Meet Our Team
At Sky Bridge Therapies, we believe in the value of relationships between our therapists and your child. With a team of over 20 certified and experienced therapists, we can ensure your child works with a therapist that is right for them. With a wide range of backgrounds, personalities, and skill sets, your child will get the best care for their needs.
Our Team Leads
WENDY J. COCHRAN | Founder/CEO
Wendy Cochran is the Founders of Sky Bridge Therapies. After a long and fulfilling career working in personal injury law where her firm had a focus on protecting and representing children with disabilities, she had her fifth (and final) child and became a stay at home mother. At age 2 her youngest son, Decker, was diagnosed with Autism and Wendy spent 3 years traveling Pierce County to as many as 3 facilities and 8 appointments per week. Having trekked the same paths 10 years prior with her eldest son seeking therapy, it became clear that not much had changed in the therapy community. There is still a huge gap between services needed by children and what is offered in Pierce County. More than just addressing a piece of a child’s treatment needs, Wendy recognized the need for a clinic that addressed the whole child.
Wendy is a proud wife and mother who spends her free time supporting her family’s endeavors. She is the proud parent of Cooper who is attending the Doctorate program of Occupational Therapy at the University of Puget Sound and Cade who is studying at UCLA. She cheers on daughters Skylar and Taylor as they compete and participate in academics, sports and music. Wendy also supports Decker and his peers in elementary school through volunteering and coaching. She can also be found in the courtroom pews as she proudly supports her husband’s career as a trial lawyer representing victims of abuse and other catastrophic injuries.
RACHELLE BOGUE, MS-HCA | Director of Business Operations
Rachelle has her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from California State University, East Bay. Prior to joining Sky Bridge Therapies, she served as Practice Administrator for a private MFT therapy clinic. She also managed the HIV and Hepatitis C testing and linkage to care programs at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and Sutter Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, a 2 site emergency department hospital with over 97,500 annual visits located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rachelle has experience in patient engagement, community outreach, strategic planning and program management, and she has presented at National and International conferences regarding best practices in the field of HIV/HCV program management. She is excited to be part of the Sky Bridge Therapies team!
Rachelle recently moved from California to Washington. In her free time, she enjoys traveling (and travel planning), crocheting, knitting, spending time with her husband and their two cats: Oliver & Luci (short for Lucifer, both named after Disney cats) reading, and exploring the beautiful state of Washington that she now proudly calls home.
NANCY RICKERSON, PhD/OTR-L | Director of Therapy Services
Biography coming soon…
CYNTHIA BONILLA, MOTR/L | Occupational Therapy Department Clinical Manager
Cynthia, aka “Cindy”, has her master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of New Mexico – Albuquerque. Cindy’s background is well rounded, in management capacities, owner of a private practice, and collaborative partnerships with speech and physical therapists. For the past 16 years, Cindy has worked in early childhood, schools, and clinics (inpatient and outpatient), rural health in New Mexico specifically with children diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, autism spectrum, and other developmental disorders. She was a camp OT mentor for an autism camp in New Mexico for 3 years. Cindy has focused her continuing education on specific needs for children including visual processing and vision rehabilitation, sensory processing and self-regulation, gross and fine motor strengthening to improve hand dexterity, grasping, and manipulation skills.
Cindy moved to the Pacific NW in 2009, and after moving up along the west coast, reports having finally found “home” in Washington State. She is currently working on a PhD in Public Health, specializing in Health Education and Promotion, as her vision is to be part of a collaborative community-based program that can better serve and support parents (to empower and support them) in meeting the needs of their children with autism or other delays. Cindy’s hobbies include being a fan of the Mariners, Seahawks, and Storm (oh yea, add the Kracken to that list!), she loves dogs and cats (has one of each), reading science and fiction, learning new skills like crocheting, ukele, and meeting new people that love to laugh. and enjoy the great outdoors in this beautiful state.
MICHELLE LANE | OT Support Manager/Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Michelle Lane is a nationally certified and licensed Occupational therapy assistant at Sky Bridge therapies. She graduated from Green River College with an Associates degree in applied science.
Through Michelle’s life experiences she has developed a passion for working with children. She strives to connect with families to provide a rewarding and successful therapy experience while making a positive change for the children as they are working toward their independence.
Michelle got married to the love of her life last year, and is making new memories as she prepares for the future. She spends her free time with her family and friends when she is not vacationing or off on an adventure with her grandchildren.
ALLYSON VACCARO-PELTON, M.A., CCC-SLP | Speech Therapy Department Clinical Manager
Allyson received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in May 2011. She received her master’s degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University in Hampton, VA in May 2013. Since receiving her degree, Allyson has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including home health, preschools, public elementary schools, and pediatric hospital outpatient clinic.
Her experience is vast including working with children with a variety of speech and language disorder such as articulation/phonological disorders, language disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, stuttering and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Allyson’s passion lies in helping early language learners from age 18 months – 5 years find their voice and their means to communicate.
Allyson is the proud military spouse of a Navy Sailor who is serving at Naval Bangor-Kitsap. She also serves her military community as the Treasurer of her husband’s command Family Readiness Group, which helps coordinate events to build camaraderie and increase connection for military families. While her husband was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Allyson had the pleasure of working with military families in the elementary schools on base as a Speech Language Pathologist. Her experience as a military spouse has helped shape her to become a better clinician and provide services to those military families in need.
Allyson moved to the PNW in September 2019. She loves being near both the water and the mountains. In her spare time, she enjoys running and hiking as well as spending time with her husband and dog. She is honored to be part of such a strong team here at Sky Bridge Therapies!
MEGAN O’CONNELL, M.A., CCC-SLP | Speech Language Pathologist Supervisor
Megan earned a BS in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences as well as BAs in Spanish Language and Linguistics at Purdue University in Indiana. During her time as an undergraduate, she enjoyed participating in fun, camp-style programs which provided children with special needs the opportunity to work on speech and physical therapy goals.
Megan continued to graduate school but took a year of leave to complete a Fulbright grant in Arequipa, Peru, where she assisted with English courses and cultural exchange at a local university and rural areas of the city. Megan returned to the United States and finished her studies, graduating with her master’s in Communication Disorders and a certificate of bilingualism in Spanish language from Our Lady of the Lake University in Texas.
Drawn to the culture of support and collaboration at Sky Bridge Therapies, it was an exciting decision for Megan to complete her Clinical Fellow year here. She strives to provide quality care for those of a variety of backgrounds and abilities as well as appreciates working as a team to create the best experience possible for our community and its goals.
In her free time, Megan’s hobbies include hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time with loved ones. Since moving to Washington, she has also begun learning to rock climb with her boyfriend!
NICOLE LENARD | Office Administrator
Nicole has been with Sky Bridge Therapies since early 2019. She first started as the Front Desk Receptionist and Authorizations Clerk, and moved on to the Administrative Team Lead, to her current position as Facilities & Billing Manager, where she helps with all the behind the scene administrative tasks such as managing patient accounts and the billing process.
Nicole graduated from Middle College in 2001 and since that time, has worked in hospitals and community clinics in customer service, billing, and supervisory roles.
Nicole is a native Washingtonian, a proud wife, mother of two, and a grandmother to one, and the youngest of eight children. She also has two dogs named Sheiba and Yoda, who keep her busy with a lot of walks and outdoor activities. When she is not working, Nicole enjoys spending time with her big family, cooking, spending time outside, and volunteering at Fish Food Bank.
COOPER M. COCHRAN | Founding Member/Intern
I have always been a little different than other kids. Where noise wouldn’t affect most kids it physically hurt me and caused severe anxiety. Where some kids would engage in interactions and talk with one another, I chose to be alone because I just didn’t know how to communicate with others. Everyday life was a challenge, coping resulted in tears and stress beyond what other kids experienced. My mom took me in to a Developmental Pediatrician at a young age and we realized that it wasn’t my fault. The doctor used the terms “developmental delays” and “Aspergers” which gave us something to point to for the reason why I was having such a hard time coping in life. I never knew what it all meant but from that point on life changed.
My mom took me to speech therapy and occupational therapy appointments several times a week to ensure I learned the life skills necessary to be successful in life. After nine years of hard work, I turned a corner. With the support of my parents, coaches and teachers, I gained more confidence and took on new challenges. I joined athletic teams receiving my varsity letter in three sports, and even took Advanced Placement courses in high school. By gaining the tools necessary to go through life I have become a success in school and on the field.
Today I am enrolled in the University of Puget Sound doctoral program and an active member of the Phi Delta fraternity at UPS. I am excited to continue on my path of learning pediatric occupational therapy, interning and learning at Sky Bridge Therapies as I pursue my doctorate in an area that is close to my heart.