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About Us: Students

First-Year LSL Students: 2021—2023

Rachel Cardon
Rachel Cardon – Speech-Language Pathology
My name is Rachel Cardon and I am from Logan, Utah. I received my bachelor’s degree here at USU in COMD and I am excited to be able to stay here for graduate school. I love spending time with my family, cuddling with my dog, eating ice cream, and playing the piano. I enjoy drawing as well as reading and some of my favorite books are Harry Potter, Eragon, and Percy Jackson. I love all things Disney and recently started earnestly watching the Marvel movies. I also like sports, especially playing volleyball. I am so excited to be a part of this program and to get to know you all!
Jared Drollette
Jared Drollette – Deaf Education
Hello colleagues and friends! Though we don’t know each other yet, in some ways we do. Since we all share common passions like learning about and working with people that have Hearing and/or Language disorders, I feel you are all my friends. I have been involved in working with 1 person who is hard-of-hearing (My Son) for the last 12 years. This continues to be a challenging and rewarding experience, but I feel that there is more I need to do and share with others in similar situations. I finished a Bachelors in COMMDE at USU in the spring of 2020 and have since been exploring a career in education. My journey so far has been a much different than many which taught me a lot about growth, which I feel can’t happen without a few key things: Failure, Sacrifice, and Perseverance. (All of which I feel I have become an expert in.)

I really enjoy reading fiction, mostly epic fantasy (If it has less than 400 pages in each book and less than 3 books in the series I probably won’t be interested; I love the long haul!), I play some videogames, but only ones that I can play casually (no shooters or really competitive games), I don’t like bored games (That is the correct spelling :P) but I love to socialize with and be around people playing them. I have 3 children all boys ages: 14, 12, & 7. I love to talk to people about their hobbies and learn about new things. I am so excited to get to know more about you all and work with you in the coming years.
Mindy Field
Mindy Field – Deaf Education
Hello everyone, my name is Mindy Field. I live in Spanish Fork, Utah. I am a wife to a fantastic husband and a mother of 3 wonderful daughters. They are Abby (14), Megan (12), Katie (6). I am a cancer survivor of ten years now. I have a twin sister who looks identical to me. We are very close, but she lives in Alabama, and I don’t get to see her often. I am a huge fan of sushi. My husband convinced me to try it about a year after we got married and I have loved it ever since. Some of my favorite things are spending time in nature, camping, hiking, and a walk around my neighborhood with my husband. I am a DIYer and have torn out walls in my house, put in new ones, built closets with storage shelves, renovated bathrooms, and replaced all the flooring. I have a vision of what I would like for our house, and I go for it. I am currently building a gazebo in my backyard so my family and I can enjoy our patio at any time of the day.
Savannah Frankman
Savannah Frankman – Speech-Language Pathology
Hello, I am Savannah Frankman. I am from Weston, Idaho, which is only a short 30 minute drive from Logan. I did my undergraduate degree in COMDDE here at USU. I have really loved it here so when I had the opportunity to attend grad school here, I was ecstatic! I love spending time outside and moving my body, but I also love reading a good book or watching a good TV show. My favorite series is Psych. I love the beach and hope to live near one someday. I can't wait to become a SLP because of the people I will have the opportunity to meet and help. I know I will learn so much from all of you and look forward to learning together in class and clinicals.
Christie Fritz
Christie Fritz – Deaf Education
Hello my name is Christie Fritz and I live in beautiful Wyoming. I was a K-12 mainstream teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing in SD, WI, MN, and MT before taking on my current position as an education outreach consultant at the Wyoming Department of Education. While my career spans many (many) years, I still have a great deal to learn in this field that I feel so fortunate to have chosen to be my life’s work. My husband Mark is a school administrator and together we have one son, Jaren, who is a college student-athlete. When we are not chasing him around for his sports or trying to survive our never ending house projects, we love to camp, hike, explore, and be outdoors as much as we can. I am excited to meet and learn from all of you soon!
Alina Gonzales
Alina Gonzales – Deaf Education
My name is Alina Gonzalez and I am from Miami, Florida. First and foremost, I am a single mother of three beautiful young ladies who are excelling in their own personal and professional lives. Professionally, I am a Senior Classroom Teacher and Deaf Educator at the University of Miami working with deaf or hard-of-hearing students in the Auditory/Oral Program. I facilitate teaching, listening and spoken language skills to cochlear implant recipients and children fitted with hearing aids. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family, listen to music, exercise and read books. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and excited for the opportunity to work together in the LSL Program.
Avery Hansen
Avery Hansen – Speech-Language Pathology
My name is Avery Hansen and I am from Colorado Springs, Colorado. As a lifelong fan of the Aggies, I’m so excited to be continuing my education at Utah State after completing my undergraduate degree here this spring. When I’m not cheering on the Aggies at athletic events, you can find me enjoying the great outdoors! I love hiking, downhill and cross-country skiing, hammocking, rappelling, boating, and anything else where I can enjoy the sunshine. I’m excited that I’ve been given the opportunity to participate in this program and am looking forward to working with all of you!
Megan Hansen
Megan Hansen – Speech-Language Pathology
Hi! I'm Megan Hansen and I just graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors in speech and hearing sciences. I've lived in the Salt Lake area my whole life and am excited to be coming up to Logan! While in school, I worked as a newborn hearing screener at a hospital in Salt Lake City. When I'm not in school or working I love to play pickleball, go hiking, camping, travel, eat good food, go to concerts, and cheer on the Jazz and the Utes (I'm still getting used to saying Go Aggies :) ).
Emma Horvath
Emma Horvath – Deaf Education
Hello all! My name is Emma Horvath and I currently live in Chicago, Illinois. Although quite frigid in the winter months, I have enjoyed working and living in the city for the past three years. I have worked as a newborn hearing screener, and as Cochlear Implant Audiology Assistant at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. I graduated with a bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida before moving to Chicago. I have always been exposed to and interested in children with hearing loss learning to listen and speak. I am fortunate and thrilled to begin this journey with you all!
Katie Johnson
Katie Johnson – Deaf Education
Hi! My name is Katie Johnson and I’m from West Valley City, Utah. I received my undergrad in Communication Disorders and Deaf Education from Utah State University. For the last two years I’ve been able to work for a non-profit supporting individuals with disabilities. I have adored working with this population and can say I have learned more from them than they have learned from me. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with children in Ukraine teaching them English. While there I was able to travel to several other countries. I caught the travel bug and now absolutely love it! I’m a Disney fanatic and can’t wait for my next visit. I enjoy baking, going to sporting events, spending time with loved ones, and going to musical productions. I’m thrilled to be back in Logan and starting up in the LSL Deaf Education program. Looking forward to this new adventure and meeting everyone!
Angelica Martinez
Angelica Martinez – Deaf Education
Hi, my name is Angelica Martinez. I am from Miami, Florida. I graduated in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been on the path to become an educator for as long as I can remember but my passion in the field of Deaf Education was sparked by my personal experiences as a mom of a child who is deaf and hard of hearing. I am a mom of two boys and my oldest was born with hearing loss. I currently work for the University of Miami's Debbie School Auditory Oral Program. I love to spend my free time with my family by trying new things and traveling to new places. I enjoy listening to all genres of music and watching movies with my sons. I am excited to be part of the program and become more knowledgeable in Deaf Education to help other DHH families in my community.
Angela Myers
Angela Myers – Deaf Education
Hi everyone, I am Angela Myers. I am from Indianapolis Indiana. I currently work at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in Indianapolis. I have a bachelor’s degree in deaf education from Kent State University and a master’s degree in education from Columbia College in Columbia South Carolina. I have been a teacher of the deaf for 16 years. In my free time I love spending time with my family and doing DIY projects on my house. I'm excited about getting to know all of you and about this journey we are taking together.
Kylie Rich
Kylie Rich – Audiology
Hi, my name is Kylie Rich and I'm a second year in the Audiology program at Utah State University. I'm originally from Riverton, Utah but have been living in Logan for the last four years. I received my Bachelor's degree from Utah State in Communication Disorders and have loved every second of my graduate program. I love doing anything creative, whether it be watercolor, calligraphy, or photography. I'm also a sucker for dogs and try to pet every one I see. In our free time, my husband and I like to play pickleball, visit Bear Lake, and attend game nights with our friends. I am beyond excited to be a part of the LSL program and work with and learn from everyone involved.
Ethan Watson
Ethan Watson – Audiology
Hello all! My name is Ethan Watson and I am part of the audiology program here at USU. I am from right here in Logan, and am proud to have been an Aggie since before I can remember. I received my bachelor's degree in communication disorders and deaf education in 2020 here at Utah State and then applied to be a part of the USU audiology program knowing it was my number one choice all the way. A little about me: I am recently married to my high school sweetheart (January 2021), and couldn't be happier about it. After spending most of my years living and breathing the game of baseball (which ended due to a shoulder injury), I now have taken up golf and really enjoy it. This past year I pushed myself into the world of children's books and wrote a short book titled A BOY and His ELEPHANT. It has been an exciting journey so far and I have learned a lot about business, marketing, and publishing. I have been eagerly waiting to begin the LSL program and can't wait to get to know everyone!

Second-Year LSL Students: 2020—2022

Brooke Griffith
Brooke Griffith - Speech-Language Pathology
Hi my name is Brooke Griffith and I am from Rigby, Idaho. However, I have been living in Logan for the past two years finishing up my undergraduate degree in communication disorders from Utah State University. I love hiking, traveling, basketball, and anything that gets me outside with friends. In my spare time I also really like to garden and have an extensive indoor plant collection of over twenty different plants. I get so much joy and excitement from watching things grow and progress and can't wait to see that happen to all of us during this journey.
Chelsea Hill
Chelsea Hill – Deaf Education
Hello, my name is Chelsea Hill. I am from Citrus Heights, California. I currently work at the CCHAT center (Children’s Choice for Hearing and Talking) which has inspired me to pursue this LSL program. I possess a bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State University, in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Supplementary Authorization in Physical Education. In my free time I love to dance, go thrift store shopping, tend to my succulent garden, go camping, four wheeling, take my dogs for walks and spending time with my loved ones. I am so excited to get to know each of you and embark on this journey together!
Bri Job
Bri Job – Deaf Education
My name is Bri Job, and I am from West Jordan, Utah. I got my first Bachelor’s degree from BYU (‘16- Go Cougars!) in the Humanities and my second from USU (‘19) in Communication Disorders through their online program. For the last year, I have been working at a charter school in Draper, Utah, as a Kindergarten SpEd Parapro, and I loved it! I love working with the little ones. Their energy and enthusiasm is so contagious (poor word choice right now) and I learned so much from them this past year! I’m excited to continue in this line of work at USU. I also love to sing (choral music and musical theater are a passion of mine), read, crochet, and watch way too much TV and movies. I am so grateful for this opportunity to be a part of this program, and I can’t wait to get started!
Heather Johnson
Heather Johnson – Deaf Education
Hi all! I am Heather Luv Johnson. I am so excited to be starting this fabulous adventure with each of you! I am a mother, daughter, sister, advocate, educator, reader, swimmer, hiker and according to my family "an all around nice person". My joys and passions in life revolve around my family, my faith, and my work with young children. I am passionate about early intervention. I grew up near Denver, Colorado, most of my children were born in Oregon and now we live in Eagle Mountain, Utah.
Hayley Killpack
Hayley Killpack – Deaf Education
My name is Hayley Killpack, I am 26 years old and I am from Rigby, Idaho. I graduated with a bachelors in COMD from USU. I just moved back to Logan and am super excited to start school again. I took a year off to travel and work. I am a huge reader! I love all things Harry Potter and Marvel. I also do a lot of crafting, sewing, and doing outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and four wheeler riding.
Haley Manwaring
Haley Manwaring – Speech-Language Pathology
My name is Haley Manwaring. I am from Mesa, Arizona and somehow ended up moving from the hottest of the hot to the coldest of the cold to get my undergraduate degree here at Utah State. I'm still trying to get used to the snow! I took a couple years off during my undergrad to live in Hungary for a year and half, and I speak Hungarian. I just graduated in April and I am so excited to be starting the LSL program. If I have free time, I love to cook, do puzzles, embroider by hand, or play pickleball with my husband.
Julie Miller
Julie Miller – Deaf Education
My name is Julie Miller and I live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I am originally from West Virginia, later moved to Maryland and I have been living in Philly for about 12 years now. I enjoy being outdoors whenever I can; going to local parks, walking my dog, gardening (I have an obsession with succulents) or just hanging out with friends in my backyard. I also enjoy reading historical fiction and practicing yoga.
Natalie Nichols
Natalie Nichols – Audiology
Hello everyone! My name is Natalie Nichols, and I’m in the Audiology program at Utah State University. I grew up in Oregon and moved to Logan for my undergrad in 2017. I enjoy running with my husband, traveling and spending time exploring our beautiful oceans when I can find time to. My dessert of choice is hands down a good milkshake! I’m just beginning my second year in the audiology program and starting to work with the pediatric population. I’m excited to learn more about working with infants and children!
Jamie Pearce
Jamie Pearce – Deaf Education
Hello! I'm Jamie Pearce and currently live in Brigham City. I have taught special education preschool as a certified teacher and have also run my own program, culminating in 14 years of teaching preschool. I strongly believe in early intervention services and can't wait to learn more through this program. I have four great kids, a terrific husband, and an affectionate dog. I love backpacking, live theater, Charles Dickens, and traveling.
Cassie Riding
Cassie Riding – Deaf Education
Greetings to all my new friends. My name is Cassie Riding and I am so excited to be joining the USU Deaf Education cohort! I grew up in Logan, Utah and would often walk to the bench at the end of my street where I could sit and look across the valley to the A on the hill all lit up in the night sky! So fun to finally become an Aggie! I studied Sign Language Interpreting and Communications for my undergraduate at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. I have worked as an interpreter and took up teaching preschool while raising my four little ones. I am married to my best friend Dan. He is definitely my better half and this month we celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. We have shared many adventures together, our most recent was opening his own Pharmacy 2 years ago. We currently live in St. George, Utah with our four wonderful children. Lydia (14), Emmett (11), Amelia (9) and Elise (6). As a family our favorite things to do together include kayaking, hiking, camping and rappelling in the summer. Skiing, crafting, popcorn and movies in the winter and playing card and board games anytime of the year. When I find a rare and joyful moment to myself I prefer to spend it trail running, plucking at the guitar or working on my pickleball game. I am an avid lover of good music, popcorn and avocados. Curling up with a good book and a smoothie is a rare but cherished delight! If I could have any superpower it would be the ability to teleport! I am looking forward to learning more about each of you and meeting many of you in person this August!
Tanner Robinson
Tanner Robinson – Audiology
My name is Tanner Robinson and I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. Growing up I played the piano, organ, and then was on the bowling team in high school. I went to Idaho State University for my bachelor’s degree and spent some time in Taiwan on a mission. Currently I’m one of the audiology students here in my second year. In my free time I love playing volleyball, hammocking, poker, and way too many hours of Animal Crossing because of quarantine. One of my hobbies is houseplants and I’ve recently got into propagating them (although my family and roommates would probably say I don’t need any more plants).
Anna Salisbury
Anna Salisbury – Audiology
My name is Anna Salisbury and I’m in the Audiology program. I love every minute of it! I’m originally from Fort Collins, Colorado and I currently live in Pleasant View, UT with my husband. I commute to Logan for school (when there’s not a pandemic 😅) When I have free time I like to spend it with my family, doing anything outside, cooking, or thrift shopping. I guess I also have to say I like video games now because of my recent discovery of Animal Crossing, haha! After I graduate I hope to work in a pediatric clinic, or a hospital with newborn hearing. I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone and working together in the LSL program!
Melinda Thacker
Melinda Thacker – Speech-Language Pathology
My name is Melinda Thacker, and I am from Kaysville, Utah. I graduated this April from BYU, and I’m hanging out in Provo for the summer, but looking forward to getting to know Logan soon! I love everything about the field of speech-language pathology, especially that what we do helps to relieve loneliness in people and improves their relationships. I love to try new hikes, rollerblade, attend musicals, read a good novel, and eat cobbler for dessert. Looking forward to this program and getting to know all the people in it!
Ally June Voss
Ally June Voss – Speech-Language Pathology
My name is Ally June Voss, and I'm from Frederick, Maryland, but have been living in Utah since I went to BYU. I love to play my cello, bake, do yoga, practice Spanish, and travel absolutely everywhere. I'm 100% a city girl, and I love cities (especially New York City, where I served my mission), and I long to live in a big city again one day. My favorite food is pizza and my favorite dessert is creme brulee. My preferred composers are Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Brahams, and Bach. I gained an interest in Speech-Language Pathology from my Deaf friends growing up, several of whom transitioned to public schools and had speech therapists, and through mentions of the field that I heard of in middle school and latched onto. I'm extremely excited to begin and meet you all!
GlenAllie Werley
GlenAllie Werley – Deaf Education
Hello everyone! My name is GlenAllie Werley, but I prefer to go by Glen! I’m located in Sacramento, CA and am working at the CCHAT (Children’s Choice for Hearing And Talking) Center in Rancho Cordova. I have an Associate’s Degree in Human Development as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Sacramento State. When I’m not hanging out with kiddos at the CCHAT center, I’m usually found working at a fun sports-centered restaurant in Downtown Sacramento or taking a spin class at my favorite local studio – TEAMride! I’m excited for this new chapter we are all about to embark in and can’t wait to hear more about all of my peers!
Amy Zilkie
Amy Zilkie – Deaf Education
My name is Amy and I live in Sacramento, California. I currently work at CCHAT, a listening and spoken language school for the deaf. I have worked at CCHAT for 5 years as a teaching assistant and substitute teacher. Besides working at CCHAT I also practice and teach yoga part time. Fun fact about me is that I although I have lived in California for the past 19 years, I was actually born in Canada and am a Canadian citizen.