Meet the 2015 ASHA Convention Co-Chairs This year’s chairs talk about how the convention’s theme—“Changing minds. Changing lives. Leading the way”—relates to their own career paths. ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   August 01, 2015
Meet the 2015 ASHA Convention Co-Chairs
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ASHA News   |   August 01, 2015
Meet the 2015 ASHA Convention Co-Chairs
The ASHA Leader, August 2015, Vol. 20, 66. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC1.20082015.66
The ASHA Leader, August 2015, Vol. 20, 66. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC1.20082015.66
Jeanane M. Ferre, PhD, CCC-A
Private practice, Oak Park, Illinois
Primary clinical interest
Assessment and intervention of central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) in children and adults.
How has change affected your professional life?
I had always envisioned myself in a university setting. Circumstances changed that plan and I went into private practice, which enables me to see clients every day and allows me to work with professionals within our discipline and across related disciplines who started out as colleagues and became good friends. Plus, two universities let me teach CAPD and supervise student practica. For me, “change” created an amazing professional outcome that I didn’t even know I wanted!
How have you blazed your own trail?
In the early 1980s, we were struggling—even more than now—with the concept of CAPD. I took one look at the central auditory nervous system and knew that’s where I belonged. Over my career, I have searched for and helped to find some answers to CAPD questions, co-authoring, with Teri Bellis, a model for diagnostic test interpretation, and with Gail Richard, a screening test for processing disorders.
Which CSD trailblazer influenced you the most?
A former ASHA president, my mentor and friend Laura Ann Wilber. As a doctoral student at Northwestern, I wanted to study only the central auditory system. Laura inspired me, encouraged my work, reigned me in when needed, and backed me up when others said, “What are you up to?” Plus, nearly every year at the ASHA convention, she takes me out to celebrate my birthday, which falls at or near convention week!
What is your favorite convention memory?
The 2001 awards ceremony. I received ASHA Fellowship and the look on Tommie Robinson’s face seeing me in a little black dress and heels was one for the ages!
Julie B. Noel, MS, CCC-SLP
Burtis & Noel Speech-Language Center, Inc., Dallas
Primary clinical interest
Assessment, diagnosis and intervention for speech-language disorders in children and adolescents. I have a particular interest in children who have challenges in literacy and written language.
How has change affected your professional life?
After nearly a decade in marketing and advertising, I wanted to finish my college education. I went to the library, found a catalog for the University of Texas at Dallas, and discovered the section on communication sciences and disorders. The course of study for speech-language pathology looked like it had been designed especially for me. I’m still in the “communication” business, just from a different perspective and with an enhanced skill set.
How have you blazed your own trail?
I’ve had the honor and privilege of working with a variety of amazing clients and families over the past 25 years as a speech-language pathologist, and I’ve also been fortunate to have served the professions in a variety of leadership capacities for ASHA, the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA), and the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.
Which CSD trailblazer influenced you the most?
The late Sandy Friel-Patti, one of my professors at the University of Texas at Dallas and former TSHA president, suggested that I volunteer for an upcoming TSHA convention. Sandy—professor, mentor and friend—recognized the power of the “personal ask,” the value of developing a professional network, and the importance of advocating for the patients, students and clients we serve, and for the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.
What is your favorite convention memory?
Visiting with Sen. John and Annie Glenn is my favorite memory of several ASHA conventions—they are two of my heroes!
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