J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, MBA Finance, Marketing, Management; Knox College, B.A. Economics and Business Administration
“Having accumulated knowledge from working in a variety of industries it is indescribably fulfilling to be able to apply these skills at a not for profit organization that strives to enhance the lives of children. It is inspirational to see our children’s determination as they, while running, playing, and laughing, accomplish great feats.”
Linda Rooke, PT, C/NDT
Queen’s University, Canada, BScPT
“I enjoy connecting with children of all ages, young adults, and their families as I accompany them on their journey to greater physical independence. At Pathways, I feel very fortunate to have found such a dynamic, professionally stimulating environment to continue my professional growth as a pediatric physical therapist.”
Anne Mohan, OTR/L, C/NDT
IFBE DIE SCHULE, Germany, National Board Certification
“I love working with children because their strength, creativity and untainted view of humanity inspires me. Working closely with their families creates a better understanding of the child's condition and the family's needs and concerns, and allows me to work within my holistic view of patient care.”
Ashley Troutman, M.S., CF-SLP
Northwestern University, M.S., Florida State University, B.S.
"Working at Pathways gives me the opportunity to pursue my passion of working with children while also collaborating with other professionals to best facilitate the development of all the kids who come to see us. I feel grateful to have a job working with such a positive and knowledgeable staff, and with such wonderful kids and families!"
Brittany Peshoff, M.S., OTR/L
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy; Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences
"I strive to provide therapy in an environment dedicated to holistic treatment incorporating fun and support for the child and family."
Danielle Davis, PT, DPT, C/NDT
University of Illinois at Chicago, DPT; Marquette University, BA
“Growing up, I was fortunate enough to experience, through my youngest brother, how therapists can impact the lives of children and their families. It looked like magic how they could help my brother meet new milestones and include me and my siblings throughout the process. Today, helping children and their families to achieve their goals is one of the most rewarding parts of coming into work.”
Elissa Moore, OTR/L
Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy
"I feel privileged to work with a team of dedicated and talented professionals. I am impressed with Pathways' commitment to family support and evidence based practice.”
Heidi Sloan, MA, CCC-SLP, C/NDT
Northwestern University, MA; University of Maryland, College Park, BA
“Working alongside occupational and physical therapists, I continue to expand my knowledge of assessment and treatment of infants and children with speech, language, and feeding disorders. It is both rewarding and fulfilling to assist children in reaching their full potential. ”
Jennifer Cohen, PT, DPT, C/NDT
Rosalind Franklin University DPT, Bradley University BS
“As a physical therapist, I love that every day is different. I get to work with kids of all ages (birth to almost 30) doing a variety of fun activities and games. My job is challenging and very rewarding and I am always happy to get up and go to work in the mornings.”
Karen Dilfer, M.S., OTR/L, C/NDT
Washington University in St. Louis, MSOT; Calvin College, BSOT
"It is a joy to practice in a clinic with so much positive energy. My clients and colleagues constantly challenge me to be an excellent therapist and have lots of fun everyday."
Kathleen Palace Barnard, OTR/L, C/NDT
University of Illinois, BA; University of Illinois, BS
“I really enjoy the collaboration with other professionals and with families. I see the value of working closely in a team with other skilled professionals to achieve the highest functional outcome for children.”
Katie Guenther, M.S., CCC-SLP
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MS; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, BS
"I find it very rewarding helping children to communicate to the best of their ability and achieve their full potential. I feel fortunate to have a job that allows me to work with a variety of children in such a fun environment."
Laurey Brown, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, BS Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies Washington University in St. Louis, Doctor of Physical Therapy Children’s Hospital, Boston, LEND Fellow L
“I enjoy my work at Pathways because it provides an intersection of children, the family, therapists from multiple disciplines, and support personnel collaborating to foster inspiration, growth and meaning for all stages of life. While our paths cross here, the center, moreover, leads all individuals to more confidently explore their unrepeatable trail through life.”
Lisa Rubin, MA, CCC-SLP
Northwestern University, MA; Bates College, BS
“Pathways is an ideal work setting because it allows me the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary pediatric clinic and collaborate with other speech-language pathologists on a daily basis.”
“My interest in life has always been human nature and the human potential. It is a pleasure to be around all the wonderful people that work at and come to Pathways.”
Ronna DeKoven, OTR/L, C/NDT
Ohio State University, BS
“Since June of 1991, Pathways Center has afforded me ongoing professional development as well as the ability to think beyond the box in pursuing what is new and exciting in the field of pediatric therapy. It is energizing on a daily basis to collaborate and problem solve with my colleagues and the families. Seeing change and growth that allows a child enjoy life and be successful in what they pursue is extremely rewarding.”
Therese McDermott-Winter, MHS,CCC-SLP, C/NDT
MHS, Communication Disorders, Governor’s State University
"Working and collaborating with families and staff within a multi-disciplinary pediatric therapy center provides a strong foundation for treatment of the whole child; with outcomes that support full participation in all of life’s roles."
“As Family Services Coordinator, I am the initial contact for families seeking services for their child(ren). I guide families through the intake process with relaxed dialogue and a listening ear. I love to talk, love to listen, and love to share with others my gift for caring. I am both a spokesperson for Pathways and an advocate for the families seeking services at our Center. I’ve recently taken on the pleasure of planning our annual themed winter family party. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to step outside the intake box and use my creative expression to plan and execute a special event for our children and their families.”
“I am honored to be part of such a great Center and it is a wonderful feeling knowing that we make a positive change in people’s lives.”
“I have always wanted to be part of an organization that is all about helping children reach their fullest potential. I love so many things about Pathways. I have built many relationships with the children and their families. Watching the children grow and work so hard to reach their goals has been an amazing experience. The staff here is warm, knowledgeable and dedicated.”
“It is a pleasure to come to work each day. What a wonderful group of people to work with and for.”
“I love knowing that with all that these families have going on I can try everyday to give them peace of mind financially.”
“Working with the wonderful therapists and having the opportunity to grow with Pathways Center has been very rewarding.”
“I work with wonderful people and I love my job because I have a small part in something with a big outcome.”
“I chose Pathways because it is a way for me to do accounting in a setting that at the end of the day is all about helping kids.”
“What I love about my job is seeing all of the kids come into the Center excited for their session.”
“I really enjoy the face-to-face interaction when educating parents and customers about the importance of early detection, intervention and tummy time. As I videotape and edit children’s footage at Pathways Center, I get great satisfaction from watching their progress as they achieve their goals.”
“The support of the Pathways To Worship program helped me achieve inclusion for my son at my house of faith. It is a privilege to help other families, clergy and worshipping communities come together to create accessible and inclusive congregations where every member is valued and welcomed to participate.”
“My position at Pathways Awareness gives me the opportunity to help other parents who have questions about therapy, who don’t know where to go for resources or just need someone to talk to who has been through a similar situation. I feel that they can benefit from my experience since I have 'walked the walk.'"
“I feel very fortunate to have found an organization and a team so dedicated to a cause like Pathways. Working at Pathways has allowed me to combine two of my favorite things, graphic design and helping young people.”
“I enjoy working at Pathways because I am able to use my knowledge and experiences to help support a wonderful organization. When I go into work I know I am not just doing a job but working to help make a positive change in people’s lives.”
"I am grateful to bring my marketing, journalism & teaching experience to contribute to a remarkable organization determined to foster the development of children everywhere. Each child is a fascinating & gifted individual with potential for making a significant contribution to the world around them."