Courtney Lackey, MS, CCC-SLP
Owner, Speech Language Pathologist

Courtney received her Bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing from Elmira College and her Master’s degree in speech language pathology from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to starting Speech & Play, Courtney worked in an early childhood special education program, supporting families throughout Washington County. During this time she gained valuable experience helping children advance in their speech and language skills and learning to see the world through the eyes of the children she worked with.


Courtney believes strongly in supporting children and their families as a team. Including families in every aspect of a child’s treatment leads to greater progress and allows children and their families to share in the experience of success. Courtney has experience working with children with a variety speech and language needs, including late talkers, children with articulation and phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and AAC communication needs.


When Courtney is not supporting communication in the many families she works with, she is busy spending time with her husband and their three children. Being a mother has given Courtney tremendous insight into the daily rewards and challenges of raising children, managing a family, and continuing to work in a field you love.

Jim Brunsmann, MS, CCC-SLP
Owner, Speech Language Pathologist

Jim received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his master’s degree in speech and hearing from Portland State University. Jim has been working with children and adults with disabilities for over 20 years, most recently with an Early Childhood Special Education program.

Prior to moving to Portland in 2001, Jim spent time in San Jose, California working with the parks and recreation department as a sports coach for children with disabilities. It was during this time that he found a love for working with children. Jim’s favorite sports to coach were wheelchair basketball, archery and power soccer.

Jim believes that children learn best when they are having fun and he imbeds many of his teaching goals into activities children love to do. His joy in working with children comes from watching the gains they make day-to-day that have an enormous impact on the rest of their lives.

Outside of work, Jim enjoys reading science fiction, goofing around with his dog Bella, and watching the Blazers and Timbers games.

Brittnee Cleveland, MS, CCC-SLP
Owner, Speech Language Pathologist

Brittnee received her bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science from Arizona State University and her master’s degree in speech language pathology from Nova Southeastern University. Brittnee began working with children in Early Childhood Special Education in 2010 and is excited to be joining Speech and Play where she works with children age birth-18 years old.

Brittnee is passionate about helping children improve their communication skills through fun and engaging activities. Brittnee’s outgoing and creative personality allows her to connect with children and their families, creating an environment where learning is enjoyable for everyone.

Outside of work, Brittnee enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, Clyde.

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Arianna Puls, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Arianna attended Portland State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Applied Linguistics and a master’s in Speech & Hearing Sciences. During her time there she was able to work with and learn from clients with a variety of communication needs (including children with Developmental Delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Feeding Disorders, Cleft Lip/Palate, Cranio-facial Disorders, Stuttering, and Articulation Delays.)

Prior to starting at Speech & Play, Arianna worked at Northwest Regional Educational Service District, where she worked with children birth to five years old. Arianna believes that every child is always trying their best to communicate with their current situation and knowledge. Whether children express themselves through behavioral outbursts, solitude, or unintelligible jargon, Arianna honors and validates all methods of communication. She strives to build a bridge between families and their children to support their children in learning functional ways to communicate their wants/needs. Arianna recognizes that improved communication skills are a foundation for improved relationships, friendships, self-esteem, and behavior.

Outside of work, Arianna enjoys Tango, Blues, and Fusion dancing in Portland. In the summers  (when weather allows), she enjoys hiking and camping. Typically, she spends her days at home with her family and cats.