Meet the Staff

Administrative Team

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Wendy Ban Deters

MS, CCC/SLP, LSLS Cert AVed, Executive Director

Wendy serves as the leader and visionary voice for Child's Voice. She provides support for all the students, families, and staff. 

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Kate Bousum

CFRE, Director of Advancement

As the Director of Advancement, Kate is responsible for the Advancement Team and the goals of raising funds and awareness for the magic that happens at Child’s Voice!

Rollen Cooper, Director of Early Intervention

Rollen Cooper

M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd, DT/H, Director of Early Intervention

As the Director of Early Intervention, Rollen works with the babies, toddlers, caregivers, and staff in our Early Intervention program. 

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Anna Tess

Ed.D., School Principal

As the School Principal, Anna assists the teachers and students throughout the day. Anna began her career at Child’s Voice in 2015.


Dawn Violetto

Au.D., FAAA, CCC/A, Director of Audiology

As Director of Audiology, Dr. Dawn is responsible for the running of the department on a day-to-day basis, including staff/patient management, budgets, and long-term planning.

Erika Wade

Director of Finance and Operations

Support Team


Kim Callese

School Manager

Kim is usually the first friendly face you meet when arriving at Child’s Voice. She joined the team in April 2014, and her current role involves managing the front desk area and working closely with the students, teachers, and staff.

Audiology Center

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Paige Gallagher

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As a Pediatric Audiologist, Dr. Paige serves the pediatric population as both a diagnostic and educational audiologist.

Early Intervention

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Laura Straka

M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, Early Intervention Lead Therapist

Laura is the Early Intervention program’s Lead Therapist/SLP. As an early intervention speech-language pathologist, Laura began her career at Child’s Voice in 2010.


Kim Tasharski

DT/H, Early Intervention Lead Therapist

As a Developmental Therapist-Hearing Specialist, Kim provides home-based and center-based Aural Rehabilitation services to children (birth to age 3) and families through Early Intervention.

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Nina Fistler

M.S., CCC-SLP, Early Intervention Specialist

As a speech-language pathologist and early intervention specialist, Nina provides speech, language, and listening therapy for children ages 0-3 and their families. Nina sees families in their home, through teletherapy, and provides in-person sessions at Child’s Voice within the Toddler program.

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Ryan Fletcher

M.S.D.E., DT/H, Early Intervention Specialist

As an EI specialist and Teacher of the Deaf, Ryan provides aural rehabilitation services to children from birth to age three and their families. Ryan also works as a Toddler Group classroom teacher in both the Wood Dale and Chicago locations. 

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Sarah Miller

M.S.P., CCC-SLP, Early Intervention Specialist

As an early intervention speech-language pathologist, Sarah provides speech, language, and listening therapy for families and children in the birth-3 population. She sees children for home-based services, via teletherapy, and at Child’s Voice during Toddler Group.

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Kate Yu

M.A., CCC-SLP, Early Intervention Specialist

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, Kate works in the Early Intervention Program at Child’s Voice Chicago. She works with children ages birth to three at home and at Child’s Voice to improve their listening, speech, and spoken language.

School Staff

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Elsa Auerbach


As a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing, Elsa started working at Child’s Voice before the school opened in 1996 and has taught many different levels at Child’s Voice during her 25 years here.

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Robyn Cox

M.S., Discovery Center

As the Discovery Center Teacher at Child’s Voice, Robyn works with the preschool students, ages 3-5, in a large group setting (8-10 students).

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Julie Deely

Julie received a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders and a certificate in American Sign Language and Deaf studies from the University of Iowa with the goal of becoming a speech-language pathologist.

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Kiersten Flynn

Kiersten completed her undergraduate student teaching at Child’s Voice during the Fall of 2018. Kiersten holds a bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education from Illinois State University.

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Sarah Hoppe

M.A., LSLS Cert. AVEd

As a Teacher of the Deaf, Sarah Hoppe began her career at Child’s Voice in June of 2005.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Early Intervention in Deaf Education.

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Melissa Hyder

MA, School Counselor

Melissa is the School Counselor, working with students through group and individual counseling and classroom lessons to support their social, emotional, academic, and career goals.

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Carrie Jackiewicz

M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd

As Special Services Coordinator, Carrie ensures the success of our alumni in their home schools by supporting families and school staff that work with our alumni.

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Kathy Knudsen

Lead Teacher, M.D.E.

As a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Kathy began her career at Child’s Voice in 2017. Prior to working at Child’s Voice, Kathy worked at Ohio Valley Voices and Children of Peace.

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Taylor McGovern

M.S., CF-SLP, Early Intervention and School Program Speech-Language Pathologist

Taylor provides speech and language therapy in the School Program and in the Toddler Group.

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Mitch Olsen

As a Teacher of the Deaf, Mitch works with primary-aged students, facilitating and promoting growth in language, speech, and self-advocacy skills.

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Jessica Rowland


As a School Speech-Language Pathologist, Jessica spends her days interacting with the children throughout push-in and pull-out speech and language sessions.

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Elise Sundberg

Learning Center

As The Learning Center teacher, Elise’s role involves teaching the primary II students (ages 5-7) to listen and speak while having fun in the classroom!

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Olivia Wealton


Olivia began her career at Child’s Voice in 2008.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in deaf education from Illinois State University as well as a master’s degree in reading and literacy and is a certified Reading Specialist.

Teaching Assistants

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Amy Badger


As a Teacher of the Deaf, Amy is a teacher, substitute teacher, and an assistant who enjoys working with the students at Child’s Voice.

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Corinne Bussa

Corinne came to Child’s Voice in 2002 as a parent of a student in Early Intervention, and began working here when her child graduated to the mainstream.

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Brianna Herard-Exorphe

Brianna joined Child’s Voice in August 2021 as a teacher’s assistant where she works with PII.

Laura Cargill

Laura Cargill

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Emma Horvath

Emma joined Child’s Voice in August 2021 as a student teacher pursuing her Master's Degree in Deaf Education with an emphasis in Listening and Spoken Language at Utah State University.

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Dan McComb

Dan serves as a teaching assistant with the Early Intervention Toddler groups. 

Advancement Team

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Annie Gilmartin

Advancement Coordinator

Annie Gilmartin is responsible for donor stewardship, special events, and community relations.

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Carol Morency

Marketing Coordinator

Carol Morency is responsible for creating our monthly e-newsletters and our annual Impact Report. She also coordinates social media and updates to the website.