Helen Sherman-Wade, MA, CCC-SLP

Helen Sherman-Wade has over 30 years of experience working with children and adults exhibiting speech, language, stuttering and learning problems, as well as with early infant and family intervention. She established her private practice in 1983 and Speech Associates has grown to employ over 180 therapists who are bringing the highest level of care to the diverse communities of Los Angeles.

Helen also served as an Instructor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at California State University Northridge for 30 years as well as an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Special Education at California State University Dominguez Hills for 3 years. She has served in LAUSD as an educator in an Aphasia classroom, an itinerant speech and language specialist, a bilingual diagnostic examiner, as well as the coordinator of Aphasia Program Testing.

Degrees and Credentials

  • Master of Arts Communicative Disorders
  • California License in Speech Language Pathology
  • California Credentials in Speech Pathology and Teaching Credential in Special Education

Public Speaking and Consulting Services

  • Spoken on dual language acquisition at national/international conferences
  • Prepared Special Education Teachers for classroom language instruction to Special Needs pupils
  • Developed guidelines for determination of language dominance
  • Consulted in Special Education to the California Department of Education
  • Consulted on Bilingual Issues to AHSA and CSHA
  • Grant Writing

Multilingual Skills

Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, German, Yiddish, as well as English


Chief Operating Officer

Shellie Bader, M.A.Shellie_Updated.jpg, CCC-SLP  

As the Chief Operating Officer and an experienced leader in the field of Speech Language Pathology, Shellie Bader oversees the day-to-day operations at SLEA and assures high quality of our clinical activities.  Her leadership ability, dedication to team building, and communication skills make her the ideal choice to work closely with Helen and to help steer SLEA into the future.

Shellie has worked in the public sector as head of the Speech and Language Program at LAUSD. In the private sector, she oversaw the implementation of related services treatment and programs for early intervention and school-aged children across the country. Shellie's passion for collaborating and mentoring colleagues has led to the development of valuable workshops and presentations for the professional community, for school districts and at CSHA and ASHA events around the state and country. 

Degrees and Credentials

  • Master of Arts Communicative Disorders
  • Masters of Educational Administration. 
  • California License in Speech Language Pathology
  • California Credentials in Multiple Subjects, Clinical Rehabilitation and Educational Administration. 

Professional Development and Continuing Education Presentations

  • Bilingual Assessment
  • Innovative Service Delivery Models
  • Supervision, Mentoring and Leadership
  • Accent Modification

Honors and Awards

  • 2006 and 2014 CSHA Outstanding Achievement
  • CSHA STAR (State Advocate for Reimbursement)
  • CSUN Distinguished Alumni


 Clinical Director

Anthony.jpgAnthony Jenkins, M.A., BCBA  

Anthony Jenkins is the Clinical Director of Behavior Services. He has studied the theoretical principles of Applied Behavior Analysis for more than 12 years. He has worked as a teacher in special education settings, served as a director for a Non-Public Agency, and worked as a Supervisor of Autism services in school settings. As a result, he has developed a unique perspective on the delivery of interventions to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Anthony has a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education from California State University, Los Angeles. He has also completed a post graduate certificate in Autism. He has completed his doctoral coursework in ABA and is in the process of completing his dissertation. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has received specialized training in ABA based methodologies including Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Pivotal Response Training (PRT), functional communication training (FCT), conducting functional behavioral assessments (FBA) and self-management strategies. He has worked with persons with a wide range of developmental disabilities. He is an adjunct staff member at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and National University. He enjoys teaching ABA courses and training Behavior Analyst of the future. In his free time, he enjoys reading and watching movies. He also enjoys travelling and spending time with his family and friends.

 Clinical Director

Anthony.jpgJennifer Peragine, M.A., CCC-SLP  

Jennifer Peragine graduated with Honors in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, before completing her Masters of Science in Speech and Language Pathology, as well as earning her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2006. She received a certificate of completion for training with Michelle Garcia Winner and her Social Thinking Curriculum for children with social cognitive challenges, and is certified in Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT) for autism through the University of California Santa Barbara.

Jennifer comes to SLEA with valuable expertise in mentoring and supervising graduate students, clinical fellows and speech language pathology assistants (SLPA's). Her philosophy in leadership is to encourage clinical growth, confidence and independence while providing guidance and support. Her belief is that open communication and mutual respect are the foundation of these supervisory relationships.

Working with the knowledge that early identification of speech and language delays and disorders is key to ensuring the best possible outcomes, Jennifer's warm and engaging therapeutic techniques help cultivate a child's greatest potential. Her success builds upon 10 years of experience, guiding the development of children with speech and language disorders. She uses excelled methods like perspective taking and Pivotal Response Therapy associated with autism-related language delays, as well as the latest research methods from Jennifer Taps ( related to treatment of phonological (speech sound) disorders and articulation delays.


Program Manager

Olga Reyes

Olga Reyes has been Program Manager for Speech, Language and Educational Associates since 2004. She is responsible for overseeing all programs including Speech, Intensive Instruction, Child Development, Occupational Therapy and Behavior Intervention. In addition, she manages the billing, scheduling and oversees the program's needs which includes the management of special education services for school districts, charter schools, Head Start, private and regional center contracts. Olga has earned a BA from Cal State Northridge and a Masters in Business Administration.



Human Resources Manager

Christy House

Christy joined Speech, Language and Educational Associates in April 2013. She has over 15 years of experience in the fields of human resources, recruiting and management within the health care, hospitality, service, real estate and technology industries. With diverse knowledge covering start-ups and well-established organizations, Christy's dedication to serving company leadership and employees at all levels is remarkable. She has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives, including policy design, compensation, performance management, employee relations, recruiting, compliance reporting, training and development, benefits administration and payroll.

Prior to joining the SLEA team, Christy worked as a human resources consultant assisting a behavioral company, pharmaceutical company and a trade school with their recruiting and staffing efforts, employee relations and career development.