The speech-language pathology department’s Advisory Board supports and advocates for maximizing learning opportunities and making a positive impact in the communities we serve.

Chairperson: Ruth Thielen, M.S., CCC-SLP
Ruth has worked for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare system for over 20 years in acute, rehab, outpatient and subacute settings with expertise in Dysphagia, Head and Neck Cancer, and Voice. She coordinates several fieldwork initiatives, and works extensively with colleges in Greater Milwaukee to improve the student practicum experience.

Vice Chairperson: Caroline Ziegler, M.S., CCC-SLP
Caroline is a licensed speech-language pathologist with a particular interest in throat-based communication, swallowing, and breathing disorders. Her clinical specialities include working with people who have voice disorders—particularly professional voice users—as well as people with paradoxical vocal fold dysfunction.

Beth Wehner, M.S., CCC-A
Practicing in the Port Washington’s Saukville School District for the past 23 years, Beth has extensive experience in speech and language including articulation, expressive language delays, receptive language delays, and social deficiencies. She really enjoys working with middle school students and is excited when her students learn a new concept to apply in different environments.

Mary McDonough, Au.D., CCC-SLP
Much of Mary’s 29 years as an educational audiologist has been in a special education cooperative, serving children 3–21 years old with hearing loss (and their families). She supports educators and hearing impaired students to ensure appropriate access to auditory information within mainstream, oral public school settings.

Mary Bahr-Schwenke, M.S., CCC-SLP
Mary as an ASHA-certified, Wisconsin and Illinois licensed speech-language pathologist with nearly 30 years of clinical and supervisory experience. Employed as an MJ Care associate for over 25 years, Mary is also current President of the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association.

Jordan Ruiz, M.S., CCC-SLP
An  ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist with the School District of Menomonee Falls, Jordan’s educational background includes infant feeding/swallowing, language sample analysis, and augmentative and alternative communication. She was a recipient of a personnel preparation grant specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders to further her efforts of supporting students and families with ASD.

Rona Alexander, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, C/NDT
Rona specializes  in oral motor, feeding/swallowing, and respiratory-phonatory function in infants and children with neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems impairments. She has co-authored professional books and publications; maintains a private practice; provides consultation services; and conducts workshops on oral motor, oral sensory, feeding/swallowing, and respiratory coordination development, assessment, and treatment.

Holly M. Delgado, M.A., CCC-SLP
Holly is passionate about educating graduate students and clinicians to serve in diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. A partner at Milwaukee Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologists, Holly has also served as a graduate adjunct professor; a peer reviewer for continuing education courses on bilingual issues; and a collaborator with school districts to provide professional development for staff.

Rachel Scannell, M.S., CCC-SLP
Rachel is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist with Milwaukee Public Schools who’s dedicated to working with families in an urban setting. Applying her expertise with early childhood students, she’s run an extended therapy classroom for  3 to 5 year-olds with a variety of speech and language delays and disorders.

Betty Zientara, M.S., CCC-SLP
Trained in neuro-developmental treatment, Betty currently works in a pediatric outpatient clinic where she specializes in oral-motor/feeding treatment and augmentative communication. Betty previously served as a Board Member for the Scottish Rite Children’s Learning Center.

Kristin Whitfield, M.A., CCC-SLP
Kristin specializes in using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) with adults and children. In addition to being owner of her private clinical practice specializing in AAC (Communication Unlimited, LLC ), she has presented on AAC at online, local, national, and international conferences, and has written several articles for AAC publications.

Caitlin Ebel, M.S., CCC-SLP
With her undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin Madison and her graduate degree is Speech Language Pathology from Marquette University, Caitlin made the transition from long term care to acute care in 2010. She is currently a senior speech therapist at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.