Reading Write Alaska

Administrative Staff and Clinicians

Meet the team that is responsible for making Reading Write Alaska the premier facility dedicated to helping your child to reach their reading potential

Reading Write Alaska

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

The heart and soul of Reading Write Alaska. These staff members ensure that each property provides great service for our clients and top-notch support for our clinical staff members.

Heather Walton

Heather Walton

Owner / Founder

heather@readingwritealaska.com

Heather is the owner and founder of Reading Write Alaska.  She spends time in all of the RWA locations but primarily serves as a Clinical Supervisor in the Anchorage office. Heather is from Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

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Heather Walton

Owner / Founder

Heather is the owner and founder of Reading Write Alaska.  She spends time in all of the RWA locations but primarily serves as a Clinical Supervisor in the Anchorage office.  Heather is from Fort Walton Beach, Florida. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Auburn University and went on to earn a Master’s Degree from the University of Montevallo in Speech-Language Pathology in 2000. She then accepted her first job in Chattanooga, Tennessee where she met and married an Alaskan guy. They spent time in the south before moving to Anchorage in 2010. They have three children. Heather spent 12 years working in the public school system working with pre-school through high school students. Heather gained a passion for language-based learning disabilities through her work in the schools and spent several years taking continuing education courses and graduate level studies specifically regarding the diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia. She is currently enrolled in the final course needed for IDA certification as a Dyslexia Practitioner.  She has earned the award for continuing education (ACE) from the American Speech and Hearing Association. She is trained in all of the Lindamood Bell Programs, is certified at the Masters Level in The Barton Reading and Spelling Program and believes strongly in using a multisensory approach toward treatment. Heather is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association.

Cheryl Carter

Ashly Beckes

Director of Operations

ashly@readingwritealaska.com

Ashly is the Director of Operations for Reading Write Alaska, and has been with us since 2012! Ashly was born and raised in Minnesota and graduated with a degree in Secondary Education specializing in Social Studies…

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Ashly Beckes

Director of Operations

Ashly is the Director of Operations for Reading Write Alaska, and has been with us since 2012! Ashly was born and raised in Minnesota and graduated with a degree in Secondary Education specializing in Social Studies from the University of North Dakota. She moved up to Alaska when her husband accepted a job in Anchorage. She developed a special interest in language learning while studying abroad in Norway. While she has a degree in Social Studies, Ashly is equally comfortable with reading, writing, and math. Ashly is certified at the Master’s level in the Barton Reading and Spelling program, is working toward certification in the Excellence in Writing program, and is the lead teacher in Math-U-See. She is currently enrolled in the final course needed for IDA certification as a Dyslexia Practitioner.  Because of her degree and specialty in Secondary Education, Ashly is the lead teacher in our SAT prep classes and has a heart for the high school population.  Ashly also earned the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree and is licensed the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing.

Angie Freitas

Alysia Damin

Marketing Director / Speech-Language Pathologist

alysia@readingwritealaska.com

Alysia is a Speech-Language Pathologist and lead teletherapist.  Alysia grew up in a small town located in central New York.  As a child, she was surrounded with educators and professionals in the field of speech pathology…

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Alysia Damin

Marketing Director / Speech-Language Pathologist

Alysia is a Speech-Language Pathologist, Marketing Director and teletherapist.  She Alysia grew up in the small town of Herkimer, in central New York.  As a child, she was surrounded by educators and professionals in the field and chose to follow in her mother’s footsteps to become a Speech Language Pathologist.  Alysia completed her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Disabilities in 2011 from The State University of New York- College at Cortland and went on to receive a Master’s of Science in Education degree in 2014 from SUNY Potsdam in Reading Literacy with certification from birth through grade 12.  In 2017, Alysia completed her second graduate program, with a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University.  Alysia arrived in Alaska in the fall of 2015, and began working at Reading Write Alaska in 2017, where she served as the Clinic Coordinator in the Eagle River location until the US Army sent them to Germany in 2019.  From afar she continued to work with RWA via teletherapy.  In summer of 2021 she moved again, and she currently resides in the state of Missouri with her husband, 3 young children and their pets (a dog, a cat and a horse!).  She enjoys adventuring outdoors, traveling, volunteering and spending time making memories wherever this life takes them.  Alysia is certified in the Barton Reading and Spelling System and has received the ASHA Ace Award for continuing education.   Alysia is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing, the State of Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance Division of Professional Registration, and holds Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Cheryl Carter

Cheryl Carter

Human Resources

cheryl@readingwritealaska.com

Cheryl was raised in West Virginia.  Her husband made a career in the Air Force, which ultimately led them to Fort Walton Beach Florida where they made their home for 35 years. In January 2014 Cheryl moved to Anchorage…

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Cheryl Carter

Human Resources

Cheryl was raised in West Virginia.  Her husband made a career in the Air Force, which ultimately led them to Fort Walton Beach Florida where they made their home for 35 years.  In January 2014 Cheryl moved to Anchorage to join Reading Write Alaska as its first office manager.  Cheryl has two grown daughters and made the move to Anchorage to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren.   Cheryl has a background in retail management.  She retired with 28 years’ service holding positions in human resources, finance, and operations manager.   At RWA Cheryl oversees Human Resources and Office Operations.

Angie Freitas

Angie Freitas

Scheduler and Billing Assistant

Angie was born and raised in Alaska. She has always had a passion to be in the medical field and loves kids. Angie attended UAA and graduated in 2017 with a certification in Medical Coding and Billing…

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Angie Freitas

Scheduler and Billing Assistant

Angie was born and raised in Alaska. She has always had a passion to be in the medical field and loves kids. Angie attended UAA and graduated in 2017 with a certification in Medical Coding and Billing. After graduating, Angie decided to pursue the wonderful world of child care while she had littles of her own. She worked a little over 3 years at Child’s Early Learning Center. Angie joined the RWA family in August of 2020 and has enjoyed every minute of it! She is a mom of 3 and stays pretty busy. In the summertime you’ll find her outdoors. She and her family love to soak up the midnight sun and fresh cool air.   In her spare time, she loves to crochet and do arts and crafts.

Jordan Crow

Jordan Crow

Administrative Assistant

Jordan is one of the first people you will meet at RWA.  Jordan was born and raised near Montgomery, Alabama. For a change of pace, she moved with her husband and puppy to the Land of the Midnight Sun in 2020.

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Jordan Crow

Administrative Assistant

Jordan is one of the first people you will meet at RWA.  Jordan was born and raised near Montgomery, Alabama. For a change of pace, she moved with her husband and puppy to the Land of the Midnight Sun in 2020. They quickly fell in love with Alaska and its’ spectacular scenery. Jordan has worked in medical office administration since 2014 and feels like she has found her niche. In her spare time, she likes to read and write stories when not exploring all Alaska has to offer with her husband. Fun fact: Jordan wrote a novel in high school!

Eman Amer

Eman Amer

Administrative Assistant

Eman is an administrative assistant for Reading Write AK at the Anchorage location.

More info to come.

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Eman Amer

Administrative Assistant

Eman Amer is an administrative assistant for Reading Write AK at the Anchorage location.

 

Georjean Stubelt

Georjean Stubelt

Administrative Assistant

Georjean Stubelt is the Front Desk Administrator at our Wasilla location. She was born in Fairbanks and lived all over the state of Alaska throughout her childhood. Georjean and her husband were stationed in Louisiana for two years…

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Georjean Stubelt

Administrative Assistant

Georjean Stubelt is the Front Desk Administrator at our Wasilla location. She was born in Fairbanks and lived all over the state of Alaska throughout her childhood. Georjean and her husband were stationed in Louisiana for two years before returning to Wasilla. They missed Alaska and wanted to be closer to family after the birth of their son. Georjean joined the Reading Write Alaska Team in July of 2021. She has been working as a Front Desk Administrator since she was 19 and loves working with people. Georjean is thrilled to have landed in a pediatric therapy clinic and loves watching clients reach their goals. In her personal time, she enjoys taking trips to Fairbanks to visit family and friends, camping, and being outdoors. She hopes to continue to traverse all over Alaska to explore everything this beautiful state has to offer.

Kelly Farmer

Kelly Farmer

Billing Manager

kelly@readingwritealaska.com

Kelly is the billing manager for Reading Write Alaska. Kelly grew up as a military “brat” whose family settled in Alaska in 1983. In 1998 Kelly moved to Surprise, AZ., where she started her career as a Medicare biller…

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Kelly Farmer

Billing Manager

Kelly is the billing manager for Reading Write Alaska. Kelly grew up as a military “brat” whose family settled in Alaska in 1983. In 1998 Kelly moved to Surprise, AZ., where she started her career as a Medicare biller, moving into hospital administration and provider management in Steamboat Springs, CO. It is said, if you leave Alaska, you will always come back; this proved true for Kelly, returning in 2009 becoming Operations Manager for a Third-Party Administrator handling one of the largest self-funded health plans in Alaska. Kelly then went on to insurance brokerage and consulting. After working in the corporate environment for so many years Kelly longed for work-life balance which she found at Reading Write Alaska! Kelly has an adult daughter, a very spoiled Labrador retriever and loves all that Alaska outdoors has to offer.

Kimberly Westervelt

Kimberly Westervelt

Billing Specialist

kim@readingwritealaska.com

Kimberly was born in Ohio, grew up in Anchorage, and calls Alaska her home.  She graduated high school early and attended UAA.  Kimberly married her high school sweetheart and has two children, Colin and Brinley.

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Kimberly Westervelt

Billing Specialist

Kimberly was born in Ohio, grew up in Anchorage, and calls Alaska her home.  She graduated high school early and attended UAA.  Kimberly married her high school sweetheart and has two children, Colin and Brinley.  After twelve years of medical billing and office manager experience, she took time off to be a mom.  Six years later and having a son with dyslexia she was a perfect fit for the Reading Write Alaska administrative team.  Watching her own son work through the program and seeing him blossom into a confident reader fueled her desire to learn more and also share her son’s journey with other families!

ANCHORAGE
CLINICAL STAFF

Our Anchorage office has some of the best speech pathologists in all of Alaska. Learn more about the people that have committed themselves to helping the children of Anchorage.

Reading Write Alaska, Speech Pathology, Anchorage, Alaska
Maggie Voinot-Baron

Maggie Voinot-Baron

Speech-Language Pathologist / Clinical Supervisor

maggie@readingwritealaska.com

Maggie is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Supervisor in our Anchorage location.  Maggie graduated from Portland State University with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2011.

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Maggie Voinot-Baron

Speech-Language Pathologist / Clinical Supervisor

Maggie is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Supervisor in our Anchorage location.  Maggie graduated from Portland State University with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2011. After working a year in the Seattle School District, she decided to venture up to the beautiful state of Alaska to continue her career and spend more time outdoors. Maggie spent two years working in the Anchorage School District.  Through working at Reading Write Alaska part-time, Maggie discovered a huge passion for literacy.  She joined the staff full-time in 2014 and has never looked back! Maggie has experience working with children with a variety of communication impairments including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and articulation and language delays. Maggie is certified in the Barton Reading and Spelling System.  In her spare time, she loves reading, skiing, yoga, and enjoying all that Alaska has to offer! Maggie is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association.

Kelsey Coffern

Kelsey Coffern

Speech-Language Pathologist / Diagnostic Resource Manager

kelsey@readingwritealaska.com

Kelsey graduated from Texas Tech University with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology 2018. Trying to escape the Texas heat, she booked a one-way flight to Anchorage, Alaska!

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Kelsey Coffern

Speech-Language Pathologist / Diagnostic Resource Manager

Kelsey graduated from Texas Tech University with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology 2018. Trying to escape the Texas heat, she booked a one-way flight to Anchorage, Alaska! She found her way back to a full-time position at RWA after completing an internship here during graduate school. Kelsey enjoys being involved in all the recreational activities the “Land of the Midnight Sun” has to offer, including hiking, biking, rock-wall climbing, and yoga. She has a special passion for reading and literature and hopes to foster that same love in her students at RWA.   Kelsey is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Gayle Andrus

Gayle Andrus

Occupational Therapist/ OT Manager

Gayle is an Occupational Therapist and the first to join our staff. She was born in Los Angeles but was raised in the small, northern California town of Murphys. Gayle was attending undergraduate school at a private college in Scotts Valley…

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Gayle Andrus

Occupational Therapist

Gayle is an Occupational Therapist and the first to join our staff. She was born in Los Angeles but was raised in the small, northern California town of Murphys. Gayle was attending undergraduate school at a private college in Scotts Valley, California, when she received a summer internship to Juneau and fell in love with Alaska. Following the internship, she returned to school but quickly decided to make the trek back up the AlCan with a friend. Upon settling in Anchorage, she met the love of her life, Brian, who was working at the time for Wien Air Alaska. During the closure of that airline, Gayle and Brian decided to briefly relocate to Tacoma, Washington, for Gayle to complete her Master of Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Puget Sound. They returned to Alaska and Gayle spent the next 32 years at a local hospital specializing in both inpatient and outpatient pediatric therapy. She worked with children experiencing a broad diversity of needs in both physical disabilities and behavioral mental health. In September 2020, Gayle made the decision to join Reading Write in order to expand handwriting and keyboarding services, having always dreamed of specializing in treatment of children with learning disabilities. Gayle and Brian adopted three children who are now grown, two from Russia and one from Alaska. They have one beautiful granddaughter. Gayle enjoys walks and hiking, swimming, kayaking, sailing with a friend in the Sea of Cortez, and is passionate about spinning her own yarn for knitting “because knitting isn’t weird enough!” She is trained in Sensory Integration, TAMO, Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening, and a variety of modalities. Gayle is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing.

April Kuiper

April Kuiper

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

april@readingwritealaska.com

April is a bilingual, certified speech-language pathologist who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish language & literature in Michigan, where she was born and raised.

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April Kuiper

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

April is a bilingual, certified speech-language pathologist who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish language & literature in Michigan, where she was born and raised.  After starting her family and staying at home to raise her two daughters during their younger years, she returned to her studies to earn her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology. She completed a fellowship year working as a school-based clinician in the greater Chicago area, then relocated to Alaska in 2015.  April joined Reading Write Alaska in 2018.  April loves books and is passionate about sharing the gift of literacy. Her dream for all of her clients is that they gain power and freedom by learning to read and write independently.  When April is not seeing clients, she likes to spend time with her family, knit and sew, write essays and poems, and (of course) READ!

Kari Meyer

Kari Meyer

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

kari@readingwritealaska.com

Kari grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois. After growing up in the Midwest she longed for different scenery. She packed two suitcases and boarded a one-way flight to Alaska to experience the great “Last Frontier”.

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Kari Meyer

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Kari grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois. After growing up in the Midwest she longed for different scenery. She packed two suitcases and boarded a one-way flight to Alaska to experience the great “Last Frontier”. She is still here and loves all that Alaska has to offer. In the summer you can find her hiking or bike riding, and in the winter she frequents hockey games. Kari has always been interested in Speech, as she was a speech student in school growing up. It was her love of kids and desire to help them be the best they can be that made Kari want to become a teacher. She obtained her bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University. While living in Illinois she taught third grade, but still longed to become a speech pathologist. Kari earned her Bachelors degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Arizona University and is currently in the process of obtaining her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. Kari joined Reading Write Alaska in 2015 is also certified in the Barton Reading and Spelling System. Kari is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business, and Professional License and is certified by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association.

Amanda O’Banion

Amanda O’Banion

Speech-Language Pathologist

amanda@readingwritealaska.com

Amanda returned to Alaska after pursuing her undergraduate degree in Child Development, followed by 3 years of working as a preschool teacher with Childtime Learning Center in Phoenix, AZ.

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Amanda O’Banion

Speech-Language Pathologist

Amanda returned to Alaska after pursuing her undergraduate degree in Child Development, followed by 3 years of working as a preschool teacher with Childtime Learning Center in Phoenix, AZ. This inspired her to pursue her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Oklahoma State University. GO POKES! She had aspirations to return to the state where she grew up and returned to Alaska in June 2017. Amanda spent one year with the Anchorage School District, which gave her insight to the school district needs versus the private sector. Amanda was excited about joining the professionals at Reading Write Alaska in 2018, which allows her to enhance her knowledge about the diversified needs in the field of speech-language pathology.   Amanda played soccer at the collegiate level and takes pleasure in playing and coaching in the community. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and appreciating the beauty of Alaska. Her parents and extended family are rooted here in Alaska. She is extremely excited to be back home to share her life with her family and friends.   Amanda is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Wendy Baker

Wendy Baker

Teacher / Language Specialist

wendy@readingwritealaska.com

Wendy has lived in Anchorage since 1986; however, she grew up in Fairbanks. She is a certified teacher who taught for 20 years at Bartlett High School where she taught Russian, world history, and Latin.

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Wendy Baker

Teacher / Language Specialist

Wendy has lived in Anchorage since 1986; however, she grew up in Fairbanks. She is a certified teacher who taught for 20 years at Bartlett High School where she taught Russian, world history, and Latin. She has two sons who are grown who went to Turnagain, Romig, and West High. They both live in Anchorage, and she has one granddaughter.

Tyler Beckes

Tyler Beckes

Math Instructor

tyler@readingwritealaska.com

Tyler is a Math Tutor for Reading Write Alaska and began working part time in 2018.  Tyler grew up in Minnesota and spent 10 years in the United States Air Force, first as a Chinese-Mandarin language analyst, and then as a command post controller.

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Tyler Beckes

Math Instructor

Tyler is a Math Tutor for Reading Write Alaska and began working part time in 2018.  Tyler grew up in Minnesota and spent 10 years in the United States Air Force, first as a Chinese-Mandarin language analyst, and then as a command post controller.  After receiving an honorable discharge for the Air Force, Tyler was employed in the bridge construction field. He realized he truly enjoyed the field of land surveying, so he decided to go back to school for a Geomatics degree.  His younger brother and parents had already moved up to Alaska, so it was only natural that Tyler would follow them, and enroll at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.
In his off time, you can usually find him hiking up some mountain, taking lots of pictures, or at a hockey rink, either playing or refereeing.  You might also find him in a wood shop, building furniture, or other fun projects.

Tyler has had an affinity for math from a young age and enjoys working with children and watching and helping them discover new ideas making being the math-u-see tutor perfect for him.  In his younger days, he was an Eagle Scout, and for a long time, the oldest scout in his troop, so he has been teaching people most of his life.  This all adds up to Tyler being enthusiastic about sharing math with young people!

Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

julie@readingwritealaska.com

Julie is a retired school teacher with the Anchorage School District. She has an undergraduate degree is in elementary education and a masters degree in special education. She taught in Anchorage for a total of 22 years…

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Julie Johnson

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Julie is a retired school teacher with the Anchorage School District. She has an undergraduate degree is in elementary education and a masters degree in special education. She taught in Anchorage for a total of 22 years – 18 years in elementary education (kindergarten through sixth grade) and 4 years in a self-contained classroom for students with autism (preschool through sixth grade). She retired at the end of the 2012 school year and substituted for the district for two years, joining Reading Write Alaska in 2014. Julie has found that she loves the relationships she can develop with the students that she tutors at Reading Write Alaska. Julie went back to school again after retirement to earn the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree.  Julie is also certified in the Barton Reading and Spelling System. Julie is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business, and Professional License and is certified by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association.

Kayla Parker

Kayla Parker

Teacher / Tutor

Kayla relocated to Alaska from Houston, Texas where she worked as an Elementary Special Education teacher. During her time in Houston she worked with students who had dyslexia…

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Kayla Parker

Teacher/Tutor

Kayla relocated to Alaska from Houston, Texas where she worked as an Elementary Special Education teacher. During her time in Houston she worked with students who had dyslexia, autism, ADHD, and emotional/behavioral disturbances. In 2017, she graduated with her Bachelors degree in Special Education. While working in Texas, she received her Orton Gillingham Dyslexia Certification which has sense developed her love for teaching reading, writing, and comprehension. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband. In 2017 they set a goal to visit all of the United States National Parks and only have a few left!

Callie Akins

Kailey Tobin

Speech-Language Pathologist - Clinical Fellow

kailey@readingwritealaska.com

Kailey graduated with her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University. She is currently completing her SLP clinical fellowship year at Reading Write Alaska at the Anchorage location…

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Kailey Tobin

Speech-Language Pathologist – Clinical Fellow

Kailey graduated with her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University. She is currently completing her SLP clinical fellowship year at Reading Write Alaska at the Anchorage location. She was born and raised here in Anchorage, Alaska and loves it! She has always had a passion for working with children and has experience working with a wide variety of communication disorders in various settings. She is especially looking forward to working with children with literacy-based disabilities at RWA. She loves being able to help children reach their full potential and build confidence! During her free time, she loves adventuring with her fiancé and dog, reading, fishing, and spending time with friends and family. Kailey is completing his clinical fellowship in Speech and Language Pathology and is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing.

Tatianna Clary

Tatianna Clary

Speech Language Pathology Assistant

Tatianna has lived in Alaska since birth, she left the state in order to earn a degree in Speech Language Pathology Assisting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Since graduation in 2021, she worked as an SLPA…

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Tatianna Clary

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Tatianna has lived in Alaska since birth,she left the state in order to earn a degree in Speech Language Pathology Assisting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Since graduation in 2021, worked as an SLPA for the Anchorage School District at Williwaw Elementary. Tatianna is very excited to extend her experience into the private practice sector and support more students. Tatianna is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing.

Shannon Dole

Speech-Language Pathologist

shannon@readingwritealaska.com

Shannon grew up near Rochester, New York, and graduated from Harding University in Arkansas with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2019. ….
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Shannon Dole

Speech-Language Pathologist

Shannon grew up near Rochester, New York, and graduated from Harding University in Arkansas with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2019. Even though she was trying to escape harsh winters, a good friend convinced her to take a job in Anchorage Alaska in Fall 2019 and she fell in love. Shannon did travel speech therapy for four years, and has worked/lived in Alaska, California, and Washington. The allure and adventure of Alaska drew her back in and she is happy to have a permanent position at Reading Write. Shannon loves the outdoors and tells everyone she meets that they need to visit Alaska at least once in their life. There’s no other place like it! Shannon is licensed to practice Speech-Language Pathology in the states of Alaska, California, and Washington, and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

Grace Murphy

Teacher - Tutor

grace@readingwritealaska.com

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Grace Murphy

Teacher

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Giuliana Ricci

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

giulianna@readingwritealaska.com

Hi, my name is Giuliana and I’m a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant. I’m from San Diego, CA but lived in my dad’s home town Gaeta, Italy for 5 years when I was younger and am now fluent in Italian….
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Giulianna Ricci

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Hi, my name is Giuliana and I’m a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant. I’m from San Diego, CA but lived in my dad’s home town Gaeta, Italy for 5 years when I was younger and am now fluent in Italian. I often go back to San Diego and Gaeta to visit family as much as possible, but these cities are both “home” to me.
 
      I graduated from San Diego State University with my Bachelor’s in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and then attended CSU, Chico where I received clinical training and supervised fieldwork experience (275 hours) to become a licensed speech-language pathology assistant.
      With my husband being in the Air Force, we had the privilege of recently moving to Alaska in 2023, with our 2 huskies, and we’ve been loving it ever since! Visiting Alaska and seeing the northern lights used to be on our bucket list, but now we get to see them right from our backyard! Fun fact: I’m licensed as an SLPA in the state of Alaska, South Carolina, and California (thanks to the military).
 
      I’ve been working with children of all ages (8 months -18 years old) since 2018 in schools and private clinics. I’ve always known my passion to be working with kids! Knowing that I can make a difference in a child’s life, help them reach their goals, build their confidence, and motivate them to succeed in all they do, is most rewarding to me!

Scott Wiser

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

scott@readingwritealaska.com

More information coming soon. 

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Scott Wiser

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

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Lilly Nyborg

Teacher - Tutor

lilly@readingwritealaska.com

Information coming soon.

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Lilly Nyborg

Teacher

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Reading Write Alaska, Speech Pathology, Eagle River, Alaska

EAGLE RIVER
CLINICAL STAFF

The people of Eagle River are fortunate to have such dedicated educators in town. Learn more about the people that help to improve the live of the children they assist.

Robin Ruzic

Robin Ruzic

Speech-Language Pathologist / Clinical Director - Eagle River

robin@readingwritealaska.com

Robin was born and raised in New Iberia Louisiana, the heart of Cajun country. She finished high school in Crystal Lake Illinois…

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Robin Ruzic

Speech-Language Pathologist / Eagle River Clinical Director

Robin was born and raised in New Iberia Louisiana, the heart of Cajun country. She finished high school in Crystal Lake Illinois and shortly after moved back south. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinic Director for Reading Write Alaska. In our Eagle River location. Robin earned her Master’s of Arts in Communication Disorders from University of Houston after being a stay at home mom for 10+ years. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA). She is licensed by The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation in the state of Texas and the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing in Alaska. She has experience working with a variety of speech disorders, including receptive and expressive language disorders, Apraxia, phonological disorders, fluency disorders, and social communication disorders. She worked several years in a Texas school district before starting a career in private practice. After working many years in a private practice with PreK students doing play therapy, she set her sights on school aged children with reading, writing, and spelling difficulties. She joined Reading Write Alaska in February 2019 where she relocated from Texas with her husband. She enjoys fishing, cooking, and photography. Robin is an avid traveler and loves to tell stories of all the countries she’s visited. When Robin is not providing therapy to her students, she is at home cooking with her husband of 24 years. They have parented two grown children, Ema and Jakob.

Eli Skelton

Eli Skelton

Speech-Language Pathologist

eli@readingwritealaska.com

Eli earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He then earned his master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Arkansas…

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Eli Skelton

Speech-Language Pathologist

Eli earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He then earned his master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. Eli moved to Anchorage in July 2018, and he is loving every second of it! His favorite hobby is hiking, especially when there is a waterfall at the end!  Eli is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Grant Tatge

Grant Tatge

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

grant@readingwritealaska.com

Grant earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of North Dakota. For five years, he worked for Denali Borough School District…

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Grant Tatge

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Grant earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of North Dakota. For five years, he worked for Denali Borough School District serving pre-K through 12th-grade students in the Healy, Cantwell and Anderson schools. He moved to Eagle River in 2015 and enjoys working as a full-time Speech-Language Pathology Assistant with Reading Write Alaska at the Eagle River location. Grant feels very blessed to participate in helping children learn and succeed in the vital areas of reading and writing. His favorite hobby is spending time with his family, especially in the Alaskan outdoors camping and fishing. Grant is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business, and Professional License and is certified by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association.

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Christina

Occupational Therapist

Christina obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University.

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Christina

Occupational Therapist

Christina obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University. She pursued careers in aviation and in finance, yet it was not until she discovered occupational therapy that her passion to make a difference in the lives of others was fulfilled. She has worked in early intervention and pediatric outpatient settings. In her free time, Christina enjoys the outdoors, exploring Alaska, and flying. Christina is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce.

Brooke Plaster

Speech Language Pathology Assistant

brooke@readingwritealaska.com

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Brooke Plaster

Speech Language Pathology Assistant

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WASILLA
CLINICAL STAFF

Our Wasilla office has some of the best speech pathologists in all of Alaska. Learn more about the people that have committed themselves to helping the children of Wasilla.

Reading Write Alaska, Speech Pathology, Wasilla, Alaska
Sarah Jacobs

Sarah Jacobs

Speech-Language Pathologist

sarah.jacobs@readingwritealaska.com

Sarah Jacobs is a Speech Language Pathologist, born and raised in the mid-west. She received an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Andrews University in Michigan…

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Sarah Jacobs

Speech-Language Pathologist

After several years of working in the field of social services, she completed a Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Utah. Immediately upon graduation, Sarah moved to east Tennessee and worked as a licensed Speech Pathologist in private practice. Sarah contracted in the school setting, worked with adults in home health for two large Healthcare networks in the area, and also engaged the birth to 3 population with in-home therapy services. Seeking adventure, Sarah moved north to Alaska and was blessed with excellent experience in pediatrics with a local private practice over the last 5 years. Sarah has completed Beckman Oral Motor training, Picture Exchange Communication System training, two level of specific training with PRC’s LAMP words for Life AAC application, and courses in Sensory feeding aversion. She is excited to join the team at Reading Write Alaska and take on the new challenges of assisting her clients in achieving their utmost potential. Sarah understands that a positive attitude, encouragement, and belief in each child’s potential will be foundational in their success.

Becky George

Becky George

Dyslexia Therapist / Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

becky@readingwritealaska.com

Becky relocated to Anchorage in 2018 after spending 8 years in Fairbanks.  Prior to Fairbanks, Colorado was her home.  She has over 13 years in private practice as a Dyslexia Therapist.

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Becky George

Dyslexia Therapist / Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Becky relocated to Anchorage in 2018 after spending 8 years in Fairbanks.  Prior to Fairbanks, Colorado was her home.  She has over 13 years in private practice as a Dyslexia Therapist.  Her education/certifications include: a Bachelors degree from Western State College in Colorado, Dyslexia Therapist Certification from the International Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia Therapist with the Multisensory Language Training Institute of New Mexico, Licensed Dyslexia Practitioner with the State of Texas, and Certified Academic Language Therapist with the Academy of Language Therapy Association.  Becky also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alaska Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.  Becky treats from the belief that children don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. She’s excited to work with the dynamic team at Reading Write Alaska and become part of the Anchorage community. Becky is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business, and Professional License and is certified by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association.

Annette Maynard

Annette Maynard

Speech-Language Pathologist

annette@readingwritealaska.com

Annette grew up in a small town in central Nebraska with her parents and 6 brothers.  Her passion to assist others to communicate originated from one of her brothers being profoundly deaf from a very early age and wanting to help him to have access to speech and language…

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Annette Maynard

Speech-Language Pathologist

Annette grew up in a small town in central Nebraska with her parents and 6 brothers. Her passion to assist others to communicate originated from one of her brothers being profoundly deaf from a very early age and wanting to help him to have access to speech and language.

When her own two children were both in school, Annette returned to college to complete both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. During her time as an undergraduate, Annette discovered another passion for research and was selected to participate in a research program. From the research she did, she presented her findings both at a state conference and also in Honolulu, HI at an early intervention conference.

Annette has experience working with infants, children, and adults with a variety of impairments. She specializes in treating children with speech sound disorders and expressive/receptive language delays.

Annette moved to Alaska in the summer of 2019 and has enjoyed every year here since, exploring all that Alaska has to offer.

Elizabeth Ruimveld

Elizabeth Ruimveld

Speech-Language Pathologist

elizabeth-whitaker@readingwritealaska.com

Elizabeth is a Speech-Language Pathologist at our Wasilla location. Elizabeth grew up in a small town just outside Kalamazoo, Michigan. Elizabeth graduated from Western Michigan University…

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Elizabeth Ruimveld

Speech-Language Pathologist

Elizabeth is a Speech-Language Pathologist at our Wasilla location. Elizabeth grew up in a small town just outside Kalamazoo, Michigan. Elizabeth graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. She returned to Western Michigan University to complete a Post Baccalaureate in Speech-Language Pathology followed by moving to Utah to attend Rocky Mountain University of Health Profession graduating with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology with a medical emphasis. During graduate school, Elizabeth enjoyed instructing snowboard lessons to all ages in Park City, Utah. Her final internship brought her to Alaska working in an outpatient pediatric clinic. Elizabeth is excited to be part of the team at Reading Write Alaska utilizing her educational background while fulfilling her passion for pediatrics. She enjoys the great outdoors with her husband and labrador, Denali. Liz is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business, and Professional License and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association.

Jean Sargent

Jean Sargent

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jean earned her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University, North Carolina, December 2021. She completed her Certificate of Clinical Competence this year at Reading Write Alaska, Wasilla. 

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Jean Sargent

Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow

Jean earned her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University, North Carolina, December 2021. She is currently completing her SLP clinical fellowship year at Reading Write Alaska, Wasilla. Jean was born and raised in the farmlands of Clovis, California. She graduated from California State University of Fresno with a BA and teaching certificate in Adapted Physical Education. She taught 11 years in the Visalia School District, CA. When Jean’s husband was offered a position at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, they packed up their family, two small children and two dogs, and moved to the beautiful state of Alaska.  Jean’s family enjoyed hiking, fishing, and camping as they made Palmer, AK their home.  Jean became a stay-at-home mom for many years.  She returned to teaching Adapted PE in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, traveling from school to school, working with students in grades K-12.  Jean determined to pursue a new career path in speech-language pathology. During her internship in the master’s program, at Reading Write Alaska, Jean was introduced to the Barton Reading and Spelling System for Dyslexia. Jean’s family has a history of dyslexia, and she was excited to see the progress of the children at RWA who were working through the Barton program. Jean followed her desire to return to RWA following completion of her master’s degree program.

Avery Walker

Avery Walker

Speech Language Pathologist

Avery is a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in pediatric literacy, language, and articulation. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Avery received his undergraduate degree in Speech & Hearing Sciences…

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Avery Walker

Speech Language Pathologist

Avery is a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in pediatric literacy, language, and articulation. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Avery received his undergraduate degree in Speech & Hearing Sciences from Indiana University in 2018 and his Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Rush University in Chicago in 2021. Avery’s clinical experiences include hospital, non-profit, and school settings. His primary passion is the field of pediatric learning disorders and the neuroscience of language learning. Avery comes from a background in outdoor youth camping and has always found great joy in helping children achieve their goals. In his spare time, he enjoys running, cooking, camping, music, and spending time with his wife, Colleen, and cat, Strawberry. He holds state-level SLP licenses in Alaska and Indiana as well as a Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Reading Write Alaska, Speech Pathology, Anchorage, Wasilla, Eagle River,Alaska

REMOTE & TELECLINICIANS

These staff members ensure that we can reach clients from across Alaska.  We strive to support and grow our presence to those who can benefit from distance therapy. 

Alysia Damin

Alysia Damin

Marketing Director / Speech-Language Pathologist

alysia@readingwritealaska.com

Alysia is a Speech-Language Pathologist and our Marketing Director.  Alysia grew up in a small town located in central New York.  As a child, she was surrounded with educators and professionals in the field of speech pathology…

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Alysia Damin

Marketing Director / Speech-Language Pathologist

Alysia is a Speech-Language Pathologist, Marketing Director and teletherapist.  She Alysia grew up in the small town of Herkimer, in central New York.  As a child, she was surrounded by educators and professionals in the field and chose to follow in her mother’s footsteps to become a Speech Language Pathologist.  Alysia completed her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Disabilities in 2011 from The State University of New York- College at Cortland and went on to receive a Master’s of Science in Education degree in 2014 from SUNY Potsdam in Reading Literacy with certification from birth through grade 12.  In 2017, Alysia completed her second graduate program, with a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University.  Alysia arrived in Alaska in the fall of 2015, and began working at Reading Write Alaska in 2017, where she served as the Clinic Coordinator in the Eagle River location until the US Army sent them to Germany in 2019.  From afar she continued to work with RWA via teletherapy.  In summer of 2021 she moved again, and she currently resides in the state of Missouri with her husband, 3 young children and their pets (a dog, a cat and a horse!).  She enjoys adventuring outdoors, traveling, volunteering and spending time making memories wherever this life takes them.  Alysia is certified in the Barton Reading and Spelling System and has received the ASHA Ace Award for continuing education.   Alysia is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing, the State of Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance Division of Professional Registration, and holds Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Mary Mitchell

Mary Mitchell

Speech-Language Pathologist / Certified Breast Feeding Specialist

mary@readingwritealaska.com

Mary is a Speech-Language Pathologist.  Mary graduated from James Madison University with her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences…

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Mary Mitchell

Speech-Language Pathologist / Certified Breast Feeding Specialist 

Mary is a Speech-Language Pathologist.  Mary graduated from James Madison University with her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorder in 2012 and taught a Kindergarten program in Maryland for two years before returning to graduate school. Mary graduated from Radford University with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2016. After graduating, she decided to move across the country to the beautiful state of Alaska to start her career as an SLP and spend more time exploring outdoors. Mary spent two years working part time at a private practice and full time working in early intervention in Anchorage before moving out of state as a traveling SLP. She missed Alaska and the pediatric population, so she returned and began working at Reading Write Alaska in February 2019.   In her spare time, she loves dancing, hiking, skiing, and exploring all that Alaska has to offer! Mary is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association.

Selina Gutierrez

Selina Gutierrez

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant / Clinic Coordinator

selina@readingwritealaska.com

Selina is a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas…

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Selina Gutierrez

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant / Clinic Coordinator

Selina is a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout her career, she has provided individualized and group therapy to children in the home, school, and clinical settings. She is skilled in the areas of Articulation Disorders, Expressive & Receptive Language Delays, Phonological Processing Delays, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Early Language Delay, Apraxia of speech, ADHD, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication.  Selina is a native to Texas but is proud to call Alaska her home. She joined Reading Write Alaska’s Wasilla location in 2018.  She loves to be outdoors, try new recipes, crochet, travel, and spend time with close friends. Selina is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business, and Professional License and is certified by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association.

Sadie Moriarty

Sadie Moriarty

Speech-Language Pathologist

Sarah (Sadie) Moriarty is a speech-language pathologist from Western Massachusetts. In the fall of 2018, she graduated with dual bachelor’s degrees in Communication Sciences & Disorders…

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Sadie Moriarty 

Speech-Language Pathologist 

Sarah (Sadie) Moriarty is a speech-language pathologist from Western Massachusetts. In the fall of 2018, she graduated with dual bachelor’s degrees in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Psychology from Worcester State University in Massachusetts. She then earned her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2020. Sadie has pediatric clinical experience in school, outpatient hospital, and early intervention settings along with adult clinical experience in outpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing settings. While she enjoyed all of her experiences thus far, she has an undeniable passion for working with children. Sadie is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Reading Write Alaska team and enjoys helping children build their confidence and reach their full potential. Sadie lived in Alaska and worked in the RWA-Wasilla office from 2020 to 2021 and continues to work as a teletherapist for Reading Write Alaska in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sadie holds Alaska and Pennsylvania state licenses and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association.

Jessie Goben

Jessie Goben

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jessie is a Speech-Language Pathologist at our Wasilla location. She was born and raised in Southwest Missouri and graduated from Missouri State University in 2016 with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

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Jessie Goben 

Speech-Language Pathologist 

Jessie is a Speech-Language Pathologist at our Wasilla location. She was born and raised in Southwest Missouri and graduated from Missouri State University in 2016 with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Following graduation, Jessie moved to Austin, Texas and worked in the school district serving children ages preschool to middle school for 3 years and then to Fayetteville, Arkansas where she was employed at an early intervention preschool treating children ages 6 months to 6 years. In the summer of 2021, wanting an adventure, Jessie moved to Alaska and began working at RWA. She is passionate about creating a safe, comfortable, and fun learning environment for children of all ages and backgrounds to feel welcome and supported. When she isn’t at the clinic, you can find her playing with her dog, Jolene, cross-stitching, or traveling in her converted van to find the next adventure! Jessie is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business, and Professional License and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association.

Allie Lowe

Allie Lowe

Speech-Language Pathologist

Allie is a Speech-Language Pathologist, now a teletherapist, through our Anchorage location. She was born and raised in south Louisiana, but her love of the mountains and outdoors sent her to Alaska where her husband was stationed at JBER….

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Allie Lowe

Speech-Language Pathologist

They now reside at JBLM in Washington. Allie attended Louisiana State University, where she obtained both her BA and MA degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Allie has worked with all ages with diagnoses ranging from articulation to language to cognitive-communication disorders. She enjoys working with families and collaborating to form therapy goals and treatment plans. Allie enjoys hiking, reading, and lazy Sundays with her dogs and cats. She also loves to bake and cook, particularly Cajun cuisine when she is feeling homesick! 

 

Allie is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing as well as the Washington State Department of Health. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

Megan Skelton

Megan Skelton

Speech-Language Pathologist

megan@readingwritealaska.com

Despite her childhood dream of becoming a librarian, Megan eventually discovered the world of speech and language in college and ultimately graduated with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2018…

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Megan Skelton

Speech-Language Pathologist

Despite her childhood dream of becoming a librarian, Megan eventually discovered the world of speech and language in college and ultimately graduated with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2018 at Harding University (Arkansas). Growing up all over Alaska, including four villages, Megan is thrilled to be back in Anchorage to begin her new escapade at RWA. Megan has had experience working with a variety of communication impairments, including: articulation, language delays, social language, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Autism Spectrum Disorder, aural habilitation, and feeding. A true explorer and lover of learning, Megan believes in living the most colorful adventure and sprinkling fairy dust as she goes. Whenever Megan gets the chance, she loves to read books, hike new trails, and practice playing her ukulele.   Megan is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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