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Staff – Aphasia Institute
Dr. Aura Kagan
Executive Director, Director of Applied Research & Education

Dr. Aura Kagan

Rochelle Cohen-Schneider
Director of Clinical and Education Services (SLP)

Rochelle Cohen-Schneider

Maria Martinez
Director of Finance and Operations

Maria Martinez

Catherine Brookman
Consultant, Executive Leadership, Social Enterprise & Program Innovation

Catherine Brookman

Marisca Baldwin
Education and Learning Coordinator

Marisca Baldwin

Fatima Cabral
Recreation & Community Integration Coordinator

Fatima Cabral

Michael Chin
Financial Coordinator

Michael Chin

Shannon Hill
Volunteer Services Coordinator

Shannon Hill

Robbyn Draimin
Speech Language Pathologist

Robbyn Draimin

Allison Tedesco
Social Worker, Client Services Manager

Allison Tedesco

Caryl Pereira
Administrative Assistant

Caryl Pereira

Lorraine Podolsky
Clinical Mentor (SLP)

Lorraine Podolsky

Lisa Samson
Speech Language Pathologist

Lisa Samson

Julia Breneol
Social Worker, Family Services and Outreach

Julia Breneol

Leanne Buck
Social Worker, Family Services and Outreach (Parental Leave)

Leanne Buck

Elyse Shumway
Education Consultant (SLP)

Elyse Shumway

Melodie Chan
Research & Development Coordinator

Melodie Chan

Clare Thompson
Team Assistant/ Clinical Services

Clare Thompson

Michael Wiley
Fund Development Coordinator

Michael Wiley

Razan Rawdat
Knowledge Translation Coordinator

Razan Rawdat

Lee-Ann Kant
Speech Language Pathologist

Lee-Ann Kant

Natasha Matar
Art Instructor

Natasha Matar

"Volunteering at the Aphasia Institute has been an amazing experience. It’s such a great feeling to help someone express themselves, or help someone understand another’s message. It can be challenging sometimes, but that just makes the moment a connection goes through that much more special. More than anything, I really appreciate the strong sense of community that the Aphasia Institute creates and being a part of that community."
- Vidya David, Volunteer
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