Communication Sciences & Disorders

Faculty & Staff

At Elmhurst College, students in communication sciences and disorders learn face to face with talented faculty who are, first and foremost, dedicated teachers. They’re also top researchers and practitioners who make a difference in their fields.

Full-Time Faculty
Kathryn Basco, M.A., CCC-SLP
Cheri S. Carrico, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Undergraduate Program Director
Ruiying Ding, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Laura Froeschke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Brenda Gorman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Graduate Program Director
Gerard (Trace) Poll, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Department Chair

Emeritus Faculty
Marjorie M. Goodban, Ph. D., CCC-SLP

Clinical Faculty
Meredith Baker-Rush, M.S., CCC-SLP
Vicki Jay, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Clinic Director
Janis Petru, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kara Rollins, M.S., CCC-SLP

Adjunct Faculty
Kathy Evangelista, M.S., CCC-SLP
Karyn Voels Malesevic, Au.D., CCC-A
Carol McGuinn, B.A, T.C.I.C.
Vicki Reagan, M.S., CCC-SLP

Staff
Mona Sykora, Administrative Assistant, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Diane Wyman, Administrative Assistant, Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

Full-Time Faculty

Kathryn Basco, M.A., CCC-SLP
Visiting Assistant Professor and Clinical Educator
B.A., University of Wisconsin–Madison; M.A., Northern Illinois University, Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
Mrs. Basco has 26-plus years of experience as a speech language pathologist. At Elmhurst, where she has served as a clinical educator since 2005, she has taught courses on language development, phonological and articulation disorders, clinical practicum, counseling and professional issues, aural rehabilitation, fluency and traumatic brain injury. She is a credentialed early intervention (EI) specialist and evaluator for the Illinois Early Intervention program providing services and support to families and children ages birth to 3 with diagnoses including receptive/expressive language delay, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, sensory-based and oral motor feeding disorders, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment and developmental apraxia. 

Mrs. Basco has worked with children and adults in both hospital and outpatient clinic settings. She is a mentor for speech language pathologists new to EI in play-based assessment and treatment practices following the Principles of Early Intervention. Mrs. Basco served on the EI Committee for the Division of Professional Services (2002-2004) for the Illinois Speech Language Hearing Association (ISHA) and has presented in out-of-state conferences on topics such as Facilitating Language Development in the Context of Everyday Routine, Interactions & Play:  Empowering Families through Coaching in the Natural Environment and Fostering Speech and Language Competencies in the Classroom for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also co-instructor for California State University-East Bay’s Department of Education Psychology, where she teaches a hybrid course, Assessment & Intervention Planning for Young Children with Special Needs. Mrs. Basco is currently a doctoral student at Fielding Graduate University, studying infant and early childhood development with an emphasis in mental health and developmental disorders. Her areas of interest include autism spectrum disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, feeding disorders, fluency and pediatric traumatic brain injury. 

Cheri S. Carrico, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor and Undergraduate Program Director, Clinical Supervisor, and NSSLHA Advisor
B.S., Northern Michigan University; M.A., Western Michigan University; Ph.D., Northwestern University; Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
Dr. Carrico is a full-time professor, co-advisor to the Elmhurst College chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and mentor for speech-language pathology students involved in service learning. She joined the Elmhurst College faculty during the fall of 1996 and directed the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic from 1997 to 2012. Prior to coming to Elmhurst College, she worked as an assistant professor at Bowling Green State University and as a speech-language pathologist in hospital, home care and mental health settings, as well as in private practice.

She teaches courses in language development across the life span, clinical methods and diagnostic procedures in speech-language pathology, and children at risk from birth to five. Dr. Carrico also has supervised and instructed speech-language pathology students who participate in educational experiences in Jamaica, as well as students conducting evaluations and  treatment in the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Her research interests have focused on children at risk for speech, language and feeding difficulties, particularly those with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome and those prenatally exposed to cocaine, as well as the effects of airplane noise as it relates to children’s performance on school-related tasks.

She has presented numerous papers at international, national and state conferences, including annual conventions of ASHA, the Illinois and Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing National Associations, Perinatal Obstetrics and Gynecology, the national and international Cornelia de Lange Syndrome associations, and the National Council on Undergraduate Research. In 1999 she received the NSSLHA Advisor Honors and became a member of the Clinical Advisory Board of the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Association. In 2003, she became a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the International Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Association. She received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001. She also has received several clinical and research grants.

Dr. Carrico has publications in the American Journal of Medical Genetics, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Proceedings of the Greenwood Genetics Center, National Council on Undergraduate Research, and Interdisciplinary Health Care Teams.

Ruiying Ding, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor
B.S., M.A. and Ph.D., Northwestern University; Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
Dr. Ding joined the Elmhurst College faculty during the fall of 2012. Prior to coming to Elmhurst College, she worked as an associate professor at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and as a speech-language pathologist in hospital, rehabilitation center, outpatient clinic, and long term care facilities. She teaches courses in dysphagia, voice disorders, Survey of CSD in Medical Settings and neurology. Her current research interests include swallow physiology changes in normal elderly and patient populations, and speech and language practice in multicultural and multilingual populations.

Dr. Ding is the principal investigator in four research projects. She has published research articles and book chapters in nationally and internationally renowned journals. In 2008 she was elected vice president of communication for the Wisconsin State Speech, Language and Hearing Association. She is also an adjunct professor in two renowned universities in Shanghai, China.

Laura L.O. Froeschke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., Michigan State University; M.A. & Ph.D., Western Michigan State University; Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
Dr. Froeschke joined the Elmhurst College faculty in the fall of 2015. She teaches courses in anatomy & physiology, phonetics, fluency, voice, and adult neurogenic language disorders. Prior to coming to Elmhurst College, Dr. Froeschke served on the faculty of Northwestern University teaching courses in fluency, intercultural service delivery, counseling, dysphagia, introduction to communication disorders and vocal acoustics laboratory.

Dr. Froeschke completed her B.A. in audiology and speech sciences from Michigan State University, and her M.A. in speech-language pathology from Western Michigan University. Following 16 years of clinical practice focused in adult neurogenics in settings ranging from acute care to hospice, Dr. Froeschke completed her Ph.D. in interdisciplinary health sciences from Western Michigan University. During her doctoral training, Dr. Froeschke was awarded the American Heart Association’s Pre-doctoral Fellowship to support her research in stroke symptom recognition in Latino Americans. Her dissertation research focused on stroke symptom knowledge among Latino Americans, linguistic and extra-linguistic features of stroke education materials, and the cultural underpinnings of emergency response toward stroke. This research has focused on new, expanded models for assessing information access and health literacy in multicultural/multilingual populations. 

Dr. Froeschke’s research interests continue to place a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to the management and treatment of communication disorders. Her interests include the impact of gait training and exercise on verbal fluency and cognition, as well as life participation approaches to aphasia treatment. Dr. Froeschke has presented research at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has served as editorial coordinator and reviewer for the journal Topics in Language Disorders. She has provided workshops for various Chicago-area hospitals and facilities on principles of interdisciplinary team management of patients with communication disorders. 

Brenda K. Gorman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison in Latin American Studies; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology

Dr. Gorman completed her master’s and doctoral degrees with a multicultural/bilingual specialization in communication sciences and disorders. Prior to entering academia, she worked as a bilingual (Spanish-English) speech-language pathologist serving diverse caseloads for public school districts, early intervention agencies, private clinics and a speech-language company that she co-founded. She has an extensive background in working with dual-language learners and providing professional development to professionals who serve diverse populations.

Dr. Gorman has conducted research, published and presented on topics related to language and literacy development and disorders and speech-language assessment and intervention in bilingual populations. She has published in several journals, including the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology; Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics; International Journal of Bilingualism; Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools; and Reading & Writing Quarterly. She has taught courses in numerous topic areas including child language and literacy disorders, speech sound disorders, fluency, adult language disorders, assessment and intervention in bilingual populations, and augmentative and alternative communication. In addition, Dr. Gorman has also completed training in the Classroom Assessment Scoring System, Compton PESL Accent Modification, Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation, Hanen It Takes Two To Talk, Hanen Learning Language and Loving It, and the Lidcombe Stuttering Program.

She co-directed the Reading Acquisition for Spanish Speakers Program (RASPA) and an Early Reading First (ERF) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education while at Marquette University, where she earned tenure in 2013. At Elmhurst, Dr. Gorman is investigating language and literacy assessment and intervention in bilinguals and co-developing a dual-language (Spanish-English) language and literacy preschool curriculum.

Gerard (Trace) Poll, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor and Department Chair
B.A., The University of Chicago; M.B.A., The University of Chicago; M.S, The Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University; Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology

Prior to joining the faculty at Elmhurst College in 2012, Dr. Poll was a pre-doctoral fellow at The Pennsylvania State University and worked as a speech-language pathologist in medical rehabilitation and school settings, with primarily pediatric populations. Prior to entering the field of communication sciences and disorders, he held a range of management positions at financial services and consulting firms.

He teaches courses in language disorders, research methods and speech science. Dr. Poll’s research is focused on developmental language and literacy disorders with a focus on adolescents and young adults. His studies have explored  effective assessment of language impairment, cognitive and linguistic factors associated with language impairment, and functional effects of language impairment. He has also studied late talking and the relations of early language abilities to language impairment in grade school.

Dr. Poll’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health. He has presented his research at meetings of the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders. He has published studies, with collaborators, in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research; Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools; the International Journal of Language and Other Communication Disorders; Learning and Individual Differences; and the Journal of Communication Disorders.

Emeritus Faculty

Marjorie M. Goodban, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor Emerita
B.A., Kansas State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign; Sabbatical, Northwestern University; Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
Dr. Goodban teaches courses in intercultural communication, fluency disorders and speech science. Her current primary research interest is communication development in children with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS), and she has presented numerous papers and seminars in Europe, Australia and the United States on this topic. Her video tapes demonstrating therapy procedures with children with this syndrome are requested by individuals and groups from numerous countries. She serves as the speech-language advisor to the CdLS Foundation.

Dr. Goodban has presented numerous papers at various conferences and has published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics, the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, the Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, and Language Speech and Hearing in Schools. The Arlt-Goodban norms for articulation, co-developed by Dr. Goodban, are used exclusively in some states.

From 1990 to 1996, Dr. Goodban was one of the nominees for Woman of the Year in DuPage County. She is an alumna of Elmhurst College. Prior to working at Elmhurst College, she was a research associate at the University of Illinois and the director of a VA Hospital Speech Clinic.

Clinical Faculty

Meredith Baker-Rush, M.S., CCC-SLP
Off-Campus Clinic Coordinator
B.S., Illinois State University; M.S., Rush University
Meredith Baker-Rush has 20-plus years of experience as a speech-language pathologist in acute care and critical care medical settings. Mrs. Baker-Rush worked at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, where she was recognized as the chairperson for the Tracheostomy and Ventilator Pathway, completed the first rehabilitation research fellow study in 2009, was awarded “Rehabilitation Clinical Resource” honors, performed clinical duties and was well known as a tracheostomy and ventilator specialist by the medical community. She continues to provide clinical services at Advocate Condell Medical Center and is a clinical resource in the areas of chronic and critical illness. 

Mrs. Baker-Rush is the past president of the Chicago Audiology Speech-Language Association, past Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association Division of Educational Development committee member, prior adjunct instructor for Governors State University and Northern Illinois University, a guest faculty lecturer at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and an invited speaker at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 2013 national conference. Mrs. Baker-Rush has lectured in several states promoting evidence-based practice in rehabilitative medicine, training for rehabilitative services, and clinical pathway development. Ms. Baker-Rush has taught students at graduate and undergraduate levels as well as a variety of professionals including physicians, nurses and physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapists. Mrs. Baker-Rush has taught courses in dysphagia, neuroscience, motor speech disorders, adult language, tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation, pediatric swallowing, anatomy and physiology, counseling and diagnostics. Currently, her clinical work centers on chronic and critical illness, medical speech pathology, diagnostics, and treatment of swallowing and communication disorders in the geriatric population. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recognizes Mrs. Baker-Rush as an ACE award achiever.
Mrs. Baker-Rush is completing her doctoral studies at Walden University with a concentration in health psychology, gerontology, psychology of illness, self-efficacy and social-emotional aspects involved with functional recovery.

Vicki Jay, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Director, Elmhurst College Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
B.A., Elmhurst College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Dr. Jay has been an instructor and clinical educator in the department since 1990. She assumed the role of clinic director in 2012 after serving as associate clinic director for five years. 

Dr. Jay has worked in a variety of settings, primarily as a pediatric speech-language pathologist. She has taught previously at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Oakton Community College and College of Lake County. She teaches language disorders in children and senior-level practicum courses for undergraduate students. In addition, she teaches the initial practicum class for graduate students. She was nominated for the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009. Dr. Jay has presented at several ASHA and ISHA conventions. Dr. Jay is the faculty sponsor for the graduate student College Bowl team that participates in a yearly competition at the ISHA Convention. She has served on the ISHA Executive Board. Areas of interest include language delays in children 0–5 years and counseling. Dr. Jay is actively involved with Gigi’s Playhouse in Hoffman Estates. She supervises students working with infants and toddlers in a group setting and consults with the literacy program. 

Janis Petru, M.S., CCC-SLP
Instructor and Clinical Educator
B.A., Saint Xavier University; M.A., Bradley University
Prior to employment at Elmhurst College, Mrs. Petru was employed by various special education cooperatives in Illinois working with students aged 3-21 for more than 30 years. During that time she served as a direct provider, high school department chair, presenter, team-teacher and professional resource for local school districts and cooperatives in the field of speech pathology. She initiated, developed and expanded the team-taught Social Thinking® class for high school elective credit. Mrs. Petru has co-presented at ASHA, ISHA, SHLA and lASSW conferences on the topic of Social Thinking® in the Schools. In addition, she is a part-time independent contractor providing private speech and language services for clients with social cognitive needs for JAL, Burkhardt Services in Orland Park. She has obtained the ACE award from the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association for continuing education.   

Kara Rollins, M.S., CCC-SLP
Instructor and Clinical Educator
B.A., Elmhurst College; M.S., Marquette University

Mrs. Rollins is a clinical educator at the Elmhurst College Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and an instructor teaching the Survey of Communication Science Disorders in the educational setting course and clinical practicum. Mrs. Rollins has worked primarily as a school-based speech-language pathologist and has been a practicum supervisor in the school setting for graduate students from various colleges and universities in Illinois and Wisconsin. Mrs. Rollins is an active member of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is the current professional affairs track chair for their annual convention.

Adjunct Faculty

Kathy Evangelista, M.A., CCC-SLP
Instructor
B.S., M.S., Illinois State University

Mrs. Evangelista is the instructor for two courses: Professional Writing in Speech-Language Pathology and An Introduction to Autism. In addition, Mrs. Evangelista has more than 16 years of experience working with children and adults on the spectrum of autism. She is currently a consultant at the Little Friends Center for Autism and was previously the director of speech and language services for the Little Friends Center for Autism. Areas of special interest include autism spectrum disorders, childhood language disorders, feeding disorders and pragmatic language disorders.

Karyn Voels Malesevic, Au.D., CCC-A
Instructor
M.S., Audiology - University of Wisconsin, Madison, Au.D., Audiology - Arizona School of Health Sciences
Dr. Malesevic is the instructor for two courses: Introduction to Audiology: Principles & Methods and Aural Rehabilitation. She is also the manager of Audiology and Social Services at Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley in Villa Park.

Carol McGuinn, B.A., TC IC, IL License Master Level
Instructor
B.A., Governor's State University
Mrs. McGuinn is the instructor for sign-language courses at Elmhurst College.

Vicki Reagan, M.S., CCC-SLP
Instructor
B.S., Speech Pathology-Eastern Illinois University, M.S. Education of the Hearing Impaired-Washington University, M.A., Communication Disorders-Saint Louis University, M.A., School Leadership-Concordia University
A speech-language pathologist in the public school system, Ms. Reagan has worked with children at preschool through high school levels. Prior to working in the schools, Ms. Reagan provided services in clinical settings including a children’s hospital, clinics and private practice. She has also taught children with hearing impairments. Ms. Reagan teaches classes in normal language development and public school methods.

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