Speech and Language therapy works...
and lasts a lifetime.

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Our Team


- Executive Team -




Jacqueline Brown, MA, CCC-SLP
Director of Programs / Speech Language Pathologist

Jacqueline joined Early Life Speech & Language in Seattle as a speech language pathologist in 1985. She is currently Director of Programs for Early Life Speech & Language and Seattle Clinic Director. Jackie earned her master’s degree in speech language pathology from George Washington University, and before joining Early Life Speech & Language she gained experience in her field working at a children’s hospital and a school for the deaf. One thing Jackie loves about working at Early Life Speech & Language is the ability to tailor intervention to each child’s individual needs. E-mail Jackie at jbrown@earlylifespeech.org.




Susie Beresford
Director of Development & Communications

Susie joined Early Life Speech & Language as Director of Development and Communications in 2015. She is skilled at fundraising, marketing and relationship building, and has worked in fund development for community college and hospice foundations as well as in event planning for Microsoft. You might recognize Susie from her work as a community reporter for KOMO News, too. Her heart soars every time parents tell her that after beginning therapy at Early Life Speech & Language, they finally heard their child say, “I love you.” E-mail Susie at sberesford@earlylifespeech.org.




Chandelle Micklich, MS, CCC-SLP
Spokane Clinic Director / Speech Language Pathologist

Chandelle’s smile has been lighting up the Early Life Speech & Language Spokane clinic since September 2011. She is delighted to be able to work with families in a fun, friendly environment where parents and caregivers are directly involved in therapy. Chandelle holds a master’s degree in communication disorders from Eastern Washington University. E-mail Chandelle at cmicklich@earlylifespeech.org.


- Speech Language Pathologists -



Kerri Baldwin, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist, Spokane

Kerri joined Early Life Speech & Language in 2006, after working as a therapist at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Every day, she is thankful for the chance to work with so many bright children—and their dedicated parents—who can receive the support they need to learn to communicate at home, in school and for life, at no cost to families. Kerri earned her master’s degree in speech and hearing science from Eastern Washington University. She is a devoted Mariners fan. E-mail Kerri at kbaldwin@earlylifespeech.org.




Cindy Gleesing, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist, Spokane

Cindy joined Early Life Speech & Language in 2017 as a part-time Speech Language Pathologist while she continues to work in the Spokane school district. She earned her M.S. degree from Eastern Washington University. To Cindy, parents are the key to our children’s success. She says, the close connection she has with our parents is what really makes this process work. Cindy’s strength is patience but she says her weakness is chocolate…probably chocolate cookies due to her maiden name being Keibler! Email Cindy at cgleesing@earlylifespeech.org.



Alice Hollopeter, MA, CCC-SLP
Clinic Manager / Speech Language Pathologist, Walla Walla

Alice joined Early Life Speech & Language as Walla Walla Clinic Manager and Speech Language Pathologist in February 2017. Prior to joining the team, Alice worked as a K-12 Teletherapist, as a public school SLP, and for a non-profit clinic. She received her undergraduate degree from Minot State University and Master's degree from U of M, Duluth. Alice grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada. She says the best part of working at Early Life Speech & Language is helping children reach their potential and providing families with the opportunity to be part of their child’s success. Email Alice at ahollopeter@earlylifespeech.org.




Barb McKague, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist, Seattle

Barb joined Early Life Speech & Language in Seattle as a speech language pathologist in 1989, after working in private practices providing speech and language services to both children and adults, and teaching developmental preschool in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her master’s degree in speech language pathology from George Washington University in 1987. Barb is constantly amazed by the determination and progress of the kids and families that she works with each week; they are her heroes! E-mail Barb at bmckague@earlylifespeech.org.





Beth Novak, M.S., CCC-SLP
Clinic Manager / Speech Language Pathologist, Bremerton

Beth joined Early Life Speech & Language as the Bremerton Clinic Manager and Speech Language Pathologist in August 2018. She spent the last 10 years working in pediatrics in the medical setting, most recently at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Beth served in the Peace Corps in Tonga, where she met the King, and has traveled to over 30 countries. She graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Speech and Hearing Sciences and then went on to receive her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. Beth says the best thing about working with kids at Early Life Speech & Language is helping each child reach their fullest potential without the worry of speech holding them back. Email Beth at bnovak@earlylifespeech.org.




Asha Pence, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist, Spokane

Asha joined Early Life Speech & Language in 2016, after working at the Center for Pediatric Therapy. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2014 with her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders. EWU might be her alma mater, but she cheers on the WSU Cougar football team with her “forever-Coug” husband. She finds time to play softball in-between taking care of her three dogs and preparing to be a new mom. Asha is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a close community of staff, therapists, and families, and is excited to be a part of each child’s and families’ journey to successful communication. Email Asha at apence@earlylifespeech.org.


- Development Staff -




Ashley Miller
Development Officer, Spokane

Ashley joined Early Life Speech and Language as Development Officer in 2016. Ashley brings over 10 years of experience in the marketing/advertising field as well as fundraising. Prior to joining Early Life Speech and Language, she worked for the American Cancer Society and oversaw Relay For Life Department for the GW Division and also was a Media Director for an Advertising Agency where she developed marketing strategies for clients in restaurants, hospitality, automotive aftermarket, marine and retail industries. Ashley studied Electronic Journalism at the University of South Carolina and is a huge Carolina Gamecocks Fan. Go SEC!!! Email Ashley at amiller@earlylifespeech.org.


- Administrative Support -



Connor Kelly
Development and Program Coordinator

Connor joined Early Life Speech and Language as Special Projects Coordinator in 2016 and moved up to Development and Program Coordinator in 2017. If you ask him (and anyone he works with), he gets things done! Lucky for us. Previously, Connor worked at Seattle Building Maintenance in Human Resources and as a summer camp counselor with the Seattle Archdiocese’s Catholic Youth Organization. Connor graduated from Gonzaga University in 2017 with a degree in philosophy. E-mail Connor at ckelly@earlylifespeech.org.




Alana Willmann
Office Manager, Spokane

Alana joined Early Life Speech & Language in Spokane as office manager in October 1996. She is a “never-say-no” administrator who adeptly manages correspondence, client files, fiscal accounting and so much more. It makes Alana happy to see a transition in the children who come to Early Life Speech & Language for services: “I love watching the kids change from being shy and timid when they start therapy to confident and ready to conquer the world when they graduate.” E-mail Alana at awillmann@earlylifespeech.org.



The prevalence of speech sound disorder in young children is 8 to 9 percent. By the first grade, roughly 5 percent of children have noticeable speech disorders; the majority of these speech disorders have no known cause.

SOURCE: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.