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Meet the Faculty & Staff

FACULTY STAFF Advisory Board Members
  • Tracey O'Day
  • Michelle Donato
    • John Cantando, MD
      Neurosurgeon - Geisinger Wilkes-Barre
    • Eugenia A. Galli
      Program Specialist II - Developmental Services
      Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health & Developmental Services
    • Joan E. Greulick, M.D.
      Pediatrician - Dallas Area
    • Ms. Elizabeth Krokos
      Director of Special Education
      Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18
    • Erik Kruger, MD
      Ophthalmologist and Managing Partner
      Eye Care Specialists
    • Mr. Carl Manfredi
      Director of Special Education and Early Intervention
      Hazelton Area School District
    • James Zeigler, Au.D.
      Audiologist - Kingston Area
    • Ragupathy Veluswamy, MD, MMM, CPE, FACPE
      Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
      Process Proxy Corporation
    • SLP Student Representative
    • Amanda Tomaselli
      Senior Graduate Student
      Department of Speech-Language Pathology

    Glen Tellis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
    Professor & Chair
    Phone: 570-674-6159

    Dr. Glen Tellis, a Board-Certified Fluency Specialist and Mentor completed his doctorate at The Pennsylvania State University and is Professor and Department Chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. His research interests include fluency disorders, multicultural issues, research designs, treatment efficacy research, advanced digital technology, and clinical outcomes. He frequently presents papers at national and international conferences and has published articles that pertain to stuttering and other fluency disorders as well as articles that pertain to culturally and linguistically diverse populations. He has received externally funded grants for his research and has conducted numerous workshops in multicultural issues in communication disorders as well as assessment and treatment of stuttering. He was past President of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is an editorial consultant and reviewer for the Journal of Speech-Language and Hearing Research, Journal of Communication Disorders, and the Journal of Fluency Disorders. He has also served as an editorial consultant and reviewer for the Journal of Multilingual Communication Disorders. He has served as an advisory board member of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania, and as a committee member of the National Stuttering Association’s Insurance Advocacy Board. He also serves as an expert witness for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs for Pennsylvania’s Department of State. He has served as a Steering Committee Member and Schools Task Force liaison for ASHA’s Special Interest Division 4 (Fluency Disorders), was co-Chair of the Division 4 Leadership Conference, was Fluency Topic Chair of ASHA’s 2010 Convention, and Chair of the Inaugural Stuttering Attitudes Research Conference in Morgantown, West Virginia.

        Glen Tellis

    Lori Cimino, M.S., CCC-SLP
    Clinical Director & Assistant Professor
    Phone: 570-674-8050

    Lori Cimino received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Marywood University and Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Bloomsburg University. She is a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Lori has 21 years of clinical experience in both the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings. She has provided direct patient care to pediatric, adolescent, and adult clients exhibiting a broad spectrum of communication and swallowing impairments. Lori specializes in child language disorders, developmental apraxia of speech, autism and pervasive developmental disorders, oral-motor dysfunction, and behavioral/sensory-motor based feeding disorders. Additional areas of clinical interest include: phonological awareness and central auditory processing disorders. Lori is currently the Clinical Director of the Speech-Language and Hearing Center at Misericordia University. She also serves as Co-Advisor of the Misericordia University Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a representative for the Northeastern Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Pennsylvania.

        Lori Cimino

    Hunter Manasco, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
    Associate Professor
    Phone: 570-674-8108

    Dr. Hunter Manasco received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Dr. Manasco completed his doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of South Alabama. He is an Associate Professor in the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Misericordia University. Dr. Manasco’s areas of specialization include neuroanatomy, aphasia, motor speech disorders, dysphagia, traumatic brain injury, dementia, and autism. His primary research interests center on stroke and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. He has published a textbook entitled Introduction to Neurogenic Communication Disorders. He has published two books for children with special needs: An Exceptional Children’s Guide to Touch, which teaches children with special needs to recognize and report physical and sexual abuse, and The Way to A., which teaches children with autism to reduce tantrums and aggression. Dr. Manasco has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in acute care, long-term care, hospice, adult rehabilitation, and school and hospital based pediatrics. He has published and presented numerous research papers in his areas of specialty at state and national conferences.


    1. Dr. Manasco publishes textbook/video combination on neurogenic communication disorders
    2. SLP professor publishes a children's guide to touch
        Hunter Manasco

    Kathleen Scaler Scott, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
    Assistant Professor
    Phone: 570-674-1437


    Dr. Kathleen Scaler Scott is an Assistant Professor in the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Misericordia University. Her areas of specialization include child language disorders, literacy, autism spectrum disorders, and fluency disorders. Her current research projects include examination of the linguistic, phonological, and fluency patterns in children on the autism spectrum, characteristics of cluttering, and clinician-researcher partnerships. Dr. Scaler Scott has authored and co-authored several articles and book chapters in the area of fluency disorders, and is co-editor of the textbook, "Cluttering: A Handbook of Research, Intervention, Education." She has presented numerous papers nationally and internationally in the areas of social communication disorders, literacy, and fluency disorders. Dr. Scaler Scott has been a practicing clinician since 1993 in hospital, school, and private practice settings.


    1. Dr. Scott publishes 2nd book on communication disorder know as cluttering
    2. National Stuttering Association elects Dr. Scaler Scott to co-chair research committee
    Kathleen Scaler Scott


    Cari Tellis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
    Associate Professor
    Phone: 570-674-6207

    Cari Tellis, Ph.D. earned her undergraduate degree with Shreyer Honor's College distinction in Communication Disorders with a minor in Philosophy from The Pennsylvania State University. She earned her Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Tellis is an Associate Professor in the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Misericordia University. Her areas of specialization include voice, laryngeal physiology, laryngeal muscle anatomy and biochemistry, and voice and speech science. A singer herself, Dr. Tellis has devoted her life to the care, rehabilitation, and training of the voice. Dr. Tellis has authored and co-authored numerous presentations in voice at international, national, and state conferences, as well as presented at the American Laryngological Association’s national conference. She has published her research in the Annals of Otolaryngology, the Journal of Voice, and The Laryngoscope. She is the author of a bestselling book and instructional DVD entitled, Your Voice is Your Business (Plural Publishing, 2008). Dr. Tellis is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist and has 16 years of clinical experience in voice therapy. She completed her training as a voice specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Voice Center, and currently serves as a voice consultant for several professional voice groups including the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary. Dr. Tellis oversees all vocal rehabilitation services at the Misericordia University Speech-Language Hearing Center.

        Cari Tellis

    Ruixia Yan, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Phone: 570-674-8047

    Dr. Ruixia Yan earned her undergraduate degree in Foreign Languages (English and German) from Shanxi University, P. R. China. At the same institution she was awarded a Master of Arts in English Linguistics and Literature. She completed her doctorate in Applied Language and Speech Sciences from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her areas of specialization include child language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, language testing/assessment, normal speech and language acquisition and development, second language acquisition, multilingualism in communicative disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and research designs and methods. Dr. Yan has published a book on reliability and validity of language assessment. She has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters in her areas of specialty. Dr. Yan has also presented numerous papers at national and international conferences.

        Dr. Ruixia Yan

    Tracey O'Day
    Clinical Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 570-674-6724

    Tracey O’Day received her Associates in Applied Science from Luzerne County Community College and her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Misericordia University Expressway Program. She is a Notary Public and a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Notaries. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration at Misericordia University. Tracey has previously worked at Bear Creek Camp and Mercy Hospital Wilkes-Barre.

        Tracey O'Day

    Michelle Donato
    Department Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 570-674-8255

    Michelle Donato received a Certificate of Specialization in Medical Office Assistant Management from Luzerne County Community College. She worked in the Geisinger Health System for 12 years and as an Employer Service Representative for the Geisinger Health Plan. Michelle joined Misericordia University 18 years ago as a Human Resource Assistant. She left Misericordia in 1993 to raise her family and rejoined the university 9 years ago. Upon her return, she assisted in numerous departments on campus as Support Staff. Michelle joined the Department of Speech-Language Pathology in 2006. Michelle is currently pursuing a Degree in Business Management Administration from Misericordia University. Michelle plans to graduate in December, 2014, and plans to pursue her MBA following undergraduate studies. Michelle reports to the Chair of the SLP Department and provides support to the speech-language pathology students, faculty, and adjuncts as the Department Administrative Assistant.

        Michelle Donato