US EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS THROUGH 2026
Speech-language pathologist continues to be one of the top rated professions in the United States based upon growth of the profession, available jobs, and starting salaries. U.S. News and World Reports (20131) has consistently ranked this profession as one of the most desirable jobs in America for the past five years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (20132) expects 25,900 new jobs for SLPs before 2026, or a growth rate of 18%.
1U.S. News and World Reports | http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/speech-language-pathologist | Retrieved 1-15-19
2U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, PSB Suite 2135, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20212-0001| Telephone: 1-202-691-5700 | http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/speech-language-pathologists.htm | Retrieved 1-15-19
Midwestern University Advisory Board 2022
Julie Anderson: Ms. Anderson is currently a Special Education Administrator in Plainfield Consolidated School District 202. Ms. Anderson currently oversees services at two elementary schools and three multi needs programs, providing support for district speech language pathologists and hearing itinerant professionals.
Lilli Bishop: Ms. Bishop is an outpatient therapist at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb. She has worked in a multitude of settings including center based, school, skilled nursing facilities, memory care centers, acute hospital, telehealth, and home health. Ms. Bishop is an ISHA Fellow.
Joan Blasingame: Ms. Blasingame is the Speech Pathology Coordinator at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora where she has been employed for over twenty years. Her primary area of coverage is acute rehabilitation, and covers other areas as needed. She is certified in NMES, LSVT, and FEES.
Amy Coath: Ms. Coath is 2016 graduate of the MWU SLP program. She works as an SLP at Cove School in Northbrook which serves students with complex learning disabilities. Prior to attending MWU, she spent 20 years working at Misericordia in a variety of capacities including staff trainer, supervisor, and administrator.
Michelle Frauendorff: Ms. Frauendorff is VP of Rehab Services for an Illinois based long term care corporation that covers several Midwest states. Besides providing clinical support to those teams, she is also involved with billing and denial management of claims. She has worked in SNFs, assisted living and home health care environments.
Clare Gertsch: Ms. Gertsch is an acute care therapist at Advocate South Suburban Hospital. Prior to working in acute care, she worked at a variety of skilled nursing facilities. Her areas of interest include neurological disorders, head and neck cancer and dysphagia.
Catherine (Kate) H. Gottfred, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, BCS-CL. Dr. Gottfred founded Language Empowers All People (LEAP), a non-profit organization dedicated to researched-based language and literacy development. She has taught at many Illinois universities, and worked in private practice, hospitals, and schools. Dr. Gottfred is a former ASHA President and received ASHA and ISHA Fellow, ISHA Honors, ASHA’s DiCarlo Award for Outstanding Clinical Achievement, and ASHA’s Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award.
Jennifer Heinisch: Ms. Heinisch is a school-based speech language pathologist, currently working at Hampshire Middle School in District 300. In addition, she has also worked in early childhood programs and high schools. Prior to the schools, Ms Heinisch worked in the medical setting and as clinical faculty at the university level.
Ryan Minogue: Mr. Minogue is a 2017 graduate of Midwestern. He is currently employed by Select Rehabilitation as the Director of Rehab at Symphony of Evanston (SNF). In addition, Mr. Minogue provides PRN acute inpatient care at both Advocate Condell Medical Center and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
Anne Montana: Ms. Montana has worked exclusively at the Shirley Ryan Abilitylab, where she specializes in the adult neuro population. She has worked across all levels of patient care including day rehab, inpatient and outpatient. Ms. Montana also serves as the Student Coordinator for student practicum placements.
Jessica Robinson: Ms. Robinson is a bilingual SLP serving diverse individuals across the lifespan with neurological, oropharyngeal, and developmental disorders. She works in acute care at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, OR and as an adjunct professor at both the University of Oregon and Minnesota State University.
Brian Sabella: Mr. Sabella is a speech-language pathologist and the clinic supervisor at Westside Children's Therapy in Plainfield. His career included working in the public-school setting before moving to private practice. Mr. Sabella’s primary expertise is in childhood and adolescent speech-language disorders.
Patricia Scavuzzo: Ms. Scavuzzo is an SLP and the Director of Rehabilitation Services at AdventHealth Hinsdale and LaGrange Hospitals. In this leadership role she participates on numerous committees and serves as the clinical affiliate lead for Shirley Ryan Abilitylab.
Nancy Silverman: Ms. Silverman is retired from her positions in Early Childhood programs as well as in Early Intervention. She is still involved in state programs which address the needs of EC and EI populations. Ms. Silverman also volunteers as a mentor for high school students who will be first generation college students.
Chonita Stewart-Day: Ms. Stewart-Day is an SLP at Oak Park and River Forest High School and has worked prior at CPS. She has a passion for assisting students and their families with the transition to adulthood. A guiding principle in her clinical practice is encouraging students to use their agency and self-advocacy to move forward.
Ed Strugalla: Mr. Strugalla is the Director of Clinical Services at Therapy Care, Ltd. in Batavia. He has several years of diverse experience working in schools, hospitals, home health, early intervention, and outpatient rehabilitation facilities. In addition, Mr. Strugalla is a member of ASHA’s Continuing Education Advisory Board.
Karen Supel: Ms. Supel is a school based SLP in Indian Prairie School District 204. Her areas of interest include inclusive practices, interdisciplinary collaboration, and language-based learning disabilities. Ms. Supel has been active in ISHA, serving in multiple positions, including convention co-chair.