Phone: 304-473-4289
Fax: 304-473-4291
In State Toll Free: 877-462-5460

Mailing Address:
West Virginia Board of Examiners for
Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
99 Edmiston Way
Box 11, Suite 214
Buckhannon, WV 26201

 Board Member Biography Minimize
Vickie Pullins
Speech-Language Pathologist

Vickie is a graduate of Marshall University and is the owner and CEO of LinguaCare Associates, Inc., a private practice of speech pathology and physical therapy providing services in hospitals, schools and early intervention across West Virginia. She currently serves on the BOD for the National Council of State Boards and is the President-Elect for the National Council of State Boards. Vickie also serves on the executive commission for the Audiology Speech Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP- IC).

Amber Settles

Amber received her B.A. in Elementary Education from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a M.Ed. in Communication Disorders from the University of Virginia. She has 18 years clinical experience, working in various pediatric settings. She is currently employed in a pediatric outpatient clinic in the Kanawha Valley. Her clinical interests include working with patients with complex medical diagnoses, articulation and language-based delays, and pediatric feeding disorders.

Michael Zagarella
Au.D., CCC-A
Board Member

Dr. Z began his professional career as an instructor at WVU. He moved to the Eastern Panhandle to work at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg. He currently has a solo private practice in downtown Martinsburg. He resides with his wife of 43 years in Shepherdstown - the oldest town in WV.

R. Michael Squires
Au.D., F-AAA
Board Member

R. Michael Squires completed his undergraduate work in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at West Virginia University, where he served as the Mountaineer Mascot from 2008-2009. He attended the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium for his doctoral work and completed his 4th year residency at The Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute. Following completion of his doctoral degree, Dr. Squires moved back to Mineral Wells, WV with his wife and business partner, Carlee. They opened Audiology Services of West Virginia - a comprehensive, medically oriented audiology practice, in Parkersburg in 2014. Since that time, they have expanded the practice to 2 locations (Parkersburg and Charleston) and have incorporated services including a full vestibular center (The Balance Center, Parkersburg, WV), tinnitus management, educational audiology serving counties across WV, cochlear implants and other implantable options, Lyric hearing aids, and other standard methods of treatment of hearing loss. He currently lives on his Mineral Wells farm with his wife and 3 children, Lenen (7), Olive (5), and Annora (2).

Heather Waselchalk
Speech-Language Pathologist
Board Member

Heather is a graduate of Concord College and Radford University. After working as a school speech-language pathologist for many years, she is now a Special Education Coordinator at the West Virginia Department of Education.

Amanda Bonner
Hearing Aid Specialist
Board Member

Amanda Bonner is a National Board Certified Hearing Care Practitioner and is privileged to serve patients in WV. Amanda is a 3rd generation Hearing Care Practitioner and has been licensed since 2011. Amanda has been a member of the International Hearing Society for over 10 years and serves as Secretary on the WV Chapter. In 2023 Amanda was nationally recognized by receiving the James P. Lovell Advocacy Award; the Lovell award is given annually to someone who has achieved extraordinary accomplishments in advocating for the hearing impaired. She is very active helping the hard of hearing in WV and surrounding areas through the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation – a charitable organization dedicated to helping those in need to obtain hearing care.

Amanda has learned always to follow the Golden Rule when treating and caring for her patients. Her passion for helping others is apparent as she guides her patients through their journey to better hearing and maintaining an active and enjoyable quality of life.

The Honorable Ruth Rowan
Citizen Board Member

Ruth is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, and West Virginia University with a Master of Arts degree in Learning Disabilities. She served as an elementary school teacher for Hampshire County Schools for 26 years, and as a delegate in the West Virginia House of Delegates representing Hampshire and Mineral Counties for 18 years. In the House, she was the Chair of Seniors, Children, and Families; where she pushed through legislation to help parents of deaf children make difficult decisions concerning the best path to follow when deciding the most appropriate and effective means of communication for their child.

In the past she served on the Local School Improvement Council for the Deaf and was an Advisory Board Member for The West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. She now serves as Secretary for the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind Foundation. Other boards she serves on include The Children’s Home Society, The Family Crisis Center, and The Potomac Highlands Guild.

Her work with the deaf and blind have earned her The Governor’s Civil Rights Award and The President Award from the West Virginia Association for the Deaf.