April 2015 Arlene A. Pietranton, chief executive officer of ASHA, has been named a 2015 top innovator in associations and nonprofits by the Washington, D.C.-based event and editorial company Trending 40. She was nominated and chosen by her peers to receive the honor, along with 19 other leaders in the industry. ... People
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The ASHA Leader, April 2015, Vol. 20, 22-23. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.20042015.22
The ASHA Leader, April 2015, Vol. 20, 22-23. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.20042015.22
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Arlene A. Pietranton, chief executive officer of ASHA, has been named a 2015 top innovator in associations and nonprofits by the Washington, D.C.-based event and editorial company Trending 40. She was nominated and chosen by her peers to receive the honor, along with 19 other leaders in the industry.
Named
Fred H. Bess, a professor and director of the National Center for Childhood Deafness and Family Communication at Vanderbilt University, has been named inaugural holder of the Vickie and Thomas Flood Chair in Hearing and Speech Sciences at the university. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences since 1976 and served as a chair for more than 30 years … Laureen O’Hanlon has been named founding dean of Eastern Washington University’s College of Health Science and Public Health. A speech-language pathologist, O’Hanlon chaired California State University, Sacramento’s Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology from 2005 to 2012, where she also served as interim associate dean and administrator in charge of the College of Engineering and Computer Science … Janet Schreck, executive director of the Loyola Clinical Centers at Loyola University Maryland, has been named a distinguished fellow by the National Academies of Practice. With the honor, which recognizes her as a leader in her profession of speech-language pathology, Schreck will establish and lead a new academy within NAP, the Speech & Language Pathology Academy, as a distinguished practitioner and fellow … Rahul Shrivastav has been named vice president for instruction at the University of Georgia. An SLP, he previously served as a professor and chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University, where he reworked academic plans and helped to create a new online degree program.
In the news
Ira Kittrell, an SLP and special educator at Easton Middle School in North Easton, Massachusetts, was recently featured—with his reading-therapy dog, Otto—in a newsmagazine segment on Boston’s ABC affiliate, WCVB-TV. Otto is certified through the nonprofit Dog B.O.N.E.S. (Building Opportunities for Nurturing and Emotional Support), and Kittrell brings him to his class, primarily focused on pragmatic language skills, to help put students at ease while reading.
Retired
Gary Rentschler, director of the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and the Stuttering Clinic at Duquesne University, retired on Dec. 31, 2014. During his career, in which he focused on the role of emotional and psychosocial issues in stuttering, Rentschler was named Speech Pathologist of the Year by the National Stuttering Association, and served on the Professional Advisory Board for the organization. He has served on and is certified by the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders … Lyna Smith, director of speech services at Columbus Speech and Hearing Center, retired in February. In 22 years at the center, she mentored nearly 100 clinical fellows and led the department’s efforts to serve thousands of children every year through screenings, treatment programs and school contracts.
Deaths
Paul Hamilton Roosevelt, 87, on Dec. 7, 2013, in Paris, Texas. After serving in the Marine Corps during World War II, where he was stationed in Guam and Saipan, Roosevelt earned a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing disorders from Eastern Illinois State College. He later received a master’s degree from Northwestern University, and then became the first person to earn a PhD from Southern Illinois University in 1959. He directed the communication disorders program at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) for 31 years, retiring in 1983 as professor emeritus. An ASHA Life Member, he served as president of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1964.
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