June 2014 Two ASHA members were appointed to The National Hearing Conservation Association’s 2014 Executive Council. Kristen Casto, an active-duty Army audiologist assigned to the Office of the Army Surgeon General in Falls Church, Va., was named president-elect. Jennifer B. Tufts, an audiologist and associate professor at the University of Connecticut, ... People
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June 2014
The ASHA Leader, June 2014, Vol. 19, 20. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.19062014.20
The ASHA Leader, June 2014, Vol. 19, 20. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.19062014.20
Named
Two ASHA members were appointed to The National Hearing Conservation Association’s 2014 Executive Council. Kristen Casto, an active-duty Army audiologist assigned to the Office of the Army Surgeon General in Falls Church, Va., was named president-elect. Jennifer B. Tufts, an audiologist and associate professor at the University of Connecticut, was named immediate past president … Swathi Kiran, a speech-language pathologist, co-founder and chief scientist for health care start-up Constant Therapy, and research director at Boston University’s Aphasia Research Center, has earned a full professorship in BU’s department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.
Deaths
Candice Jennifer Costa, 40, on March 24, 2014, in Jamaica Plain, Mass. Costa received her undergraduate degree at Bridgewater State University and her master’s degree and doctorate in audiology at Northeastern University. She worked as a researcher and clinical supervisor at NU before joining the Veterans Administration Hospital in Jamaica Plain, Mass. Through her career she mentored and taught many students. She served on ASHA’s Multicultural Issues and Continuing Education boards. Survivors include her wife, Stephanie Hunt, and her father, Dennis Costa.
William M. Pitts, 94, on March 21, 2014. A native of Tennessee, Pitts dropped out of high school, joined the Marines, and survived the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. After retiring from the Marines as a master sergeant in 1959, Pitts attended Cleveland College—despite his lack of high school diploma—and graduated with a master’s degree in speech pathology. He worked at Highland View Hospital and became department director and then assistant director. Pitts founded the Cleveland Stroke Club in 1974 to bring together stroke survivors and their caregivers for mutual help, fellowship, education, resources and service to others. He retired in 1986 to develop a computer program that stroke survivors could use at home to regain their speaking skills. Pitts was an ASHA Life Member and received a State Clinical Achievement Award in 1983. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Geri; their children Nora, John, Robert and Adrianne; and siblings Phyllis and Jim.
Retired
Philip S. Dale, professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, retired after serving as department chair for six years. A UNM faculty member since 2006, Dale also held faculty appointments at the University of Washington and the University of Missouri–Columbia. In addition to his many research articles, Dale recently co-edited a book, “Late Talkers: Language Development, Interventions, and Outcomes.” In retirement, Dale plans to continue his research, explore New Mexico, travel, and do volunteer work with children.
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