BioLiliana earned her bachelor's degree from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota, Colombia, and her master's degree from the University Of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She moved to Denver, Colorado sixteen years ago and began her career as a clinical fellow at JFK Partners. She is passionate about diversity and traveling. As a volunteer clinician with Operation Smile, she went on missions to Bolivia and Paraguay. She worked at Denver Health Hospital in Denver, CO for 13 years acquiring an extensive background in program development, and the intensive care of patients from neonates to geriatrics. She also served in the Denver Health Hospital Ethics Committee for 11 years as a bioethicist. Liliana has also worked as a research assistant and expert legal consultant in the field of communication disorders. Currently she is a clinical supervisor for the undergraduate program in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences at the Metropolitan State University of Denver partnering with the Denver Public Library Plaza Programs for new Americans. She provides services as a private contractor in early intervention, acute care, and long-term care settings. In her spare time she enjoys her family and friends, skiing, volunteering, and planning her next adventure.
BioJill Cimino was born and raised in Colorado Springs. She completed her undergraduate studies at CU Boulder where she received a BA in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences. She then moved all the way across the country to Washington D.C. to complete her graduate work at Gallaudet University. There, she had a unique immersion experience and got to enjoy our nation's capital for a couple years. After graduating, she moved to Seattle where she completed her Clinical Fellowship at Harborview Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma hospital. She moved back to Denver in 2011 and began working at Children's Hospital Colorado. She's happy to be back in her home-state and enjoying all things "outdoor" that Colorado has to offer. She also love to garden, play foos ball, and is an avid knitter. This is her second year serving on the Colorado Hearing and Speech Association Board.
BioPam earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology from Idaho State University (ISU) and began her professional career as a private contractor providing services in rehabilitation, behavioral and private adult and pediatric settings. In addition, she was invited to return to ISU as a Clinical Instructor where she taught and supervised graduate students in their clinical experience in the ISU Communication Preschool program. Currently, Pam owns Talk and Play Associates, LLC, a private Speech, Language, and Occupational Therapy clinic. Her passion is working with children and their families using research- and play-based clinical approaches. Pam and her husband, John, have lived in Colorado since 2007. Prior to that they lived on and worked the family farm raising grains and sugar beets. They have two adult children; Madi, a full-time college student studying Accounting and Office Manager of Talk and Play Associates, LLC, and Nick, a musician and barista living in Nashville.
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BioKathy has relocated from Honolulu to work full time in the Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children's Hospital Colorado. She brings over 30 years of clinical pediatric and leadership experiences and has worked in schools, universities and medical settings. During her last positions in Hawaii, she provided school services for preschool through high school and provided clinical supervision at the University of Hawaii. Kathleen has served on Boards for two state Speech Language and Hearing Associations(South Dakota - Treasure, SEAL, and Licensure Committee, and in Hawaii - Secretary and Convention Committee), and two Curriculum Advisory Boards in South Dakota for SLPA's and Hawaii for Supervision Coursework, as well as Secretary for Ups of Downs Family Support Group. She has two young grandsons that fill her life with laughter, joy, and momentous occasions.
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BioJen is a medically based speech pathologist with over 20 years of experience and is a board certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders. She currently lives in Denver and has a private practice, the Carter Swallowing Center, where she evaluates and treats patients with dysphagia from around the Rocky Mountain region. She frequently presents at the local, state, and national level on the topic of dysphagia and is also a VitalStim Certification Course instructor for CIAO seminars. Jen enjoys hiking and backpacking with her husband and Labordor Retriever. Jen has served on the CSHA Board of Directors since 2012 and enjoys being directly involved with the profession with a wonderful group of colleagues.
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BioKatelyn VanKeuren graduated from Idaho State University (ISU) where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She then moved to Colorado Springs to pursue a position in pediatrics. Currently, Katelyn is working in home health for pediatrics and is passionate about furthering her current skills for this specific population. This is her first position at CSHA and she is thankful and so excited for what this year will bring!
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BioIt is an honor to serve you on the CSHA board. Throughout my career, I’ve tried to give back to our profession by supervising graduate students and clinical fellows. In a desire to do more, I became involved with our state association. It is a privilege to be part of this amazing group. As resident of Colorado for 43 years, I’m practically a native. I earned my B.S. in Journalism from CU Boulder and my M.A. in Speech Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado. Throughout graduate school, I envisioned working in a hospital or private clinic. However, I had so much fun during my school internship, I’ve worked in the schools ever since. Currently, I am at Pinello Elementary in Widefield School District 3, where I serve students K-5 along with an elementary significant support needs program. Although I diagnose and treat all pediatric communication delays, my journalism background has given me a passion for language. I love using the students’ curriculum to demonstrate the power and beauty of language, whether in the words of a great historical figure, a novel, a poem, or even song lyrics. I also love AAC and giving a “voice” to those who don’t have one. When I’m not working with my wonderful students, I’m a band groupie mom who drives teenagers and a lot of instruments around town. I also love traveling and hiking throughout our great state. I’ve covered a lot of ground, but there’s always a new trail to explore.
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BioAlison earned her B.S. degree in Communicative Disorders and M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Shortly thereafter she moved to Colorado for her Certified Fellowship Year. Her passion is working as a communication advocate for her pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has a special interest in autism spectrum disorders and has taught educational sessions for parents and professionals through CSHA and the Autism Society of Colorado related to strategies for supporting early social communication development. Also, Alison enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, running, practicing yoga, visiting family and friends in Wisconsin, skiing, shopping the CO farmers’ markets, and enviro-friendly living. 2016 marks her second year of service as the CSHA Treasurer. She is proud to have the opportunity to promote professional growth and proactive outreach to the community as a CSHA board member.
BioCheryl has been a speech-language pathologist going on 12 years. She completed herclinical fellowship in Massachusetts before moving to Washington, DC where she gained experience in both the inpatient and outpatient pediatric hospital setting treating children with a wide variety of speech-language and swallowing disorders. Starting in 2011 she had the opportunity to work abroad at a US Military hospital in Germany where she remained for three years before eventually settling back in the United States and Denver in 2015. In addition to providing individual therapy and treatment, she has worked on multidisciplinary assessment teams for children with autism spectrum disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, cleft lip/palate and feeding/swallowing disorders. In her current role at Children's Hospital Colorado, she works primarily with infants in the cardiac and neonatal intensive care units. She obtained her Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders in 2011 and remains active in mentorship of BCS-S applicants. She has served on the ASHA 2013 Convention Topic Selection Committee for Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and is again serving on the ASHA 2017 Topic Selection Committee. In addition, she serves as a Pediatric Feeding Technical Expert for the SPOON Foundation, a volunteer position within a global nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming nutrition and feeding for children living without permanent families and children with disabilities. She is excited to serve on the CSHA Board and to be informed and involved at the state level and to connect and collaborate with peers with a wide variety of experience and specialties in settings all around Colorado.
BioDarcy earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Texas at Austin, and her MS in Speech- Language Pathology at the University of North Texas. She began her clinical fellowship covering skilled nursing facilities in the Texas hill country and immediately knew she wanted to focus her career on helping the geriatric population. She quickly found that she also enjoyed managing the business aspects of rehabilitation, and spent several years as a Director of Rehabilitation, Regional Therapy Manager and Regional Vice president. Most recently, Darcy has accepted a Director of Clinical Operations position with Rehab Solutions and is looking forward to overseeing the day-to-day ops of this local, Colorado company. Darcy moved to Colorado two years ago and is currently serving on the CSHA board as the Communications Director. She and her fiancee, Rob, are planning a wedding and in their free time, they enjoy hiking with their dog, Roscoe.
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BioChelsea Stevens is currently a junior at MSU Denver. Her major is in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Special Education. Her plan is to graduate in the spring of 2018 and attend graduate school in the fall. Her dreams are to eventually get her PhD and work with both children and adults. She is curious to work in the medical setting as well as the school setting. She is a California native but is in love with Colorado. One of her favorite things right now is learning about everything in the field of a speech language pathologist and audiologist. She is ecstatic to be part of CSHA and work with her fellow board members.
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