Meet the Staff
Kathryn S. Alter, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kathy Alter has been providing speech therapy services in central Virginia since 1978. She received her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from James Madison University. Kathy served as a part-time Clinical Educator in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department at Longwood University. She was responsible for the supervision of graduate students the Longwood Center for Communication, Literacy and Learning.
Kathy has provided services to children, ages 2 to 21 years, in local school systems and in private practice. She has also worked with adults in long term care, rehabilitation, and home health settings.
Kathy has most recently participated in continuing education seminars in the areas of turning challenging behaviors into effective communication, planning effective treatments for children with challenging behaviors, serving children from diverse backgrounds, and early identification and intervention for children with autism. She also attended ASHA Connect conference. Kathy enjoys including families in the therapy process. She is particularly interested in working with very young children that are late talkers or not talking, children diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, international adoptees and children with cleft lip and palate.
JoAnn R. Cullop, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
JoAnn has provided speech/language therapy services to children and adults in a variety of settings since 1982. She received a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia in 1982.
JoAnn has experience working with school-aged children in a variety of public schools settings. She also provided speech-language therapy services to students at the Frankfurt International School and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Germany. Her experiences include working with children who have autism and severe disabilities. She also has many years of experience working with adults in long term care, rehabilitation, and home health settings. She worked with Early Intervention programs to provide speech and language services to infants. JoAnn has a special interest in several areas of communication including preschool autism, apraxia and social language skills.
JoAnn is trained to implement The Social Butterflies Social Language Programs and has training and experience with Floortime and ABA methodologies. She is Level One trained in Talk Tools- Oral Placement Therapy methods and completed Geri Logeman’s Dysphagia training and Diane Bahr’s Integrated Treatment of Feeding, Speech and Mouth Function in Pediatrics.
Laura Sampson, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Laura Sampson has been providing speech-language therapy services in the central Virginia area since 2006. She maintains her American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), and is licensed by the Virginia Board of Health Professions.
Laura decided in high school that she wanted to work in a ‘helping’ profession, and began exploring the field of speech-language pathology during career days and observation opportunities. Laura continued pursuing this field, attending James Madison University (GO DUKES!), and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and a non-teaching Minor in Special Education. She then attended The University of Virginia (Wahoowa!) and graduated with a Master’s of Education degree in Communication Disorders. Laura began her employment career as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a local public school division, and has also worked providing private therapy services to preschool and school-aged children, and as a therapist in private school settings. Laura has been an employee of Speech Connections, Inc. since September 2009, and especially enjoys working with articulation and phonological processing needs, Augmentative and Alternative Communicate (AAC) needs, and developing speech and language skills in children with a variety of communication challenges.
Laura has recently completed training for Language Acquistion through Motor Planning to further her ability to serve as our “GO TO” person in assistive technology. Laura has completed the course “Establishing Effective Vocal-Verbal Skills for Childhood Apraxia of Speech and other Speech Sound Disorders” with Nancy Kaufman in Reston, Virginia, as well as, other courses for children diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
Mary C. Goodman, M.S. CCC-SLP
Mary Goodman has been providing speech therapy services in the Richmond area since 1997. She received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University. Mary has enjoyed working in a variety of settings including early intervention, adult rehabilitation and long term care, and most recently elementary and middle school settings.
Mary has a particular interest in working with children and adolescents to acquire, build, and use social language skills and then to generalize these skills into their natural environment. Mary also has experience in the areas of articulation delays, apraxia, fluency disorders, and asperger’s syndrome.
Mary serves children that are enrolled in a variety of programs for preschool-aged children and children with autism. Mary also provides services at our clinic location. She goes above and beyond to serve the needs of young children with autism and/or with speech/language difficulty.
Jenna (Chickerell) Marchetti, M.S., CCC-SLP
Jenna Marchetti is a West Virginia native who has provided speech therapy services in the Richmond area since 2013. She received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from West Virginia University and is licensed by the Virginia Department of Health Professions. Jenna also holds the West Virginia Board of Education Master’s Degree plus 30 teaching license.
While at WVU, Jenna participated in research studies involving the impact of others’ emotions on cognitive processing as well as the role Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in early intervention. Results from the latter contributed to a presentation given at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Conference (ISAAC) in 2012.
Jenna has had the pleasure of providing services to children with various speech and language disorders in the West Virginia public school systems, the outpatient setting, and early intervention. She has also worked with adults in hospital and rehabilitation settings. Jenna has specialized training in It Takes Two to Talk® — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delays.
Joyanna Struzzieri is a native to the Central Virginia area and has been providing speech-language therapy services since 2018. She maintains her American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), and is licensed by the Virginia Board of Health Professions.
Joyanna decided to become a speech-language pathologist after serving as an assistant to a young man who used a speech generating device to communicate with others. Joyanna graduated with her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Longwood University. During her time as a graduate student at LU, Joyanna completed a thesis regarding speech-language pathologists’ procedures during swallowing evaluations. She presented her research and findings during the poster session at the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in 2016.
Joyanna has had the pleasure of providing services to children with various speech and language disorders within the Virginia public school systems, pediatric outpatient setting, private practice, early intervention, and through schools for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and those who require additional behavioral support.