2017-2018 LEND Trainees

Tiffany Moody, Speech
Tiffany is a second year Speech-Language Pathology graduate student at the University of Cincinnati. She graduated from UC with a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a Deaf Studies Certificate. Tiffany’s interest in the LEND program emanates from her experiences of working as a resident advisor for students with disabilities and her strong interest in diagnoses in a hospital setting.



Teresa Smith, Psychology
Teresa is a fourth year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology as well as a substance abuse counseling certificate at the University of Cincinnati in 2011. Previously, Teresa provided psychotherapy and assessment services to youth at a community mental health center. Currently, Teresa is working with Dr. Rebekah Ridgeway at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to assess children for autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays. Teresa is also engaged in advocacy work, serving as the Chair for the Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students.


Rachel Sullivan, Genetic Counseling
Hello! My name is Rachel and I was thrilled when I heard I would be a LEND trainee this year. I love being outside, thrift shopping, and playing Nancy Drew computer games. I grew up in Southeast Michigan and attended Michigan State University for my undergrad where I studied genetics and German. In my graduate thesis work, I have been studying disability identity and how it relates to prenatal care. I’m looking forward to LEND this year to gain knowledge and build relationships within the disability community and the healthcare community.



Molly Gamble, Speech
My name is Molly Gamble, and I am a second year graduate student at the University of Cincinnati studying Speech-Language Pathology. My course of study will be completed in August 2018.  I am a 2016 graduate of Ohio University, where I received my B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  I grew up in Van Wert, Ohio and graduated from Van Wert High School in 2012.  I am looking forward to learning how to best serve my future clients as a Speech Language Pathologist!



Michaela Idelburg, Genetic Counseling
I was born and raised in Saint Louis City, MO and graduated from Truman State University in May 2016 with a BS in Biology and minors in Spanish for the Medical Professions and Psychology. I am working towards my Masters in Medical Genetics in hopes of becoming a Pediatric Genetic Counselor. My interest in genetic counseling centers on the family orientation I grew up with, because of which I aspire to help establish and maintain familial relationships with guidance through genetic counseling. My favorite pastimes are spending time with friends and family, crafting, baking, and listening to some great music.


Kayla Whitaker, Audiology
Kayla is a Doctor of Audiology student at the University of Cincinnati. She plans to pursue a career in Audiology, specializing in pediatrics. Currently, Kayla is the president of the UC chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology. In her spare time Kayla enjoys drawing, doing yoga and reading. Kayla is passionate for working with families and children with multiple disabilities and is grateful to be a part of this year’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities program.



Elizabeth Burnett, Social Work
Elizabeth A. Burnett, MASW, LSW, is a social work fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. In 2008, she earned her BA in Latin American Studies with a minor in Spanish from the University of Cincinnati. She later pursued her MA in Social Work at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio and graduated in May of 2017. Previously, she was a clinical social work intern at CCHMC in CBDI. This position allowed her to gain experience within the field of medical social work. This inspired her to apply for the collaborative fellowship position with CCHMC and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Program.


Emily Jones, Child Life
Emily earned her Masters of Science in Psychology at Lipscomb University and her Masters of Education in Child Studies from Vanderbilt University. She currently works as a certified child life specialist with the Adaptive Care Team (ACT) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Her role includes providing individualized education, preparation, procedural support, and therapeutic play to meet the psychosocial needs of patients with developmental and behavioral challenges and their families in the healthcare setting.



Felicia Foci, OT
Felicia received her Master of Science degree in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis and her Bachelor of Science degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida. Her professional interests include pediatrics, maternal mental health, research, and advocacy.




Hanein Edrees, DB Peds
Hanein is a first year fellow in the Division of Developmental & Behavioral Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s.  She is from Saudi Arabia, but grew up in the Virginia/DC area. She received her bachelor’s in Mathematics from George Mason University, and her MD from the George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her Pediatric Residency from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her interest in pursuing a career in DBP evolved. She hopes to develop her skills and knowledge in fostering community-based partnerships and improving healthcare for children with developmental disabilities.


Kaitlyn Eichinger, Psychology
I am a 4th year graduate student at Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. I hope to work in a clinical setting working with children with developmental disabilities and ASDs. I also have a strong interest in parenting and working with families. My previous practicum experience was at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders.




Diane Burns, Family
Diane is the parent of three daughters, the youngest born in 1998 with spina bifida. She joined the Board of Directors of the Spina Bifida Association of Cincinnati in 1999, renamed the Spina Bifida Coalition of Cincinnati. She has acted in a variety of roles, including Board Secretary, Chair, and volunteer Communications Manager, as well as the first Executive Director. She currently serves as part-time Program Manager. Diane graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1986 with a BS in Interior Design.



Courtney Goldsbury, PT
Courtney is the physical therapy LEND trainee. She is currently completing a pediatric PT residency at Cincinnati Children’s. New to Cincinnati, she attended Purdue University as an undergraduate and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Indiana University in 2017.




Carolina Cuba Bustinza, DB Peds
Wisconsin/Michigan. I was medical school director from 2 school districts which made me understand the challenges that children with disabilities face on a daily base. I did my residency in New York City at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. Child development is an area with an enormous potential for growing and research; we still need to find different ways to made diagnosis on time. I am bilingual English /Spanish and also limited working proficiency in French.



Bobby Gibler, Psychology
Bobby is a third-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Cincinnati.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Miami University in 2015.  Bobby is currently working with Dr. Robin Adams at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) to assess children and adolescents for autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays.  Previously, Bobby completed a clinical practicum in pediatric chronic pain at CCHMC.  Bobby’s research interests include anxiety disorders and school-related functioning in the context of pediatric chronic pain and other chronic health conditions.


Bethany Wysocki, Audiology
I am from Indianapolis, Indiana where I attended undergraduate at Butler University, and am currently a 3rd year Audiology Student at the University of Cincinnati. My interests in the field include pediatric audiology, research and animal audiology. In my free time, I enjoy watching sports, trying new Cincinnati food spots, running and attempting to pet all the dogs I see being walked on the streets.




Allison Lochtenfeldt, Sibling
Cincinnati native. Westside born and raised. One younger brother, Christopher, with special needs. Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp volunteer. Graduate of Mother of Mercy High School. Graduate of The Ohio State University. Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. Sister of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity. Clinical Research Coordinator at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Division of Hospital Medicine. Avid sports fan. Devoted family advocate.



Jane Bodie, Family
My name is Jane Bodie. I am the parent of 26-week triplets.  My daughter Hannah passed away at 3 months old.  My daughter Madeline has Autism and my daughter Charlotte has Selective Mutism/Anxiety Disorder. I have been a stay-at-home parent for the past 13-years. Prior to having the triplets, I was a Human Resources Consultant at a large hospital group in Cincinnati. I am a member of the BRIDGES Parent Support Group in the Forest Hills School District.  I am also a member of the DDBP Family Advisory Council at Cincinnati Children’s.



Rajvi Desai, Social Work
I am a Cincinnati native and very excited to be working with such an incredible team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Social work has surrounded me with empathetic, passionate, and attentive individuals that motivate me to make the world a better place. I hope to contribute as much as I can to the LEND program as well as gain new skill sets in the various disciplines. In my free time I enjoy traveling, dancing, sand volleyball and finding new restaurants to eat.



Rachel Rice, Advocacy
Rachel likes to prove people wrong about her abilities. She once was told she could not handle an office job.  Most of her work over the past 5 years has been office work, including her current position with Warren County DD as Assistant Advocacy.  Rachel has a passion for advocating and educating for those with developmental disabilities.  She was selected as a member of UCCEDD.  She also is a graduate of Project STIR through the Council of Ohio Leaders.  Rachel was awarded the ESDY from the Ohio Self Determination Association for her advocacy and self determination.



Sarah Kasper, Speech
My name is Sarah and I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Cincinnati. I graduated from Ohio State University with my undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences with minors in Spanish and Linguistics. Upon graduation, I hope to use the skills and knowledge that I have gained to better the lives of all the patients and families that I serve.



Melissa Liddle, Psychology
Melissa is a graduate psychology student at Xavier University who has an interest in children with developmental disabilities who struggle to cope during medical experiences. Her last practicum experience was in the EIBI program at the Kelly O’Leary Center.  Most recently, Melissa has worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a Child Life Specialist.  She is looking forward to learning from the LEND team and multi-disciplinary staff.