Meet Our Staff
Benjamin Harden, Au.D., CCC-A.
Clinical Director, Gallaudet University Hearing, & Speech Center
Benjamin Harden received his Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) with emphasis in pediatric audiology from Gallaudet University in 2012. Prior to this, he received his B.Sc. in Biopsychology at Nebraska Wesleyan University and completed post-baccalaureate studies in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before returning to Washington, D.C., Dr. Harden owned and operated an audiology consulting practice Singapore and was formerly the Head of Audiology for a multinational hearing healthcare company spanning Southeast Asia.
Professional interests: Clinical and operational management, clinical practice research and pediatric audiology.
Outside interests: Dr. Harden is a Nebraska native and is currently pursuing an MBA degree. He and his wife surpass their 10,000 steps a day chasing around their energetic 2-year-old son.
Elizabeth Marcinkus, Au.D., CCC-A
Elizabeth Marcinkus graduated with a B.S. in Communication Disorders from Boston University in 2002 and earned her clinical doctorate in audiology (Au.D.) at Gallaudet University in 2006. Dr. Marcinkus worked in a variety of clinical and academic settings prior to joining the staff of the Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences in 2014. As a clinical audiologist, Dr. Marcinkus provides diagnostic and hearing aid services to clients across the lifespan (newborn through elderly) and sees clients from both the Gallaudet/Deaf community as well as the DC/MD/VA metro area.
In her role as the clinical coordinator of audiology, she oversees the in-house clinical education of the Doctoral Audiology (AuD) students as well as functions as the Externship Coordinator for 4th year Au.D. students.
Professional interests: Audiological services within the d/Deaf Community, infant diagnostics/ABR, and adult hearing aid services. Dr. Marcinkus is also an adjunct lecturer within the department, teaching courses in (1) Anatomy & Physiology of the Auditory & Vestibular System and (2) Pediatric Audiology.
Outside interests: When outside of the office, Dr. Marcinkus can be found working in her garden, spending time with her husband and two children, and co-leading her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop.
Lucas Lancaster, Au.D., CCC-A
Lucas Lancaster’s early training was initially in the areas of software development and computer engineering. Dr. Lancaster graduated with a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida (2010), followed by a clinical doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) from Gallaudet University (2014). Dr. Lancaster has worked and trained in a variety of settings, including research facilities, military hospitals, private practice as well as university clinics. Dr. Lancaster is a trilingual clinical audiologist, providing a range of pediatric and adult diagnostic and treatment in English, Spanish and American Sign Language.
Professional interests: Diagnosis and treatment of central auditory processing disorders, as well as disorders of the vestibular/balance systems. As an adjunct lecturer, Dr. Lancaster has taught (1) Neural Bases of Hearing and Balance, (2) Anatomy & Physiology of the Auditory and Vestibular System, and (3) Sociology of Deafness
Outside interests: Dr. Lancaster, a Hispanic graduate of Gallaudet University, enjoys participation in social gatherings and events featuring Deaf and Latin/Hispanic Cultures. Between semesters he can be found snowboarding, surfing, scuba diving, or photographing a new travel adventure. Locally he remains active in seasonal team sports such as soccer and rowing.
Brandy Charles, Au.D., CCC-A
Brandy Charles received her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2004 and her Doctorate in Audiology in 2008 from the University of Pittsburgh. Following her Externship at the VA Hospital, Dr. Charles worked in both medical and private practice settings, as well as serving as a clinical supervisor for both the University of Pittsburgh and Loyola University of Maryland. Dr. Charles has also served as the Audiology Supervisor for the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute’s Cleft Palate Program and Loyola’s Brain Injury Assessment Program. Dr. Charles joined Gallaudet’s Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences as a Clinical Educator in 2018. Dr. Charles is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology with the American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association (ASHA).
Professional interests: Adult hearing assessment and rehabilitation, vestibular evaluation, assistive listening technology, and adult amplification services. Dr. Charles is also an adjunct lecturer within the department, teaching the Amplification II course.
Outside interests: Dr. Charles enjoys adventuring outdoors, spending time with her husband, daughter, and two dogs, and trying new restaurants and cuisines.
Megan Hoben, Au.D., CCC-A
Megan Hoben received her B.S from Emerson College in 2003 and her Doctorate in Audiology from Gallaudet University in 2008. Prior to joining Gallaudet’s Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences as a clinical educator, Dr. Hoben worked as a clinical audiologist in both hospital and private practice settings. Dr. Hoben holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology with the American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association (ASHA).
In her role as Community Outreach Coordinator, Dr. Hoben identifies and coordinates opportunities to provide education to both the campus community and the surrounding areas.
Professional interests: Newborn hearing screening, electrophysiological measures, and the use of applications for remote hearing aid adjustments.
Outside interests: Dr. Hoben enjoys spending time in nature with her family.
Speech-Language Pathology Program
Robin Goffen, M.S., CCC-SLP
Robin Goffen graduated with a B.S. in Communication Science and Disorders from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1984 and completed her M.A.T. at Indiana University in 1985. Following her Clinical Fellowship in 1986 at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville, VA, Ms. Goffen worked in the Charlottesville Public Schools. In 1990, Ms. Goffen joined the staff of Gallaudet University’s Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences as a Clinical Educator. In 2001, Ms. Goffen added the responsibilities of Internship Coordinator and in 2014, Ms. Goffen became the Clinic Coordinator for the Speech Language Pathology team.
Professional interests: Varies from working with adult clients with neurogenic communication disorders to pediatric clients with articulation and language delays. The favorite aspect of Ms. Goffen’s job is supervising the speech language pathology graduate students.
Outside interests: When not at work, Ms. Goffen enjoys spending time with her family and friends whether it be hiking, traveling, exploring new restaurants, or just relaxing.
Melissa Choy-Yuen, M.S., CCC-SLP
Melissa Choy-Yuen joined the staff of the Department of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences in January 2020. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida in 2016 and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Gallaudet University in 2018. Ms. Choy-Yuen holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA-CCC), as well as state licensure in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Additionally, she is a child of deaf adults (CODA) and is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL).
Professional interests: Working with clients across the lifespan and a variety of disorder areas such as articulation and language delays and aural rehabilitation.
Outside interests: In her free time, Melissa enjoys reading, exploring the Washington DC area, and spending time with her husband and friends.
Margarita “Maggie” Perez, M.S., CCC-SLP
Margarita “Maggie” Perez is a Clinical Educator/Speech-Language Pathologist in the Department of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences. She has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2014 and joined the Gallaudet team in August 2019. Maggie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida in 2012 and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Gallaudet University in 2014. She has worked with pediatrics across a variety of populations and settings. Most recently working at a nonpublic school for children (K-2) with autism spectrum disorder and/or learning disabilities. Maggie holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA-CCC) along with Maryland and DC state licensure. Maggie is originally from Miami, Florida and is a child of deaf adults (CODA). She is fluent in Spanish and in American Sign Language (ASL).
Professional interests: Interests revolve around all things related to pediatrics, particularly working with children with developmental disabilities (e.g. autism, Down Syndrome) and bilingual or multilingual, culturally-diverse families. Professional interests additionally include speech and language disorders, aural (re)habilitation, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)/assistive technology (AT), and literacy.
Outside interests: In her free time, Maggie enjoys going on hikes with her dog, reading, playing piano, going to art museums and exploring all local coffee shops.
Martha French, M.S., CCC-SLP
Martha French graduated with a B.A. in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Connecticut in 2006 and completed her M.S. at Longwood University in Farmville, VA in 2010. Upon graduation, Ms. French returned to Connecticut to work in a suburban hospital providing inpatient acute and rehabilitative care for predominantly adult and geriatric populations. Several years later, Ms. French relocated to the DC area and began working in local Virginia public schools, while also providing early intervention in clients’ homes. Continuing to foster her love for working with adults, Ms. French continued to work part time providing rehabilitative therapy for adults in hospital as well as home health settings. Ms. French joined the staff of the Department of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences in August, 2016.
Professional interests: Varies across the lifespan and include early intervention, Autism, alternative and augmentative communication, and dysphagia. The favorite aspect of her job is supervising students and seeing their growth from orientation to graduation.
Outside interests: Spending time with her family, especially being outdoors- such as going on hikes or to the beach.
Lesley-Ann Bovell, M.Ed. CCC-SLP
I’m a Brooklyn, NY native. I have been a Speech Language Pathologist for a little over 10 years. I attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology in Fall 2007. In the Spring of 2009, I attended Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA where I received a Master of Education degree with an emphasis in Communication Disorders. This year, I will be completing a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Special Education. Currently, I am licensed to practice Speech Therapy in the District of Columbia and Maryland. My areas of expertise are in language and literacy, fluency, cognitive-communicative impairments, and augmentative communication. Either currently or in the past, I have worked with the preschool through adult population. My client’s diagnoses have varied from Autism, Developmental Delay, Emotional Disturbance, Down Syndrome, Language Disorders, and Articulation Disorder just to name a few. Since 2016, I have been in higher education as an Adjunct Professor of Speech Language Pathology, Assistant Professor of Education, and now a Clinical Educator in HSLS at Gallaudet University.
Professional interests: One of the many aspects that I love about being in the field of Speech Pathology is I can have multiple interests. My interests are in supervision, assessments specific to assessing children from various cultures, language and literacy, AAC, special education, cognition, and dysphagia diagnostics.
Outside interests: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cooking.
Clinical Administration Staff
Rachel Pizzonia, M.S.
Rachel Pizzonia graduated with a B.A. in Child Development from St Joseph’s College and a M.S. in Special Education and Literacy from CW Post Long Island University. Ms. Pizzonia taught in the New York City Public Schools in the early 1990s. In 1998, Ms. Pizzonia graduated from the Suffolk County Fire Academy as a Firefighter-1 and started volunteering as a Firefighter and EMT-B for her community Islip Terrace Fire Department. In 2001, Ms. Pizzonia graduated from the University of Stony Brook Paramedic program and went on to become a NR-EMTP. She worked as a Paramedic out of multiple hospitals in New York City and volunteered at Ground Zero on and post 9/11.
In 2008, Ms. Pizzonia moved to Maryland and started a new career in Healthcare Administration; she was the Practice Administrator for the OB-GYN department at George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates (2010-2014) as well as MedStar Montgomery Hospital in 2015. Ms. Pizzonia joined the Gallaudet University Hearing & Speech Clinic in 2015, where she first served as a Healthcare Business and Operations Consultant before subsequently transferring to her current position as the Manager of Clinical Administrative Operations for the Hearing & Speech Clinic.
Outside interests: Following the NY Yankees, travelling, cycling, and spending as much time possible with her 6 grandchildren
Khera Allen has been employed with the Gallaudet University Hearing and Speech Center for a total of 5 years, where she currently serves as Front Desk Coordinator.
Outside interests: Avid reader of science fiction and dystopian literature and is a self-proclaimed foodie.
Anthony Duvall has worked in the medical field for 15 years. Mr. Duvall has been working in the billing office at the Hearing and Speech Clinic since 2016.
Outside interests: Spending time with family, watching movies, cars, fishing, and going to sporting events.
Barbara Teeter joined the Gallaudet University Hearing and Speech Center as the Front Desk Receptionist in 2018.
Outside interests: Dancing, reading, and swimming; Ms. Teeter is also a lover of the arts.