Six Members Elected to Board of Directors Six ASHA members were elected to ASHA’s Board of Directors (BOD) in July and will take office on Jan. 1, 2009. Their dedication enables ASHA to continue improving services for all members. Robinson, 2009 president-elect, is director of the Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders and associate professor ... ASHA News
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Six Members Elected to Board of Directors
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ASHA News   |   August 01, 2008
Six Members Elected to Board of Directors
The ASHA Leader, August 2008, Vol. 13, 2-7. doi:10.1044/leader.AN.13102008.2
The ASHA Leader, August 2008, Vol. 13, 2-7. doi:10.1044/leader.AN.13102008.2
Six ASHA members were elected to ASHA’s Board of Directors (BOD) in July and will take office on Jan. 1, 2009. Their dedication enables ASHA to continue improving services for all members.
Tommie L. Robinson Jr.
Robinson, 2009 president-elect, is director of the Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders and associate professor of pediatrics at the George Washington School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
Robinson said his 20 years of leadership experience in both small and large settings have helped him learn how to listen to members. “I think that I will bring to the board a broad concept of who we are as members of this association,” he added. He will work with the Board of Directors and the chief staff officers to implement ASHA’s Strategic Pathway to Excellence. “We put a lot of work into the strategic plan last year and we want to make it work for every member of this organization.”
A former vice president and member of the Legislative Council, Robinson’s ASHA experience includes organizing the Speech-Language Pathology Education Summit and chairing the Convention Program Committee.
“Serving on the Legislative Council deepened my understanding of governance rules, and my time on the Honors Committee gave me a deep appreciation for the depth and breadth of the work of our members,” he said.
He highly values members’ diverse perspectives. “I hope to bring to the Board of Directors a broad concept of membership, of who we are as members of this association,” he said, “and our new governance structure gives board members the chance to hear from members and to take action to respond to their concerns.”
Robert M. Augustine
Augustine is the 2009–2011 vice president for finance. A speech-language pathologist and dean of the graduate school at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, his goal during the next year is to increase ASHA’s non-dues revenue.
“I have been on the Financial Planning Board for two terms,” Augustine said. “The most exciting thing recently was our recommendation to bring in an investment advisor to help ASHA improve its financial gains. I am excited about the prospect of moving this goal forward because it could mean more non-dues revenue.”
Once that goal is underway, Augustine said he plans to ask for BOD discussions about how that financial enhancement can be invested in ASHA’s strategic objectives. Augustine called it an honor to be elected, saying that he has worked with some of the finest audiologists and SLPs throughout his career.
“I always gain more from my ASHA affiliations than I can ever give back,” he said. “I feel an ethical obligation to serve ASHA.”
Allan O. Diefendorf
Diefendorf is the 2009–2011 vice president for standards and ethics in audiology. He is associate professor and director of audiology and speech pathology in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.
“It’s an honor to be elected to a leadership position,” he said. “It suggests that your colleagues know your background and support you in elective office.”
Diefendorf said his interest in ethics and standards is reflected in three years of service to the Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC), and his four years of service to the Board of Ethics. In his work with CFCC, Diefendorf has participated in interpreting the audiology practice analysis and moving it into clinical standards and ultimately into the audiology Praxis exam. “It’s exciting work. Analysis of current practice lays the foundation for new standards and higher expectations from entry-level practitioners in the field,” he said.
On the board, he looks forward to working on ASHA’s high-priority initiatives. “I’m going to enjoy being in a leadership position and working with the Board of Directors,” he said.
Thomas J. Hallahan
Hallahan will serve as 2009–2011 vice president for government relations and public policy. An audiologist, he is an associate professor at Salem State College in Oak Bluff, Mass.
Hallahan has served as president of the Massachusetts Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Council for State Association Presidents, providing him with an understanding of issues in educational and health care settings. He serves in a policy position with the Massachusetts Medicaid program and also has extensive regulatory and policy background from his work with the state’s Department of Public Health.
“I hope to spearhead a public policy agenda that embodies ASHA’s vision of ‘Making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all,’ within both the domestic and international contexts,” Hallahan said. He emphasized the importance of understanding the policies and regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and No Child Left Behind and will promote “a true understanding and appreciation of inclusive practices within and across different school and work settings.”
Hallahan also plans to take this message “outside of our borders, encouraging ASHA and its membership to play a key role in promoting inclusive practices in other countries around the globe, particularly those with limited resources.”
Julie B. Noel
Noel will serve as 2009–2011 vice president for speech-language pathology practice. Noel, a clinician in private practice in Dallas, Texas, has also worked in the school setting and in marketing/public relations.
Noel recognizes that “there is much work to be done to meet the tremendous challenges facing ASHA speech-language pathologists” and will focus on these challenges, which include caseload demands, excessive paperwork, personnel shortages, reimbursement denials, and service provider encroachment.
Noel has also served in a number of volunteer leadership positions for a variety of nonprofit and professional organizations, including ASHA’s Executive Board and Legislative Council and the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Executive Board.
As a former speaker of the Legislative Council, Noel worked closely with ASHA staff and leaders.
“I believe in the value of the services that we as speech-language pathologists provide for the countless numbers of children and adults we serve on a daily basis,” she said, “and I welcome the opportunity to explore new ideas and strategies to respond to these and other challenges facing our profession.”
Colleen M. O’Rourke
O’Rourke will serve as 2009–2010 vice president for academic affairs in audiology. (The next time this position is elected it will be for a three-year term.) O’Rourke is an associate professor of communication disorders and director of the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
“I look forward to the opportunity to work with the other board members and the membership to continue ASHA’s commitment to what we all value: high standards for the education of future professionals; the research base of our professions; and providing quality services to our clients,” she said.
O’Rourke’s service on the board of the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology has provided her a broad perspective on the challenges facing academic programs in both audiology and speech-language pathology.
In addition, “My years in ASHA’s Legislative Council allowed me to learn about the issues that face our two professions from a national perspective,” she said. “I hope to bring what I’ve learned from these experiences to my service on the Board of Directors.”
Results of the elections for the 2009 Audiology Advisory Council and Speech-Language Pathology Council will be included in an upcoming issue of The ASHA Leader.
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