NSSLHA OFFICERS

PRESIDENT

Mitchell Peck


My initial background working with children who are on the autism spectrum inspired me to pursue a career in speech-language pathology. I am currently participating as a research assistant in The Gray Matter Lab at SFSU. Attending the ENT for the SLP CEU at last year’s CSHA convention inspired me to eventually pursue a career as a medical SLP. I am honored to be a part of the NSSLHA team. In my future career as an SLP, I hope to possibly expand into conducting research on voice disorders and effective treatment interventions for people who have an auditory processing disorder. In my spare time, I enjoy singing, cooking, world travel, and spending time outdoors with my partner, my dog, and sometimes even my cat!

VICE PRESIDENT

Rebecca Segura

Hello! I am Becky, and I am the Vice President of NSSLHA. I am so happy and excited to have been elected as VP! I cannot wait to meet every single one of you guys! We love meeting new faces and you will quickly get to know everyone as we always hold fun social events. I remember going to the Communicative Disorders orientation knowing only two wonderful ladies who I quickly met during “normal” orientation. I love our program because it is filled with wonderful people who all have kind, hardworking and helpful hearts. I decided it was best for me to attend Community College after graduating from high school where I slowly started to find my passion for speech and language.  Transitioning from high school and college I found myself building confidence and becoming independent. During my final semester of studies at Community College, I was introduced to an exciting overseas opportunity. I was eager and fearful for what the adventure would hold. I did everything possible to take on this chance. 
           The summer before starting my undergrad program I got to travel with Therapy Abroad to Belize with a group of sweet strangers who shared the same interest as me in speech pathology.  I got to work alongside professional SLP’s and communicative disorder undergrad students. As a group, we got to lead group therapy, assessments, evaluations and got to experience Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) where I was welcomed into clients homes. Traveling with Therapy Aborad reinforced my love of speech pathology. I strongly believe if something excites you and scares you at the same time, it probably means you should do it, and that’s how I got myself here! Please know that I am always here to help!  Best wishes!

SECRETARY

Lesley Peng

Hey everyone! My name is Lesley Peng and I am excited to be serving as this year’s secretary. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do while I was studying in college, but after observing Melody Ouyoung and attending one of her CEU session, I was inspired and aimed to become a speech-language pathologist. As a transfer student last year, NSSLHA gave me multiple opportunities to connect with others in the field, as well as encouraged and supported me in attaining my goal. Other than being an NSSLHA member, I am part of the Gray Matter Lab as a research assistant. While growing up in a multilingual family, I have always been interested in linguistics and how one language differs from another. Taking the neurolinguistics course and being a part of the lab has furthered my interest in how multilingualism works in the brain when it comes to code-switching, inhibition, and language control. On my free time, I like to play video games, hike, listen to music, mess around on the piano, and bake/cook up some random concoction.

TREASURER

Allison Comroe

Hello, my name is Allison Comroe. I am extremely excited to be the NSSLHA treasurer this year. NSSLHA has given me an amazing community and support system during my academic endeavors. The courses I have taken in the Speech and Hearing Sciences major have both challenged me and enhanced my interests. I look forward to exploring the amazing world of speech therapy further this upcoming year! I currently work as an administrative assistant for a speech therapist as well as volunteer at San Francisco General Hospital in the rehabilitation department. I enjoy spending my free time swimming in the ocean, spending time with my family and playing with my cocker spaniel poodle. I look forward to being an officer for the 2018-2019 school year!

MEDIA COORDINATOR

Christina Y. Wong

Hello there! I am excited to be your new media coordinator. I am double majoring in Psychology, and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. It has it been an amazing and exciting journey so far. I cannot wait for this semester to start and get to meet each and every one of you guys! 

CAREER ADVOCATE

Alexie Chapman

I’m Alexie Chapman and I am this year’s Career Advocate. Although shy at first, I love to talk, laugh, and learn new things. I’ve joined this major because we should never be stripped of the ability to express our own thoughts and feelings. In times of unfortunate events this can be out of one’s control but with the hard work of dedicated professionals in this field, we can make big improvements within the lives of these individuals. I’m excited to share my knowledge, connect my peers with local Speech Pathologists, and learn from everyone within this community as well.

GRADUATION
​CHAIR

Abigail Duarte

Hello everyone! I’m Abbie and I’m so excited to be this years Graduation Chair! After observing my sister conduction a therapy session when I was in high school, I knew that this was what I wanted to spend my life doing. My love for the field has only grown stronger as I get further in my schooling. I got involved with NSSLHA my junior year and it was one of
the best things I could have done for myself. This organization has not only given me a wealth of knowledge about the field, but it has also given me an incredible support system. I feel honored to be able to plan the day we as undergrads and grad students have worked so hard for, and I will strive to make that day as memorable as possible! I can't wait to get to know the incoming cohort and I intend to be the same support system that I was lucky enough to have as a junior.

FUNDRAISING
CHAIR

​Kayla Yamauchi

​​I’m Kayla Yamauchi. I transferred to San Francisco State University my junior year from Fullerton College. I knew joining NSSLHA would allow me to make friends, find comfort, and feel like part of something bigger than myself. I found that attending the NSSLHA fundraising and volunteering events was when I felt closest to my fellow members. That is why I decided to become the Fundraising Coordinator for this year’s chapter. The Communicative Disorders program is a superb program to be a part of, and I am truly enthused to continue to thrive within it.   

SOCIAL
​CHAIRS

Giselle Muñoz

Hello, my name is Giselle Munoz; I am a transfer student from Los Angeles. One of the main reasons why I chose this major is because my brother has struggled with a speech impediment from an early age. I have witnessed him struggle through the obstacles he is faced with when it comes to verbally express himself. I hope to one day be able to help him and others like him overcome these challenges. I aspire to one day work with children and make a difference in their lives. I chose SF State because I fell in love with the city and the people in it. I enjoy volunteering, watching indie films, plays, spending time with my friends and family, as well as practicing ASL. I look forward to creating fun
memories in NSSLHA this year!

NSSLHA ADVISOR

Patti Solomon-Rice, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Patti is honored and excited to be NSSLHA’s advisor! She is an associate professor and the CD clinic director in the Communicative Disorders Program. She currently teaches graduate courses in advanced clinical skills and motor speech disorders, 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 federal 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 administrative, teaching and grant responsibilities, she 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. She completed a 4-year term on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Ethics in 2016, having served as 2015 chair. She also served as a 2017 ASHA convention topic co-chair for language in infants, toddlers and preschoolers. In 2017 she began a 4-year term on ASHA’s Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC). Patti is very proud of our outstanding NSSLHA officers, who are clearly demonstrating their own interest and enthusiasm as student volunteers!