Jackie received her Bachelors of Arts in Communicative Disorders with an emphasis in Speech and Language Pathology from San Francisco State University. Last year she completed the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) through Cal-State Northridge, and now holds a certificate in Assistive Technology and AAC devices. Along with her ATACP certificate, she holds a Speech and Language Pathology Assistant license. Jackie has been supporting the students of Wings for over seven years in the classrooms and in speech therapy. She takes great pride in watching each student's communication progress year after year, and enjoys watching them grow into confident and successful communicators at school and in the community. In the future, Jackie plans to pursue a graduate degree in either Speech Pathology or Assistive Technology.
Megan received her graduate degree in Speech-Language Hearing Sciences from the Univsersity of Minnesota in 2015, with a certificate in a Bilingual Multicultural Education Program. Since moving to the Bay Area, Megan has worked for a non-public school for students with Autism as well as a private clinic for students ages 2-8 and Early Intervention Programs, treating children and language delays ages birth-three in the home. She enjoys working with students with Autism and connecting with their families to support carryover between school and home. She has four years of experience working as a ABA therapist and has pursued many continuing education opportunities regarding AAC technologies and how to involve families more in communication. She is very excited to continue her career with the Wings Team!
James is a Bay Area native and received his Master's in Communicatiove Disorders at San Francisco State University (SFSU). At SFSU, he was also a scholar in Project Common Ground, a federally-funded personnel preperation project for speech-language pathologists to work in early intervention clinics, univserity clinics, and public school. Before obtaining his graduate degree, James worked as an ABA therapist for five years in both general education and special day classrooms in San Francisco Unified School District. When he's not working, he enjoys cooking new recipes, trying different restaurants, playing hockey (Go Sharks!), and making music.
Sydney received a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology from California Baptist University, Riverside and a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. She began working with children with Autism when she was 18 as a nanny for her cousin who had been diagnosed with Asperger's. This experience drove her to find a career that encompassed creativity, the body and the ability to help other children like her cousin. She continued to work with special needs children throughout her time in college. She worked as an aide at a private pediatric clinic in Los Gatos, CA, that provided OT services to children ages 2-13, in both clinic and school settings before coming to Wings. She currently works full-time at Wings.
Shannon grew up in the North Bay and received a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Dominican University. Before moving to the South Bay, she worked as an OT at Cypress School in Petaluma, which provides services for children with Autism and similar disabilities. During that time she also worked part-time at a private therapy clinic in Marin County where she expanded her knowledge of sensory integration. She was introduced to the career at a young age as both of her parents were occupational therapists. Her parents encouraged “out of the box” thinking and problem solving, which has helped her grow as an OT. She is thrilled to be a part of a wonderful team at Wings Learning Center!
Julia Beth Runkle received her B.A. in Music Therapy from California State University, Northridge and completed her clinical training at Professional Child Development Associates in Pasadena, CA. Julia Beth is a client-centered therapist who believes each individual has a unique relationship to music, and through that relationship, there is the potential for self-espression, creativity, and personal growth. Within her sessions, Julia Beth uses a variety of instruments and musical experiences including improvisation, song-writing, music-based play, and the inclusion of other expressive arts. She has worked with a diverse clientele including children and adults with developmental and learning disabilities, geriatric and memory loss, traumatic brain injury, physical disabilities, pediatric oncology, and visual impairments.