Clinical Support Team

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    Susan Stark

    M.S., CCC-SLP

    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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."
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    Shirley Sastiel

    M.S., CCC-SLP, Senior BCBA

    As one of SPG’s Senior BCBAs, Shirley has co-developed and implemented ABA trainings for behaviorists who are on track for certification as RBTs. She is an adjunct professor with National University and currently teaches courses for BCBA students who will become dually certified SLPs/BCBAs. Shirley provides direct supervision to RBTs working one-on-one with students in SDCs and other educational settings. She has provided speech and language services in both school-based and private clinic settings since earning her Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from New York University in 2010. She obtained her BCBA Certificate in May. She has provided both speech-language and behavior services to students in SDCs and other educational settings.
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    Tricia Dausses

    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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    Leah Huang

    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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    April Jourdan


    In her role as a Senior BCBA, April has co-developed and implemented a 40-hour ABA training for behaviorists wishing to become certified Registered Behavior Technicians. She provides direct supervision to RBTs who are currently working with students in special day classes, as well as full inclusion settings. April has worked in education for over eighteen years. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in Counseling and Human Development. She also obtained a Pupil Personnel Service Credential in School Psychology and a Diplomate in School Neuropsychology. As a School Psychologist for the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD), she specialized in conducting school-based neuropsychological evaluations. In 2011, she became certified as a Behavior Analyst. She was then assigned the Lead Behavior Analyst and Autism Specialist for WCCUSD. Through this position, she provided district-wide trainings on the use of evidence-based practices. In addition, she created an internship program for individuals working towards their BCBA certification.
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    Laura Kellogg

    M.A., Senior BCBA

    In her role as a BCBA, Laura provides direct supervision to RBTs who are currently working with students in special day classes, as well as full inclusion settings. Laura has worked in education and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for over ten years. She has worked in both the school setting and the home setting providing ABA services. She received her MA from Alliant University in San Diego, CA in School Psychology and has her Pupil Personnel Services credential. In 2013, she became certified as a Behavior Analyst. She enjoys working with children and their families to support their growth both in the school and home settings.
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    Lucy Lee

    M.A., Senior BCBA

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