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The Core CTEC
AAC Assessment & Training Team

Take a behind the scenes peek at the dedicated individuals of CTEC.

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Stephanie Maki Send an email to Stephanie Maki.

CTEC Program Manager

Stephanie has been an integral part of CTEC’s day to day operations for several years. Now as CTEC’s Program Manager, she continues to strive to provide a positive, client centered experience for our clients, and an invigorating, forward-thinking environment for CTEC staff. With more than 20 years of experience in administrative support, Stephanie effectively ensures all details are in place to keep CTEC running smoothly.

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Eric Salter M.S. CCC-SLP Send an email to Eric Salter.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Eric received his Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University Sacramento. He has been providing assessment, training and consultation services with CTEC for several years and has presented workshops on Alternative and Augmentation Communication (AAC) at local conferences. Eric enjoys working with people of all abilities and is passionate about helping individuals reach their full potential to participate in their communities.

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Elena Rast Send an email to Elena Rast.

AAC Trainer II

Elena is an experienced Occupational Therapist from Germany. She has worked for 10 years in various settings of neurological rehabilitation for adults in Germany and Switzerland before moving to the United States with her family. Her professional experiences are in all stages of rehabilitation, from intensive care to outpatient settings. Elena joined the CTEC team in 2019 and currently brings her OT knowledge to her work as an AAC Trainer. Elena enjoys working with clients of all ages. It is her desire to help her clients reach their personal goals and enable them to participate in all aspects of life.

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Barbara Barnes Send an email to Barbara Barnes.


Barbara has had a varied career that includes database programming, marketing design, and creating greeting cards for a national rubber stamp company. She has been a scheduler with CTEC since moving to Sacramento from San Rafael. Previously, she was the Office Administrator for 15 years for the two North Bay offices of the Alzheimer's Association.

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Kristen Carroll M.A. CCC-SLP Send an email to Kristen Carroll.

Lead Speech-Language Pathologist

Kristen has been providing assessment, training and consultation services with a focus on Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) for over 30 years. She has presented at numerous state and national conferences on topics encompassing AAC evaluation, device set-up, vocabulary, training and service delivery. With Bonnie Mintun, she conducted the needs assessment and created the business plan and program design to get CTEC up and running. Since opening the doors in January, 2009, Kristen has been at the forefront of CTEC’s focus on maintaining high expectations for all and allowing the individual to lead the process in determining appropriate devices, systems, and strategies to support their communication.

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Jennifer Beckett MEd, SPED, ATP Send an email to Jennifer Beckett.

ATP/AAC Certified Trainer II

Jennifer is both an experienced special-education teacher and RESNA certified assistive technology professional. She skillfully uses this knowledge to create educational materials that support both the AAC user and communication partner in learning how to use the device for a variety of communication functions. Jennifer has a passion for assisting people with significant disabilities to access AAC through alternative access methods. It is Jennifer’s desire to enhance the quality of life for ALL individuals with communication and assistive technology needs.

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Sharon Sundman-Schultz SLPA Send an email to Sharon Sundman-Schultz.

AAC Trainer

After leaving a long career in Respiratory Therapy, Sharon received her Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2014 from California State University Sacramento. She volunteered with CTEC a few years ago and was excited to expand her knowledge and skills in the area of Augmentative & Alternative Communication. She has recently joined the CTEC team as a part-time AAC trainer. Sharon's desire is to support individuals of all ages and abilities to gain increased communication independence through AAC systems, devices, and strategies.

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Chloe Steck Send an email to Chloe Steck.


Chloe joined the CTEC team in early 2020 as Administrative Assistant. She brings with her 5 years of administrative experience, having previously worked in the Assembly at the State Capitol and the hospitality industry, and most recently as an assistant at a Sacramento based fundraising firm. Being passionate about public education policy, Chloe appreciates being able to provide opportunity and support for individuals to achieve their maximum potential. She is a Bay Area native and graduated UC Santa Cruz in 2018 with a BA in Political Science.

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Pippa Bellamy PhD, CCC-SLP Send an email to Pippa Bellamy.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Pippa has been in the field of AAC for over a decade, working as a specialist speech language pathologist, providing assessment, training programs, and direct intervention for both children and adults. She completed her PhD in 2013, researching how children who use AAC devices can communicate stories in the educational environment. She has presented her research at multiple international conferences, as well as producing academic publications from her work. Pippa has been part of the CTEC team for over five years and loves supporting our clients to participate in communication across home, education, employment and the wider community.

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Bethany Rushton SLPA, ATP Send an email to Bethany Rushton.

ATP/AAC Trainer II

Bethany joined the CTEC team in 2018 and enjoys working with clients and their families as they explore and implement AT/AAC tools in their daily lives. With previous experience in the medical field and education, as well as current RESNA certification as an Assistive Technology Provider, Bethany is also working towards a master’s degree in communication disorders, on her way to becoming a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). It is Bethany’s desire to make AT/AAC services more accessible to individuals with a variety of communication needs, in both medical and community settings. Bethany immensely enjoys the outdoors (hiking, biking, swimming), values her faith and treasures time with her family and friends.

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Talore Spencer Send an email to Talore Spencer.

AAC Trainer

CTEC Mentors

Kristen Lyall • Kate Iliff • Kristine O'Keefe • Izabel Duncanwood