This past year has been full of so many unexpected challenges, but I feel blessed to have experienced a few pockets of great happiness. I was married to my partner Dakota, became a first time mom to Kalvyn Indigo River, and a new HIDOE employee.
I became interested in the SLP field because of my Autistic brother, Ryan, who has received speech and language services since the age of three. He will be sixteen this year! I realized the power of communication and wanted to help children and their families the way mine had been by Ryan’s awesome SLP.
I attended William Paterson University where I majored in Communication Disorders and Sciences with a Social Justices minor and Social Sciences Honors Track. In college, I became very interested in the intersection of speech and language pathology and social justices. Bringing my profession and passion for social justices together is important to me. When I’m not working you can catch me at Teapresso or Vibe Cafe drinking boba or getting delicious vegan food. You could also find me at home watching the latest Korean-drama.
I feel honored to follow in the footsteps of such amazing SLPs who have helped HSHA become what it is today. During my time as HSHA president, I would like to focus on our organization’s community involvement. Additionally, I hope to continue to uphold a strong network for new and experienced SLPs to connect and learn.
Tonee Nicole Burley-Cary (she/her), M.S. CCC-SLP