NSSLHA Officers

Rabia Shah

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to work with people, be it adults or children. I've had the opportunity of volunteerung with various orignizations, such as the Aphasia Center of California, Support for families as well as observe an adult neurogenics clinic. My passion for this field has not only grown stronger, but has also helped me realize the importance of helping others & the impact that can be made on an indvidual. Pursing my degree in speech pathology & joining the Communicative Disorders program at SFSU has been an incredible journey so far. As an aspiring speech pathologist, I hope to work with adults, particulary in a hospital setting. As president, I am extremely honored to repersent NSSLHA & to be part of a group of wonderful faculty members & peers whi share the same attitude towards working with others. 


Jan-Amour Llorico

Hi everyone! My name is Jan-Amour Llorico and I am your Vice President for SF NSSLHA! My main objective for all you wonderful CD majors is to find us great volunteering opportunities that we could participate in surrounding our field, and at the same time allow us to go out there, meet new people, and help local and global communities. In the future, I would love to be a speech-language pathologist or audiologist in a hospital setting, and an ESL teacher. My main hobby is learning foreign languages, as it allows me to delve into new worlds of unfamiliar forms of music, film, and history.  I cannot wait to meet all you wonderful people!

Vice President

Allison Mondani

All my life I knew I wanted to work with children, but I never knew exactly what I wanted to do. I always went back and forth between psychology, special education, or teaching. When I transferred from the College of San Mateo, I stumbled upon the CD/SPED program at SF State and instantly knew it was the perfect blend of everything I was passionate about. The CD faculty and NSSLHA organization gave me a memorable first year in the program and showed me the broad array of possibilities this major can bring. I am excited for my future as a speech-language pathologist, where my ultimate career goal is to work in an elementary school or private practice.


Jen Kupper

I first became interested in the field of speech pathology while working in early intervention. There, I was able to gain a firsthand appreciation for the vital aspect communication plays in a person’s day to day life. I have had many wonderful clinical observation experiences that have shown me a variety of roles that an SLP may fill: two pediatric clinics, a social skills camp, SFSU’s Pediatric AAC clinic, and a hospital setting. Meanwhile, it was my volunteerism at the local hospital that ignited my passion to one day work with an adult/geriatric population. My goal is to be able to improve one’s quality of life, and help patients meet the best of their abilities in a hospital or skilled nursing facility setting. In my free time I enjoy hiking, baking sweets, playing with my cats, and spending time in nature.


Vanessa Oropeza

I have always had a passion for education and knew that one day I wanted to work in the school system. While studying at Napa Valley College, I took a job as a noon supervisor at an elementary school. I enjoyed working with children, and saw first hand the power of education and the importance of working collaboratively with other adults on behalf of students.This experience shaped my decision that becoming a speech language pathologist was the right fit for me,as it empowers individuals through communication & enables a sense of social justice to groups considered a minority. Our CD faculty, as well as NSSLHA, has supported me through my transition into the program & enlightened me to all the potential in the field. As a future SLP I aspire to work in the educational system, specifically elementary, with an emphasis on second language acquisition, bilingualism, multiculturalism & inclusion. In my free time I love to find treasures at antique faires & create things whether it be ceramic pieces, crafty bits, or this website!

Media coordinator

Andrea Icaza

By getting my bachelor’s in communicative disorders here at San Francisco State I will be able to pursue my career in audiology in the near future. I hope to use my position as NSSLHA’s career advocate as a way to generate interest in both speech pathology, audiology, and all the other vast amounts of careers students can pursue in this major. I myself been heavily exposed to both fields as I am currently volunteering at TALK speech therapy clinic, and am working as a newborn hearing screener at Mills Peninsula Hospital. I also have actively volunteered at the Kaiser Audiology French campus and have worked with children with cochlear implants at the "Listen To Me" Summer Institute. I hope to pursue my interest in Central Auditory Processing Disorder in the future and work with people of all ages. Go gators!

Career Advocate

Sara Kyles

Hello there! My name is Sara Kyles.I am the student liaison for the Class of 2017. My main role as student liaison is to facilitate communication between students and professors on NSSHLA-related issues. I am privileged to be providing this communication. I will be serving as an anonymous channel for any student concerns, feedback, and/or questions you have for the professors or NSSHLA. I am happy to find answers to any student inquiries, to the best of my ability. I have a vested interest in my own academic experience, which is why I am so excited to serve as a leader to my classmates by enhancing their academic experience. I am looking forward to this unique role and building a strong channel of communication between the classroom and NSSHLA.

Student Laison

Gina Alves

I love the Communicative Disorders program at SFSU, it has a wonderful mixture of all my passions; which include working with children & families, early intervention, education, the medical field, as well as my love for working in a team setting. I feel fortunate to be in this program with other passionate peers and wonderful professors. I have a particular empathy for younger children with various communicative disorders. I'm hoping to work in an early intervention as an SLP one day, as I know the value of receiving early intervention. I have experience volunteering in hospitals, schools & with organizations like Support for Families. I also continue to be involved with NSSLHA & will be soon working with preschool aged children on the Autsim Spectrum. In my free time I love the outdoors, writing, reading & a good cup of coffee! Fun fact - I have a twin sister ;) (fraternal so you would never mix us up )

CSHA Repersentative

Mimi Kim 

My passion in helping others, and my interest in speech disorders has led me to pursue Speech Pathology. Currently I am a tutor with Reading Partners at Monroe Elementary, and work as a Social Language Program Aide at Spencer & Kong. As I expose myself to this industry, I am falling in love with Speech Pathology more and more. In the future, I see myself specializing in Pediatric Speech Pathology, Stuttering, and Accent Modification. 

CSHA Repersentative

Ashley Mager

When I was a Junior in high school I started voluneering as Sunday school teacher for a little boy with Down Syndrome & even though I have always loved working with children, this boy stole my heart & from then on I knew that I wanted to work with indivifuals with special needs. I was in Junior college when I discovered & decided that Speech Therapy was the route I wanted to pursue. Over the last year and a half I have been involved with NSSLHA, which made the transition smoother & more welcoming when I transferred to SFSU. It is my hope that I could help make other people's transition transition and experience that way as well. NSSLHA has also broadened my career field options & has provided wonderful opportunites to volunteer throughout our community. I am very pleased to say that I am a part of such a wonderful organization with peers that share my passions & professors that will help us pursue those passions. A fun fact about me is that I have an identical twin sister!! I can not wait to see what this year will bring, see you soon!

Off campus Vice president

Social Chairs

Denae Johnson

My goals are to pursue my dream as a speech pathologist by attaining a masters degree in communicative disorders -- while also getting a minors degree in special education. The main reason I chose this field was the passion, love and enjoyment I get from helping children. ​​

Kristina Miller

I have a great passion for working with children and helping the succeed and be the best that they can be. I feel that the Communicative disorders program at sfsu will help me do that! Right now I am working very closely with children with ASD. I am really enjoying working with this population. The CD program has opened up so many doors for me and I hope it does the same for you!  ​​

Off campus president

Bella Firpo

Patti Solomon-Rice, Ph.D., CCC-SLP​

Patti is honored and excited to be NSSLHA’s advisor! She teaches graduate courses in advanced clinical skills and motor speech disorders in the Communicative Disorders Program, and each semester she supervises a toddler clinic at one of SFSU’s two early childhood education centers. She is also the co-project director of Project Building Bridges, a grant that trains graduate students in the knowledge and skills needed to provide services for culturally and linguistically diverse children benefitting from augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). In addition to these teaching and grant responsibilities, she is the CD Program’s clinic director and conducts research in early intervention AAC. Patti is also an avid professional volunteer. She is one of two speech-language pathologists in California appointed to the state licensing board, the Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board, and she is currently vice chair. She is completing a 4-year term on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Ethics, having served as 2015 chair. In 2017 she begins a 4-year term on ASHA’s Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) and is also serving as a 2017 ASHA convention topic co-chair for the topic of language in infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Patti is very proud of our outstanding NSSLHA officers, who are clearly demonstrating their own interest and enthusiasm as student volunteers!

NSSLHA Advisor