To promote and encourage continuing communication between the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and its alumni through financial support and planning for alumni events while supporting student and faculty activities.
Christie Abbott ’79, MA
Margaret Beck ’88, MA
Harriet E. Doyle ’73, MA, CCC-SLP
Susan Farver ’96, ’98, MA, CCC-SLP
Jordan Rice Foldes ’13, MS, CCC-SLP
Wendy Frush, MA, CCC-SLP
Alexia Mazzone ’04, MS, CCC-SLP
Mary A. Rios ’87, ’88, MS
Mimi Tran ’04, ’05, MS, CCC-SLP
Shivani Bhakta ’15, MS
Alyssa Novales ’14, MS
Nancy Ortize ’77, MA
Christie Abbott ’79, MA has served as a speech-language pathologist at Stockton Unified School District.
What She Loves About Pacific: “The camaraderie within the SLP department. Professors had genuine concern for students and their success and were always available.”
Fun Fact: She is an amateur astronomer and is actively involved in the Stockton Astronomical Society.
Hobbies: Reading and muzzleloader shooting.
Margaret Beck ’88, MA serves as a clinical supervisor at Pacific.
What She Loves About Pacific: “The family feel. It was wonderful being a part of a small cohort, building a strong network with the professors, supervisors and classmates.”
Hobbies: Dancing, hiking and watching sports.
Harriet E. Doyle ’73, MA, CCC-SLP retired from Lodi Unified School District in 2007 and served as a clinical supervisor at the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Center in Stockton until 2013.
What She Loves About Pacific: “The close knit, warm atmosphere with the professors. Small classes. The professors were always approachable and did all they could to encourage you and help you succeed. Even years after graduation, you could come back to get advice or just to maintain a friendship.”
Why She Gives Back: “It is important to mentor new students and to support scholarships. It is a way to show gratitude and say thank you for the exceptional education that you received.”
Fun Fact: Her daughter, Amy (Doyle) Gad ’99, MS, has carried on the Pacific tradition and also became a speech-language pathologist.
Susan Farver ’96, ’98, MA, CCC-SLP is currently a speech-language pathologist at Manteca Unified School District.
What She Loves About Pacific: “Students at Pacific are not just a face in a classroom. The teachers and administrators really know their students and will do anything they can to make sure each student is successful.”
Why She Gives Back: “It is important to stay connected to our profession and to those who are new in our field, to ‘pay it forward’ and to continue to be a contributing part of the community.”
Hobbies: Sewing, reading and going to the theater.
Jordan Rice Foldes ’13, MS, CCC-SLP is currently a speech-language pathologist at Contra Costa County Office of Education.
What She Loves About Pacific: “The community and the personal involvement of the faculty. It is clear that teaching is not just a job, but a passion and they do it well. Attending CSHA was a standout experience during my time at Pacific. Not many other universities emphasize this type of involvement. It is still a highlight as an alumna, as CSHA is almost like an annual Pacific reunion.”
Wendy Frush, MA, CCC-SLP worked as a speech-language pathologist for 42 years and currently serves as a clinical supervisor at Pacific.
Why She Gives Back: “I feel like I receive more than I give because the brilliant young students and professors give me insights and a wonderful power to think, learn and care.”
Fun Facts: Her parents met at Pacific and her father lived in the room at North Hall where 36 years later she taught speech-language pathology courses.
Nancy Ortize ’77, MA has served as a speech-language pathologist at Salinas City Elementary School District and Lincoln Unified School District.
Mary A. Rios ’87, ’88, MS is currently a speech and language pathologist at New Haven Unified School.
What She Loves About Pacific: “In addition to the beautiful campus, Pacific provides excellent opportunities for internships and exploring careers. I appreciated the small class size which led to opportunities to develop relationships with peers and professors.”
Why She Gives Back: “Sharing time and talent adds to the value of the college program, provides mentoring opportunities to the exploring undergrad and shows support for the mission of the university.”
Fun Fact: She has worked at the same school district for over three decades, serving in three different roles.
Hobbies: Reading historical fiction and non-fiction and singing in her church choir.
Mimi Tran ’04, ’05, MS, CCC-SLP is currently a speech-language pathologist for Focus Home Health, Inc.
What She Loves About Pacific: “When I was studying at Pacific I appreciated the small class sizes and personal attention. The quality of education I received was very valuable, from my professors to my advisors, whom I felt gave me the best preparation for my future. I feel very proud to be a part of the Pacific family.”
Fun Fact: She is an artist. She enjoys sketching, painting, calligraphy and origami.
“I think it is important for all alumni to give their time and effort in order to preserve the legacy of Pacific. This will allow for better degree programs and opportunities for students. The investment in the future of speech-language pathologists is invaluable.
– Mimi Tran ’04, ’05, MS, CCC-SLP, PSLPAA