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2020 Convention Speakers

Kelly M. Bagby, MS, CCC-SLP serves students with language-based reading, writing and general academic deficits in the Vestavia Hills City Schools System.  She has worked in the public school setting for 17 years.  Kelly received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in speech-language pathology from the University of Montevallo.

Douglas L. Beck, AuD earned his master's degree at the University of Buffalo and his doctorate from the University of Florida. His career began in Los Angeles at the House Ear Institute in cochlear implant research and intraoperative cranial nerve monitoring. By 1988, he was Director of Audiology at Saint Louis University. Eight years later he co-founded a multi-office dispensing practice in St Louis. In 1999 he became President and Editor- In-Chief of, and   Dr. Beck joined Oticon in 2005. From 2008-2015 he was Web Content Editor for the American Academy of Audiology. In 2016 he became Senior Editor for Clinical Research at the Hearing Review and adjunct Clinical Professor of Communication Disorders & Sciences at the State University of New York, Buffalo.  In 2017, he became Executive Director of Academic Sciences at Oticon. Dr. Beck is among the most prolific authors in audiology with 180 published articles and more than 1240 abstracts, interviews and op-eds written for the AAA (2008-2015), Audiology Online (1999-2005) and the Hearing Review, addressing a wide variety of audiology and professional topics.

Jennie Bjorem, MA, CCC-SLP received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Saint Louis University and graduated from Truman State University with her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May 1999. She has a great understanding from a parent perspective as she has a young child with special needs. She is the owner of Children’s Therapy Services in Overland Park, Kansas. Jennie’s area of expertise is in early intervention birth through 5, parent education and childhood apraxia of speech. Jennie is recognized for her advanced training and expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech by Apraxia Kids. She presented at ASHA 2019, Apraxia Kids national conference, had over 90 hours of CAS training in 2018 and 2019 and was awarded the ASHA ACE Award for Continuing Education. Jennie travels the country speaking on the topic of CAS in her spare time. Jennie is the creator of the Bjorem Speech Sound Cues for acquisition of speech and literacy.

Mary H. Bowman, OTR/L, C/NDT is an occupational therapist who has worked with individuals with neurological illness or injury in a variety of settings since graduation from UAB in 1992. She joined the Constraint Induced Movement Therapy Research Group at UAB in 2002 and began clinical work in the Taub Therapy Clinic 7 years ago, and has been an instructor for the CI Therapy Training Course since 2004.  She participates in the Stroke Recovery Clinic at Spain Rehabilitation Center. She is certified in NDT and is LSVT-BIG certified. Mary is passionate about working in collaboration with fellow rehabilitation professionals with patients having neurological diagnoses to implement evidenced-based treatments that have been shown to produce beneficial neuroplastic changes in the brain and to exchange ideas/problemsolve together to maximize patient outcomes.

Beth Browning, MA, CCC-SLP is an SLP and Senior Consultant for PRC in Indiana.  She provides free consultation, training, education, and support on PRC's products and services.  Prior to joining PRC in 2010, Beth worked as an SLP in the public schools and at Easter Seals where she provided comprehensive AAC services.  Beth is the co-founder of the Indiana AAC Summit, a grassroots initiative to increase Indiana’s capacity for providing high-quality AAC services.  The annual conference brings together front-line providers of AAC for networking, collaborating, sharing resources, working through challenges, and celebrating successes.

Kandis Chatman, MS, CCC-SLP is a Clinical Instructor at The University of Alabama in the Department of Communicative Disorders. She is also a Speech-Language Pathologist at the RISE Center. She received her Bachelor and Masters from Auburn University and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She holds Licensure from the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology. She is also the President of the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama. Mrs. Chatman’s clinical and research interests focus on Augmentative and Alternative Communication evaluation and treatment.

Melissa A. Cheslock, MS, CCC-SLP is the Clinical Director at the University of Montevallo’s Communication Science and Disorders Program, George C. Wallace Speech and Language Center.  She is responsible for graduate students’ obtaining clinical requirements as specified by ASHA, as well as general clinic management.  She also supervises first and second year graduate students enrolled in the Program who provide both diagnostic and intervention services for children with a range of communicative needs, and teaches the Augmentative/Alternative Communication course to graduate students (CSD 539).  She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.  She has 25 years of experience and has worked in clinical, research, and academic settings.  Melissa’s professional interests include child language, atypical development, augmentative/alternative communication, and early intervention.  Melissa has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications related to use of augmentative and alternative communication with young children and children with multiple disabilities.  She has served on a number of committees at the local and national level with regards to early intervention and augmentative communication.

Jean Elizabeth Crago, MS, PT is a physical therapist who is interested in using evidence-based intervention to facilitate recovery following stroke or other neurological injury.  For many years, she was a member of the Constraint Induced Movement Therapy Research team.  More recently, in an outpatient setting, she provides CI Therapy to adults.  Additionally, she is LSVT BIG certified and is involved in research related to the Parkinson's disease population.  She has been a member of the Stroke Recovery Clinic team since the team's inception.

Marlene R. Cummings, MA, CCC-SLP is a former early childhood educator, and current Augmentative/Alternative Communication Consultant with a passion to create environments and change culture for students with complex communication needs in AAC, language and literacy. She specializes in designing innovative implementation systems utilizing cutting edge professional learning frameworks and dynamic service delivery models to build capacity and sustainability among teams and organizations. In addition, Marlene’s past classroom experience drives her exploration and use of universal AAC supports and strategically chosen implementation strategies. She shares her 30+ years of expertise through state, national and international conference presentations and webinars, teaches graduate students in AAC, posts on PrAACtical AAC and other blogs and more recently is collaborating with The Center for Literacy and Disability Studies and ALT+SHIFT on a new literacy initiative.

Johannes (Vic) Dippenaar, MDIV, MTH, MSHA, LSSGB before coming to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Vic was the Clinical Pastoral Education program Director for Dignity Health in Redwood City, CA. He is originally from South Africa where he lived the first thirty years of his life. He is a member of the Afrikaner culture and speaks Afrikaans as a first language. He is an ordained minister through the Presbyterian Church and started his ministry in the early 2000s working with the Zulu community in the northeastern parts of South Africa (Zululand). It continues to be the area with the largest HIV/Aids population in the world. In addition, Vic also ministered in a variety of other settings. He did his residency for his Masters in counseling degree in private, federal and psychiatric hospitals in South Africa. During this time he was introduced to the value of Narrative Therapy for ministry. Vic has five years of fulltime parish ministry experience. He holds a Bachelors in Theology, Masters of Divinity, and a Masters in Counseling from the University from Stellenbosch, South Africa. He is a Certified Educator by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration from UAB. Vic came to the U.S. in 2007 and currently he is the program director for the Clinical Pastoral Education program at UAB. Vic lives in Birmingham along with his partner and their two children. Vic enjoys braais, biltong, and rugby.

Ursula M. Findlen, PhD is the Director of Audiology Research in the Division of Clinical Therapies-Audiology Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor-Clinical at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery.  She earned her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University.  Dr. Findlen currently engages in clinical practice and research endeavors related to pediatric (re)habilitative audiology, particularly in regards to a multidisciplinary team approach to family-centered care.  She is currently the chair of the Healthcare Relations Committee for the American Academy of Audiology and the President-Elect for the Ohio Academy of Audiology.  Her research interests include infant diagnostics and improving outcomes of children with hearing loss through systematic quality improvement and population health endeavors.

Stephanie Frucci, EdS, CCC-SLP is with the Alabama State Department of Education in Special Education Services, focusing on speech or language impairment, preschool special education, English Learners with special needs, and monitoring.  She received her master's degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Alabama; and a second master's degree in Instructional Leadership and education specialist degree in K-6 Collaborative Special Education from Auburn University Montgomery. Prior to joining the State Department five years ago, she served as a primarily preschool speech-language pathologist in the Elmore County Schools for thirteen years and before that worked with students of all ages in the Marietta, Georgia Schools.

Caroline Gammill, SLPD, CCC-SLP, CBIS is a full-time assistant professor at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville. She is a native of Decatur, but has just moved back to her home state after practicing as an SLP in a post-acute day-neuro rehab for adults with acquired brain injuries in Fort Worth, TX. She has extensive experience assessing and treating cognitive-communicative disorders due to stroke and TBI. She received her B.A. from Harding University in Searcy, AR. She completed the M.S. Emphasis in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology at Texas Christian University and graduated with the inaugural cohort at Northwestern University as a Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist through the Brain Injury Association of America.

Kendrea L. (Focht) Garand, PhD, CScD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CBIS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology at the University of South Alabama. She holds a CScD in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (University of Pittsburgh) and a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science (Medical University of South Carolina). Her clinical and research interests are in neuromuscular disease, particularly amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and dysphagia. Her funding includes VA, ASHA, and University of South Alabama.

Stephanie Grear, MEd, CCC-SLP graduated from the University of Mississippi with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  She went on to get her Masters of Education of the Deaf from Georgia State University and Masters of Education in Speech Language Pathology from Valdosta State University. She has worked with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children for about 10 years in classrooms and private clinics. Most recently she ran a school for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in Chattanooga, TN prior to working for Cochlear. She covers the territory of Alabama and NW Florida offering clinical and surgical support as well as education. She currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Benjamin Greene, MD is an assistant professor of otolaryngology head and neck surgery and is the otolaryngology residency program director. He is the director of the facial nerve clinic and director of the facial nerve rehabilitation program. Dr. Greene went to medical school at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical sciences and did his otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He then completed a fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstructive surgery. Dr. Greene is an expert in the spectrum of diseases and disorders of the head and neck, including head and neck cancer, skin cancer, facial nerve paralysis, thyroid diseases, facial trauma, transoral robotic surgery (TORS), transoral laser microsurgery, general otolaryngology and nasal obstruction/functional surgery.

Tamara D. Harrison, MS, CCC-SLP has enjoyed many years as an SLP at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. Through AIDB Tamara has served students at the Alabama School for the Deaf and the Alabama School for the Blind as well as serving families through Early Intervention. Tamara serves on the ASHA Advisory Council as Vice Chair and SHAA Executive Board.

Gina M. Hounam, PhD has been the Program Manager of the Audiology department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Oh since 2011.  Gina obtained her B.A. from The Ohio State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.  Gina has been a licensed audiologist in the state of Ohio since 2001.  Her professional interests include relationship-centered management, community outreach, early hearing detection and intervention, and advocacy within her professional scope.  She was a graduate of the Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology program, class of 2014.  She currently serves as the President-Elect for her state association for 2020.  She has been actively serving the Ohio Academy of Audiology since 2014 in the role of secretary and then Governmental Affairs representative.  Gina’s personal interests focus on her boys club, including her husband of 15 years, her two boys ages 10 and 8 years, and her dog Woody.

Kendra Hudson, MS, CCC-SLP is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of South Alabama. During the past 25 years, she has worked in public schools in Alabama and Mississippi and in the university clinic. She is currently the coordinator of Speech Pathology Clinic. Her clinical interests include adult dysphagia, language-learning disorders, articulation disorders, and accent modification.

Kelly F. Jackson, MS, CCC-SLP is the Clinical Lab Coordinator and an instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders and Spanish in 2011 from the University of Alabama, and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2012 also from the University of Alabama. She began her career as a speech language pathologist working in a skilled nursing facility and has experience working in many different settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and public schools. Kelly currently works with undergraduate and graduate students conducting lab experiences to supplement their academic and clinical course work.

Margaret L. Johnson, SLPD, CCC-SLP is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Samford University.  Dr. Johnson had the privilege of establishing the programs at Samford beginning in August of 2013.  Research interests for Dr. Johnson remain in the area of neurogenic communication disorders, specifically in aphasia.  SHAA has always been an integral part of Dr. Johnson's life of service and she is excited and proud of the leadership of the organization.

Alisha Lambeth Jones, AuD, PhD is an assistant professor at Auburn University. Her research interests include the effects of prematurity on the auditory system, newborn hearing screening education, and aural (re)habilitation. The long-term goal of her research to understand the long-term effects of prematurity on the auditory and vestibular system and develop an early intervention plan to prevent/rehabilitate those deficits. 

Sridhar Krishnamurti, PhD, CCC-A, FAAA is Professor of Audiology in the Department of Communication Disorder and also serves as Au.D program coordinator. Prior to his appointment as Assistant professor at Auburn in 1996, Sridhar Krishnamurti completed a clinical fellowship in audiology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School. He currently serves on the research grants review panel for the Alzheimer’s Association and is also on the review board of several agencies and journals including Ear and Hearing, American Journal of Public Health, and Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Krishnamurti has authored and co-authored journal articles and book chapters that cover the areas of electrophysiology, aging, hearing conservation, auditory processing disorders, and hearing aids.  Dr. Krishnamurti says his favorite faculty experiences at Auburn University have been in the mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students in their research projects each year. Sridhar’s awards include the 1999 New Investigator Research Award from the American Academy of Audiology, the 2011 Auburn University Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, and the 2012 Auburn University Faculty Research award. Dr. Krishnamurti has served as the past-continuing education administrator for Audiology Special Interest Divisions 6-9 and a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. He received a three year Engaged Scholarship Award (2014-2017) from the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University for his research on aging, hearing loss, and cognitive decline.

Melissa Lebon, AuD, CCC-A is a Field Clinical Audiologist at Otometrics, a division of Natus. She joined the team in July of 2017.  Prior to joining Otometrics, she was part of the Professional Services Department at Unitron, where she provided hearing aid and software support to their customers.  Previously she worked in a private practice clinic providing general audiologic diagnostics and hearing aid fitting.  Dr. Lebon earned her Doctor of Audiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her Bachelor of Applied Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.  She is currently a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and holds her Clinical Certificate of Competency in Audiology.

Teresa Biber LoMonte, MS, CCC-SLP is known for her passion, enthusiasm, innovation and compassion. She is an internationally recognized Speech-Language Pathologist and authority on electrical stimulation and dysphagia. Mrs. Biber LoMonte developed the Biber Protocol® in 1999 and has been teaching clinicians and patients all over the world since 2001. She has extensive training in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with head and neck cancer and is the leading expert in the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation and swallowing treatment. She is cross-trained in a multitude of Physical Therapy techniques and has developed additional innovative protocols for voice and swallowing disorders. She is also an actress, director and filmmaker and has written and produced many short educational films including a documentary on head and neck cancer.  She is dedicated to constantly advancing her knowledge and has received the ACE award nine times. She is a member of the Dysphagia Research Society as well as many other organizations and was recently recognized as a professional woman of the year by the National Association of Professional Women. She served as the electrotherapy consultant on a large multi-center randomized placebo controlled clinical trial funded by the NIH and is currently working with a European company to develop a prototype of an EEG brain computer interface swallowing rehabilitation system. The Biber Protocol® has been successfully implemented with over a million treatment sessions worldwide with consistently excellent outcomes. Teresa functions with a singular mantra in mind; a life lived to help others is a life worth living. Her mission is to lead the way in the advancement of rehabilitation tools to restore function to the highest level possible to improve the quality of life for all patients. She believes clinicians and patients alike should have easy access to the most effective therapy options in a global market. Teresa puts the care back in Healthcare!

Sharon W. Lovoy, SPHR President and owner of Lovoy’s Team Works, Inc., is a training facilitator, executive coach, keynote speaker and intervention specialist in high stakes organizational challenges.  She has had the privilege of working with over 300 clients in the US and Canada as well as being a faculty member for the University of Alabama, for the College of Continuing Studies. She won an award for the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year. She has worked with organizations such as Mercedes Benz USI, UAB Health Systems, Energen, Southern Company, and various state and city governments.  Her work includes training, executive coaching, consulting for special projects and facilitating dialogue about difficult topics that are challenging growth and progress. Efforts focus on studying positive deviants in other organizations and learning from their successes rather than staying stuck and feeling the need to invent new solutions or engage in “heroic leadership.” She is the pro bono trainer for Sozo Children International based in Birmingham, AL. This organization’s mission is to release Ugandan children from imprisonment in orphanages that thrive on child labor, to building group homes headed by Ugandan parents in a healthy community established by the organization. A lifelong learner, she seeks out non-traditional forms of continuing education for herself such as Dialogue training from Dialogos; mediation training from CDR and Harvard; Authentic Leadership from JFK School of Management, Harvard; Emotional Intelligence, Corporate Coaching, Daring Leadership, Living Brave and Leaders Rising.

Marianne Nice, MS, CCC-SLP
is a speech-language pathologist and reading specialist with 20 years of experience in K-12 education.  She provides professional development and consults to school systems on Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) models, to improve academic outcomes in literacy and math. Marianne specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia and is trained in over 11 reading intervention program.  She provides case consultation and private literacy evaluations for individual students through her private practice. Marianne is a 7-time speaker at the ASHA National Convention and has also presented at the International Dyslexia Association's National Convention.  With her husband of 20 years, (also an educator) she recently started a blog on   Marianne has 2 children, ages 16 and 13 and resides in New Hampshire.  

LeAnn Nickelsen, MEd brings powerful, evidence-based tools and strategies that boost student achievement with lasting results. LeAnn is an expert in:
-Closing Gaps in Struggling Students such as those with high poverty, in special education or those with cognitive challenges
-Differentiating Instruction & Growing Literacy  to meet every student’s needs in all content areas
-Follow-up Coaching for Collective Efficacy from relationship-building to lesson-planning; feedback, learning walks, and goal-getting
She’s a former teacher of the year, a Jensen-certified, brain-research trainer for over 20 years and has authored over 14 practical books including her 2019 release: Teaching with the Instructional Cha Chas: 4 Steps to Make Learning Stick and Deeper Learning: 7 Powerful Strategies for In-Depth and Longer-Lasting Learning (co-authored with Eric Jensen). Her unique, customized options will ensure the new learning gets implemented because of extraordinary follow-up coaching skills. She’s worked with over 500 schools in 49 states and gets rave reviews from both teachers and leadership alike.

Greg Ollick, BSEE, MA is the founder of Med-Acoustics, Inc. which has been a distributor of audiology equipment in the Southeast since 1978.  He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering (BSEE) at the Wallace Cook Institute for Electronics Engineering.  He has over 40 years of experience in the design, sales, installation, marketing and support of audiological instrumentation.  Greg is also an engineering and product design consultant for InterAcoustics, and VivoSonic.  He has consulted for several other major manufactures on equipment design and specification projects, including auditory evoked potential, real ear measurement, VNG and otoacoustic emissions.  Greg is an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Biomedical Engineering Society, and is past chairman of the Technical Standards Committee of the National Association of Special Equipment Distributors.  Since his semi-retirement, Greg has earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theological Studies and a master’s degree in Theology from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.

Dianna Havard Penn, MS, CCC-SLP serves as a Speech Language Pathologist for Children’s Rehabilitation Service, a division of Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Service. She coordinates the Augmentative Communication Technology Clinics for the Montgomery and Opelika offices. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education (Speech Pathology) from Auburn University and her Master of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Alabama A&M. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA and Licensure from ABESPA. She has nearly 25 years of experience working with individuals with Complex Communication Needs, including 3 years in Bulgaria, where she provided consultative services for local SLPs and established an AAC Resource Center and AAC Loaner Library.

Esther Phillips-Ross, MA, CCC-SLP/L is Assistant Professor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Alabama A&M University and serves as the Director of Clinical Education for the CSD Program.  Ms. Phillips-Ross received her formal graduate education from the Ohio State University, in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Ms. Phillips-Ross has worked in varying scopes of practice in the area of speech-language pathology for 24 years, and has interests in the areas of literacy and ethical practices. Ms. Phillips-Ross has presented at the state and national levels on supervision practices in CSD and student professional/ethical behavior. In addition to directing the onsite CSD Clinic, Ms. Phillips-Ross serves on a number of University committees (i.e. Faculty Senate Executive Committee, Faculty Development Committee, Faculty Mentoring Committee, and others) at AAMU where she believes a voice needs to be heard and a difference made.

Judi C. Pritchard, MS, CCC-SLP, CDP, CMDCP, CADDCT is the owner and president of C & T Consulting, LLC.  After 27 years in the long-term care industry, Judi followed her passion to help seniors live with dementia and thrive.  As a Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, she helps communities, their healthcare systems and business create integrated care environments that support those living with dementia to remain as independent as possible.  She continues mentoring skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities in their quest for innovative memory care approaches.  Judi is also a Certified Montessori Dementia Care Practitioner, creator of Journey Boxes, cognitive stimulation kits and the designer of Reflections Park, A Park with a Purpose that creates positive experiences to combat the mental health problems associated with dementia and caring for loved ones with the diagnosis and the author of The Dementia Bandit blog series.

Laura Promer, MS, CCC-SLPhas been employed at Samford University for five years as an Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies. In addition to assisting with graduate clinical placements, she supervises an on-campus literacy clinic. Prior to being at Samford, she provided assessment and treatment of language based reading and writing disorders through her private practice, Communication and Reading Therapies, Inc.

Mary Ray-Allen, MEd, CCC-SLP serves as Clinic Director at The University of Alabama Speech and Hearing Center. With 24 years of clinical experience, her interests include language interventions in adults with aphasia and related disorders, psychosocial/functional approaches to intervention, and the effectiveness of social approaches to aphasia intervention. She is the project director for Bama Perks, a simulated coffee shop that is housed within The UA Speech and Hearing Center that offers a unique social environment for individuals with aphasia to practice and enhance their communication skills. Bama Perks was featured in the March '17 ASHA Leader. She received her BS from The University of Georgia and her Master's degree from Valdosta State University.

Hope C. Reed, SLPD, CCC-SLP, COM is an Associate Professor in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Program at Alabama A & M University (AAMU). She joined the faculty in 2002. She primarily teaches coursework encompassing counseling, child language, and articulation and phonological disorders, but she has experience teaching many other courses, including craniofacial anomalies, fluency, speech and language assessment, computers in CSD, survey of speech-language pathology, and graduate and undergraduate seminars in CSD. Dr. Reed earned her doctorate in speech-language pathology from Nova Southeastern University and her master’s degree in speech-language pathology and bachelor’s degree in special education/speech-language pathology from AAMU. Her clinical experience encompasses the public schools, private sector, home health care, Head Start, and university settings. She has worked in the field of speech-language pathology for over 20 years. Dr. Reed is the only Certified Orofacial Myologist in Alabama and established the world’s first university-based clinic for children and adults with orofacial myofunctional disorders. Her research encompassing counseling students and patients with communication and swallowing disorders and their caregivers, orofacial myofunctional disorders, health literacy, and minority success in higher education has culminated in the publication of numerous books and articles. She is frequently invited to present at international, regional, state, and local conferences on the topics of counseling, orofacial myofunctional disorders, child language, and PRAXIS passage. She also creates Web-based continuing education courses for publication. Dr. Reed is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Orofacial Myology and serves on the research committee for the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) as its Institutional Review Board (IRB) Chairperson. She served on the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama’s (SHAA’s) Executive Board for 7 years, and in 2008, she received its Distinguished Service Award. In 2013, SHAA selected Dr. Reed to receive its Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award. She was honored at the 2013 American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation's Annual Founders Breakfast, in Chicago, as a nominee for the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement. In addition, she has received numerous certificates of appreciation and commendations for her service to the profession. She has also earned the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) from ASHA.  Dr. Reed holds certification/licensure from the IAOM, ASHA, the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA), and the Alabama State Department of Education.

Jeffrey P. Regan, MA serves as ASHA’s Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy.  A native of Connecticut, Jeff completed undergraduate studies at the College of the Holy Cross, and served as a legislative and policy advisor in the United States Senate to former Senator Christopher J. Dodd.  Before coming to ASHA, Jeff completed graduate studies at Saint John’s University, and led government relations efforts at the American Psychiatric Association.  Jeff lives in Virginia with his family.

Jennifer Taps Richard, MA, CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist in San Diego Unified School District and an Indiana University graduate. She provides small group and classroom intervention to caseload and at-risk students. Jennifer is also the Coordinator for the Phonology & Articulation Resource Center, applying research and supporting SLPs in articulation and phonological intervention through staff development, consultation, and coaching. She owns SLPath, a private company committed to promoting best practices in speech sound disorder intervention through online resources and intensive workshops.

Nathaniel H. Robin, MD is the Director of Clinical Genetics at UAB, and the Program Director of the medical genetics residency programs. His clinical interests include clefting and craniofacial genetics and the genetics of hearing loss. As an educator he supervises the educational activities of the department with respect to the UAB School of Medicine as well as all other UAB residency programs.  Dr Robin completed his MD degree and a pediatric residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. He was a clinical fellow in the Division of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology and the Division of Biochemical Genetics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he also served a research fellowship in the laboratory of Max Muenke.

Yvonne Saxon, JD Assistant Attorney General is a native of Mobile, Alabama.  She is a 1981 graduate of Blount High School, a 1985 graduate of Hampton University, and a 1988 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law. Attorney Saxon is employed by the Alabama Attorney General's Office in the Criminal Appeals Division. She has served as General Counsel for the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech Language-Pathology and Audiology for 30 years.

Kimberly Ann Graham Smith, PhD, CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of South Alabama. Her research investigates factors that contribute to reading impairments of persons with aphasia, with the goal of improving reading abilities and quality of life of persons with aphasia.

Elizabeth Stewart MEd, ATP is working as a Solutions Consultant for Tobii Dynavox while also pursuing her Ph.D. in Special Education at The University of Alabama. She has worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and has served as an Assistive Technology Specialist for STAR (Alabama's Assistive Technology Resource). Elizabeth graduated from Auburn University in 2003 and began a twelve-year career as a middle school special education teacher. While in the classroom, Elizabeth developed an interest in assistive technology and continues to develop her skills and expertise in this area.

Duane Trahan, MS, CCC-SLP has over 15 years of experience related to swallowing and communication disorders in various settings with a heterogeneous population.  His specialty areas are in evaluation and intervention for oropharyngeal & esophageal dysphagia as well as in care for head & neck cancer/surgery population regarding swallowing disorders, communication, and facial palsy intervention.  He is the Speech Pathology Clinical Specialist at UAB Medicine with focus on program development, evidence based practices, and enhanced professional and student education.  He is a co-founder and primary therapist of the UAB Facial Nerve Multidisciplinary Clinic.  He has performed numerous in-services and presentations related to swallowing and communication with wide range of medical professionals including physicians, advanced practice providers, nursing, and other therapy disciplines.  His research areas are focused in outcome and quality of life measures related to swallowing, head and neck cancers, and facial nerve deficits.

Mathew B. Vansant, PhD is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Swallowing and Voice Imaging Lab (SAVI-Lab) in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Montevallo. He is originally from Columbiana, AL and received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. Dr. Vansant has been a practicing clinician since 2004 with an emphasis on swallowing and voice disorders. His primary research interests include head and neck cancer related dysphagia with an emphasis on principles of exercise science.

Jamie Tinker Wade, MS, SLP-CCC, MSHA, LSSGB holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Montevallo in 1993 with a double major in Speech Pathology and Social Work. She went on to complete her Masters of Science in Speech Pathology at University of Montevallo in 1995. In 2002, Jamie accepted her first leadership position as Clinical Coordinator of Speech and Hearing at UAB Hospital.  She later became Manager of Speech and Hearing and then in 2015 became the Manager of Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Department. She completed her Masters of Healthcare Administration from UAB in 2014.  In 2016, she became Director of Outpatient Rehabilitation Service.  Shortly after accepting that role, Jamie accepted additional responbilites for development of the UAB Lakeshore Foundation Collaborative for the development of continuums of care for persons with physical disabilities.  This additional responsibility created her most recent job title: Director of Outpatient Rehabilitation Services and Community Partnership. Jamie works in collaboration with Lakeshore Foundation and other community partners, such as the UAB Center for Health Organization Transformation, to develop a comprehensive continuums of care for persons with physical disabilities from point of injury/diagnosis to reentry into the community.  The current work has focused on persons living with spinal cord injuries.  In addition to providing leadership for the collaborative, she is responsible for the development of quality programs at Spain Rehabilitation Center and strategic planning for Spain Rehabilitation Center Outpatient Therapy Department. Jamie has over 20 years’ experience in treating the adult neurogenic population. She specialized in treating patients with Parkinson’s disease and aphasia.   She was involved in the development of the Enhanced Protocol of Constraint Induced Aphasia Therapy with Dr. Ed Taub and colleagues.  Since 2016, she has been collaborating with Vic Dippenaar, ACPE Certified Educator in UAB Pastoral Care, in the development and implementation of leadership accountability groups to improve self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Mandy Weydeck, AuD is the Pediatric Account Manager for Oticon, Inc. serving Texas, Alabama, Tennessee and the Florida Panhandle.  Prior to joining Oticon, Mandy worked as an audiologist in pediatric medical centers serving the birth-21 population. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Texas Christian University, a Master of Arts in Audiology degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a Doctor of Audiology degree with a Pediatric Aural Habilitation concentration from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Susan Wiley, MD is a developmental pediatrician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She works with children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing with developmental disabilities. She is a member of the cochlear implant team and co-director of the CHARGE syndrome center. Dr. Wiley has collaborated with the Ohio Center for Deaf-Blind Education. She is a representative of the American Academy of Pediatrics to the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing and serves as the co-chair of the Ohio Department of Health's Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee.

Elizabeth Zylla-Jones, MS, CCC-SLP is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Auburn University, Auburn, AL.  Ms. Zylla-Jones received a master’s of science in speech-language pathology from Purdue University in 1982. Ms. Zylla-Jones has been employed at Auburn University since 1991, where she provides clinical teaching and supervision for master’s degree students during practicum experience at the AU clinic. She also serves as the speech-language pathology clinic coordinator overseeing clinic scheduling and external placements.  Clinical interests include early intervention, autism and pediatric dysphagia. She has made numerous presentations at local, regional, state, and national professional meetings, specifically in the area of clinical education and supervision. Ms. Zylla-Jones currently serves a peer reviewer for SIG-11 Perspectives in Administration and Supervision. She has previously served on the Coordinating Committee for SIG-11 and as a CAA Site Visitor.

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