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STAFF BIOS

Lauren Wetzler
Lauren is the ATEC Manager. She has worked at ATEC since 2007. Lauren's responsibilities include the overall management of ATEC's services and operations. Lauren also chairs the Orange County and Los Angeles County AT Collaborative groups as well as the ATI Steering Committee which hosts an annual conference on Assistive Technology. She earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton and she is also has her Assistive Technology Applications (ATACP) Certificate from California State University, Northridge. Prior to working at ATEC, Lauren was a behavior therapist/program specialist who worked with children with Autism. She also has prior experience in administration and working with people with disabilities.

Faridé González
Faridé is the Services Assistant II who has worked at ATEC since 1998. Her primary responsibilities include the coordination of services for the School Districts/SELPAs, Regional Centers, Department of Rehabilitation, Worker’s Compensation, SCI, ALS, Private Pay and Non-Profit funding agencies. She is also responsible for the billing, terminations/outcomes of the ATEC services as well as assisting with the Assistive Technology Loan & Re-use program and various other administrative duties. Prior to working at ATEC, Faridé worked for an imaging software company as a Financial Accountant for four years. She also has prior experience in administration, accounting and inventory control.

Kevin Daugherty
Kevin is a Rehabilitation Engineer, and he has worked at ATEC since June 1998. He provides assessments and trainings for clients in the areas of computer access, blind and low vision, home or worksite evaluations, and technology for students with learning disabilities. Kevin has a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering and a master's degree in Rehabilitation Engineering, both from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He is a certified Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) through the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Association of North America (RESNA). Prior to working at ATEC, Kevin worked two years for a private assistive technology company in Ohio.

Kathleen Rausch
Kathleen S. Rausch is a Speech Pathologist who has been with ATEC since September 2007. Her responsibilities include AAC Assessments and Training. Mrs. Rausch received her master's degree with distinction from the University of Arizona. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Mrs. Rausch is a state licensed speech pathologist and has a teaching credential. She is a member of ASHA, ASHA Division 12-AAC and CSHA. Mrs. Rausch provided speech and language therapy in the public schools for 20 years prior to coming to ATEC. In November 2008, Mrs. Rausch was granted a second award for Continuing Education (ACE) by the American Speech and Hearing Association.

Marjorie Sara Gell
Marjorie is a Speech and Language Pathologist who has worked at ATEC since 2008. She provides assessments, trainings and consultation for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and her Master of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She has provided speech and language services in various settings with both children and adults in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas. She holds the California License as an SLP, the Certificate of Clinical Competence in SLP from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds membership in the ASHA Division 12/AAC.

Randi Horikawa
Randi Horikawa is a speech-language pathologist who has been with ATEC since August 2011. Her responsibilities include evaluations, trials, and trainings for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Randi received her Bachelor’s degree in Audiology and Speech-Language Science, and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, from the University of Northern Colorado. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a state licensed speech-language pathologist. Prior to working at ATEC, Randi was the primary diagnostician for a non-profit speech and hearing clinic in addition to providing individual and group therapy to children with Autism, craniofacial abnormalities, articulation disorders, and receptive/expressive language delays. She also has prior experience providing services to children in the Hawaii public school system.

Jasmine Bootan Sarmiento
Jasmine is an Occupational Therapist. She worked at ATEC from 2004-2009 and has since been working as a consultant for ATEC. Jasmine has worked for private companies providing OT services as well as Adult Day Health Care Centers. Jasmine has her B.S. in Occupational Therapy and a M.A. in Education, both from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is certified under the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and by the California Board of Occupational Therapy (CBOT). In addition, Jasmine holds an Assistive Technology Specialist Certificate from CSU, Dominguez Hills.

Julie Dunbar
Julie is the Technology Specialist who started with ATEC in the spring of 2013. Her responsibilities include managing the device lending library and reuse services at ATEC, AT assessments and training, and providing community trainings to enhance education and awareness of assistive technology. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in speech language pathology and audiology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as well as a master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in AAC and AT from Purdue University. Julie is a credentialed education specialist in California. Prior to joining the team at ATEC, Julie worked as a regional consultant for a communication device manufacturer in Chicago and the southern California area. She also taught children with special needs, K-3rd grade in the Chicago area.

 

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