Mandy Jasnoff, MS, CCC-SLP

Mandy Jasnoff is an highly experienced pediatric speech-language pathologist, as well as the director and a lead instructor at CST Academy. Mandy completed her undergraduate studies in speech-language pathology at Syracuse University and her graduate studies in speech-language pathology at Boston University.

As the director of CST Academy, she worked with Karen George, MS, CCC-SLP, to develop the model of the therapeutic preschool program. She analyzed multiple approaches to determine the most effective methods for optimizing developmental gains.

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As a lead teacher, Mandy works to develop individualized plans that target the individual goals of every child in the classroom. Her expertise in speech-language pathology allows her to incorporate strategies for improving communication.

Mandy has years of experience leading multidisciplinary teams, supervising clinical fellows, and working in multiple clinical settings. She has gained expertise in treating children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), incorporating the Floortime approach, providing feeding therapy, building early language, treating apraxia, using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and more.

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Ali Pettit, MS, CCC-SLP

Ali Pettit is a pediatric speech-language pathologist and lead instructor at CST Academy. As a Michigan native, Ali received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Central Michigan University in speech-language pathology. During her time at Central Michigan University, she was a Division-I softball player.

As a lead instructor in CST Academy, Ali works to meet the individual learning goals of every child by facilitating multi-sensory activities in every class. This dynamic structure allows children to make incredible progress in multiple areas of development.

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Ali also has expertise in helping parents navigate Individualized Education Program (IEPs) and providing strategies for transitioning from CST Academy to a kindergarten program. In order to help children achieve their goals, she believes in the importance of educating parents to help empower and support their children.

Ali has extensive experience working with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), communication disorders, and other developmental delays. Ali loves having the opportunity to see young children grow, change, and succeed at CST Academy.

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Emily Liston, MS, CCC-SLP

Emily Liston is a pediatric speech-language pathologist and lead instructor at CST Academy. Emily grew up in Mt. Greenwood, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for her Bachelor’s degree. She then went on to pursue her Master’s degree at Saint Xavier University in Chicago.

At CST Academy, she incorporates a wide range of multidisciplinary strategies to help every child achieve their individual goals.

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Emily works closely with parents in the program to provide therapeutic strategies to reinforce lessons at CST Academy. She has expertise in guiding parents through the IEP process as well.

As a lead instructor at CST Academy, she consistently collaborates with her team of assistant teachers and behavior therapists, as well as fellow speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavior analysts. Emily’s goal is to be an advocate for every child.

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Carli Weiler, MS, CCC-SLP

Carli Weiler is a speech-language pathologist and lead instructor at CST Academy. Carli, a native of Oak Lawn, Illinois, earned a full scholarship to Michigan State University as a Division-I volleyball player.

After earning her Bachelor’s degree, she went on to pursue her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from St. Ambrose University, where she discovered her passion for working with children.

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As a lead instructor at CST Academy, Carli carefully plans each lesson to target critical developmental skills. She also collaborates with a team of occupational therapists, ABA therapists, and fellow speech-language pathologists to create a multidisciplinary approach to learning.

Carli loves teaching at CST Academy because she treasures the opportunity to be a part of each child’s treatment process and help them work toward achieving their goals. What she enjoys most is creating bonds with children and their families.

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Karen George, MS, CCC-SLP

Karen George is a pediatric speech-language pathologist and the founder of both Chicago Speech Therapy and CST Academy. Karen received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in speech-language pathology from Marquette University.

She is the author of several books such as A Parent’s Guide to Speech and Language Milestones, A Parent’s Guide to Articulation, A Parent’s Guide to Speech Delay, A Parent’s Guide to Stuttering Therapy, A Parent’s Guide to Speech Sounds Development, and A Parent’s Guide to Pediatric Feeding Therapy.

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She is often asked to speak and has addressed audiences at top children’s hospitals and prestigious graduate speech programs. CST Academy is highly referred by many Chicago-area pediatricians and parents of children in our program.

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Evan Campa, M.Ed., BCBA

Evan Campa has been practicing as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2006. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and teacher certification.

After graduating, Evan completed two years of service in the United States Peace Corps in rural South Africa. While in the Peace Corps, Evan trained hundreds of teachers across the country in using the new national curriculum. She also had the opportunity to teach learners with special needs, such as autism.

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Upon returning to the U.S., Evan attended graduate school at Vanderbilt University where she studied Early Childhood Special Education. She gained an M.Ed. and BCBA while at Vanderbilt, which ranks as the nation’s number one graduate school in Special Education. Evan attended graduate school on an Autism Scholarship, which provided full tuition coverage and a stipend for the entire two years.

Evan earned her Master’s and BCBA in 2006, and has worked with individuals with ASD since 2000. After completing graduate studies, Evan taught in a Communication and Behavior Intervention Program (CBIP) classroom for kindergarten – 3rd grade students with Autism in a Metro Nashville Public School.

After teaching, Evan returned to Vanderbilt in an assistant faculty position. Over the course of 7 years at Vanderbilt, Evan was fortunate to work with some of the top leaders in the world of autism research, including ground-breaking research in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). She led a variety of roles including conducting workshops for professionals and parents across the state, leading treatment teams, and partaking in seminal research projects.

On one such research study, Evan served as the Team Lead providing ABA to children as young as 1.5 years old. This study was funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and included the University of Washington, University of California at Davis, and Harvard.

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Megan Morien, M.A., BCBA

Megan Morien is a Chicago-based Administrator and Behavior Analyst with more than 15 years of experience working with children in the field. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Family and Human Development from Arizona State University before completing her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In 2008, Megan accepted a position as a junior ABA therapist at an elementary school with an emphasis on inclusion. Soon, she rose to become an administrator and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at the school.

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In her role as an administrator, she helped families bridge the gap with their children as they transitioned from preschool to the public school education setting. She also oversaw the implementation of curriculum, programming, and other modifications to ensure the success of all students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). In addition to training teachers, paraprofessionals, and the related service team on these strategies, she also had the opportunity to supervise 25 BCBA candidates, all of whom successfully earned their BCBA certification.

Megan has extensive experience leading parent training sessions to promote consistency and carryover of skills for behavior intervention plans. Her commitment to parent education results in incredible gains for children in the home, school, and therapeutic settings.

Megan has also been asked to address audiences on a range of Applied Behavior Analytic topics, such as how to implement Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans.

Prior to joining the CST Academy team as an Administrator and Lead Behavior Analyst, Megan gained experience working in various schools in the Chicago area, as well as providing in-home ABA programming in Arizona and Minnesota. She also served as a language instructor for two years in Gifu, Japan.

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Samantha Sohngen, M.Ed., BCBA

Samantha Sohngen is a Chicago-based Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She is a leading behavior analyst at CST Academy who has been working with children with disabilities since 2009.

Samantha earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana University and went on to pursue her Master’s degree at Vanderbilt University with a focus in special education and applied behavior analysis (ABA).

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After graduating from Vanderbilt, Samantha moved to Chicago and taught special education at a therapeutic day school for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and behavioral disorders. Samantha is dedicated to helping children achieve their goals and loves working with children in CST Academy.

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Stephanie Christin, MA, CCC-SLP

Stephanie Christin is a pediatric speech-language pathologist at CST Academy. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University.

While completing her graduate studies at Northern Illinois University, Stephanie discovered her passion for helping children develop communication skills through the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. To help parents and other professionals learn about the power of aided AAC devices, Stephanie co-authored a book on this topic, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Devices Are Changing The World.

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Stephanie’s favorite aspect of working in CST Academy is helping empower children as they achieve their individual goals. She loves building connections with children and families while making a last impact for not only the child, but the full family.

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Shelly Sears, MS, OTR

Shelly Sears is a lead pediatric occupational therapist at CST Academy. She has extensive experience working with a range of different populations, including (but not limited to) autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sensory processing disorder, and trauma.

Shelly is a Michigan native and earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Western Michigan University. After graduating from Western Michigan University, Shelly moved to Chicago to begin her career as a pediatric occupational therapist. She is committed to meeting the unique needs and learning styles of all children by developing individualized treatment plans and collaborating with the multidisciplinary team at CST Academy.

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Shelly is passionate about helping other teachers incorporate occupational therapy strategies in their daily classroom routines, in order to fit the unique needs of every child. She also specializes in designing state-of-the-art sensory gyms that help children develop sensory processing skills.

Shelly has also co-authored educational resources about pediatric occupational therapy for parents including Discover the Wonderful World of Pediatric Occupational Therapy.

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Jennifer Gunn Herndon, BS

Jennifer Gunn-Herndon is a Chicago-based special education teacher and aspiring Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). With extensive experience working with children in a variety of academic settings, she is a lead teacher at CST Academy.

Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Dayton and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a BCBA certification at Ball State University.

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Prior to joining the team at CST Academy, Jennifer led special education programs at both private and public schools throughout the Chicago area. With expertise in ABA, Jennifer helps children increase positive behaviors, reduce challenging behaviors, and make great developmental gains in CST Academy.

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