Our Staff

Jerry K. Hoepner, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor
Communication Sciences & Disorders Department
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

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  • Jerry started volunteering with the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group in the fall of 1997, shortly after it’s inception, as a student at UW Eau Claire
  • As a Speech Language Pathologist, he continued his role as a staff member since 1999.
  • Jerry is an associate professor at UW Eau Claire, where he teaches courses in Anatomy & Physiology, Neuroanatomy, Aphasia & Related Disorders, Counseling, Swallowing Disorders, and Acquired Cognitive Disorders.
  • His research relates to evaluation and training of everyday partners of individuals with traumatic brain injuries, video self-modeling, camper and student outcomes at Aphasia Camp, and teaching & learning techniques for college students.
  • His personal interests include family activities, woodworking, singing, hunting, and fishing.


Thomas L. Hintgen, MA CCC/SLP

Director Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group
Department of Rehabilitation Services
Ministry Health
Our Lady of Victory Hospital

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Tom is a Speech/Language Pathologist with over 35 years of experience.

  • Tom co-developed the Chipppewa Valley Aphasia Group with Mary Beth Clark in 1997.
  • Tom assists with training communication partners to successfully engage in conversations with people who have aphasia.
  • Tom is a contributor to the Chipppewa Valley Aphasia Group curriculum which provides communication practice, engagement is meaningful activity and encourages confidence in living with aphasia.
  • Tom has run small group training programs for people with aphasia using computers and the internet since 2004. The Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group offers “technology club” sessions routinely throughout the year.

Please take a look at this story about people with aphasia using technology.
Kindle Possibilities. A Blog describing the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group’s experience with the
Thomas L. Hintgen, Gretchen Anderson, Tom Sather, Mary Beth Clark.


Tom Sather, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Staff – Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group
Speech-Language Pathologist at Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire
Doctoral student at Western Michigan University’s Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program.

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Tom has been involved with the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group since 1997 when he started as a student intern with the aphasia group. He contributes to the CVAG curriculum and services provided. Some of the more memorable group experiences Tom has had include the trip to Speaking Out in Chicago with the aphasia group in 1998, conversation café’s, and a recent group curriculum on group members’ collectibles. He is interested in how people with aphasia participate in activities that are challenging but enjoyable to them.
Tom’s other interests include spending time with family, flyfishing and camping.


Mary Beth Clark
Speech Pathologist at Mayo Health Systems, Eau Claire.

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Mary Beth is a Speech Pathologist with over 25 years of experience.

  • Mary Beth has greater than 17 years of experience in working with individuals with neurological involvement including stroke with aphasia.
  • Mary Beth has years of experience with establishing communication partnerships with individuals with aphasia.
  • Mary Beth collaborated with Thomas Hintgen in 1997 to develop a communication group for individuals with aphasia.

Mary Beth co-developed the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Camp with Thomas Hintgen, Dr. Hoepner, and Tom Sather in 2004.


CVAG website picCarin Keyes, MS CCC-SLP

Staff:  Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group since October 2013

Speech Language Pathologist at Mayo Health Systems, Eau Claire.

Carin started volunteering with the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group in the fall of 2000, as a student at UW Eau Claire.  As a Speech Language Pathologist, she continued her role as a staff member beginning in 2013.  She currently does website management, participates in curriculum development, and shares meeting leader responsibilities.  Carin’s other interests include spending time with family, photography, genealogy, and letter writing.


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