A dream come true

Chanda LichtsinnChanda Lichtsinn

Trine University - College of Health Professions

B.S., Purdue University; M.S., Bowling Green State University

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I earned my bachelor’s degree in audiology and speech sciences from Purdue University in 1996 and my master of science in speech language pathology at Bowling Green State University in 1998. Following this, I accepted a position as a speech language pathologist, CF at Turnstone. I worked over the next few years to advance from clinician to lead therapist, therapy manager, and lastly, rehab director. During these years, I supervised many graduate students and supported clinical fellows into speech language pathologists.

As rehab director, I supervised a large multidisciplinary team of speech language pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists. I proposed and coordinated the annual Summer Speech Camp at Turnstone. I completed research with an occupational therapy doctoral student on “The Snoezelen Effect on Sensory Integration.” The research article was submitted for publication. I served on various teams at Turnstone, including the program committee and leadership team.

While at Turnstone, I taught as adjunct professor for the Audiology and Speech Sciences department at Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne from 2002-2014. I taught Introduction to Communication Disorders, as well as Language Development and Language Disorders. In 2009, I was awarded IPFW’s Outstanding Associate Faculty Teaching Award.  

I worked at Turnstone for more than 22 years before making a move to Trine.  When the opportunity to initiate a speech language pathology master’s program was discussed, I joined the Trine family in 2020 to help make this happen. I have always felt a passion to teach students and supervise in the clinic. I have been busy with the accreditation process for the master of science in speech language pathology program at Trine. The MS-SLP program is scheduled to enroll students in 2022. For me, it is a dream come true. 

When I am not working I am spending time with my husband Bill, grandchildren Kerrigan and Brayden, two dogs Charlie and Bodhi, and cat, Danielle. We lost our only child, Steven, in 2019 to a rare cancer. We have many causes we support, but cancer research is our priority. For relaxation and fun, we vacation on Sanibel Island, Florida, in June over our wedding anniversary.