Hi there! My name is Elizabeth Baruch (‘Buh-roosh’) and I am originally from the Chicagoland area. Since undergrad, I have moved to the east coast, west coast, Midwest and now back to northern California! I completed my Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Nazareth College of Rochester where I was part of a deafness specialty preparation program in conjunction with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). The program was designed to prepare SLPs to foster spoken language learning and literacy in children who use cochlear implants through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Since then, I have worked across the spectrum of deafness; from schools for the deaf to a cochlear implant center at a research hospital. No matter the setting, my passion for developing strong language foundations and supporting academic outcomes in children who are deaf or hard of hearing only continues to grow. Outside of work, my passions include camping, hiking, biking, trail running, taking road trips in a 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia, and working toward seeing all 58 national parks. I am extremely grateful to have joined the CCHAT family this year and look forward to working with each child and their family on their journey.