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

LSL Students

Audiology

Ana Caballero
Ana Caballero
Ana is a student in the Doctor of Audiology program at Utah State University. She is originally from El Salvador, were she obtained a Medical Degree. Her native language is Spanish. Ana earned her second bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah in Communicative Disorders (Speech and Hearing BS) in 2013. Due to her previous medical background and coming from a developing country, she has worked with kids and adults in different rural areas and underprivileged communities. Ana really enjoys working around people, especially working with kids. Ana also enjoys working with Hispanic populations and helping with language barriers. After graduating, Ana wants to work with kids and families who have hearing loss, to be a support for them and advocate for equal access to health services. She looks forward to learning new skills, and gaining the knowledge needed to provide optimal services. Ana enjoys spending time with her husband, and friends. She loves to cook, and read good books. Ana lives in Logan and loves the summer, though she’s still getting used to the cold winter in Utah, since she comes from a country where the normal temperature is always 90°F.
Alex Meibos
Alex Meibos
Between raising young children and playing jazz trumpet, Alex manages to attend graduate school at USU as an Audiology student with an emphasis in Listening and Spoken Language. While completing his Bachelor's degree at USU in Communicative Disorders & Deaf Ed., he volunteered at Sound Beginnings and experienced first-hand seeing the kind of progress young children with hearing loss can make through receiving services in an interdisciplinary environment. This experience inspired him to join the LSL program. After growing up in Florida, and living in Central Utah and Southern California, he enjoys living in Logan with his wife and two daughters.

Speech-Language Pathology

Sharon Fairbourn
Sharon Fairbourn
Sharon is the mother of 6 kids ranging in ages from 18 to 8. She has lived in Utah, South Carolina, and England and calls all of them home. She graduated from Utah State University in the spring of 2014 with a degree in communicative disorders and deaf education. In her spare time she likes to sew, hike, read to her own kids, and spend time with her husband. She loves working with children especially preschool children. She believes that every child is different and that education can be adapted to meet their learning style and needs. This is essential in helping them to “reach their full potential”. Sharon loves helping kids make connections, learn and grow. She is excited to be a part of Sound Beginnings.
Tiffani Jolley
Tiffani Jolley
Tiffani Jolley is from Smithfield, Utah and a recent graduate from USU’s Communicative Disorders department. Tiffani has loved being an Aggie and has served as an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow for phonetics, a college ambassador for the COMD department, a Writing Fellow, and a volunteer at Sound Beginnings preschool. She is thrilled to be continuing her education in the Speech-Language Pathology program with a Listening and Spoken Language emphasis. Tiffani is inspired by the program at Sound Beginnings, watching the children grow and develop their potential under the incredible staff of teachers, audiologists, and speech-language pathologists. Tiffani is married to Clinton Jolley, a fellow Aggie, and enjoys mountain biking, movies, and spending time with family. Tiffani has plans to earn a Ph.D and open a private practice with specialty services for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Arielle Myers
Arielle Myers
Arielle was born and raised in South Jordan, Utah. She received her bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University. After graduation, Arielle served an eighteen month LDS mission in South Texas, where she became fluent in Spanish. Now she is excited to be a part of the Sound Beginnings team and Utah State University. Arielle has always loved children and is thrilled with the opportunity to work with them in the capacity of speech-language pathology. She also is developing a passion for working with children with hearing loss; she herself has a long medical history with hearing and is excited to help others with hearing loss to achieve their full potential. Arielle loves reading, playing the cello and the piano, cooking, baking, hiking, camping, and spending time with her family and friends.
Page Maughan
Page Maughan
Page Maughan is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at Utah State University. Page is originally from Texas, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Audiology from the University of Texas at Austin. Page has a long history of involvement in the Deaf community. She was a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corp's Deaf Education program in Kenya and also received a master's degree in Linguistics from Gallaudet University. Page is currently a student in the Listening and Spoken Language emphasis program at USU, and is excited to be a part of the Sound Beginnings team.
Anneliese Mecham
Anneliese Mecham
Anneliese is originally from Mesa, Arizona. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Brigham Young University. During her undergraduate coursework, Anneliese was heavily involved in Best Buddies International, an organization that provides friendship and work opportunities for people who are developmentally or intellectually disabled. After graduating, she worked for a year at Autism Journeys as a Behavioral Specialist providing ABA therapy. She is excited to be involved with the staff and children at Sound Beginnings!
Courtney Morris
Courtney Morris
Courtney Morris is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at Utah-State University. She received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders at Brigham Young University. As part of the graduate program at Utah State, Courtney is obtaining an emphasis in listening and spoken language and hopes to pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. She has loved the opportunity to work with the children, families, and staff at Sound Beginnings.
Kimberly Willis
Kimberly Willis
Kimberly recently received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She knew she wanted to work with kids with hearing loss and Utah State University and the program at Sound Beginnings is a great fit. She is enjoying living in Logan because of all the outdoor activities around: hiking, biking, rock climbing, backpacking.

Deaf Education

Carolle Abraham
Carolle Abraham
Carolle Abraham is a graduate student in the Listening and Spoken Language Deaf Education program. She studied Communicative Disorders at Utah State University then worked for one year as a speech-language technician in the Tooele County School District. Carolle has a passion for working with children and their families toward speech and language development. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, exercising, baking and being outdoors.
Shayla Barker
Shayla Barker
Shayla Barker completed her bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in Communication Disorders this past May. She has always loved the world of hearing and language which is why she is thrilled to be a graduate student in Deaf Education with an emphasis in Listening and Spoken Language. Shayla and her husband just welcomed a baby girl into their family. She enjoys reading, watching movies, running, and art.
Sydney Fryer
Sydney Fryer
Sydney Fryer is a second year Deaf Education graduate student in the Listening and Spoken Language Program here at Utah State University. She received her Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University. She has always loved working with children and hopes to one day have a classroom of her own where she can help children with hearing loss reach their full potential.
Ariel Hendrix
Ariel Hendrix
Ariel is a second year graduate student in the Deaf Education Listening and Spoken Language program. She grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University. Ariel was happy for the opportunity to stay in Logan for graduate school, and is grateful for the experiences she has had thus far working with the children and families in the Sound Beginnings community. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and being outdoors. Ariel is looking forward to graduation and her career in early intervention.
Laura Hess
Laura Hess
Laura is in her second year in the Deaf Education Listening and Spoken Language graduate program. She earned her Bachelor's in Speech-Language and Hearing Science from the University of Wyoming. Her roots are in Cheyenne, Wyoming and she did not anticipate leaving. This adventure in Utah has inspired her to see more and after graduation she hopes to end up in Washington State.
Leia Miller
Leia Miller
Leia Miller is a first year graduate student in the Listening and Spoken Language Emphasis of the Deaf Education program. She recently completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders with a minor in music at Brigham Young University. While at BYU, her passion for working with children with hearing loss was first sparked when she learned about the Parent Infant Program (PIP). Leia feels very lucky and grateful to be working with the fantastic children and staff in the Sound Beginnings Preschool. In her free time she enjoys ballroom and swing dancing, running, and spending time with family and friends.
Melissa Mulder
Melissa Mulder
Melissa Mulder, originally from Marshalltown, IA, is pursuing a Master’s degree in Listening and Spoken Language at Utah State University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education - Unified (both regular education and special education) from Iowa State University and a Master’s in School Library Studies from the University of Northern Iowa (December 2014). Melissa has had the opportunity to work with young children in preschool settings as well as in child development centers, including on an American military base in Germany. She enjoys playing sports, hiking, and playing the piano. Melissa looks forward to working with the children and their families at Sound Beginnings.