Lisa Barber
M.S., CCC-SLP

Board Chair

Lisa Barber, M.S., CCC-SLP is thrilled to serve as the Chair of the Northeast Alliance for Speech-Language-Hearing. Upon completion of the Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) graduate program in 1989, she began her career working in the Jefferson County Public School district in Colorado. Lisa returned to Connecticut and SCSU in 1994 where she has been a clinical instructor for the past 30 years. She has also taught the undergraduate Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Phonetics and Phonological Systems courses. Additionally, she served as the placement coordinator for the schools for many years. She is currently the Clinic Practice Manager for the Clinical Service Programs of the Department of Communication Disorders at SCSU.

Kyle Greene-Pendelton M.S., CCC-SLP

Board Vice Chair

Kyle Greene-Pendelton is a speech-language pathologist who has been working in an inner city public school setting for over 16 years. Kyle is also employed at North Carolina A&T State University as a part-time instructor. Kyle launched his private practice, Sankofa Speech & Language Services, LLC, in 2020. Kyle is a charter member of the Northeast affiliate of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) and is also an incorporator for the Northeast Alliance for Speech, Language and Hearing, Inc. (NEASLH), for which he serves as the vice chairman of the board of directors.

Sharon Cote
M.S., CCC-SLP

Secretary

Sharon Cote M.S., CCC-SLP is excited to assume the role of secretary of Northeast Alliance for Speech-Language-Hearing. She spent 17 years working in public schools in Vermont preschool, elementary, middle and high school levels. She has been a clinical faculty member at the University of Vermont for the past 14 years. Currently, she is the Director of Clinical Education. Sharon teaches Clinical Preparation and Management, Language Learning Disabilities, and Voice Disorders. Sharon also supervises graduate students in the UVM Eleanor M. Luse Center.

Christine Haines Au.d., CCC-A

Treasurer

Christine is an Audiologist, Clinical Professor and Clinical Educator at The University of Connecticut where she has worked for the last 26 years and where she currently chairs the department’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. In her pursuit of lifelong learning, she seeks to use her positionality to listen to, amplify and support the voices of marginalized individuals in the fields of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. She feels privileged to serve on this Board.

Shawneen Buckley
slpd, CCC-SLP

Bylaws Committee Chair

Shawneen Buckley, SLPD., CCC-SLP, is honored to be a part of the Northeast Alliance of Speech, Language and Hearing (NEASLH). She currently serves as the Chair for the Bylaws Committee with NEASLH. She also serves as a member of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) Cultural Humility Taskforce. She is active in the Connecticut Speech-Language Hearing Association as well as the American Speech-Language Hearing Association where she most recently served as the CT representative to the Committee of Ambassadors. She is the clinical field coordinator for the Department of Communication Disorders at Southern Connecticut State University, responsible for all off-campus clinical practicum placements for graduate student clinicians.

Tayaunna Jackson M.S. CCC-SLP

Membership committee Chair

Tayaunna Jackson, M.S. CCC-SLP is a Graduate of Penn West University at Edinboro. Her passion for diversity, equity and inclusion is what led her to NEASLH. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Linguistics and Communication Sciences and Disorders at The Pennsylvania State University, she spent 5 years as an educator in Pittsburgh, PA. This experience highlighted the importance of representation within education. She now serves as the membership chair of the Northeast Alliance of Speech, Language and Hearing (NEASLH) with goals of increasing knowledge of Speech Therapy and Audiology to diversify the field so that we, as professionals, can better represent the diverse population we serve.

Megan C. Gross
PhD, CCC-SLP

Programs committee Chair

Megan C. Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP is honored to serve as the Programs Chair of the Northeast Alliance for Speech, Language, and Hearing. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research focuses on bilingual language development with an emphasis on expanding representation in research and improving access to culturally and linguistically appropriate assessment and support services for linguistically marginalized families. She teaches graduate courses on Evaluation Processes with Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Populations and Language Disorders in Children. As a member of the department's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinating Committee, Megan is committed to lifelong learning as an ally and supporting students, professionals, and clients with marginalized identities.

Azana Green

Public Relations Committee Chair

Azana Green graduated from Duke in 2022 with degrees in Spanish and Global Health. She will begin her bilingual SLP journey at Columbia University in May 2023 with plans to work with pediatric Spanish speakers, English-language-learners, and speakers of various English dialects on phonetics and accent modification. Her particular passions lie at the intersection of linguistic justice, human rights, and health equity for marginalized and underserved communities. She is incredibly grateful to be a part of a group that not only supports aspiring SLPs of color, but also champions the importance of equity not only amongst its members, but to the wider public as well. She believes that a large part of spreading the mission of NBASLH is through PR and advertising—the more people are aware, the more likely they’ll feel catalyzed to evoke change in their own environments.

Makana Michaud

Student Committee Chair

Makana Michaud is a recent graduate of Southern Connecticut State University Communication Disorders program. She aspires to be a bilingual MedSLP with a focus on pediatric dysphasia. She is in the honors college and is currently pursuing a minor in medical Spanish. Makana is currently in the process of writing her undergraduate thesis on tracheostomy malpractice and standards of care. She will graduate in May 2024 with hopes to attend the Masters program in the future. As the Student Representative, her goal for this year is to work on community outreach projects with the student committee, host activities both virtually and on-campus, and engage with the committee in biweekly meetings. By being consistently active, we hope to build relationships with other universities and affiliates!

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