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Corie-Mae Bell

Course:  Policy in Health and Education (Co-Instructor)

Corie-Mae is a clinical speech-language pathologist who works with early childhood and school-aged students at KIPP DC, a public charter network in Washington, D.C. In her role, she supervises graduate students and clinical fellows and also works closely with teams responsible for implementation of policy-compliant and evidence-based special education. Her clinical research interests include implementation and efficacy of early childhood curriculum, culturally and linguistically appropriate evaluation processes, and responsive intervention. Corie-Mae is a graduate of the SLPD program at Northwestern University.


  • SLPD, Northwestern University
  • M.A., George Washington University
  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University

Denise Eisenhauer

Courses: Business Principles; Organizational Behavior; Leadership for SLPs; Culminating Project mentor

Denise Boggs Eisenhauer, MS, CCC-SLP, MBA is a certified speech-language pathologist with a background in pediatric speech and language disorders. Denise worked clinically for over 15 years in both academic and hospital settings before transitioning toward healthcare enterprise management and healthcare business operations.

Denise has held leadership roles at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, NorthShore University Health System, and Northwestern University. She was most recently the Director of the Northwestern University Center for Audiology Speech-Language and Learning (NUCASLL) and held that role from 2014-2020. Denise teaches courses for the MSSLL and SLPD programs within the Northwestern University School of Communication. Denise is also the Owner and Founder of The Growth Factor, LLC, an educational boutique offering leadership, business, and personal development opportunities for youth, young adults, and new entrepreneurs.


  • MBA, Northwestern University
  • MS, University of Louisville
  • BA, University of Iowa

Stacy Kaplan

SLPD Program Director

Courses: Digital Literacies for SLPs; Education and Supervision in SLP; Culminating Project mentor

Stacy Kaplan is the director of the MS (SLP) and SLPD programs at Northwestern University. The mission of her scholarship is to contribute to the development of science-based, critically-thinking, creative, and compassionate clinicians. Broadly speaking, the goal of her work is the employment of learning analytics to make data-based decisions regarding admissions, advising, student intervention, curricular development, teaching methodologies, and supervision.


  • PhD, Speech Language Pathology, Northwestern University
  • MS, Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona
  • BS, Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona

Megan Roberts

Courses: Advanced Scientific Clinical Decision Making I & II; Culminating Project mentor

Megan Roberts is an associate professor in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her work focuses on family-centered early communication interventions for young children with language delays. This clinically based line of research examines different variations of parent-implemented communication interventions tailored specifically for different populations of children with language delays. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and the Institute of Education Sciences.


  • PhD, Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University
  • MS, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Emerson College
  • BA, Spanish and Economics, University of Rochester

Holly Schmidt

Course: Operations and Process Improvement for SLPs; Culminating Project mentor

Holly Schmidt is a certified speech-language pathologist with a background in pediatric dysphagia as well as pediatric speech and language disorders. She is a recognized Board-Certified Swallowing Specialist and worked clinically for over 19 years in academic, hospital and school settings. Prior to transitioning into a healthcare operations role, Holly was formerly an owner of a private practice. Her special interests include service operations, process and quality improvement, lean healthcare and leading strategic change.  She is currently the Director of Throughput Operations at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.


  • MBA, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • MS, Speech Pathology, Marquette University
  • BS, Speech Pathology, Marquette University

Kate Schultz

SLPD Program Assistant Director

Course: Policy in Health and Education (Co-Instructor); Professional Integration and Reflective Practice I-IV

Kate Schultz is a higher education administrator with a decade of experience in all facets of health professions education, including academic and career advising, admissions, program management and assessment, policy development, compliance, and implementation, and curriculum design. She is the assistant director for the SLPD program and the MS in Speech, Language, and Learning program in the School of Communication. Her research and teaching interests include student personal and professional development, program evaluation, teaching and learning, policy implementation, and instructional design/curriculum development.


  • PhD Candidate, Health Sciences (focus: health professions education), Northern Illinois University
  • MS, Higher Education Administration and Policy, Northwestern University
  • BA, Communication Studies, Northwestern University

SLPD Program Guest Facilitators

Gail Berger

Team Dynamics Workshop (Orientation Residency)

Gail Berger is an Assistant Professor of Instruction at Northwestern University in the Kellogg School of Management, the McCormick School of Engineering, and the School of Communication. She has over 15 years of experience working in a variety of sectors (private, non-profit, and public) and industries (consumer product goods, engineering, financial, insurance, hospitality, healthcare, and professional services). She is very experienced with the design, development and implementation of leadership development programs for clients that have harnessed coaching as a cornerstone for program success. In particular, Gail has worked with clients to foster leadership capacity by accelerating the emergence of core leadership competencies like conflict management, delegation and emotional intelligence. She also works with clients to assess key talent, and help individuals and organizations evaluate career transitions and inflection points. She coaches clients to manage key stakeholder relationships more effectively, and build effective collaborations that are grounded in a foundation of trust and mutual respect. Gail also designs strategic management retreats for executive teams and boards. She has an artful ability to initiate and lead conversations that allow for the emergence of divergent perspectives, as well as a convergence and synthesis of key ideas and interests. Her facilitation skills, coupled with an understanding of the tools and best practices for building and maintaining organizational culture, result in retreat outcomes that enhance organizational performance. For the SLPD program, she facilitates a full-day team dynamics workshop during orientation.


  • PhD, Management and Organizations, Northwestern University
  • M.Ed , Administration and Supervision, Loyola University
  • BA/BS, Psychology and Elementary Education, Boston University