Meet our Leadership 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.
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
Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, German, Yiddish, as well as English
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.
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.
Lauren Henderson, MA, CCC-SLP
CLINICAL DIRECTOR ENCINO
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.
Yasmin Luque, MA, CCC-SLP
BILINGUAL, HEAD START, and SLP/BEHAVIOR LEAD
Yasmin Luque has been working for SLEA as a Speech-Language Pathologist since February 2013. She obtained her B.A. and Masters of Science in Communication Disorder and Sciences from California State University Northridge (CSUN). She currently serves on the CSUN Communication Disorders and Sciences Alumni Association Board of Directors as Program and Events Officers.
Rina Barak, MA, CCC-SLP
CLINICAL LEAD SCHOOL THERAPISTS
Rina Barak proudly practices as a speech-language pathologist for Speech Language and Educational Associates. After working in primarily school settings and on multi-disciplinary teams throughout her career, she is excited to begin her new role as Clinical Lead of all of our school therapists. Rina received her Masters of Arts in Communication Disorders from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey.