Meet Our Team
DIANNA FINLAY, M.S., CCC-SLP | Owner and Clinic Director
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 | Owner and Clinic Administrator
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. In the fall she can be found on the University of Puget Sound and Charles Wright football fields cheering on her boys Cooper and Cade, on the sidelines of her daughters Sky and Taylor’s basketball games or Assistant “Coaching” sports for her son Decker. Wendy can also be found in the court room pews as she proudly supports her husband’s career as a trial lawyer representing victims of abuse and other catastrophic injuries.
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 10 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!
MATT SLOAN | Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Matt Sloan is a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) who specializes in sensory processing and integration. Before Matt was a COTA, he was a special education teacher for over 13 years specializing in behavior and social/emotional disorders. He is also a personal trainer and runs an adaptive fitness program called Sensory Fitness for kids with any adaptive need.
When Matt isn’t working he likes to spend time with his wife and two sons. Matt is often mistaken for his wife’s third child and rarely sits down.
MALORI JONES | Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Malori Jones is a nationally certified and licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant at Sky Bridge Therapies. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute with an Associate’s Degree of Occupational Science in 2017. While exposed to the school setting she discovered that she enjoys helping others communicate through adaptive technology. She recently hosted a Minecraft Club at the Exceptional Families Network here in Lakewood further developing children’s social skills through cooperative play.
Malori enjoys taking care of her “mini farm” with her boyfriend in Auburn. Her chickens, garden, and dog Kira keep her very busy.
Malori has seen firsthand what a difference Occupational Therapy services make with her nephews and looks forward to building therapeutic relationships and growth with the families of Pierce County.
JACQUE MALANOWICH | Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Jacque Malanowich is a nationally certified and licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant at Sky Bridge Therapies. She graduated from Green River College with an Associate in Applied Science degree after completing a Bachelors program at the University of Washington Tacoma, WA in Healthcare Leadership.
Jacque’s experience in the school district environment sparked the desire to serve the pediatric population. Understanding the importance of providing occupational therapy services to those in need, Jacque strives to provide an exceptional experience for the children and their families. Collaborating with other service providers and seeking continued learning opportunities in evidence-based practice are aspects very important to her.
When Jacque is not working, she is hiking with her husband or crafting up a new project. You will often find Jacque using her silly facial expressions and laughter to motivate and entertain those around her.
ALEXA JORDAN | Occupational Therapy 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.
LARAE WILLIAMS | Occupational Therapy Assistant
LaRae Williams is a nationally certified and licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant at Sky Bridge Therapies. She graduated from Green River College with an Associate in Applied Science. LaRae’s experience in the Tacoma school district during fieldwork inspired her to work with the pediatric population. Providing high quality therapy with a holistic approach to children and their families is her passion. Her hope is to increase functional abilities and encourage confidence with each experience.
When LaRae is not working, she loves to read, enjoy music and spend time with her friends, loving boyfriend, and large family.
ENNA CODEKAS | 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.
NATALIE REIDER | Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Natalie Reider is a licensed Washington State Speech Language Pathology Assistant at Sky Bridge Therapies. She graduated with her BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Washington University in 2015. Since graduating, she has worked in surrounding schools with children aged 3 to 12. In the schools, Natalie has gained professional experience with a wide range of treatment areas such as social/emotional behavioral support, articulation, developmental delays, augmentative & alternative communication devices and systems, and receptive/expressive communication. Moving on to a private practice is an exciting opportunity for Natalie to implement her own personal goal of providing a holistic and integrative therapy experience for all children and their families.
Natalie spends her free time doing home improvement projects with her husband Matt, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen and walking neighborhood parks with their dog Gus.
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 FARREN | 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.
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.