Speech-Language
Pathology, M.S.

Faculty and Staff

Tina K. Veale, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor and Program Director, Speech-Language Pathology
Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Cincinnati, 1998
M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, Miami University (Ohio), 1980
B.S., Speech and Hearing Therapy, Miami University (Ohio), 1979

Dr. Veale is the founding program director of the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at Lewis University.  She founded two other graduate programs at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois and Glendale, Arizona.  She teaches courses in neuroscience, including human brain dissection; child language development and disorders; social communication disorders, including autism; motor speech disorders; and research methods.  Her scholarship includes authorship of a variety of materials for the study of neuroscience and resource books for guiding intervention for children with autism and social communication disorder.  Dr. Veale’s research involves evaluation of accessible methods for oral and written language sampling and analysis; evaluation of effective methods for improving written narration in adolescents with high functioning autism; and differential diagnosis of autism and related conditions.  Dr. Veale is a Fellow of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

Victoria Reynolds, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BSc.(Hons), LL.B.
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Western Australia, 2015
BSc. (Hons), Curtin University, 2007
LL.B., Osaka University, 1998

Dr. Reynolds is an Associate Professor in the Master of Science Speech-Language Pathology program at Lewis University. She teaches courses in assessments theories and methodologies, voice, resonance, fluency and research design. Her primary areas of interest are voice, cleft palate, craniofacial disorders, and feeding and swallowing across the lifespan. Her secondary areas of interest are fluency and social correlates of communication disorders. Dr. Reynolds has worked in school and community clinics, as well as in adult and pediatric acute and tertiary care. She has worked in colleges in Australia and the United States, has published nationally and internationally, and presented her research on four continents. Her research focuses on pediatric voice, with a special interest in dysphonia relating to prematurity of birth. Dr. Reynolds is also developing a research line in scholarship of learning and teaching.

Ann Guernon, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Health Sciences, Northern Illinois University, 2020
M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, Northeastern University, 1996
B.S., Speech and Hearing Science, Moorhead State University, 1994

Dr. Ann Guernon is an Assistant Professor at Lewis University in the Speech Language Pathology graduate program. She also holds an appointment at the Hines VA Hospital where she serves as a Research Health Scientist.  Her clinical experience as a speech language pathologist spans the spectrum of healthcare services from acute trauma care to home health. Her primary clinical focus in her career has been with individuals with acquired neurogenic communication disorders following traumatic brain injury and stroke. Dr. Guernon has presented her work nationally and internationally. She has several peer reviewed publications on the topics of neurobehavioral measurement of disordered consciousness, concussion decision making in youth sports, caregiver and clinician communication and neuromodulatory treatment development for cognitive-communication disorders following traumatic brain injury. Her research focuses on treatment development for acquired cognitive-communication disorders and understanding how communication between a variety of stakeholders influences person-centered care throughout the continuum of care for acquired brain injury ranging from injury prevention in youth sports through community engagement following rehabilitation and in the chronic phases of acquired brain injury.

Tammy L. Basel, M.S. CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor of Practice
M.S., Communication Disorders & Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, 1993
B.S., Speech Language Pathology & Audiology, Eastern Illinois University, 1991

Professor Basel is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Master of Science Speech-Language Pathology program at Lewis University. She supervises graduate students in clinical practicum sites at  I Can Dream Center, an autism transition agency in Tinley Park.  She also instructs students in teletherapy methods at tte Lewis University Center for Interdisciplinary Telepractice. Professor Basel has experience in a wide variety of SLP work settings, including private practice, early intervention, medical settings, and schools; and has also served as an autism consultant and district special education liaison. Professor Basel’s primary interests are in the areas of autism, motor speech disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, and family education. She believes strongly in the school/therapy/home connection and strives to educate the community regarding communication disorders. She has developed a series of apps entitled, “Autism Language Learning” which strive to engage children while learning to use and understand language. Professor Basel has earned several grants and awards during her time in the schools, including “Children in Motion” mega-grant and the STAR 105.5 “Teacher of the Month.”

Kristin J. Smith, M.S., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor of Practice
Coordinator of Clinical Education
M.S., Speech Language Pathology, Rush University, 2006
B.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Illinois State University, 2004

Professor Smith is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at Lewis University. She is currently a faculty clinical supervisor for graduate students and she also manages and coordinates students’ clinical practicum experiences throughout their graduate career. As a clinician, Professor Smith has had a variety of clinical experience and has worked across settings in her career including acute inpatient, long term acute care, skilled nursing, home health, acute rehabilitation, and pediatric outpatient. She has also ​conducted mobile instrumental dysphagia diagnostics and has had the pleasure of serving as a clinical supervisor to many students at undergraduate and graduate levels. Her areas of clinical interest are dysphagia evaluation and treatment, management of patients with head and neck cancer, and assessment and intervention of adults with neurologic disorders.

Susan Hackiewicz
Administrative Assistant
M.S. in Education, The College of St. Rose, 1991
B.S in Business Administration, Ramapo College, 1984

Susan is the Administrative Assistant for the Speech-Language Pathology program at Lewis University, and also provides support for other programs in the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Sciences.  She has over twenty years of experience as an adjunct instructor, specializing in English, GED, and developmental math courses.  In addition, she has worked as an organizational development specialist for teens.  Susan works with Dr. Veale to support the faculty and students in the Speech-Language Pathology program.  She is often the first point of contact for our students and works to make sure students receive the assistance they need every day.

Michele Latta
Administrative Assistant

Michele is the Administrative Assistant for the Occupational Therapy program, in addition to providing back-up support for other programs the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Sciences. Michele retired from the transportation industry in 2008, having spent numerous years as a customs specialist, dispatcher, and traffic manager. She started at Lewis in 2009 and has worked in the admissions, graduate nursing, and social science departments.  Her door is always open for anyone who needs assistance.