Jennifer Brello, MEd., CCC-SLP is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Ohio State University and the Director of the OSU Aphasia Initiative. She is a clinical supervisor, teaches courses in the undergraduate and graduate SHS program, academic advisor, and faculty mentor for the OSU Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has over 20 years of experience working with adults who have experienced acquired brain injury. Jennifer received an MEd from the University of Toledo in 1998 and worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist and Team Leader of the TBI System of Care at Wexner Medical Center from 1998-2009. She also served as the Program Director of the Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation from 2009-2012, where she planned and directed educational programs, conducting training courses on accommodating the effects of traumatic brain injury and coordinated research protocols. She lives in Columbus with her husband and two children.
Arin Sheeler, M.A., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at The Ohio State University. She serves as a Clinical Supervisor in the OSU Aphasia Initiative for students in the MA-SLP program at OSU. In addition to her work in the Aphasia Initiative, Arin also works part-time at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center at Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Hospital where she provides inpatient speech therapy services to patients in the stroke and TBI units. She was previously employed in Baltimore, MD, at The Snyder Center for Aphasia Life Enhancement (SCALE) at The League, where she provided speech therapy services under the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA) service delivery model. Arin received her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2008 from Ohio University and began her career working with children in the K-12 school setting prior to transitioning to working with adults with acquired brain injury in 2012. She lives in Columbus, OH, with her husband and 3 children.
Kiera Gran is a first-year graduate student/clinician in Ohio State University’s Masters of Speech-Language Pathology program. She completed her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science at Ohio State University, with minors in Psychology and Neuroscience. At OSU, she worked as the Undergraduate Intern for the Aphasia Initiative for two years. Kiera loves being involved in the Aphasia Initiative, she has made many long-lasting relationships with the staff and clients and has gained valuable clinical experience. She looks forward to continuing her role in the Aphasia Initiative and hopes to continue working with Neurogenic Disorders as her education continues.
Sophie Sikora is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Speech & Hearing Science, with a minor in Spanish, at Ohio State. She has been volunteering at the Aphasia Initiative since 2017 and is now serving as one of the undergraduate assistants for the program. This group has provided her with indescribable educational experiences and meaningful relationships, and she could not be more grateful to remain a part of it. Sophie plans on attending graduate school next fall to obtain her masters in speech pathology, which she hopes will allow her to continue her work with adult neurogenic communication disorders.
Anna Evans is a second-year Speech and Hearing Science Student from Cleveland, Ohio with minors in Spanish and Linguistics. She is heavily involved in the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) where she serves on the executive board and Literacy Committee. Anna is also very passionate about her involvement with 4 Paws for Ability, a nonprofit that raises service dogs in training. In addition, Anna volunteers at Bridgeway Academy, a school for children with Autism, and is a Team Captain for BuckeyeThon.
The Aphasia Initiative works to serve not only persons with aphasia but students as well. Each semester, we have new Graduate and Undergraduate students offering support to our clients. These students help facilitate and plan our group sessions alongside our licensed clinicians.