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The Class of 2007

Laura (Cord) Church

Speech-Language Pathologist for Metropolitan ENT Associates
Pittsburgh , PA

Working with patients with voice and swallowing disorders, head/neck cancer, including Laryngectomy.

In My Real Life: Married 6/27/09 and purchased a home.

Contact: LLCord@hotmail.com

Katie Huwar

Speech-Language Pathologist for Premier Therapy at Friendship Ridge
Beaver, PA

Working with CVA - Aphasia, Dementia, Alzheimers, TBI, Laryngeal Cancer, Trach patients, Parkinsons, and Dysphagia.

In My Real Life: Getting married in May of 2010.


Lucy McClure

Speech-Language Pathologist for Hopewell Area School District, Independence Elementary School and Hopewell Senior High School
Aliquippa, PA

Working with grades K-4 and 9-12 students with needs including articulation, language disorders, auditory processing disorders, social skills development, behavior management, and a wide range of developmental disabilities.  I also work closely with guidance counselor to lead several social skills groups through the RTI process to increase behavioral success within the school and am part of the character education development team.  I have been the District's coordinator for the Beaver County Special Olympics since 2007.

In My Real Life: An article I co-authored as a graduate assistant in the Department of Occupational Therapy was published in Occupational Therapy Health Care, Vol. 21 (1/2) in 2007.  In June 2008 I traveled to Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada) to present the results of a separate study I worked on as a graduate assistant.  I have worked part-time doing early intervention therapy with EIS since 2007.  In the community, I currently serve as the president of the board of directors at my condominium association.


Katie Micco

Speech-Language Pathologist for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh - Pine Center Location
Wexford, PA

Working with pediatric populations including articulation disorders, apraxia of speech, language disorders, voice disorders, Velopharyngeal insufficiency, PDD/Autism, and pragmatic groups.

In My Real Life: Manuscript published in January 2009 edition of International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology with Dr. Chen and Dr. Kimelman.  Received the Award for Commitment and Excellence in Service (ACES) from UPMC on October 2009.

Contact: Katie.micco@chp.edu


Ashley Reline

Speech-Language Pathologist at children's Hospital of Pittsburgh-Main Campus.
Pittsburgh , PA

Working with pediatric inpatients and outpatients

In My Real Life: Engaged to Brian Krieger, also a Duquesne Grad.  Wedding date 01/02/2010. ceremony at Phipps Conservatory.

Contact: asreline@hotmail.com


Renae Ruffalo

Speech-Language Pathologist at
Positive Steps Therapy, LLC.
Pittsburgh, PA

Working with pediatrics from birth to 3 years old.

In My Real Life: Bought a house.

Contact: Ruffalo975@duq.edu


Jamie Sweeney

Speech-Language Pathologist at
Dixon Healthcare Center/Genesis Rehab Services
Wintersville, OH

Working with Dementia, Alzheimer's, Stroke, TBI, and Dysphagia patients.

Contact: jmeslp28@yahoo.com


Katie (Vrablik) Valenti

Itinerant Speech-Language Pathologist for the AIU DART program in Mt. Lebanon
Pittsburgh , PA

Working with children ages 3-6 with a variety of delays.

In My Real Life: Married on August 15th, 2009.