Communication Disorders

Meet our Faculty and Staff

Linda Crowe, PhD., CCC-SLP

Linda Crowe, PhD., CCC-SLP

Chair
Communication Disorders
College of Education , B144
(308) 865-8305
crowelk@unk.edu

Biography

Education
PhD, Louisiana State University A&M – Communication Disorders
MS, University of Nebraska at Lincoln – Speech-Language Pathology
BS, Southeast Missouri State University – Elementary Education

Teaching Areas
Child-Adolescent Language Development & Disorders
Emergent Literacy & Literacy Disorders
Language-Learning Disorders
Phonological Disorders

Research 
Relationship between Toddler Language Production and Physical Movement
Comparison of E-book & Traditional Storybook Reading in Preschool
Predicting Response to Intervention through Initial Diagnostic Intervention
Improving Reading Comprehension using Communicative Reading Strategies

Professional Organizations & Activities
Nebraska licensure in Speech-Language Pathology
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) – CCC-SLP
Board Certified Specialist in Child Language
Council on Undergraduate Research – Counselor of Health Sciences
Nebraska Speech-Language Hearing Association – Co-Chair Schools Committee
Missouri Teaching Certificate - life
Phi Kappa Phi

Erin Bush, PhD., CCC-SLP

Erin Bush, PhD., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor
Communication Disorders
College of Education , B140
(308) 865-8302
bushej@unk.edu

Biography

Education
Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Lincoln-Speech-Language Pathology
MSEd., University of Nebraska at Kearney– Communication Disorders
BS, University of Wyoming– Speech Pathology
BA, University of Wyoming– Psychology

Teaching Areas
Traumatic Brain Injury
Neurological Foundations
Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
Speech and Hearing Science

Research 
Exploring the study skills and accommodations used by college student survivors of traumatic brain injury
Misconceptions about traumatic brain injury among students preparing to be special education professionals
College strategies and study skills of brain injury survivors: A multiple mixed method case study
Optokinetic stimulation as a treatment for visual neglect

Professional Organizations & Activities
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) – CCC-SLP
ASHA Division 2: Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders – member
ASHA Division 10: Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education – member
ASHA Division 13: Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia) – member
Nebraska Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSLHA) – member
Nebraska licensure in Speech-Language Pathology

Mary Kommers, M.A., CCC-SLP

Mary Kommers, M.A., CCC-SLP

Lecturer/Clinic Coordinator
Communication Disorders
College of Education , B132
(308) 865-8507
kommersm@unk.edu

Biography

We, as speech-language pathologists (SLPs), are lucky to be part of such a diverse field.  In my career I have enjoyed working as a staff SLP at University Hospital in Omaha, with a plastic surgeon in Louisville, KY evaluating some of his patients with cleft lip and palate, as a language diagnostician for the Oldham County Schools (just outside Louisville, KY), with an SLP in private practice in Aurora, OH, and as a floating therapist for two nursing homes (in Ravenna and Alliance, OH) before moving to back to Kearney, my hometown, and beginning to do clinical supervision here for UNK. 

Education
M.A.---University of Iowa---1974
B.A.---University of Nebraska-Lincoln---1973 

Teaching Areas 
Phonetics, Clinical Methods and Procedures in Communication Disorders, Field Experiences in SLP, Clinical Practicum 

Professional Organizations & Activities
Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Anomalies
American Association of University Women
Phi Beta Kappa

Miechelle McKelvey, PhD., CCC-SLP

Miechelle McKelvey, PhD., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor
Communication Disorders
College of Education , B141
(308) 865-8306
mckelveyml@unk.edu

Biography

Education/Clinical Experience
Dr. McKelvey received her doctorate from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska Kearney and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. McKelvey worked in a hospital setting in acute care, in-patient rehabilitation, intensive care unit, telemedicine, and the outpatient clinic, which served a variety of adults and children with acquired neurologic communication disorders. She is dedicated to teaching students, mentoring future speech pathologists, and developing researchers here in Nebraska.

Teaching Areas
Dr. McKelvey teaches courses in augmentative and alternative communication, acquired neurogenic disorders, motor speech disorders, voice, and dysphagia.

Research
Dr. McKelvey conducts research in the areas of augmentative and alternative communication for adults with acquired neurogenic communication disorders, traumatic brain injury, and motor speech disorders.

Professional Memberships
Dr. McKelvey is a member of ASHA and Special Interest Division 2 (Neurogenic Disorders) and 12 (Augmentative and Alternative Communication). She is currently a board member for the Nebraska State Stroke Association, a representative for the National Aphasia Association in Nebraska, and the faculty advisor for KSSLHA (Kearney Student Speech Language and Hearing Association). 

Laura Moody, M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP

Laura Moody, M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP

RiteCare Clinic Supervisor/Lecturer
Communication Disorders
College of Education , B106
(308) 865-8924
moodyln@unk.edu

Biography

Laura Moody, M.S., CCC-SLP is the speech-language pathologist supervisor for the RiteCare Clinic, a clinic underwritten by the Scottish Rite Masons. The Scottish Rite Masons fund speech/language clinics across the nation to provide services to children. In Nebraska, the clinics are located in Lincoln, Omaha, Hastings and Kearney.

Education
M.S. University of Nebraska at Kearney
B.S. University of Nebraska at Kearney

Clinical Experience
Laura previously worked in the Outpatient Pediatric Clinic at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado with infants, children and adolescents with a variety of therapy needs which included feeding, swallowing, speech, language and augmentative alternative communication.

Professional Membership
Laura is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) - CCC-SLP.
 

Jan Allison Moore, PhD., CCC-A/SLP

Jan Allison Moore, PhD., CCC-A/SLP

Professor
Communication Disorders
College of Education , B142
(308) 865-8301
mooreja2@unk.edu

Biography

Education
PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1994)
MS, Purdue University (1983)
BSE, University of Central Arkansas (1980) 

Teaching Areas
Aural Rehabilitation
Audiology
Phonetics
Multicultural and Professional Issues

Research
Speech Production of Children Following Cochlear Implantation
Aural Rehabilitation/Habilitation in Children and Adults Following Cochlear Implantation

Professional Organizations & Activities
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) – CCC-SLP
Nebraska Speech and Hearing Association
Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology-Treasurer
American Auditory Society
Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Patricia Potthoff, M.S., CCC-SLP

Patricia Potthoff, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lecturer/Internship Coordinator
Communication Disorders
College of Education , B143
(308) 865-8304
potthoffpa@unk.edu

Biography

Education/Clinical Experience
Patricia Potthoff received her Master of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She has served as a Speech Language Pathologist in a variety of schools and early childhood centers in Nebraska and Kansas, as well as the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Teaching Areas
Clinical Practicum, Internship Coordinator, Fluency Disorders, Professional Issues 


Professional Organizations and Activities
Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
National Stuttering Association
 
Delta Kappa Gamma

Whitney Schneider-Cline, M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP

Whitney Schneider-Cline, M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP

Lecturer
Communication Disorders
College of Education , B136
(308) 865-8612
schneiderwm@unk.edu

Biography

Whitney Schneider-Cline, M.S., SLP-CCC is currently enjoying her professional role at UNK as both an instructor and a student.  She is pursuing a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln while fulfilling her duties as a faculty member at UNK.  In the classroom, Ms. Schneider enjoys connecting course materials and information with realistic clinical situations.  While she is just getting started in her professional role at UNK, she has already found a passion for working with students and helping them reach their goals as future speech-language pathologists.  Ms. Schneider's areas of interest include language and literacy development and disorders.

Education
MSEd., University of Nebraska at Kearney, Communication Disorders
BS, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Communication Disorders

Teaching Areas
Survey of Communication Disorders
Child-Adolescent Language Development and Disorders
Diagnostics

Professional Organizations & Activities
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) - CCC-SLP
ASHA Division 1: Language and Learning - member
Nebraska licensure in Speech-Language Pathology
Nebraska Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSLHA) - Member, Current Newsletter Editor

Kim Panowicz

Kim Panowicz

Office Associate
Communication Disorders
College of Education , A103
(308) 865-8300
panowiczka@unk.edu

Biography

Education
Graduate-Kearney Senior High School
Attended Southeast Community College, Lincoln Nebraska

Past Volunteer Work
Animal Assisted Program-Therapy Dogs Inc, Good Samaritan Hospital
Habitat for Humanity
Life long resident of Kearney