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Melissa A. Alunni, M.S., CCC-SLP
Clinical Supervisor

Melissa A. Alunni received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from West Chester University and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Marywood University. She is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Melissa has been a clinician for over eleven years and has always practiced in the skilled nursing and personal care home settings. She provides direct patient care to the geriatric population with overall impairments in cognitive-communication and swallowing function. She has a wide range of experience and a strong knowledge-base in providing skilled treatment to individuals with dementia and dysphagia. She has been certified in Vital Stim Therapy for dysphagia since 2008. She also has experience in treating individuals with aphasia and traumatic brain injury. Melissa has been an off-campus clinical instructor for graduate students in speech-language pathology programs since 2005.

Mary Culkin, M.S., CCC-SLP
Clinical Supervisor

Mary Culkin earned her graduate degree in Sociology from the University of Denver and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Bloomsburg University. She is certified and licensed in Speech Language Pathology in the state of Pennsylvania and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Mary has over 30 years of experience providing direct patient care to pediatric, adolescent, and adult populations with a wide variety of communication and swallowing impairments. For five years, Mary worked in social services—providing counseling to children and families. Mary worked in numerous settings including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation as well as child development programs. Over the years she has supervised numerous students and currently provides direct services to the pediatric population. She has worked with a broad spectrum of communication disorders and has a special interest in child language and apraxia of speech. Mary is a member of the Northeast Speech-Language and Hearing Association as well as the Pennsylvania Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

Mary Culkin

Christine Evans, M.S., CCC-SLP
Clinical Supervisor

Christine Evans received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from East Stroudsburg University and her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Misericordia University. She is a state licensed, school certified speech-language pathologist and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She has over 13 years of professional experience in both school-age and early intervention settings, and currently provides diagnostic and therapeutic speech and language services to students in Kindergarten through 12th grades at Elk Lake School District.

Christine Evans

Theresa Jacopetti, M.S., CCC-SLP
Adjunct Professor

Theresa Jacopetti received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Bloomsburg University. She is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Pennsylvania. She holds the Certification of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Theresa holds her Pennsylvania Teaching Certification in Speech-Language Pathology and is a certified Reading Specialist working closely with language and literacy in the school. Theresa has 35 years of experience in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, home health, private practice, and school settings. She has worked with a broad spectrum of communication disorders with children and adults including aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, dysphagia, dementia, closed head injury, autism, fluency, voice, central auditory processing, and child speech and language disorders. Theresa has supervised many student clinicians in rehabilitation and school settings. She served as an adjunct faculty member with Misericordia University’s Speech-Language Pathology Program teaching Phonetics. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She currently provides diagnostic and therapeutic speech and language services to children in grades 3 through 5 at the Greater Nanticoke Area School District with regular and special education students. She is a member of the Child Study Team and full inclusion team.

    Theresa Jacopetti


Ann Roman, M.S., CCC-SLP
Clinical Supervisor

Ann Roman received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from The Pennsylvania State University. She is a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from The American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Ann has 36 years of experience with elementary school age populations in regular and special education settings. She served as a permanent member of school-based teams and has worked in multiple service delivery models including pull out, in class, and team teaching in the schools. Ann specializes in child language, articulation, phonemic processing and the impact of speech-language impairments on curriculum. She has worked extensively with local universities as a cooperating supervisor for Speech-Language Pathology interns in elementary school settings.

Ann Roman

Amy Ruda, M.S., CCC-SLP
Adjunct Professor

Amy Ruda received her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science Degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Misericordia University. She is a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from The American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Amy has 6 years of pediatric experience in outpatient, inpatient, and early intervention settings. She currently works at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation in Allentown, Pennsylvania as an Outpatient Therapy Lead. Amy is certified in Vital Stimulation, Interactive Metronome and PECS (Basic Training). She is also a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and member of BrainSTEPS. She currently works with a broad spectrum of communication and feeding disorders including autism, PDD, neurological disorders, TBI, concussion, cerebral palsy, central auditory processing disorders, pragmatic language disorders, fluency, apraxia, aphasia, failure to thrive, and mechanical feeding disorders.


Anne Zaborny, M.Ed, CCC-SLP/L
Clinical Supervisor

Anne Zaborny, a nationally certified and dual state licensed speech-language pathologist, received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Bloomsburg University and serves as Clinical Supervisor in the Speech-Language Pathology Department of Misericordia University. Her 38 years of extensive clinical experience includes direct patient care to individuals across the life span with her scope of practice including specialization in articulation disorders, voice disorders including laryngectomy, neurological disorders; myofunctional/tongue thrust remediation, fluency disorders, child language disorders, developmental apraxia of speech, autism, pervasive developmental disorders, central auditory processing disorders, and aural rehabilitation. As a co-owner, director, and administrator of a private practice, Anne was instrumental in introducing, establishing, and implementing the first local hospital based radiological swallowing studies and hospital wide dysphagia protocols. In the university setting, Anne previously served in the capacity of Associate Professor and Clinical Director. She has served local, regional, state professional associations on ethics and practices committees and regional Executive Committees. Anne has spoken at regional, state and national meetings, testified to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on behalf of her profession, served on local cleft palate teams, and co-directed/served as an esophageal voice therapist at the International Association of Laryngectomee Voice Institute annual meetings.

   

James Zeigler, AUD, CCC-A
Adjunct Professor

Dr. James Zeigler received his Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1981 and the Master of Science degree in Audiology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1984. In 2006, he received his clinical doctorate in Audiology from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Zeigler is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. He holds the Certificate for Clinical Competence in Audiology through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. He has served as an officer on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology (PAA) including President of PAA in 2008. He has served two terms on the PA Department of Health Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee, including 3 years as Chair of the Committee. He also serves as a consulting audiologist, providing educational audiology services through Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18. Dr. Zeigler provides diagnostic audiology and hearing aid services in a variety of settings for infants, children, and adults through his private practice with offices in Kingston and Dallas.

    James Zeigler