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About Us: Students

Teigan Beck
Teigan Beck
Teigan is originally from Idaho Falls, ID. She completed her undergraduate degree at USU with a minor in Spanish and Family & Human Development. Teigan is the oldest of four children and the first initial of all family members’ names spell: “B.A.T.M.E.N.” She currently serves as President-Elect on the 2017-2018 NSSLHA Executive Council.
Masters Student - Speech-Language Pathology – Class of 2019
Eleanor Beerbower
Eleanor Beerbower
Eleanor grew up in North Carolina and received her undergraduate degree in Auditory Oral/Birth through Kindergarten from UNC-Greensboro. She then moved to Phoenix, AZ where she continues to teach spoken language to preschoolers at Desert Voices. She is excited to take what she learns from her graduate classes, practicum experiences, and professional connections and put that into action to better support her students and their families. When she is not teaching she can be found in her desert garden growing fruits and vegetables.
Master's Student - Deaf Education - Class of 2020
Kymber Broadhead
Kymber Broadhead
Kymber was born and raised in Meridian, ID. She completed her undergraduate degree at USU in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. She previously worked for an audiologist for 3 years and loved working with kids especially. Kymber is excited to pursue a LSL emphasis, she loves to read, play racquetball, and enjoy time with friends and family.
Masters Student - Speech-Language Pathology – Class of 2019
Ana Caballero
Ana Caballero, MD, AuD
Dr. Ana Cabllero is an international PhD student at USU. She is originally from El Salvador, earned a medical degree in Cuba, and recently completed her AuD from USU. Her clinical research project explored pediatric hearing aid experiences of Hispanic parents. Her current research is focused on advocacy and helping Hispanic families affected by hearing loss.
Disabilities Disciplines Doctoral Student - Audiology Specialization – Class of 2018
Julian Case
Julian Case
Julian is from Layton, Utah and completed her undergrad in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at USU. She has taught piano for the past 7 years and always has had a passion for working with kids. She enjoys playing music, rock climbing, and spending time with her husband.
Master’s Student - Deaf Education - Class of 2020
Corinne Coleman
Corinne Coleman
Corinne grew up in Boise, ID, and completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from BYU. Having hearing loss herself, she is passionate about early intervention, interdisciplinary care, and supporting children and families like her own. Corinne enjoys sunshine, water, sports, and making sugar cookies with her family.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Student – Class of 2020
Tiana Dixon
Tiana Dixon
Tiana is originally from Onalaska, Wisconsin. She completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders at Minnesota State University-Mankato. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading. Tiana is looking forward to working with young children with hearing loss and their families.
Masters Student – Speech-Language Pathology – Class of 2020
Katelyn Empey
Katelyn Empey
Katelyn is originally from Washington. She completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University and is excited to help children and families affected by hearing loss successfully navigate their day to day challenges. Katelyn enjoys interior design and is constantly redecorating her home.
Masters Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2019
Jalin Finai
Jalin Finai
Jalin was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii. She completed her undergraduate degrees from BYU-Hawaii and USU. Jalin has a daughter with severe hearing loss and wants to help other families in similar situations to achieve their goals. She is married with 3 children, and in their spare time, they enjoy hiking, going the beach, playing sports, and being outdoors together.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Student – Class of 2020
Samantha Cannaday Gotcher
Samantha Cannaday Gotcher
Samantha is from Clarksville, TN. She graduated with a B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology from Middle Tennessee. After graduating, she worked as an audiology technician in Nashville, TN. She is an avid hiker and foodie. She is passionate about early intervention and parent coaching.
Master's Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2020
Hayley Hunsaker
Hayley Hunsaker
Hayley grew up in Sacramento, CA. She completed her undergraduate degree at USU in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. Hayley loves working and serving children and understands the importance of communication. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family, playing spikeball, eating chocolate, and being in the sun.
Masters Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2019
Hannah Jones
Hannah Jones
Hannah completed her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Utah. She enjoys working with children and is excited to help those with hearing loss reach their full potential. Her clinical research project was focused on using videos to supplement the IT-MAIS instrument. Hannah enjoys hiking, skiing, and all outdoor activities.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Student – Class of 2019
Makynzie Larsen
Makynzie Larsen
Makynzie is a graduate student currently working on her doctorate of audiology degree at Utah State University and is expected to graduate in 2021. She graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s of science in communicative disorders. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and dog hiking and mountain biking. She also enjoys spending her time with her family playing games and having fun.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD) student - Class of 2021
Alex Lewis
Alex Lewis
Alexandra is a Cache Valley native. She completed her undergraduate degree in Walla Walla, WA at Whitman College in History, with a minor in Theater. For the past five years, Alex volunteered at Sound Beginnings and looks forward to working in the classroom as a teacher. She also enjoys painting, drawing, playing cello, and writing.
Masters Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2019
Sara Manning
Sara Manning
Sara recently returned to USU from Fort Collins, CO. Her undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Colorado Boulder. Sara hopes to help children overcome obstacles (she saw her sister with hearing loss experience) in school. She enjoys skiing, travel, reading, movies, and time with her hubby and Welsh Corgi, Ellie.
Masters Student – Speech-Language Pathology – Class of 2019
Clarissa Ong
Clarissa Ong
Clarissa was born in Singapore, and graduated from Smith College with a degree in Psychology. Her research interests center on the development and evaluation of psychological interventions to improve human well-being, based on contextual behavioral principles. She enjoys figuring out how to use the statistical software "R" and being outdoors.
Doctoral Student - Combined Clinical/Counseling PhD Program - Psychology
Danielle Orrock
Danielle Orrock
Danielle was born and raised in northern Utah County, UT. She completed her undergraduate in Communication Disorders from BYU. Danielle has a sister with hearing loss and looks forward to helping children be successful like her. She enjoys being active (1/2 marathons and triathlons), traveling, and finding the best Indian curry when visiting new places.
Masters Student – Speech-Language Pathology – Class of 2019
Marissa Peak
Marissa Peak
Marissa is from Orange County, California. She completed her undergraduate degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from San Diego State University. She is working on her master’s degree in Deaf Education and will graduate in 2020. She loves to read, make crafts, and garden. She is excited to prosper in this field and make a difference in children’s lives.
Master's Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2020
Tanner Price
Tanner Price
Tanner is originally from Southern Utah. He has big dreams of helping children as a pediatric audiologist. Tanner’s clinical research project explored the training, perceptions, and confidence of pediatric audiologists related to counseling. He has a love of Indian food, snowboarding, cycling, fishing, refurbishing bicycles, and spending time with his wife.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Student – Class of 2019
Jennifer Ramos
Jennifer Ramos
Jennifer is originally from Oklahoma. She completed her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and went on to receive teaching endorsements in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education and recently completed the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Endorsement at Utah State. She has been teaching for 22 years. She has 4 children, one of which was identified with a severe-to-profound hearing loss at 11 months of age, before newborn screenings were mandatory. She is so excited to be able to help other families and children, as so many helped hers.
Master's Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2019
Bailey Reynolds
Bailey Reynolds
Bailey is from a small town near San Luis Obispo, California. She came to Utah State for her last two years of her undergraduate degree. During that time, she was able to volunteer at Sound Beginnings and observe in the pediatric and cochlear implant clinics on campus. Through those experiences, she knew she wanted to work with children with hearing loss. She is excited to be a part of future interdisciplinary collaboration to help these children with hearing loss. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside exploring with her husband and dog.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD) student - Class of 2021
Megan Ririe
Megan Ririe
Megan is a Utah native and completed her undergraduate degree in communicative disorders from USU with minors in sociology and computer science. She loves working with kids and eventually wants to work in a setting where she can help families of children with hearing loss. Megan enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures, hiking and climbing in Logan Canyon, and curling up on the couch with a good book.
Master's Student - Speech-Language Pathology - Class of 2020
Caitlyn Ritter
Caitlyn Ritter
Caitlyn was born and raised in Richmond, VA. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at James Madison University. She was born with hearing loss and after being fit with hearing aids at 20 years old, she realized the importance of maximizing access to sound for those with hearing loss: this sparked her passion for audiology! Caitlyn enjoys hiking, traveling, snowy days, and Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD) student - Class of 2021
Amber Saeli
Amber Saeli
Amber was raised in a small town in upstate NY called Corfu, which is near Buffalo. She moved to Utah 4 years ago to teach middle school Spanish in SLC. She decided to attend USU for a second bachelors in Communication Disorders and Deaf Education. She also has a BA in Early Childhood/ Childhood education and an MA in Linguistics. She is currently in the Deaf Education and LSL MA program with an expected graduation in 2020. She is excited to use her background in education and linguistics to work with individuals with hearing loss, helping them reach their potential.
Master's Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2020
Mercedes Sanford
Mercedes Sanford
Mercedes was born and raised in Apple Valley, CA. She completed her undergraduate degree from USU and looks forward to learning more about speech and audiology working with young children with hearing loss and their families. In her spare time, she enjoys being in the water, traveling, or just cuddled up watching movies.
Masters Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2019
Wynter Simonson
Wynter Simonson
Wynter comes from a small town called Malta, ID. She completed her undergraduate degree at USU in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. Wynter grew to love the collaborative aspect of LSL through hands-on experiences with children who have hearing loss. She loves everything that has to do with sunshine, family, and playing in the water.
Masters Student – Speech-Language Pathology – Class of 2019
Savanna Steed
Savanna Steed
Savanna is a Masters student in the Speech Language Pathology department at USU. She also received her undergraduate degree at USU in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. While competing her Bachelor’s Degree she was a member of the student council for the College of Education and Human Service. She also works and volunteers with the Aggies Elevated program, here at Utah State. In her free time, she loves to ride her horses, fish at her family’s cabin, and give horse riding and rodeo queen lessons to youth rodeo participants.
Master's Student – Speech-Language Pathology – Class of 2020
Brittany Stucki
Brittany Stucki
Brittany grew up in Heber City, UT. She completed her undergraduate degree at USU. She worked previously as an SLT in the Tooele County School District and is excited to help kids with hearing loss and their families. Brittany enjoys cooking, playing the violin, camping, and spending time with her husband and family.
Masters Student – Deaf Education – Class of 2019
John Whicker
JOHN "JJ" WHICKER
John is a dual doctoral audiology student. His clinical research project focused on counseling curricula in audiology training programs. John’s current research interests include auditory processing disorders and clinical supervision in audiology. He currently serves as Vice President for Student State Officers (AuD) on the 2017-2018 NSSLHA Executive Council.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD) & Disabilities Disciplines Doctoral Student – Class of 2020