Speech-Language Clinic Faculty

Name: Jennifer Dahman
Highest Degree: Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
Institution: Southwest Missouri State University
Certification: IL Professional and PEL License, ASHA certification

Throughout her career, Prof. Dahman has served clients in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient clinics. As a professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, she supervises graduate student clinicians working with school-age children and adults. Prof. Dahman specializes in working with clients of all ages who demonstrate speech sound disorders as well as language and literacy deficits.

Name: Abby Franz
Highest Degree: Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
Institution: Illinois State University
Certification: IL Professional, ASHA certification

Throughout her professional career, Abby has worked in a variety of settings including schools,
inpatient rehab units, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies. As
an instructor with the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, she supervises student
clinicians working with school-aged children and adults. In addition to her work as a Clinical
Educator, she continues to work part-time at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana, IL,
where she works in both the acute inpatient and outpatient settings. She has a particular
interest in the areas of voice, dysphagia, and aphasia.

Name: Debbie Harper
Highest Degree: Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology
Institution: Northwestern University
Certification: IL Professional License, ASHA certification, SOS certification, FEES certification

Debbie specializes in pediatric feeding disorders. She has expertise in the areas of dysphagia, childhood
apraxia, and developmental communication disorders. Debbie has served clients in a variety of settings
including hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice, Early Intervention, Home Health and Nursing
Homes. As a clinical educator in the Speech and Hearing Science Department, she supervises graduate
student clinicians working with pediatric clients.

Name: Clarion Mendes
Highest Degree: MA
Institution: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Certification: SLP

Clarion (she, her) specializes in providing gender affirming voice and communication training, in-
person or via telepractice. She has particular interest in interprofessional health care for gender
minority individuals. Additionally, Clarion has expertise in acquired motor speech disorders
associated with neurological impairment (e.g. Parkinson Disease).

Name: Kara Rollins
Highest Degree: MS
Institution: Marquette University
Certification: CCC-SLP/L, Clinical Instructor

Kara Rollins has been a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist since 1986 and is certified through the
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also licensed through the Illinois
Department of Professional Regulation (IDPR) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). She
has a BA from Elmhurst University and an MS from Marquette University. Throughout her career, she
has worked in schools, private practice, and the university setting. Ms. Rollins has worked as a clinical
supervisor both on and off campus for graduate level students. She served for several years as a
program track chair for the Illinois Speech and Hearing Association annual convention.

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Name: Amy Strohman
Highest degree: M.A., Speech-Language Pathology
Institution: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Certification: CCC-SLPĀ 

Ms. Strohman received her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Science in 2013 and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology in 2015 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Strohman has clinical experience in a variety of settings with a focus on speech, language and feeding in a pediatric population. She has experience promoting and teaching Augmentative and Alternative Communication to students and school staff to optimize effective and functional communication. Ms. Strohman previously served as a clinical instructor in our department, including supervising telepractice this summer.