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
    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.
  • Jenny Ogar

    M.S., CCC-SLP
    Director 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
    Director 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
    Director 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.
  • Tricia Dausses

    M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA
    Clinical Supervisor

    Tricia received her Master Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from California State University, East Bay in Hayward. After several years of working in acute, sub-acute, and long term medical settings with adults, Tricia followed her passion to work with children. For the past ten years she has focused on pediatrics; assessing and providing treatment to children with speech and language delays and disorders associated with the Autistic Spectrum. She has extensive experience in early intervention focusing on implementing communication strategies such as Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS). She has provided both professional and parent training as well as supervision for CF clinicians, graduate interns, and SLPAs in a center-based setting.
  • 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.
  • Leah Huang

    M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA
    Clinical Supervisor

    Leah received her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from California State University, East Bay and is a certified Board Certified Behavior Analyst. From accent modification therapy to pragmatics and social skills, Leah has provided services in schools, private, and hospital settings, working with the early intervention through adult populations. Leah has special interests in Autism Spectrum Disorders, specifically in Special Day Class programs and parent/caregiver training and collaboration. In addition to clinical supervision, Leah has worked both locally and abroad for the Bosnia Autism Project with SPG: Children Services International. As a behavior analyst, Leah has had experience supporting Registered Behavior Technicians, collaborating on Functional Behavior Assessments, and implementing behavior intervention strategies for students with special needs.
  • Jane Krider

    M.A., CCC-SLP
    Clinical Supervisor

    Jane joined the SPG team in 2001, when she relocated to California with her husband and daughter, after living in eight different states! Jane has been providing speech and language services for SDC and general education students in the Fairfield- Suisun Unified School District for the last 12 years at one of the district’s elementary sites. Her extensive background consisting of 35 years of clinical and supervisory experience in a variety of settings (clinics, hospitals and rehab centers) has contributed to her clinical expertise in treating and diagnosing a wide range of disorders. Jane is often asked to evaluate or consult on many of the district’s complex cases, which is a true testament to her longevity in the district and well-earned respect. Jane is looking forward to working with and supporting all the wonderful school-based SPG therapists as she assumes additional clinical supervision responsibilities. She will also participate in SPG’s professional development program as a “new” presenter and contributor to our workshop topics.
  • Jennifer Lopez

    M.S., CCC-SLP
    Clinical Supervisor

    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.
  • Mengting Shieh

    M.A., CCC-SLP
    Clinical Supervisor

    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.
  • Maret Wilson

    M.A., CCC-SLP
    Clinical Supervisor

    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.
  • Natalie Webber

    M.S., CCC-SLP
    Speech Pathologist

    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. 
  • Anna Zollar

    M.S., CCC-SLP
    Clinical Supervisor

    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.
  • AAC Clinical Support Team

  • Kathy Beatty

    M.A., CCC-SLP
    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.
  • Karen Natoci

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

    Karen earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in the area of Psychology, Speech/Hearing Science, and Speech and Language Pathology. Karen has always been drawn to those with complex communication needs. For years, she held a private practice working with the most physically and communicatively challenged survivors of acquired traumatic brain injury and developed a passion in the field of AAC and AT since the early days. Karen spent years at Wing Lake Developmental Center in the Bloomfield Hills School district, and was awarded the Michigan Speech, Language Hearing Association Public School Program of the Year: Sensory Stories. She was also nominated for the Mclean Yoder Award for Professional Excellence in 2015. She was the course instructor in the area of AAC, Special Education at Wayne State University and earned her status as a Communication Matrix Trainer in 2008. Karen was thrilled to work directly with Dr. Charity Rowland at Oregon Health and Science University on the grant project launching the Communication Matrix, Community of Practice. Karen relocated to the Bay area to spend time as Director of Education at The Bridge School before landing in her current role as AAC Supervisor with The Speech Pathology Group. She has earned much respect in the AAC Community through her PrAACtically Reading blog on the popular PrAACtical AAC website. Her motto: Adjust for vision-hearing-sensory differences by DEGREE and KIND…watch language GROW!
  • Jenna Williams

    M.S., CCC-SLP
    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.
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    Mollie Mindel

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

    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.
  • BIS Clinical Support Team

  • Lucy So Lee
    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.
  • 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.
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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.
  • Tricia Dausses

    M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA
    Clinical Supervisor

    Tricia received her Master Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from California State University, East Bay in Hayward. After several years of working in acute, sub-acute, and long term medical settings with adults, Tricia followed her passion to work with children. For the past ten years she has focused on pediatrics; assessing and providing treatment to children with speech and language delays and disorders associated with the Autistic Spectrum. She has extensive experience in early intervention focusing on implementing communication strategies such as Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS). She has provided both professional and parent training as well as supervision for CF clinicians, graduate interns, and SLPAs in a center-based setting.
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    Shayla Duda

    M.A., BCBA
    Clinical Supervisor

    Shayla is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over 15 years of experience working with families and schools. She has a Master in Education degree from UC Berkeley and is a dedicated, collaborative team member who is committed to high quality service to students, parents and teachers.
  • 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.
  • Leah Huang

    M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA
    Clinical Supervisor

    Leah received her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from California State University, East Bay and is a certified Board Certified Behavior Analyst. From accent modification therapy to pragmatics and social skills, Leah has provided services in schools, private, and hospital settings, working with the early intervention through adult populations. Leah has special interests in Autism Spectrum Disorders, specifically in Special Day Class programs and parent/caregiver training and collaboration. In addition to clinical supervision, Leah has worked both locally and abroad for the Bosnia Autism Project with SPG: Children Services International. As a behavior analyst, Leah has had experience supporting Registered Behavior Technicians, collaborating on Functional Behavior Assessments, and implementing behavior intervention strategies for students with special needs.
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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. 
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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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    Irene Quiambao

    M.A., SLPA-BCBA
    Clinical Supervisor

    Irene has been working in the special education field in various capacities for over 20 years. She began working as a special education teacher and has been a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) since 2005. She saw the usefulness of ABA in her therapy practices and in 2015 Irene obtained her a Master degree in Teaching specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst Irene is committed to providing the best possible service to students, parents and their school teams.
  • Jody Slendebroek
    Jody Slendebroek

    M.Ed., BCBA
    Clinical Supervisor

    Jody has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2010 after studying under Drs. Lynn and Robert Koegel at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She later went on to get her Master’s Degree in Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. Jody spent three years providing fundamental ABA training to new staff, families and public schools and later went on to set up and support intensive in-home therapy programs for a private ABA company. Jody is passionate about teaching school staff and behavior technicians the fundamentals of applied behavior analysis so that they feel confident working with different types of individuals in various settings, while also seeing their students/clients progress and thrive in inclusive environments.
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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.