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The Speech Language Hearing Sciences (SLHS) Advisory Board will be charged with providing comprehensive programmatic feedback, including progress towards the SLHS department’s stated mission and goals. They will help the faculty and staff of the SLHS department achieve full accreditation and will serve as ambassadors and liaisons between MSU Denver and the greater Metro Denver and Colorado Communities. The Board is comprised of members who represent unique perspectives and areas of expertise. Board members will serve for two years. Representatives include:
Eric Schliemann is a speech-language pathologist in Westminster Public Schools. He has worked in the public school system for ten years and has experience providing in-home services for children and adults. Eric is bilingual (English and Spanish) and has served on district assessment teams for Westminster and Adams 12 school districts. He has also worked as a volunteer speech-language pathologist in Guatemala and Peru. Eric is a member and former chair of the Colorado Bilingual SLP Network. He is a current member of the Colorado Department of Education’s Speech-Language Advisory Council. Eric lives in Denver with his wife and two children.
Jen Carter M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a medically based speech-language pathologist and a board-certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders with 28 years of experience. She currently treats inpatients and outpatients with oropharyngeal dysphagia and communication disorders at the VA Medical Center in Aurora which includes the ENT/Dysphagia and Voice clinic, the national Intensive Dysphagia Treatment research project, and the Gender Affirming Program for Speech (GAPS) which provides voice therapy for transgender Veterans.
Since moving to Colorado in 1999, Jen has worked at Craig Hospital, the University of Colorado Hospital, and her private practice the Carter Swallowing Center. She frequently presents at the local, state, and national level on the topic of dysphagia and teaches a variety of continuing education dysphagia courses for CIAO seminars. She served on the Colorado Speech Hearing Association board for several years and is currently on the board of the Colorado Speech Hearing Foundation which provides annual scholarships to SLHS graduate students. When she is not working, Jen enjoys hiking and cycling.
Robin Getz, MA, is a Colorado Hearing Resource Coordinator (CO-Hear) with CHIP (Colorado Home Intervention Program) through the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB). She supports families with newly identified deaf and hard of hearing children, birth to three years of age. Profoundly deaf from birth, Robin began her formal education in Puerto Rico, at a bilingual Spanish/English school for kindergarten and 1st grade before moving back to NYC where she was born. She has lived in many places nationally and internationally. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Psychology and Communication Disorders and Speech Sciences. Robin also holds two master’s degrees: Mental Health Counseling from Gallaudet University, and Deaf Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Robin began her professional career as a licensed Professional Mental Health Therapist, which she practiced for 8 years, until she realized her heart was in the early intervention field. She has worked with the CHIP program for over 20 years now. She is married, with two adult children and has a houseful of pets. Robin loves to read, travel, and try ethnic foods.
Jenny Howard is currently a graduate student at the University of Northern Colorado, pursuing a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has not always aspired to be a speech-language pathologist. For nearly thirty years, she has worked as a successful certified public accountant with her own firm. However, just over four years ago, her youngest son suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke caused by an undiagnosed arteriovenous malformation.
Often after tragic events, we hear “things happen for a reason” and Jenny agrees. She believes her son’s stroke was a wake-up call to her entire family that they needed to hit the reset button on life and re-evaluate their priorities. Jenny chose to pursue speech-language pathology due largely to her son’s lingering cognitive deficits. Her new mission became to educate herself so she could impart that knowledge to him. Not only did she want to ensure his academic success but also provide him with the tools necessary to achieve his own career goals.
Fast forward three years and Jenny absolutely loves the field of speech-language pathology and all it has to offer. She is excited about the opportunity to give back to her community here in Colorado and help bridge the gap between hospital and school for school-age and college students that have suffered an acquired brain injury.
Saï Jones Rajopadhye, M.A., CCC-SLP, holds a bachelor’s degree in Romance languages (French and Spanish) from Colorado College, and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Northern Colorado. She is state licensed in Colorado and nationally certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Saï specializes in multilingual speech and language therapy and is a native speaker of English, French, and Marathi. She has experience working with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including clients from Central and South America, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Saï especially enjoys providing services to clients 5 and under, in a variety of settings. In her free time she enjoys teaching group fitness classes, cooking, and spending time with her parrot Zephy.