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Meet Our Team

Jill Tullman

Jill received her Bachelor degree in Communication Disorders from Fontbonne University in Saint Louis, Missouri.  She received her Master of Science degree from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts in 1992.   Jill has spent her career working with individuals who have complex communication needs and rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies, techniques and speech generating devices/AAC technology.  Prior to starting this private practice in 2002, Jill worked in hospital, clinic, and public school settings in Colorado, California, and Oregon.  Jill works with and consults with families, schools, and intervention teams across Colorado. She regularly speaks at local, national and international conferences.

Christie Bowers

Christie is excited to join the team at Jill Tullman and Associates and has been supporting children and families in various educational settings since 2000.  She earned her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science degrees in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  While in an educational setting, Christie served as a direct service provider, AAC consultant, and AAC coordinator.  She addresses children’s individual needs through targeted assessment, writing meaningful goals, teaching skills directly, and supporting the generalization of skills through consultation.  Christie takes great pride in her collaborative approach with families, educators, and special service providers to support children and their functional communication needs.   Christie is passionate about collaborating with children’s teams to best support their communication needs in a positive and effective manner.

David Adelstein

David received both his Master of Business Administration and Master of of Arts degree in Education from American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California in 2001.  He has been with Jill Tullman and Associates since its beginning as its Chief Financial Officer.  He is instrumental in running day to day financial operations and implementing systems.

Jenny Kitchen

Jenny received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia in 2010 and her Master of Arts degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012.  Jenny began her career at Jill Tullman and Associates, where she worked for four years. After treating children and adults in a home health setting in Tennessee, Jenny is thrilled to be back at Jill Tullman and Associates and back in Colorado.  Jenny knew from a young age that she wanted to be a speech therapist, and she is passionate about helping individuals with complex communication needs who use AAC.  She considers it an honor to be a part of someone’s communication journey and to help her clients use language to participate in life to the fullest extent possible. 

Mary-Frances Emerson

Mary-Frances received her Bachelor degree in Communication Disorders from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.  She received her Master of Science degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2015.  While in graduate school she had the privilege of doing her externship at United Ability, a day program for adults with disabilities in Birmingham, Alabama.  There, she developed a passion for working with and supporting individuals with complex communication needs and for AAC.  She then worked at United Ability for three years, until she and her husband moved to Denver in June of 2018.  Mary-Frances began working at Jill Tullman and Associates in January 2019.

Michelle Lange

Michelle is an occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 10 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator and Clinical Editor of NRRTS Directions magazine. Michelle is a RESNA Fellow and member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA. We are thrilled to have Michelle with Jill Tullman & Associates two days a month to address the seating, positioning and access to assistive technology needs of individuals we work with.

Nicole Wight

Nicole received her Bacherlor degree in Business from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minnesota.  Prior to joining Jill Tullman and Associates, she worked in hotel and country club management and sales. She moved to Colorado when her twins were 3 years old, in 2003. Through volunteering at her kid’s elementary school, Nicole became passionate about helping children with disabilities and spent several years working as an Educational Assistant. That desire to help others led her to Jill Tullman & Associates to be able to continue with her business background, while still being involved in watching kid, teens and adults thrive through and communicate to their full potential.

Ruth Tesfamariam

Ruth is from Ethiopia.  She moved to the Denver area about 15 years ago with her family.  Ruth uses TouchChat with WordPower, an AAC application on her iPad, to communicate.  In her free time,  Ruth enjoys playing games, Facebook, talking with friends, and watching sports on TV.  Ruth also enjoys volunteering at Junior Wheelchair Camp every summer and spending time with friends in her talker group.  Ruth thinks it is wonderful having opportunities to talk with children, teens, young adults, and their parents, siblings, grandparents and caregivers when they come to our Centennial office.