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Linda is a former elementary school teacher currently raising her three children full time. She has a BS in Elementary Education from Grove City College. Her oldest son has cerebral palsy and is an AAC user. She is passionate about opening doors to communication for her son and for others with complex communication needs.
Teresa is a special education teacher, working for the Ventura County Office of Education since 2006. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree from Cal State Channel Islands. She also received a teaching credential for students with moderate to severe disabilities as well as a Masters of Science Degree in Education from Cal Lutheran University.
Chad is the Senior Vice President of Media Acquisition and Operations for ValueClick Inc. Mr. Peplinski’s responsibilities for Conversant Media include oversight of business development, media profitability, and operations. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.
Board Member/Grant Coordinator
April has two sons, the youngest of which uses an AAC device to communicate. April has seen through her experiences with her son the increased independence and quality of life that comes with an appropriate communication system and proper implementation techniques with a trained Speech-Language Pathologist. April has a bachelors degree in Educational Studies from the University of La Verne and is currently working on her second bachelors in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education from Utah State University.
As a mother of an AAC user, Joanna feels it is imperative to advocate for, and equip with the proper tools, individuals with complex communication needs. She aligned herself with A Voice Discovered in hopes of using her background in Human Resources (College Recruiting) and Event Planning; combined with, her experience of working in the high technology industry to further the AVD mission to assist with fundraisers and special events. Joanna is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Erin Slack is the Secretary and member of the Board of Directors. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Public Health from The Ohio State University. Since 2011, she has been working as the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Epidemiologist for Ventura County Public Health. Previously, she worked as an Epidemiologist at a local public health department in Michigan and also for the Ventura County Office of Emergency Services. In her current role, she is responsible for ensuring that the department utilizes data to address the health needs of Ventura County residents across the lifespan.