Our Team

The Communication Station Team

Tara Connell, MS/CCC-SLP

Education/ Experience:

BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders Marywood University in Scranton PA – 2002

MS in Speech-Language Pathologist Miami University of Ohio – 2004

I have been working as a speech-language pathologist for over 14 years.  I have primarily worked with children from birth to 5 years old with a variety of communication disorders, including:  articulation/phonological disorders, feeding and oral-motor disorders, and receptive/expressive language disorders.  I have worked with children who have Autism, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Apraxia, and hearing disorder

What is your favorite part of being a Speech-Language Pathologist?

I love the moment when the child begins to understand how to produce a sound or another task we have been targeting. It’s wonderful to see their face light up and the confidence they gain in that instant. I also love when parents report that others have been commenting on how wonderful the child has been communicating.  It’s wonderful to see a child be so proud in their accomplishments and a part celebrate their child’s progress.  Those successes are treasured moments.

Personal Info:

I grew up in Middletown, New York and currently live in Goshen. I am married and have two boys who keep us busy. When I am not at Communication Station you can find me at home, cheering my boys on during their sports ga

mes, or away at some family adventure. I am also a Religious Education teacher and Cubmaster of our sons’ Cub Scout Pack. I enjoy hanging out with my family, being crafty, traveling, and spending time outside.

Holli Teshome, MS/CCC- SLP

Education/ Experience:

BS in Communication Disorders SUNY Fredonia – 1998

MS in Speech-Language Pathology SUNY Fredonia – 1999

I began working as a Speech-Language Pathologist 17 years ago. Most of my experience has been with children ages birth to 5 yrs with a variety of communication disorders, including: articulation/phonological disorders, receptive/expressive language delays and feeding/oral motor concerns. I have worked with children that have Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum disorder, hearing impairment and cleft palates.

What is your favorite part of being a Speech-Language Pathologist?

There are many things that I love about speech therapy. The best part is seeing the pride in a child’s face when he or she is able to effectively communicate and the joy in the parent’s face as they see their child’s growth and progression.

Personal Information:

I grew up in Orange County, NY and graduated from Goshen High School. My husband and I currently live in Chester with our two children. They keep us busy with a variety of activities including dance and basketball. On the weekends I love spending quality time with my family, reading books or watching movies.

Maura Tennant, MS/CCC- SLP

Education/ Experience:

Over the past 20 years I have worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in three states. I have experience working with students, aged 3-21 years, with varying disabilities. I have worked in a variety of settings, including public schools, private schools and in private practice.

What is your favorite part of being a Speech-Language Pathologist?

Knowing that I am impacting a child’s life, forever, is one of the rewarding benefits to being a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Personal Information:

I am originally from New Jersey and attended both undergraduate and graduate school there. My husband’s job transferred us to the beautiful Bluegrass State of Kentucky for 5 years. We returned to the Northeast and have resided in Warwick, New York for the past 13 years. I have a son, age 11, and a daughter, age 8. In my free time I love to read, shop, run and spend time with my family.

Lisa Czajka- Barbee, MA/CCC-SLP

Education/ Experience:

I began working as a speech-language therapist 28 years ago. I’ve not once regretted my career path which I decided on when I was 16 years old. I love what I do and I look forward to many more years working with children with communication needs including autism and also feeding/swallowing disorders.

What is your favorite part of being a Speech-Language Pathologist?

Everything, but mostly seeing a child communicate on his own using any available means necessary to get his/her wants met.

Personal Information:

I was born in Rochester NY and graduated from Horseheads High school in 1985. I have lived in Orange County since 1989. I have a son who presently attends a state college in NY. We love to meet for some Thai food whenever we get the chance! At home, we have a 2 year old cat and a 4 year old dog that we adopted last spring. My favorite things are my home, my backyard (my oasis), coffee, peace & quiet and ultimately the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore.

Kaylee Hammons, MS/CCC-SLP

Education/ Experience:

I attended Montclair State University in NJ and received my Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art. I then received a post-baccalaureate certificate in Communication Disorders to learn more about the field of speech pathology. I attended SUNY New Platz and recently graduated with my Masters of Science in Communication Disorders and Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) initial certification. As a recent graduate, I am relatively new to the field of speech language pathology. In addition to my time here at Communication Station, I had wonderful interning experiences at Inspire Kids, the Valley Central School District, and Valley View Nursing Home.

What is your favorite part of being a Speech-Language Pathologist?

I feel so fortunate to have found a career that I love so much! The field is challenging but very rewarding. I enjoy all of the children that I see at Communication Station. The moment that a child produces a sound or understands a linguistic concept that he or she has been working hard to achieve is thrilling to me. I also love the strong sense of community amongst SLPs. Everyone that has mentored me, including Tara and Holli, have been so patient, understanding, and eager to share their love of the field.

Personal Information:

I grew up in central NJ and move to the Hudson Valley with my husband about 5 years ago. We are avid hikers and have done some of the more challenging hikes and rock scrambles in the area including the Lemon Squeeze at Mohonk and Breakneck Ridge in Beaco

n. We also had the once in a lifetime opportunity to hike in the German Alps on our honeymoon. I also enjoy cooking, gardening, crafting, going to Target, dinning out at restaurants, and dogs.

Ashley Annicaro, MS/CF-SLP

Education/ Experience:

Speech-Language Pathology has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was in middle school, I started my first job answering telephones at a speech agency after school. Here, I was able to observe and interact with a multitude of speech-language pathologists and their clients. These interactions lead me to a variety of other opportunities, as I began tutoring children after school, teaching an enrichment program for my local school district, and even became a Coordinated In-Home Support Mentor for adolescents on the autism spectrum. Receiving my Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology has my greatest accomplishment to date. My career path has enabled me to have experiences with a variety of clients, ranging from birth to late adulthood. I have been able to work with multiple populations of clients, including individuals with speech sound, language, voice, fluency, autism spectrum, and cognitive communication disorders, individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, and individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication. At present, I particularly enjoy aiding in the growth and progress of children ranging from Early Intervention to School Age. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the State University of New York at New Paltz. I received my Master’s Degree from Ithaca College and was honored to receive the Cecilia Shimer Award of Academic Excellence.

What is your favorite part of being a Speech-Language Pathologist?

The field of Speech-Language Pathology is not only my field, but is is my passion. I never take for granted the fact that I get to help children and their families as my profession. To me, there is no greater feeling than helping somebody else work towards their goals. I consider my work to be both rewarding and humbling. I feel so blessed to have been able to follow the path that I did.

Personal Information:

I grew up and still reside in Warwick, NY. Some of my hobbies include hiking, shopping, baking, and dining out with friends. I have a large family and love spending time with my cousins.

Laurie Schneider, MS/CCC-SLP


B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders Marywood University – 2016

M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology Marywood University – 2018

As a Clinical Fellow Speech-Language Pathologist, I continue to be a proud member of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA).

As a recent graduate, I have gained valuable experience working with individuals with a variety of communication disorders thanks to wonderful educational and professional opportunities. This includes time spent working in clinic, school, and hospital settings. Most of my experience has been working with school age children in the areas of articulation/phonology, receptive/expressive language, social communication, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). I have worked with children who have Apraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Rett Syndrome.

What is your favorite part of being a speech-language pathologist?

As someone who comes from a large family and has many younger cousins, I have wanted to work with children for as long as I can remember. When my older sister began her college education as a speech-language pathology major and taught me about the field, I quickly realized that this was the career path I wanted to take as well. I love working with children and their families, and sharing in the magic that is watching a child learn to communicate effectively. When a new concept “clicks,” children take so much pride in their accomplishment – as they should! I am honored to play a role in helping children communicate and interact with others in their environment, and to share in their joy as they master new skills.

Personal Information:

I grew up and currently live in Port Jervis, NY. Though I enjoyed my years living in Scranton, PA during my schooling, it is good to be home! In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, baking, and spending time with family and friends.

Jaime McCarty, MS,Ed.

Education/ Experience:

I have a Bachelor’s degree is Psychology from Oswego State University and Master’s degree of Education specializing in general education and special education grades 1-6. I have certifications in Students with Disabilities Birth-Grade 2, Students with Disabilities Grade 1-6, and Childhood Education Grades 1-6. I did my student teaching at BOCES Chester Learning Center in Chester, NY and Chorley Elementary School in Middletown, NY. I loved both experiences and populations. I have worked as a special education teacher in early intervention since 2012. Previously, I taught literacy and math skills to school-age children in an after school program in Middletown, NY.

What excites you about teaching?

I love working with children. I have a lot of passion, understanding, patience, and enthusiasm. I want to make a positive impact in children’s lives and make learning fun. I believe through play, children can learn new ideas, become creative thinkers and problem solvers, and expand their cognitive reasoning. I love seeing children become excited about learning and having fun, especially when they just mastered a new skill. This accomplishment is so rewarding as a teacher.

Personal Information:

My husband and I have two boys and a dog. My older son is 9 and my younger son is 2. I am the Membership Coordinator for my older son’s Cub Scout Pack. I enjoy reading, walking, being outside, hiking, scrapbooking, playing with my kids, and going to the beach.

Karen Mann, MS, Ed.


Undergraduate : University of Delaware

Graduate: SUNY New Paltz

I have recently retired from Orange-Ulster BOCES with 34 years  of teaching in Special Education , K-5.

What excites you about teaching?

I love watching children learn and grow.

Personal Information:

I grew up in Springfield, NJ and now live in Middletown , NY.   I am married with 2 grown children.  I am proud to my a Grandmother of 1 with one more on the way! I love to read, bake, and shop!

Jannett Rudnick, Administrative Assistant


B.A. Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA


I was in banking and financial sales for 10 years with Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. I left to start a family in Orange County with my husband Jonathan. We have two children. Both children are active in Cub and Girl Scouts. We are very sporty throughout Orange County; doing family fitness at the Middletown YMCA, riding our bikes on the Heritage Trail, or skiing at Mount Peter in Warwick. We enjoy volunteering our time at Pets Alive. We enjoy working on our vegetable garden in the summer months.

Gayle Mourad, Administrative Assistant

I am currently in school for Speech-Language Pathology and learning so much from working for Communication Station. I’ve lived in Monroe, NY most of my life. I graduated from Monroe- Woodbury High School and completed my undergrad at University at Buffalo.




Guadalupe Canete, Graduate Student Intern

Education/ Experience:

I received my Bachelors degree in Communication Disorders from Mercy College in 2016. I am currently working towards my Masters of Science in Communication Disorders and Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) initial certification at Mercy College. I also I have gained valuable and insightful interning experiences at the Speech and Hearing Center at Mercy College, C. J. Hooker Middle School and Goshen Central High School. I am also interning at Communication Station and thus far, have learned so much and the experience has reaffirmed my desires to enter such a caring and wonderful field.

What excites you about Speech?

I love being a part of the process in which a child gains valuable skills to help them communicate and be understood effectively is exciting. I love knowing that I have helped a child get closer to reaching their goals, not only impacting their life but their family’s as well. I am also excited to work with the Spanish speaking population and provide future services to not only monolingual families but also bilingual families.

Personal Information:

I grew up in Goshen, NY and graduated from Goshen Central High School. I enjoy drawing, spending time with my family and enjoying the company of my cat.

Student Internship Opportunities

Communication Station loves to work with students who are interested in studying speech-language pathology.  We happily invite current college students to observe speech-language therapy sessions for their course requirements.  We also offer internships for graduate students who need to obtain direct contact speech therapy hours.  Please contact us for our various opportunities.  We look forward to sharing our passion for speech-language therapy with you!