Meet our Founder and Executive Team
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.
- Master of Arts Communicative Disorders
- California License in Speech Language Pathology
- California Credentials in Speech Pathology and Teaching Credential in Special Education
- 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
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.
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Denise Ruiz has worked in Human Resource field for the last 12 years, ranging from small mom & pops companies to large institutions. Denise is responsible for overseeing employee relations which include but not limited to, staffing needs, onboarding, monitoring reviews/compensations, disciplinary actions, safety and benefits, guidance to management, updating employee records, and labor law compliance. Denise stays on top of the ever-changing laws in California by being a member of Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) and attending various seminars throughout the year. Denise finds working for companies that service the community rewarding and thus has enjoyed her first tenure year with SLEA.
Anthony 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.
Mary David, Psy. D
DIRECTOR OF BEHAVIOR OPERATIONS
Dr. Mary David is the Director of Behavior Operations. Dr. Mary earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2010 and has been a member of the SLEA behavioral team since 2008. During this time, she completed doctoral internships at AIDS Project Los Angeles, Lynwood Women’s Correctional Facility and Occidental College. Additionally, she completed her post-doc internship with Our Kids Developmental Services where she completed 1 on 1 sessions, social skills groups and assessments with children with Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Adjustment Disorders, Bipolar Disorders and Attention Deficit Disorders.
Rina Barak, MA, CCC-SLP
SPEECH PROGRAM CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Rina Barak practices as a speech-language pathologist and serves as the Speech Program Director of Speech Language and Educational Associates. Rina received her Masters of Arts in Communication Disorders from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. She chose the field of Speech Language Pathology knowing that her passion for working with children of all ages and love for teaching would be a perfect fit for the profession. Since the start of her career with SLEA, Rina has worked in a wide variety of school settings, ranging from severe physical and cognitive impairments, to working with preschoolers placed in a special day class, to school-age children placed in the general education setting with articulation difficulties, Autism, Apraxia, stuttering, expressive and receptive language difficulties, and other health impairments.
Lauren Henderson, MA, CCC-SLP
SPEECH PROGRAM CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Lauren Henderson has been working for SLEA as a Speech-Language Pathologist since January 2012. She graduated from Villanova University in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and dual minors in Psychology and Sociology, providing her with a solid base for working with children and families. Lauren completed her Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.
Richard Warren, CFO
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Richard Warren had previously served as Chief Financial Officer for the past 13 years in the construction and financial industries. Richard was drawn to SLEA in wanting to be a part of an organization that has a positive impact on the community. Richard is responsible for SLEA’s overall financial and strategic management, including the organization’s financial reporting and long-range fiscal planning. As CFO he is responsible for the organizations sustained fiscal development and strategic impact upon the organization.