Bilingual Therapies is committed to meeting the needs of our country’s growing population of multicultural students. Every day, our experienced team recruits the best clinicians and plays an integral role in developing the most comprehensive educational opportunities available today.
Meet the Bilingual Therapies team now:
Tim Starling is currently the vice president of Bilingual Therapies. Tim received his introduction to healthcare in 2000 as a recruiter who placed neurological, orthopedic, and general surgeons in some of the country’s leading hospital systems. He later joined Soliant Health where he pioneered the schools division that places speech, physical, and occupational therapist in school districts across the country. In August of 2006, Tim had the opportunity to join Bilingual Therapies where he continues to assist the team in being the industry’s leading source for bilingual speech-language pathology services in the country.
Tim was born in Okinawa, Japan and spends his time working out of the Skokie, IL and Atlanta, GA, offices. He completed his undergraduate studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, where he received his bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in human resources and a minor in marketing.
Meryt Merrill is currently the division director of Bilingual Therapies. Meryt graduated with a major in International Business from the University of Tampa. She entered the healthcare field in 2008 as a business developer, where she placed health professionals in schools, hospitals and clinics. Her daily focus was client development and recruitment of speech-language pathologists, physical therapists and occupational therapists for school districts across the country. As the Director of Bilingual Therapies, Meryt is pleased to continue assisting the team in being the leading source for bilingual therapy services in the United States.
When she is not in the office, Meryt likes to spend time with her husband and new baby boy. Meryt likes to travel to different countries. She lived in Central and South America for many years and likes to get back there whenever possible.
Co-Director of Clinical Services
Nate Cornish is a bilingual speech-language pathologist and a co-director of clinical services for Bilingual Therapies. Nate lived and studied in Veracruz and Mazatlán, Mexico for a 2 ½ years, then completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Nate has worked as a clinician through Bilingual Therapies in school districts in Washington, D.C. and the Chicago area. While he enjoys providing services to many different age levels, Nate particularly enjoys the challenges and rewards of working with middle and high school students. Many of Nate’s experiences have been helping bilingual students in secondary grades to access the language of the curriculum and to navigate increasingly challenging social communication.
Nate began his role as director clinical services in August of 2007, and has enjoyed getting to work more closely and learning from other clinicians. Nate is currently a member of ASHA’s Multicultural Issues Board, and the Continuing Education Manager for Special Interest Group 18: Telepractice. Nate also served as Vice-President and President of ASHA's Hispanic Caucus. He has felt privileged to both organize and present educational activities on cultural and linguistic diversity at the local, state, and national levels.
In his spare time, Nate plays drums with a Brazilian percussion group and, (when it’s not snowing in Chicago), can frequently be found running on the trails along the shore of Lake Michigan.
Co-Director of Clinical Services
Melissa is currently the co-director of clinical services for Bilingual Therapies, Inc. She is a bilingual speech-language pathologist who primarily works with culturally and linguistically diverse school age children with various communication disorders. Melissa received her B.A. from Michigan State University, and her M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. While at UT-Austin, she completed the Bilingual Training Grant program, which trained bilingual graduate students in communication disorders. This training served her well after graduating when she took a position with Bilingual Therapies as a CFY. She worked for Bilingual Therapies for eight years in Illinois and Texas. Melissa served as a team leader in the company and mentored clinicians in Texas, Colorado and Nevada. She worked as a bilingual clinical faculty supervisor at the University of Texas-Austin Speech and Hearing Center (UTSHC) for four years. She returned to Bilingual Therapies and works in San Antonio area schools. Melissa is currently a coordinating committee member of ASHA's Special Interest Group 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations.
Melissa enjoys traveling and wants to visit all 50 states (nineteen more to go). She also loves spending time with family and they usually get together for a burger night.
Evelyn has worked in Employee Relations and other positions in Human Resources. She has also taught Spanish, ESL, and worked as a PRN medical interpreter. These varied experiences have served her well and helped her gain a greater respect for the clinicians that serve our children.
Evelyn is pleased to have the opportunity to work with closely with students, clinicians and professors throughout the county.
Out of the office, she enjoys cooking, exercising, and writing.
She looks forward to speaking with you!
Donielle Saint-Louis serves Bilingual Therapies as an recruitment manager. Entering the healthcare staffing industry in 2001 as a recruiter for allied health professionals, she placed healthcare specialists in hospitals throughout the country. She later joined leading healthcare staffing agency and began working with the school therapy division in 2008. Her daily focus was client development and recruitment of speech-language pathologists, physical therapists and occupational therapists for school districts across the southeast. As a member of the Bilingual Therapies team, Donielle is pleased to provide services for such a talented group of clinicians.
A graduate of Georgia State University, Donielle received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She’s an avid reader who enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Bonnie Steiner is a recruitment manager on the Bilingual Therapies team. Bonnie graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Bonnie has a soft spot for the healthcare sector, since most of her friends are planning to work in the medical field, along with her own passion to help others. Because of this, Bonnie decided to pair marketing and healthcare and joined Bilingual Therapies in 2013 as a recruiter. She has thoroughly enjoyed developing relationships with the Bilingual Therapies clinicians and our school district partners throughout the country.
Bonnie enjoys spending time with family, friends, being active outside and inside, whether it’s playing sports or dancing, and is always on the go.
Telong Vang joined the Bilingual Therapies team in March 2012. He is currently the business coordinator who handles everything from credentialing, payroll, customer service to client billing and being the friendly voice of Bilingual Therapies. He has spent most of his career as a Mechanical and Electrical Technician, so paying attention to detail is a big part of his life. His daily focus with the Bilingual Therapies team is to be in the background to maintain the flow of administrative information between the different areas of the business. He believes in hard work as it was written; “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart…” Telong is always available and ready to help in any possible way!
Lone Star Team
Liza Sánchez was born in Chicago but raised in Houston, TX. The youngest of five sisters, she is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her parents require, to this day, that everyone speak Spanish at home. In 1999, Liza received her Bachelor's degree in Spanish and in 2001 her Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in multicultural and bilingual issues from the University of Texas at Austin.
Liza began working with Bilingual Therapies right after graduation. Since joining the team, she has worked with bilingual populations in various school settings ranging from early childhood to high school. Assignments have included bilingual assessments and therapy as well as staff development and training in bilingual issues. Liza has also served as a mentor for clinical fellows within the Bilingual Therapies family and mentors Communication Science undergraduates and graduate students through ASHA's S.T.E.P. 1:1 - Student to Empowered Professional program.
Because of her interest in multicultural populations, Kayla completed her graduate work at Gallaudet University where she was able to learn about deaf culture and become proficient in American Sign Language while completing her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology. She began working with Bilingual Therapies in 2009 because she wanted to align herself with a company that was committed to serving the unique needs of bilingual students. When she is not practicing speech pathology she can be found planning and implementing programs to empower, encourage and elevate women and children in developing countries.
Karen was born in El Salvador and raised in California from the age of 5. She was fortunate enough to have a father who emphasized the importance of maintaining the family’s native language, and he made sure that Karen learned to read and write in Spanish by teaching her himself. Karen has been in the speech–language field since she was 19 years old, when she became a bilingual speech–language aide by pure coincidence. Since then, Karen realized this was her life’s calling and the rest is history!
Karen joined Bilingual Therapies in 2004, and she has been a part of the Dual Language Assessment Team serving bilingual children in Prince George’s County, Maryland (just outside of Washington, D.C.) since that time. Karen recently got married and is enjoying setting new goals with her husband.