About Us

The Speech Buddies Story

We are a small team of parents, speech therapists, and engineers. A trusted option for parents for years, we have helped over 50,000 children achieve their full potential in speech. We passionately believe that every child has a voice. And that voice deserves to be heard.

At our core, we are motivated to help children - we want every kid to have an opportunity to get in and out of speech therapy quickly so they can go back to being a kid! We started as a product company, driven by the desire to invent technology solutions in a field that traditionally has had none. As our first product, Speech Buddies Tools, became known around the world, we had the opportunity to speak with thousands of parents and speech therapists and to learn about the challenges that were most important to them:

We learned that parents have questions about how to find the speech help they need. We learned that they are frustrated by waiting months for public options, only to discover that they're ineligible. Parents watch anxiously as months or even years of crucial language development time slip by.

At the same time, speech therapists are frustrated by an inefficient private practice model. Drowning in paperwork and relying on client referrals that are mainly word-of-mouth, it’s no surprise that it takes over 16 years of practice, on average, to be able to start an independent private practice. We thought there had to be a better way.

This is why we created Speech Buddies Connect, the first online Marketplace for parents to find and book appointments with local speech professionals. Now, no matter what type of speech challenge affects your child, we will send a licensed & vetted speech professional to your home to work with your family. We choose only the best therapists to join our network. We’ve made booking appointments much easier with flexible visit times to fit your schedule. This expanded service is available in Brooklyn & Manhattan and is growing rapidly.

At Speech Buddies, we’re using technology to create elegant solutions that will improve your family’s access to top-notch care. We’re here for you and we’re listening. Please let us know how we’re doing! We can’t wait to hear what you and your children have to say.

Management Team

ADRIENNE PENAKE, CFA

Chief Executive Officer

Adrienne has overseen the commercial strategy, finance and marketing as Chief Operating Officer since 2010 and was named CEO in 2014. Prior to joining Speech Buddies, Adrienne was the VP of Corporate Development at Prosper Marketplace, an Associate Director at Bear, Stearns & Co. in San Francisco and began her career at Goldman Sachs in New York. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University. A former Board Member of the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco and a member of the CFA Institute, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.

ALEXEY SALAMINI

President & Technological Co-founder

Alexey is a medical device entrepreneur with a passion for developing elegant solutions to help improve global standards for health care. Prior to founding Speech Buddies, Alexey helped found Miramar Labs, a dermatology start-up spun out of the Foundry, a medical device incubator. Alexey began his career as a product designer and manager at IDEO and is an inventor on more than a dozen issued patents. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from MIT.

GORDY ROGERS, M.S. CCC-SLP

Chief Scientific Officer & Clinical Co-Founder

Gordy is principal investigator for all Speech Buddies’ clinical efficacy programs, and a regular contributor to the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association’s research and commercial programs. His clinical practice at Brooklyn Speech Solutions focuses on speech and articulation disorders for preschool and school-aged children. Gordy earned his Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from Yale University and his Master of Science in speech-language pathology from Teachers College at Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two children.

MIKE GODWIN

Director of Marketing

Mike is an Art + Data enthusiast, telling visual stories with and about data in drawings, books, public art, and web applications. He joined the team after launching a news publishing web analytics startup, and is proud to have built the first levitation apparatus ever used in a Kabuki theater. He holds a BA in Archaeology & Art History from Columbia University, a Masters in Fine Art from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He lives in Oakland with his wife and daughter.

KIMBERLY MCCOLLISTER

Director of Product & Marketing

Kim has a passion for all things tech and design. She began her career in marketing and PR, but shifted to product development, usability, and design after joining Wikia.com, a top 20 website founded by Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales. Helping the company grow sparked her passion for start-ups. In 2012, Kim collaborated with Zendesk and the Tenderloin Tech Lab to create Link-SF. After speaking on a SXSW panel about the project, it has gone on to recieve enormous media attention and growth. Kim is completing her MFA in Web Design and received her BA at UCSC.

BRIAN JANKE

Customer Service & Operations Manager

Brian is a jack of all trades with experience in sales, customer service, marketing and teaching in various industries. Before joining Speech Buddies, he completed a one year stint in Munich, Germany where he sold titanium bars and plates to aerospace companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Toledo. If you catch him out of the office, he will most likely be playing or watching a sport.

Advisers

Kurt Blasena

President and Chief Revenue Officer, HealthGrades

Terry Peigh

Senior Vice President, Interpublic Group

Roberta Jacobs

CEO, Fanatic, Serial Entrepreneur

Mark Jacobstein

Chief User Engagement Officer, Guardant Health, Serial Entrepreneur

Dr. Dennis Ruscello, Ph.D

Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Professor, West Virginia University

Gary Petersmeyer

CEO Collagen Corporation, Aesthetic Sciences Corporation

Donna Orloff, M.S., CCC-SLP

Director, Full Potential Resource Center

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Terms of Use:

Please read these Terms of Use carefully before using the services offered by Speech Buddies, Inc.

Summary of Service

Speech Buddies Connect and Speech Buddies Games allow users to communicate with other users on the platform. We define users as “speech-language pathologists,” or “speech therapists,” and “parents.” The intention of Speech Buddies Connect is to allow parents looking for speech therapy services for their children to contact and communicate with licensed Speech-Language Pathologists who provide speech services. Speech Buddies Games allows students to practice online exercises that can help improve their speech and articulation. Speech Buddies Games can be used by Students, Parents, and Speech-Language Pathologists.

By using this service you agree that:

  • You are licensed in your state or country to provide speech services as a Speech Language Pathologist, Speech Language Pathologist Assistant, Speech and Language Therapist, or other health professional.
  • You have necessary permission from the student and parent, if necessary, to provide speech services.
  • You have permission to perform lessons and exercises with a given student.
  • You will not solicit members of Speech Buddies Connect for purposes other than providing private speech and language therapy services.
  • You will maintain respectful and professional communication during communication with any and all members of the Speech Buddies community.

Speech Buddies’ Privacy Policy

  • Speech Buddies, Inc. takes reasonable steps to protect your personally identifiable information as you transmit your information from your computer to our site and to protect such information from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. However, no Internet transmission is ever totally secure or error-free. In particular, email sent to or from this site may not be secure, and you should therefore take special care in deciding what information you send to us via e-mail.
  • Speech Buddies, Inc. uses the information you provide or that we collect to operate, maintain, enhance, and provide all of the features, information and services found on the Websites. We will use your email address, without further consent, for administrative purposes, for customer service purposes, to address intellectual property infringement, rights of privacy, or defamation issues.
  • Speech Buddies, Inc. uses all of the information that we collect to understand and analyze the usage trends and preferences of visitors to the Websites, to improve the way the Websites works and looks, and to create new features and functionality.
  • Speech Buddies, Inc. may use “automatically collected” information and “cookies” information to: (a) remember your information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the Websites; and (b) monitor aggregate site usage metrics such as total number of visitors and pages viewed.
  • Speech Buddies, Inc. does not sell, trade, rent or share your personally identifiable information with other organizations for their marketing or promotional uses without your express consent.
  • Speech Buddies, Inc. may disclose automatically collected and other aggregate non-personally-identifiable information with interested third parties to assist such parties in understanding the usage, viewing, and demographic patterns for certain programs, content, services, advertisements, promotions, and/or functionality on the Websites.
  • Speech Buddies, Inc. works with some authorized service providers to provide website hosting and maintenance as well as other services for us. Speech Buddies, Inc. requires these services providers to safeguard personally identifiable information you provide to us. To the extent it is necessary for these service providers to complete their contractual obligations to Speech Buddies, Inc.; these third parties may have access to or process your personally identifiable information. Speech Buddies, Inc. generally limits their use of your personally identifiable information to the purpose for which it was shared.
  • Speech Buddies, Inc. may also disclose User information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with state and federal laws or respond to a court order, judicial or other government subpoena, or warrant. In some cases, we may make such disclosures without first providing notice to Users.
  • Speech Buddies, Inc. also reserves the right to disclose User information that we believe, in good faith, is appropriate or necessary to take precautions against liability; protect Speech Buddies, Inc. from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses; to investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations; to assist government enforcement agencies; to protect the security or integrity of the Websites; or to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Speech Buddies, Inc., our Users, or others.

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