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    Jyutika Mehta


    About Dr. Mehta

    Dr. Jyutika Mehta is a speech-language pathologist by training and is a Professor in the College of Health Sciences at Texas Woman’s University. Her research focus is to study how language and cognition are represented in the brain and what happens when the process is disrupted as a result of any disorders. She has over 20 years of experience in the field and has presented nationally and internationally on various speech and language topics, including bilingualism. 


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    About Arcelia Mendoza

    Arcelia Mendoza, "Arcy" is "an inspiration, and a go-getter". Arcy's story has the power to inspire, break down stereotypes and promote diversity and inclusion for a positive impact.


    Michael Tucker


    About Michael Tucker

    Michael is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for 25 years. He began working with children with autism in a private setting and then at the Autism Treatment Center. His teaching career has included working as an elementary life skills teacher, Lead In-Home/Parent Trainer, a Behavior Specialist, and now serves as the ESC Region 11 Autism Consultant. Michael earned his BCBA in 2020. Michael received his Master of Education from the University of North Texas in Special Education and Autism Intervention in 2005 and earned his BCBA in 2020.


    Tiffany Leach


    About Tiffany Leach

    Tiffany is a licensed speech language pathologist with twenty-four years of experience in the field. She has worked in public schools, outpatient settings, home health and owned and operated a private practice. She is currently an Education Specialist for ESC9 in Wichita Falls, Texas where she has four roles. She is the Educational Specialist in the following areas: Speech Pathology, Assistive Technology, Early Childhood Special Education and Autism. Tiffany has experience in Autism assessment, therapy and coaching other educational professionals on evidence-based strategies. She has a B.S. and M.S. from Texas Woman's University and is a past Vice President of Education and Scientific Affairs for TSHA. Tiffany enjoys adventure and is married to two boys, one Texas Longhorn and one soon to be senior in high school. She and her family live on a small ranch outside of Wichita Falls. She is driven to help others.



    Suzzane Crow


    About Suzanne Crow

    Suzanne Crow, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with 30 years of clinical and educational experience, primarily in the school-based setting. She is a frequent presenter on ethics for regional associations. Ms. Crow is a past president of the El Paso Speech Language Hearing Association, past chair of the Texas Speech Language Hearing Association Political Action Committee and the Regional Association Committee. She currently serves as the Scholarship and Award Chair for the El Paso Speech Language Hearing Association and is employed by Ysleta Independent School District.


    Melissa Mena


    About Melissa Mena

    Melissa has eighteen years of experience in the field of Special Education. She has served as a Special Education Teacher, a Special Education Instructional Coach, and an Educational Diagnostician. Melissa is currently a program manager for Region 19, overseeing the areas of Child, Evaluation, and ARD Supports. She loves to collaborate on ways to help families stay informed, while guiding them to make team-based decisions to help their child reach academic success.


    Anne Cobos


    About Anne Cobos

    I've worked 24 years in the acute care setting, 13 yr. in the public school setting and 15 years as either an adjunct or full-time college professor/instructor.


    Emily Homer


    About Emily Homer

    School-based Swallowing and Feeding Consultant Coordinator of Speech Language and Hearing Services in St. Tammany Parish Schools in Louisiana where in 1996 they established a step-by-step procedure has been in use for 25 years. Ms. Homer works with school districts, state departments of education, school based SLPs and other team members on establishing a district approved, systematic, team procedure for addressing swallowing and feeding in their districts or states. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Association at the 2018 ASHA Convention and the 1999, Louis M. DiCarlo Award for the establishment of a dysphagia team in the schools. She is the author of Management of Swallowing and Feeding Disorders in Schools, by Plural Publishing. Ms. Homer has presented nationally at ASHA Conventions and webinars. She has published articles in LSHSS, Seminars in Speech and Language, Divisions 13 and 16 Perspectives, Dysphagia Cafe and Feeding Matters on school-based swallowing and feeding issues. Ms. Homer served as a chairman in ASHA's committee on school-based dysphagia.




    About Isela Hernandez-Espinoza

    Isela Hernandez-Espinoza has been a bilingual practicing clinician for 20 years. She currently works for the El Paso Independent School District. Isela has experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Her interests include literacy and written expression intervention and they pertain to children that present with phonological and/or motor planning disorders.


    Leah Wood


    About Leah Wood

    Leah Wood has been in Special Education for over 30 years. Her career has been spent working in Secondary focusing on transition and helping students finding success after graduation. Most recently, she started working at ESC Region 19 as the Project Manager for Student Centered Transitions, Texas Complex Access, and DHH.

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    About Lilian Montes

    I have been a speech-language pathologist for 30 years in El Paso, Texas. I've spent half of my career doing home health part-time while working in the public school system. Recently, I wrote a book to assist school-based SLPs get started in home health with adults.