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Sound Beginnings Staff

Nikitta Chin-See
Nikitta Chin-See, MS
437-797-7455
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Nikitta (Nikki) Chin-See is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. She started her tertiary education in the US at the College of Wooster in Ohio. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nikki worked for a year at the ENT of Georgia, in Atlanta. There she was responsible for carrying out hearing tests for infants and adults. After her stint at the ENT clinic, she started her Master’s degree at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri, in Early Intervention in Deaf Education. At Fontbonne she had varying experiences with working with toddlers and families, both in the classroom and home setting. As she continues her fourth year of teaching at Sound Beginnings, she has served in a number of capacities as a toddler teacher (Birth-3), tele-intervention provider, preschool teacher, and graduate student mentor. She is very passionate about her chosen field and looks forward another great year at Sound Beginnings. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, and yoga.
Kim Corbin Lewis
Kim Corbin-Lewis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
435-797-1302
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Dr. Kim Corbin-Lewis is Professor and Department Head of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education (COMDDE) at Utah State University. As the Speech-Language Pathology Division Chair, she assisted in the development of the listening and spoken language graduate program emphasis. Dr. Corbin-Lewis is deeply committed to exemplary graduate training and the incorporation of evidence-based practice service delivery to children and adults into the rigorous curriculum. Her primary clinical interest is in voice and management of voice disorders across the lifespan. Dr. Corbin-Lewis has been a speech-language pathologist for over 35 years working in both Canada and the United States. After growing up in New York, living in France and eastern Canada, she loves being settled in Logan, having raised two daughters with her husband, a Professor of History.
Alison Devey
Alison Devey, MA
435-797-0434
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Alison Devey is a teacher of the Deaf at Sound Beginnings. She leads the kindergarten class and the monthly Family Education and Support Group at Sound Beginnings. After learning that her daughter Makenzie was born deaf and through the experiences they had on their journey to spoken language, Ali knew that her calling in life was to help other families and their children as they began their path to spoken language. Prior to joining the Sound Beginnings team, Ali was a Teacher of the Deaf for Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind. There she taught a diversified group of students with hearing loss ranging from preschool to grade five. Prior to her work with ASDB, Ali was the toddler classroom teacher at Desert Voices Oral Learning Center in Phoenix, Arizona for three years. Ali received her Master's degree in Special Education/Deaf Education from the University of Arizona. She is married to her high school sweetheart and along with her daughter Makenzie they also have two sons, Skyler and Talon. Ali feels very blessed to work amongst such great staff, children, and their families here in the Cache Valley.
Marianne Huish
Marianne I. Huish, M.Ed.
801-520-1868
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Annie is a Deaf Educator who graduated from Utah State University in 2012. She works with USU’s endorsement program training professionals (SLPs and Special Educators) in teaching children who are deaf and hard of hearing. After graduating with a dual undergraduate degree at USU in Family Life Studies and Communication Disorders and Deaf Education, she continued on at the university to complete a master’s degree. Her love for her profession continues to grow as she helps other professionals learn up-to- date listening and spoken language strategies they can implement with the children they serve. One of Annie’s favorite settings is in the classroom, and on occasion finds herself as a substitute in the Sound Beginnings preschool program.
Nicole Martin
Nicole Martin, MS, CCC-SLP
435-797-9235
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Nicole is the Director of Sound Beginnings. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist and a Special Education teacher with specialized training in teaching listening and spoken language for children with hearing loss. She received a Bachelor’s Degree at Brigham Young University in Special Education with a minor in music. She also received her second Bachelor's and Master's Degrees at Utah State University in Speech Language Pathology. Nicole has loved working with the amazing children and their families at Sound Beginnings. She also enjoys working as a clinical supervisor with the graduate students from the Listening and Spoken Language program.
Karen Munoz
Karen Muñoz, Ed.D., CCC-A
435-797-3701
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Dr. Karen Muñoz is an Associate Professor of Audiology, the Audiology Division Chair, and Associate Department Chair. She has focused on pediatric audiology since the mid 1990's and has worked extensively at the state and national levels to support the development of effective newborn hearing screening and follow-up programs. She has also been involved internationally in providing continuing professional education on best practice to audiologists in the early identification and management of hearing loss for infants and young children. She teaches courses and conducts research related to pediatric hearing loss. Most recently, her research has focused on parent experiences with hearing aid management and use, and effective practices for audiologists in supporting parents. She moved from her position at Northern Illinois University to Utah in 2007 with her husband and son, to join in the development of the Sound Beginnings program.
Lauri Nelson
Lauri Nelson, Ph.D.
435-797-8051
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Dr. Lauri Nelson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. She is the Director of the Listening and Spoken Language Deaf Education graduate training program and a member of the Sound Beginnings Management Team. Dr. Nelson worked in Clinical Audiology for the first 20 years of her career, including as a cochlear implant programming audiologist at Primary Children's Medical Center. She also obtained a teaching license and degree in deaf education and has worked as an itinerant teacher and an aural habilitation specialist. With a dual background in clinical audiology and deaf education, USU/Sound Beginnings is a wonderful opportunity for her to combine her hearing technology experiences with her love of working with graduate students as they prepare to serve children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. Dr. Nelson is a Utah native and lives in Davis County.
Elizabeth Parker
Elizabeth Parker, M.Ed.
801-949-3406
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Liz began teaching children with hearing loss in 1980 at the Utah Schools for the Deaf & the Blind. For ten years, she taught preschool through sixth grade students in the Auditory/Oral program in a mainstream setting. In 1990, she began working for Utah State University as a Clinical Instructor, supervising student teachers and teaching classes in the Communication Disorders/Deaf Education Department. In 2001, she began traveling to Nakuru, Kenya and did volunteer work at Ngala School for the Deaf and continues to take groups of travelers with her non-profit group, RaFIKis. In 2005, she became the Director of the Deaf Central Division of USDB, serving over 200 families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, using ASL/English or Listening and Spoken Language, preschool through high school. In 2010, she regained her senses and retired, only to return, part-time as an Aural Habilitation Specialist. She is pleased to serve at USU once more where she hopes to share her experiences and knowledge with future teachers of the deaf.
Cache Pitt
Cache Pitt, Au.D., CCC-A
435-797-9311
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Dr. Cache Pitt is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Audiology and provides clinical supervision to graduate students in Audiology. He was born and raised in Lander, Wyoming. He went to the University of Wyoming where he earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Audiology then went on to earn his doctor of audiology degree at Salus Univerty. Dr. Pitt began his career in audiology at the California Ear institute in Palo Alto, CA where he worked with adults and children with cochlear implants. He, his wife Suzanne, and their three children Logan, Ryan, and Lauren are very happy to live in Cache Valley where they are both closer to family. Dr. Pitt enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, hiking, cooking, movies, and playing the piano.
Renee Polanco Lucero
Renee Polanco Lucero, Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVEd
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Dr. Renee Lucero is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, where she teaches in the Listening and Spoken Language Graduate Studies program.  She completed her Joint Doctorate in Special Education from UCLA and Cal State LA in 2015.  She has spent the first 16 years of her career in many areas of Deaf Education, from classroom teacher, early intervention, itinerant teaching, and most recently, providing listening and spoken language interventions.  Her passion for her work not only stems from her professional experiences in both private and public settings, but also her own personal experience as someone with hearing loss.  Her primary research interests are in working with families, particularly culturally and linguistically diverse families, and implementing listening and spoken language interventions in the school setting. Dr. Lucero moved here from Los Angeles with her husband and their two young children.  She and her husband look forward to exploring their beautiful new state and raising their family in Cache Valley.
Elizabeth Preston
Elizabeth Preston, Au.D., CCC-A
435-797-2507
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Dr. Elizabeth Preston is a Clinical Associate Professor of Audiology and a Pediatric Audiologist. A majority of her time is spent in the clinic supervising graduate students and seeing patients; however, she also teaches a graduate course. Dr. Preston currently completes diagnostic evaluations on children birth to 21 years of age, fits hearing aids, bone conduction devices, and DM/FM devices, works with cochlear implants and completes Auditory Processing Disorder evaluations. She oversees the newborn hearing screening programs at two hospitals and helps fit and maintain DM/FM systems at some of the charter schools in Cache Valley. Dr. Preston and her husband are not natives of Utah, but feel right at home in Cache Valley where they can spend their free time enjoying the outdoors and taking in the beauty of Utah and its surroundings. They have a daughter, Audrey, and two dogs (Penny and Nicki).
Mi'kel Price
Mi'kel Price, M.S.
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Mi'kel Price graduated with her Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in Communication Disorders. When deciding what was next in life, she was introduced to the Sound Beginnings program, and fell in love with everything about it. She then attended Utah State University and earned a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders and Deaf Education, with a Hearing Impairment Endorsement, and a birth-to-five Special Education teaching license. After graduation, Mi'kel taught for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind in South Weber, Utah. She's excited for the opportunity to "come home" and be a part of the Sound Beginnings family as a member of the staff. Mi'kel and her husband, Tanner, enjoy cycling, snow-boarding, and cheering on the Aggies.
Marie Rood
Marie Rood
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Marie Rood is a Paraprofessional in the Sound Beginnings program, and has worked here since 2011. She studied at Ricks College, and at Utah State University. In 2009 Marie and her husband Kevin moved to Logan, Utah from Coos Bay, Oregon where she had worked for 14 years as a Paraprofessional at a K- 4 elementary school. Marie worked in Resource Room, Title 1, and Federal Indian Education programs. In 2002 she earned her Oregon Paraprofessional Certification. She enjoys reading, knitting, traveling, family time, and taking her dog Stella for walks. Marie is loves working with the wonderful children at Sound Beginnings.
Jeanette Smoot
Jeanette Smoot, MS, CCC-SLP
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Jeanette Smoot is a native of Brigham City, UT and a graduate of Utah State University. As a Speech Language Pathologist at Sound Beginnings for the past five years, she as enjoyed working with children and families to make learning fun and part of their everyday routines. Jeanette is working toward national certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist and mentors graduate students in practicum placements on-site. She is constantly amazed by the children she serves and is happy to be part of their stories.
Wendy Thompson
Wendy Thompson
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Wendy Thompson is the Office Manager for the USU Pediatric Audiology, Cochlear Implant Clinic and Sound Beginnings. Wendy grew up on the Oregon Coast. Wendy and her family moved to Logan in January of 2012. She has been married to Bill for 19 years and they have a 17 year old son, Darrin. Wendy enjoys spending time with her family and loves doing anything outside. She is learning to garden, tries to play the piano and practices sign language in her spare time. Wendy enjoys reading and crocheting double sided blankets. The best part of her day is talking to the children as they come to school. Her personal motto is to follow the golden rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
Karl White
Karl White, Ph.D.
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Dr. Karl White is a Professor of Psychology and the founding Director of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM). He was instrumental in the vision and development of the Sound Beginnings program and continues to play a key role in its funding and operations. Dr. White is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on early identification and treatment of hearing loss. He has hundreds of publications and presentations at scholarly meetings and has been an invited speaker to 35 countries where he has assisted in the implementation of newborn hearing screening and intervention programs. He also serves on many national and international advisory groups for organizations such as the United States Department of Health and Human Services, March of Dimes, the American College of Medical Genetics, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. White and his wife Amy have lived in Colorado, New York, Washington, D.C. and Munster, Germany, but think Cache Valley, Utah is the best place of all. They are the parents of 8 children and 9 grandchildren. They enjoy horseback riding, traveling, and spending time with their family.