Speech Pathology Department Staff

    Director: Patti Freemyer Martin, Ph.D.

    Audiology Supervisor: Jennifer Rigsby, Au.D., CCC-A

    Audiology Supervisor - The EARS Program: Donna Fisher Smiley, Ph.D., CCC-A

    Speech-Language Pathology Coordinator - The Listening Center: Tracy B. Pate, M.S. CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

    Speech-Language Pathology Supervisor (Inpatient): Tommy Naylor, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Speech-Language Pathology Supervisor (Outpatient):  Katie Lienhart, M.S., CCC-SLP


    • Rebecca Atcherson, Au.D., CCC-A
    • Shelby Bellew, Au.D., CCC-A
    • Sue Faulkner, Au.D., CCC-A
    • Kate Frazier, M.S., CCC-A
    • Johanna Gillenwater, Au.D., CCC-A
    • Charia Hall, Au.D., CCC-A
    • Darby Jackson, Au.D., CCC-A
    • Sarah Kennett, Au.D., CCC-A
    • Jillian Kimberlain, Au.D., CCC-A
    • Jordan King, Au.D., CCC-A
    • Holly Marvin, Au.D., CCC-A
    • Jessica Newman, Au.D., CCC-A
    • Marnie Pomeroy, Au.D., CCC-A (Northwest AR Clinic)
    • Elizabeth Raines, Au.D., CCC-A
    • Christina Sanderson, Au.D., CCC-A
    • Rachel Sievers, Au.D., CCC-A
    • Jan Stroud, Au.D., CCC-A
    • Jessica Tillman, Au.D., CCC-A
    • Steve Upson, Au.D., CCC-A

    Speech Language Pathologists

    Speech-language pathologists are professionals trained in the evaluation and treatment of communication and oral motor/feeding/swallowing disorders. All staff members at Arkansas Children's Hospital specialize in pediatrics, and many staff members have particular expertise in one or more other specialty areas.

    Speech pathology staff members have either a master's degree or Ph.D. in speech-language pathology, a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a license from the Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

    • Kristin Appler, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • Karen Bright, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • Shameka Clark, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • Ellie C. Donoghue, M.S., CFY-SLP (Northwest AR Clinic)
    • Lana Eggleston, M.A., CCC-SLP
    • Chelcie Ford, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • Sarah Ford, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • Krisi Gable, M.S., CCC-SLP,
    • Lauren Hickey, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • Amber Kiefer, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • Sarah Lanning, M.S., CCC-SLP   (Northwest AR Clinic)
    • Andrea Long, MCD, CCC-SLP
    • Jill Lorge, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • April Littleton, M.A., CCC-SLP
    • Claire Mays, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • Drew Morse, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • Beth Nutt, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • Ashley O'Neill, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • Amy Sanders, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • Amy Schluterman, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • Krista Scruggs, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • Erika Studer, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • Ashlen Thomason, M.S. CCC-SLP
    • Allison Thornton, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • Mary West, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • Chelsea Young, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Clinical/Administrative Support Staff

    • Rodney Bradford (Project Coordinator)
    • Nyla Harlen-Cohn (Secretary II)
    • Nancy Mitcham (Audiology Technician)
    • Allycen Smith (Audiology Technician)

    All Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists are licensed by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.