Meet our Team!
Kati Anderson, M.S., CCC-SLP
President, Director of Clinical Care
Kathleen Anderson, M.S., CCC-SLP is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Delaware certified speech-language pathologist. Kati is a 2003 graduate of Loyola College, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was first in her class for Speech-Language Pathology. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department of James Madison University in Virginia.
Kati has extensive professional experience working with children diagnosed with a wide variety of communication and related disorders. In New Jersey, she served as Program Coordinator and Staff Speech Pathologist for Bancroft Neurohealth, serving children with special needs, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injuries, developmental disabilities, behavioral challenges, genetic syndromes, and other impairments. Kati also worked for the Communication Station in New Jersey, serving as Staff Speech Pathologist and Supervisor of Feeding Services. In addition, she served both children and adolescents as the facilitator for social skills development groups run through Interactive Kids. Her areas of expertise include evaluating and treating children with articulation disorders, expressive/receptive language disorders, auditory processing disorders, apraxia of speech, phonological disorders, voice disorders, fluency disorders or “stuttering,” and pragmatic/social skill delays.
Kati has presented nationally on topics in speech pathology, including technology and telecommunications in speech pathology, feeding therapy, HIPAA and health services, and social skills and language, and has published research on those topics. She has trained under supervisors and professors from Johns Hopkins, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, and other prominent institutions. Believing strongly in continuing education and “cutting edge” therapy techniques, Kati has received training in Physical Restructuring of Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and the Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) program for feeding. Also active in the community, Kati is on the Board of Directors of the Next Generation Committee, Southern Delaware, of the Delaware Community Foundation.
Kati was raised in Delaware, and is honored to achieve her lifelong dream of operating a speech-language clinic in her hometown. She is a proud mother to her son, Ryan and daughter, Ava. Her philosophy in therapy is, “Every child has limitless potential. An excellent therapist is one who provides the foundation, the tools, and the encouragement for each child to achieve his or her personal best."
Christine Stang, M.S., CCC-SLP
Partner, Director of Patient Services
Christine is an ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist with over 25 years’ experience working with children in schools, early intervention and private practice. Christine partnered with Kati and Donna in 2017 to provide the best speech and language therapy, and communication development for children.
Christine completed her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Loyola University Maryland in 1986 and stayed on to complete her Master of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Loyola University Maryland in 1988. She has passion for helping all children with significant communication disorders, including childhood Apraxia of Speech and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Evidenced based practice including natural routine, family centered strategies of engagement, movement, play, and visual supports are used in all aspects of therapy so that therapy is fun and rewarding to the child. She has a passion for literature and strong background in language and literacy development.
A mother of four, Christine understands family dynamics play a large role in child development and seeks to empower families with knowledge and skills to support their children. Continually seeking a better understanding of child development and knowledge of intervention strategies, Christine completed her 90 hour Professional Concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders, University of California UC Davis, in 2014. She became Hanen Certified in 2015 and is planning to offer Hanen More Than Words Workshops for families of young children with suspected Autism Spectrum Disorder and social communication disorders. (Please visit Hanen.org to learn more.) Christine completed the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Second Edition) training including the toddler module . Christine is also an S.O.S certified feeding therapist (Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding). Recently, Christine has been recognized by Apraxiakids.org, as an expert in apraxia of speech evaluation and treatment.
Christine and her husband, Mike, have lived in Dover for over 20 years where they have raised four children and are actively involved in numerous community organizations and events.
Christine’s philosophy in speech therapy is, “Children learn best through joyful interactions which are self-rewarding and meaningful to the child’s life experience.”
Donna Ortelli, M.S., CCC-SLP
Partner, Director of Therapeutic Services
Donna is a native to Delaware, having grown up in the Dover area, and graduating from Dover High School and Delaware State University. She moved to Massachusetts shortly after college where she raised her two children. While teaching high school marketing, Donna decided to pursue a graduate degree in Communication Disorders. She graduated in 2000 from Worcester State University in Massachusetts with a Master’s of Science degree in Communication Disorders.
Over the past 20+ years, Donna has worked in both public and private schools, in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida and Delaware, with both pre-school and school age speech and language delayed children. Her areas of experience include: articulation, apraxia, auditory processing, receptive-expressive language, fluency, and pragmatic disorders. She has worked with a wide range of disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental disabilities, genetic syndromes and other impairments. After relocating to Delaware in 2009, Donna worked in the public schools, first for Lake Forest School District, and then Smyrna School District. She became part of the CDSLP team in 2011, originally as a part-time clinician, and then after retiring from the public schools, going to full time.
Donna has received two ACE awards from ASHA for her demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning through continuing education. She has a Certificate of Completion in Lindamood-Bell Phoneme Sequencing (LIPS), PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), S.O.S. Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding (S.O.S), Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), and Barton Screening for Dyslexia.
Donna is active in her community, volunteering her time in both the Delaware Speech-Language and Hearing Association (DSHA) and serving as a Town Council member for her local community, Leipsic. Free time pleasures include working in her flower garden and being at the beach. She absolutely loves being “Mimi” to her two grandchildren!!! On working with kids, Donna simply says: “I love working with children, as I feel they help to keep me young!”
As of 2017 Donna partnered with Kati and Christine to continue to offer exceptional speech and language therapy in our communities!
Donna’s philosophy of care is, "A child is like a flower in your garden. Plant the seed, allow its roots to grasp and grow. Provide it with sustenance and nourishment. Tend to it daily. Keep the weeds from strangling out its ability to grow straight and strong and you will be delighted at how magnificent it will blossom and shine!"
Jason Anderson, MSA
Jason was a co-owner of Central
Delaware Speech-Language Pathology
with his wife and company founder,
Kathleen Anderson. Jason’s primary
focus was on marketing efforts and corporate finances.
In his full-time career, Jason served as the Senior Director of Ticket Sales & Operations at Dover International Speedway. Jason played an integral part in our community by being a lead member of the “Autism Day at the Races” planning team. In 2012, the Speedway hosted the first-ever Autism-friendly event in NASCAR history in conjunction with the “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Families on the spectrum were treated to a day of educational speakers on a variety of topics, food and an exciting NASCAR race. When necessary, families were able to migrate to a dedicated quiet-room away from the track, featuring muted lights and dampened sound.
Jason completed his Master of Sports Administration at Ohio University, was the Treasurer for the Brain Injury Association of Delaware, and was the chair of the Sponsorship Committee for the Delaware Sports Commission.
Jason tragically lost his life in a car accident in January of 2015, in which he saved the life of his wife and 1-year old son. Jason was fully committed to Central Delaware Speech-Language Pathology's mission and to serving children. The Jason Anderson Foundation for Youth Sports was created in his honor to continue his legacy of giving. In loving memory of Jason - his example of living life to the fullest and always giving back will be carried on in all that we do.
Jenna Gruwell, OTR/L
Jenna is a National Board Certification for Occupational Therapy and Delaware licensed therapist. She attended Wesley College for her undergraduate degree in Pre-Occupational Therapy and completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy at Wesley College in 2020. She is from Camden, DE and has had a wide range of experiences in the surrounding communities.
Jenna’s experiences include working with students and children with special needs ranging from behavioral deficits to physical impairments. She has a special interest in helping children with sensory regulation difficulties. She also has experience with adult populations in acute care and outpatient settings as well as a diverse background in assisting those from other nations, furthering her cultural competence skills. Jenna believes that working to help people of all walks of life find meaning in their everyday occupations is an essential driving force to overall health and wellness.
Allison Gruwell, M.S., CCC-SLP
Allison is an American Speech-Language
Hearing Association certified and Delaware
licensed therapist. She is originally from
Dover, Delaware, she attended the
University of Delaware, where she
graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree
in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology in 2015. From there, she attended Towson University, where she graduated with a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in May, 2017.
Allison's experience includes internships in both educational and medical settings, with a wide variety of patients and clients. During graduate school, she interned at the St. Elizabeth School and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, both in Baltimore, Maryland, as a speech-language pathology student. She previously worked with the John S. Charlton School summer program. Allison is thrilled to establish her career with CDSLP, and offer her expertise in the field of pediatric speech and language. Her passion for the field is driven by her belief that everyone needs, and deserves, a way to communicate.
Jordan Fernekees discovered
her love for speech-language
pathology after working many
years in child care throughout her schooling. Originally from Bergen County, New Jersey, Jordan attended the University of Delaware where she received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelors of Science degree in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology in 2017. She later went on to receive a Masters of Arts degree from Montclair State University in January 2020.
When completing her graduate degree, Jordan had the opportunity to treat children with a variety of speech and language needs in both educational and medical settings. At Jersey City Medical Center, she enjoyed working with children of various ages in an outpatient setting, while also treating newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She then went on to intern at Ridgewood Public schools where she facilitated students’ educational success by meeting their speech and language goals. Jordan is beyond excited to have found a home with Central Delaware Speech Language Pathology and is thrilled to help her patients achieve their fullest potential!
Victoria DeMar is originally from
Odenton, Maryland. She went to
Towson University for undergrad, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2018. From then she went to Loyola University Maryland to receive her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology in May 2020.
Victoria’s previous experience includes treating a variety of disorders and age groups in both the educational and medical settings. She has held previous internships at the Harbour School in Annapolis, MD and Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, MD. Victoria originally became interested in the field of Speech Language Pathology when her younger brother received services for a speech impediment when they were young. She looks forward to continuing helping others with speech-language difficulties to communicate more effectively in their daily lives.
Alaina joined CDSLP in March of 2021. She previously worked for Catapult Learning, a special education school in Felton, DE as a Program Facilitator. She found her passion for working with children with special needs and is grateful to have found employment where she can continue her passion in helping children reach their full potential. During her free time Alaina spends time with her family and friends, coaches and plays volleyball and loves to read! She is excited to continue to help the families at CDSLP and help the practice grow.
Alaina is originally from a small town in Ohio and her oldest step-daughter is graduation from Ohio State this May. She enjoys all things Ohio State and Cleveland sports related! She is an avid University of Akron Zips fan, both her and her husband are alumni. Her two middle children attend high school in Delaware and are active in sports and academics.
Alaina is also a certified CPR/AED instructor, an active ALICE instructor and is passionate about school and athletic safety. She will continue to train in the community and local schools during her employment with CDSLP.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Ashley moved to Dover in 2018. She has a wide range of employment experience, including construction, childcare, office administration, and customer service. Ashley is fluent in Spanish and enjoys participating regularly in community service work. She has also enjoyed traveling to several countries with her husband for missionary work. Ashley is passionate about helping her family, friends, and community. She enjoys crocheting, exercising, and outdoor activities. Ashley joined the CDSLP team in August 2020, and she is excited to assist our patients and their families in any way she can.
Eric resides in Milford, Delaware.
Eric has been an employee at
CDSLP since 2016. His job skills
include various custodial related tasks, maintaining and protecting CDSLP. Eric participates in Autism Delaware's POW&R Program, which stands for productive opportunities for work and recreation. He is assisted at his job by his Direct Support Professional (DSP), who is designated by POW&R, as well as natural support from CDSLP. Eric is a valued member of the CDSLP Family. Eric is very hardworking and motivated with a keen eye for detail. We are lucky to have him on our team and look forward to many more years working beside him!
Eric enjoys being active and exercising. He is a Special Olympic Delaware Athlete. He participates in numerous sports, but his favorites are long distance running and aquatics.