Meet your dedicated PASP Officers for 2018 - 2019.

Elinor Cunanan-Bautista, CSP-PASP


PASP Member since 1997

Ely is a practicing speech-language pathologist at Primary Skills Foundation in Quezon City where she had been seeing clients since 2002.  She is also currently a special lecturer at the University of the Philippines Manila. 

She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology from the University of the Philippines Manila in 1997.  She further honed her skills as an educator by taking units in Master of Arts in Education, Major in Special Education, from 2000-2002 at the University of the Philippines Diliman.  She also took units in Master of Rehabilitation Science - Speech Pathology from 2004-2005 at the University of the Philippines Manila.

She continues to improve herself professionally by attending numerous seminars and training such as Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner and Speech Sound Disorders by Caroline Bowen among many others.  She is also a PROMPT® Level 2 practitioner.

Ely views life as one big balancing act. She strives to excel as a clinician, a lecturer, a wife, and a mother to two beautiful children, aged 10 and 3. As passionate as she is about her work, she is likewise dedicated to spending quality time with her family through play, movies, eating out, and exploring places. To keep her invigorated, she makes time to attend various classes that she loves most --- strength and endurance training, yoga, aerial silk, and aerial hoop.

Jessamae Fadri, CSP-PASP

PASP Member since 2013

Jessamae received her degree in BS Speech Pathology from the University of the Philippines, Manila–College of Allied Medical Professions in 2012. She is currently
 a full time employee and the chief of the Speech & Language Section at Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), where she has been providing her service since July 2012.

She took units in Master of Rehabilitation Sciences-Speech Pathology which includes Dysphagia, Aphasia & Cognitive-Communication Disorders, and Clinical Teaching in UP Manila  last 2016 to further improve her knowledge and skills as a geriatric practitioner and a clinical supervisor.  

Jessamae’s current practice is mainly in the adult and geriatric population. Amidst her commitments, she also takes the time to continue serving and advocate for the profession by also spearheading a small support group for the families and patients with aphasia in VMMC

On top of her practice as a speech—language pathologist, Jessamae is a lover of performing arts. She is one of the leaders of her church’s youth and dance ministries, and also joins and organizes mission trips. She has also a penchant for the great outdoors and indulges herself every so often by scaling mountains in different parts of the country. 

Johanna Joy Gomez, CSP-PASP

Chairperson, Committee for Membership

PASP Member since 2010

Johanna is currently the clinic director and owner of The Therapy Room Evaluation and Intervention Services, Inc. in Biñan, Laguna.  She is also a consultant speech-language pathologist and clinical supervisor in Trails Center for Children in San Pedro, Laguna.   

Johanna completed her BS Speech Pathology degree from the University of the Philippines Manila in 2008.  As a student at UP Manila, she was a college scholar for four semesters and was a dean’s lister for a semester. 

She has attended several seminars and trainings to further develop her knowledge and skills as a speech – language pathologist. She is a PROMPT® Level 1 practitioner, a certified Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) specialist, and a Hanen More than Words® certified speech-language pathologist.

As the Membership Committee Chairperson, Johanna aims to continue to uphold that speech therapy services in the Philippines are provided only by qualified and certified speech-language pathologists. As dedicated and serious that she is with her work, she still finds time to enjoy life and take things lightly. On her free time, Johanna enjoys reading, watching movies, and cooking. She also loves to travel and have well-deserved R&R trips.

Christine Medina-Chin, CSP-PASP

Chairperson, Committee for Finance & Special Projects

PASP Member since 2006

Christine is a full-time faculty member and the pre-professional chair for Academics of the Department of Speech Pathology at the De La Salle Health and Sciences Institute in Dasmariñas City, Cavite. She is also a consultant clinical supervisor for the post-graduate dysphagia course of UP-CAMP.

She is an administrator and clinician providing therapy services to pediatric and geriatric clients at Achievers Therapy and Tutorials in Tanza, Cavite as a practicing speech-language pathologist. 

She completed her completed her BS Speech Pathology degree from the University of the Philippines Manila in 2003.  She was awarded as the “Best Intern” for their batch during their graduation ceremony.  She has furthered her professional education by finishing the basic course in Health Professions and Normal Language, Neuromotor Speech and Dysphagia courses at UP Manila, PROMPT ® Level 1 certification and Breast Feeding Counsellors Training under Breast Feeding Pinays (BFP).

She was given an Academic Excellence Award upon her completion of the Basic Course in Health Professions Education (Curriculum and Instructional Planning Track) at the National Teacher Training Center for Health Professionals, UP-Manila last June, 2017.  She is currently working on her Diploma in Health Professions Education as part of a ladderized program towards completion of a Masters degree in the same educational program and institution.

Despite the many hats that she wears as an educator, administrator, clinician and student. Tin is first and foremost a wife and mother to 1 child.  She enjoys spending time with her family by playing with her daughter, eating out and traveling.  She also likes searching for unique finds to decorate their house.  She also advocates for extended breast feeding and positive parenting.

Jonah Jerome Katalbas, CSP-PASP

Vice President
PASP Member since 2010

Jay is a Part-time Faculty Member of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila and works as a consultant in Community General Hospital of San Pablo City in Laguna.

He graduated from the University of the Philippines Manila with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology in 2008 and is currently finishing his Masters of Health Professions Education in the same university.

He has been trained to do fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and has interests in adult and geriatric speech-language pathology practice in addition to cleft palate speech therapy with SmileTrain. In addition to his academic duties, he has also taken research projects involving test development and validation, and tool development in speech pathology education.

As a tech savvy individual, he often keeps up to date with the latest technologies that would be helpful in teaching, communication, and research. In addition to that, he is also a gamer, an audiophile, a cook, a fitness enthusiast, and a foodie who likes to eat and travel.

Eileen Zarraga, CSP-PASP


PASP Member since 2011

Eileen graduated with a BS Speech Pathology degree from the University of the Philippines Manila in 2010.  She took additional units in Aural Rehabilitation in children in 2010-2011 then pursued her graduate studies in Clinical Psychology at the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2012-2015.

As a practicing clinician, Eileen works as a consultant at Core Skills Therapy Center in Quezon City and Center for I.D.E.A.S in Makati City. She is also an itinerant practitioner for Brave Hearts SpEd Center in Butuan City. Eileen has also volunteered with Operation Smile, at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, and at TheraFree activities.

She continues to advance herself professionally by attending certification courses and seminars such as PROMPT® Levels 1 and 2, Social Thinking, and MNRI Oral-Facial Reflex Integration, among others.

Eileen hopes to improve SLP service delivery especially to far-flung areas of the country.  In 2012-2016, Eileen, together with her colleague, established itinerant SLP practice in General Santos City.

In her free time, Eileen likes to see movies and eat out. When not overstaying in coffeeshops (most probably doing reports), Eileen is traveling, practicing yoga, or at the gym. She also fancies herself a baker and a painter.

Howell Henrian Bayona, CSP-PASP

Chairperson, Committee for Continuing Education

PASP Member since 2013

Howell is a practicing speech pathologist who specializes in adult/geriatric swallowing disorders, voice disorders, and acquired communication disorders due to stroke and other neurologic conditions. He also teaches courses at the College of Allied Medical Professions, University of the Philippines-Manila. He is affiliated with St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City’s Voice, Swallowing, & Sinus Center.

He graduated cum laude on 2012 from the BS Speech Pathology program of UP Manila.  At present, he is finishing his Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology under the College of Medicine, UP Manila.  He completed a postgraduate certification course in dysphagia on 2013 also from UP Manila and is currently completing the MBSImP™© certification.

He has been involved in several research projects and is particularly interested in diagnostic tool development and validation, epidemiologic and observational studies, and effectiveness studies. He hopes to provide continuing education opportunities and capacity-building projects that would improve the effectiveness and accessibility of clinical services to Filipinos, increase professional competence of SLPs, and establishing a thriving culture of research.

He enjoys exploring cities and places (when given the chance to travel), reading non-fiction books, running and doing other sports, and taking care of pets.

Kara Unso-Cooling, CSP-PASP

Chairperson, Committee for Professional Standards & Ethics

PASP Member since 2010

Kara currently works full time as a specialized learning support specialist  (speech-language pathologist) at the International School Manila.

Kara received her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology degree at the University of the Philippines Manila in April 2010.  She is a candidate for a Masters in Education, Major in Early Childhood Education in De La Salle University, Manila.  She received her post-graduate certification in Education – Early Years Programme Distance Learning from the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom on June 2017.

She has attended several trainings and seminars to further hone her skills and knowledge as an SLP.  She is a certified practitioner of PROMPT® Level 1, Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk®, and Level 1 Talk Tools.

Kara is passionate about the importance of meaningful and consistent collaboration with parents, teachers and other professionals. She is an advocate for therapists especially, to reach out to teachers and work closely with them so that skills learned in one-on-one sessions are generalized in school.

Outside of work, she loves keeping active and encourages her students to do the same. She loves sports, travelling and exploring the great outdoors- beaches especially (who doesn’t?). She been a track and field coach for children with special needs and is currently a high school touch rugby and track & field coach after school hours.

Viannery Mabag, CSP-PASP

Chairperson, Committee for External Affairs

PASP Member since 2013

Viannery received her BS Speech Pathology degree from the University of the Philippines Manila in 2013.  She is a faculty member of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the Cebu Doctors’ University College of Rehabilitative Sciences where she also serves as the SLP clinical training coordinator and as an SLP research mentor.

Also a practicing clinician, Viannery works with clients at Buildabilities Inc. in Cebu City and at iLearn Educational Center in Cagayan de Oro City. Personal advocacies and areas of interest within the profession also led her to actively volunteer with Operation Smile Philippines and Bobath Pilipinas.

She continues to advance herself professionally by attending certification courses and seminars such as PROMPT® Level 2 and Bobath Pediatric Basic Certification. At the moment, Viannery is working on thesis for her Master’s degree in Teaching Medically-Related Subjects (MA-TMRS) at the Cebu Doctors’ University.

When she’s not a professor or a teacher, she is out in the world riding waves, climbing mountains, exploring beaches, and making short ukulele covers. She also enjoys people and culture watching and food trips.

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