OUR TEAM

Speech-Language Pathologists

JULIE COOPER, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLs Cert. AVT

 

ERYN MCHAN, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLs Cert. AVT

 

LEXI TERNDRUP, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLs Cert. AVT

 

BabyTalk Director of Outreach and Family Services

MEG FARQUHAR, MSW

mfarquhar@weingartencc.org

Educational Audiologist

LISA TONOKAWA-MARCACCI, M.S.

lmarcacci@weingartencc.org

Teacher Assistants

BRYCE AGUILAR

DANIELLE BOURQUE

LAURIE BOURQUE

CYNTHIA LLAMAS

ALICIA SEPULVEDA

Office Manager


LESSLIE PINZON

 lpinzon@weingartencc.org

Board of Directors

Donald Potter

Vice President

Retired CEO, WCC Founding Parent

 

Gianpaolo (GP) Callioni

Treasurer

Managing Director, Accenture

 

Renee Schwall

Secretary

Director, Analytics and Optimization, LiveOps, WCC Alumni Student

 

Nikolas Blevins, MD

Professor, Stanford School of Medicine
Professor, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery at Stanford University Medical Center
Surgeon, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Stanford University Medical Center

 

Katharina Breme

Founder & Managing Director International Business Performance LLC

 

David Creemer

Software Engineering Manager, Apple, Inc., WCC Alumni Parent

 

Josh Golomb

CEO, Hazel Health, WCC Alumni Parent

 

Andy Ludwick

Director, Pepperdata & Zebra Technologies

 

Linda Paulson

Principal, Paulson Rohlfing Associates Inc., WCC Alumni Parent

 

Scott Ransenberg

Partner, Riverwood Capital WCC Alumni Parent

 

Mike Wolff

SVP, Salesforce.com Inc., WCC Alumni Parent

 

WEINGARTEN CHILDREN’S CENTER

3518 Jefferson Avenue

Redwood City, CA 94062

Contact Info

(650) 365-7500

(650) 365-7557 fax

info@weingartencc.org

I am a Teacher of the Deaf and a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS AVEd).  I graduated with my Master's Degree in Deaf Education from Washington University in St. Louis.  I previously taught for five years at the Moog Center for Deaf Education in St. Louis, MO.  I later worked as the Cochlear Implant Program Specialist at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, IL. I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA and I am excited to be back in my home state! My hobbies include gardening, baking, mountain biking, and many other outdoor activities with my two children. I’m excited to be a part of the WCC community!

Caroline received her master's degree in Deaf Education in 2010 and later received her Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) certification.  She previously taught in the pre-school department at the Moog Center for Deaf Education in St. Louis and later worked with the Cochlear Implant team at Southern Illinois University.  She is thrilled to be back in her home state of California and working with the wonderful WCC community.  Caroline’s mother was a teacher of the deaf for 35 years and Caroline followed in her mother’s footsteps.  During her free time Caroline spends time bike riding and gardening with her husband and two children.

Credentials and Certifications
Master of Science in Deaf Education
Credentialed Teacher of the Deaf
Listening & Spoken Language Specialist

Caroline Montgomery, M.S.D.E, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Teacher of the Deaf and Listening & Spoken Language Specialist

I am a northern California native who grew up in El Dorado County. I graduated from UC Davis with degrees in Political Science and History and earned a teaching credential from CSU Sacramento. After working in education for several years, I attended law school in San Francisco and then moved to Phoenix, Arizona to practice law. I became interested in the field of deaf education when my daughter was born with profound hearing loss. After spending two years as an assistant teacher at Desert Voices Oral School in Phoenix, I followed my passion and moved to Saint Louis, Missouri to pursue a graduate degree in deaf education. I am thrilled to be teaching at Weingarten Children’s Center and to be back home in northern California.

Angelica Aguilar is an early childhood teacher at Weingarten Children Center. She began working at Weingarten Children Center in 1994 as a teacher’s assistant and earned a certificate as an early childhood teacher in 2010. She went on to earn her BA in Human Development with a concentration in Early Childhood Development in 2021. Angelica has attended workshops for Writing Without Tears, Executive Functioning and has experience with behavior management. She has also helped interpret for the Let Them Hear program since 2012, and is experienced in interpreting for IEP’s, conferences, and parent meetings. Angelica is also a proud mother of a deaf adult. Her child attended WCC as a child then mainstreamed into her home school in the second grade. Angelica’s child graduated from Long Beach State University with a 4.0 GPA, received an academic award, honor roll award, and community excellence award, and completed one semester abroad in London. As a mother who has a child coping with hearing loss, Angelica understands the emotional toll that having a deaf child can place upon parents. It is her passion to help parents and children alike with the stress and emotions that hearing loss can bring.

I fell in love with speech pathology the moment I observed a speech therapist working with children with hearing loss. After seeing their genuine curiosity and excitement about the world around them, I knew I wanted to be a part of their listening journey. I earned a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Virginia and a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Following graduation, I began working for a speech therapy clinic in Maryland that specializes in children with hearing loss. I gained experience treating toddlers and young children using a listening and spoken language approach. I also have experience working with children and adults with articulation disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, fluency disorders and developmental delays. I am now dually licensed in Maryland and California and I am very excited to be a part of the WCC team!

Teletherapy

Sara comes to the Foundation for Hearing Research/Weingarten Children’s Center with experience in building funding partnerships to support the rights, health, and well-being of women and children. She started her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica, working with schools throughout St. Elizabeth on environmental education, computer skills, and literacy. Over the past 15 years, she developed funding partnerships for organizations focused on college readiness and access, women’s rights and health, and water and sanitation. She is excited to engage with and grow the community in support of the Foundation for Hearing Research and the children and families we serve.  Sara lives in San Francisco with her two kids, spouse, and rescued pup Peewee.

Eryn McHan is a Speech-Language Pathologist and certified Auditory Verbal Therapist who also serves as the Associate Director of Student Services at WCC. Eryn specializes in parent coaching centered intervention and developing Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) skills for children who are deaf and hard of hearing in partnership with their caregivers. She has provided LSL deaf and hard of hearing consultation and services for counties and school districts and has taught a variety of classes for young children with hearing loss, including social skills and music classes. Beyond direct therapy services, she has served as a clinical supervisor for speech pathology graduate students, coordinated the Professional Learning at the Listen to Me! Baker Institute for Children with Hearing Loss, and has worked as a practicum mentor for Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants. She strives to always continue her own learning, truly loves what she does, and looks forward to empowering new families each year through her work at WCC.

A consummate educator, Kathy Sussman began her career in teaching deaf children how to listen and speak at St. Francis School for the Deaf in New York City in 1966. Wanting to learn more about childhood deafness, she earned a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders at Washington University in St Louis, where she also held a faculty position at the Central Institute for the Deaf.

In 1974, Kathy went “international” and directed the first preschool for the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf. While in Canada, she worked closely with Dr. Daniel Ling as he developed his seminal work in auditory-based therapy. Kathy was then selected to serve as the Executive Director of the Louisville Deaf Oral School in Kentucky where she worked from 1978 to 1991.

Her friend and colleague, Leahea Grammatico, persuaded Kathy to move to California and assume the Directorship of the Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf. During her 25-year tenure at the school, Kathy was recognized as a leader in the field of oral deaf education. She was a founding member of the OPTION Schools Board, a longtime member of the Advisory Board to the Oberkotter Foundation and served as President of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, receiving its Honors of the Association.

Her lifetime of national and international achievements in the field have left an indelible mark on the trajectory of outcomes for so many children with hearing loss across the globe.  In honor and recognition of her passion and life’s work, Kathy was presented with Leahea Grammatico Achievement Award on September 16th, 2017 at WCC’s 50th anniversary celebration!

As Kathy continues to focus on her health, she loves to visit WCC from time to time and staff is always eager to seize the opportunity to receive her knowledge and expertise. During her visits, Kathy is sure to be greeted with hugs and excited chatter from the children!

I received my Master’s Degree in Audiology from Colorado State University in 1983. I was very lucky to begin my career in Los Angeles at the House Ear Institute (HEI). I had the honor of working Dr. William House and his cochlear implant team on the first single channel cochlear implant commercially available. I worked there for 10 years providing diagnostic audiology, cochlear implant and hearing aid services for both children and adults. I started as an audiology intern and later became the director of the children’s program. This is where I learned the importance of appropriate education and therapy for children with hearing loss; and where I developed an interest in research. HEI took part in many clinical trials in the development of the single channel cochlear implant to the current multichannel devices. Being part of the clinical trials helped to teach me best ways to program adults and children’s cochlear implant processors for better outcomes.

In 1993 I moved to Northern California to join Dr. Rodney Perkins to develop a Children’s Cochlear Implant program at the California Ear Institute (CEI). I was able to continue participating in research and clinical trials for the assessment of several different cochlear implant devices. I worked at CEI and later at the Let Hear Foundation until 2007.

I have always been interested in research and teaching other professionals about the needs of children using cochlear implants or hearing aids. I have been a guest lecturer for Stanford University Otolaryngology residents, San Jose State, and San Francisco State University for both audiology, Teacher Training programs and Speech Language Pathologists. I also have had the opportunity to present our experiences and research at national and international meetings.

Since 2009, after taking a short break to be at home with my two children, I am thrilled to be back in the field and working part time here at Weingarten Children’s Center providing audiologic services and consultation for their parents and staff. Although this is a different than my experiences of working in medical clinics, working at WCC has allowed me to see the real importance of our children’s hearing technologies. I enjoy partnering with our children’s clinical audiologists to ensure they are hearing the best they can.

I first started my career as a Psychologist, with a B.A. from the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and a post-grad certificate in child and adolescent psychology. While working in a professional training program with Deaf young adults at the Portuguese Association of the Deaf, I was puzzled by the difficulties I was witnessing with reading and writing, and wanted to find out more about deafness, language and literacy. A Fulbright scholarship enabled me to pursue this project in the USA, and I earned a M.A and a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education and in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from Teachers College, Columbia University. Its comprehensive program enabled me to assist DHH students in a variety of settings - from a more traditional school for the deaf to providing itinerant mainstreaming services at school district level - as well as to work with a variety of communication options (Cued Speech, ASL, and LSLS). I taught Kindergarten at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Boston-Canton, MA. After a few years in Belgium working for the European Commission at their Early Childhood Centers, I am back to the States and continuing my journey in Deaf Ed at Weingarten Children’s Center, while also pursuing certification as an AVT Ed. In my free time, when I’m not chasing after my toddler, you can find me at home baking sweets.

Sharon is a credentialed teacher of the deaf, teaching deaf children and their families since 1981. She received her Master of Arts Degree in Education of Exceptional Children, her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies, a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and a Communication Handicapped Credential, all from San Francisco State University. During her 34 years at the Weingarten Children’s Center, Sharon has taught children of all ages but specializes in the birth to five population. She enjoys using a coaching model, enabling parents to be their child’s primary teacher. She also is a therapist with BabyTalk, a tele-therapy partnership between Stanford University and Weingarten Children’s Center. As part of WCC’s outreach program, Sharon has participated in demonstration videos for parents and professionals, taught short courses to university students, been a guest lecturer and co-authored an article for Volta Voices.

Credentials and Certifications
Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential
Communication Handicapped Credential
Master of Arts in Education of Exceptional Children

I have started my journey at Weingarten as a parent in 2006. While I learned how to cope with the newly deafness diagnosis of my oldest son Arthur, and to navigate a world of doctors’ appointments and IEP’s I found professional support and an amazing parent community at Weingarten. My youngest son Gabriel also attended WCC as a hearing peer. From participating in numerous therapy sessions and receiving coaching from the teachers and therapists my passion towards deaf education grew. I started volunteering and eventually started working as an ECE teacher at WCC in 2010. I have been working since 2011 as a co-teacher and I absolutely love my job. I bring my experience as a parent of a deaf child, along with my expertise in child development and years of collaboration with a team of deaf and hard of hearing specialists, speech pathologists, OT and audiologist. I am in awe with the progress of our students and the collaboration among staff and parents. I feel thankful to be part of the WCC community and excited to grow my role at WCC also as an administrator. When I am not at Weingarten, I love to be with family and our dog Apollo.

Credentials:
CA Early Childhood Site Supervisor Credential
Children and Teen Mindfulness Yoga Instructor
Structured Literacy Certified -Literacy How – International Dyslexia Association
Certified as Therapeutic Crisis Interventionist for Schools

I am currently a teacher of the deaf at the Weingarten Children's Center. I have been teaching since 1982 and specificallt at this center since 1985. My Current position is a teacher of young toddlers at he Family Center, which serves children of 0-3 years of age.I have also been a therapist, teaching children in an individual setting and a mentor teacher, teaching student teachers the art of teaching. I received my BA from the University of California, Berkeley. I attended San Francisco State University where I obtained a Multiple Subjects Credential, a Communicatio Handicapped Credentialand an MA in Education of Exceptional Childtren. I have taught in both total communication and aufitory oral programs. My passion is teaching the very young cochlear implant user to listen, think and talk!

Credentials and Certifications
Teaching Credential - Specialist, Communication Handicapped
Teaching Credential - Multiple Subject, General Subjects

I am a deaf/hard of hearing teacher/specialist and therapist who has had the pleasure of being in this field for over 35 years. I did my studies at Fontbonne College in St. Louis, MO. My first year teaching was spent at Sunshine Cottage for the Deaf in Texas. Since then I have called Weingarten Children's Center my second home. I am the director of the music program at Weingarten and have provided workshops throughout the country on music with deaf children. I assisted in developing Rhythmic Phonetics,which is a system to produce speech production using full body movements, and have had the opportunity to give workshops to professionals, school districts, parents and universities. I am also involved with the Weingarten alumni and enjoy seeing and hearing from my past students.

I received my teaching credential and Masters Degree in Special Education with a focus on Deaf/Hard of Hearing from San Francisco State University. I have been teaching in special day classrooms for infants and toddlers with cochlear implants and/or hearing aids since 1999. Additionally I was the school program director for the Auditory Oral School of San Francisco and the San Francisco Kids Academy (preschool). As a teacher I have worked in mainstream classrooms as an itinerant teacher of the deaf, and provided individual aural rehabilitation for children and adults with cochlear implants. I have presented on topics related to hearing loss for parents and professionals, and I am certified trainer for the Program for Infant Toddler Care through West Ed and the California Department of Education. My journey into deaf education began thirty-three years ago when my oldest son was diagnosed with profound hearing loss. I am proud to have watched him become a successful high school teacher who now holds a doctorate in education. My experiences raising my son using listening and spoken language inspires my commitment to providing training to parents and professionals to ensure educational success for children with hearing loss. I currently teach a toddler class at Weingarten Children's Center and provide parent coaching through the BabyTalk teletherapy program.

Credentials and Certifications
Masters in Special Education, Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Education Specialist Credential, Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Certified Trainer for the Program for Infant Toddler Care through WestEd and the California Department of Education
Certified Childcare Program Director
Certified in DuBard Association Method

I received a master’s degree from San Jose State University in Communicative Disorders and a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. During my time at San Jose State, I received specialized training to work with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing through the Aural Impact grant. Prior to receiving my master’s degree, I worked as a speech-language pathology assistant at Weingarten Children’s Center. I loved my experience collaborating and learning from other therapists and could not wait to return upon completion of my degree. I have experience working with toddlers, school-age children and adolescents. Although I have worked primarily with children who are deaf or hard of hearing who wish to utilize listening and spoken language, I also have experience with children on the autism spectrum, phonological processes, expressive and receptive language delays and apraxia of speech. I became interested in speech pathology after falling in love with a course on communication development. After completing two more courses and observing an SLP at work, I became hooked and have never looked back!

Shannon is an ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologist and Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Certified Auditory Verbal Educator. She earned her MS in SLP from James Madison University and BA in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh. She is proudly from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she started her career in OPTION Schools. Shannon's intervention involves family engagement in therapy and strengths-based parent coaching, as families are their child's first and best teachers! She enjoys mentoring other professionals and served as clinical faculty of the University of Pittsburgh and board member of the PA Chapter of the AG Bell Association. She has presented at several national and international conferences to share her expertise in Listening and Spoken Language Therapy and strengths-based parent coaching from schools. In her free time, Shannon enjoys hiking, bird watching, traveling, and listening to music.

I received a master's in Speech-Language Pathology with a Listening and Spoken Language emphasis from Utah State University, where I was able to pursue incredible clinical experiences working with children with hearing loss at the Sound Beginnings early education program. My sister has a hearing loss, which influenced my decision to become a speech-language pathologist specializing in this area. I enjoy coaching and working collaboratively with parents to empower them in helping their children listen and communicate more effectively. I strive to make therapy both fun and functional to generalize skills to all environments. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, skiing, traveling, and exploring the Bay Area with my husband and Welsh Corgi, Ellie. I'm excited to be part of the team at WCC!

I am a listening and spoken language specialist, certified auditory verbal therapist, and I am passionate about empowering parents to teach their child to listen and speak. I earned a BA from Calvin College and an MS in speech-language pathology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have been a therapist at the Weingarten Children’s Center since 2007. In addition to working at WCC, I’ve been working at Stanford University since 2008, where I direct the Listen to Me! Conference and the Baker Scholars Program. Previously, I was the SLP on the Stanford Cochlear Implant Team for five years. I have enjoyed mentoring several professionals seeking to specialize in a listening and spoken language approach through the FIRST YEARS program at UNC, PPCI, and local SLP graduate programs. I have presented at ACIA, ASHA, and San Jose State University. I love my career and am constantly inspired by the children, families, and colleagues with whom I work.

I am a speech-language pathologist passionate about helping all children grow their speech, language, auditory, and social communication skills. I studied Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as Latin at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and earned my M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Throughout my studies I was a member of research teams studying speech, language, and hearing development in children with and without hearing loss. Before joining the Weingarten team, I served K-12+ students with both specific speech-language and pervasive developmental disabilities. I truly enjoy being part of a team where I can support students to learn, grow, and attain their goals!

My name is Heather Back Bricker and I am a speech-language pathologist at Weingarten Children’s Center. I am from southern California and moved to the Bay Area for graduate school. My interest in education and non-profit work began at a young age as I volunteered with my mother in various classroom settings and non-profit tutoring centers. I developed a passion for helping children and students develop their full potential in all areas of life, and that starts with the ability to effectively communicate with others! I majored in Psychology and Spanish at Claremont McKenna College and completed my masters in Communication Disorders and Sciences at San Jose State University. I specialize in speech, language, and auditory therapy for children with hearing loss and other speech and language delays. I have experience mentoring graduate students and enjoy working with Spanish-speaking students and families. I love working with children and celebrating their successes every day!

I received my Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Columbia University in New York, and I hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). I have worked as a speech-language pathologist at two OPTION schools: Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in New York City and Desert Voices in Phoenix, Arizona. I am trained in using a Listening & Spoken Language (LSL) approach to treat children with hearing loss. I am also trained in PROMPT, a specialized technique for treating apraxia of speech. I have a special interest in hearing loss, language delays, articulation disorders, apraxia, autism spectrum disorders, and auditory processing disorders. I strive to create a supportive and positive learning environment for my clients and their families in order to maximize their potential. In my free time, I enjoy playing golf and tennis, cycling, dining out at new restaurants, and spending time with my husband and our two dogs.

My affiliation with WCC started in 1999 as a parent when my daughter started receiving services at Weingarten. I was in awe of the talented staff and was amazed to see how the children’s lives were being transformed. I started volunteering my time in classrooms, the administration office, and for the fundraising events while my daughter was attending school and eventually started working part-time. My love for technology has transpired into my main responsibilities of managing the database and technology needs for school along with assisting in the business operations and development department. In my pre-WCC life, I worked as a teacher in K-12 school teaching computer skills to kindergarteners and basic programming skills to high schoolers. My educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and a master's in Physics from the Institute of Science, India, and a Diploma in Business Management.

When I was 8 years old my youngest cousin Katy was diagnosed with profound hearing loss. That is when I first developed an interest in working with families of children with hearing loss. Over the years my interest turned to passion! I entered college knowing not only that I wanted to be a speech-language pathologist, but that I wanted to specialize in hearing loss. I received my undergraduate degree at the University of California Santa Barbara and my graduate degree at San Francisco State University, where I completed a specialization in Aural Rehabilitation. I especially love early intervention. I’ve learned far more about little ones in my own experiences as a mom to 2 young boys that I ever learned in graduate school! That’s why I believe so strongly in a parent coaching model. I know firsthand that parents are the experts on their own children. Over the years I have served on 3 multi-disciplinary hearing healthcare teams around the State. I’ve served as a faculty member for a national professional development program (PPCI). And I’ve taught at both San Jose and San Francisco State Universities. For the past 5 years I’ve served as a lead faculty member for the Project Aural Impact (PAI) Program at San Jose State. PAI has provided pre-professional training for aspiring speech-language pathologists who wish to specialize in listening and spoken language.

Currently I have two roles at Weingarten Children’s Center. I am the Director of the BabyTalk Teletherapy Program, which is a cooperative offering between Weingarten Children's Center and Stanford University School of Medicine. I love our BabyTalk program because it affords us the opportunity to serve a vulnerable population. Many of these families live in remote parts of California and are considered “high risk” due to factors including poverty, language and cultural barriers, and other medical issues. I’m also on the “Admin Team” at Weingarten, which is a real privilege, given the Distributed Leadership Team (DLT) model that we use. Everyone on staff has a leadership role and we work together to keep our Center operating. In addition to my love of early intervention using a parent coaching model, I also enjoy professional learning and coaching. Currently I am preparing to work as a coach through Hearing First for professionals who are in pursuit of their Listening and Spoken Language Certification. I maintain my State of California licensure, my Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and my LSLS Cert AVEd through the AG Bell Academy.

I am a California licensed and ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist who has been in the field for 19 years providing direct therapy, inclusion consultation, parent education and clinical direction and school management. I received my Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from San Francisco State University and my Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Wisconsin Madison. I am also PROMPT trained and assess for Dyslexia. Over the years, I have passionately worked with children needing to improve their listening, language, speech and social interaction skills. In return, I have learned so much from my students and their families. Recognizing parents as our partners, I join the staff at Weingarten Children’s Center in offering bimonthly parent education classes, including the Love and Logic parenting series. I’ve also had the privilege of being able to share my experience and knowledge with other professionals and Bay Area university students, specifically around serving children with hearing loss. I believe that each of us can reach our truest potential when we have the knowledge, support and inner motivation to succeed!

Bill brings private sector career experience focused on building strong organizations by combining operating management, strategy, and capital. He has managed organizations, served on boards of directors of for-profit and non-profit entities, raised equity and debt capital as fund manager and investment banker, and provided strategic and operating advice as consultant. He holds a B.S.E. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Bill works with WCC and its strategic partners to strengthen, finance, and deliver highly effective early intervention and truly significant impact for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, wherever they may live and whatever their circumstances.