Faculty and Staff

2021 Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award

Kimberly Peters wears her award around her neck, pictured outside.

Kimberly Peters - Communication Sciences & Disorders

Kimberly Peters, Ph.D., is a speech-language pathologist and audiologist. She completed her graduate education and clinical training in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Connecticut. She has been at Western Washington University since the fall of 2002. Kimberly is a Full Professor, Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Program Director for the Speech Language Pathology Graduate Program, and Director of the Aural Rehabilitation Clinic. She provides clinical services to community members who are deaf or hard of hearing, supervises graduate students in speech language pathology and audiology, teaches courses in pediatric hearing loss and habilitation, and conducts research in language, cognitive development, and social competence in children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Kimberly assumed the role of department chair in 2016. In 2017, the CSD Department opened the first doctoral level degree to be offered at Western, the doctorate in Audiology (AuD). The program is thriving with approximately 36 AuD students enrolled. In 2017 the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinics also launched the donations-based clinic model in order to provide a wider variety of clinical experiences to graduate students in speech language pathology and audiology, and to better serve children and adults with hearing and communication needs in the region.


Woman wearing blue top with long brown hair

Dr. Rieko Darling, CCC-A

Professor AuD Program Director Audiology Clinic Director
AIC 372
Dr. Kelli Evans, CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, SLP Graduate Advisor

Dr. Kelli Evans, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor SLP Graduate Advisor
AIC 388
Dr. David Evans, CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Advisor

Dr. David Evans, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor Undergraduate Advisor
AIC 376
A man in glasses, and trimmed beard and mustache wearing a brown suit with tie and a large smile.

Dr. Douglas Sladen, CCC-A

Associate Professor Department Chair SLP Program Director
AIC 384
Dr. Jennifer Thistle, CCC-SLP stands outside on a spring day

Dr. Jennifer Thistle, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor Post-Baccalaureate Program Director
AIC 378

Visiting Professors


Dr. Megan Bennett, CCC-A a bright smiling woman in a tank top

Dr. Megan Bennett, CCC-A

AuD Internship Coordinator Clinical Educator
AI 354
Lorna Bower, Clinic Office Assistant sits outside under a huge rhododendron

Lorna Bower

Clinic Office Assistant
AIC 256
Dawn Burgess, CCC-SLP smiles in a button down denim shirt

Dawn Burgess, CCC-SLP

SLP Internship Coordinator Clinical Educator Instructor
AI 380

Adrienne Gray

Patient Services Coordinator
AI 256
Timothy Kraft  Biomedical/IT Specialist

Timothy Kraft

Biomedical/IT Specialist
AIC 334
Yarrow Pospisil, CCC-SLP smiles in a deep brown cozy sweater

Yarrow Pospisil, CCC-SLP

SLP Clinical Educator Instructor
AIC 274
Dr. Andrea Reed, CCC-A smiles outdoors as she is softly backlit by sunshine

Dr. Andrea Reed, CCC-A

Audiologist Clinical Educator
AIC 350
Lesley Stephens, Speech-Language Clinic Director

Lesley Stephens, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Clinic Director
AIC 278