Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education
Renee Wendel is a senior lecturer and clinic co-director in the Department of Communication Disorders. She holds the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology, and is licensed as a speech-language pathologist by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Mrs. Wendel earned her master's degree in communication disorders from Texas State in 1994, and her primary areas of interest and expertise are in assessment and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and reading and writing disorders. Her service and teaching has been recognized by Texas State University, having been awarded the Faculty Excellence Award in Service at the lecturer level in 2005 and 2010. In 2012 she was the College of Health Professions Dean’s Nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service, and in 2015 earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, representing the College of Health Professions. Mrs. Wendel teaches Advanced Clinical Practicum and Internship in Communication Disorders as well as fulfilling responsibilities centered around clinical education and compliance as a co-director of the Texas State University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. As a non-tenure line faculty member, Mrs. Wendel has made several presentations in the areas of autism spectrum disorder, privacy and security of client/patient records, and pedagogical and androgogical practices at local, state and national meetings. Outside of her work at Texas State University, she consults with local organizations providing continuing education and parent training to individuals interacting with children and adults on the autism spectrum. Ms. Wendel’s other clinical and research interests include:
- Literacy acquisition in children with autism spectrum disorder.
- Cognitive-social factors influencing the acquisition of communication skills in children with ASD.
- The role of social conformity in ethical decision making in a clinical setting.
- Technology applications in clinical service delivery.
- Managing privacy and security of electronic PHI.
- Pedagogical practices and outcomes in clinical education.
Office: Willow Hall, Office 114
Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Operations
Jessica Bowers earned both her bachelor and master of science degrees in communication disorders from Texas State University. She has worked primarily with families of children with severe developmental delays and feeding disorders (dysphagia) through early childhood intervention and home health services. She has also provided assessment and intervention for adults with neurogenic communication disorders and dysphagia in long-term acute care hospitals.
Office: Willow Hall, Room 113
Clinical Assistant Professor
Jennifer L. Johnson, M.S. CCC-SLP holds a bachelor of fine arts in musical theatre performance from Western Michigan University and received a master of science in communication disorders from Texas State University. She holds a certificate of Vocology from the University of Iowa and has extensive clinical experience in the area of voice. She was formerly the senior voice pathologist for Robert T. Sataloff, M.D. and Associates and Instructor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine where she was actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows, as well as speech-language pathologists and singing voice specialists from around the world. She also has been active in research with the American Institute of Voice and Ear Research and with the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Office: Willow Hall, Room 244
Interim Chair, Clinical Assistant Professor and Audiologist
Audiologist since 1983 and has been licensed in the State of Texas since 1993. Her clinical specialty is the diagnosis and treatment of auditory processing disorders. Ms. Stiritz teaches the undergraduate classes related to hearing (CDIS 3469: Introduction to Hearing Science, CDIS 4420: Audiology, CDIS 4370: Aural Rehabilitation), Neuroanatomy (CDIS 3412), and the graduate-level audiology practicum courses (CDIS 5321).
Office: Willow Hall, Room 263
Mr. Tipps received his bachelor of arts from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in Latin American studies and Spanish in 2000. He received a master of education with a major in elementary education bilingual/bicultural in 2004, and a master of science in communication disorders in 2009 from Texas State University. Mr.Tipps is a bilingual speech-language pathologist. Prior to becoming a speech pathologist, he was a third grade teacher for the Austin Independent School District. His speech pathology professional experience includes employment in the pediatric home health and adult rehabilitation settings. Mr. Tipps has extensive experience with early intervention and preschool children, dysphagia, and cognitive communication.
Office: Willow Hall, Room 247
Ceci Perez earned both her bachelor and master of science degree in communication disorders from Texas State University. She has worked in a variety of settings including public schools, home health and early childhood intervention. Ms. Perez is excited to be back at her alma mater to guide and support future speech-language pathologists.
Office: Willow Hall, Room 242
Brittney Hammer earned her bachelor's of science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and a master of science degree in Communication Disorders from Texas State University. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed to practice in the state of Texas. She has previously worked in early childhood intervention, private practice, and public school which included being a part of the play-based assessment team. She has a special interest in early childhood language and working on functional language and social skills with teens in the community. She believes that everyone deserves a voice no matter what mode of communication.
Office: Willow Hall, Room 262
Stacey Lesieur earned a bachelor's in Recreation Administration with Therapeutic Recreation concentration from Texas State University, and a master's in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed to practice in Texas. Stacey has worked primarily with children in outpatient pediatric therapy, private practice, and the public school setting and has an interest in speech sound disorders. Stacey is excited to be a part of educating and training future Speech-Language Pathologists.
Office: Willow Hall, Room 242