Staff

Tina Burns, M.A., CCC-SLP

Center Director

Tina BurnsTina has been a speech-language pathologist since 2005 and has been working at the San Diego RiteCare® Childhood Language Center since October 2007. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University in 2003, and her Master of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2005. Tina holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of California.

Prior to working at San Diego Ritecare®, Tina worked as a speech-language pathologist in the San Diego Unified School District, where she worked with preschool and elementary school-aged populations. She is PROMPT (PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Targets) trained, a motor-kinesthetic approach which utilizes multi-sensory interventions when working with individuals with speech production disorders. Her interests include childhood language, phonological disorders, articulation disorders and apraxia

Tina served as the Center Coordinator for the San Diego RiteCare® Childhood Language Center from August 2011 through February 2015, when she was appointed Center Director.

Irna R. McLaughlin, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

AnnaIrna has over 19 years of experience working as a pediatric speech-language pathologist. Prior to moving to San Diego, she spent 12 years at Providence Children’s Center, a multi-disciplinary neurodevelopmental center in Everett, Washington. Irna then opened her private practice, the Communication Center for Kids, providing innovative intervention to children with a variety of communication needs and complexities in Arlington, Washington for over 7 years.

Irna received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in 1986 and her Master of Arts from Western Washington University in 1995. She is a Hanen certified instructor as well as a certified infant massage instructor. Irna enjoys working with children with varied abilities with a special interest in fluency disorders, speech and language delays, articulation and phonological disorders. She is passionate about collaborating with parents by educating and empowering them to help their children successfully reach their full potential. Irna understands the impact of positively encouraging our children – “A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.”

Jenn Nelson, MSP, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

JennJenn completed her Required Professional Experience and Clinical Fellowship at the San Diego RiteCare® Childhood Language Center in 2017. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University in 2014 and her Master of Speech-Language Pathology degree from the University of South Carolina in 2016. She now holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of California.

During her graduate career, Jenn worked with children of all ages in multiple settings, including a preschool, a private practice a special needs school, and a university clinic. She has always enjoyed working with children and is particularly interested in articulation and phonological disorders, apraxia, and language delays. Jenn is a strong advocate of parental involvement and positive reinforcement to impact a child’s success in therapy.

Caitlyn Hunter

Director of Business Development

CaitlynCaitlyn Hunter, a native of San Diego, earned her B.A. in Communication and Professional Writing from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. Caitlyn has over ten years of experience in nonprofit management, primarily in fundraising, strategic planning and board development. She has raised millions of dollars for various nonprofit organizations, including the YWCA of San Diego, the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, San Diego Hunger Coalition, Scripps Ranch Theatre and the Rotary Club and Foundation of Honolulu. She also founded Girls on the Run of Hawaii in 2012 and helped establish the chapter of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network here in San Diego.the chapter of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network here in San Diego.