Improving quality of life for the differently abled Children & Adults

Speech Therapy


Adam Stokey joined the L.I.F.E. team in July as a Speech Language Pathology Clinical Fellow.  Adam graduated with an M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in December 2012, then remained at UCF to teach for a semester as an adjunct professor.  Although he enjoyed teaching, working directly with clients is what he enjoys most.

Adam is native to central Florida, and had been considering a move out west for some time.  When he learned L.I.F.E. had an opening, he knew the time had come to leave the swamps of Florida behind.

Adam currently holds certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  Through his work in Behavior Analysis, Adam quickly discovered the power of communication in replacing problem behaviors, which eventually led him to pursue a career in Speech Language Pathology.  Adam comes to L.I.F.E. with 5+ years of experience working with children with ASD and developmental disabilities primarily in home settings.  He has also worked/consulted in a variety of other settings including schools, day-training programs, independent living, acute care hospital, and brain injury rehabilitation hospital.

Adam is joined in Arizona by his fiancé Sarah and their dog Sundance.  In his free time, Adam likes to get outdoors and enjoys surfing, diving, camping, and hiking whenever he gets the chance.


Donna is a Canadian who graduated with her Masters in Speech Pathology from Minot State University in North Dakota in 1994.  Enjoying the United States, she stayed to work at a private clinic serving both pediatrics and adults in Iowa.  From there she gained experience in both the medical setting and the schools in the northern U.S., as well as north of the border for several years.

Loving to learn, Donna has extensive continuing education including P.R.O.M.P.T. and PECS. Most recently, Donna stretched her skills with her own part-time private clinic in Saskatchewan, focusing on pediatrics and also served as President of the Speech-Language Pathology licensure board there.  Donna and her family, husband and two daughters, moved here to AZ in the record breaking, hot summer of 2012 to be closer to the aging in-laws in Gold Canyon AZ.

Living in Arizona is a dream, since Donna loves to swim and will swim year round in her backyard pool.  This crazy Canuck enjoys the fun staff here at L.I.F.E. and loves the challenges and rewards of working and playing with the clients.



Katie Verdugo M.S., CF-SLP is a Speech and Language Therapist at Lauren’s Institute for Education (LIFE). She graduated from Arizona State University in May 2013 with her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders with a pediatric emphasis. Prior to moving to Phoenix 9 years ago, Katie lived in Tucson where she graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor of art degree in 2002 (Bear down Wild Cats! And go Sun Devils too! Good thing LIFE takes both kinds!).

Prior to working at LIFE, Katie did home-based speech and language therapy for AzEIP.  Katie lives in Gilbert with her husband and two children. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her family, hiking and reading.


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