Group Leaders

TAP Unlimited enjoys the gifts of service by speech pathologists, social workers, and volunteers to lead TAP groups across the Triangle. Every one of these talented and committed individuals share in the mission of TAP, as an ambassador for our vision and an agent of our goals.

Abbe Simon
Beth Murgitroyd
Betsy Janes
Beverly Dunn
Beverly Moshay
Candace Seibert
Elizabeth Hopp
Heather Garrabrant
Julia Bryan Canavan
Katie Broadwell
Kelley Shaver
Kevin Cunningham
Kristen Kesler
Kristine Strobbia
Lina Lemons
Liz Bates
Megan Nosol
Milisa Batten
Morgan Berliner
Paula Scicluna
Rieppe Hendrick
Sowmya Shanker
Tisha Shah

Abbe Simon
M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Abbe Simon

Abbe Simon has been a speech-language pathologist for nearly 17 years. She recently moved from the NY/NJ area and was thrilled to know an aphasia program like TAP existed near her home in Chapel Hill. She has worked with adults and children in outpatient settings. Abbe continues to be devoted to serving adults with neurological impairments, and has worked in acute care, outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and, most close to heart, a prestigious aphasia center in the tri-state area. Her passion for facilitating conversation groups for people with aphasia allows her to marvel at the way individuals succeed at communicating and interact with one another. Abbe integrates the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia into her clinical skills and believes creating a functional environment is key to achieving success. In her spare time, she can be found exercising, cooking, doing yoga, or watching her two sons play sports.
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Beth Murgitroyd
BA, Communication Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
MA, Speech-Language Pathology, The George Washington University

Beth Murgitroyd

Beth relocated to the Triangle in 2007 after several years living in Scotland, U.K., where she was working as a speech-language pathologist in the British National Health Service in Glasgow and Kilmarnock from 2000 until her return to the States. She worked with individuals recovering from stroke and head injury, patients with degenerative neurological disorders, voice disorders, and head and neck cancer. She is also a musician (piano and voice), and taught piano lessons parttime after moving to North Carolina. More recently, she has been involved as family liaison coordinator with The Helene Foundation, a North Carolina charity that assists families with mothers fighting cancer with daily needs such as meal delivery, cleaning, and childcare. She also serves on the leadership team of All Saints UMC in Raleigh. TAP’s mission and philosophy struck a chord with her as it combined her background in speech-language therapy with her nonprofit interest and experience, and she is excited to be working once again in assisting with aphasia rehabilitation, as well as increasing awareness of aphasia.
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Betsy JanesBetsy Janes
BS, UNC-Chapel Hill
MS, UNC-Chapel Hill

 
Betsy has been a speech-language pathologist for 27 years. She has worked with adults and children in outpatient clinics, home health, school settings, and in day care. She is currently working in schools in Wake County. She has always loved working with adults and is excited about volunteering at TAP. She also does volunteer work at Catholic Parish Outreach. She is married and the mother of three daughters.
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Beverly Dunn, MS, CCC-SLP
BS- Lehman College, NYC
MS- Buffalo State College, NYS

Dunn TAP HeadshotBeverly a mother of two relocated to North Carolina after 20 + years in NYC, to aid in caring for her aging parents. She is a NC & NYS licensed Speech & Language Pathologist and currently works as an independent contractor. She owned a private practice for 14 years and has worked with/ in early intervention, public schools, skilled nursing facilities, adult day treatment centers, Duke Research and home health. Beverly has experienced many cultures through extensive travel and work which has supported the expansion of her spiritual connection and clinical practices. She is an advocate for the pediatric and geriatric populations. Beverly enjoys working with the adult population, more specifically adults with neurological disorders. Rearing her children, supporting her family, volunteering, organizing and insuring individuals have an opportunity to effectively communicate, that’s her passion.
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Beverly Moshay
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Candace Seibert

Candace Seibert

Candace Seibert retired from UNC Hospitals Acute Rehabilitation Unit in 2012, where she enjoyed eight years of working with individuals with aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological challenges in both inpatient and outpatient contexts. She came to UNC from the Brady Insititute for Traumatic Brain Injury at Jamaica Hospital in New York. Although Candace found great satisfaction working in a medical environment, she also relishes the opportunity to work with people as their recovery continues at home and in their community. Candace loved facilitating groups while at UNC. She learned there that everyone has a story to tell, and our role is to help them tell it. Candace lives in Cary with Ward, her husband of 42 years, and enjoys spending time with her adult children, playing golf, reading, and gardening.
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Elizabeth Hopp
MA, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Elizabeth has worked with aphasia patients in many settings including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient therapy, skilled nursing facilities, and home health since 2002. She lives in Pittsboro, N.C with her husband, two children, horses, dogs, and pet birds! She feels honored to join the Triangle Aphasia Project and provide aphasia support to adults in Chatham County and surrounding areas. Elizabeth is excited to share TAP’s mission of community reintegration and lifelong improvement in communication.

 

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Heather Garrabrant

Heather Garrabrant photoHeather Garrabrant is a speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience. She has worked with clients experiencing communication difficulties due to stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, traumatic brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, dementia, neurological issues, and multiple medical problems. Heather has worked in acute care, rehab hospitals, skilled nursing, home health and outpatient practices. She enjoys facilitating groups with Triangle Aphasia Project and the many people she meets through TAP. Heather is inspired by the connections the group members and their families make with each other, their progress in expressing themselves, and the way they compassionately help each other.
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Julia Bryan Canavan

Julia Bryan Canavan

Julia has been working with individuals with aphasia for more than 20 years. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist in acute, rehab, and outpatient settings at Duke, Durham VA Hospital, Carolinas Rehab and Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, and WakeMed. She is a Board Member of Triangle Aphasia Project.
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Katie Broadwell

Katie Broadwell is a speech-language pathologist from Apex, NC. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from East Carolina University. She is currently completing her clinical fellowship at the Durham VA Medical Center. She has experience working in inpatient, skilled nursing, outpatient, and public school settings. She is passionate about working with individuals with aphasia and is so excited to be a part of Triangle Aphasia Project.
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Kelley Shaver
M.S., CCC-SLP

Kelley Shaver

Kelley is a group leader for the Saturday Morning Group in Cary. She also serves on the TAP Development Committee. She has been working as a speech-language pathologist since earning her MS degree in speech-language pathology from Vanderbilt University in 2007. She has enjoyed working with adults and children in a variety of settings, including outpatient rehabilitation and in schools. Currently, she is working at an elementary school in Raleigh. She lives with her husband in Cary, NC.
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Kevin Cunningham
M.S., CCC-SLP

Kevin Cunningham

Kevin Cunningham is a speech-language pathologist in practice at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. He is passionate about helping individuals improve their communication skills. As a clinician and teacher, his goal is to support clients with individualized care, which is focused on client-centric goals and informed by the latest advances in neuroscience. He is the group leader of the Winston-Salem TAP group. Kevin is a father, a husband, a gardener, a reader, and a coffee drinker.
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Kristen Kesler
M.S., CCC-SLP

Kristen Kesler headshotKristen Kesler is a speech-language pathologist who resides in Durham, NC and works for a local private practice. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and her master’s degree from Emerson College in Boston, MA. Kristen has experience working with individuals across the lifespan and in a variety of settings, including schools, home health, acute care, and outpatient facilities. She relocated to the Triangle in 2014 and is thrilled to have the opportunity to support TAP in its aphasia rehabilitation and advocacy efforts. Aside from being an SLP, Kristen is an avid runner, frequent beach-goer, and devoted Detroit sports fan.
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Kristine Strobbia

Kristine Strobbia is a speech-language pathologist who lives in Durham, NC. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD. Kristine has worked with adults in skilled nursing, inpatient, and outpatient settings. She has worked with children in public and non-public school settings. Kristine is passionate about the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia and honored to be a part of the TAP team. When she is not working, she and her husband are traveling, watching sports, or out on the water.
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Lina Lemons

Lina Lemons

Lina Lemons has more than 12 years experience as a speech therapist working with children and adults with a wide variety of speech and language disorders. She has been working with Triangle Aphasia Project Unlimited for more than eight years in a variety of capacities – from board member, to volunteer, to group leader. Her passion is to help individuals with aphasia get back to doing the things they love through a supportive and fun environment. Lina received her undergraduate degree from NC State and her master’s degree from the University of Virginia. She currently lives in Raleigh with her husband and two children.
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Liz Bates
BA, UNC Chapel Hill 2011
MS, East Carolina University 2013

Liz is a speech-language pathologist living in Raleigh, NC. She works in the acute care, LTACH, inpatient rehab, and skilled nursing settings. She is excited to begin working with TAP as a group leader as well as opportunities for training and development for people and organizations within the community. She has a passion for working with people with aphasia and identifying ways to elicit functional communication so that they can continue to make and share their story.
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Megan Nosol
M.S.Ed., M.S., CCC-SLP

Megan NosolMegan holds a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since graduating from the program in 2013, Megan has been a clinician in the skilled nursing and outpatient rehabilitation settings, where she treats adults with an array of speech, language, and swallowing disorders. Prior to becoming a SLP, Megan was a high school English teacher and business writer.

Megan is also the author of Love After a Stroke, a children’s book about aphasia and she is the creator of the website,  www.speechtherapytoolbox.com, which is a resource for patients and caregivers of patients struggling with communication and swallowing disorders.
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Milisa Batten
MS, CCC-SLP

Milisa BattenMilisa Batten has almost 20 years of experience in the field of speech pathology, primarily with adult acute care at Duke Health. She currently works part-time at Duke Hospital and with clinical research at Duke. She served as Board Chair in the early days of TAP, and is thrilled to be involved with TAP again as a group leader. Milisa received her undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and her master’s degree from James Madison University. She lives in Durham with her husband and four children.
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Morgan Berliner

Morgan bio photoMorgan Berliner is a speech-language pathologist from Raleigh, NC. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from East Carolina University. She is currently completing her clinical fellowship at Speech Therapy Solutions. She has experience working with individuals of all ages in daycares, outpatient clinics, elementary schools, inpatient rehab hospitals, and acute care hospitals. She is excited to be apart of Triangle Aphasia Project and help individuals and their families affected by stroke or brain injury
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Paula Scicluna
M.A., MT-BC, NMT-F

Paula SciclunaPaula is a board-certified neurologic music therapist with 27 years of clinical experience working with children and adults challenged with developmental, neurological and mental health disorders. Paula is one of only two music therapists in North Carolina to have completed the advanced fellowship level training with the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy at the Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University. As a classically-trained pianist, Paula has a passion for the therapeutic benefits of adapted piano training. She is an internationally published author on music and sensory integration in neurorehabilitation and an experienced presenter for conferences and workshops.
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Rieppe Hendrick
BS in business and communication disorders, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
MA in communication disorders, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Rieppe Hendrick

Rieppe has worked as a clinician for over 20 years. She has been a group leader with TAP since 2012 and feels that the opportunity to serve in this role is an absolute honor and privilege. She thoroughly enjoys every moment spent with the groups and leaves every group session with an ongoing respect and admiration for the group members and their perseverance. She is continually inspired and motivated to facilitate groups because of the evidence of the tremendous positive impact that TAP has in working with group members, their families, and their communities. She literally leaves every group meeting feeling that she has been apart of enabling those struggling with aphasia to return to lives full of joy and fulfillment, returning to things they enjoyed before aphasia and finding new interests. She also feels a tremendous joy in seeing group members becoming supporters and advocates for each other. The gifts she gives to TAP are far outweighed by what she gets in return.

When she is not with a TAP group, she is inevitably on a tennis court or in a garden. She lives in Holly Springs with her wonderful husband, John, and their children Matthew and Anna.
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Sowmya Shanker

Sowmya Shanker

Sowmya Shanker has worked as a speech pathologist for over 15 years in this country. Originally from India, Sowmya worked at a prestigious rehab hospital in Boston before relocating to North Carolina in 2008 and now works at Duke Regional Hospital. She loves working with adults who have cognitive and communicative disorders and is constantly looking for ways to make therapy meaningful and functional. She believes that recovery is a life long process and cannot stress enough the role of family, friends, and the community in facilitating this process. If she is not spending time with her son and husband, Sowmya is probably reading, socializing or watching her beloved Red Sox and Patriots play!
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Tisha Shah

 
Tisha Shah headshot
Tisha is originally from Durham/Raleigh NC. She graduated with honors from NC State University with a BA in communication disorders and a minor in psychology. She then received her master’s degree from the University of South Carolina, where she received a specialized certification in the rehabilitation of neurogenic disorders (i.e., traumatic brain injury/stroke). She has worked in the public school system, for a private practice, was a co-owner of her own private practice for several years, and has had various placements in acute care and sub-acute rehabilitation. She truly feels honored to be a part of the lives of the many wonderful people she has worked with as a speech-language pathologist. Tisha is committed to remaining current on the best evidence-based practices to facilitate functional communication using holistic and multisensory/multimodal strategies. In her spare time, she is joyfully raising three fun and energetic little boys and enjoys exploring our great community with her family!
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