Meet our Founder and Executive Team

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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.


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.


Richard Warren, CFO


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.


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.


Mary David, Psy. D


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


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


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.


Dr. Baily Zubel, OTD, OTR/L

OT Program Director

Dr. Baily Zubel is an occupational therapist and serves as the OT Program Director at Speech, Language and Educational Associates. She obtained both her masters and doctoral degrees in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Baily’s doctoral research focused on intentional communication and relationships within the pediatric setting, pediatric mental health, and scholarship of practice propelling theory, research, and practice.


Ashley Johnson, MBA

Human Resources and Office Services Manager

Ashley Johnson is SLEA’s Human Resources and Office Services Manager since October, 2020. Ashley has served in Human Resources for 8 years in various industries, and was drawn to SLEA as a result of the contribution each employee makes in order to change lives for the better. She graduated from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s Degree, and is continuing her education by pursuing an M.B.A. with a focus in Human Resources Management from Capella University. Ashley is responsible for developing and supporting SLEA employees, as well as SLEA’s organizational goals and development through strategic Human Resources and Office Services functions.