Wendy Nottoli, President, M.A., CCC, BCaBA
Wendy lives a busy, productive life working with her patients and their families. She works with her talented staff by interacting and enriching skills and knowledge through ongoing education.
Wendy is a Certified Developmental Speech-Language Pathologist and a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She is advanced trained in the PROMPT technique and a certified TALK TOOLS specialist in the area of oral motor/feeding. Wendy is SOS trained, a program designed to work with feeding challenges. She is certified as a HANEN leader for: It “Takes Two To Talk”; “More Than Words”; “Talkability”; and “Learning Language and Loving It”. Wendy provides hands on training for parents and professionals using these program designs. She is a certified specialist for the Listening Program (TLP); Integrated Listening System (ILS); and Fast ForWord. Currently Wendy is completing her studies and becoming a PLAY PROJECT Consultant.
When she is not at the Center you will find her working out, enjoying the company of her husband, watching tennis, reading a good book, keeping herself healthy or creating new ways to serve her patients and staff.
Neyda Ketchum, Speech-Language Pathologist, M Ed., CCC
Neyda Ketchum is a Bi-lingual Speech and Language Pathologist who has been working with the Kendall Speech and Language Center since 1995.
Ms. Ketchum graduated with a Baccalaureate Degree in the area of Elementary Education. She went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.
The areas of specialty that Ms. Ketchum focuses on include children with speech and language disorders related to bilingual issues; auditory processing, and Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disabilities. She has received training in: Lindamood-Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking Program and Talkies for Oral Language Comprehension, Hanen’s “It Takes Two to Talk”, and the PROMPT technique. She oversees the Fast ForWord program, as well as the computer-based and iPad-based programs offered at our Center.
Saenya Simms, Program Director, First Step
Saenya is a Florida International University graduate. She studied Behavior Analysis. Saenya is trained in Picture Exchange Communication System and is a Certified Handwriting Without Tears provider and consultant. Additionally, Saenya is an Interactive Metronome provider. Saenya earned her certification as a Certified Handle With Care Primary Restraint Technique Trainer.
As Program Supervisor of the FIRST STEP Intensive Intervention Program for Children with Developmental Delays/Disorders and our SPECIAL STEPS Program, Saenya implements our programs using Applied Behavior Analysis/Verbal Behavior while training, overseeing. And mentoring our Technicians. Saenya is directly involved in parent training.
When she is not working, Saenya enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Vanessa Diaz, Teacher
Vanessa graduated from Miami Dade College in June 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education K – 12 with an ESOL and Reading endorsement. While studying in Miami Dade she was a member of Kappa Delta PI, an international honor society in education. Her first experience working with students on the spectrum was during her internship, where she taught high school students independent living skills. Shortly after her internship in September of 2011, she began working at Learning Links School, a private school for students affected by developmental disorders, learning disabilities and ASD. As the Lead Teacher for four years she gained experience teaching different grade levels and students with varying abilities.
Vanessa is certified in Handwriting without Tears and Keyboarding without tears. She has completed the TouchMath professional development program for mathematical instruction. Vanessa is a certified Handle With Care Trainer – a program designed to teach preventative actions for children with behavior challenges.
Vanessa enjoys teaching and making a difference in the lives of children. In her free time, Vanessa spends her time with her husband and their two American bulldogs.
Margarita Del Valle, OT/L OT BAMM Services Group, LLC
Maggie graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2010. Throughout her career, she has specialized in pediatrics. Maggie has worked for most of her professional life at Jackson Memorial Hospital. She has specialized training in the following areas: neurology, trauma, intensive care units, medical-surgical, orthopedics, spinal cord, hands, pediatrics (NICU/PICU), splinting, and serial casting. Maggie also has training in inpatient rehabilitation, acute, and outpatient with all the above specialties. She is a Kinesiotape Certified Practitioner.
When she is not at the Center she is home with her husband and two children.
Alyssa Hernandez, Speech-Language Pathologist M.S. CCC-SLP
Alyssa earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida in 2010 and pursued and earned her Master’s Degree from Florida Atlantic University in 2013. She interned with KSLC in the Spring of 2013 and fell in love with KSLC’s patients and programs. She enjoys working with children with language and pragmatic challenges.
Alyssa was PROMPT trained in 2014. She also became a certified Proloquo2Go trainer in 2016 and has consulted with and trained adult and pediatric patients.
In her free time, Alyssa likes to read, shop, and spend time with her husband, dog, and family.
Charisse Ariza, Speech Language Pathologist M.S., CFY
Charisse began her career at KSLC in 2007 as a technician in the FIRST STEP program. In 2009, she graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and began working at KSLC as a certified academic lead teacher for STEPS FOR SUCCESS home schooling program. Over the years while working at KSLC she has developed a passion for Speech Language Pathology. Charisse set out to pursue her Master’s Degree at NOVA Southeastern University and graduated in 2015.
Currently Charisse is working on her clinical fellowship year as a Speech Language Pathologist at the Center. She has received training in the Handwriting Without Tears Program and the PROMPT technique. She is passionate about working with children with a variety of speech and language challenges and enjoys her time at KSLC. In her free time, Charisse enjoys spending time with her husband, baby girl, family, friends, and of course her dog Lola. She is a big animal lover!
Cristina Ortega, Speech-Language Pathologist M.S., CCC-SLP
Cristi is a PROMPT-trained Speech-Language Pathologist. She truly enjoys working with children and is passionate about her work in the areas of oral motor and feeding therapy. Cristi is also SOS-trained and a certified HANEN leader for “It Take Two to Talk”. In her free time, Cristi takes pleasure in reading and traveling, but mostly in spending time with her husband and two children.
Ashley Walls, BA, BCaBA Psychology
Ashley received a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Florida International University in 2015 with a focus on behavior analysis and speech-language pathology. She is a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst and a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. Currently, Ashley is working on her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of South Florida. She is also a certified Handle With Care behavior management system Instructor. Ashley enjoys reading and spending time with her family in her free time.
Kayla Abril, Speech Language Pathologist M.S., CCC-SLP
Kayla graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2012. She returned to Miami to be with her family and to pursue her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology at Florida International University. She has training in PROMPT intervention and as a HANEN certified instructor for “It Takes Two to Talk.” She enjoys working with children of all different ages with a variety of speech, language, and pragmatic issues. She focuses her sessions around following the child’s lead. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family and friends, working out, watching Netflix, and going boating.
Jaclyn Angulo, Speech Language Pathologist M.S., CCC-SLP
Jackie graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2010. She began working at KSLC as a Speech and Language Pathology Assistant and pursued her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology at Nova Southeastern University in 2014. She has training in PECS Level 2 and PROMPT. She is a Hanen certified therapist for “More Than Words” and coaches parents on building interactions with their child. She is passionate about working with children with a variety of language and speech difficulties and is always looking for something new to learn in order to better serve her patients. In her free time, she loves to do yoga, dance, travel, spend time with family and friends, and be by the ocean.
Veronica Canchon, Ed S. Board Certified Behavior Analyst, MA, BCBA
Veronica is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who leads the behavior department at KSLC. She supervises and coaches BCaBAs, behavior technicians, parents, and staff members on implementing effective behavior programs. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a focus on Behavior Analysis from Florida International University and holds an Education Specialist (Ed. S) degree from the School of Psychology at Florida International University. She chose the field of ABA because she values the empirical nature of the science and its practical application to the natural environment to improve skill deficits in children with autism and related disabilities. Veronica has nearly 15 years of experience working with special needs children and their families using applied behavioral analytical strategies to help them be more successful and independent in their daily lives.
Jillian Mehler, Music Therapist MM,MT-BC
Jillian Mehler is the owner of Whole Steps Creative Arts Center and is a Board Certified Music Therapist, with advanced training in Neurologic Music Therapy. Jillian received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from Charleston Southern University and her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from the University of Miami. In addition to her clinical work, Jillian instructs undergraduate and graduate music therapy practice through the University of Miami. Jillian has several years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, language and communicative impairments, and other varied exceptionalities. Her dynamic therapy approach includes behavioral, sensory integration, and neurological implementations through music.
Eva Jackson, Speech-Language Pathologist M.A.CCC-SLP
Eva began interning with us at the Center in winter of 2004. Once she graduated from the University of Central Florida, she came on board full time as one of our Speech-Language Pathologists. She is a talented therapist who loves working with children. Eva has overseen the Next Step Program which is a language-pragmatic stimulation program designed to enhance speech, language, and communication development in a natural, supportive environment. She has also overseen the Little Steps Big Rewards program which guides children, ages 3-5, with communication challenges to feel more confident while learning the necessary skills to succeed in a natural environment. She has also created and implemented some of the pragmatic groups that we offer here at our Center which focus on dealing with change, making good choices, and preparing for school. She currently conducts language groups at Rosemont Academy where she focuses on the Zones of Regulation, social/pragmatic skills and increasing overall language skills in a group/classroom setting. She has continued her studies and is certified in administration of The Listening Program (TLP) and is also trained in the area of PROMPT.
Anna Sherry, Speech-Language Pathologist M.S., CCC
Anna started her career at the Kendall Speech and Language Center, Inc. in 1997. She worked as a trained technician working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In 1998, Anna earned the position as a speech assistant at KSLC. She decided to focus on speech and language development as her chosen career and went on to earn her master’s degree and finish training in New York City. Anna lives with her husband and three girls. She enjoys teaching children social skills to assist them in their social settings. Anna teaches children school-related skills, friendship making skills, and dealing with feelings. She runs the Little Steps Big Rewards program that is offered at KSLC. This program is for children functioning between the ages of 2 1/2 and 4 years of age. This program is designed to facilitate emergent literacy, language development, social interaction and phonemic awareness. Anna will lead groups related to social thinking skills to assist school age children with understanding how to use language in social situations. Anna is now working at Kendall Speech and Language Center, Inc. part-time.
Jacqueline Uriarte received her B.A. in Psychology with a focus in Behavior Analysis from Florida
International University in 2017. She is currently preparing for the BCaBA certification. Jacqueline
showed an interest in working with children from a very young age and enjoys every day she gets to
spend with her students. She has been with KSLC since 2013 and is grateful to have been able to learn
so much from working with the company. Jacqueline is certified in Handwriting Without Tears and
Keyboarding Without Tears. When she is not at work she loves to cook and travel with her boyfriend.
Ysmery Reyes-Ruiz, M.S. Special Education
Ysmery has over 15 years of experience working with special needs children and their families. She received her B.A. in psychology with a minor in human resources in 2008. Shortly after, she pursued her Masters degree at Barry University where she graduated with a M.S. in exceptional student education with an endorsement in Autism. She is also certified in Handwriting Without Tears. She is passionate about teaching children and making a difference in their lives.