Alumni to Discuss Careers in Speech-language Pathology on May 2

April 18, 2024 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

Aerial view of the west side of Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel on the campus of Elmhurst University in Elmhurst, IL.

Speech-language pathologists work in a variety of clinical settings, ranging from schools to hospitals to private practice.

During the panel discussion “From Class to Clinical Practice” on Thursday, May 2, alumni from Elmhurst University’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program will talk about their experiences transitioning from the classroom to the clinic, the challenges and rewards of their work, and how they have used their education to make a difference in the lives of their clients.

Speech-language pathologists work to prevent, diagnose and treat speech, language, social and cognitive communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. The panel discussion will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the field from experienced professionals. The panelists include:

  • Kelly Cunningham, MSCSD ’19, speech-language pathologist for inpatient rehabilitation and acute care at Ascension Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin
  • Lauren Fuller, MSCSD ’23, pediatric speech-language pathologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Dominika Matuzik, MSCSD ’17, bilingual speech-language pathologist at the Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE) and owner of DM Speech Therapy LLC
  • Jake McClintock, MSCSD ’17, speech-language pathologist at Hinsdale Central High School
  • Brittany Nolan, MSCSD ’15, director of specialty services at By Your Side – Autism Therapy Services

“From Class to Clinical Practice: A Discussion with Speech-Language Pathology Alumni” is part of the yearlong Graduate Studies Lecture Series, celebrating 25 years of graduate programs at Elmhurst University. Graduate studies at Elmhurst launched in 1998 with five programs. Today, Elmhurst offers more than 20 master’s degree programs and a number of graduate certificate programs in the business, education, health care and technology fields. The Graduate Studies Lectures, on a variety of compelling topics related to graduate programs offered at Elmhurst, support the development of lifelong learning and prepare students to thrive as adaptive leaders.

“From Class to Clinical Practice” begins at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, in the Frick Center, Alexander Room. This lecture will also be livestreamed. Admission is free but reservations are encouraged, at For more information, email

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