Toni B. Morehouse, MA, L-CCC-SLP, BCS-CL
Toni is a licensed, ASHA certified speech-language pathologist and Board Certified Specialist in Child Language and Language Disorders. Her areas of expertise include childhood apraxia of speech and other speech sound disorders, child language disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. She has presented at local, state, and national levels on these, and other topics.
Toni has served as treasurer and president of the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association; member of the Council of State Association Presidents; secretary of the Nebraska Board of Examiners in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; president of the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Endowment Fund; Inaugural Cadre Advisor for the Specialty Board on Child Language; and secretary for the Executive Committee of the Nebraska State Stroke Association.
Prior to joining the faculty in the Communication Disorders Division at UNL in 1987 Toni practiced as a speech-language pathologist in Iowa, Wyoming, and western Nebraska. Toni and her business partner, Carol Bowen, opened Communication Works in June 2014 to continue their professional careers with a slightly different emphasis. It has been a wonderful venture! In addition to being a co-owner of Communication Works, Toni serves as a peer reviewer for MedBridge, an evidence-based online continuing education organization.
Toni has two handsome, talented sons and four adorable granddaughters, but she is admittedly slightly biased in her estimation of the family Morehouse! A perfect day in Toni’s world is spent with her own family and friends or other special children in her life who are learning how to become better communicators.
Carol A. Bowen, MA, L-CCC-SLP
Carol is a licensed, ASHA certified speech-language pathologist who is also a co-owner of Communication Works. Opening the clinic with Toni Morehouse, her business partner and friend since graduate school has been an amazing adventure. Even though she no longer does therapy, she gets to be a part of watching the progress of so many children at the clinic which is such fun.
Carol’s career as a public school speech-language pathologist included experience in the educational service unit setting in Hastings and the Omaha Public Schools, serving K-12 population. For the last thirty years, she has been in the Lincoln Public Schools. Her expertise is in the area of early childhood special education with extensive experience as a speech-language pathologist in preschool classrooms and in the homebased settings. Carol left the public schools when her children were young and was co-owner of a private preschool in Lincoln for five years.
Professionally, Carol is a member of Women in Sales and Business, Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and has been a member of LIBA and the Lincoln Chamber of Congress. She currently serves on the board for ECICC (Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council). This council advises and assists collaborating agencies in carrying out the provisions of state and federal statutes pertaining to early childhood care and education initiatives under state supervision.
Carol and her husband, Steve, have two children who have helped with the clinic operations since its inception. James provides IT services and consultation for the clinic, and Kelly is the website and graphic designer. Carol loves spending time with her children and their families which include five adorable grandchildren. Her family also includes two dachshunds. Carol is an AVID sports fan, never missing Husker sports, Baltimore Orioles baseball, and the College World Series.
Angie is the clinic coordinator and an outstanding member of the Communication Works team. She handles all of our billing and insurance, coordinates day-to-day clinic operations, manages renewal deadlines, and functions as an information clearinghouse for all those associated with Communication Works. Angie has an Associate’s degree in business administration through the former Lincoln School of Commerce.
Recently Communication Works received a congratulatory document stating that Angie is in the “Trizetto Provider Solutions 99% Club”! Trizetto is the clearinghouse for all insurance claims. Our practice has shown outstanding performance quarter after quarter: 99% of the claims Angie files are error free! Thanks, Angie, for your commitment to excellence!
Before joining the Communication Works team Angie worked at the Nebraska Council of School Administrators where she also served as the executive assistant for the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Angie’s knowledge of speech-language pathology and her networking associations with other professionals have been invaluable gifts to Communication Works.
Angie not only has a soft spot for the families and clinicians at Communication Works but she also holds in her heart a special place for our furry friends. Angie volunteers at The Cat House, a non-profit organization that provides a safe no-kill shelter and adoption facility for cats in the Lincoln area. Angie has three rescue cats of her own, Munchkin, Sam and Harley, who are spoiled and loved to distraction!
Stephanie Bone, MS, L-CCC-SLP
Stephanie is passionate about facilitating effective communication skills in toddlers and preschoolers, with years of experience working in both school-based and medical facilities. Her areas of expertise include speech sound disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, expressive language delay, and preschool fluency disorders. Stephanie also offers preschool social group experiences for children with social communication needs, including those with Selective Mutism and Autism Spectrum disorders. Stephanie and her husband Bryant are happily settled in Lincoln with their daughter Addison. In her free time, she enjoys staying active, reading, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Amber Jara, MA, L-CCC-SLP
Amber is a licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Her experience comes from work as a traveling Speech-Language Pathologist as well as providing traditional clinic based services throughout Omaha, Fremont, Lincoln, and York communities. During her first few years of work, she developed a passion for toddler and preschool aged children. She specializes in severe speech sound delays, late talkers, Phonological Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, expressive language delays, and hearing loss. She has a strong belief that the most progress comes from a whole person and whole family approach to therapy. Amber is currently working towards completion of a doctorate degree which keeps her pretty busy; however when not in class or working, she prefers to spend time with her husband Steven and their three children, Khloe (5), Ali (3), and Cecil (1). As a family they love to spend time outside fishing or golfing, and eating their weight in pancakes most mornings!
Cindy Lefler, MS, L-CCC-SLP
Cindy is a licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist who has been working in the field for the past 18 years. She has experience working with children from birth to high school age. Her areas of expertise include language disorders, social communication, speech sound disorders, as well as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Cindy is also passionate about working with children with autism spectrum disorder and has extensive training in ABA principals and Verbal Behavior. She also has training in coaching and collaborating with families and believes it is an essential piece in a child’s progress. Cindy has gained a lot of knowledge and expertise from raising her own children. She has 9 year-old twins and an 11 year-old daughter who keep her busy at home. In her free time, she enjoys reading, being outside and spending time with family and friends.
Kylie Lureen, MS, L-CCC-SLP
Kylie has experience working with children and adults with a variety of speech and language needs. Her areas of interest include social communication, autism, language-based literacy, voice disorders, and stuttering/speech fluency. Kylie has a passion for collaborating with families and helping clients reach their full potential through improved communication.
Kylie also specializes in facilitating social group therapy for school-age children (preschool through high school students). These group sessions focus on building a variety of pragmatic language skills including: perspective-taking, non-verbal communication, conversational turn-taking, problem solving, self-regulation, identification of emotions, awareness of expected vs. unexpected social behaviors, initiation of friendships, and much more!
When she’s not working, Kylie enjoys spending time with her husband and three young boys. They love to camp, cheer on the Huskers, spend time with family and friends, and soak up the outdoors.
Aliza Stremlau, MS, L-CCC-SLP
Aliza enjoys helping clients of all ages achieve their communication potential. Her areas of expertise and passion include school-aged children with autism spectrum disorders, speech sound disorders, fluency disorders, language-based literacy disorders, & Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) needs. Aliza believes that including her clients’ families in the therapeutic process is crucial to maximizing outcomes. Aliza has many years experience working as a school-based speech-language pathologist with preschool through middle school-aged students. She also has experience working in a rehabilitation center treating patients with a wide-range of communication needs. Aliza and her husband Nick have two sons, Harrison (5) and Parker (3), and a daughter Sylvie (0). As a family, they enjoy attending and watching sporting events, traveling, and playing outdoors.
Jessie Kohn, MS, L-CCC-SLP
Jessie has been a speech-language pathologist for over 15 years and enjoys working with children and adults. She has extensive experience treating acquired brain injuries and has been recognized as a certified traumatic brain injury specialist. Her experience and interest in the brain apply to development, remediation, and compensation in a variety of areas including executive functions, memory, attention, aphasia, stuttering, reading, writing, social language, swallowing, and motor speech. She is passionate about seeing “the whole picture” and treating the person and family as such, regardless of the particular reported “difference.” In her free time, she recharges by spending time in nature, time in devotion, taking pictures, and reading autobiographies about people overcoming what appeared as insurmountable obstacles. She further is intrigued by learning about the effects of food preservatives, sugar and modified foods on brain-based disorders. She and husband Bob have two children, Katelyn, a senior in high school and Abbey who is a 5th grader. In between work & running to practices, as a family, they enjoy game nights, movies and cooking new recipes.
Lauren Brunken, MS, L-CCC-SLP
Lauren has experience working as a school-based SLP with elementary and middle school students. Her areas of interest include speech sound disorders, language disorders, and fluency disorders. Lauren has a passion for improving children’s communication abilities and helping them reach their full potential. Lauren comes by her passion, interest, and expertise in communication development and disorders quite naturally, as her mother has been a master speech-language pathologist for many years!
Paige Leising, MS, L-CCC-SLP
Paige is a licensed, ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. Paige enjoys working with all ages and has served as a school-based speech pathologist for many years. Her areas of clinical expertise include articulation, childhood apraxia of speech, language disorders and social communication. Paige also has experience working in a rehabilitation facility and providing therapy to adults with aphasia and traumatic brain injuries. Paige has a passion for providing guidance and encouragement to people with communication disorders and dedicates herself to helping others communicate more effectively. She specializes in orofacial myology with a focus on orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD), commonly known as “tongue thrust.” In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband Scott and her one-year-old daughter Emma. They spend time cooking, traveling and playing outdoors.
Lindsey Wilson, MS, L-CCC-SLP
Lindsey is a licensed, ASHA certified speech language pathologist. She has experience as a school-based SLP working with preschool through secondary. She also worked at a center for children on the Autism Spectrum that focused on using ABA principles. She uses Verbal Behavior strategies throughout her sessions with not only children with ASD, but many other disabilities. Lindsey has a passion for working with children on the autism spectrum, as well as language disorders, fluency disorders, and speech sound disorders. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Nick, three-year-old Landon, and 4-month-old Eliana.