Our Team

Therapy Staff

Dr. Bernadette Mullen, CCC-SLPD/SLS

Dr. Bernadette Mullen, CCC-SLPD/SLS

Speech-Language Pathologist, Speech-Language Specialist, Special Education Teacher,
Co-Owner and Co-Director of Speech Start, LLC

"I feel privileged to participate in a child’s ability to communicate to the world."

Bernadette Mullen is a New Jersey licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Special Education Teacher. Bernadette graduated from Kean University in Union, NJ with masters and doctoral degrees in Speech-Language Pathology. She completed her undergraduate education in both Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. Bernadette is highly qualified in her field and she is a nationally certified member of ASHA holding her Certificate of Clinical Competency. She has worked in the field of special education for 35 years. She has owned and operated Speech Start LLC for 18 years. In her practice, she specializes in providing evaluations and therapeutic intervention to children and teens with both speech and language disorders. She has extensive training in the areas of apraxia, language based reading disorders, autism spectrum disorder, behavior management and sensory processing disorders. She has worked on providing quality pragmatic therapy to children with social language disorders for many years. Bernadette is fluent in American Sign Language and has extensive experience in the use of AAC.

Bernadette’s current professional focus is on social skills training programs. She is presently curriculum director for SiLAS Solutions. This program is being implemented in multiple schools throughout the state for the purpose of improving special learners ability to socialize with their peers. The program includes both a computer program and a social skills curriculum. Bernadette is a Level Two – Prompts for Restructuring Oral Motor Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) trained therapist and utilizes this method when treating children and teens with motor planning deficits.

Shaylyn Stilwell, M.S. Ed., CCC-SLP/SLS

Shaylyn Stilwell, M.S. Ed., CCC-SLP/SLS

Speech-Language Pathologist, Speech-Language Specialist, Augmentative Communication Specialist, Co-Owner And Co-Director Of Speech Start, LLC

“Helping a child and his or her family through the challenges to reveal their true potential is the best feeling in the world.”

Shaylyn graduated from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ with a Master’s of Science in Education in Speech-Language Pathology. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology with a minor in Special Education from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD.

Shaylyn completed external clinical practicum placements in a specialized school as well as in both adult inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and pediatric outpatient settings. Shaylyn has worked with diverse pediatric populations, with specific experience in the areas of cleft lip and palate, chromosomal abnormalities, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She also has extensive experience working with the assessment and implementation of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) with pediatric populations. Shaylyn is a Level Two – in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Motor Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) trained therapist and utilizes this method when treating children and teens with motor planning deficits.

 

Elizabeth Spina M.A., CCC-SLP/SLS

Elizabeth Spina M.A., CCC-SLP/SLS

Speech-Language Pathologist, Speech-Language Specialist

“I love seeing progress happen; the moment that you watch the child make a connection and they smile.”

Elizabeth Spina, M.A., CCC-SLP is a supervising speech language pathologist at Speech Start, pa. She has a BA in Speech Pathology and Audiology and an MA in Speech Language Pathology.

She assesses and treats children with a variety of speech and language disorders. Her experience lies in the areas of articulation and phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, semantic pragmatic disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and behavioral feeding in school-aged children. Counseling families and implementing carryover home programs are also an important aspect of the treatment plan for each child. In addition to assessment and treatment, she is also a supervisor to some of the members of the Speech Start staff with whom she meets regularly to collaborate and discuss progress and future treatment goals.

Marissa Nagy, M.S., CCC-SLP

Marissa Nagy, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

“It’s such a rewarding experience when you see a child make progress; moving forward and having the family say the words thank you.”

Marissa Nagy has her BS in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and her MS in Speech Language Pathology from Seton Hall. She implements speech language therapy goals for young children at Speech Start focusing on clients with autism and other special disorders, apraxia and articulation disorders. She holds special training and certification in the Kaufman Speech Praxis Method, DIR, and Options.

Marissa’s background in social play, language skills and developmental/behavioral therapy provide a solid foundation from which she helps clients meet their goals.

Kimberly Tuccillo, M.A., CCC-SLP/SLS

Kimberly Tuccillo, M.A., CCC-SLP/SLS

Speech-Language Pathologist, Speech-Language Specialist

“Differences are like freckles… we all have them.”

Kimberly is a speech and language pathologist with 15 years experience in pediatric therapy. She has worked with a variety of children ranging from three through eighteen. She has experience working with autism spectrum disorders, auditory processing disorders, language processing disorders, myofunctional disorders, oral motor dysfunction, apraxia, behavioral feeding, as well as, general expressive/receptive language and articulation disorders/delays.

Kimberly received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Ithaca College in Ithaca New York. She then completed her Master’s of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. Additionally she has taken graduate course work from various universities to continue her education in areas such as supervision, learning disabilities, social skills, and applied behavior analysis.

Kimberly has been working as a Speech Language Specialist in the public schools for fifteen years, servicing grades preschool through twelfth grade. She currently works in an autistic preschool setting using ABA principles to guide therapy. Additionally she has been providing private therapy for twelve years.

Kimberly is currently a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and Autism NJ. She is licensed as a Speech Language Specialist and a Speech Language Pathologist. She has participated in a variety of specific trainings including PROMPT, PECS, Kaufman Apraxia Program, Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program (LIPS), oral motor trainings, behavioral feeding trainings, ABA, Autism, auditory processing trainings, and general language and speech trainings.

Marissa LeCardi-Quinn, M.S. Ed., CCC-SLP/SLS

Marissa LeCardi-Quinn, M.S. Ed., CCC-SLP/SLS

Speech Language Pathologist, Speech Language Specialist

“My expectations are high for all of my students because I believe everybody deserves the best chance.”

Marissa graduated Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ with a Master’s of Science in Education in Speech Language Pathology. Marissa has been working at Speech Start for more than a year, conducting both individual and group therapy sessions. She has experience in a variety of settings including specialized schools, adult acute inpatient rehabilitation, as well as private practice. In her experience, Marissa has worked with a diverse pediatric population with a vast array of communication deficits including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, dysphagia, receptive/expressive language disorders, pragmatic language disorders, as well as articulation and phonological disorders. In addition, Marissa has also conducted pragmatic language groups for children with various diagnoses. Marissa is a Level One – Prompts for Restructuring Oral Motor Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) trained therapist and utilizes this method when treating children and teens with motor planning deficits.

Alyssa Plancey, M.S. Ed., CCC-SLP/SLS

Alyssa Plancey, M.S. Ed., CCC-SLP/SLS

Speech-Language Pathologist, Speech-Language Specialist

“Teaching children the skills to improve their communication abilities, makes my job gratifying."

Alyssa received her Bachelor’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Richard Stockton College of NJ in 2014. She graduated from Monmouth University in West Long Branch in 2016, with her Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology.

Alyssa has worked with clients of all ages, from early intervention to geriatrics. She has extensive experience in the areas of articulation, language, voice, and feeding in a variety of settings including private practice, schools, and adult inpatient rehabilitation. Alyssa is a Level One – Prompts for Restructuring Oral Motor Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) trained therapist and utilizes this method when treating children and teens with motor planning deficits.

 

Jennifer Nolet, M.S., Ed., CCC-SLP/SLS

Jennifer Nolet, M.S., Ed., CCC-SLP/SLS

Speech-Language Pathologist/Speech-Language Specialist

"Helping children grow in their communication skills is the best job of all! Every child deserves to feel confident when they are communicating."

I graduated from Monmouth University with my Master’s of Science in Education in Speech Language Pathology. I received my Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Family Services with a minor in Psychology from Montclair State University. I have experience working with children who have various articulation, language and pragmatic disorders.  I currently work as a full-time school based SLP treating student’s with a variety of communication needs and am looking forward to helping more children grow as communicators!

Emily Bollinger, M.S CF-SLP/SLS

Emily Bollinger, M.S CF-SLP/SLS

Speech Language Pathologist, Speech Language Specialist

"Nothing is as rewarding as seeing someone become confident in their own voice!"

Emily received her Bachelor’s of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences from East Carolina University. She graduated from Monmouth University in West Long Branch in 2018, with a Master’s of Science in Education in Speech-Language Pathology.

Emily completed external clinical practicum placements in a variety of settings including private practice, early intervention, and long-term care in a Children’s Hospital where she gained experience in assessment and treatment of speech and language disorders. Emily also has experience in a specialized High School.

 

Kristen Bertinelli, M.S., CCC-SLP/SLS

Kristen Bertinelli, M.S., CCC-SLP/SLS

Speech Language Pathologist, Speech Language Specialist

"There are no words to describe the feeling of being a part of seeing a child reach their goals!"

Kristen Bertinelli graduated William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ in 2019 with her Master of Science in Communication Disorders. She also received her Bachelors of Arts in Communications Disorders from William Paterson.

Kirsten has completed external clinical practicums in bath adult and pediatric outpatient rehabilitation settings. Kristen has worked with clients of all ages, from early intervention to geriatrics. Kristen has experience with a wide variety of disorders such as articulation, expressive & receptive language disorders, apraxia, autism spectrum disorders and more.

Andrea Herman, M.A. CF-SLP/SLS

Andrea Herman, M.A. CF-SLP/SLS

Speech-Language Pathologist/Speech-Language Specialist

"It is so rewarding to work with children to help them achieve their goals and improve their communication skills!”

Andrea graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.  She received her Master’s of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Kean University in Union, NJ. Andrea is skilled in the areas of articulation, phonological processes, expressive and receptive language, voice, dysphagia, childhood apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication. She has worked with children and adults in public school, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings. Furthermore, Andrea has treated clients in both individual and group sessions, creating and facilitating achievement of functional and attainable goals.

Andrea is excited to begin her speech-language pathology career at Speech Start this Fall!

Annemarie Foster, B.S

Annemarie Foster, B.S

Special Education Teacher

Annemarie Foster has her B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from East Stroudsburg University and her Teacher of Special Education certification K-12 from Georgian Court University. She is trained in the Wilson Reading Language System that helps students to improve decoding and encoding skills.

For the past 19 years she has worked as a Special Education teacher. She works with students grades K-12 in a small group and whole class setting in the areas of language arts and math. In language arts the focus is on reading comprehension, fluency, and improving writing skills. In math the focus is on improving basic computation and problem solving strategies.

Administrative Staff

Laura Fanizzi

Laura Fanizzi

Paraprofessional, Office Manager

“My goal is always what’s best for a child; working with families through challenges to become successful.”

Laura Fanizzi is a Developmental Therapist with Speech Start, p.a. Since 1999. She has been providing behavioral therapy in individual and group settings, creating and implementing individual behavior programs for clients. Her experience with DIR, OPTIONS, and Verbal Behavior are part of a toolbox to assess and provide clients with the appropriate interventions.

Laura has assisted teachers in preschool classroom settings as well as shadowing special needs children in typical environments. Additionally she is a inclusion specialist who provides training for staff on current inclusion practices for teachers and paraprofessionals and in-services to school staff on social skills training. When not wearing these hats, Laura can be found managing the Speech Start offices, overseeing scheduling, scheduling, billing, building maintenance, and more.

Melissa Martens

Melissa Martens

Office Staff

"Watching a child learn something new and their eyes lighting up and knowing they CAN do it, makes it all worth it! "

Melissa graduated from Brookdale Community College with her Associates in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with various different age groups of children in the school setting as well as volunteering as a cheerleading coach for her local community. She is excited to see where this new journey with Speech Start will take her in her love of teaching and watching children grow and learn!