WSHLA enjoys the benefits of a large Board of Directors comprised of SLPs and AUDs who give their time and expertise to the professions and to our community. Below are pictures and bio sketches of each current Board member. We meet 4-6 times per year to plan programs, share professional tidbits, and generally enjoy each other’s company.
Board of Directors:
Lauren Albert M.S. CCC-SLP – President of WSHLA
Lauren is also the owner of Confident Communicators, a speech and language private practice. She has extensive experience working in both the preschool setting, with speech and language delayed children, as well as within the private school sector, working with students who have language-based learning deficits. Her areas of expertise include verbal and written communication difficulties, executive functioning deficits, and speech articulation disorders. Lauren holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, an M.B.A. in Management from Baruch College and an M.S. in Communication Disorders from Mercy College. Lauren can be reached at email@example.com
Nancy Datino, AuD CCC-A/SLP – WSHLA Vice President/Membership Chair
Nancy is the owner of Audiology and Speech Solutions, P.C. She has over 35 years of experience helping people with hearing loss, speech and language disorders, and auditory processing disorders (APD) through technology and therapeutic interventions. Nancy’s previous work experience includes employment at The League for the Hard of Hearing, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Hudson Valley United Cerebral Palsy, and NY School for the Deaf. She serves as an adjunct instructor at local colleges and universities. With a lifelong passion for helping individuals overcome their communication challenges, Dr. Datino has contributed significantly to the field through her clinical work and her presentations at state and national workshops. Nancy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deborah Chassen, M.Ed., CCC-SLPb – WSHLA – Treasurer
Deborah has been a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist for over 32 years. Deborah has a large private practice in New Rochelle, servicing a broad population of patients from 2-90 years old. Debbie earned a Master’s degree from the Northeastern University in Boston. She has published the game, Synpax, which teaches children and bilingual students the grammatical features of language. In addition, she is now creating apps with Rainbows End already in the app store. Her newest creation, Language in Motion (LIM) will be available shortly. Her practice serves Westchester County, Connecticut and the Bronx and accepts most insurance plans, and additionally is a CPSE provider for Westchester county. Contact info: 914 576-2729
Amanda DeAlem-Arredondo, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD-BE – WSHLA’s CEU Administrator
In this position, she coordinates with ASHA all of WSHLA’s program approvals. She earned a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from New York Medical College. In addition, she earned a Bilingual Extension Certificate at Teachers College, Columbia University. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Amanda is employed as a public school speech-language teacher and offers private therapy to children after school hours in Westchester. To contact Amanda please email her at: ADeAlem@gmail.com.
Alaina DiGioia, M.S. CCC-SLP – WSHLA Secretary
Alaina has been a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist for the past 10 years. Alaina is the owner of The Speech Specialist, PLLC. She received her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Mercy College and also has a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from Pace University. She is a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) and is PROMPT trained. She provides speech and language services to a wide range of children with a variety of needs in Chappaqua, Pleasantville, Armonk and the surrounding areas. She provides most services in local preschools and the home setting. She is currently accepting private therapy cases and additional clients through the Committee of Preschool Special Education (CPSE). Alaina’s areas of interest include articulation, phonology, apraxia, dysphagia, stuttering and auditory processing disorders. She enjoys spending her free time with her 3-year-old son and husband at the beach. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Diana Hughes M.S., CCC-SLP/TSSLD – WSHLA Special Events Coordinator/Board Member
Diana received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY and received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She is also a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Diana has been a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist for the past 10 years. She provides treatment to children with a variety of disorders in early intervention and preschool (CPSE) in center-based agencies, home care, and daycares/preschools in Rockland County as well as provides private speech therapy and teaches mommy & me speech classes. She has also received PROMPT training in order to expand her therapeutic strategies to incorporate into treatment. Diana can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meta Rosenberg – Levi, MS, CCC, WSHLA’s Program Committee Member
Meta has been a certified and licensed speech and language pathologist for over 40 years. She completed her graduate training at Teachers College, Columbia University. Meta has extensive experience working with a range of populations in a variety of treatment settings (e.g. hospitals, nursing homes, schools, private practice).She has taught and supervised future practitioners both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Meta specializes in working with pre-school through middle school youth. Currently, she works part-time in a Riverdale private school and maintains a practice in Southern Westchester where she has resided for over twenty years.
Frances Scheffler, PhD, CCC-SLP – Past WSHLA President, Program Committee Member
Frances is the director of SpeechDocFran, PLLC, has been a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist for over 30 years. She is a published author, former researcher, and retired assistant professor. Her private practice offers home visits in Westchester County and in-office therapy in White Plains and in Rye, NY to children and adults with communication delays and disorders. In addition, she offers confidential consultations to corporate clients on public speaking techniques, accent modification, or other interpersonal communication challenges. Dr. Fran earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Hillary Rosenberg M.S. CCC-SLP – Program Committee Member
Hillary is a speech-language pathologist in practice for over 14 years. She lives in Yorktown and has 2 children. She received her master’s degree in communication disorders from Boston University. She is currently the supervisor of speech-language pathology of the Westchester division of Los Ninos Services, Inc. She specializes in early childhood development and currently serves the birth to 5 population through both private and state funded programs. She has also developed and implemented parent education and developmental outreach programs for a number of community organizations throughout Westchester County.
Gail Gaiser M.A., CCC-SLP -Program Committee Member
is a Speech-Language Pathologist with experience over the past 30 years that includes working with preschool to high school age students with language impairments. She began her career at Greenburgh 11 UFSD and later worked at the Windward School. Gail then spent several years as a speech and language pathologist at the Alcott School working with children ages 2-5. She later became Alcott’s related services coordinator and supervising speech pathologist. Her private practice started in 1997 and continues through the present. Gail was the co-founder and co-director of Pathways School, a school for students on the autism spectrum and with other neurological impairments for 15 years. She currently works as a speech and language pathologist at Eagle Hill School in Greenwich, Ct.
Syndy Margot M.S. CCC-SLP -Program Committee Member
Since graduating from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2004, Syndy has practiced as a pediatric speech-language pathologist. From working with Spanish-speaking families at a children’s hospital in San Diego to servicing private schools in Switzerland, she has been able to gain exposure to a wide range of speech and language disorders while developing a deep appreciation for cultural and individual differences. She enjoys targeting social skills, reading comprehension, memory, and early speech/language development with a fun and multi-sensory approach to learning. Her therapy includes elements of PROMPT, Hanen, SIPT, and Lindamood Bell. Additionally, she has a newfound interest in nutrition and feeding, and she has recently completed the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding course. Syndy is the newest member of the WSHLA board and she is excited to help promote multi-disciplinary networking and continued education. Syndy may be reached at email@example.com.
Paula Krenkel, CCC-SLP – Program Committee Member