Speech Therapy Department

Staff Bios

Name: Megan Fucci Wenzel
Title: MS, CCC-SLP/TSSH
Occupation: Director of Speech, Language and Hearing
iHOPE Emailmwenzel@iHOPEnyc.org
Bio: Megan Fucci Wenzel, MS, CCC-SLP/TSSH, completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of New Hampshire Department of Communication Disorders. Megan started her career at Blythedale Children’s Hospital where she worked with a variety of pediatric speech and language issues, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), apraxia, dyslexia, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).  She also gained experience in treating complex feeding disorders. Megan furthered her pediatric professional experience at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center where she collaborated with colleagues in developing feeding groups for children with complex feeding needs.  She furthered her AAC knowledge by performing evaluations and treating in a multi-disciplinary approach, gaining skills in assistive technology and equipment. After the Elizabeth Seton Center, Megan worked part-time as a member of an Early Intervention (EI) and CPSE evaluation team and as the Speech Supervisor at the New York League for Early Learning/LIFESTART.  She opened a private practice on the Upper East Side working with children with medical and complex communication needs. She has experience in working with the school age population from her time at Manhattan STAR Academy. There she developed AAC programs and held AAC staff trainings and parent trainings. Immediately prior to joining iHope Academy, she worked at the New York League of Early Learning as a Speech Supervisor for Early Intervention and the Instructional Technology Specialist for the preschool programs. She was the only provider in the NYC area performing AAC evaluations in Early Intervention. As the Instructional Technology Specialist her focus centered on training staff how to implement AAC in the classroom. Megan seeks continuing educational opportunities and is PROMPT trained, proficient in various AAC devices, and has taken numerous feeding courses. Her passion is working with colleagues and families to make sure every child has a voice. She lives in New York City with her husband, cat (Che) and dog (Matilda).
Family Origin: American

 

Alexandra Caroli, M.A., SLP, TSSLD

Alexandra Caroli, M.A., SLP, TSSLD

Name: Alexandra Caroli
Title: M.A., SLP, TSSLD
Occupation/Role: Speech and Language Pathologist
iHOPE email: Alexandra.iHOPENYC@gmail.com
Bio: Alexandra Caroli, M.A., SLP, TSSLD, completed her Bachelors of Arts at Marymount Manhattan College. She then continued on to earn her Masters of Arts in Speech and Language Pathology at Hofstra University. As part of a small research team, during her undergraduate and graduate career, Alexandra conducted research which resulted in publication of the research findings as well as presentations at various research conferences. During her time prior to iHOPE, Alexandra developed a well-rounded competency in working with individuals with various cognitive, language, and swallowing disorders at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. Here, she administered various diagnostic dysphagia, speech, language and cognitive evaluations and implemented treatment for individuals in this particular population. Subsequently, she gained significant experience in working with school-age children with language and learning disabilities where she administered various diagnostic speech and language assessments and provided intervention. Some of Alexandra’s interest include cooking, painting, and traveling to new places.
Family Origin: Italy

 

Alyssa Esposito, M.Sc

Alyssa Esposito, M.Sc

Name: Alyssa Esposito
Title: M.S. SLP, TSSLD
Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
iHOPE Email: Alyssa.iHOPENYC@gmail.com
Bio: Alyssa Esposito earned both her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, and her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Adelphi University. Before coming to iHope, Alyssa has been expanding her scope of practice across a wide range of populations including adults, preschool children, and school-age children by providing evaluations and treatment for a variety of disorders in various settings. At Adelphi University’s Hy Weinberg Center for Communication Disorders she provided speech, language, and hearing evaluations to individuals and groups of all different ages and disorders. Alyssa provided services for children in grades 2-5 with speech and language disabilities at a local elementary school, where she administered efficient ways to learn and maintain the proper skills needed by each student to flourish both functionally and academically. Alyssa continued to broaden her skills with the adult population while working with aphasia, TBI, dysphagia, and neurodegenerative diseases at Mercy Medical Center at Mercy Hospital where she targeted functional speech-language, cognitive, swallowing treatment, and evaluations. She also gained direct experience assisting with Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluations of Swallowing (FEES), while at Mercy Hospital. Alyssa is certified in The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment – LOUD (LSVT LOUD); a voice treatment for speech disorders associated with Parkinson’s disease that focuses on vocal volume. Alyssa not only has a passion for helping progress each individual she works with, but also for learning about each of them as individuals. She resides in New York, and enjoys yoga, bike riding, hiking, traveling and reading outside of work.
Family Origin: American

 

Carole Flynn, M.Ed.

Carole Flynn, M.Ed.

Name: Carole Flynn
Title: M.Ed
Occupation/Role: Hearing Education Teacher
iHOPE email: CFlynn@iHOPEnyc.org
Bio: Carole, M.Ed. Special Needs/Language is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience working with a diverse group of children of all ages who have a wide range of language, learning and social challenges. Carole has worked in public and private schools as a teacher and consultant, professional development presenter and a direct service provider as well as running her own private practice in Massachusetts.

 

Name: Christina Lompado
Title: M.S., SLP, TSSLD
Occupation: Speech and Language Pathologist
iHope E-mail: clompado@ihopenyc.org
Bio: Christina Lompado earned her Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology at the State University of New York at Fredonia, and Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of New Hampshire. Before coming to work at iHope, Christina had the privilege of interning in the Speech and Language Department at iHope. It was during that time that Christina gained valuable experiences working with students who had TBI, cerebral palsy, and genetic disorders, as well as exposure to low-tech and high-tech AAC. Christina has experience conducting evaluations and providing treatment to individuals across a wide range of age groups, including preschool children, school-age children, and adults. At the Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders, she provided speech, language, and hearing evaluations to individuals and groups of different ages and disorders. Christina provided services to preschool age children with developmental delays, speech and language delays, and autism spectrum disorder at a local elementary school in Fredonia, NY. Christina went on to expand her clinical skills at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, NY, where treatment and evaluations were provided to adults with aphasia, TBI, and swallowing disorders in acute inpatient care, as well as to those in the intensive care unit. Here, Christina gained a strong foundation in proper feeding techniques and the rehabilitation of language skills. Christina is excited to begin this new chapter at iHope and looks forward to all of the lessons the students will teach her.
Family Origin: American

 

Jaclyn Litvack, MS, SLP, TSSLD

Jaclyn Litvack, MS, SLP, TSSLD

Name: Jaclyn Litvack
Title: M.S. SLP, TSSLD
Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
iHOPE Email: Jaclynlitvack.iHOPENYC@gmail.com
Bio: Jaclyn Litvack is a Speech-Language Pathologist at the International Academy of Hope. Jaclyn earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Adelphi University and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Hearing and Speech Sciences and Disorders from University of Maryland. Before coming to iHope, Jaclyn has received a strong foundation in working with children and adolescents of all ages for a variety of disorders in various settings. At Adelphi University’s Hy Weinberg Center for Communication Disorders she provided speech, language, and hearing evaluations to individuals and groups of all different ages and disorders. Jaclyn provided treatment services for preschool children with expressive and receptive language delays,as well as play and cognitive delays. She also provided services to adolescents with traumatic brain injury that resulted in aphasia while incorporating AAC. Jaclyn’s experiences continued at a local elementary school, where she worked with children with second language learners, autism and language disabilities and delays. Further, Jaclyn continued to broaden her skills at a school for special needs children. Here, she worked with children of all ages with disabilities that included traumatic brain injuries, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, language delays and various other communication disorders. She gained a strong foundation working with nonverbal children and using both low-tech and high-tech Alternative and Augmentative Communication devices.
Family Origin: American

 

Katherine Childers, M.S., SLP, TSSLD

Katherine Childers, M.S., SLP, TSSLD

Name: Katherine Childers
Title: M.S., SLP, TSSLD
Occupation: Speech and Language Pathologist
iHOPE Email: kchilders@ihopenyc.org
Bio: Katherine Childers, M.S., SLP, TSSLD earned her Master of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Trinity College CT. Prior to working at iHOPE, Katherine received a strong foundation working with individuals of all ages in school, small clinic, and hospital settings. At the NYU Speech-Language-Hearing Disorders Clinic, Katherine conducted and interpreted speech, language, and hearing evaluations to individuals across the lifespan as well as provided individual and group therapy to clients with a variety of disorders including expressive and receptive language, articulation, and fluency. Katherine also has experience providing individual and group therapy to adults with Huntington’s Disease targeting overall communication as well as feeding goals at Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center. Katherine continued to broaden her skills at The Rebecca School, a school for children with a variety of communication delays and disorders associated with autism spectrum disorders, neurogenetic disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, dysphagia, and phonological development. At The Rebecca School, Katherine collaborated with other allied professionals to create interdisciplinary goals in accordance with the Developmental Individual Differences Relationship-based (DIR) model. Further, at the NYU Lutheran Medical Center, Katherine conducted evaluations and provided individual and group speech, language, cognitive-linguistic, and swallowing therapy with adults following stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, infections, and head and neck cancer, as well as individuals with syndromes or degenerative neurological conditions in both acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings. Katherine is committed to building strong relationships with her students as well as providing individualized treatment plans for them.
Family Origin: American

 

Pooja Patel, M.S. SLP, TSSLD

Pooja Patel, M.S. SLP, TSSLD

Name: Pooja Patel
Title: M.S. SLP, TSSLD
Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
iHOPE Email: Pooja.ihopenyc@gmail.com
Bio: Pooja Patel, M.S., SLP-TSSLD earned her Master of Science in Speech- Language Pathology at Adelphi University and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech. Prior to working at iHope, Pooja provided speech and language intervention for pre-school and school-aged children presenting with communication disorders including autism spectrum disorder and expressive / receptive language delays at a clinical therapy center in New York City. Pooja also has experience implementing alternative augmentative communication with children with autism spectrum disorder through her work at a school in District 75 where she developed lesson plans, treatment goals, and individualized education programs to target and enhance functional communication. Pooja implemented individual and group therapy in a variety of settings and has participated in interdisciplinary team meetings to ensure optimal treatment and progress of students.
Family origin: Indian

 

Rachel Miller - M.S., SLP, TSSLD

Rachel Miller – M.S., SLP, TSSLD

Name: Rachel Miller
Title: M.S., SLP, TSSLD
Occupation: Speech and Language Pathologist
iHOPE Email: rachelm.ihopenyc@gmail.com
Bio: Rachel Miller, MS, SLP-TSSLD, earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Syracuse University and her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The Pennsylvania State University. Rachel is Lee-Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT-LOUD) certified and has her Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities certification. Prior to working at iHOPE, Rachel provided evaluations and treatment for children and adolescents with speech/language delays, developmental/neurological disorders, autism spectrum disorders and feeding difficulties. In addition, Rachel worked at Crouse Hospital in acute inpatient and outpatient care where she provided assessments and treatments for adults with traumatic brain injury, aphasia, cerebrovascular accidents, degenerative diseases and head/neck cancer. Rachel also has experience working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with infants exhibiting feeding difficulties and has had training in the Modified Barium Swallowing Impairment Profile (MBSImP). Rachel is proficient in administering/interpreting Modified Barium Swallow Studies with a wide variety of disorders. Rachel is also passionate about sports, exercising, traveling and cooking/baking foods from around the world.
Family Origin: American

 

Name: Rebecca Taskin
Title:  MS CF-SLP, TSSLD
Email: rtaskin@ihopenyc.org
Occupation: Speech Pathologist
Bio: Rebecca Taskin, MS CF-SLP, TSSLD earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Long Island University and her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience at Florida Atlantic University. Rebecca is trained in Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) and PROMPT.  Rebecca holds a certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Prior to working as a Speech Pathologist at iHOPE, Rebecca spent two semesters interning at iHOPE. In addition, Rebecca worked at Kingsbrook Jewish Community Hospital on the Traumatic Brain Trauma floor, as well as on the inpatient and outpatient floors where she provided assessments and treatments for adults with traumatic brain injury, aphasia, cerebrovascular accidents, degenerative diseases and voice therapy. Rebecca has researched and published several academic papers in the field of cognitive neuroscience, memory and the brain. While studying for her Bachelor’s, Rebecca worked at a clinic for children with language processing disorders implementing innovative therapy techniques. Rebecca is a tech guru, and spends a lot of her time researching Augmentative Communication Access methods.

 

Sabrina Montrose, M.S., TSSLD

Sabrina Montrose, M.S., TSSLD

Name: Sabrina Montrose
Title: M.S., TSSLD
Email: smontrose@ihopenyc.org
Occupation: Speech Pathologist
Sabrina graduated from Mercy College in May 2016 with a Master of Science in Communication Disorders. She also earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from The College of New Jersey. Between the two degrees, Sabrina earned post-baccalaureate credits in communication disorders from Southern Connecticut State University. Sabrina has her TSSLD certification and is NMES certified. Before coming to iHOPE, Sabrina worked with children and adults with varying diagnoses such as language-based and feeding disorders. Some client cases included children with: Autism Spectrum Disorder, muscular neuropathy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, as well as children with language-based disorders. Sabrina is fluent in Spanish and plans to continue using her language skills with her students at iHOPE.