Meet ASHA’s Four New Board Members ASHA’s new Board members bring a unique blend of professional experience and personal dedication to their positions. They take office on Jan. 1, 2011. Shelly Chabon, professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University, views the ASHA presidency as “an opportunity to interface ... ASHA News
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Meet ASHA’s Four New Board Members
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ASHA News   |   July 01, 2010
Meet ASHA’s Four New Board Members
The ASHA Leader, July 2010, Vol. 15, 2-9. doi:10.1044/leader.AN.15082010.2
The ASHA Leader, July 2010, Vol. 15, 2-9. doi:10.1044/leader.AN.15082010.2
ASHA’s new Board members bring a unique blend of professional experience and personal dedication to their positions. They take office on Jan. 1, 2011.
Shelly Chabon, PhD, CCC-SLP
President-Elect
Shelly Chabon, professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University, views the ASHA presidency as “an opportunity to interface with colleagues and to represent our common values and champion our professions at a community, national, and global level.” Her experience in clinical service, administration, research, teaching, supervision, and volunteer positions, she said, will be invaluable as she addresses a multiplicity of complex and varied issues.
Chabon sees several issues as critical: changes in educational preparation and clinical practice necessitated by the continuous expansion of scopes of practice; uncertainties associated with multiple payers, health care reform, an unstable economic climate, and legislative mandates in special and general education; trends in entry-level and certification requirements in health-related professions; demands for outcome data to validate clinicians’ work with children and adults with communication disorders, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; and the need to ensure that services are accessible, evidence-based, culturally sensitive, and grounded in professional ethics.
As president, Chabon wants to “translate and implement the ideas and goals of members into meaningful actions,” and will pursue a deeper understanding of members’ priorities across work settings and professions, work to advance the scientific and research base, and strive to recruit and procure funding for students entering the field.
As ASHA’s president in 2012, Chabon will “strive to establish an environment that recognizes the contributions of others and actively encourages and appreciates interaction, collaboration, and diversification in opinions and approaches,” she said. “I do not promote change for change’s sake, nor do I become complacent with success. I attempt to lead with humor and humility and to employ a scientific, professional, and caring approach in my work with others.”
Barbara Moore, EdD, CCC-SLP
Vice President for Planning
Barbara Moore brings to her new position a wealth of experience and a zeal for efforts that promote the professions and ASHA. She has spent two decades in administration and programming for school districts and currently serves as director of special youth services for the Anaheim Union High School District in California. Moore also has worked in a variety of settings and has served on several ASHA committees. This breadth of experience, she said, will serve her and the association well.
“All of these experiences have provided me with opportunities to learn and grow as a leader, as well as to see the needs of the field, practitioners, and consumers. They have shaped me along the way to see the importance of ASHA’s work.”
In her new position, Moore hopes to strengthen the connection between ASHA’s work and the reality of the working clinician. She said she recognizes the rapidly evolving landscape of the discipline and believes the key is working together within the professions as well as collaborating with allied professions. She also is concerned about the current PhD shortage, the looming professional shortage, and the impact the economy has had on providing services to individuals who need them. Current efforts to address these issues are paying off, she said, but the work is far from over and innovation and collaboration are the keys to finding novel solutions.
“It is important and necessary to work together with many stakeholders to accomplish any goal,” she said. “Not only is this the best approach, but it’s the one I find most enjoyable.”
Neil T. Shepard, PhD, CCC-A
Vice President for Academic Affairs in Audiology
Neil Shepard, director of the Dizziness and Balance Disorders Program at Mayo Clinic in the Department of Otolaryngology in Rochester, Minn., brings a broad understanding of professional issues in audiology from his stint as 2003–2005 ASHA vice president for quality of service in audiology. His top priority is to alleviate the PhD shortage by improving the mechanisms to increase the number of individuals who seek the research doctoral degree in both audiology and speech-language pathology.
“By working in both a clinical setting and academic environment, I have been exposed to the problems on both sides of efforts to train enough audiologists to meet the demand,” he said. “I also have been exposed to the decline in an adequate number of research-trained scholar/clinicians to provide the needed training for students at universities as well as to a decline in externship environments for audiology.”
He also hopes to address other key challenges facing the discipline, including reimbursement, changes in the classification of audiologists under Medicare, and the use of audiology technicians for routine services.
Shepard, who has served on numerous academic committees at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, and the Mayo Clinic-Rochester, jokes that he is “a benevolent dictator” in his leadership style. Shepard added that he seeks input and counsel from all perspectives, but will then make the final decision as to how to act on that information. “I take the responsibility for the final decision,” he said, “especially if it goes wrong.”
Jennifer B. Watson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BRS-FD
Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology
Jennifer Watson brings a breadth of experience to her new role. A board-recognized specialist in fluency disorders and professor at Texas Christian University, she has served as chair of the Council for Clinical Specialty Recognition, vice chair of speech-language pathology for the Council of Academic Accreditation, chair of state and national task forces addressing culturally and linguistically diverse issues, and continuing education organizer. Watson emphasizes that ethical principles and practice are the foundation of all association and member activities.
She hopes to focus on clarifying and implementing professional credentials along the full continuum of practice and on the assessment of clinical certification standards in speech-language pathology and implementing resulting recommendations.
Watson emphasized that all groups and professionals need to understand and embrace the policies and procedures associated with ethical practice. “Through increased communication and response to member feedback,” she said, “I hope to promote the transparency and effectiveness of implementing our profession’s ethical principles, rules, and procedures.”
Demographic shifts and advances in technology are the most important issues facing the discipline, Watson said. Supporting clinicians to meet the needs of increasingly diverse clinical populations is critical. In addition, effectively implementing technological advances (including social media) to recruit, prepare, and support continuing development of young professionals is essential.
Regarding her leadership style, Watson says she “addresses problems as opportunities, considers multiple perspectives in developing creative solutions, and strives to build consensus among individuals and groups.” She recognizes that goals can be realized through mutual respect, collaboration, and a positive attitude toward change. And, she added, “I am not afraid to laugh, particularly at myself!”
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