2017 President

Rachel Meester

Rachel is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist with the American Speech and Hearing Association and is currently licensed in the states of South Dakota and Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders and Special Education in 2010 from Augustana University. She then went on to earn her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Dakota in 2012. Rachel has worked for Integrated Therapy Services (ITS) since August of 2012 with a growing desire to assist patients with communication, cognitive, social, and swallowing deficits. It has also been her passion to be a speech therapy advocate and provide communities with knowledge about the field of speech pathology.  In 2013, she became the lead SLP and Director of Marketing/PR. Rachel currently lives in Sioux Falls, SD with her husband, Tom,  and their son, Tucker.

2016 Past-President

Kyle Brouwer

Kyle Brouwer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of South Dakota.  He received his M.S. (2003) and Ph.D. (2010) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Prior to his current position, Kyle worked as a school-based SLP in Nebraska.  His teaching and research interests are related to speech sound disorders, language/literacy disorders, and diagnostics in speech-language pathology.   

2018 President-Elect

Julie Holiday

Julie Holiday is a Speech-Language Pathologist who works with Aegis Therapies.  She has been an SLP since May of 1996.  For 21 years she has helped people with their communication and swallowing difficulties.  Julie graduated from SDSU in 1994 with a BS in Communication Disorders and from Moorhead State University in 1996 with an MS in Speech-Language Pathology.  She has served on the Board in the past a few different times and loves every minute of it!  Julie is married to her husband, David and has 5 great kids, Morgan and Maddie (18 years), Kaelah (15 years), Hagan (11 years) and Maia (9 years).  They live in Sioux Falls and love it! 

Vice-President Speech Language Pathology

Open Position

Vice-President Speech Language Audiology 

Sarah Zellmer

Sarah Zellmer, AuD, CCC-A earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing from The University of New Mexico in 2008 and her doctorate in Audiology from The University of South Dakota in 2012.  Dr. Zellmer currently practices at the South Dakota School for the Deaf and the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Sioux Falls.  Practicing at both clinics allows Dr. Zellmer to work with patients of all ages providing comprehensive hearing evaluations, tinnitus evaluations and treatment, and the selection, fitting and dispensing of hearing aids and FM systems.  For the past year she has also been an Internship Supervisor for USD audiology doctoral students.  Dr. Zellmer lives in Sioux Falls with her two children, Cooper and Isabel.


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Sara Delaney

Sara graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with her MS in 2010. She worked for a private pediatric practice in Fargo, North Dakota for four years as a speech-language pathologist before moving to South Dakota last fall to work for Meade School District. She currently works within the elementary setting with a variety of speech and language disorders. Sara resides near Rapid City with her husband and her one-year old daughter, Kennadee. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, DIY projects, golfing, and watching Minnesota Vikings football! 

Newsletter Editor

Rebecca Harvey

Rebecca is a speech-language pathologist for South Central Educational Cooperative in Tyndall, SD. She currently provides services for children from birth through high school in the Menno and Scotland school districts. Rebecca graduated from the University of South Dakota with her B.A. in 2009 and her M.A. in 2011.  She resides in her hometown of Tabor, SD with her husband, Chris, and their rescue dogs Sakira and Luke. In her spare time she enjoys playing recreational sports, watching the Minnesota Vikings, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. 


Non-Voting Members

CEU Coordinator

Solveig Sperati Korte

Solveig Sperati Korte is originally from Wilmington, Delaware.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Religion from Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa and her M.A. in Speech-Language Patholgy from The Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio.  After a number of years in Nebraska, she has lived in Vermillion since 1992 and been an instructor at the University of South Dakota since 1995.  She has two adult daughters.


Laura Barbera

Laura is the owner and solo practitioner at Black Hills Speech Pathology in Rapid City. She is the current South Dakota representative for ASHA’s STAR/SMAC, contracts at Community Transitions TBI facility, and provides community-based presentations regarding all aspects of the speech pathology field. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, three dogs, and two cats. She loves to go hiking, biking, and exploring the beautiful Black Hills; and she somehow she finds time to teach yoga five times a week and be a Co-Leader for the Rapid City MS Society Chapter.

ASHA SLP Advisory Councilor

Position Open

ASHA Aud. Advisory Councilor

Kendra A. Neugebauer

Kendra A. Neugebauer, Au.D., CCC-A is an audiologist at Avera Medical Group Ear, Nose and Throat in Yankton, SD.  She earned her doctorate in Audiology from the University of South Dakota in May 2013, following the completion of her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders in 2009.  Dr. Neugebauer serves patients of all ages, providing comprehensive hearing and vestibular evaluations, tinnitus evaluations and treatment, industrial hearing conservation, as well as the selection, fitting, and dispensing of hearing aids.  She provides outreach services to the Norfolk, O’Neill and Parkston communities. When not at work, Kendra keeps busy outdoors fishing, hunting, landscaping, and golfing. She also will be pretty busy this year planning her upcoming wedding for the Fall 2017.   

Membership Chair

Stephanie Ulmer

Stephanie is a speech-language pathologist working for South Central Educational Cooperative. She currently provides serves to the schools of Wagner, Andes Central, and Marty Preschool. Stephanie graduated from the University of South Dakota with her MA in 2011. Prior to going back to get her masters, Stephanie was a kindergarten teacher for two years. She currently resides in Tyndall, SD. In her spare time she enjoys playing various recreational sports, reading, camping, and boating. 

State Education Advocacy Leader

Brittany Kielhold

 Brittany is a speech-language pathologist who works for the Rapid City Area Schools along with providing PRN therapy for Aegis Therapies. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Dakota in 2012 and then continued on to earn a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the same university in 2014. She currently resides in Rapid City, SD and enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and kayaking in her spare time.

Scholarship Chair

John Burke

John holds an undergraduate degree in Education with emphasis in Ele.Ed and Special Education from Black Hills State University. He completed his M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Dakota in August of 2011 as a member of the first Distance Master’s cohort. John lives in Rapid City, SD and is employed by Ageis Therapies servicing Northern Hills Skilled Nursing Facilities. John enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and reading. Most importantly of all, John loves spending time with his wife and son as well as their Brittany spaniel, Alley. John enjoys life and believes in living the fullest everyday.