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Graduate Studies Program in Listening & Spoken Language for Children with Hearing Loss

LSL Students

Emily Anderson
Emily Anderson
Emily was born and raised in Montpelier, ID. Both she and her husband, Barrett, are working towards completing their M.A. degrees at USU. Emily is committed to continuing her education so she can best serve her clients. She enjoys spending time with her husband, scuba diving, and speaking Finnish.
Masters Student - Speech-Language Pathology – Class of 2018
Teigan Beck
Teigan Beck
Teigan is originally from Idaho Falls, ID. She completed her undergraduate degree at USU with a minor in Spanish and Family & Human Development. Teigan is the oldest of four children and the first initial of all family members’ names spell: “B.A.T.M.E.N.” She currently serves as President-Elect on the 2017-2018 NSSLHA Executive Council.
Masters Student - Speech-Language Pathology – Class of 2019
Regan Blanc
Regan Blanc
Regan grew-up in Price, UT. She completed her undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at USU. She loves to read books and spend time outdoors and going on hikes. It has always been a goal of hers to work with children, so she looks forward to working with young children with communication disorders.
Masters Student – Speech-Language Pathology – Class of 2018
Kymber Broadhead
Kymber Broadhead
Kymber was born and raised in Meridian, ID. She completed her undergraduate degree at USU in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. She previously worked for an audiologist for 3 years and loved working with kids especially. Kymber is excited to pursue a LSL emphasis, she loves to read, play racquetball, and enjoy time with friends and family.
Masters Student - Speech-Language Pathology – Class of 2019
Ana Caballero
Ana Caballero, MD, AuD
Dr. Ana Cabllero is an international PhD student at USU. She is originally from El Salvador, earned a medical degree in Cuba, and recently completed her AuD from USU. Her clinical research project explored pediatric hearing aid experiences of Hispanic parents. Her current research is focused on advocacy and helping Hispanic families affected by hearing loss.
Disabilities Disciplines Doctoral Student - Audiology Specialization – Class of 2018
Eduardo Cavazos
Eduardo Cavazos
Eduardo comes from a small town in southern Texas called Progreso. He is a first-generation college student and completed his undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Texas-Austin in 2015. Eduardo is the youngest in a family of six and enjoys playing the saxophone in his spare time.
Masters Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2018
Corinne Coleman
Corinne Coleman
Corinne grew up in Boise, ID, and completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from BYU. Having hearing loss herself, she is passionate about early intervention, interdisciplinary care, and supporting children and families like her own. Corinne enjoys sunshine, water, sports, and making sugar cookies with her family.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Student – Class of 2020
Kaytie Cook
Kaytie Cook
Kaytie is originally from Magrath, Alberta, Canada. She completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University. After graduating, Kaytie worked as a librarian serving K-12 students in Canada, then served an LDS mission in Wisconsin. She is excited to help provide opportunities for children with hearing loss to speak and be heard.
Masters Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2018
Katelyn Empey
Katelyn Empey
Katelyn is originally from Washington. She completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University and is excited to help children and families affected by hearing loss successfully navigate their day to day challenges. Katelyn enjoys interior design and is constantly redecorating her home.
Masters Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2019
Kami Ensign
Kami Ensign
Kami worked for two years as an SLT after completing her undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at USU. Kami's love for early childhood development began while working with Granite Schools District's Preschool Program. She enjoys playing all sports, coaching youth, sewing, and the outdoors.
Masters Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2018
Jalin Finai
Jalin Finai
Jalin was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii. She completed her undergraduate degrees from BYU-Hawaii and USU. Jalin has a daughter with severe hearing loss and wants to help other families in similar situations to achieve their goals. She is married with 3 children, and in their spare time, they enjoy hiking, going the beach, playing sports, and being outdoors together.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Student – Class of 2020
Telesha Fricke
Telesha Fricke
Telesha is a Cache Valley native. She completed her undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at USU. She's excited to be involved in Sound Beginnings, is grateful to be working with faculty and staff at who have continuously pushed her in opening her mind, heart and awareness to others, and more especially, children with hearing loss.
Masters Student – Speech-Language Pathology – Class of 2018
Christina Heitzinger
Christina Heitzinger
Christina is originally from Tucson, Arizona. She completed her undergraduate degree in Speech-Hearing Sciences and Technologies at Northern Arizona University. Christina’s clinical research project explored cochlear implant recipients’ device selection processes. She is currently completing her 4th year externship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Student – Class of 2018
Hayley Hunsaker
Hayley Hunsaker
Hayley grew up in Sacramento, CA. She completed her undergraduate degree at USU in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. Hayley loves working and serving children and understands the importance of communication. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family, playing spikeball, eating chocolate, and being in the sun.
Masters Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2019
Hannah Jones
Hannah Jones
Hannah completed her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Utah. She enjoys working with children and is excited to help those with hearing loss reach their full potential. Her clinical research project was focused on using videos to supplement the IT-MAIS instrument. Hannah enjoys hiking, skiing, and all outdoor activities.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Student – Class of 2019
Kristin Kibbe
Kristin Kibbe
Kristin is from northern Virginia, although she has lived in many different areas of the country. She completed her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Calvin College. Her clinical research project explored supporting parents through tele-audiology. She is currently completing her 4th year externship at a private practice (AHAS) in Savannah, GA.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Student – Class of 2018
Alex Lewis
Alex Lewis
Alexandra is a Cache Valley native. She completed her undergraduate degree in Walla Walla, WA at Whitman College in History, with a minor in Theater. For the past five years, Alex volunteered at Sound Beginnings and looks forward to working in the classroom as a teacher. She also enjoys painting, drawing, playing cello, and writing.
Masters Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2019
Sara Manning
Sara Manning
Sara recently returned to USU from Fort Collins, CO. Her undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Colorado Boulder. Sara hopes to help children overcome obstacles (she saw her sister with hearing loss experience) in school. She enjoys skiing, travel, reading, movies, and time with her hubby and Welsh Corgi, Ellie.
Masters Student – Speech-Language Pathology – Class of 2019
Alex Meibos
Alex Meibos
Alex is a dual doctoral audiology student at USU. His clinical research project explored pediatric audiology practices related to supporting parents and pediatric hearing aid management. His current research is focused on counseling in audiology. He enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the outdoors, and playing the trumpet.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD) and Disabilities Disciplines Doctoral Student – Class of 2018
Clarissa Ong
Clarissa Ong
Clarissa was born in Singapore, and graduated from Smith College with a degree in Psychology. Her research interests center on the development and evaluation of psychological interventions to improve human well-being, based on contextual behavioral principles. She enjoys figuring out how to use the statistical software "R" and being outdoors.
Doctoral Student - Combined Clinical/Counseling PhD Program - Psychology
Danielle Orrock
Danielle Orrock
Danielle was born and raised in northern Utah County, UT. She completed her undergraduate in Communication Disorders from BYU. Danielle has a sister with hearing loss and looks forward to helping children be successful like her. She enjoys being active (1/2 marathons and triathlons), traveling, and finding the best Indian curry when visiting new places.
Masters Student – Speech-Language Pathology – Class of 2019
Olivia Ponzetti
Olivia Ponzetti
Olivia is originally from the state of Washington. She completed her undergraduate degree at Western Washington University in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Educational Theatre. Olivia is a past-teacher at the Seattle Children’s Theatre, is an advocate for early intervention, and is thrilled for the opportunity to work with young children and their families.
Masters Student – Speech-Language Pathology – Class of 2018
Tanner Price
Tanner Price
Tanner is originally from Southern Utah. He has big dreams of helping children as a pediatric audiologist. Tanner’s clinical research project explored the training, perceptions, and confidence of pediatric audiologists related to counseling. He has a love of Indian food, snowboarding, cycling, fishing, refurbishing bicycles, and spending time with his wife.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Student – Class of 2019
Adele Rosenauer
Adele Rosenauer
Adele holds degrees in Psychology from Brigham Young University and Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education from USU. She’s worked as an interim SLP in Preston, Idaho and witnessed the positive effects of early intervention. Adele enjoys spending time with her four daughters and her hobbies include salsa dancing, hiking, and reading.
Masters Student – Speech-Language Pathology – Class of 2018
Mercedes Sanford
Mercedes Sanford
Mercedes was born and raised in Apple Valley, CA. She completed her undergraduate degree from USU and looks forward to learning more about speech and audiology working with young children with hearing loss and their families. In her spare time, she enjoys being in the water, traveling, or just cuddled up watching movies.
Masters Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2019
Tiffany Sawin
Tiffany Sawin
Tiffany Sawin is originally from the Seattle, WA area. She completed her undergraduate in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Idaho State University. Her clinical research project explored practices of cochlear implant audiologists during their device selection process. She is currently completing her 4th year at Penobscot Community Health Clinic in Bangor, ME.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Student – Class of 2018
Morgan Scaddon
Morgan Scaddon
Morgan completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Idaho State University. She is passionate about working with children and families. She is excited to be a resident of beautiful Cache Valley with her husband and 2 dogs and is looking forward to a career in early intervention.
Masters Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2018
Wynter Simonson
Wynter Simonson
Wynter comes from a small town called Malta, ID. She completed her undergraduate degree at USU in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. Wynter grew to love the collaborative aspect of LSL through hands-on experiences with children who have hearing loss. She loves everything that has to do with sunshine, family, and playing in the water.
Masters Student – Speech-Language Pathology – Class of 2019
Brittany Stucki
Brittany Stucki
Brittany grew up in Heber City, UT. She completed her undergraduate degree at USU. She worked previously as an SLT in the Tooele County School District and is excited to help kids with hearing loss and their families. Brittany enjoys cooking, playing the violin, camping, and spending time with her husband and family.
Masters Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2019
Shelby Vincent
Shelby Vincent
Shelby grew up in Diamond Bar, CA. She completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from California State University, Chico. She enjoys the great outdoors, hiking, kayaking, and attends CrossFit to get her daily workout in and stress relief! She is excited to be in Utah and in the LSL program.
Masters Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2018
John Whicker
JOHN "JJ" WHICKER
John is a dual doctoral audiology student. His clinical research project focused on counseling curricula in audiology training programs. John’s current research interests include auditory processing disorders and clinical supervision in audiology. He currently serves as Vice President for Student State Officers (AuD) on the 2017-2018 NSSLHA Executive Council.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD) & Disabilities Disciplines Doctoral Student – Class of 2020