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Clinical Faculty in Speech-Language Pathology


Patricia Cetin, MS, has over 25 years of experience in the field of speech-language pathology and is certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).   Ms. Cetin received her Master's degree in speech language pathology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ms. Cetin has worked in the public schools with early childhood, elementary and middle school children.  She has a particular interest in working with school age children with language disorders to develop reading and spelling skills, and developing literacy skills with high risk populations.   As an instructor with the Speech and Hearing Science Department, she enjoys working with both graduate students in clinical practicum and undergraduate students in the service learning and pre-practicum courses.  In addition to ASHA certification, she is licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Tracy Gunderson, MS, has 25 years of experience in the field of speech-language pathology and is certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  Ms. Gunderson received her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Ms. Gunderson has worked in hospitals, regional clinics for augmentative communication, community based service delivery, Early Intervention and the public school system.  Ms. Gunderson enjoys instructing students in the areas of early intervention and parent training, augmentative communication and community outreach programs.  In addition to ASHA certification, she is licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Cheryl Yépez, MA has 13 years’ experience in the field of speech-language pathology and is certified through the American Speech-Language Pathology Association (ASHA).  Ms. Yépez received her Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Ms. Yépez has worked in the public schools, the Early Intervention System and the university, as well as working as an independent provider of bilingual speech-language services.  She has a particular interest in the areas of early child language, severe and profound disorders, and bilingual language development and disorders.  Ms. Yépez enjoys mentoring graduate students, developing programs to connect the clinic with the community, and designing ways to increase family involvement in therapy. In addition to ASHA certification, she is licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Cathy Warnes, MA has 20 years in the field of speech-language pathology and is certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  Ms. Warnes received her Master’s degree from Illinois State University.  She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including hospital, skilled nursing facility, school, early intervention, and outpatient clinic.  Ms. Warnes enjoys instructing in the areas of adult fluency and child phonology.  In addition to ASHA certification, she is licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Clarion Mendes, MA has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for 4 years and is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Ms. Mendes received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Mendes has worked in acute care, rehabilitation hospital, and skilled nursing settings, and served as a Clinical Fellow supervisor for new clinicians. She routinely mentors and instructs graduate students from the department in external placements emphasizing gerontology. Ms. Mendes’  professional interests include gerontology, dysphagia, communication disorders associated with neurological conditions, and end of life care. She is a member of the ASHA special interest groups for Gerontology and Dysphagia and is the current treasurer of the Eastern Illinois Speech-Language and Hearing Association.  In addition to ASHA certification, she is licensed by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Jaime Olson, MA  serves as the internship coordinator for our MA SLP students.  She has 5 years in the field of speech-language pathology and is certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  Jaime  received her Master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She has worked in a private school for children with severe emotional and behavior disorders and within our department as a research coordinator for a professor emeritus' various grants.  Jaime has interest in the areas of swallowing and its disorders, speech-language development and intervention, and the dynamic interaction between behavior and communication skills in children and young adults.  She enjoys collaboration with family members and other professionals to best serve the whole individual.  In addition to ASHA certification, she is licensed by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Rachel Caldwell, MA,  has 10 years experience in the field of speech-language pathology and is certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Ms. Caldwell received her Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including, hospital, public school, and outpatient clinic. She has enjoyed participating in clinical research in the areas of dysphagia and augmentative and alternative communication. In addition to ASHA certification, she is licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Abby Franz, MS,  has 9 years’ experience in the field of speech-language pathology and is certified through the American Speech-Language Pathology Association (ASHA).  Mrs. Franz received her Master’s degree from Illinois State University. She has worked in a variety of settings including a preschool, hospital, nursing home, and home health agency.  For the past 4 year she has worked at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, IL where she works in both the acute inpatient and outpatient settings. She has a particular interest in the areas of dysphagia and aphasia.  In addition to ASHA certification, she is licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Jayne M Wachtel, MA is a speech-language pathologist in Therapy Services at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana Illinois where she holds an advanced clinician position.  She is Coordinator of Carle’s Cleft Lip and Palate Team. She has held this position since 1992. At Carle, Jayne works with both in and outpatient pediatric populations. Jayne has presented lectures in the areas of Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies for various organizations. She has taught a graduate level courses at Illinois State University and University of Illinois. Jayne has lectured internationally on the topic of cleft palate and collaborated with David Kuehn PhD and Jamie Perry PhD on research projects. Since 1985, Jayne has held an appointment in the Speech and Hearing Department at the University of Illinois. She is certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association ( ASHA) and licensed by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Jayne received her Master’s degree from University of Illinois at Champaign- Urbana.

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