Meet the Staff of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialty Program at Minute Man Arc
Julia Dunning, M.Ed. is a Specialty Service Provider and has worked at Minute Man Arc since 2002. She has a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Julia provides a weekly introductory sign language class for infant and toddler caregivers. She is the parent of a child who is deaf and is the co-founder of both The Decibels Foundation and the Usher Syndrome Coalition.
Jessica Goncalves, MS, CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist and has worked at Minute Man Early Intervention Program since 2016. Her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders/Deaf & Hard of Hearing Studies (minor), was completed at the University of New Hampshire. She completed her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Jessica previously interned at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf. Currently, Jessica provides services in the toddler playgroup, service coordination and home visits for families in the Minute Man EI catchment area.
Marty Lapointe-Malchik, MED is a Teacher of the Deaf and has worked at Minute Man ARC Early Intervention Program since 2010. Her undergraduate degree is in speech pathology and elementary education. She holds a Master's of Education of the Deaf from Smith College. She spent an AG Bell Fellowship year at the Tufts New England Medical Cochlear Implant Program. Marty teaches in the toddler playgroup and provides home visits to families in the Minute Man Early Intervention Specialty Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as well as other EI agencies in Massachusetts.
Kathy Manfield, MSW, LICSW is a Clinical Social Worker and has worked at Minute Man ARC Early Intervention Program since 2013. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College and a a graduate certificate in Disability and Health from Suffolk University. Through the MA Department of Public Health and the Federation for Children with Special Needs, she has training in family leadership and parent/educational advocacy and was a 2018 Fellow with the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disorders (LEND) Fellowship Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In addition to her work in early intervention, she is the social worker on the Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant teams at Tufts Medical Center. Kathy is the co-director of the Specialty Service Program for Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing at MMA EI program and co-facilitates the Parent Child Playgroup, facilitates the Parent Support Group and provides social work home visits to support families as they navigate new systems and journey through raising a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.
Linda Roth, M. Ed., is a Developmental Specialist and the Co-coordinator of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialty Program. She has worked at the Minute Man ARC Early Intervention Program since 2004. She has a Master's of Education from Boston College. Linda co-leads the Parent Child Playgroup and Toddler Playgroup. She is also a Teacher of the Visually Impaired at Perkins School for the Blind.
Sarah Shaheen, PT, DPT is a Physical Therapist and has been working with Minute Man Arc Early Intervention since 2016. She holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from MGH Institute of Health Professions. She has been involved in the toddler playgroup since February 2018 to help address gross and fine motor concerns and to help improve mobility and access to age appropriate movement activities.
Ashley Ward, MS, CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist and has worked at Minute Man since 2011. She has a BA in Child Development from Tufts University, and received her MS in Speech from Emerson College. Ashley has also completed additional graduate study in Counseling Psychology. She previously interned in the Thayer-Lindsley Parent Support Group and worked at The Learning Center for the Deaf. Currently, Ashley provides services in the toddler playgroup, service coordination and home visits to families in the Minute Man catchment area, and individual pull-out therapy.
Honore I Weiner, Ed. D, CCC-SLP has been a consultant to the Hearing Loss program since 2008 and also works with families in the transition process. She has a doctorate degree in Special Education from Boston College. Honore has more than forty-seven years combined experience in program development, student assessment and direct service for children with hearing loss. She has provided professional training and supervision for staff.