NY Area Spartan of the Week: Aileen Zeitz Collucci

Posted by admin | October 09, 2011

NY Area Spartan of the Week: Aileen Zeitz Collucci 

A few Spartan questions for Aileen Zeitz Collucci:

Q: What was your major at MSU and what year did you graduate?
A: I graduated from MSU in 1991 with a B.S. degree in Audiology and Speech Science.

Q: What are you doing now for work?
A: Currently, I am a practicing speech-language pathologist in New Jersey. My area of expertise is working with persons who have social-cognitive deficits secondary to a diagnosis of Autism or another related disability. I have a private practice and I also consult with parents and area schools to improve programming for students with disabilities.

Also, my first book was just published. It’s a workbook for children about social-communication skills and how they can make changes in their thinking while they are interacting with others. It’s a great resource for parents and professionals too.

Q: Where do you live?
A: Little Falls, New Jersey, with my 11 year old son, Cary.

Q: Favorite NYC restaurant?
A: I love eating out and will try anything once. But my favorites are places my dad always loved like, the Carnegie Deli, Peter Luger and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

Q: What is best part of living in the NY area?
A: I am an avid music fan and I particularly enjoy alternative, metal and hard rock bands. In this area, someone great is always playing. I love the Starland Ballroom in New Jersey. And, of course, the other best part of living in this area is the New York Rangers!

Q: What is best part of being a Spartan in New York?
A: The best part of being a Spartan in New York is the fact that there are so many other Spartans in the New York area. It’s nice to have a smaller sense of community and identity in such a huge population.

Q: If you could invite 3 people from any time who were associated with Michigan State to dinner who would they be?
A: We are definitely hockey fans in my house. My son plays left wing for his travel team and he loves it. Together we would have dinner with: Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabers, one of the best goalies in the world right now, Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks, one of the best defensemen in the game right now and MSU’s new head coach Tom Anastos, who would hopefully be able to give us some great tips for improving our game!


Learn more about Aileen and her new book, Big Picture Thinking, at her website, aileenzeitzcollucci.com.