Trisha Lawless – Director, Child Development Programs
Trisha began her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist with the Preschool Speech and Language Program and joined the leadership team in 2001. As Child Development Programs expanded to include the Infant Hearing and Blind-Low Vision Programs, it was an opportunity for Trisha to engage with new families and community partners. Following her Manager role within each of the Child Development Programs, Trisha accepted the role of Director in 2018 and continues to have a strong interest in ensuring quality, family-centred service is provided by all of our programs.
Simone Reali – Administrative Assistant, Child Development Programs
Since its inception in September of 1998, Simone helped facilitate the launch of the York Region Preschool Speech & Language Program at Markham Stouffville Hospital, as Administrative Assistant. With the addition of the Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program and the Tri-Regional Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program, Simone is enjoying the challenge of supporting Child Development Programs. Simone takes great pride in assisting the management team, staff across the Tri-Region and partners to ensure that children and families are receiving the best services possible.
Megan Rubenstein – Manager, York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program
Megan joined the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program in 2003. Over the last thirteen years, she has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist providing clinical services to children and their families as well as a Clinical Coordinator for the program. In 2015, Megan accepted the role of Manager for the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program. Megan is passionate about providing evidence based speech and language services to all families in York Region.
Shelley Feeney – Manager, Tri-Regional Infant Hearing and Blind-Low Visions Programs
Shelley is the newest member of the Child Development Programs management team (June 2018). She has been working in Child Development for over 30 years and comes to us from ErinoakKids Children’s Treatment Centre, where she was a Clinical Services Supervisor working in Autism and Clinical Services for over 14 years. Shelley’s passion for the past 12 years has been with the Infant Hearing and Blind-Low Vision Programs. Funded through the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, Shelley has been influential in raising the profile of children and youth with hearing and vision concerns. She is excited to be joining such an amazing group of professionals and is eager to jump into her role as Manager of the Tri-Region Infant Hearing / Blind-Low Vision Programs and liaison with Children’s Treatment Network (CTN).
Dana Prutschi – Clinical Coordinator-South, York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program
Dana worked as a speech-language pathologist for the Toronto Preschool Speech and Language program for 15 years before joining the York Region Preschool Speech & Language team as South Clinical Coordinator. She is trained and certified in the Hanen programs and also has extensive clinical and business experience from her years in part-time private practice. Dana is so happy to be part of the Child Development Programs management team!
Jacquie Beauchamp – Clinical Coordinator-North, York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program
Jacquie began her career as an SLP in the Simcoe County Preschool Speech and Language Program before joining the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program in 2001. In addition to clinical duties, in primarily the Georgina office, Jacquie has been a member of the Children’s Treatment Network Developmental Assessment and Consultation Services (DACS) team since 2006. Jacquie was excited to take on the position of North Clinical Coordinator in 2016. She values the collaboration opportunities YRPSLP has with parents and community partners to work together servicing children and their families.
Louise Tanaka – Clinical Coordinator, Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program
Louise has always had an interest in the pediatric side of audiology. In 2004, she had the opportunity to complete training with the Infant Hearing Program (IHP) and began to provide audiology services to IHP families in York Region. She took on the duties of Clinical Coordinator with the program in 2008. She continues to enjoy working with both the families and the staff and partners of the Program to ensure that children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing are identified as early as possible and have access to the services that they need to best develop their communication and social skills.