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.

Justin Walton

Justin Walton

Chief Financial Officer

justin@readingwritealaska.com

Justin is the Chief Financial Officer and co-owner at Reading Write Alaska,  Justin grew up in Anchorage and is a fourth-generation Alaskan.  After high school, Justin fled the state for warmer regions and attended college at Covenant College…

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Justin Walton

Chief Financial Officer

Justin is the Chief Financial Officer and co-owner at Reading Write Alaska,  Justin grew up in Anchorage and is a fourth-generation Alaskan.  After high school, Justin fled the state for warmer regions and attended college at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, majoring in English and Literature, and graduated in May of 2001.  After meeting and marrying his wife Heather, Justin began to feel called back to Alaska in ways he couldn’t ignore, and they moved back home in the fall of 2010.

After graduation from college, Justin pursued additional studies in education and accounting, but ultimately settled into a career in information technology and software development, predominantly in the field of healthcare claims processing and auditing.  Past employers include CIGNA Healthcare, Unum, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Crowe Chizek, The Rawlings Group, and Arctic Slope Regional Corporation.  Before taking a full-time executive role at Reading Write Alaska, he was a Senior Project Manager for an IT consulting firm, leading software project teams for such clients as the State of Alaska and major regional telecommunication companies.

As a private pilot, Justin enjoys flying around Alaska, and seeing even more of what his home state has to offer.  Scuba diving, fishing, hunting, exercise, and travel also fall among his interests, but his greatest passion is for his Christian faith and for his wife Heather and their three kids.

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

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, Social Media Manager and lead 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.  Her family has since moved again, and she currently resides in the state of Missouri with her husband, 3 young children and their pets (a dog and a cat!).  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.

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.

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.

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!

Jane Bulaong

Jane Bulaong

Administrative Assistant

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

Born in the Philippines and later moved to Kodiak Island, she now calls Anchorage her home.

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Jane Bulaong

Administrative Assistant

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

Born in the Philippines and later moved to Kodiak Island, she now calls Anchorage her home.

Previously, Jane worked a little over 8 years in an infant learning program and knows the importance of working one on one with children during their development.  She was excited to continue that career path in joining RWA in 2021. When not hibernating during the Alaskan winter, she enjoys being outdoors with her husband and two kids (one son and the other, a Pitbull Terrier).

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.

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!

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.

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.

Lindsey Pearson

Lindsey Pearson

Speech-Language Pathologist / Certified Lactation Counselor

lindsey@readingwritealaska.com

Lindsey Pearson is a Speech-Language Pathologist who received her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Northeastern State University in Talequah, OK…

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Lindsey Pearson

Speech-Language Pathologist / Certified Lactation Counselor

Lindsey Pearson is a Speech-Language Pathologist who received her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Northeastern State University in Talequah, OK, after completing her undergraduate career with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications at Arkansas Tech University. After working for two years in Arkansas with a population ranging from birth to geriatrics, Lindsey decided to pursue her dream of becoming a travel therapist. In the fall of 2017, she made her way to Alaska and worked for the Anchorage School District. Like so many who only plan to stay in Alaska for ”a season”, her dream of being a travel therapist was quickly replaced with her love for Alaska, and Anchorage became her first and last assignment. Lindsey is excited to have joined the team at RWA at the end of 2018 and to discover this new passion in the field of speech language pathology. Lindsey has experience working with infants, children, and adults with a variety of impairments including early intervention, feeding and swallowing, cognitive rehabilitation, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and articulation and speech delays. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and frequenting Moose’s Tooth and Bear Tooth more than she should. Lindsey is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing, the State of Arkansas Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing, and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

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!

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.

Michelle Kobsik

Michelle Kobsik

Teacher and Behavioral Specialist

michelle@readingwritealaska.com

Michelle relocated to Alaska from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Special Education…

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Michelle Kobsik

Teacher and Behavioral Specialist

Michelle relocated to Alaska from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she taught the Structured Learning Classroom at Service High School. She has also worked as a one-on-one interventionist providing behavioral support to children with autism spectrum disorders in the home, school, and community settings, as well as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant, providing therapeutic strategies and coordinating care. Michelle started as a part-time teacher at Reading Write in 2015 and quickly decided it’s where she wanted to be full-time. Reading has always been a passion of hers, and at Reading Write Alaska, she can share that enthusiasm through teaching and loves watching her students find success and pride through this program.

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!

Nichole Chilson

Nichole Chilson

Speech-Language Pathologist

nichole@readingwritealaska.com

Nichole Lachance Chilson has been practicing Speech-Language Pathology for over 18 years here in the land of the midnight sun. She worked in private practice for ten of those years…

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Nichole Chilson

Speech-Language Pathologist

Nichole Lachance Chilson has been practicing Speech-Language Pathology for over 18 years here in the land of the midnight sun. She worked in private practice for ten of those years and has worked in both private practice and for the Anchorage School District since 2010, joining Reading Write Alaska in 2013. She enjoys working with children who experience a wide range of abilities and challenges, but has a particular passion for working with children who have literacy-based disabilities. She has been trained in two treatment methodologies using the Orton-Gillingham Approach; Lindamood-Bell and the Barton Reading & Spelling System.  Nichole received her Bachelor’s Degree and her Master’s Degree from the University of Maine and she is a former president of the Alaska Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has received four ACE Awards (Award for Continuing Education) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Nichole is married to Dave with three children, Crystal, Cullen, and Ashley. She also is blessed to have three wonderful grandchildren (Ailee, Ariana, and Barrett). She and her family love to go camping and Razr riding in the summers.  Nichole 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.

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.

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.

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.

Allie Lowe

Allie Lowe

Speech-Language Pathologist

Allie is a Speech-Language Pathologist in our Anchorage location. She was born and raised in south Louisiana, but her love of the mountains and outdoors sent her to Alaska. She attended Louisiana State University…

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Allie Lowe

Speech-Language Pathologist

Allie is a Speech-Language Pathologist in our Anchorage location. She was born and raised in south Louisiana, but her love of the mountains and outdoors sent her to Alaska. She 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 has since found a passion for working with language skills such as reading and writing. She enjoys working with families and collaborating to form therapy goals and treatment plans. Allie enjoys hiking, camping, and off-road riding with her boyfriend and their dogs, Katmai and Seven. 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 and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Heather Huddleston

Heather Huddleston

Speech-Language Pathologist

Heather has been working as a speech and language pathologist since 2009. She is originally from Georgia. Heather graduated with her Bachelors in Communication Disorders in May 2007 from Valdosta State University…

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Heather Huddleston

Speech-Language Pathologist

Heather has been working as a speech and language pathologist since 2009. She is originally from Georgia. Heather graduated with her Bachelors in Communication Disorders in May 2007 from Valdosta State University. She went on to obtain her Master’s in Education in Communication Disorders from Valdosta State University in December of 2008. She spent the first 8 years of her career working in a private practice in Georgia, where she treated patients of all ages but spent majority of her time working with pre-school and school aged children. Her husband received orders from Georgia to Alaska in 2017, so they moved with their 2 boys across the country to Anchorage, Alaska! She has worked full-time for the school system for the past 3 years where she has spent most of her time working with developmentally delayed preschoolers and school-aged children on the Autism Spectrum. She has always had a passion for reading and literacy, and while she enjoys working for schools, she missed having clients in private practice. Heather joined RWA in the fall of 2020 to work part time after school and combine her love of literacy with her love of private practice. She holds an Alaska State License and her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association.

Allie Walsh

Allie Walsh

Speech-Language Pathologist

Allie is a Speech-Language Pathologist in our Anchorage location. She was born and raised here in Anchorage and was excited to return to Alaska after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology…

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Allie Walsh

Speech-Language Pathologist

Allie is a Speech-Language Pathologist in our Anchorage location. She was born and raised here in Anchorage and was excited to return to Alaska after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology from Western Washington University. Allie is a certified brain injury specialist and has expertise in assessing and treating a variety of cognitive-communication, swallowing, speech, and language disorders. However, she has a particular passion for early language development and literacy and was thrilled to transition from the medical setting as an acute care SLP to the world of private practice at Reading Write Alaska. Allie strongly values evidence-based practice and strives to stay current with research-driven diagnostic and treatment tools. In her free time, Allie spends time with her wonderful husband and family and loves running with her dog, cooking, traveling, skiing, and reading. Allie 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.

Cyndi Mendoza

Cyndi Mendoza

Speech-Language Pathologist

Cyndi is a Speech Language Pathologist who earned a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Woman’s University. Before pursuing a career as a SLP…

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Cyndi Mendoza

Speech-Language Pathologist

Cyndi is a Speech Language Pathologist who earned a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Woman’s University. Before pursuing a career as a SLP,  Cyndi worked as a certified special education teacher and school counselor in public schools for ten years in north Texas. She had been interested in speech-language pathology from the time she completed her undergraduate degree. Her career took many twists and turns before she began her graduate program. After numerous years of dreaming and talking about Alaska with her husband, they made the big move with their four children August 2018. She’s chose to continue her career in Speech under Alaska’s midnight sun.  She joined Reading Write Alaska in 2020, during her tenth year as a SLP.  Her experience includes working with children and adolescents in the areas of articulation, fluency, expressive, receptive, and pragmatic language.  She has a passion for working with those who have literacy-based disorders. Cyndi 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.

Selah Powell

Selah Powell

Speech-Language Pathologist

Selah is a bilingual certified speech-language pathologist who earned her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Cultural Studies in 2011. She taught as a Spanish

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Selah Powell 

Speech-Language Pathologist 

Selah is a bilingual certified speech-language pathologist who earned her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Cultural Studies in 2011. She taught as a Spanish Immersion preschool teacher and traveled New 

Zealand before earning her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2020. She joined Reading Write Alaska in 2021.  Selah has worked with a variety of patients from 3 years old – 80+ years old with a variety of communication and feeding disorders. Selah has experience working with more than speech sound disorders, including early intervention, autism, down syndrome, stuttering, cleft palate, feeding/swallowing disorders, cognitive rehabilitation, bilingualism, and more! Selah is endlessly curious and thrives on finding the best ways to support her clients both in session and in the real world! Her clients often enjoy the playful nature of Selah’s therapy sessions while maintaining a focus on doing their best work.  

Selah grew up in a small Alaskan town and after spending some time away, she returned to Alaska and has fallen back in love with the excess snow and excess sunshine that Alaska brings. Selah enjoys getting outside and skiing, walking her dog, snowshoeing, sitting in patches of sunshine, rock climbing, and just playing whenever possible because she is a child at heart! 

Selah 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. 

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.

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.

Gayle Andrus

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…

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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.

Kristin Campbell

Kristin Campbell

Occupational Therapist

Kristin is an Occupational Therapist. She was born and raised in Anchorage, AK and moved to New York City to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance. After dancing professionally for five years, she returned to Alaska and earned her Doctorate…

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Kristin Campbell

Occupational Therapist

Kristin is an Occupational Therapist. She was born and raised in Anchorage, AK and moved to New York City to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance. After dancing professionally for five years, she returned to Alaska and earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy through Creighton University. Kristin has worked as an occupational therapist in a variety of pediatric settings including inpatient, outpatient, and preschool. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys teaching ballet and spending time with her husband and two young boys. Kristin is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing.

Matt Foertsch

Matt Foertsch

Teacher / Tutor

Matt joined Reading Write Alaska in January 2022 and is a certified teacher and math wizard.  Matt is from Texas, has been to Alaska 10 different times, and is excited to finally call Anchorage home.

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Matt Foertsch 

Teacher/Tutor 

Matt joined Reading Write Alaska in January 2022 and is a certified teacher and math wizard.  Matt is from Texas, has been to Alaska 10 different times, and is excited to finally call Anchorage home.  Matt loves the adventure of discovering new information and is a natural educator.  He got his official start in education while working at a special needs summer camp in upstate New York in 2008, where he worked with individuals with profound disabilities.  Matt spent 5 summers working at Camp Loyaltown, and also spent a summer working at Camp Kushtaka in Cooper Landing. He attended college at Tarleton State University, where he earned a bachelor’s in business administration in the field of interdisciplinary business with a minor in horticulture. 

Soon after graduation, Matt took a job as a teaching aide in a self-contained classroom while earning his teaching certification.  Once certified, Matt was able to advocate for the creation of a post-secondary classroom on the campus where he worked. He was awarded the position as the teacher of record for the flagship post-secondary program and was in this position for 3 years before moving to a position in a middle school resource classroom teaching math, history, government, and English. Matt also has experience teaching 9th-12th grade, was delegated as one of the two Student Support Specialists on campus, became a member of student/staff/community team (to facilitate an ideas exchange for activities and planned changes on campus), joined the music program as one of the band coaches, and began laying the groundwork for a horticulture club.  He also became an SAT proctor, took on the role as the credit recovery teacher, became the garden coordinator for the district, and still found time to privately tutor students both before and after school. 

Matt has 5 siblings and considers family very important.  He is a big animal lover and if you catch him outside of the clinic there’s a good chance you will meet his service dog Hera.

Kelly Weedin

Kelly Weedin

Teacher / Tutor

Kelly has her bachelor’s degree in Child Development with a minor in Psychology from Southeast Missouri State.  She homeschooled all four of her sons from K-12 and has worked as a substitute teacher…

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Matt Foertsch 

Teacher/Tutor 

Matt joined Reading Write Alaska in January 2022 and is a certified teacher and math wizard.  Matt is from Texas, has been to Alaska 10 different times, and is excited to finally call Anchorage home.  Matt loves the adventure of discovering new information and is a natural educator.  He got his official start in education while working at a special needs summer camp in upstate New York in 2008, where he worked with individuals with profound disabilities.  Matt spent 5 summers working at Camp Loyaltown, and also spent a summer working at Camp Kushtaka in Cooper Landing. He attended college at Tarleton State University, where he earned a bachelor’s in business administration in the field of interdisciplinary business with a minor in horticulture. 

Soon after graduation, Matt took a job as a teaching aide in a self-contained classroom while earning his teaching certification.  Once certified, Matt was able to advocate for the creation of a post-secondary classroom on the campus where he worked. He was awarded the position as the teacher of record for the flagship post-secondary program and was in this position for 3 years before moving to a position in a middle school resource classroom teaching math, history, government, and English. Matt also has experience teaching 9th-12th grade, was delegated as one of the two Student Support Specialists on campus, became a member of student/staff/community team (to facilitate an ideas exchange for activities and planned changes on campus), joined the music program as one of the band coaches, and began laying the groundwork for a horticulture club.  He also became an SAT proctor, took on the role as the credit recovery teacher, became the garden coordinator for the district, and still found time to privately tutor students both before and after school. 

Matt has 5 siblings and considers family very important.  He is a big animal lover and if you catch him outside of the clinic there’s a good chance you will meet his service dog Hera.

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!

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.

Samuel Skelton

Samuel Skelton

Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow

Sam grew up surrounded by forests and greenery in NW Arkansas and completed his Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Arkansas. Eventually deciding for a change of scenery (and humidity), he moved with his wife to SLC, Utah…

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Samuel Skelton

Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow

Sam grew up surrounded by forests and greenery in NW Arkansas and completed his Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Arkansas. Eventually deciding for a change of scenery (and humidity), he moved with his wife to SLC, Utah to live amongst the mountains while completing his Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Utah. After graduating and not being able to decide what he preferred, forests or mountains, Sam moved to Anchorage, Alaska so he could have the best of both. Sam enjoys reading, hiking, disc golf, and board games, and is excited to have as many new Alaskan experiences as possible! Sam 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.

Sydney Wood

Sydney Wood

Instructor

Sydney Wood is originally from Dunn, North Carolina moved to Charlotte where she obtained a degree in Fine Arts at Rowan Cabarrus. Sydney became certified early childhood development…

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Sydney Wood

Instructor

Sydney Wood is originally from Dunn, North Carolina moved to Charlotte where she obtained a degree in Fine Arts at Rowan Cabarrus. Sydney became certified early childhood development by the North Carolina School District and began teaching at Connect Christan Preschool in 2018. During her time at Connect, she worked with children who struggled with speech delays and other learning difficulties on a daily basis.  She designed effective learning habits for her students to give them more confidence not only in the classroom but outside in the real world.  After three years, Sydney decided she wanted to be closer to her boyfriend, Tyler, and move to Alaska.  After months of searching, Sydney was given a position as an instructor at Reading Write Alaska where she can continue to teach students. Aside from teaching, Sydney enjoys the outdoors and is excited to explore what the land of the midnight sun has to offer.

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
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.

Rebecca Piper

Rebecca Piper

Speech Language Pathologist / Clinical Supervisor

Rebecca is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Supervisor in our Wasilla location. She specializes in diagnosing and treating dyslexia, aural (re)habilitation, phonological disorders…

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Rebecca Piper

Speech Language Pathologist/Clinical Supervisor

Rebecca is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Supervisor in our Wasilla location. She specializes in diagnosing and treating dyslexia, aural (re)habilitation, phonological disorders, and receptive-expressive language disorders. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from New York University and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University, where she specialized in treating children with hearing loss. Before moving to Alaska in 2021, Rebecca taught children with hearing aids and cochlear implants how to listen and speak at a nonprofit clinic in New York City. Knowing that hearing loss hugely impacts literacy development, she regularly incorporated literacy intervention into her treatment sessions, helping her clients thrive both socially and academically. Rebecca earned her Teaching Students with Speech and Language Disabilities certification from the NYC DOE and worked closely with teachers, parents, and IEP teams to get her clients the services and accommodations they needed in school. As Rebecca’s passion for literacy grew, so too did her desire to seek out a change of scenery, and she was thrilled to join the team at Reading Write Alaska! In her free time here, she has enjoyed hiking, camping, snow machining, and just getting outside with her new puppy. Rebecca is licensed by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Division of Business and Professional Licensing, the University of New York Education Department, and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association.

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.

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.

Kristin Wetzel

Kristin Wetzel

Speech-Language Pathologist

kristin@readingwritealaska.com

Kristin is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinic Director in our Wasilla location.  Kristin grew up in a small town in Northern Nevada and attended the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).

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Kristin Wetzel

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kristin is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinic Director in our Wasilla location.  Kristin grew up in a small town in Northern Nevada and attended the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). She traveled to India for a yoga teacher training, then moved to a tiny island in the Pacific called Guam to work at a resort after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences. Graduate school took her away from island life and took her back to the University of Nevada, Reno to work on her Master’s degree in Speech Language Therapy. Her internship brought her to Central Oregon in 2014, where she worked as an SLP with Pre-K and school-aged children. She moved to Alaska with her husband and giant Labrador, Murray, in the summer of 2016 to join the Reading Write Alaska team. Kristin is thrilled to be working with children at RWA, as well as exploring everything the land of the midnight sun has to offer. Kristin 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.

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.

Jean Sargent

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.

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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.

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