Member Milestones

Donna Spillman-Kennedy and Christina Z. Luna
Donna Spillman-Kennedy, MS, CCC-SLP and Christina Z. Luna, SLPD, CCC-SLP, proudly announce the opening of their private practice, Integrated Speech Pathology, LLC, located in Watchung. After many years of working with individuals with communication and swallowing/feeding problems across the lifespan in a variety of settings, including universities, schools and hospitals, Donna and Christina decided to form their own practice to serve their community and profession in a more direct, specialized manner. The mission of Integrated Speech Pathology is to provide quality speech-language pathology services to children, adolescents and adults in the Northern and Central New Jersey areas. In addition, Integrated Speech Pathology will strive to educate the community about disorders of communication and the roles speech-language pathologists, as well as to be active in advocating for our profession and the populations we serve.

Robert M. DiSogra
Robert M. DiSogra, AuD, presented three lectures this past spring. In April, he presented Ear Canal Physiology and Pathology at the American Academy of Audiology annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. In May, he spoke about Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals for Hearing Loss and Tinnitus at the Long Island Hearing Care Group. Also in May, he spoke about Over-the-Counter Tinnitus Relief Products - Helpful or Harmful? at the New Hampshire Academy of Audiology annual meeting.

Stacey D. Johnson
Stacey D. Johnson and her daughter, Anastasia L. Johnson, are both speech-language pathologists. They attended graduate school and graduated together with master’s degrees in speech-language pathology. Stacey will be accepting an award on Anastasia’s behalf at Kean University in recognition of pursuing her doctoral degree. Anastasia currently lives in Texas.

Robyn Merkel-Walsh
Robyn Merkel Walsh, MA, CCC SLP, has been accepted to present at the ASHA Connect Conference in July with Lori Overland on Self Limited Diets in Autism. She will also be presenting a poster session on A Modern Look at Van Riper’s Phonetic Placement Approach.

Robert M. DiSogra
Robert M. DiSogra, AuD, continued his Over-the-Counter Tinnitus Relief Products - Helpful or Harmful? lecture series with a three hour ABA Tier 1 CEU program for the South Carolina Academy of Audiology in January. Upcoming programs include the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia in March. A special program on ear canal pathologies will be presented at the American Academy of Audiology meeting in April in Phoenix, Arizona.

Sue A. Goldman
Sue A. Goldman, MA, CCC-SLP, presented a two hour seminar entitled What am I Doing In-Class? Infused, Collaboratively Planned Speech-Language Therapy That Truly Makes a Difference!, to two large rooms of attendees during a closed out session at the ASHA Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado, on November 12, 2015. After pertinent IDEA mandates were discussed, sample in-class lessons describing ways to work with teachers to infuse IEP driven speech-language strategies into their lessons without changing curricular content being taught during the lesson, were presented. Attendees learned how to address planning collaboratively in order to derive effective plans that could lead to appropriate response to intervention (RTI) strategies.

Robyn Merkel-Walsh
Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP has been accepted to the ASHA Connect Conference in Minneapolis July 8-10, 2016. Robyn will be speaking on self-limited diets in autism with Lori Overland, and will present a poster session on A Modern Look at Van Riper’s Phonetic Placement Approach. She was also chosen by Bergen Mama, as one of the top three speech pathologists in Bergen County.

JoAnn Tuttle
JoAnn Tuttle, MS, CCC-SLP, presented a six-hour continuing education program entitled RTI With Speedy Speech™ Therapy Program at the Annual Convention of the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association in March. Ms. Tuttle is co-owner of the Speedy Speech™ Therapy Program.

Joan Akins
Joan Akins, was awarded the Teacher of the Year 2015 at Manasquan Elementary School. Awarded for being an outstanding educational services professional in a New Jersey public school and creating an environment that improves students’ academic opportunities, workforce and preparedness and overall quality of life.

Joan Bruno
Joan Bruno, PhD, CCC-SLP, had a proposal accepted for presentation at the 33rd Annual Closing the Gap Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota in October. Her paper was entitled, Designing Language Intervention Goals and Activities for Children Using the Gateway App.

Martha Cheslow
Martha Cheslow, MS, CCC-SLP, is announcing the recent publication of her new book, Piecing It Together: A Systematic Approach Toward More Effective Language Therapy. The book is currently being reviewed and the final version should be out shortly. The book was written for the novice therapist or the experienced speech-language pathologist who needs a clear and organized approach to the many facets of language therapy. Specifically aimed to those who work with the language-learning disordered school-age child, this resource demonstrates a systematic way to make the best intervention choices.

Robert M. DiSogra
Robert M. DiSogra, AuD, presented a three-hour Tier 1 continuing education program titled Over-the-Counter Tinnitus Relief Products - Helpful or Harmful at the annual meeting of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology in Washington, DC in November. Dr. DiSogra works for Audiology Associates of Freehold, which was voted “One of the Best” hearing aid providers in Monmouth in an October Readers’ Choice poll by the Asbury Park Press.

Alan Gertner
Alan Gertner, PhD, CCC-A, professor in the School of Communication Disorders and Deafness at Kean University, wrote an article entitled Music Training for Children With Auditory Processing Disorders that appeared in the November 2015 issue of Pathways: Neuroauditory and Auditory Processing Disorders. In addition, Dr. Gertner along with Dr. Lynn Schraer-Joiner, assistant professor in the Music Education Program, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Kean University, wrote the chapter, Music Education for Children With Hearing Loss, published October 22, 2015. The chapter appears in the textbook, Exceptional Music Pedagogy for Children With Exceptionalities: An International Perspective. The publisher is Oxford University Press.

Karen T. Kimberlin
Karen T. Kimberlin, MS, CCC-SLP, owner of Speech Language Learning Connection, LLC in Tinton Falls and NJSHA’s representative on the NJ Reading Disabilities Task Force, was honored at the International Dyslexia Association New Jersey Branch (NJIDA) Fall Conference with the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award “for genuine commitment and tireless efforts to reform the journey for persons with dyslexia.”

Daniel Kulik
Daniel Kulik finished graduate school at Kean University and started his first job as a speech-language specialist (CF) in the Bernards Township Public School District’s Comprehensive Behavior Analytic Program.

Robyn Merkel-Walsh
Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP was accepted for an ASHA Poster Session with Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, MS, CCC-SLP. The poster is entitled NSOME vs. OPT: Understanding the Debate.

Diane S. Reyna
Diane S. Reyna, completed Level 3 Training and is now a certified Talktools therapist. She also recently completed a course with Sandra Holtzman, to attain certification as an oral myologist. In addition, a second ACE Certificate has just been awarded to Ms. Reyna, in less than two years.

Linda Tucker-Simpson
Linda Tucker-Simpson, MS, CCC-SLP, was promoted to assistant manager of therapy services in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey.

Robert M. DiSogra
Robert M. DiSogra, AuD, presented three lectures in September at the annual meetings of the Alabama Academy of Audiology, the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Topics included over-the-counter tinnitus relief products and a guide for audiologists looking for drug information on the internet. His tinnitus relief products program will also be a three-hour seminar at the annual meeting of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) in Washington, DC in November.

Tatyana Elleseff
Tatyana Elleseff, MA, CCC-SLP, published two articles: Assessing Social Communication Abilities of School-Aged Children in ASHA’s SIG 16 Perspectives on School Based Issues, as well as What School Professionals Need to Know About Language Development of Internationally Adopted Children in Adoption Today Magazine.

Robyn Merkel-Walsh
Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, was invited to record a podcast explaining how Oral Placement Therapy differs from Non Speech Oral Motor Exercises (NSOME). The podcast can be found at

Joanne Summer
Joanne Summer, MA, CCC-SLP, attended the five-day Eastern Workshop sponsored by The Stuttering Foundation and Boston University, Using Cognitive Approaches with People Who Stutter in June. Joanne was one of 20 SLPs chosen to participate in this program. In addition, she recently returned from a 10-day stay at Camp Shout Out in Holton, Michigan. Camp Shout Out (CSO), has a mission to bring together youth with fluency problems, speech-language pathologists and graduate students guided by Board Certified Specialists-Fluency (BCS-F) to learn, teach and empower each other to become more competent communicators and therapists in a safe, fun and natural environment.

Tatyana Elleseff
Tatyana Elleseff’s manuscript on Assessing Social Communication Abilities of School Aged Children was accepted for publication in the August issue of SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues.

Karen Kabaki-Sisto
Karen Kabaki-Sisto, MS, CCC-SLP, has created the iPad app I Can Have Conversations With You!™, a social language therapy system that helps people with autism to develop naturally-flowing conversations. The easy-to-follow, self-explanatory program captivates each learner’s interest within a fun, supportive environment so that learning to communicate is naturally reinforcing. I Can Have Conversations With You! has been clinically developed to be effective for learners with autism, PDD, Asperger’s syndrome or social (pragmatic) communication disorder who are ages six and up, talking in sentences, able to read and comfortable using the iPad. More information, including several video tours, can be found at

Vicki L. Sadewitz
Vicki L. Sadewitz, MS, CCC-SP, received the 2015 Distinguished Professional Service Award at the NJSHA Convention in Long Branch, NJ. Ms. Sadewitz said, “After almost 45 years in this profession, receiving this honor, has been a truly thrilling moment for me. My wholehearted thanks goes out to all who made this moment possible.”

Courtney Caruso, Yesenia Concepcion-Escano, Tatyana Elleseff
Courtney Caruso, MS, CCC-SLP, Yesenia Concepcion-Escano, MA, CCC-SLP and Tatyana Elleseff, MA, CCC-SLP, developed and published a best practices technical manual entitled A Guide for the Appropriate Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Internationally-Adopted Individuals.” It can be accessed on the NJSHA website at:

Joanne Christodoulou
Joanne Christodoulou, EdD, CCC-SLP, completed her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University as of December 31, 2014.

Robert M. DiSogra
Robert M. DiSogra, AuD, recently presented two programs on Ototoxic Drug Monitoring and Over-the-Counter Tinnitus Relief Products to the Puerto Rico Academy of Audiology and the Minnesota Academy of Audiology. Dr. DiSogra is the owner/director of Audiology Associates of Freehold, PC.

Tatyana Elleseff
Tatyana Elleseff, MA, CCC-SLP, recently received a $15,000 grant from Seton Hall University, through Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, to improve literacy outcomes of children with psychiatric impairments. She was also an invited guest speaker at the Illinois Speech Language Hearing Convention in February 2015, during which she presented two sessions: Behavior Management for SLPs and Assessment and Treatment of Social Pragmatic Deficits in Children With Psychiatric Impairments.

Teresa Hill
Teresa Hill, MA, CCC-SLP, was nominated for Educational Services Professional of the Year for her school this year. She works at the Early Childhood Education Center (preschool building) for Pemberton Township School District. Rosalia Lenzo Infusino, an elementary school speech-language pathologist, was named the Governor’s Educational Services Professional Award winner.

Martina Villarson
In May 2014, Martina Villarson, MA, CCC-SLP, graduated with a Master of Arts degree in bilingual/bicultural studies from La Salle University in Pennsylvania. She was the Bilingual/Bicultural Studies Program’s Graduate Academic Awardee for her thesis entitled The Need for More Blacks and Hispanics in the Profession of Speech-Language Pathology.

Julia Wolfrom
Julia Wolfrom, MS, CCC-SLP, was voted Specialist Teacher of the Year by staff, parents and students. It is quite an honor. She has been a speech-language pathologist at Harker-Wylie elementary school in Pemberton Township for eight years. To be nominated, let alone voted, is a professional and personal achievement. It shows that her work and efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, no matter how much it feels that way sometimes. She is very proud to work for her school, principal and with the teachers, staff, parents and students every day.

Robert M. DiSogra
Robert M. DiSogra, AuD, (Audiology Associates of Freehold) continues to lecture to state audiology academies on over-the-counter tinnitus relief products. Since the summer, he has spoken at Kentucky, Michigan and Maryland meetings. His new book on the same topic is due out this fall. He is also an adjunct lecturer at Salus University’s pharmacology course.

Gabrielle Haliburton
Gabrielle Haliburton was recently chosen by the speech-language faculty at Nova Southeastern University to attend an ASHA focus group on the clinical/professional doctorate in speech-language pathology at the 2014 ASHA Convention in Orlando, Florida. She will also be honored by the S.T.E.P. (Student to Empowered Professional) Mentoring Program for serving as a mentor to speech-language pathology students for the past 10 years.

Karen T. Kimberlin
Karen T. Kimberlin, MS, CCC-SLP, NJSHA’s representative on the New Jersey Reading Disabilities Task Force, has been named as a Board Member of the New Jersey Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

Robynne Kratchman
Robynne Kratchman, MS, CCC, director of Speech Language Pathology Programs at Speech and Hearing Associates, was interviewed by Derrick DeSilva, MD on News 12 NJ. The segment, 12 To Your Health, was devoted to stuttering and aired on November 29, 2014.

Mahchid Namazi
Mahchid Namazi co-authored a feature article with Nidhi Mahendra entitled Becoming Bilingual which was published in the November 2014 issue of the ASHA Leader.

Natalie Neubauer
Natalie Neubauer, MS, CCC-SLP, recently had an article published in ASHA’s Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education titled Interprofessional Education at Seton Hall University. The article focuses on the mission and framework of collaborative education and practice opportunities infused into the School of Health and Medical Sciences curriculum at Seton Hall for speech-language pathology graduate students and students in other related health professions. It provides evidence on the value of interprofessional service delivery in providing holistic care for clients to maximize their outcomes.

Sheila J. Oliver
Sheila J. Oliver, along with colleagues Gail Howerton, Deidre Chatman and Tia Green, was awarded a study group grant from Montclair State University to study how play contributes to learning. A significant portion of their project, entitled The Value of Play in Learning, addressed how play contributes to the development of language and critical thinking. Their project presentation at the Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal 2014 Summer Conference (June 27, 2014) was comprehensive and well received. Sheila was the grant leader. She also presented a modified version of their Power Point presentation entitled The Value of Play at the South Orange Public Library’s Newcomers Day event on September 21, 2014.

Susan Hammer Kirby DeSapio
Susan Hammer Kirby DeSapio has retired after 27 years as a speech-language specialist. For the last 20 years, she was the SLP at Clinton Public School in Hunterdon County. A graduate of Montclair University in 1974, she began her career in Peapack-Gladstone and then as a speech therapist for Project P.E.A.C.H. in Bernards Township, one of the six pilot programs in the state for preschool children with disabilities. In 2009, Susan was awarded the NJSHA Distinguished Clinical Service Award. She thanks NJSHA for all the valuable continuing education and professional camaraderie the association has provided her throughout the decades.

Robert M. DiSogra
Robert M. DiSogra, AuD, Director of Audiology Associates of Freehold, PC, was an invited speaker at the Kentucky Academy of Audiology in August. He spoke about over the- counter tinnitus relief products and patient management.

Robyn Merkel Walsh
Robyn Merkel Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, was accepted by ASHA for a poster session on tactile therapies for childhood apraxia of speech. She has also been appointed as the Board co-chair of the Oral Motor Institute.

Lois Mishkin
Lois Mishkin, MA, CCC/LDT-C, was an invited speaker at the Annual Convention for the American Association for Justice on July 27, 2014, in Baltimore. Her presentation was Evaluation of Academic Achievement in Minors with Brain Injuries. This is a group of trial lawyers from all over the US.

Donna Salvo
Donna Salvo, MA, CCC-SLP, was honored by the Mountain Lakes School District and Home & School Association for 25 years of service to the Mountain Lakes/Lake Drive Program. She is most proud of the deaf students who have succeeded in all facets of life after graduating from Mountain Lakes High School.

Alan Gertner and Lyn Scharaer-Joiner
Alan Gertner, PhD, Professor in the School of Communication Disorders and Deafness, at Kean University, co-authored, with Lyn Schraer-Joiner, PhD, Assistant Professor in Kean University’s Music Conservatory, a textbook chapter titled, Music Education for Hard of Hearing and Deaf Children. The book, Exceptional Pedagogy for Children With Exceptionalities: An International Perspective, is being published by Oxford University Press. Drs. Gertner and Schraer-Joiner began their collaboration four years ago when they investigated music perception of late-implanted cochlear implant users. That study resulted in a publication and an invited presentation, held in Thessaloniki, Greece, at the International Association of Music Education, Music Therapy, and Music Medicine.

Christina Luna and Alan Gertner
Christina Luna, SlpD and Alan Gertner, PhD, both in the School of Communication Disorders and Deafness at Kean University, received a grant to study auditory processing disorders, language disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. Their multi-site research is being conducted at Kean University and Monmouth Medical Center.

Alan Gertner and Lyn Schraer-Joiner
Alan Gertner, PhD, Professor in the School of Communication Disorders and Deafness, at Kean University, and Lyn Schraer-Joiner, PhD, Assistant Professor at Kean University’s Music Conservatory, received a grant to investigate the impact on hearing of a college music program. The multi-site study is being supported at Kean University and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Alan Gertner and Karen Kushla
Alan Gertner, PhD, Professor, and Karen Kushla, ScD, Adjunct Professor, both in the School of Communication Disorders and Deafness at Kean University, are engaged in a study investigating academic and social consequences of hearing loss among college students. This study is a follow-up to their previous study that investigated the medical and educational impact of hearing loss among college students.

Theresa E. Bartolotta
Theresa E. Bartolotta, PhD, CCC-SLP, has been appointed as Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Theresa is a former NJSHA President and received the Honors of the Association in 2011. She will assume her new duties July 1, 2014.

Robert M. DiSogra
Robert M. DiSogra, AuD, was a member of an international faculty at the University of Iowa’s 22nd annual conference on the Management of the Tinnitus Patient held in June in Cedar Rapids, IA. Dr. DiSogra presented research on the efficacy and safety of over-the-counter tinnitus relief products.

Tatyana Elleseff
Tatyana Elleseff, MA, CCC-SLP, of Smart Speech Therapy, LLC and Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare has recently published:

  • Creating Successful Team Collaboration: Behavior Management in the Schools. Perspectives on School-Based Issues, 15(1): 37-43.

Ms. Elleseff has also recently presented the following workshops:

  • Narrative Assessments of Preschool and School Aged Children. Workshop presented for the Union County Speech and Hearing Association, New Providence, NJ.
  • Assessment and Treatment of Social Pragmatic Deficits in School Aged Children. Workshop presented at the 11th Annual Symposium for Speech Language Specialists. Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Robert W. Serianni
Robert W. Serianni, MS, CCC-SLP, was named the Clinical Director/Educator in the newly formed Department of Speech-Language Pathology in the College of Education and Rehabilitation at Salus University, in Elkins Park, PA. Salus University will provide graduate level education, with plans to develop professional workshops (for ASHA CEU credits) and a post-graduate program. Bob is responsible for graduate student teaching and clinic supervision, administration of the on-campus clinic and coordination of the externship practicum sites.

Mariann Zema
Mariann Zema was recently honored for 25 years of providing speech and language therapy to the autistic population in the East Brunswick School District.

Robert M. DiSogra
Robert M. DiSogra, AuD , Director at Audiology Associates of Freeho ld, PC, was selected as the Alumnus of the Year for 2013 from the Osborne College of Audiology (OCA) at Salus University, Elkins Park,  Pennsylvania. The award recognizes Dr. DiSogra’s “extraordinary service and contributions to the profession of audiology, bringing honor and prestige to Salus University and OCA.” His areas of specialty are Pharmacology and Ototoxicity.
Tatyana Elleseff, MA, CCC-SLP, of Smart Speech Therapy, LLC has been approved by the Continuing Education Board (CEB) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to receive an ASHA Approved Continuing Education (CE) Provider Status.

Karen Kimberlin and Amy Hadley
Karen Kimberlin, MS, CCC-SLP and Amy Hadley, EdD, CCC-SLP, are continuing data collection in their pilot study of A Screening Protocol for Reading Disorders. Karen has been screening kindergarten children in central New Jersey and Amy has been working with the Charles L. Spragg School in Egg Harbor City. They are piloting use of the Predictive Assessment of Reading, Mississippi Dyslexia Screener, The Colorado Learning Disabilities Questionnaire – Reading Subscale (CLDQ-R), and selected subtests of the Fluharty Preschool Speech and Language Screening-2. Preliminary findings suggest that multiple measures which include parent and teacher input are necessary in a comprehensive screening program for young children. The researchers are proponents of early identification and intervention for children at risk for language and reading disorders.
Karen Kimberlin has recently presented on understanding reading disabilities and dyslexia as well as the New Jersey dyslexia laws to both professionals and parents at area school districts.

Daria O’Brien
Daria O’Brien was given the honor of speaking on improving writing skills utilizing methods rooted in language processing and social cognition at two Social Thinking conferences in 2013; one in San Francisco and one in Philadelphia.

Vicki Sadewitz
Vicki Sadewitz, MS, CCC, director of her private practice, The Center for Communication Advancement, is celebrating 25 years in business. “Coming to the office each day, serving both children and adults, is still a complete thrill. I feel very blessed in this endeavor.”
In Memoriam – Kathleen Megee passed away in November 2013, at the age of 55. She worked as a speech-language pathologist in the Washington Township Schools for 30 years, and part-time in nearby nursing and rehab facilities. She started the Gloucester County Holiday Meal Program in 1993, which has been renamed in her memory. She was the mother of three and grandmother of one. She lived in Washington Township, Sewell, New Jersey.



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