Staff

 

Director and Founder

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Kathryn’s life experiences have had a great impact on her professional and personal life.  She grew up in a family where communication and learning were were negatively impacted by hearing loss and learning disability.  On a daily basis she could see the importance of good communication skills and its impact on family life.  After entering California State University in Fresno she found that her interests in applied science and human relationships came together in the major Communication Disorders.
Since graduating with a Master’s degree she has worked in Fresno County and Fresno City Schools as a therapist, served as Diagnostic Specialist and Assistant Superintendent at the State Diagnostic Center of Central California and Adjunct Faculty Member and Lecturer at California State University, Fresno and Fresno Pacific University.

Her extensive experience in the field of speech and language and learning disabilities has led her to focus on learning more about neuroscience and the application of neuroscience principles in the therapy and learning process.  In 2000 her belief in the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in treatment led her to partner with John Goodfellow, MOT-OTR to provide therapy services.  In 2005 Kathryn and John created the California Learning Connection, a place where interdisciplinary treatment and neuroscience principles are joined.

Kathryn has been married to Herman, a student from Belgium at the time they met, for almost 40 years.  They have two adult children who are great travelers and learners.

Speech Therapists

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Bio coming soon!

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Debbie Esquivel is a Speech-Language Pathologist who received her undergraduate and Master’s degree from California State University, Fresno.  Debbie is an experienced clinician having worked in adult rehabilitation,  school and clinic settings.  She has worked at the Center for Communication Skills since 2006.  Currently she enjoys working with a wide range of clients from preschoolers to adults.  She is blessed with four wonderful grandchildren and enjoys spending time with them having tea parties, baking cookies, building forts, and exploring the park.

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Heather Tonel is a Speech-Language Pathologist who received her undergraduate degree and Master’s degree from California State University, Fresno. Heather is an experienced clinician working with children and adults with various communication disorders such as autism, apraxia, aphasia, articulation, dysphagia, language, and stuttering. She began working at the Center for Communication Skills as a Tutor and Office Assistant in 2001 while attending Fresno State.  In 2010, she officially began her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist gaining experience at the Center, the school setting, and skilled nursing facilities.  She is married and has two young sons who keep her busy.  There will be a lot of trains, trucks, and dirt in her future.

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JoAnna Muir is a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant from the small town of Farmersville here in Central California. She received her undergraduate degree from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. JoAnna has been with the Center for Communication Skills since May 2011. She has provided speech and language therapy to children and adults with a variety of diagnoses. Currently she enjoys providing speech therapy services to many two year olds as well as students in grades K-12. She lives with her little dog, Hera, and enjoys taking her to the park on her free time.

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Kristin Flannigan is a Spanish-speaking Speech-Language Pathologist in her clinical fellowship year. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Disorders from Truman State University in her home state of Missouri. She obtained a wide range of clinical experience as a graduate student, providing therapy to children and adults with a variety of diagnoses: aphasia, apraxia, accent reduction, autism, voice disorders, articulation, dysphagia, and speech and language delays. She joined the team at the Center for Communication Skills in January 2015. Currently she enjoys working with a wide range of clients from preschoolers to adults. She spends a great deal of time exploring her new home of Fresno and being active in a local church.

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Patricia Looney-Burman is a Speech-Language Pathologist who received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Grinnell College and her Master’s degrees from Emerson College (Speech Pathology) and the University of Hawaii (Public Health). Pat is an experienced clinician and has been with the Center for Communication Skills since 2003.  She has provided speech and language therapy to children and adults with a variety of diagnoses.  Currently, she serves as a speech-language consultant on the Early Intervention Team at the Central Valley Regional Center in addition to providing speech-language evaluations at the Center for Communication Skills.

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Rochelle Ramos is a Speech/Language Pathologist from Clovis, CA.  She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from California State University, Fresno.  Rochelle is an experienced therapist and has been with the Center for Communication Skills since 2008 and has been working in the schools for 15 years.  She has provided speech and language therapy to children and adults with a variety of diagnoses.

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Shannon Johnson is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over fifteen years of experience in her field.  She has a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders – Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, Fresno.  She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has been awarded the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). She has been with the Center for Communication Skills since 2011.  She has enjoyed providing therapy to children and adults with a variety of diagnoses including: apraxia, articulation disorders, autism, dysphagia , and speech and language delays. She is married to her college sweetheart and has been blessed with two wonderful boys.

Learning Academy Staff

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Kurt Dragomanovich is a graduate student and CLC’s Program Coordinator, who is originally from Riverbank, California. Kurt joined the California Learning Connection in February 2014 as an Academic Enrichment Tutor and took on the role of Program Coordinator in February 2015, placing him at the front line of the Learning Academy’s operations as well as the administration of the Fast ForWord program. Kurt received his Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders – Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, Fresno in the Spring of 2015. He is currently working on his Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Fresno State, with the goal of graduating in the Spring of 2017 and becoming fully licensed.

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Bio coming soon!

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Bio coming soon!

Office Staff

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Bio coming soon!

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Bio coming soon!

Center For Communication Skills, Speech & Language Pathologists, Fresno, CA