Monica Ruegg

Long Beach, CA

Being in an allied health care profession can be challenging, but Monica Y. Ruegg considers no greater joy there is than to be able to help people get better or recover from what afflicts them. Currently working as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant, Monica has exhibited a deep passion for what she does and a genuine enjoyment of her profession.

Gifted with a selfless sense of character that's willing to watch out for the welfare of other people, Ms. Monica Y. Ruegg has also wholeheartedly supported two non-profit and charitable organizations, her way of giving back for all the blessings she has received: Surfer's Healing, founded primarily to make the ocean the one place where children with autism find respite with the help of professional surfers; and Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, treatments, prevention and cure for autism. Having attended and graduated from Rosary High School in Fullerton, California (2002), Monica Y. Ruegg has imbibed the values and Catholic education she has received by living her life for others, especially those who face greater challenges in their own lives. Finding an affinity for helping children with autism and communication disorders, Monica Ruegg has spent a good part of her career life working with them in various roles. At DeMille Elementary School, where she worked as a Speech-Language Pathology intern from October to December 2009, Ms. Ruegg assisted the supervising Speech Pathologist with therapy for children 3 to 11 years old. At Cornerstone Therapies, Monica spent four months (February to May 2010) also working as a Speech-Language Pathology intern and assisted with therapy for children from 0 to 3 years old. At Tustin Unified School District, Monica Ruegg served as Behavior Interventionist and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist for almost a year (September 2009 to August 2010). Ms. Ruegg also did volunteer work for: Learning Alliance, where, as a member, she met with peers to help plan and achieve academic goals; and Orange County Catholic Charities, where she performed more than 200 hours as a peer counselor for mentally- and physically-disabled adults and children. Undoubtedly, Ms. Monica Y. Ruegg has taken her responsibility towards her fellowmen as a genuinely worthwhile component of her growth both as an individual and a professional.