Communication Sciences and Disorders
About Melanie Meeker
Melanie Meeker graduated from Harding University in 1995 and from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1997. She joined the Harding faculty in 2008 with a background in medical speech pathology. Her expertise is in adult neurogenic communication disorders, dysphagia, and interprofessional education and practice. She completed her Ph.D. from the University of Central Arkansas, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and University of Arkansas Medical Sciences consortium in 2012. She was presented with the Distinguished Teacher Award in 2017 and assumed the role of department Chair in 2018.
Melanie is currently serving as the Continuing Education Administrator for the Arkansas Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ArkSHA) and as the CSD representative to the Interprofessional Education Steering Committee at Harding.
About Laura Mulvany
Laura Mulvany completed her B.A. in Communication Disorders at Harding University in 1999, and her M.A. at Southeast Missouri State University in 2001. Employment settings have included West Tennessee Healthcare outpatient rehabilitation, National Healthcare Corporation nursing home, National Healthcare Corporation home health, Wilbur D. Mills Education Service Cooperative preschool, and Reaper Physical Therapy outpatient rehabilitation. Laura began adjunct supervising at Harding University in 2013. She joined the Harding Faculty in October, 2014 and began serving as the Director of Clinical Services in July, 2018.
About Tim Chance
Tim Chance received his undergraduate and his graduate degrees from the University of Central Arkansas. After working at Easter Seals Arkansas Rehabilitation Center, Ascent Children's Health Services Center, and as a contract therapist, he joined the Harding Faculty in 2009 and began serving as the Clinic Externship Director in August, 2019. His current interests include developing multi-disciplinary clinical service delivery options to provide the best treatment to children with severe and multiple disabilities.
About Alice Henton
Alice Henton completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at The University of Mississippi and her SLP.D. degree at Nova Southeastern University. Her background is in public schools services, programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities, home-based early intervention, and university supervision. She began adjunct teaching and supervising at Harding University in 2010 and joined the faculty full time in 2013.
About Joni Day
Joni Day completed her B.A. in Communication Disorders at Harding University in 1995, and her M.C.D. at Arkansas State University in 1996. Employment settings have included Paragould School District (kindergarten - 6th grade), Marmaduke School District (pre-school - 12th grade), Wilbur D. Mills Education Service Cooperative (preschool age), and Reaper Physical Therapy (infants to school age). Joni began adjunct supervising at Harding University in 2011. She joined the Harding Faculty in August 2012.
About Jennifer Fisher
Jennifer Fisher joined the Harding Faculty in 2007. She has worked in the public schools where she served as the district's Speech-Language Pathologist for Kindergarten through 12th grade. In addition, Jennifer has also worked in other settings such as preschool, rehabilitation and home health. She completed her B.A. at Harding University and her M.S. at the University of Central Arkansas.
Jennifer is currently serving a three-year term to the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council for the state of Arkansas. Jennifer serves as the President of the Board for Stirrups and Smiles, a local non-profit equine-assisted therapy program. Jennifer is a member of the American Hippotherapy Association.
About Jan Traughber
Jan Traughber graduated from Harding University in 1995 and received her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Mississippi in 1997. She completed her Ed.D. in Healthcare Education from Nova Southeastern University in 2019, with a dissertation study that investigated the use of simulated learning in pediatric feeding. Dr. Traughber has worked in private practice and medical facilities serving individuals in the pediatric and adult populations. Her employment settings have included the University of Tennessee's Center for Developmental Disabilities, Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, Methodist University Hospital, Wilbur D. Mills Education Service Cooperative, and Pediatric Therapy Associates. Jan began as a clinical educator at Harding in 2007 and served as the Director of Clinical Services from 2012-2018.
About Amy Baker
Amy Baker completed her B.A. at Harding University and M.S. at the University of Central Arkansas. Amy has worked as a speech-language pathologist in the school setting for Kindergarten through 12th grade. She has also worked in the preschool setting and as a contract therapist. She joined the Harding faculty in 2010 after serving as an adjunct supervisor in 2009.
About April Watson
April Watson graduated from Harding University with her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1999, and earned her M.A. in Communication Disorders at Southeast Missouri State University in 2001. Her background is in medical speech pathology, with most of her career spent working in hospitals, rehabilitation, and home health. She also spent five years serving adults with disabilities in a developmental day treatment program before joining the Harding faculty in 2014.
About Debbie Woodroof
Debbie grew-up in the San Francisco Bay Area, in California. She is a native signer (both of her parents are Deaf.) She is a member of C.O.D.A. (Child of Deaf Adults) and ASLTA (American Sign Language Teacher Association.) Debbie operated a private practice interpreting service for over 40 years. Her interpreting services include legal, medical, conference, business, educational, travel and community work. She also enjoyed her work as a video relay interpreter, traveling and interpreting in several different States. She has served on numerous professional committees and held various professional offices in the interpreting field. She served on the national certification testing team for many years. Debbie especially enjoys her work interpreting for various cruise lines and land tours. She and her husband, David, lived in Scandicci, Italy for 7+ years serving as missionaries and co-directors for Avanti Italia/Florence Bible School. During her time in Italy, Debbie taught ASL (American Sign Language) and interpreted several semesters for American Deaf students studying abroad, in the Florence area. Debbie also enjoys spending time with her children & family, oil painting, cooking and traveling. She and her husband are Harding graduates. They have 3 daughters, Elizabeth, Emily and Erica, who are also Harding graduates.
About Kevin Tripp
Kevin Tripp earned his B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Harding University in 2005 and his Au.D. from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2009. He is the Clinical Director of Sound Advice Hearing Doctors in Cabot, Arkansas. His professional interests include aural rehabilitation, counseling, and hearing aid dispensing. He has served as an adjunct instructor since the Fall of 2008.
About Dan Tullos
Dan Tullos joined the Harding Faculty in 1979 after working as a Diagnostician and Supervisor of Clinical Services at Alberta Children’s Hospital, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He completed his B.A. at Harding College, his M.C.D. at the University of Mississippi and his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. He has served as a supervisor, Clinical Director, Program Director, Graduate Advisor, and then again as Program Director and Chair. He was selected as a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2000. Dr. Tullos retired in 2018 after 39 years of service to Harding University.
Rebecca Weaver, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
About Beckie Weaver
Beckie Weaver originally came to Harding in 1975 when she joined the faculty as an instructor, Clinical Director and supervisor. She then worked in the public schools before returning to Harding in 1984. She completed her B.A. at Harding College, her M.C.D. at the University of Mississippi and her Ph.D. from the University of Memphis. She served as Chair of the Department for three years before becoming Dean of the College of Communication in 2010. She became the Dean of the College of Allied Health in 2011. She was selected as a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2012. Dr. Weaver retired in 2019 after 37 years of service to Harding University.
Martha Vendetti, B.S.
About Martha Vendetti
Martha Vendetti graduated from David Lipscomb University with a B.S. in Office Administration. After graduating from David Lipscomb University, she worked 5 years as an Executive Assistant for the Senate Majority Caucus Chairman of the Tennessee State Senate, Nashville, TN. She came to Harding in 2006 with a background of business-related work experiences. She is now serving as the CSD Department Administrative Assistant.
Shawna Cullins, B.A.
About Shawna Cullins
Shawna Cullins graduated from Harding University with her B.A. in Human Resource Management. She came to Harding with a background of business-related work experiences in 2015 and is now serving as the Speech Clinic Administrative Assistant.