Yee Kaisin, President
Kaisin leads the team at SALTS on a mission to support the growing field of speech and language therapy in Singapore. For the rest of the week, Kaisin works with people with head and neck cancer, and gets too excited about outcome measures. When she is not making grand plans, you can find her running after (or from) wild animals in the wilderness.
Charmaine Kwok, Vice President (Operations)
Charmaine leads our internal operations and manages the administrative team in supporting SALTS initiatives. Outside of SALTS, Charmaine enjoys being in the world of children with special needs. She seeks to empower families and support them to find the child’s voice in the community. When she’s not wondering through the child’s world, you will likely find her vagabonding in unchartered corners of the globe.
Naanthini Manokaran, Vice President (Strategy)
Naanthini leads the team in forming and maintaining strategic partnerships with our stakeholders. In the day, she works with cute little humans at an early intervention program. There is hardly anything more enjoyable than playing peek-a-boo and singing nursery rhymes with them! When she’s not rolling around in paint and glue, Naanthini spends her time on planes exploring new lands, playing board games and binge-watching 90’s sitcoms. Lover of all things Harry Potter. Always.
Charmaine Ong, Secretary
Charmaine keeps the committee in line with our Association’s guidelines and protocols and makes sure we keep to our administrative duties! She stumbled upon a career in speech and language therapy after a stint in special education, and now works with adults with communication and swallowing difficulties. Outside of work, Charmaine enjoys dancing, cooking and spending time with her pet dog, Tyler.
Or Huifang, Treasurer
Huifang holds the purse strings in SALTS, and has the unique ability (not found in many speech and language therapists) to work with numbers as well as words! On most days, she puts up a futile struggle to rein in her tendencies towards gluttony.
Angeline Tan, Past President
Carline is involved in organising continuing professional education events and supports the Social Communication Special Interest Group. In her day job, she works with adorable pre-schoolers to support their communication and participation in school. After work, she spends her time getting active with yoga, engaging in evening runs and walking her fur kid, @cutiebenji. She is a dessert fanatic and the only reason she exercises is probably to savour and devour more goodies!
Chloe is our resident content curator and also manages SALTS outreach on social media. Chloe works in a community hospital and enjoys reading and cooking in her spare time.
Clarisse looks after the SALTS website and supports continuing professional education events. In her day job, she works with adults in an acute hospital. The rest of her time is spent wandering to new places, looking for good food, and exploring different hobbies.
Originally from Malaysia, Danielle first came to Singapore in 2011 and settled down here in 2015 after completing her Masters education. She was trained in both the USA and Australia. She now works with school-aged children and enjoys the perks of being a school-based therapist. She joined SALTS in 2018 and leads the team in bringing us Tongue in Cheek!
Better known as @TheRoamingSpeechie, Dave has found his calling in making the world a better place through speech and language therapy, wildlife, and nature. Besides hiding in national parks trekking or shooting animals (with a camera!), he also hangs out in his man cave therapy room supporting children with hearing loss, voice disorders or repaired cleft palates. By joining SALTS, Dave pledges to bring his energy and passion to the table to shape the local speech and language therapy scene.
Grace spends her time at SALTS supporting and contributing to our various initiatives. Besides writing IEPs and talking with teachers and parents, you can find her face-to-face with young ones, fiddling with toys, and modelling appropriate language use on weekdays. Off work, she enjoys belting out songs out of tune at the karaoke!
Georgina is a part of the general committee of SALTS. Her passion is advocacy. In her spare time you can find her travelling the globe or terrorising karaoke bars. Georgina is paid to work with children in a private clinic, and likes to incorporate her passions by singing and pretending to sail the high seas with her clients.
How do you solve a problem like Maria? By plying her with free food, cute animals and bad jokes, of course! Maria works predominantly with children in the community, and enjoys collaborating with families and other team members. She hopes to extend this through SALTS by facilitatating connections between therapists and the wider community.
Chan Yi Ren
Yi Ren graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Masters in Speech Pathology. She joined the SALTS committee as she wanted to play a part in giving back to the community. Her wish for SALTS is to build a strong community of professionals who come together from all walks of life to share about their knowledge, ideas, and resources.
During her spare time, Yi Ren loves traveling, exploring good food (café hopping to search for the best coffee and brunch!), reading, and making therapy materials.