Training to Enhance Services for

English Language Learners


Brenda K. Gorman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Gorman completed her Master’s and Doctorate with a multicultural/bilingual specialization in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin.  Brenda worked for many years as a bilingual (Spanish-English) speech-language pathologist serving diverse caseloads for public school districts, early intervention agencies, and Bilinguistics Speech and Language Services, a company which she co-founded in 2001.  She has an extensive background in working with ELLs and providing professional development to teachers who work with ELLs, and she served as a clinical advisor to Lingua Health and Grupo Lingua from 2011-2016.  


Brenda has conducted research, published, and presented on topics related to speech and language assessment and intervention in bilingual populations and language and literacy development and disorders.  She has taught courses in numerous topic areas ranging from assessment and intervention in bilingual populations, child language and literacy disorders, speech sound disorders, fluency, to adult language disorders and AAC.  She co-directed the Reading Acquisition for Spanish Speakers Program (RASPA) and an Early Reading First (ERF) project funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education while at Marquette University, where she earned tenure in 2013.  


Currently, Brenda is an Associate Professor at Elmhurst College where she is investigating language and literacy assessment and intervention in bilinguals and co-developing a dual-language (Spanish-English) language and literacy curriculum for preschoolers.

Dr. Brice earned his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and his Ph.D. in Bilingual Special Education. Alejandro worked as a school based speech-language pathologist from 1987 to 1989, whereupon he received his certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). In addition, he has been a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for 30 years and a member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) for over 20 years.  


From 1990 to 1992, Alejandro held an appointment as an Assistant Professor, then as a Program Professor at two separate universities in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  During 1993 to 1995, he worked in private practice in the south Florida area. He returned to the university setting from 1995 to 2008 and was at three other universities as an Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

He is the 2008 recipient of the Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He is also the recipient of the 2011 American Speech-Language Association Fellow Award.


Dr. Brice has been at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg since 2008 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2013.

Alejandro Brice, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Caitlin Panke, M.S., CCC-SLP

Ms. Panke completed her Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Marquette University.  


While at Marquette, she worked as a graduate assistant for an Early Reading First project which helped provide a strong foundation in best practice assessment and intervention for students whose first language is Spanish. She worked for two years as a bilingual (Spanish-English) school-based speech language pathologist and gained experiences in a variety of settings, including co-teaching with a special education teacher, providing response-to-intervention speech and language services, and providing speech and language services through a push-in model in both English-only and bilingual (Spanish-English) classrooms.  


Currently, Caitlin works as a Bilingual Speech and Language Program Support Teacher with Madison Metropolitan School District. Her responsibilities include completing bilingual speech and language evaluations throughout the district as well as providing education in the area of bilingual evaluation and intervention to over 80 speech-language pathologists working within the district. She has presented on typical development for Spanish speakers, successful strategies for monolingual clinicians who provide intervention to bilingual students, and numerous additional topics related to serving  culturally and linguistically diverse student populations

Project Directors

Sincere appreciation of

Carolina Zúñiga-Solarte, M.S.,

who has provided invaluable assistance to Dr. Gorman on numerous language and literacy projects over several years, and to

Alysia Olvera and Melissa Jonfe-Quinto

 who are studying Communication Sciences and Disorders at Elmhurst College.

Project Assistants