2019 Presenter Bios

Waisman Center Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Programs

All of the presenters for today’s workshop work in the AAC programs at the Waisman Center. It is a comprehensive center dedicated to advancing knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases. The Communication Aids & Systems Clinic (CASC) delivers specialized outpatient services for comprehensive AAC evaluations, treatment, and processes for obtaining funding of communication systems. The Communication Development Program (CDP) provides outreach services for family and team training and consultation around implementation of AAC across Dane County. Individuals served by these programs include children and adults with complex communication needs related to both developmental and degenerative diagnoses, including: autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, Trisomy 18 and 13, other genetic syndromes, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, TBI, and other complex disability areas.

Catherine Kanter, MS, CCC-SLP

Catherine Kanter is a speech-language pathologist who has spent the last two years specializing in augmentative and alternative communication within her role at the Waisman Center's Communication Aids & Systems Clinic. Prior to becoming an SLP, Catherine supported individuals with disabilities for 10 years in a variety of roles and settings including in-home as an autism treatment specialist, in the schools as a special education aide, and in the community as a job coach. Catherine is a graduated of the Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and other Related Disabilities program, where she spent two years specializing in disability advocacy. Along with Sarah Marshall, MA, CCC-SLP, Catherine is developing the CASC AAC Partnership program to build capacity of providers around the state to further support individuals with complex communication needs in the state of Wisconsin.

Mary M. Locast, OTR

Mary Locast has worked as an Occupational Therapist for the past 32 years with 26 years spent at the Waisman Center. Mary received her BS degree from UW-Milwaukee with career focus in pediatric orthopedics and developmental disabilities. She currently provides clinical services within the Waisman Early Childhood Program, an inclusive early childhood setting for children 1-6 years of age as well as the Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity & Movement Disorders Clinics. She has served as an Interface Specialist in CASC for the past 8 years, serving primarily in the CDP outreach program. She was named the 2018 Preceptor of the Year by the UW-Madison Occupational Therapy Program.

Sarah Marshall, MA, CCC-SLP

Sarah Marshall is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in augmentative and alternative communication across a number of Waisman Center Clinics. She leads CASC’s inpatient coverage team, providing AAC consultations for individuals with complex communication needs while in the acute care setting. Sarah is a graduate of both the ASHA Leadership Development Program and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program where she grew her passion for interdisciplinary collaboration and strengths-based intervention. Sarah is working to support community partners in implementing high quality, evidenced-based AAC intervention through development of the CASC AAC Partnership Program.

Abygail E. Marx, MS, CCC-SLP

Abygail Marx has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist and Augmentative Communication Specialist at the Waisman Center for the past 7 years. She works in the CASC outpatient clinic, the Cerebral Palsy Interdisciplinary Care Clinic, and leads the CDP outreach program. Abby received her BA and MA degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During graduate school, she completed additional training through the Maternal and Children Health – Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (MCH-LEND) program, which focuses on specialized training in interdisciplinary clinical work, research, outreach, and family-centered care for individuals with developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases, and their families.

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA

J. Scott Yaruss is a Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University. In addition to conducting research on the development of stuttering in young children, Dr. Yaruss has extensive experience working with children and adults who stutter in a wide variety of clinical settings. He has served on the board of directors of the National Stuttering Association and on the Steering Committee of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Special Interest Division for Fluency Disorders. Dr. Yaruss frequently presents continuing education workshops to help speech-language pathologists feel more confident in their ability to help preschool and school-age children, adolescents, and adults who stutter. He has authored or coauthored more than 130 papers, articles, chapters, or booklets on stuttering. He is also co-author of the Overall Assessment of the Speaker’s Experience of Stuttering (OASES), as well as School-age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, Early Childhood Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, Minimizing Bullying in Children Who Stutter, and other guides published by Stuttering Therapy Resources. (www.StutteringTherapyResources.com).



- Stuttering Therapy Resources (Company ownership and Royalties for OASES, various books on stuttering, and other materials)

- MedBridge, Northern Speech Services (Continuing education workshops on stuttering)


- National Stuttering Association (Volunteer service)

Pre-Conference Presenters - Sunday 2/24

Supervision in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Kimberly Caul, MS, CCC-SLP

Kim received her B.S.E (2003) from the University of WI- Whitewater and M.S. degree (2005) from the University of WI- Eau Claire. She began her career at Clearview Brain Injury Center in Juneau, WI in 2005-2006, and worked as a rehab-based speech-language pathologist at Clearview until 2014. In 2014, Kim transitioned to the educational setting, and provided services as an itinerant for CESA 6, which led to practicing primarily at the secondary level at Hartford Union High School and surrounding districts. Kim has held the position as Clinical Associate Professor in the UW-Madison Communication Sciences and Disorders Department since fall of 2017, where she serves a client population across the lifespan and diagnoses. Kim has delivered presentations at a variety of professional and outreach events, including the Brain Injury Association of WI (BIAW) Annual Conference, CESA 6 AAC workshops, WI Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS) conference, and district-level trainings. Kim maintains her position at CESA 6 as SLP Coordinator, which includes facilitating quarterly networking meetings and providing AT/AAC evaluations for the CESA 6 region. In addition, she has worked casually in skilled nursing facilities and rural community hospitals throughout her career.

Alyson Eith, M.S., CCC-SLP

Alyson received her B.S. (1998) and M.S. (2000) degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of WI-Madison. Following graduation, she worked in the Madison Metropolitan School District for 14 years as a speech-language pathologist. In 2014, Alyson joined the clinical faculty team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and now serves as a Clinical Associate Professor. She serves a diverse client population of children, adolescents, and adults. Alyson’s clinical interests include: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) population, and the Deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) population. Alyson has presented at state and national conferences and continues to provide trainings and outreach in the Madison area. She holds her certificate of clinical competence through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is licensed in the State of Wisconsin (Department of Safety and Professional Services and Department of Public Instruction).

Early Childhood Updates

Michelle Ogorek has been working in the field of Early Childhood for over 25 years as an early childhood teacher, a mentor, a diagnostician, a program support teacher and currently as the Wisconsin Statewide Early Childhood Coordinator. She will be presenting with Andrea Bertone, Speech/ Language DPI Educational Consultant.

Become Wisconsin's Next Top (AAC) Model-er!

Deidre Dobbels is a speech language pathologist with 18 years experience who specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication. She presents frequently throughout the Unites States and enjoys creating functional and practical materials for school based SLPs to use. Deidre works for Barrington School District CUSD#220 in Barrington, Illinois.