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 May, 2012 with her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology.  Her internship at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital focused on infants with feeding aversions as well as adults with stroke related deficits.  Allison’s intern experience at Southwest Cook County Cooperative Associate for Special Education targeted therapies to help young adults with disabilities learn adaptive skills in order to live and work independently.   Since starting with IPI in August, Allison has been working individually with young children with speech and language delays, including motor speech deficits and children with Autism.  She is using a play based model and pre-literacy-based therapies. She also has led play development and social language groups at the Joyce Faith Knapp and Virginia Frank locations.  Allison is very excited to join IPI and collaborate with other talented speech, occupational, and developmental therapists!

 

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.

Abby Lampos, M.S.

 

Abby completed her M.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University Of Illinois at Chicago. Her internship at JCFS within the Integrated Pediatric Interventions Program focused on range of interventions and strategies including Sensory Integration, NDT, Handwriting Without Tears and DIR Floortime. While interning with a skilled nursing facility, she worked performing post-surgical physical rehabilitation as well as cognitive and motor therapies for neurologic disorders. Other internship experience included inpatient and outpatient hospital-based care working with people experiencing a range of diagnoses including hand injuries, nerve impairments, lymphedema and heart conditions.  Since beginning with IPI, Abby has been working with children from birth to ten with a variety of special needs and developmental delays.

 

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.