Meet Our Team
DIANNA FINLAY, M.S., CCC-SLP | Executive Director and Founder
Dianna Finlay is the clinic director and a nationally certified speech–language pathologist at Sky Bridge Therapies. Dianna’s passion for helping others in conjunction with her enthusiasm for working with young children as a Speech–Language Pathologist serves as the foundation of Sky Bridge Therapies core values and vision. Dianna’s determination and desire to change the delivery of speech and occupational therapy services into a positive experience for children and families is her goal for every child’s treatment program.
Dianna earned both her BS and her MS in Speech–Language Pathology/Audiology from Molloy College in NY. Dianna‘s professional experiences includes pediatric speech, language and feeding therapy in a variety of settings as well speech and language rehabilitation for individuals who had sustained traumatic brain injury.
Dianna left the public school in 2014 in order to expand on her professional skills working with children with a variety of communication challenges in the private clinic setting. Dianna’s experience includes assessment and treatment of various areas including, Apraxia, Articulation, Attention Deficit, Auditory Processing, Augmentative & Alternative Communication, Receptive/Expressive Language, Feeding, Developmental Delays, Neurogenic Disorders, and Sensory, Social and Behavioral Deficiencies.
- Nationally Certified Speech Language Pathologist – Certificate of Clinical Competence, American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA)
- Licensed Speech Language Pathologist, State of Washington
- Washington State Educational Staff Associate
- Level I Prompt: Introduction to Technique Trained
Dianna is committed to coupling her knowledge and skillset with the insight of parents, caregivers, teachers, doctors, and other service providers to provide your child with individualized therapy through a collaborative team-based approach.
WENDY J. COCHRAN | Director of Public Relations and Founder
Wendy Cochran is an owner and Clinic Administrator at 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 children’s treatment needs, Wendy recognized the need for a clinic that addressed the whole child. Wendy and Decker were fortunate to have met Dianna who has treated Decker for the majority of his life. Over the years they realized they shared the same vision for meeting the needs of children in Pierce County and, with the help and support of Wendy’s husband Darrell, Sky Bridge Therapies was born.
Wendy is a proud wife and mother who spends her free time supporting her family’s endeavors. She is the proud parent of Cooper, studying at the University of Puget Sound and Cade, 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.
ENNA CODEKAS, M.S., CCC-SLP | Clinic Director and Speech Language Pathologist
Enna Codekas obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-language Pathology and Audiology at Andrews University in Michigan. She then obtained her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders at Washington State University. After her schooling, Enna worked in private therapy for 3 years and spent an additional 2 years in the Tacoma School District. ASHA Credentialed and WA State Licensed.
Enna’s choice to become a speech language pathologist came from her love of teaching children. She has been interested in speech pathology since she was 15 years old when she began babysitting a child who had a stuttering disorder. Her love of helping children grew from there and led her to where she is today.
Enna lives in Tacoma with her husband, step-son, German Shepherd, and bunny. Her enjoyments include hiking, camping, boating, biking, baking, and gardening.
SHANE FINLAY | Business Operations Manager
Shane Finlay obtained a Bachelor’s degree in International and Comparative Legal studies from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Post-graduation, Shane was commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer and served on active duty for six years.
In 2018, Shane left the military and expanded his professional skills in both business and tech by working for a top Seattle tech company. In 2019 he joined Sky Bridge Therapies, applying both his leadership and business experience to support both the clinic and local families.
MARISSA JOHNSON, MOT, OTR/L | Occupational Therapist
Marissa Johnson is the head of the Occupational Therapy department and is a nationally certified occupational therapist at Sky Bridge Therapies. Marissa has been specializing in pediatrics since obtaining her master’s of occupational therapy degree 12 years ago at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma Washington. In addition to pediatrics, Marissa’s professional experiences include work hardening/conditioning for injured workers, ergonomics training inpatient rehab and hand therapy.
Marissa has been working with children within the school district primarily, for the past 10 years. These children range in age from 3 to 17 years. Approximately a year and a half ago, Marissa transitioned to part time within the school district and began her own private practice to serve children and families within her community, based on family rather than educational priorities. This experience allowed for increased collaboration and communication with families, as well as other integral service providers. In addition to the school district and private practice, Marissa also worked with a Birth to Three agency, servicing children within their home and daycare environments.
Marissa’s experience includes assessment and treatment of various areas of functioning including Fine and Gross Motor, Social/Emotional/Behavioral, Self-Care and Sensory Processing/Self-Regulation skills. It has been a key goal, throughout her professional career, to be able to collaborate with other service providers to take a more comprehensive approach to treatment, rather than focusing on one area of concern.
Marissa is a mother of three children. Needless to say, life is very busy. During their free time, Marissa and her children enjoy going to parks, reading books, singing, dancing and laughing as much as possible!
PAIGE KENSIL, MSOT, OTR/L | Occupational Therapist
Paige is a nationally certified and licensed occupational therapist. She attended University of California, Santa Barbara for her undergraduate degree and got her Master’s degree at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. She knew early on that she wanted to work with children with special needs and found her way to OT while working as a contracted Registered Behavior Technician public schools in California. Her previous work experiences include children age 2-18, as well as with adults with special needs.
Paige enjoys working with children and their families to set goals and develop treatment plans collaboratively. Her goal is to progress each child towards their full potential through play and functional activities.
Paige and her boyfriend moved to Washington from California in 2017. During her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, traveling, and spending time with her boyfriend and their two dogs, Chloe and Scout.
ERICA PETRU, MSOT, OTR/L | Occupational Therapist
Erica is a nationally certified and licensed occupational therapist. After graduating from the University of Washington, Erica worked for several years in Seattle Public Schools both in general education and special education settings. These experiences inspired her to pursue a career in occupational therapy with the goal of helping children better access their education and environment. She received a Master’s in occupational therapy from the University of Puget Sound, and had the opportunity to complete internships at the VA Medical Center in Asheville, North Carolina and Castro Valley Unified School District in California. As a therapist, Erica strives to collaborate with children and families to make OT services fun, meaningful, and productive.
Erica lives in Tacoma with her partner and their dog, Charlie. During her free time she enjoys riding and fixing up bicycles, cooking for her friends, listening to music, and curling up with a good book.
MEGAN O’CONNELL | Speech Language Pathologist
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!
MICHELLE LANE | 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 will be saying “I DO” this summer to the love of her life, Jamie. She spends her free time with her family and friends when she is not vacationing or off on an adventure with her grandchildren.
ALEXA JORDAN | Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
Alexa Jordan graduated from Central Pennsylvania College in 2017 with her Associates Degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and became nationally certified and licensed in the states of Washington and Pennsylvania in 2018. While completing her level II fieldwork in college, she provided occupational therapy in both an elementary and middle school setting and decided that pediatrics was where she wanted to use her degree and her passion for working with children.
After getting married in August of 2018, Alexa moved across the country from Pennsylvania to Washington. When she is not working, she enjoys baking, painting, hiking and exploring Washington with her husband and their one year old black Labrador Retriever, Gunner.
SHEA SHOCHAT | Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Shea is a certified and licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant at Sky Bridge Therapies. She graduated from Spokane Falls Community College with an Associates degree of applied science. Before beginning school, she spent some time nannying for a few families in New York City. It was there she discovered the joy of working with children. She entered her OTA program with the goal of continuing to work with children in a more meaningful capacity. During fieldwork II, she was placed in a school district and a stroke rehab unit where she gained valuable experience working on fine motor and visual perception skills as well as physical and cognitive development. Her hope is to help kids reach their highest potential through the occupation of play!
Shea lives in Lakewood with her husband and 2 year old daughter. She loves art, exploring new cities and spending time with friends and family.
MEGAN THIELEN | Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Megan Thielen is a nationally certified and licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant at Sky Bridge Therapies. Megan received her BS in Therapeutic Recreation in 2015. After working as a certified recreational therapist for about 2 years, she decided to go back to school to pursue OT. She graduated from the occupational therapy assisting program from Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in Oklahoma in 2019. She has years of experience working with children with developmental disabilities from her time working as a nanny to a boy with special needs, in a special education classroom, and at after school programs. She has a passion for working with kids and loves the unique way that occupational therapy can help them!
Megan recently moved to Washington state and has enjoyed exploring it so far. In her free time she likes to hike, camp, swim, spend time with loved ones, play with her dog Scout, and travel.
MADDY SMITH | Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Maddy is a nationally certified occupational therapy assistant and is licensed in the state of Washington. Originally from Maine, she received her bachelors in exercise science and kinesiology in 2016 from the University of Maine. After taking a year off she decided to relocate to Washington in 2017 where she received her associates in applied science in occupational therapy from Bates Technical College in 2019. Maddy has experience working in the geriatric population in skilled nursing facilities in addition to pediatric outpatient experience from her fieldwork level 2. Through her fieldwork she has hands on experience working with children with sensory processing disorder, autism, Down’s syndrome, ADHD/ADD, and behavioral disorders. Maddy has always wanted to work with children and knows the value and importance that play has on a child’s development.
When not working she enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, rock climbing, being with friends, and kayaking! She is thrilled to be a part of the Sky Bridge Therapies team!
MERYL SANCHEZ | Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Meryl was born and raised in the Philippines, wherein she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She moved to the USA right after graduating in 2016. Initially, she was set on taking a different career path and worked a couple of unrelated jobs. It’s not until an SLPA job opportunity opened up, back in 2017, at a non-profit early intervention program from birth to three that she got back on track and earned her SLPA Washington state license. There, she fell in love with the kids and reminded her how fruitful it can be. She undertook multiple roles, both as a Family Resources Coordinator and SLPA, wherein she learned various therapy approaches from different SLPs, additional set of perspective from collaborations with educators, and also the significance of building successful relationships with families as they are the key component towards a child’s success. From then onwards, she ventured to private practice to gain more experience in various ages and abilities. She believes that there’s always room for improvement. She is flexible to adapt to anything that enables her to sharpen her knowledge, skills, and attitude for the betterment of both herself and the clients she serves.
In her free time, Meryl loves to browse Pinterest for any ideas, but mostly recipes for baking. She also has a love for reading crime and mystery novels, and are collecting them to build a future mini house library with a reading nook.
KENDALYN VOSS | Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Kendalyn graduated with her BS in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. After working extensively with children with Autism through the Wisconsin Early Autism Project and as a paraprofessional at Kent Mountain View Academy, she exited the workforce to nurture her two young children. Due to her interaction with speech therapists in her earlier work, she decided to pursue a career in the field of Speech Pathology. Over the past 4 years, Kendalyn has studied in the field of communicative disorders as she works toward her Masters, while gaining practical experience as a SLPA – working at a private practice and local private school before the arrival of her third child shifted her focus to motherhood once more. She is excited to return to the clinic and put her continuing education to use, and her previous work with Dianna and the opening of Sky Bridge presented that timely opportunity!
Kendalyn and her husband, Tom, are transplants to the Pacific NW and love exploring the area with their three children – riding bikes, going to the beach, and hiking more and more as their kids grow!
MEGAN SCHERICH | Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Megan graduated from Western Washington University with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2015. Additionally, she completed a certification course for Early Childhood Education at Bellevue College in the Fall of 2017. Following graduation from Western, she gained experience working with a variety of individuals, yet found her passion in infants and young children. After working in childcare centers, as well as hospitals, she is looking forward to building relationships in the community of a private clinic. Megan is passionate about incorporating play and fun into therapy in order to create meaningful and impactful experiences.
In the next year, Megan looks forward to planning for her wedding with her fiance, Ryan, as well as watching her niece and nephew grow up. She enjoys spending time outdoors and hopes to compete in a triathlon in the near future!
CAYCEE JACKSON | Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Caycee Jackson graduated with her BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Harding University in the Fall of 2017. Since graduating, Caycee moved to Washington and quickly began working as an SLPA in the school setting. Caycee has always had a passion for working with kids and is excited to now begin working in a private clinic.
Caycee’s desire to become an SLPA stemmed from observing the fantastic therapists that assisted her younger sister that has cleft-lip and palate.
Caycee spends her free time exploring the beautiful state of Washington with her husband and 3 Labrador Retrievers.
LAVINIA ARNOLD | Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Lavinia graduated from Tacoma Community College with Associates of Arts and Science in 2016. She continued her education at the University of Washington in Seattle where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences: Communication Disorders in 2018.
Following graduation from the University of Washington, she gained experience helping at the private clinics in Tacoma area. Since she was sixteen, Lavinia has committed her life working with children. She worked and currently volunteers at the health and fitness organization where she is teaching swim classes for exceptional children of all ages with a variety of speech and language disorders including; Autism, Developmental Delays, Expressive/Receptive Language Disorders, and Articulation/Phonological disorders. Playing a part in a child’s improvement, and celebrating that achievement, is especially gratifying to Lavinia.
In her free time, Lavinia likes painting, helping with a kindergarten class at her church, teaching children to swim, and spending time at the beach with her husband and cockatoo umbrella, Zoey.
NIKKI ANDREOTTI | Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Nikki graduated from the University of Oregon with her BS In Communication Disorders and Sciences and a minor in Special Education. Nikki always knew she wanted to work with children from a young age but discovered her passion after she was paired in high school with a preschooler enrolled in speech therapy. In watching his progress, growth and challenges she knew that this was going to be her career path. While in Eugene she worked one-on-one with a young student with autism and volunteered in a preschool, where she supported the students and teachers in their everyday activities, focused on cognitive development and fine and large motor skills. After graduating college, Nikki worked as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher where she gained more experience teaching and working with students.
Nikki was offered the job at Sky Bridge Therapies and made a short move from Oregon to Washington. She is excited to explore Washington and visit new places. She enjoys hiking, cycling, listening to true crime podcasts, and coaching volleyball. She often goes back to Oregon to visit friends and family, especially her nephew Jackson, her niece Raelynn.
SHELLY SHEAR | Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Shelly graduated from Eastern Washington University with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May of 2019. Following her graduation from Eastern, she found a passion for working with children through assisting in private clinics and early literacy programs. She’s optimistic about working with this team to further her education, build relationships and broaden her experience within a private clinic. Her goal is to create an open and motivating environment for children of all ages and abilities. Through a team-based approach, her hope is to ensure that all clients and families leave each therapy session with a positive impact.
Since moving from Idaho, Shelly enjoy’s exploring everything the Pacific North West has to offer including all of the beautiful areas to hike and places to eat. In her free time, she enjoy’s traveling, fishing, reading, drawing, playing the guitar, and spending quality time with friends and family.
COOPER M. COCHRAN | 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 a Psychology major at the University of Puget Sound and an active member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at the school. My ultimate goal is to graduate with a Masters in Occupational Therapy and I spend a good deal of my free time interning at Sky Bridge Therapies to learn more about how I can become a successful therapist in the future.
NICOLE LENARD | Administration Team Lead
Nicole Lenard is the Administrative Team Supervisor at Sky Bridge Therapies. Nicole graduated from Middle College in 2001 and since that time she has worked in hospitals and community clinics in customer service, billing and supervisory roles.
Nicole is a proud wife, mother of 2 and grandmother of 1, who spends her free time supporting her family’s endeavors. She is also a dog lover of 2, Sheiba and Yoda, who keep her busy with lots of walks and outdoor adventures.