Who We Are

We are SLPs, SLPAs, OTs, and school psychologists who are dedicated to building genuine relationships with those we serve

School districts across the Western states have been depending on The Hello Foundation to provide high-quality specialists since 2005. We offer flexible onsite and telepractice solutions to long- and short-term coverage needs, including our unique Hello There hybrid teletherapy model. We are fans of collaboration, celebrators of victories large and small, listeners first and talkers second. Also pretty good at hugs, handshakes, and fist bumps.

Hello There Hybrid Teletherapy Model

The Hello There model combines the best of both worlds: monthly on-site visits paired with daily online services.

Teletherapy is an effective and efficient way to deliver direct services to students, but nothing replaces a specialist working in the building when it comes to collaboration with teachers, school staff, and families. That’s why we developed our innovative Hello There hybrid telepractice model. Our SLPs and school psychs will train and supervise your aide, write lesson plans, provide direct and consultative services to students, complete compliance paperwork, hold and attend meetings, and otherwise develop a wealth of institutional knowledge.

Teletherapy Model

Our teletherapy services look different because they are different

Long before COVID prompted schools to ponder online instruction for the masses, Hello began utilizing teletherapy services to provide quality direct instruction to students in their local schools and home school programs. Since 2009, we have been refining the art of prioritizing student growth through effective and efficient therapy, consultation, team meetings, and problem-solving directly with other specialists and families. Teletherapy with Hello is ideal for school administrators most interested in working with a highly skilled professional experienced in moving students and teams forward.

Traditional On-Site Model

Traditional on-site services from the best SLPs, SLPAs, school psychologists, and OTs in the business

We provide on-site SLPs, SLPAs, school psychs, and OTs to districts in and around the greater Portland, OR metro and SW Washington area. Our year-long contracts feature unmatched flexibility in our terms of service and offer high-quality staff to meet your specific needs. The best part? Districts are always given the opportunity to meet and interview our specialists before signing a contract.

WHEREVER WE ARE, WE'RE THERE FOR STUDENTS

Jordan Lusk Rodriguez, Speech-Language Pathologist

I enjoy serving children and families through communication because I feel that the confidence and skill to communicate is everyone’s right. Communication permeates all aspects of our lives and is a way for us to access the world around us. I have always worked in fields that help to empower, especially vulnerable populations. I enjoy...

Jordan Lusk Rodriguez, Speech-Language Pathologist

I enjoy serving children and families through communication because I feel that the confidence and skill to communicate is everyone’s right. Communication permeates all aspects of our lives and is a way for us to access the world around us. I have always worked in fields that help to empower, especially vulnerable populations. I enjoy working with different cultures and people.

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Currently serving Rochester School District

Denice Edeal, Speech-Language Pathologist

I believe that every child no matter their disability, social or economic status, or geographical location has the right to communicate to the best of their ability and to receive high-quality services. I am passionate about advocating for those in need. I love working with children and their families, and I enjoy the unique challenges...

Denice Edeal, Speech-Language Pathologist

I believe that every child no matter their disability, social or economic status, or geographical location has the right to communicate to the best of their ability and to receive high-quality services. I am passionate about advocating for those in need. I love working with children and their families, and I enjoy the unique challenges of this very special job. I also love playing with play-doh all day!

Currently serving Pioneer School District

Rachel Braga, Speech-Language Pathologist

Because I’ve been that parent who just wanted my child to be able to tell me about his day. I’m here to help so your child can, too. Because I’ve been that parent worried sick that my child wouldn’t make friends. I’m here to help those friendships blossom. Because I’ve been that parent that felt...

Rachel Braga, Speech-Language Pathologist

Because I’ve been that parent who just wanted my child to be able to tell me about his day. I’m here to help so your child can, too. Because I’ve been that parent worried sick that my child wouldn’t make friends. I’m here to help those friendships blossom. Because I’ve been that parent that felt shunned by a society that didn’t understand my child. I’m here to work as a team because together, we can build a more inclusive and welcoming community where our children can thrive.

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Currently serving Tehama County School District

Debbie Welch, Occupational Therapist

Every child with special needs deserves the chance to be able to do what it is that is both meaningful and purposeful to them. It is so special to see a child’s joy and gratification with succeeding in a meaningful activity or task. Helping to facilitate a child’s ability to engage in activities is more...

Debbie Welch, Occupational Therapist

Every child with special needs deserves the chance to be able to do what it is that is both meaningful and purposeful to them. It is so special to see a child’s joy and gratification with succeeding in a meaningful activity or task. Helping to facilitate a child’s ability to engage in activities is more than rewarding.

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Currently serving Longview School District

David NT, Speech-Language Pathologist

Communication underlies nearly every experience in our lives. Helping to enable and improve communication for another is to optimize their overall living experience. Therefore, supporting others to achieve their potential only brings further diversity to this world that we share, and as a result, improves the living experience for us all.

David NT, Speech-Language Pathologist

Communication underlies nearly every experience in our lives. Helping to enable and improve communication for another is to optimize their overall living experience. Therefore, supporting others to achieve their potential only brings further diversity to this world that we share, and as a result, improves the living experience for us all.

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Currently serving Douglas ESD

Brittany Waggoner PROF

Brittany Waggoner, School Psychologist

Access to a full and enriching educational experience is essential for all students! I find pure joy in walking this path with teams and playing a role in developing comprehensive support systems to get all students to their graduation!
Brittany Waggoner PROF

Brittany Waggoner, School Psychologist

Access to a full and enriching educational experience is essential for all students! I find pure joy in walking this path with teams and playing a role in developing comprehensive support systems to get all students to their graduation!

Currently serving Sunnyside School District

Lorie Harrison

Lorie Harrison, Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

During my husband’s military career (and constant moving/uncertainty) I have always been able to count on the personal joy and success I feel when I work with individuals to provide support to those needing/wanting it for their present and future wellbeing. I feel, as a member of society, we should always strive to promote acceptance...
Lorie Harrison

Lorie Harrison, Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

During my husband’s military career (and constant moving/uncertainty) I have always been able to count on the personal joy and success I feel when I work with individuals to provide support to those needing/wanting it for their present and future wellbeing. I feel, as a member of society, we should always strive to promote acceptance of faults and motivate others in bringing out their confidence and skills. Seeing an individual improve their abilities to communicate is such a powerful thing to witness.

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Currently serving East Valley School District

Thuy Colburn, Speech-Language Pathologist

I am a nurturer so whether it’s my plants, cats, pug, husband, or friends, my loved ones get me out of bed every day. I became a Speech-Language Pathologist because I did not begin learning English until I was fourteen years old and understand what it feels like to be misunderstood or unable to express...

Thuy Colburn, Speech-Language Pathologist

I am a nurturer so whether it’s my plants, cats, pug, husband, or friends, my loved ones get me out of bed every day. I became a Speech-Language Pathologist because I did not begin learning English until I was fourteen years old and understand what it feels like to be misunderstood or unable to express my needs and wants. My passion for working with K-12 students is borne out of my own communication history in public schools.

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Currently serving Baker Academy

Julie Peters

Julie Peters, Speech-Language Pathologist

The ability to communicate effectively plays a large role in determining our access to the world around us. I enjoy determining and using the strengths of each individual student to encourage them to be the most successful communicator they can be, in whatever form that may take. I am passionate about working with students and...
Julie Peters

Julie Peters, Speech-Language Pathologist

The ability to communicate effectively plays a large role in determining our access to the world around us. I enjoy determining and using the strengths of each individual student to encourage them to be the most successful communicator they can be, in whatever form that may take. I am passionate about working with students and families, and love being a part of their achievements no matter how big or small.

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Currently serving Salem-Keizer School District

Kayla Jordan, Speech-Language Pathologist

I support speech and language development to spread the word that there are many different ways to successfully communicate. Meaningful connection and interdependence contribute to successful communication. I believe in providing accommodations, supporting growth, advocating, and acknowledging strengths so that each and every person’s differences are honored, respected, and celebrated.

Kayla Jordan, Speech-Language Pathologist

I support speech and language development to spread the word that there are many different ways to successfully communicate. Meaningful connection and interdependence contribute to successful communication. I believe in providing accommodations, supporting growth, advocating, and acknowledging strengths so that each and every person’s differences are honored, respected, and celebrated.

Currently serving Aberdeen School District

Rachel Henno

Rachel Henno, Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

I truly believe that it takes a village. Having the opportunity to make a positive difference in one’s own community is where true change is sparked, and for me, that opportunity is helping children improve their communication and expression through speech therapy. I hope to make a lasting impact on each child I work with...
Rachel Henno

Rachel Henno, Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

I truly believe that it takes a village. Having the opportunity to make a positive difference in one’s own community is where true change is sparked, and for me, that opportunity is helping children improve their communication and expression through speech therapy. I hope to make a lasting impact on each child I work with so that they feel confident in knowing that they have the knowledge, ability, and support to successfully engage and grow within their environment.

Currently serving Vallejo City School District

Lada Sarycheva Gonzales

Lada Sarycheva Gonzales, Speech-Language Pathologist

I believe that each and every human being on this planet has a great desire and need to be expressed, to be able to share their thoughts and needs, to develop a sense of belonging and inclusiveness with others. Without language, we lose our ability to communicate and without this ability, we cannot prosper as...
Lada Sarycheva Gonzales

Lada Sarycheva Gonzales, Speech-Language Pathologist

I believe that each and every human being on this planet has a great desire and need to be expressed, to be able to share their thoughts and needs, to develop a sense of belonging and inclusiveness with others. Without language, we lose our ability to communicate and without this ability, we cannot prosper as humans. I think that I am blessed to be a part of an amazing community of SLPs who dedicate their time and resources to helping other human beings to be full and complete.

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Currently serving Pasco School District

Paulette Selman

Paulette Selman, School Psychologist

School is the second most important part of a child’s life, after family. Growing up volunteering as a camp counselor, I knew I wanted to work with kids but never thought I could be a teacher, with all respect to teachers because that is a hard job! When I learned about school psychology it sounded...
Paulette Selman

Paulette Selman, School Psychologist

School is the second most important part of a child’s life, after family. Growing up volunteering as a camp counselor, I knew I wanted to work with kids but never thought I could be a teacher, with all respect to teachers because that is a hard job! When I learned about school psychology it sounded like the perfect combination of working with individual students while supporting staff to improve outcomes for all kids. My approach to school psychology is evidence-based, systems-level, and oriented to social justice. School psychologists can do that!

Currently serving South Bend Public Schools

Elizabeth Miller, Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Instilling a sense of confidence among all of my students is an ultimate aspiration of mine. I believe every single person should be loved and cherished for their unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Creating a more inclusive and accessible world is something we should all strive to achieve.

Elizabeth Miller, Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Instilling a sense of confidence among all of my students is an ultimate aspiration of mine. I believe every single person should be loved and cherished for their unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Creating a more inclusive and accessible world is something we should all strive to achieve.

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Currently serving Harney ESD

IT’S BEEN OUR HONOR TO BE WELCOMED INTO COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE WEST

 

We Our Partners and They Us Right Back

Brigitte Thomas is an excellent speech path and has done an exceptional job for the GREAT Partnership, we hope to continue our collaboration with her.

Anne Petrie, Director of GREAT Partnership

Jennifer is always professional and willing to collaborate to meet the needs of our students. She communicates very well and is timely with her responses. I appreciate her flexibility and adaptability, as well as her professional judgment and ability to connect with our families.

– Dawn Skorzewski, Special Education Teacher, Aberdeen School District

Gina is friendly and fun. She is also knowledgeable in her field and has been very helpful to us this year.

– Kerry Jeffrey, Assessment Specialist, Gladstone School District

We have a great working relationship with our speech therapist Helen Kennedy. She is very skilled in tele-therapy. During the pandemic and remote learning this has turned out to be very helpful.

– Michelle Parkin, Superintendent, Cape Flattery School District 401

Darci is a great collaborator and has lots of resources and ideas. She is always willing to jump in and help.

– Patti Larriva, Superintendent, Taholah School District

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