Tip #1: Singing provides a good sense of rhythm, and the tone helps children with hearing loss recognize the melody in speech.

DePaul Staff

DePaul’s staff consists of Certified Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, a School Psychologist, Registered Nurses, Physical and Occupational Therapists, administrative personnel, teaching assistants and support services staff.

Administrative Staff

Executive Director

Ruth G. Auld, EuD


Mary Jo Maynard, MS, MEd

Director of Finance

Kathleen B. Varley

Director of Pupil Services

David D. Williams, MEd

Audiology Coordinator

Debbie Johnston, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA

Speech and Auditory-Verbal Therapy Coordinator

Michelle Parfitt, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Director of Development

Jennifer Petrie Signore, PhD

Communications and Development Manager

Sara Baines-Miller

Development Associate

Rachel Mende

Communications Fellow

Erin Guthrie


Clinical Staff


Lindsay Diethorn, AuD, CCC-A

Speech-Language Pathologists

Brittany Furnari, MS, CCC-SLP
Shannon Helfer, MS CCC-SLP
Connie McGrogan, SLP, MEd, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Susan Schmitt, MA, CCC-SLP
Kaitlyn Wade, MS, CCC-SLP
Wendy Zdobinski, MA, CCC-SLP

School Nurse

Aimee Mitchell, RN, BS

School Psychologist

Karen Schrecengost, MA

Occupational Therapist

Janet Taylor, OTR/L, SIPT Certification

Physical Therapist

Laxmi Velankar


Teaching Staff

Early Childhood Department

Teachers of the Deaf

Tanya Averso, MS
Jessica Leschinsky, BSEd
Angie Nordstrom, MEd
Amanda Wysocki, MEd

Teaching Assistants

Mandy Mulligan, MEd
Emline Previlon, MEd, SLP-A

Credentialed Paraeducator

Maria Supe

Elementary Department

Teachers of the Deaf

Jennifer Boehm, MDE
Lindsey DePra, BSEd, MA
Alicia DiBenedetto, MSEd
Kathy McDermott, MEd
Sister Mary John Moore SC, MEd
Jane Newcomer, MEd
Rose Velgich, MEd

Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf

Gabriella Bonelli, BS
Jill Inscho

Administrative Support Staff

Administrative Assistant to the Principal

Donna Koenig, MBA

Administrative Assistant to Director of Pupil Services

Sierra McAndrews

Administrative Assistant, Development Department

Mary Ann Potter


Randy Wozniak

Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director

Dianne Vano

Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact DePaul staff by phone: 412.924.1012
or email: depaulschool@depaulhearingandspeech.org.

Quote #2: “Deaf people can do anything hearing people can do, except hear.” - Irving King Jordan