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1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

UNM Lab

 

Nathan Bickley

Nathan Bickley is a second-year graduate student studying speech-language pathology at the University of New Mexico.  After a mobile childhood in Norway, Venezuela, and Australia, he found anchor in the desert of Albuquerque.  In 2009, Nathan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy, and spent several years working with seniors and individuals with developmental disabilities.  When not working or studying, he enjoys podcasts and walking with his dogs, Gambit and Ziggy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Kelli Isakson is a non-degree student from Torrance, California. She received her undergraduate degree in English from Brigham Young University. After living in Hong Kong and mainland China for over two years, she returned to the US and worked as a writing tutor at several community colleges. She earned her MA in applied linguistics and ESL from Georgia State University and taught at CNM for two years before starting SHS coursework at UNM. Working in the AAC lab has offered her a new perspective to the interdependence of research and practice in improving the quality of life for those with communication disorders. She also volunteers with the local school PTA, cub scouts, and AYSO. While deeply disappointed in Albuquerque's lack of an ocean (or even a decent river), she enjoys hiking and camping throughout NM with her family and loves playing music.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Claire McNallen photoClaire McNallen is currently an undergraduate student at the University of New Mexico. Her roots grew in Texas, but since making the move to Albuquerque she has fallen in love with the area. Claire's passion for Speech and Hearing Sciences began with an unexpected opportunity in 2014, where she was able to work closely with a few life-changing children with autism.  With a change in major and several other unique opportunities since, her dedication toward development of resources for students with disabilities has grown. She is thrilled to be working in the AAC Lab. When she gets a break from working and studying, Claire enjoys to hike, play ukulele, and reading anything she can find.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Kaethe Richter photoKaethe Henning received her BA in Sociology from the University of New Mexico in 2010 as a Presidential Scholar. Since graduating she has owned and operated a successful photography business in Albuquerque, photographing over one hundred weddings in the past four years.  Her love of people motivated her to return back to school in Spring 2015 as a non-degree student in Speech and Hearing Sciences, in order to pursue a Master’s Degree in speech-language pathology. She is excited about the opportunities that working in the AAC lab will give her to gain more hands on experience in the field.  When she doesn’t have her face in a book or behind a camera, she’s enjoying newlywed life with her husband and cute dogs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Raleigh photoRaleigh Kyablue was introduced to the field of speech and hearing while working full-time in San Francisco.  Immediately she knew it was the right path for her.  Packing up her bags and moving to the Southwest, she began studying Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of New Mexico.  In the past two years she has become fascinated with early language development, language disorders and the power of AAC.  She's honored to be involved in the AAC lab and looks forward to what the future holds!  Outside of class and lab work you'll find her painting, road tripping, and trying to convince her friends to watch old Hitchcock films with her.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Ashley photoAshley Willman is an undergraduate student originally from Vermont and New Hampshire. She moved to Albuquerque to study Speech and Hearing Sciences at UNM with her partner, Mike, and spoiled dog named Zia. After working with an inspiring seven year-old who used an AAC device, Ashley is excited to explore the realm of AAC within Dr. Binger’s lab. When she’s not busy with school and her job as a nanny, she enjoys cooking, making jewelry, nervously riding her bike, and enjoying all of the beauty and delights New Mexico has to offer.