About Us

About Us

Clinical Support Team

  • Susan Stark

    M.S., CCC-SLP
    President

    Susan has been in private practice for over ten years in the Bay Area. She is a graduate from Eastern Illinois University and received a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Texas Tech. Susan has expertise in the management of neurological communication disorders and language learning disorders with extensive experience as a speech/language pathologist in hospitals, medical facilities, special education settings, and home health care.
  • Barbara Taylor

    M.S., CCC-SLP
    Executive Vice President of Operations

    Barbara is a graduate of Ithaca College and received a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology from Columbia University in New York. Barbara has extensive experience servicing preschool and school age populations within a variety of school settings in California and Arizona. She has specialized in articulation/phonological disorders, language delays, hearing loss/deafness, and social/pragmatic disorders. Barbara has facilitated collaborative service delivery models within the classroom and has expertise in curriculum/classroom modifications for speech and language disordered students to achieve greater academic and social success. She has presented numerous instructional workshops for colleagues and school personnel on topics relating to special education laws, implementing the Student Study Team process, classroom interventions, and character education.
  • Chris Holmes

    M.S.
    Vice President of Business Operations

    Chris received his Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and joined SPG in 2019. Prior to joining the SPG team, his professional experience included operational leadership of a multi-state special education school system with over 40 locations. Chris has coordinated Master Contract collaboration across California and has formerly served as a Human Resources Director. In addition, Chris engages in legislation and advocacy as a board member, and former president, of the California Association of Private Special Education Schools and Agencies (CAPSES).

     
  • Jenny Ogar

    M.S., CCC-SLP
    Vice President of School-Based Services

    Jenny received her Master of Science in Communicative Disorders at San Francisco State University in 2000. She has a wide range of experience working with speech and language disorders in both children and adults, as a clinician, researcher, university instructor and SLP/CF supervisor. Jenny has published a number of research articles related to primary progressive aphasia (PPA), apraxia of speech and variants of aphasia due to stroke. She has also developed apps, books and parent education related to early literacy. Her areas of interest include aphasia, semantic dementia, ADHD, dyslexia, autism and motor speech disorders. She has particularly enjoyed working with multidisciplinary diagnostic teams to develop school-based and family-centered treatment plans.
  • Mary Piermarini

    M.S., CCC-SLP
    Vice President of School-Based Services

    Mary received her Bachelor degree in Communication Disorders and her Master degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Worcester State College in Worcester, MA. Mary has worked with preschool children and school-age students in public school settings. She has been active in collaborating with classroom teachers and adapting curriculum materials to enhance students' learning potentials. Mary has extensive experience working with articulation/phonological disorders, auditory processing disorders, language delays and pre-literacy skills. She has presented seminars for graduate students at Bay Area Universities on a variety of subjects, including picture communication systems and "Navigating Through the CFY/ RPE Maze."
  • Sean Green

    M.S., CCC-SLP
    Vice President of School-Based Services

    Sean Green M.S., CCC-SLP received his Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, Sacramento. He serves as Director of School Based Services with The Speech Pathology Group. Sean's primary responsibilities include supervising and supporting SPG’s educationally based speech and language pathologists (SLPs) throughout Sacramento, Placer and Yolo Counties, creating and presenting professional development trainings and collaborating with school district special education directors and program coordinators. In addition, he serves as a faculty member for the Communication Sciences andDisorders Program at CSU, Sacramento and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for both the California Speech and Hearing Association (CSHA) and the CSHA Foundation. Professional development topics include Pragmatic Assessment, RTI-Articulation, RTI-Language, Eligibility Criteria in Schools, Intelligibility and Speech Sound Disorder, ESSA and Dyslexia.
  • Maret Wilson

    M.A., CCC-SLP
    Director of School-Based Services

    Maret is a graduate of St. Olaf College and received a Master of Arts degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Minnesota. During graduate school, Maret completed an emphasis in Bilingual/Multicultural issues in Speech-Language Pathology. She is Spanish-English bilingual and specializes in assessment and treatment of bilingual children, and those coming from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Maret is an advocate for use of alternative assessment means in order to differentiate language disorders from language differences. Currently, Maret conducts bilingual assessments in the public schools and provides clinical supervision and support to school-based SLPs.
  • Mengting Shieh

    M.A., CCC-SLP
    Director of Communications

    Mengting received her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She has experience throughout Chicago, the Bay Area, and internationally working with children and adults who have speech and language disorders in both the public schools and private settings. Mengting has worked extensively with treatment and assessment of a variety of disorders including articulation, social pragmatics, language delays, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has been a Clinical Consultant with Hope's Promise since 2008, traveling with teams to Kenya and Vietnam to provide intervention and training as well as ongoing remote consultation. She has also been active in collaborating with medical teams in Taiwan to provide training on dysphagia intervention for the Mennonite Christian Hospital in Hualien, Taiwan. Mengting has previously served as a Clinical Supervisor for California State University, East Bay and as the Founding Clinical Supervisor for PresenceLearning.
  • Anna Davis

    M.S., CCC-SLP
    Director of School-Based Services

    Anna received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of the Pacific. She began her career working with adults in skilled nursing facilities and later went on to work in early intervention, providing in-home speech and language therapy services to the birth to three population. For the last six years Anna has worked in the school setting, providing services to a large percentage of English Language Learners, along with supervising a number of clinical fellows. She currently provides clinical support and supervision to school-based SLPs and SLPAs throughout the Contra Costa area.
  • Jennifer Lopez

    M.S., CCC-SLP
    Director of School-Based Services

    Jennifer received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University- East Bay in 1999. She has experience working with a diverse population of children and adults across medical, school and private settings.  Jennifer has worked extensively with early intervention; incorporating in-home services with parent/caregiver education. She has worked with children from 18 months to 18 years of age. Jennifer has consulted with many schools on assessments, teacher trainings and classroom-based therapy services. She has experience treating a wide range of communicative disorders including, Autism Spectrum Disorder, social pragmatics, articulation, receptive and expressive language delays, motor speech disorders, fluency and speech and language issues associated with Down Syndrome Disorder. Jennifer has taken continued education courses in PECS, Social Thinking Curriculum, and Hanen Centre based language development. Currently, Jennifer provides therapy and assessment services in the public schools as well as offers clinical support to SLPs in schools throughout the East Bay.
  • Kimberly Economos

    M.S., CCC-SLP
    Clinical Supervisor

    Kimberly is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She began her career as a travelling Speech Pathologist working primarily with adults in skilled nursing facilities throughout Florida for two years. For the past 12 years Kimberly has worked extensively with pediatrics in a variety of settings including public schools, preschools, early intervention centers, children's hospitals, and home health care in Northern and Southern California. She has specialized in articulation/phonological disorders, language delays/disorders, social pragmatics, autism spectrum disorders, and traumatic brain injury. She currently provides clinical supervision and management of SLPs and SLPAs in school-based settings in Orange County.
  • DeAnna Paulding

    M.A., CCC-SLP
    Clinical Supervisor

    DeAnna Paulding, M.A., CCC-SLP received her Master of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from San Jose State University in 2011. For the last 8 years, DeAnna has been working in the school stetting providing services to students ranging from transitional kindergarten (TK) through eighth grade. She has experience treating different populations in a variety of areas such as language, articulation, social language/pragmatics and fluency. Currently DeAnna provides CF supervision, clinical support and supervision to school-based SLPs and SLPAs in the Solano County area.
  • Natalie Webber

    M.S., CCC-SLP
    Senior Clinical Supervisor

    Natalie Webber, M.S., CCC-SLP received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, Sacramento in 2006. For the last thirteen years Natalie has worked in the school setting, providing services to a variety of populations from preschool through adult transition.    Areas of special interest include articulation/phonology, language, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and supporting transitions for the 18-22 years of age population. She currently provides CF supervision, clinical support and supervision to school-based SLPs and SLPAs throughout the Sacramento and Yolo areas. 
  • AAC Clinical Support Team

  • Kathy Beatty

    M.A., CCC-SLP
    Senior Clinical Supervisor – AAC

    Kathy received a Master of Arts in Speech and Language Pathology from Kent State University in Ohio. During her 35+ years as an SLP, she has worked as an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) /Assistive Technology (AT) specialist, SLP/CF supervisor, and director of therapy services (OT/PT/SLP/APE). Kathy's focus has been in the areas of AAC/AT and developing language for the severely impaired, autistic and deaf/hard of hearing populations. Kathy has presented in the areas of AAC, AT, mobile tablets, evidence-based apps, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and social skills. She presented at the ASHA Schools Conference in 2010 on "Promoting Social Interactions Among AAC Users" and has been recognized by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence as a member of a Model Autism Team for communication skills development. Kathy has been the lead SLP for "Conversation Club" in the Oakland Unified School District, a weekly group of 20+ young adults who use AAC or need continued communication practice. Her passion is helping every student to find a voice.
  • Mollie Mindel

    M.S., CCC-SLP
    Senior Clinical Supervisor – AAC/AT

    Mollie received her M.S. in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in alternative & augmentative communication (AAC), and a prior B.A in Cultural Anthropology. In addition to being a speech-language pathologist, Mollie is an AAC Specialist and Clinical Supervisor. Her focus is on working with culturally & linguistically diverse (CLD) populations, and supporting CLD populations who use AAC. Mollie’s passion is helping students and families with CLD backgrounds overcome barriers in AAC.  Currently, Mollie provides AAC services in the public schools,mentors SLPs hoping to grow as future AAC Specialists, and is recognized as a noted professional development presenter at state and national conventions.
  • Jenna Williams

    M.S., CCC-SLP
    Senior Clinical Supervisor – AAC

    Jenna received a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Chapman University, where her passion for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) sparked while hosting summer camps for high-tech device users and building iOS applications. Upon moving to the Bay Area Jenna has primarily provided services to AAC users in schools. Jenna has presented at both ASHA and CSHA, and universities across California on topics relating to AAC. She also supports other AT/AAC Specialists who participate in the AAC Special Interest Group Mentorship Program at SPG.
  • BIS Clinical Support Team

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    Lucy So Lee

    M.A., BCBA
    Program Supervisor

    Lucy has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for over 15 years, with children and adults. She received her Master's Degree in Human Behavior and then pursued her BCBA certification. She began her career working in the home setting providing ABA services to children before transitioning to providing school based supports and consultation. Lucy has overseen behavioral programming in home programs, and school programs and takes a particular interest in working with school teams to ensure the success of the students she works with.
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    Katie Bassard

    M.A., BCBA
    Clinical Supervisor

    Katie Bassard was born and raised in Northern California. She earned a graduate degree in Special Education from the University of Washington, Seattle and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2015. Katie has provided ABA services – consultation, assessment and trainings - to children across various settings and currently works with K-12 students.
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    Meghan Brewer

    M.A., BCBA
    Clinical Supervisor

    Meghan has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for 16 years. She received her Master’s in Teaching from National University and her BACB certification from Florida Institute of Technology. She is also certified in American Sign Language and Organizational Behavior Management. Until recently, much of Meghan's work has focused on providing intensive behavioral services to children in the home setting, as well training families and staff, and overseeing a small group of Behavior Analysts at a private ABA company. She has transitioned to working in school settings to help support and train educators and behavior technicians in providing the most effective behavioral strategies to help students thrive in their educational settings.
  • Jose Castellanos

    M.A., BCBA
    Clinical Supervisor

    Jose has worked in the educational setting for nearly 20 years and in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for over 9 years. He received his Bachelor's degree in Multicultural Studies and his Master's in Psychology, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Jose began working with children as a preschool teacher, before transitioning to providing behavior services to children and young adults in home and school settings.
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    Amanda Duclos

    M.ED, BCBA

    Amanda has worked in the field of special education since 2001. She received an M.Ed in early childhood special education from the University of Washington in 2005 and an M.A. in clinical psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University in 2006. Since earning her BCBA in 2012, Amanda has provided ABA services in home and school-based programs in addition to providing parent and teacher training and classroom consultation services. She has also acted as an inclusion specialist in Head Start programs, ensuring that all children were able to access the curriculum and have meaningful experiences at school. Amanda is interested in educational equity and special education advocacy. She is passionate about providing high quality educational, behavioral and social support to children and their families.
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    Poplar Haines

    M.A., BCBA
    Clinical Supervisor

    Poplar Haines has worked in the field of Behavior Analysis and Counseling since 2007. She earned her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Upon moving back home to Northern California, Poplar began her career serving as a Behavior Analyst in both public and non-public school settings. She earned her Board Certification in 2014 and continued to provide behavior analysis services, functional assessments, and intensive in-home therapeutic services as a Clinical Director. She is passionate about working with children and collaborating with other professionals to help students achieve their greatest potential.
  • Kathryn Germer
    Kathryn Germer

    M.Ed., BCBA
    Clinical Supervisor

    Kathryn received her Master's Degree in Special Education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. She is a credentialed special education teacher in both California and Tennessee in addition to being a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Kathryn has experience providing applied behavior analytic services in the school setting as special education teacher for middle school students with severe disabilities, as well as district-wide behavior specialist. In addition, Kathryn has taught graduate-level course work in special education at the University of Kansas and supported professional learning series to train school-based teams in designing, implementing, and evaluating functional assessment-based interventions for students with the most intensive behavioral needs. Kathryn has co-authored peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters related to classroom management strategies, systematic screening and identification of students at-risk, and schools' use of tiered interventions to support students' academic, behavioral, and social development. Kathryn is committed to supporting the multiple needs of students across environments through RBT supervision and collaboration with school-based teams.
  • DeAnna Mercier Glass
    DeAnna Mercier Glass

    M.Ed., BCBA
    Clinical Supervisor

    DeAnna has worked in the field of Behavior Analysis since 2002. She earned her Master's Degree in Education, Children's Mental Health and Applied Behavior Analysis from Johnson State College in her home state of Vermont. Since becoming Board Certified in 2006, DeAnna has overseen behavioral programming in non-public schools, provided extensive training and consultation to large groups of special educators, has supported intensive in-home programs, and spent 10 years mentoring and supervising a large group of Behavior Analysts within a private ABA Company. DeAnna is passionate about helping students learn in the least restrictive environment and also supporting special educators and behavior technicians with developing an understanding of behavior so they may be more successful in their work.
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    Rubilene Noguera

    M.A., BCBA
    Clinical Supervisor 

    Rubilene has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 1994. She earned her Master degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Nevada Reno and her BCBA in 2004. Her experience ranges from working with children and adults in both home and school-based programs. In her role as a BCBA, Rubilene provides supervision to RBTs, assessments and trainings in general and special education programs. Additionally, she has also provided mentorship to individuals pursuing their BCBA. Rubilene is passionate about using behavior analytic technology across settings and populations, particularly in accounting for student and staff motivation and in teaching students’ social skills. 
  • Stefanie Neuberger

    M.A., BCBA
    Clinical Supervisor

    Stefanie has worked in the field of behavior analysis since 2007, beginning as an in-home behavior technician and then as a school behavior technician. Stefanie received a Bachelor's Degree in Speech and Hearing Science with a minor in Disability Studies from The Ohio State University, and a Master's Degree in Professional Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. Stefanie developed and conducted comprehensive training for Registered Behavior Technicians. She has worked in a variety of settings, including homes, treatment centers, schools, group homes, and community programs. Stefanie believes that effective behavior change is achieved when practitioners work closely with all team members and design practical interventions conducive to the settings they will be implemented.  Stefanie has worked with a variety of clients and diagnoses, ages 2 to 86, and strives to incorporate clients' input and values in treatment whenever possible.
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    Lindsey Osborn

    M.S., BCBA
    Clinical Supervisor

    Lindsey has been working in the field of behavior intervention since 2001 in public education systems, non-public schools, residential facilities, in homes, early intervention settings, and adult day programs. She earned her Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida State University in 2007 and has been working as a BCBA since that time. As part of her work, Lindsey has provided extensive ABA-based trainings to special and general education teachers and paraprofessionals, as well as parents and families. Lindsey is passionate about supporting children and educators with ABA to help provide the best quality educational programming.
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    Jacob Sosine

    M.A., BCBA
    Clinical Supervisor

    Jacob received his Master of Arts Degree in Professional Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from California State University, Chico. Jacob has consulted in a variety of settings including schools, homes, and care facilities. Jacob is passionate about making socially significant changes with the individuals we serve.
  • Paul Zaporteza
    Paul Zaporteza

    B.S., BCaBA
    Clinical Supervisor

    Paul Zaporteza has been working in the field of behavior for the past five years. Prior to his current role as a BCaBA Clinical Supervisor, Paul provided intensive one-to-one services as a Registered Behavior Technician to students with a wide range of behavioral needs in different classrooms throughout the Bay Area. Paul loves what he does. He enjoys mentoring, training and collaborating with educational staff and parents to develop ABA interventions to increase learning and social appropriate behaviors. He plans to pursue his master’s degree and BCBA certification in the near future.
  • Psych Clinical Support Team

  • Amy O’Neal

    M.S., LEP
    Clinical Supervisor

    Amy has worked as a School Psychologist for over 15 years. Originally born and raised in Ohio, she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The Ohio State University and then received her Masters of Science in Psychology from San Francisco State University. Amy is a Licensed Educational Psychologist and has experience working with all age and grade levels in conducting psycho-educational assessments, providing school-based counseling services, and consultation to parents and teachers in a variety of settings including large public school districts, private, and non-public schools. Amy is also trained in behavioral analysis and intervention. Amy is passionate about her role, particularly in mentoring, training, and collaborating with others and in her desire to serve children and families.