Member of the Month- June 2018

Laura Maurer


Laura Maurer is currently a Speech Language Pathology Assistant for McCulloh Therapeutic Solutions in the Upstate of South Carolina. In 2017, Laura graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and a minor in Leadership from Columbia College, in Columbia, South Carolina. Laura has plans to pursue her master’s degree soon, but was eager to apply her passions and knowledge outside of the classroom while giving back to her community. She found the opportunity to do just that through McCulloh Therapeutic Solutions (MTS) and The First Tee Upstate!


As a former speech therapy student herself, Laura brings a unique blend of passion, grit, empathy, and dedication to each child she serves. Through McCulloh Therapeutic Solutions, Laura is able to serve in public schools during the school year, and in their private practice during the summers. During the 2017-18 school year, Laura was able to serve students in Plain Elementary, Lake Forest Elementary, Blue Ridge Middle, and Blue Ridge High School in Greenville County School District. During the summer, Laura will serve children and their families in MTS’ Spartanburg Clinic. As a SLP-A, Laura works closely with a direct supervisor who supervises her caseload, attends meetings with her, helps write goals and treatment plans, and other various tasks. Laura is confident that her hands-on experiences as a SLP-A will help her succeed at the graduate level. She is thankful for the experience to serve a diverse caseload early in her career with the support of her supervisor and company who strives to give the next generation a voice that lasts forever!


Laura is equally passionate and involved with The First Tee, a national organization that teaches life skills through the game of golf. As a former participant of The First Tee Upstate, Laura wanted to give back to an organization that gave so much to her. As a former collegiate golfer, Laura credits the sport, and specifically The First Tee, with her success related to interpersonal skills. Currently, Laura is a Level 1 Certified Coach, holding weekly classes for beginning golfers. Laura’s favorite part of The First Tee is that while teaching golf, she is incorporating life skills using The First Tee’s 9 Core Values. It is Laura’s hope that through her roles as coach and speech language pathologist assistant, she is able to positively impact the next generation!


Laura is motivated by Maya Angelou’s quote, “People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” Laura looks forward to many more years in our beloved profession, striving to make a difference!


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Member of the Month- May 2018

Dr. Jessica Berry

Dr. Jessica Berry is currently an assistant professor of speech pathology and audiology at South Carolina State University.  She completed her Bachelor's degree in COMD at Winthrop University, her MA in speech pathology and audiology at South Carolina State University.  She completed her doctoral studies at Louisiana State University in COMD with a minor in Linguistics.  Dr. Berry’s most recent work Dialect Variation of Copula and Auxiliary Verb BE: African American English–Speaking Children With and Without Gullah/Geechee Heritage was published in the Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research in September 2017. 

Dr. Berry is the owner of Berry Institute, LLC a private pediatric speech therapy practice and has worked as an early intervention/pediatric speech therapist for over 6 years in Louisiana and South Carolina.  Dr. Berry is passionate about the Gullah/Geechee language and has worked as a translator/transcriber with the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture project (2014) and completed the first ever Gullah/Geechee professional development sessions for early childhood teachers in Charleston County School District (2017). 

Dr. Berry was selected out of 74 applicants by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) as one of the 20 participants for the fourth-annual CAPSCSD Leadership Academy.  The Leadership academy was held April 10-11 at the Hilton in Austin, Texas and was led by Jeffrey Buller, Director of leadership and Professional development, Florida Atlantic University.  The academy consisted of eight 90-minute sessions that focused on topics designed to build and strengthen aspiring academic leaders.  Having completed the CAPSCD Leadership Academy, Dr. Berry joins an outstanding group of leadership academy alumni who are leaders and innovators in the field.

Dr. Berry enjoys learning and growing and plans to use all that she has learned at the CAPSCD leadership academy and through her years as an educator/clinician to mentor next generation of scholars.