Jackie received her Bachelors of Arts in Communicative Disorders with an emphasis in Speech and Language Pathology from San Francisco State University. She has completed the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) through Cal-State Northridge and also 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 ten plus years in the classrooms, in the community and in their speech therapy sessions. She also trains the educational team on all communication devices to support each individual student’s need.
Megan received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Hearing Sciences from the University of Minnesota in 2015, with a certificate in a Bilingual Multicultural Education Program. Since moving to the Bay Area, Megan has worked for non-public schools, in private speech and language clinics and in early intervention programs, treating children with autism and language delays, ages two to twenty-two.
James is a Bay Area native and received his Master's Degree in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University (SFSU). At SFSU, he was also a scholar in Project Common Ground, a federally-funded personnel preparation project for speech-language pathologists to work in early intervention clinics, university clinics, and public school. Before obtaining his graduate degree, James worked as an ABA therapist in both general education and special day classrooms in San Francisco Unified School District.
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 eighteen 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 two to thirteen, in both clinic and school settings before coming to Wings.
Shannon grew up in the North Bay and received a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Dominican University of California. 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. She also worked part-time in 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.
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.