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Kati Jones -- 100 Alumni You Should Know


Kati Jones

Kati Jones -- 100 Alumni You Should Know

 

By Khassandra Hameg

When Kati Wint Jones graduated from USAO, she said she planned to attend graduate school and continue her studies in communication sciences and disorders. So far, she’s right on track.

The 2008 speech pathology graduate completed her Master’s from the University of Arizona and participated in the Arizona Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (Arizona LEND) fellowship, a year-long leadership training program for professionals working with populations with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

“As part of the LEND program, I participated in a research study partnering with rural medical clinics working to increase referrals for children with developmental delays and encourage earlier referrals,” Jones said.

Jones is a speech language pathologist and has worked in the public schools and in early intervention for seven years. She is now living in Arizona.

“I moved to Arizona, which eventually became my permanent home. I met and married my husband Matt in Tucson, where we currently own a home. Matt and I enjoy biking, hiking, and traveling together,” Jones said. “My current goal is to visit all the national parks and monuments in Arizona and eventually visit all the national parks throughout the entire United States. I have visited 14 of the over 400 sites in the national parks system.

“My education from USAO gave me a broad perspective on the world and the ability to work with others on a team. This is vital to my role as a therapist in early intervention because I work with other professionals daily in order to serve children with disabilities and their families.

“The rigorous curriculum at USAO prepared me for success in graduate school, where I graduated with honors. I also believe USAO has given me a foundation for critical thinking which has helped me to be a well-informed citizen and community member,” she said.

While at USAO, Jones received the USAO Alumni Association’s Distinguished Graduate award. She had more than 30 hours of clinical experience and was the president of the USAO Student Association and a member of Hypatia (USAO’s honor society). Throughout her college years, she volunteered in nursing homes and worked as an elementary tutor in local schools.

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