June 2016 Mercedes Benitez McCrary, speech-language pathologist and senior adviser of the Learning and Diffusion Group of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, was appointed chief professional officer (CPO) in the therapy category of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Benitez McCrary is the first SLP to be named ... People
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June 2016
The ASHA Leader, June 2016, Vol. 21, 24-25. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.21062016.24
The ASHA Leader, June 2016, Vol. 21, 24-25. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.21062016.24
Appointed
Mercedes Benitez McCrary, speech-language pathologist and senior adviser of the Learning and Diffusion Group of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, was appointed chief professional officer (CPO) in the therapy category of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Benitez McCrary is the first SLP to be named CPO of the entire therapy category … Regina E. Goings, SLP and director of speech-language therapy and audiology services at the Clark County (Nevada) School District, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to serve as an alternate negotiator (non-federal) on its Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Awarded
Deborah Swain, SLP and founder of the Swain Center for Listening, Communicating and Learning, received the Distinguished Service Award within Sacramento State University’s Distinguished Alumni Awards. The service award recognizes professional achievements and community service.
Elected
James J. Jerome, occupational audiologist at the Indianapolis-based Workplace Integra, was elected president of the National Hearing Conservation Association at its 40th annual conference in February.
In the news
Anthony Salvatore, SLP and director of the University of Texas at El Paso’s Concussion Management Clinic, was featured in a March 21 El Paso Times article about concussions in youth football. Salvatore collaborated with a community committee to establish new concussion protocols to keep young players safe.
Deaths
Leita Rose Ballew Hensley, 85, on Feb. 15, 2016, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Hensley earned a bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College, a master’s degree from the University of Denver and a PhD in speech-language pathology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She was faculty emeritus in the Department of Communication Disorders at Southeast Missouri State University, where she taught classes and supervised students at the Center for Speech and Hearing.
Sarah Margaret Lowder, 31, on March 10, 2016, in Smyrna, Georgia, of ovarian cancer. Lowder received a bachelor’s of education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2006 and a master’s of science in speech-language pathology from the University of Tennessee in Memphis in 2008. She moved to Smyrna, where she worked for Cobb County School District at Brown and Smyrna elementary schools. Lowder received Brown’s Teacher of the Year award in 2012 in recognition of her contributions to students’ academic success.
Nancy K. Russell, 78, on May 6, 2015, in Naples, Florida. Russell earned her bachelor’s in speech-language pathology and audiology from the University of Minnesota, her master’s from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and her PhD from the University at Buffalo. After joining SUNY Buffalo State to research and teach, she developed the Neural Control of Communication course, which was added to the school’s communicative disorders and sciences curriculum. Her research involved respiratory and aerodynamic control of speaking, and she also collaborated with the Erie County Medical Center Department of Rehabilitative Medicine to help patients cognitively impaired from stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI). She was awarded a National Institutes of Health grant, training students to work with TBI patients. Russell published “Educational Considerations in Traumatic Brain Injury: The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist” in Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, for which she received the ASHA Journals Editor’s Award in 1994. She retired as an associate professor of speech-language pathology and audiology at SUNY Buffalo State in 1998.
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