a great set of professors that she knew she would learn a lot from in the field of speech-language pathology.
Alexis Damon is from Ocala, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Science and Disorders. She loves the fact that JU will allow her to gain hands-on experience within the community. She was also drawn to the faculty and the genuine interest that professors showed in developing her career. She knew that faculty wanted to teach as much as she wanted to learn, and knew she wouldn't find that anywhere else.
Gianna Dinatale traveled to JU from Discovery Bay, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences from San Diego State University. She chose JU due to the clinical opportunities that are offered through the program.
Emily Donoghue is from Venice, Florida and has lived in Nashville, Tennessee for the last two years. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She chose to attend JU because she appreciates the emphasis on a family-like cohort environment and the varied clinical practicum opportunities.
Bailey Flynn is from Twentynine Palms, California. She received a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Jacksonville University. She chose to continue her education and to receive my master's degree at JU as she considers the university to be her home. She thoroughly enjoyed her undergraduate experiences at JU, as well as the opportunities that have helped to shape her into the person that she is today. She also enjoyed the small classroom structure, and the close-knit family that consists of the students, faculty, and staff.
Tessa Folkerts is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders and a minor in Child Development. Tessa chose JU because of the various off-campus clinical placements and distinguished faculty.
Madeline Francis is originally from Hurricane, West Virginia. She received her bachelor’s degree from West Liberty University in Wheeling, West Virginia. She decided to attend Jacksonville University because of the diverse clinical affiliations offered. She believes this program will provide her with all the knowledge she needs to shape her into the best clinician she can be. She is happy to be a part of the JU family now!
Jyllian Holmes comes to JU from Utica, New York. She received her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Science at Cortland State University. She chose to pursue her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Jacksonville University as it offers an immense amount of opportunities to branch out into the communities surrounding Jacksonville in various settings.
Emily King grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. She received a bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with minors in Linguistics and Communication Studies, from the University of Florida. She always wanted to attend Jacksonville University and was ecstatic when I heard about the new master’s program for Speech Language Pathology. She loves that JU values clinical experience in realistic settings but employs simulations, as well.
Britney Knight grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida and then moved to Gainesville where she worked as an SLP-A. She chose JU because she liked all of the professors I met while attending orientation. She was also impressed with the number of clinical opportunities available in the community.
Alexandra Martinez is a native of Chicago, Illinois but has lived in Laredo, Texas for the last 6 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from Texas A&M International University. She chose JU because she loves the equal opportunity given to all their students.
Kaila Maruniak is from Uniontown, Pennsylvania and received her undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University. She chose JU because she wanted a school that would challenge and help to prepare her for clinical placements and her future career. Many of her friends who were previously in the graduate program for Speech-Language Pathology had nothing but great things to say about the program and how it was constantly evolving with newer technology and learning opportunities. One thing that really stood out to her about JU’s program was how students have opportunities to work in outside facilities and schools rather than only being in an on-campus clinic to help with generalizing clinical skills.
Brianna Mayhue comes from Altoona, Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The Pennsylvania State University. She chose Jacksonville University because she wanted to step out of her comfort zone. The plethora of knowledgeable and experienced professors at JU led her to this decision.
Lauren Mulligan grew up in Hermitage, Pennsylvania and has lived in Palm Coast, Florida for the last 10 years. She attended the University of Florida for her bachelor’s degree. She chose to attend JU because she liked the fact that the program has taken into account previous students’ experiences to improve the program.
Emily Reinhold is from Clearwater, Florida. She received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida. She chose Jacksonville University because of the small class size which she knew would allow her to be personally and professionally successful at the graduate level. She also chose JU because of the various and diverse range of clinical opportunities that are presented throughout the program.
Kristina Reyez joins the program from La Salle, Illinois. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders. She chose JU because of the wide variety of off-site affiliations that allow students to have real life experiences.
Abby Ross-Kennedy is from Ocala, Florida. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in social work. She chose JU because of the closeness to her friends, family and community and the passion she immediately felt from the professors at the open house. She was thrilled with the diverse, experienced faculty and couldn't wait to become a part of this community.
Amber Sebastian grew up in the Florida Keys. She attended Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. After living in the mountains for the last seven years, the beach was calling her name. She is excited that she is part of a beautiful school filled with brilliant people.
Jenna Stoner is from Wapakoneta, Ohio. She attended the University of Cincinnati where she earned a bachelor of science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She chose JU because she liked the small class sizes and how excited the staff was about the Speech Pathology program. She also loves the location!
Rachel Thompson is from the small town of Harvard, Illinois. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She chose to pursue a Master’s degree at JU due to the various off-site clinical opportunities, the unique hands-on simulation lab and the opportunity to learn from the dedicated and knowledgeable faculty within the SLP department.
Christian Thornton is a native of Fernandina Beach, Florida. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders. He chose Jacksonville University for a multitude of reasons, but what attracted him most to the graduate program was the sheer amount of opportunity offered to students.
Madalyn Ulery grew up in Davidsonville, Maryland just outside of Annapolis. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park. She decided she wanted to move to Florida for graduate school and Jacksonville University was the perfect fit. She chose JU because of the experienced and welcoming faculty, the out-of-house clinical experience and to be a part of an incredible growing program.
Denver Vaccaro is from Jacksonville, Florida. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida. She loved the fact that she could learn in the same community that she grew up in.
Ana Vazquez Robles comes from Santa Ana, California. She received a bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at California State University, Long Beach. She decided to complete a master’s degree at Jacksonville University because it offered the best academic and clinical preparation in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. The academic coursework, clinical affiliation, faculty expertise, and simulation lab set Jacksonville University apart from other graduate programs. In addition, she is enjoying the experience of living in another state and looking forward to traveling the east coast during school breaks!
Alexandra Wiles is from Long Beach, Mississippi. She graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor of arts in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She chose JU because it would give her the knowledge and hands-on experience on and off campus in all the areas of practice.