Eleni has specialized in non-profit managment and development for over ten years. After graduating from Webster University in St. Louis, Eleni worked in New York City for six years for various non-profits. She is a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and active in the Junior League of Houston. She sees first-hand the supportive environment that improves the overall quality of life for those with aphasia.
Stephanie has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 15 years, working in the areas of Aphasia and Brain Injury Rehabilitation. Stephanie has worked in a variety of settings including acute, skilled nursing, acute rehab, and outpatient rehab. Before coming to HARC in 2009, Stephanie worked as a Research Speech-Language Pathologist, coordinating the research project titled, "Functional Brain Reorganization in Stroke Recovery, A Language Therapy Study", providing assessment and intensive treatment to chronic stroke survivors with aphasia.
Frankie has been a speech-language pathologist for over 37 years, with experience in private practice, in-patient and out-patient hospitals/rehabilitation centers and, for many years, at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences in Lubbock. At TTUHSC, she was the clinical supervisor for the STAR program, a group for persons with aphasia. She relocated to Houston in 2013 to be closer to family. She is currently a clinical educator for the University of Houston's Speech and Hearing Clinic. Frankie helped develop HARC's first satellite program, HARC at UH Sunnyside located at the Sunnyside Multi-Service Center. She joined the main HARC campus in April, 2014.
Jackie's passion for helping people with aphasia started when she was one of the first volunteers at HARC in 2010. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and her master's degree from University of Houston. Since graduating, Jackie has worked in brain injury rehabilitation and continues to find particular interest in neurogenic disorders and aphasia recovery.
Emily received her B.A. in history and anthropology from Texas A&M University. She is currently finishing her M.A. in archaeology at the University of Houston. A native Houstonian, Emily dedicates her time to work with several local non-profit organizations. She is a member of the Junior League of Houston and a committeeman on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Wine Garden.
Natalie has been dedicated to improving the health and wellness of people with a range of disabilities throughout her education. Since graduating from Rice University, she has worked to increase access to medical care for young adults and promoted state legislative policies to improve immunization rates. Natalie is inspired by HARC’s mission to improve the health of people with aphasia by bettering their quality of life.
In addition to being a wonderful Certfied Nursing Assistant, Paul has many other talents. He has a background in hotel management, culinary arts, and computer processing. "I really appreciate the fact that the small things make a big difference," he says.
Coming all the way from Los Angeles, Olivia Hsia is currently a sophomore at Rice University studying Cognitive Science and Business. On campus, Olivia is active in her school's student government and volunteers with Global Brigades, an international medical outreach program. In her free time Olivia enjoys swimming, photography, reading, and traveling whenever she can. She is looking forward to the summer and working at HARC!