New Beginnings has selected Cathlene Chapman and Katelyn Vera as our Therapists of the Year for 2021!

Cathlene Chapman


About Cathy

Cathy has always enjoyed working with children. Cathy states, “I fell in love with language and having children find their voice. I became interested in listening and language when I was in the school setting and was offered a classroom that was nothing but children with Augmentative Communication Devices.” Cathy has earned a certification of Listening and Spoken Language Specialist which includes coaching parents of children with hearing loss, that blossomed into coaching parents of children with disabilities.

She loves the ‘Aha’ moment or the ‘the golden nugget’ moment or the sparkle in a child’s eye when they finally understand a word or what is needed within an activity. Cathy strives to have children learn language as quickly and as much as possible.

In her spare time, Cathy loves to read. She states, “I don’t really have a genre in particular that I enjoy. I don’t have a lot of time to read, so when I do read, I enjoy every minute of the story I am involved in.”

Cathy’s favorite quote is by Daniel Webster, “…if all my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it I would soon regain all the rest.”

Congratulations to Ms. Cathy Chapman for being New Beginnings’ Employee of The Year for our Rich Beem location. Very well-earned, Cathy!

Katelyn Vera

About Katie

Katie knew she wanted to pursue a career dedicated to helping people. When she was in high school a family friend was entering the profession, which allowed her to have insight to speech pathology and everything that SLPs can do. She felt that a career as an SLP would be fulfilling by allowing her to help individuals of all ages with speech, language, and feeding difficulties.

Katie says, “Seeing my patients and establishing a relationship where I get to have fun all while facilitating fundamental communication and feeding skills brings me joy. It is an amazing feeling witnessing a child make progress towards their goals whether it be for language, speech, and/or feeding.” My goals as an SLP are to continue to help children with communication and feeding disorders while increasing my knowledge through evidence-based practice and research.

Giving credit to those who have molded her, Katie says, “My parents have had the greatest impact on my thought system. They have always inspired me and set the example for good morals and work ethic.”

In her spare time, Katie enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.

Congratulations Katie, you have so earned your New Beginnings’ Employee of the Year status. Your parents did a great job of instilling work ethic and good morals, it’s part of what makes you shine!!