faculty



alicia bales : voice teacher

o Area of specialism: Vocal modulation/inflection, improving vocal quality, audibility & vocal authority

Alicia specializes in the spoken voice, improving vocal quality and increasing vocal presence. Her work focuses on increasing audibility, developing greater vocal authority and ensuring the voice is age and gender appropriate.  Her area of specialism includes proper breath support, releasing muscular construction, increasing resonance, reducing nasality, enhancing audibility, enhancing vocal stamina and all aspects of vocal modulation including inflection and vocal variance, widening the expressive range of speech (reducing monotone), upspeak and declarative sentences. She also addresses pace, pause and some common mixed messaging such as junk speech or reiterative filler language.

Alicia has worked with companies such as Google, The Gap, and Facebook, as well as leading Tech Companies like Square, VMware, Salesforce and Pinterest.  She has coached makers of online content from award-winning educational websites Khan Academy and ClassDojo, and clients from University of California, and UCSF Medical Center.  She is a faculty member at Mendocino College, where she teaches voice and speech. Alicia holds an MA in voice studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and a BA in Theatre and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley.
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fonta hadley : communication teacher

fontaclose2 Area of Specialism: Verbal & nonverbal communication, leadership, mixed messaging, self representation, diplomacy and negotiation Fonta is a verbal and nonverbal communication educator. Using perceptual and behavioral tools she teaches a rich mix of logical and emotional communication for professional development. She began her research in 2005 with the primary objective of helping “every day” people accurately self-represent and lead others. Her research focuses on the relationship between what you are saying (verbal) and how you are staying it (nonverbal) with particular emphasis on cleaning up any discrepancy between the two (mixed messaging). Fonta has presented her work at PVSF/UCLA Voice Conference as well as the Pacific Voice & Speech Conference and has published in the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association’s Journal “The Voice and Speech Review” and the SF Bar Association’s “Bulletin”. Fonta has taught executive trainings for Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, Google, Ebay, Microsoft & Amazon. She is a voice and communication instructor for the San Francisco Bar Association, has worked with editors and journalists from the Wallstreet Journal, the Guardian, the New Yorker, Wired and Forbs Magazine. Fonta offers media training cross professionally but is a designated trainer for the Writers Grotto, helping authors launch their publications. She regularly trains surgeons, physicians, nurses and other clinicians as well as administrative staff at Stanford Hospital, UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco General Hospital and California Pacific Medical Center. Fonta has conducted leadership training in biotech with companies such as Genentech and McKesson, in finance with companies such as Wells Fargo, American Express and Goldman Sachs and in software with companies such as Adobe, Twitter and Facebook. Fonta holds an MA in vocal pedagogy from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, a BA in voice from Bennington College and is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association (VASTA). She has taught and lectured in London, New York, Los Angeles and centers her practice in San Francisco.
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amy johnson : speech teacher

c0ceb3d4-8c1c-4427-8d0f-cabd09474a3e Area of Specialism: Speech clarity (enunciation and diction), accent reduction, pace, pause and increasing speech fluidity. Amy specializes in the reduction of accents for both native speakers of English – for example reducing “California English” (“valley girl” or “surfer dude”) or increasing speech clarity for non-native speakers of English who feel that their accent impedes their communication. Amy’s background in speech therapy promotes an approach that emphasizes clarity in every situation, including the modifications for speaking on a cell phone or conference calls, videoconferences, television and radio appearances. Her work promotes a speech structure that holds up under pressure when speaking patterns tend to regress, so particular attention is paid to high-pressure situations such as interviewing, formal presentations or public speaking. Amy has worked with industry leaders such as Apple, Google, EBay, Amazon, Oracle, Facebook, and Sony. Amy Johnson is a certified Accent Modification Trainer with a Compton P-ESL (Pronouncing English as a Second Language) program. Amy received her B.S in Speech, Language and Hearing sciences form the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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