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.

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.

Alexandra Fanuele, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

AlexandraAlexandra started her career as a speech-language pathologist in January 2011. She has been a member of the San Diego RiteCare® Childhood Language Center team since February 2018. Alexandra received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2008, and her Master of Science degree from New York University in 2011. Alexandra 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.

Alexandra has an abundance of experience working with children of a wide age range in schools and home based settings. She first started her career in New York City for several years where she worked with children from culturally diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of diagnoses. Alexandra enjoys working with clients on expressive and receptive language skills, articulation and phonology skills, motor speech skills, narrative language skills, pragmatic language skills, and reading and writing skills. 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. Alexandra is enthusiastic about working directly with families because she believes that if families and therapists work as a team a child will blossom in their speech and language skills.

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.