Meet our Team

Marlies Gramann, M.A. CCC-SLP
Director of Clinical Services

 
MarliesMarlies received her B.S. in Neurobiology and Communication Disorders and her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Cincinnati.  Her graduate fellowship focused on preschool children with autism, utilizing visual teaching and total communication approaches.  Marlies has delivered lectures at the Illinois Speech and Hearing Association (“The Do’s and Don’ts of Co-treating Children with Autism”), staff in-services and at the Autism Healthcare Forum focusing on the therapeutic treatments used for children with autism.  She is trained and reliable in the assessment of young children with autism through use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised.  Continuing education includes topics such as the Kaufman Apraxia intervention, Floortime, Relationship Development Intervention, Sensory Integration, feeding therapies, The Impact of Gastrointestinal Disorders and Nutrition in children with special needs and as well as the Picture Exchange Communication System.  Medically complex concentrations have focused on Neurological anatomy, etiology identification and related risks or impairments.  She has been with Jewish Child and Family Services since March, 2000.

 

Jennie Marble, M.A. CCC-SLP
Assistant Director of IPI

 
JennieJennie completed her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology at Northwestern University and her undergraduate work with honors in psychology and linguistics at Pitzer College. Jennie's specific related interests include medically complex needs, neurologic deficits, and feeding and swallowing issues.  Continuing education and advanced training includes pediatric swallowing disorders and nutrition including the Trans disciplinary (TR-eat) model, neuroscience, motor speech deficits, language processing, augmentative alternative communication and Autism Spectrum Disorder and interventions. Jennie is certified in infant touch and massage and trained in aquatic therapy.  She has been with the Jewish Child and Family Services since September 2007.

 

Allison Liwanag, M.S. CCC-SLP

 

Allison graduated from Saint Xavier University in Chicago with her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology.  She enjoys working with young children with motor-speech and language delays, and focuses on working with the entire family to promote healthy relationships by using global communication strategies, like gestures, baby sign language, picture exchanges, as well as verbal speech.  Allison also works with adolescents on their reading and auditory comprehension, memory, and other school-related skills. She uses a combination of neuro-developmental play and structured language-based therapy to motivate children to communicate, learn, and be kids. Allison’s intern experience includes working at Southwest Cook County Cooperative Associate for Special Education, where she practiced therapies to help young adults with disabilities learn adaptive skills in order to live and work independently, and at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, which focused on infants with feeding aversions, bilingual children with Autism, and adolescents with head trauma.  Allison has been working with IPI since August 2012 and works with children in both individual and group therapy.

 

Joanne Miller, OTR/L

 
JoanneJoanne “Jody” earned her degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Illinois, Chicago Campus.  Her focus has been on pediatrics in clinic and home settings, providing therapy for children ages birth to nine years, in a wide range of diagnoses but with a special interest in spectrum disorders and sensory integration.  Jody lectures on Autism and Spectrum Disorders at Rush University’s Masters Program in Occupational Therapy and has presented on Sensory Integration Theory.  She is certified in Sensory Integration and the administration of the Sensory Integration Praxis Test through Western Psychological Services and University of Southern California.   Continuing education coursework includes DIR Floortime, Therapeutic Listening, NDT, The Ready Approach and Handwriting Without Tears.  She lives in Evanston with her family and is an active volunteer in community services and advocate for the occupational therapy profession.  She has been with Jewish Child and Family Services since April 2007

 

Jody B Miller, M.A. CCC-SLP

 

Jody BJody received her B.S as well as her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  She has been with Jewish Child and Family Services since June of 2008.  Prior to starting at JCFS, Jody's experience included working in the public school system with children with severe-to-profound disabilities.  Jody's areas of interest include working with children with hearing loss and alternative and augmentative communication.  Jody attended a two-week Auditory-Verbal Therapy training and practicum offered by Children's Memorial Hospital in the summer of 2009.  She has also completed Level I and II PECS trainings and TEACCH training.  Jody provides speech-language therapy services to children ages birth to nine years of age.  Through her time at JCFS, Jody has also provided trainings on speech and language development and red flags, as well as language development and autism.  She has also supervised speech pathology students in their final internships. 

 

Meredith White, M.S.

Developmental Therapist

 

MeredithMeredith completed her MS in Child Development at the Erikson Institute and is credentialed as a Developmental Therapist through the Early Intervention program for the State of Illinois.  Meredith coordinates the group therapy services for IPI and provides individual and group developmental therapy for children ages birth to nine years old working in both our Rogers Park and Northbrook locations providing home-based and center-based services. Meredith has experience working with children in a Chicago-area preschool program as well as with children with a variety of special needs and developmental delays in a children's program for refugee families.  Continuing education and training includes Infant Massage and Touch as well as Social Skills interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Meredith has been with JCFS in the Integrated Pediatric Interventions program since August 2010.

 

Megan Kowalski, B.A.

 

MeganMegan received her B.A. in Communication and Sociology from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. She has been with JCFS since January of 2007, working with the Early Childhood Autism Academy (ECAA) for 3 years, then joining our Integrated Pediatric Intervention program in 2010.  Megan’s past experience includes case management and residential services for adults and children with severe-to-profound disabilities.  Continuing education and training include ABA and Discrete Trial Teaching as well as additional interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders such as Sensory Integration, Picture Exchange Communication Systems, various language eliciting strategies and training and extensive experience using the TEACCH method.   She has also attended training through Early Intervention incorporating the use of everyday household items with children and their families during play and therapy.

 

Melissa Lorin, OTR/L

Melissa received her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine. She began her career as the Occupational Therapist working at the Therapeutic Day School.  At the school, she worked with children ages 7-21 years old with diagnoses ranging from Autism to Emotional/Behavioral Disorders and focused on areas such as sensory regulation, handwriting, and life skills. She joined the Integrated Pediatric Interventions (IPI) team in October 2013 and works in both the clinic and home based settings. Melissa’s expertise within the realm of OT include Handwriting Without Tears, Neuro-Developmental Treatment, DIR Floortime, Sensory Integration Theory, Visual Processing Theory. Continuing education and trainings include, Sensory Integration & Anxiety and Interactive Metronome. Melissa has been working for JCFS since April 2012.

 

 

Haley Bartz, OTR/L

 

Haley attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio where she received a master’s degree in occupational therapy with a concentration in occupational justice issues. She has fieldwork experience working with adults experiencing acute neurological, cardiac, and orthopedic issues in intensive care at Rush University Hospital in Chicago. Haley has also enjoyed a short-term clinical rotation in school-based therapy in Cincinnati Public Schools where she implemented handwriting and other academic-related therapies. She has also facilitated life skills and leisure groups with adults experiencing mental illness at Summit Behavioral Healthcare in Cincinnati. Haley was first introduced to early intervention therapy through a fieldwork placement in Indiana’s First Steps program. She is happy to be continuing her work with early intervention and clinic-based pediatric therapy as a part of the multi-disciplinary IPI team working with families of infants and young children who experience developmental delay, autism, physical disabilities, handwriting difficulties, sensory processing differences, and behavioral challenges. She has been with IPI since March 2013.

 

 

Marizela Linares, B.A.-Psychology

 

Marizela earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Lake Forest College. She has worked with many families and children in the Social Services field for over eleven years. She has worked with children with profound physical and developmental disabilities with an emphasis on children with (ASD) Autism Spectrum Disorder. Prior to working in IPI, Marizela worked as a T.A. in the Early Childhood Autism Academy through JCFS for two and a half years, which was based on the TEACCH method. Previous experience also includes work and internships at Laremont-SEDOL (Special Education District of Lake County), Arden Shore Child and Family Services and KGH Consultation and Treatment, Inc. In August 2010, Marizela began working in the IPI program as a skill building Paraprofessional. Currently, Marizela works with children and families in order to implement programs developed by certified IPI therapists. She sees clients in their homes, communities or on-site in the clinic. Some of the interventions she provides include: discrete trial, behavior management and modification, sensory integration, while also focusing on communication methods (i.e. oral, visuals, PECS), ADL’S (Assisted Daily Living Skills) and social skill building exercises. Marizela is also certified through the Illinois State Board of Education as a Paraprofessional and also bilingual being certified through Illinois Early Intervention Program, as both an Interpreter and Translator in English and Spanish languages. As a parent of three, she also strives to maximize the potential of each child and advocate for them alongside their families. Marizela has been with JCFS since February 2008.

 

Meaghan Anderson, LSW


Maeghan received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has previously worked in residential treatment settings, where she provided case management services and life skills training to teen boys with psychological and behavioral disorders. She also interned at Metropolitan Family Services, where she provided therapeutic services to a diverse population of individuals, families, and groups. Maeghan has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral disorders, in addition to life stressors and transitions. She utilizes an evidence- and strengths-based approach in her work with children and their families in order to facilitate positive communication and healthy relationships. Maeghan has also volunteered with the Association of Horizon, an organization which runs an annual summer camp for adults with physical disabilities, since 2006.

 

Ingrid Kenron, MS, OTR/L


Ingrid received her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy with honors from Rush University, Chicago Illinois. She has experience working in therapeutic and public schools, and outpatient settings. Ingrid helped design and implement early childhood programs. She has also worked extensively with children on the autism spectrum and children with social-emotional challenges. Ingrid has developed handwriting/fine motor programs, sensory strategies, sensorimotor and life skills groups. Current areas of interest include motor learning, Relationship Development Intervention, and visual processing. Continuing education and trainings include Sensory Integration, Total Motion Release for Tots, and Interactive Metronome. She joined the Integrated Pediatric Interventions (IPI) team in October 2014.