Debbie Yones, M.S., CCC-SLP
Executive Director: Debbie is an experienced, licensed aphasia therapist who received her Master’s degree from the University of South Florida. Debbie is an affiliate of AphasiaAccess and the National Aphasia Association and is a member of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Sciences & Disorders.
Brooke Owen, M.S., CF-SLP
Program Assistant: Brooke completed her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida in August of 2018. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications.
Jennifer Ferreira, M.S., CCC-SLP
STARS Program Coordinator: Jen is a certified speech/language pathologist with many years of experience in alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) devices for people with communication disorders.
Erin Nikitas, M.S., CF-SLP
Program Assistant: Erin completed her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Jacksonville University in April of 2019. She also has Bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Florida in Nursing and from Florida State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Alan Mohney, Jr.
Adventure Coordinator: Alan is a professional actor who studied acting and theatre management at Florida Southern College and Greensboro College (NC). He has worked for the past seventeen years in the management, support, and development of not-for-profit arts organizations in the Tampa Bay area.
Volunteer: Mia is a Senior at the University of South Florida St. Pete. She will be graduating in the Spring of 2019 with a bachelor’s in Health Sciences with a concentration in Communication Science and Disorders. While she spends her Wednesdays with VOH, her Mondays are spent at the Speech Therapy clinic at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and trying different local coffee shops.
Marcey Wright, MPT
Volunteer: Marcey is an experienced physical therapist with training in a number of rehab settings including home health, outpatient clinics, and management. She is currently working in the hospital setting, spending her time coaching and mentoring students. She was raised in Canada where she received her Masters degree in physical therapy and moved to Florida in 2009. In her free time, she enjoys new adventures by traveling the world with her husband.
Volunteer: Rochelle is a retired speech language pathologist and practiced most of her career in home health, assisted living and nursing facilities. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Speech and Hearing and then received her Master’s degree in speech and language pathology from Cleveland State University. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, traveling, reading, workout classes, knitting, and playing Mahjong. Rochelle is grateful to assist in the services provided at Voices of Hope.
Volunteer: Margie is happy to connect with Voices of Hope. She spent the last few years as a caregiver for her husband who had Primary Progressive Aphasia. She has recently retired to North Redington Beach and is enjoying exploring the area. She looks forward to working with Voices of Hope participants and their families.
Volunteer: Melanie graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May of 2018. She started volunteering at Voices of Hope because she wants to become a Speech Language Pathologist and work with people who have aphasia. In her free time, she loves to explore new places, read, spend time with family and friends, and play tennis.