All About Our Instructors
Susan McDonald, M.S., CCC-SLP
Susan McDonald received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Western Washington University in 1997 and Master of Sciences degree in Communication Sciences at the University of Vermont in 1999. She has worked in a variety of settings with the pediatric population, including school districts, private clinics and home health with infants and toddlers. In addition to her work as a SLP, she has earned a teaching certificate in English as a Second Language and has taught ESL and accent reduction to adult clients in both the US and overseas. She is excited by the interactive learning process that is teaching and feels that she "learns just as much from the students as they learn from me". She enjoys the inspiring process of seeing students evolve from their first class to becoming confident clinicians by their last internship. When not in her office fielding calls and grading papers, Susan is gardening, riding her bicycle, or practicing her Spanish.
Manuela Corfar, M.A., CCC-SLP
Manuela Corfar is employed as a full-time SLP at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton. She has brought her wealth of knowledge and experience to the Adult Disorders and Treatment course at Cerritos since 2006. Manuela has supervised Field Experience SLPA students assigned to St. Jude's and created a special competency list that has been the criteria by which SLPA Field Service students are now evaluated in hospital settings. She has presented at the California Speech Language and Hearing Association conference on numerous occasions. Manuela is married and enjoys family time with her husband and children.
Meghan O'Brien, M.S., CCC-SLP
Meghan O'Brien is a full-time SLP with the Los Angeles Unified School District, where
she provides direct and consultative services to students requiring the use of Augmentative/Alternative
Communication (AAC) supports. Before moving to California, Meghan worked within the
Center for Communication Enhancement at Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
She has presented at various conferences and co-authored an article regarding use
of visual supports for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Meghan is passionate
about sharing her knowledge and expertise with her students in a hands-on and interactive