Debbie Yones, M.S., CCC-SLP
Executive Director: Debbie is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist focused on aphasia. She received her Master’s degree from the University of South Florida and her Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College. Debbie is an affiliate of AphasiaAccess and the National Aphasia Association and is a member of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Sciences & Disorders. Prior to earning her Master’s degree, Debbie worked for over 15 years in technology and process consulting based out of Chicago.
Director of Development and Outreach: Pam is a certified member of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives. She has served as the Director of Development of The Kimberly Home, Executive Director of the Atlanta Intown Theatre Partnership, and Major Gifts Officer for both The Atlanta Opera and Georgia Public Broadcasting. She also spent a year on the island of Majuro at the College of The Marshall Islands teaching Art and English.
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.
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.
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.
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 graduated from USF-St Pete in May of 2019 with a bachelor’s in Health Sciences with a concentration in Communication Science and Disorders. She interns at the Speech Therapy clinic at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and at a private practice, Because You Can. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and trying different local coffee shops. She is also in the midst of applying to graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology.
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.