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Congratulations Grads

Sue Reeves

04/29/2013

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Seven staff members at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities will graduate with a  variety of degrees this semester. Here’s a quick look at them: Natalie Allen is graduating with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (nurse practitioner) degree from the University of Utah. She has been a registered nurse with the Up to 3 Early Intervention program at the CPD for about 13 years. She has been a registered nurse for 25 years and said becoming a nurse practitioner has always been a goal. Her coursework took 10 semesters, and she will sit for the family and pediatric board exams later this spring. Jared Gunnell is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He works with the ASSERT program. Jared switched to psychology from pre-med after taking a class in applied behavioral analysis. He is from Logan. His future plans include marriage and grad school as he continues to work with ASSERT and at Chrysalis, a residential provider of services to people with developmental disabilities. Rene Hernandez is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. He works with Smart Start K-3 Plus. Rene is originally from El Salvador but grew up in Logan. He will continue to work with Smart Start while completing his second bachelor’s degree online in communication disorders through USU. Greg Peterson is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He works in IT at the CPD and is from West Valley City, Utah. After graduation he will be a software development engineer in Boise, Idaho. Curt Phillips is graduating with a Ph.D. in Disability Disciplines. He has been a physical therapist with the CPD’s Up to 3 Early Intervention program for 13 years. He participated in the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) program about nine years ago, and was encouraged by Interdisciplinary Training Director Judith Holt to enroll in the doctoral program, which took him 7 1/2 years to complete. In his newly found spare time, he plans to enjoy his family and continue to coach sports for his seven children. Becca Roylance is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders. She works with the ASSERT program and is from Cottonwood Heights, Utah. She plans to finish the summer with ASSERT and will begin a master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology at USU in June. Jess Trettin is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She works with the ASSERT program and is from Wildomar, Calif. She plans to return to California after graduation and work in a school district while completing a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Congratulations, graduates!

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