Exceptional Learners and Exceptional Instruction Speakers' Bios

Monica Bridges, MHS, CCC-SLP
Monica Bridges is a speech language pathologist at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. She has been employed with The Children’s Center for Communication and Development for four years and provides services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in home, daycare, and center-based settings. Monica participates in assessments and provided trainings for parents in teachers in pediatric feeding.

Ladell Kraft, MCD, CCC-SLP
Ladell has a master's degree in Speech/Language Pathology and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence awarded by ASHA.  Ladell has provided speech/language services to children in Mississippi schools for more than 30 years.  Her current employment is at The Children's Center for Communication and Development at USM.  Ladell is the lead speech pathologist in a center-based classroom for developmentally delayed preschoolers.  She supervises undergraduate and graduate students, conducts workshops for teachers, and provides staff development and consultative services to area school districts.

Sarah Rouse Myers, MS, CCC-SLP
Sarah is a speech-language pathologist at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. She has been employed with The Children’s Center for two years and provides services to infants, toddlers and preschoolers in home, daycare and center-based settings. Sarah also participates in assessments and provides training for parents and teachers in augmentative communication use in the classroom and at home.

Judy Prehn, MS, PT, PCS 
Judy holds a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from Medical University of South Carolina and a Master of Science in rehabilitation science with emphasis in pediatrics from Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy. Judy has been practicing pediatric physical therapy for more than 25 years. She is currently owner of Pediatric Physical Therapy, LLC, serves as physical therapist/assistive technology consultant at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi and developmental pediatric physical therapist at Forrest General Hospital Intensive Care Nursery. In addition, Judy serves as guest lecturer for University Medical Center, School of Physical Therapy and clinical instructor at University Medical Center, University of South Alabama and Pearl River Community College.

Donna Stauter, MS, OTR/L
Donna has served pediatric populations ranging from birth to twenty-one with emphasis in Early Intervention, Preschool, and Elementary Educational settings.  After receiving  a BS in Occupational Therapy from ULM, training has included Neurodevelopental Training (NDT); Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing (SIPT); Board Certification in Pediatrics (BCP); and Assistive Technology Provider Certification (ATP). With a Master’s in Pediatric Rehabilitation from the University of Oklahoma , Donna has taught state and local conferences, and been a guest speaker in multiple graduate and undergraduate college courses. 

Dannell Speights Roberts, PhD
Dr. Roberts is a licensed psychologist. She currently serves as program director for Will’s Way and as a part-time counselor for the Southern Miss School for Communication and Development. She has served as an adjunct instructor at the community college and university levels. Dr. Roberts has over 7 years of experience as a practicing counselor. In additon, Dr. Roberts has provided school psychology consultative services to school districts throughout Mississippi. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Southern Miss. Her research interests are assessment and intervention of children with developmental disabilities and behavioral difficulties, behavioral consultation with families and school districts and compliance training with parents and teachers.

Hannah Sanders, MS, CCC-SLP
Hannah serves as a speech-language pathologist for the Southern Miss School for Communication and Development and Wesley Medical Center. She holds both bachelor's and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology from Southern Miss.

Katherine Pittman, MS, CCC-SLP
Katherine is a speech-language pathologist with the Southern Miss School for Communication and Development. She received a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Southern Mississippi.

Lori Burgess, MS, CCC-SLP, is employed by The Children's Center for the Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. Lori graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2002. Lori provides early intervention services to preschoolers and supervises undergraduate and graduate students.  

Dawn Burgess, MS, EOI
Dawn is an early oral interventionist withThe Children's Center for the Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education of the deaf and a master’s degree in in Early Oral Intervention. Dawn is currenly pursuing a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Southern Miss.

Kimberly B. Hargrove, PhD, BCBA