Ashley Truett (B.S.Ed. ’11, M.Ed. ’13 Speech Path & Aud) was recently engaged and is getting married in October.
Edna (Edie) Babbitt (M.Ed. ’97 Speech Path & Aud) is completing her Ph.D. as an independent student with the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, with a focus on outcomes from Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Programs. She has worked as a research speech language pathologist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago since 2000. Research projects have included designing and implementing computerized aphasia treatment programs using an avatar and cortical stimulation via epidural implants/transcranial direct current stimulation in conjunction with aphasia therapy. She received Board Certification from the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences in 2006. (more…)
Edna (Edie) Babbitt's Curry Memory
“The challenge of Dr. Robey’s neuroanatomy class, which fueled my fascination with the workings of the brain. That and 10c wings on Tuesday nights with Kim Cascio.”
Kimberly Olsen Hadeed (B.S.Ed. ’10, M.Ed. ’13 Speech Path & Aud) “After graduation I had big plans of working in an inpatient rehab or acute setting; however, those job options in the Charlottesville area were limited in the summer of 2013. I took a CFY at a skilled nursing facility in Lexington, Va., just one hour south of Cville. Although the SNF setting was not my preferred first job, I am so thankful for the 2 years of experience I gained. As the only speech therapist in the facility, I had no choice but to quickly gain confidence in my skills and clinical decision making. I am now happy to be back in Charlottesville with my new husband and working as a full time ST at U.Va.-HealthSouth. I have had the pleasure of meeting current U.Va. SLP graduate students during their internship semesters and look forward to many more semesters of mentoring students during clinical placements.”
Frank Butts (M.Ed. ’71, Ph.D. ’84 Speech Path & Aud) after forty years of practicing audiology in Virginia, he has retired to Litchfield, South Carolina. “We have established a fund in the Curry School in honor of my sister, Nancy Hall Butts and are looking forward to visiting often since we still have a son and family in Richmond.” (Read about the award fund at the bottom of this page.)
Frank Butts's Curry Memory
“In my last semester of my masters work in Audiology, I convinced some other students to brighten up the drab grey sound booth in Cabell Hall by painting it a canary yellow. We came in over the weekend and completed the job quickly with rollers. By Monday, the paint had dried and filled all the pores of the acoustic walls, ruining the function of the booth. It took three weeks with a paper clip to punch out the several thousand holes to restore the booth’s function. They still let me graduate.”
Mary Harrell Bryan (M.Ed. ’07 Speech Path & Aud) and her family recently moved to Tuscaloosa, Ala., where she and her husband accepted positions with The University of Alabama. “I am a clinical supervisor/instructor in the Communicative Disorders department. In addition to supervising graduate and undergraduate students in our campus Speech and Hearing Center, I plan to teach 2 courses this fall: Intro to Communication Disorders and Phonetics. My husband, Ross Bryan, is enjoying his new position as assistant dean of the Honors College, and our 2 daughters, Ella (5) and Lottie (2) are thriving in their new environment!
Mary Harrell Bryan's Curry Memory
“I am grateful for the education I received while at the University of Virginia. Gaining quality experiences with adults and children has prepared me well to work as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of settings.”
Kim Imajo (M.Ed. ’00 Speech Path & Aud) is in her fourth year of owning Richmond Hearing Doctors, “along with three other wonderful audiologists. It has been very rewarding opening a private audiology practice from the ground up with my partners and watching it grow significantly these past four years. We look forward to many more years of growth and helping people hear better.” www.RichmondHearingDoctors.com
Kelly Ball (B.S.Ed. ’95 Speech Path & Aud) recently completed the Emerging Leaders program through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She served as president of the Georgia Speech-Language Hearing Association from 2011-2014. In addition, she serves on the Georgia Therapy Trialliance.
Susan Spence (1962–M. Ed. Speech Pathology) retired as speech pathologist from Leary School of Virginia after 10 delightful years and have moved to Georgia.
Susan Spence's Curry Memory
“My fondest memory is Dr. Helen Burr.”
Jena McDaniel (B.S.Ed. ’10 Speech Path & Aud) will be entering the doctoral program in Speech-Language Pathology at Vanderbilt University in August 2015. She will be focusing on language intervention effectiveness for young children, including children with autism spectrum disorder, hearing loss and other developmental disabilities.
Sheila Chrobak (B.S.Ed. ’94 Speech Path & Aud) now in her eighth year of private practice, is excited to announce that Dot to Dot: Pediatric Speech Language Therapy LLC, will be relocating to a new space at 2300 Commonwealth Drive, Suite C, Charlottesville, VA 22901, on August 1, 2015. dottodotspeech.com
Sheila Chrobak's Curry Memory
“Remember those two tiny little buildings next to the gas station on the corner of Emmet and Ivy/University Avenue across from the Cavalier Inn? You know, the ones that have since been completely demolished and replaced with the beautiful Carr’s Hill Field? Well, that’s where I decided that I was going to become a pediatric speech language pathologist….best decision I could have made. I love my career, feeling challenged each and every day, and the process of continually learning and growing in the field.”
Erin Mattingly (B.S.Ed. ’03 Speech Path & Aud) serves as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health (PH) subject matter expert supporting the Defense Health Agency within the Department of Defense. She also serves in ASHA as a coordinating committee member of special interest group (SIG) 2, Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders.
Emily Lynn (M.Ed. ’14 Speech Path & Aud) is working as a bilingual speech-language pathologist for the Charleston County School District in Charleston, S.C. “I have loved getting to know the city of Charleston since moving here a few months ago.”
Sarah Gaillard (B.S. Ed. ’06 Speech Path & Aud) is owner and practitioner of Speech Success, LLC. “It has been up and running for approximately a year in the Summerville, S.C., area and serves the pediatric population in homes and daycares. Baby boy Gaillard is due in September.
Christy Vaught (B.S.Ed. ’14 Speech Path & Aud) is currently a second year graduate student at Radford University, expecting to earn her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders this May. While at Radford, Christy served as graduate student coordinator for Project Sprout. Project Sprout is a nonprofit organization aimed at serving families experiencing homelessness or poverty in the New River Valley. As coordinator, Christy was responsible for training potential advocates, contacting referred families, and planning and attending family visits. She found this experience was very rewarding and eye opening. In the fall, Christy will be completing her pediatric practicum at a rural school in southwest Virginia. She hopes to work in the medical setting after graduation, but still enjoys working with children.
Christy Vaught's Curry Memory
“Bringing the undergraduate and graduate COSD students together and serving as an undergraduate NSSLHA representative. Any conversation with Dr. Loncke is also a fond memory. His passion for his students still resides with me today!”
Linda Hollingsworth (M.Ed. ’04 Speech Path & Aud) is still working as a speech-language pathologist for Loudoun County Public Schools. “I still have a middle school as my home base, but have ventured into different age groups and locations this year to cover staffing needs. These have included preK, elementary and high school students, as well as some clients at alternative locations. All very interesting in different ways but my heart still belongs to the sixth, seventh and eighth graders. My first grandchild is coming up to 2 years. His parents are very annoying and refuse to relocate to the US and live on my street. Ironically, he was born with Pierre-Robin sequence and associated cleft palate. His palate was repaired in two stages (velum first), and he has received intensive speech-language therapy. I was able to attend his initial surgical consultations at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital — a national craniofacial center in the UK. Needless to say he is gorgeous, very smart and vocal.”
Linda Hollingsworth's Curry Memory
“Dr. Robey patiently explaining z/T scores in statistics one long hot summer. I passed the class only because of his ability to reduce the numbers and ideas to the level of an imbecile. Yes, I can explain the difference between standardized tests and norm referenced tests and why raw scores must be converted to standard scores. Thank you!”
Jennifer Drohosky (M.Ed. ’97 Speech Path & Aud) has been with the Children’s Hospital Colorado for almost eight years, serving as the Cochlear Implant Program Coordinator. “I am certified by the American Board of Audiology, with specialty certifications in Pediatric Audiology and Cochlear Implants. I recently married, and my husband and I enjoy spending time with our dogs, fly fishing, skiing, and camping in the Colorado outdoors.”
Charlene Christie (M.Ed. ’79 Speech Path & Aud) is the owner of Sign Language Professionals, Inc., providers of ASL and Foreign Language interpreting and translating service, Braille document preparation, Real Time and Post Production Captioning services. www.SignLanguageProfessionals.com
Charlene Christie's Curry Memory
“Studying on the Lawn. Late-night Grillswiths paired with good friends.”