Choosing Your Leaders: Election Nears for ASHA Members A rite of summer for ASHA members is approaching-the annual election for the association’s leaders. “Our professions have many challenges, both professional and political, that must be addressed if we are to achieve our potential in serving our consumers,” said Larry Higdon, past president. ASHA continually needs fresh ideas and ... ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   June 01, 2005
Choosing Your Leaders: Election Nears for ASHA Members
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  • Dee Naquin Shafer, an assistant managing editor of The ASHA Leader, can be reached at dshafer@asha.org.
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ASHA News   |   June 01, 2005
Choosing Your Leaders: Election Nears for ASHA Members
The ASHA Leader, June 2005, Vol. 10, 1-45. doi:10.1044/leader.AN.10082005.1
The ASHA Leader, June 2005, Vol. 10, 1-45. doi:10.1044/leader.AN.10082005.1
A rite of summer for ASHA members is approaching-the annual election for the association’s leaders. “Our professions have many challenges, both professional and political, that must be addressed if we are to achieve our potential in serving our consumers,” said Larry Higdon, past president.
ASHA continually needs fresh ideas and energetic leaders to step forward and work on behalf of the Association and professions, and the membership must vote for those they feel will best combine with our outstanding returning Executive Board members, he added. “All of our candidates possess outstanding credentials. Now it is time for our membership to select their voice(s) in the leadership. I think this is turning out to be a very productive year for ASHA and the professions-vote and elect Executive Board members to continue the successes.”
In addition to providing better information to members, ASHA representatives profoundly affect how members practice and work, Higdon said. “It’s important that the membership read and find out all they can about the candidates and their philosophies, and whether they have a broad background to represent all aspects of the professions.”
Higdon noted that he is grateful for his experience as president in 2004. “Representing the professions and the membership gave me an incredible opportunity to meet and visit with people I wouldn’t have known otherwise.”
The membership has a great deal of expertise and experience, helping create excellence in the professions, he said. Those considering a run for office should listen long and well to the members, he added. “The primary attributes of our leaders are to listen, synthesize, and ultimately act on the needs of the membership.”
Finally, Higdon pointed out that voting for leaders who will represent us is a privilege, and he believes in the old adage, “If you don’t vote, you lose the privilege of being able to gripe.”
Additional Election Information
Paper or Cyber?

It’s election time again. On June 20, members will receive an e-mail message requesting they choose between receiving their 2005 ASHA election ballot via e-mail or regular mail. The subject line of the message will be: ASHA Ballot Option-Select Now for 2005 Elections.

Consider voting online. Responding to the e-mail message and choosing the online voting option will save time and postage costs.

Here’s the timeline:

  • June 20: E-mail message sent to members with choice of paper or electronic ballot.

  • July 12: The ASHA Leader will publish a bio-sketch of the candidates for EB positions, and will list the LC candidates by state.

  • Aug. 1 (12:01am, EDT) through Sept. 9 (noon, EDT): 2005 ASHA National Election voting period

  • Sept. 14: 2005 ASHA election results are announced.

Introducing the Candidates

MMembers will choose among 11 candidates who are running for four positions on the Executive Board-president-elect, vice president for governmental and social policies, vice president for professional practices in speech-language pathology, and vice president for quality of service in audiology. Details will be available in the July 12 issue of The ASHA Leader.

Executive Board

(2006) President-Elect

Noma B. Anderson, Leslie J. Gonzalez-Rothi, Michael L. Kimbarow

(2006–2008) Vice President for Governmental and Social Policies Marion C. Hammett, Carolyn Wiles Higdon, DeAnne Wellman Owre

(2006–2008) Vice President for Professional Practices in Speech-Language Pathology Mary D. Pannbacker, Brian B. Shulman

(2006–2008) Vice President for Quality of Service in Audiology Kenneth R. Bouchard, C. Frederick Britten, Dennis L. Burrows

Legislative Council

The Legislative Council has 91 candidates campaigning for election. Candidates are listed on the ASHA Web site.

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