Inspired To Give the Gift of Communication
Sometimes, inspiration strikes when you least expect it. No one knows that better than Jennifer Lange.
Jennifer Lange is a Benefits and Eligibility Coordinator at Pediatric Associates of the Northwest and has been part of the team for four years. During this time, she has also earned her second Bachelor’s degree from Portland State University. After completing her first degree in public health and working at PANW for about a year, Jennifer realized she wanted to become a speech pathologist. So, she returned to Portland State and graduated this past June with a second Bachelor’s degree – this time, in speech and hearing sciences. Next stop: graduate school, where Jennifer plans to complete the next step toward her goal of practicing speech pathology.
Working at PANW and seeing quality care provided to patients with all different needs has fostered her desire to work one-on-one with children. Jennifer has spent hours observing Glenn Weybright, a speech pathologist who works out of PANW’s Portland office. “Glenn has been the ultimate cheerleader, and has really guided me through the process. I couldn’t ask for a better mentor.”
When she is not working full-time, attending classes, or researching graduate schools, Jennifer somehow finds the time to volunteer as a newborn hearing screener through a program that is part of Early Hearing Detection Institute (EHDI). Also an artist, Jennifer has donated her time and artwork to the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology program at OHSU, as well as to the Children’s Art and Healing Program. Jennifer has done it all – from organizing art tables to fundraising. This volunteer work has confirmed and fueled her desire to help children in the community.
“I really enjoy children, and look forward to all the little victories that come with helping them better communicate. Communication is such a huge part of our lives – one that we often take for granted. I’ve seen how much it opens their world when a child can communicate their needs and wants more easily. I can’t wait to be part of that – to put my heart and soul into this meaningful work.”