Meet the Staff

Administrative Team

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Wendy Ban Deters

MS, CCC/SLP, LSLS Cert AVed, EI/ School Professional Development Coordinator

As the EI/ School Professional Development Coordinator Wendy provides evaluation and therapy services for children in the Early Intervention program.

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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! 

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Rollen Cooper

M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd, Director of Early Intervention

As the Director of Early Intervention, Rollen works with the babies, toddlers, caregivers, and staff in our Early Intervention program. He started working at Child’s Voice in 1996 as a teacher in the school program

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Anna Tess

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

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

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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.

Support Team

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Kim Callese

Staff Assistant

Kim is usually the first friendly face you meet when arriving at Child’s Voice. Since April 2014, her role as the Staff Assistant involves managing the front desk area and working closely with the teachers and staff.

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Elizabeth Rowgalo

EI/Audiology Assistant
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Angela Peaches

Office Manager

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

EI Lead Therapist/SLP, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

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.

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Kim Tasharski

EI Lead Therapist/DTH

Kim is the Early Intervention program’s Lead Therapist/DTH. As an EI Specialist and Teacher of the Deaf, Kim provides home-based and center-based Aural Rehabilitation services to children and families in the birth to age 3 population

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Nina Fistler

M.S., CCC-SLP, EI 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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Dan McComb

Teaching Assistant
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Sarah Miller

M.S.P., CCC-SLP, EI 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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Kathy Sosna

M.S., CCC-SLP

As a speech-language pathologist and early intervention specialist, Katy provides speech, language, and listening therapy for children ages 0-3 and their families

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Kate Yu

M.A., CCC-SLP, EI 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.

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Morgan Vachio

M.S., CF-SLP

Morgan is an Early Intervention Speech-Language Pathologist at Child’s Voice. She works with children birth to three in home- and clinic-based settings.

School Staff

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Elsa Auerbach

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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

M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd

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

Speech-language Pathologist
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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 Pearlman

M.S., CCC/SLP

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

M.S.

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

M.S.

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

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Corinne Bussa

M.S.

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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Laura Cargill

M.S.
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Brianna Herard-Exorphe

M.S.

Brianna joined Child’s Voice in August 2021 as a teacher’s assistant where she works with PI and PII throughout the day.

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Emma Horvath

Advancement Team

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Carol Morency

Marketing and Giving Coordinator

Carol Morency is the Marketing and Giving Coordinator at Child’s Voice, responsible for the organization’s social media presence, website content, e-newsletter, and many other projects that help tell the world about the wonderful things that happen here.