Trainees

  • Audra Knotts

    Audra Knotts

    Speech-Language Pathology
    MCH/LEND
    Audra Knotts is a graduate student studying speech-language pathology at West Virginia University. In May 2021, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from WVU. In the future, Audra would like to work as a pediatric speech pathologist. She has previous experience assisting in the Allen Hall Speech and Hearing Clinic as well as volunteering at Stepping Stones. As a LEND trainee, Audra hopes to gain experience with feeding and swallowing and learn how different disciplines can work together to create the best outcome for clients.
  • Davi Stanley

    Davi Stanley

    Social Work
    MCH/LEND
    Davi Stanley is currently completing a Master of Social Work at West Virginia University. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work in May of 2021, where she spent a semester interning at the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities. Davi is now a LEND Trainee and a graduate assistant for the Paths for Parents (P4P) Program at the Center for Excellence in Disabilities. Davi is interested in serving West Virginian’s with disabilities and children with special healthcare needs. 
  • Haley Link

    Haley Link

    Audiology
    MCH/LEND
    Haley Link is a graduate student at West Virginia University studying audiology. Previously, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Haley has since gained experience in the university clinic working with children and adults with a variety of hearing impairments. Through participating in the LEND program, Haley hopes to learn how to better advocate for individuals with disabilities, gain experience in interdisciplinary practices, and participate in opportunities that will better herself as an Audiologist.   
  • Jessica Welch

    Jessica Welch

    Physical Therapy
    MCH/LEND
    Jessica Welch is a third- year graduate student at West Virginia University pursuing a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Previously, she earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Towson University in Towson, MD. Through her clinical experiences and volunteer work in the community, she has gained a passion for working with children. Throughout the LEND program, Jessica hopes to gain experience treating pediatric patients and working in an interprofessional team to foster a successful environment for both pediatric patients and their families.   
  • Leticia Johnson

    Leticia Johnson

    Public Administration
    MCH/LEND
    Leticia Johnson is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in healthcare at West Virginia University. Previously, Leticia has gained experience in the healthcare field by working in a nursing home, having an internship with a home health facility and taking a EMT skill set course. After graduation, Leticia plans to become an Executive Director of a nursing home working with dementia clients. Being a part of the LEND program, she hopes to gain more experience working with individuals with disabilities, gaining more knowledge in the healthcare field and improving her skill sets in different areas. Leticia’s favorite quote is: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”. This is her favorite quote because we are all different, but we are all created in God’s perfect image.    
  • Meagan Seaton

    Meagan Seaton

    Occupational Therapy
    MCH/LEND
    Meagan Seaton is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at West Virginia University. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Human Performance and Health in May 2021 and has fieldwork experience in acute occupational therapy, community-based occupational therapy, and pediatrics. She is originally from southern West Virginia and plans to return there once her degree is completed to work with children in the school-systems or early intervention settings. Through LEND, Meagan hopes to gain experience in specialized areas of practice, such as feeding and swallowing, to help bridge the gap in services that is prevalent in rural areas like southern West Virginia.    
  • Megan Hardy

    Megan Hardy

    Integrated Marketing Communications
    MCH/LEND
    Megan Hardy is a graduate student at West Virginia University pursuing a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications, as well as a graduate assistant at the Center for Excellence in Disabilities. Previously, Megan earned her Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communications from West Virginia University in May 2021. Megan has gained diverse strategic communications experience in various academic and professional settings ranging from digital marketing coordination at the Social Bee Marketing Agency, strategic messaging contributions to political and public health campaigns, non-profit communications and event planning, project and design collaboration for WV lobbying groups, and aiding government communications at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In the future, Megan hopes to use her education and experiences to pursue a career in advocacy in the non-profit sector as a public relations professional. At the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, Megan hopes to gain a greater understanding of diversity, accessibility, and inclusion, build rewarding professional relationships, and improve her skills as a strategic communicator and advocate.     
  • Olivia Johnson

    Olivia Johnson

    Communication Sciences and Disorders
    MCH/LEND
    Olivia Johnson is a graduate student at West Virginia University studying speech-language pathology. Previously, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from WVU. During her time as a graduate clinician, Olivia has gained experience evaluating and treating children and adults with a variety of communication, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. As a LEND trainee, Olivia hopes to gain proficiency working with children with disabilities and their families as well as feeding and swallowing clinical experiences.        
  • Josibeth Bonar

    Josibeth Bonar

    Communication Sciences and Disorders
    MCH/LEND
    Josibeth Bonar is a fourth-year undergraduate student at West Virginia University, studying communication and sciences disorders with a minor in communication and special education. Previously, she has been involved in campus activities like NASHLA and Chi Omega sorority, holding the position of co-event planner. Throughout her college career she has been on the Dean's list, a COMM UTA and a LEND intermedium trainee, all in the hopes of gaining more information and knowledge that will help her pursue her goal of becoming a CCC-SLP specialized in dysphasia. Once she is finished with her academic career, she plans to work stroke patients in acute care, outpatient care, rehabilitation center, or a more medically driven facility. As a LEND intermedium trainee, she hopes to gain insight on dysphasia and the skills needed in the field of speech language pathology while building positive professional relationships with mentors, peers, educators, and clinicians.         
  • Julie Henrich

    Julie Henrich

    Multidisciplinary
    MCH/LEND
    Julie Henrich graduated from WVU with a multidisciplinary degree. Her areas of concentration were psychology, sociology and human services. Julie has previously worked with youth in crisis in her own community and individuals with disabilities, as well. During her time with the WVU CED, she hopes to gain knowledge about available resources for those with disabilities to help them to succeed. Through the LEND program, Julie hopes to be able share her knowledge of her own individual experiences to help others in a similar situation.         
  • Allison Croushorn

    Allison Croushorn

    Audiology
    Allison is a first year Doctorate of Audiology student at West Virginia University. While studying communication sciences and disorders at James Madison University, Allison began mentoring at a summer camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing kids in Virginia. This led her to minor in special education and receive a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Studies.
    Still early in her professional education, vestibular functioning and hearing aids are two areas of interest for her. With several years of experience working with people of varying levels of physical and intellectual disabilities, she plans on using her knowledge and experience towards providing audiologic services to people with disabilities.
  • Kayla Harris

    Kayla Harris (she/her)

    Social Work
    MCH/LEND
    Kayla Harris is an advanced standing graduate student completing her master's in social work (MSW) at WVU. In May of 2021, Kayla graduated with her bachelor's in social work and a minor in substance use. She is a LEND Trainee for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) and loves working with the Country Roads Program. In her free time, she coaches volleyball at Morgantown Volleyball Club.
  • Paige Currie

    Paige Currie

    Psychology
    MCH/LEND
    Paige Currie is a second year LEND trainee from Lockport, NY in her third year studying towards her Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Behavior Analysis. Her background is primarily in basic research involving assessments of risky and impulsive-choice and how behavior changes as a result of drugs. She is currently a member of Dr. Karen Anderson’s Behavioral Pharmacology lab and is on a practicum placement at the WVU Neurodevelopmental Center. She also has a new passion for behavioral feeding interventions for treatment of food selectivity as a result of her time with the CED Feeding and Swallowing Clinic.
  • Sydney Leary

    Sydney Leary

    Communication Sciences and Disorders
    MCH/LEND
    Sydney Leary is a graduate student at West Virginia University studying speech-language pathology. In December of 2020, she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from West Virginia University. Sydney has experience assisting in the Allen Hall Speech and Hearing Clinic, as well as coordinating and implementing programming for neurodiverse kids and young adults. By participating in LEND, Sydney hopes to gain more experience in the Feeding and Swallowing Clinic, working with individuals who are neurodiverse, and collaborating with other professionals for interdisciplinary care.
  • Avery Santella

    Avery Santella

    Occupational Therapy
    MCH/LEND
    Avery Santella is a graduate student studying occupational therapy at West Virginia University. While at WVU, she has gained experience with neurodevelopmental disabilities while working with children and families throughout the community. Her favorite experience so far has been working with the DreamCatchers program to help children of all abilities participate in a musical theatre program. Avery is currently completing research in the OT program focused on facilitating play in children with complex needs. Through the LEND program, Avery hopes to gain experience and knowledge about family-centered care, interdisciplinary collaboration, and cultural sensitivity to help guide her practice as a future occupational therapist.
  • Kalie Brimhall

    Kalie Brimhall

    Speech-Language Pathology
    MCH/LEND
    Kalie Brimhall is a speech-language pathology graduate student at West Virginia University. Previously, she earned an undergraduate degree in communication disorders at BYU. Kalie has since gained experience working at the university clinic treating a variety of communication disorders. While participating in the LEND program, she hopes to gain continued experience in feeding, swallowing, and interdisciplinary practice.
  • Spencer Setcavage

    Spencer Setcavage

    Counseling
    MCH/LEND
    Spencer Setcavage is a current first year LEND Trainee and masters student. He is obtaining his master’s in counseling on the clinical mental health track. Spencer has always had an interest in helping others. A few years ago, Spencer led group meetings with kids anxious about going from middle school to high school. After leading these meetings for a few years, he learned how to help younger students successfully transition from middle school to high school. Spencer is a current member of the Country Roads program through LEND. Country Roads is a program that puts a LEND trainee with a person who has a disability who is transitioning to college. Spencer is excited and eager to be a member of LEND and learn how to apply the knowledge he gains through this experience to his personal and professional life in the future.
  • Amanda Miles

    Amanda Miles

    Counseling
    MCH/LEND
    Amanda Miles is a third-year student from Alabama working towards her Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Behavior Analysis. She has a background primarily in basic research and experience working with children with challenging behavior in the school system. Currently, she is working with Dr. Andy Lattal and is on a practicum placement at WVU Neurodevelopmental Center.