POST-BACCALAUREATE AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

SANDRA RIOS-AYALA

Undergraduate Student

Sandra is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University. Her interests include speech-language pathology with medical and bilingual concentrations. Sandra is a BUILD EXITO alumni and was introduced to research in partnership with BUILD EXITO. Sandra is assisting on a project focusing on the true vocal fold movements during cough. Her experience with BUILD EXITO, the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, and the Speech, Swallowing, and Respiration Lab have supported her with her plans for continuing with research.

JOSEPH ALONSO

Undergraduate Student

Joseph Alonso was born and raised in the Portland Metro Area where he graduated from West Linn High School. He enjoyed his time in AP Law and participated in sports. He is currently enrolled at Portland State University and studying Speech and Hearing Sciences where he wishes to pursue a career in Speech Pathology. He wants to work with children with disabilities. He has worked with a company called Rise Inc. where he has taken care of young adults with Autism. During his work with those within the Autism spectrum, he has helped with their ability to reach goals and achieve a better sense of communication. He is currently working in a lab focusing on vocal fold immobility on coughing as well as participating in other labs and activities. In his free time he gives to the homeless and others in need, in a project with the Seventh-Day Adventist church. 

KYLEE CARMONY

Undergraduate Student

Kylee Carmony is a third year undergraduate student studying Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University. She started her studies at Mt Hood Community College when she was a sophomore in high school in order to receive her AAOT when she graduated. She is fascinated by the medical concentrations of speech-language pathology and is looking to pursue a career in research. She is currently working on a lab regarding the movements of the true vocal folds during cough. Outside of the lab and school, Kylee spends much of her time hiking and exploring nature. She also really enjoys caring for her plants and gecko at home.

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KARYSSA STONICK

Third Year Undergraduate

Karyssa Stonick is an undergraduate student at Portland State University pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences who is excited to be joining the Speech, Swallowing, and Respiration Lab. She has a strong clinical interest in pursuing medical speech language pathology, and a research interest in exploring the interconnections between the many body systems involved in speech, swallowing, and respiration. Karyssa’s own experiences as a patient have inspired her passion for the field, her desire to contribute to the emerging understandings, and her drive to raise awareness and advocate for conditions that are rare, lesser known, or misunderstood like Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Dysautonomia, Sjogren’s Syndrome, chronic and invisible illnesses, and more. Outside of the lab and school, Karyssa enjoys spending much of her time going to the Oregon Coast, participating in water sports — kayaking, swimming, boogie boarding, surfing, paddle boarding, skimboarding, and more — doing photography, and playing cards.