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JennyJenny Arzt is an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida (UCF) studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a native Central Floridian and is a second year Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP) participant working in the AAC Lab and FAAST Center at UCF with Dr. Kent-Walsh.   Jenny became interested in the field of Speech-Language Pathology at the age of eight after observing speech-language pathologists treating her younger brother who has a pervasive developmental delay. In her spare time, Jenny is active in local theater productions and enjoys training in the martial art of Tae Kwon Do.

 

  

StephanieStephanie Bruining, M.A., is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida (UCF), and is originally from Muskegon, Michigan. She received her B.A. in English and M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Michigan State University, and has taught English as a Second Language in Germany, Vienna, and San Francisco.  Stephanie is currently the Data Coordinator in the FAAST Center and is engaged in ongoing research projects in the AAC Lab at UCF. She has always had an interest in language development, but became interested in Speech-Language Pathology after a close family member had a positive experience with speech therapy following a stroke. When not working or studying, Stephanie enjoys playing tennis, golfing, and attending beer and wine tasting events.

 

NicoleNicole Dickerson is an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida (UCF) studying Communication Sciences and Disorders.  She is originally from the Bronx, New York, and moved to Lakeland Florida her freshman year of high school. Nicole is a second year Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP) participant working in the AAC Lab at UCF with Dr. Kent-Walsh.  Nicole loves having the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of AAC; Nicole reports that being a part of research and clinical service-delivery that facilitates effective communication for clients has been a very humbling and rewarding experience for her. In her free time, Nicole enjoys putting on events with her sorority and playing basketball.

 

  

VenitaVenita Freia, B.A., is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University, and resided in the city of Boca Raton, FL before moving to Orlando. In South Florida, Venita worked as an ABA Line Therapist and was exposed to low-tech AAC systems while providing services to children with developmental disabilities. This experience expanded her interests in the field of speech-language pathology, because she observed the positive effects of AAC on language development. Pursuing her interests in AAC led to Venita obtaining her current position of Research/Teaching Assistant in the AAC Lab at UCF. Venita’s other interests include biking, dining at new restaurants, and world traveling, including trips to Canada, Croatia, France, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, and Mexico.   

 

nancy Nancy Harrington, M.A., CCC-SLP is a full-time member of the FAAST ARDC team.  After working for almost 20 years as an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Specialist in Ireland, Nancy has returned to the United States to join our team as the Lead Assistive Technology Specialist & Assistant Regional Coordinator.  Nancy has extensive clinical, administrative, and university teaching/supervision experience.  Nancy and her husband have two college age children and a son in middle school.





MelissaMelissa D. Malani, PhD, CCC-SLP is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida’s doctoral program in language and literacy within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  She is currently a practicing speech-language pathologist at the private practice that she owns and operates, as well as an adjunct instructor for the University of Central Florida.  Melissa is a Florida native, enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, and loves mint chocolate chip ice cream almost as much as she loves her family.




PamelaPamela Resnick, M.A., CCC-SLP is a Clinical Educator in the Communication Disorders Clinic at the University of Central Florida and is currently pursuing doctoral coursework. Pamela specializes in AAC assessment and treatment and formerly served as the Assistant Regional Coordinator in the FAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center. Pamela is originally from Merrick, NY, and enjoys spending time at the Orlando attractions with her husband and young son.