The Team

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Staff

Here are the dedicated individuals who are passionate about helping people with aphasia live life to the fullest.

Kitty Binek

KITTY BINEK, Executive Director

Kitty oversees all aspects of the Aphasia Center including financial management, operations and personnel.  She came to the Center in January of 2010 from Centers for Children and Families, where she spent 10 years as the director of the Post Adoption Program.  Kitty’s background is in social services and non-profit administration.  She made the decision to get involved with the Aphasia Center, because she understands the critical need for this type of service and values the need for all people to effectively express themselves and be heard.

Beth Crawford

BETH CRAWFORD, M.S., CCC/SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist and Program Director

With over 20 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist in acute and rehab settings, Beth is responsible for the development and implementation of all Aphasia Center programming.  Beth has trained all community volunteers and ensures proper outcome measurements for Aphasia Center members.  She completed the Advanced Training in Supported Conversation Techniques from the Aphasia Institute in Toronto, Canada and continues to implement the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia.

Ashley

ASHLEY MCCALPIN, Marketing and Development Director

Ashley is responsible for the annual marketing and development plans for the Aphasia Center. With a background in contracts, logistics, and event management, Ashley manages the Aphasia Center marketing materials, community relations, media trade agreements, and annual fundraising events. She has a passion for the non-profit sector in the Permian Basin and loves spreading aphasia awareness in the community through her role at the Aphasia Center.

Kanada

KANADA WHITE, M.S., CCC/SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist 

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, Kanada is responsible for aiding in the implementation of all Aphasia Center programming. Kanada has had the opportunity to learn in various settings across the continuum including adult acute rehab and pediatric outpatient therapy, but her heart lies with those with aphasia. She is passionate about helping people with aphasia live life to the fullest by overcoming communication barriers at home and in their communities.

Kathryn Shelley

KATHRYN SHELLEY, Grants Director

Kathryn is responsible for the annual grant writing for the Aphasia Center. She has advanced training in Supported Conversation Techniques from the Aphasia Institute of Toronto, Canada as well as numerous Leadership and Nonprofit Management courses. Kathryn’s father acquired aphasia which inspired her to co-found the Aphasia Center.

Sharon Copenhaver

SHARON COPENHAVER, Executive Assistant

Sharon received a degree in Business and Finance from Texas A&M, and has 20 years of experience in financial services.  She is responsible for all office-related functions from receivables, payables, database entries, mailings, and committee minutes.  She is the first friendly voice most people hear when they contact the Aphasia Center.

Shun Kelley

SHUN KELLEY, Communication Facilitator and Certified Nursing Assistant

Shun has seventeen years of experience working with geriatric populations in nursing and healthcare environments.  She leads conversation groups, supervises the computer lab, and oversees all participants as directed by the lead speech-language pathologist since the inception of the Aphasia Center.  She completed the Advanced Training in Supported Conversation Techniques from the Aphasia Institute of Toronto, Canada.

Miriam

MIRIAM LUJAN, Program Assistant and Certified Nursing Assistant

Miriam helps ensure all Aphasia Center members have the assistance they need to move confidently throughout their time at the Aphasia Center. A degreed Certified Nursing Assistant, she has experience in long-term care facilities, assisted living, and home healthcare. Miriam has many years of experience working with people who have aphasia .