NSSLHA Names State Officers As the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) begins its first year under a new governance structure, 42 state officers have joined the four regional councilors and 10 Executive Council members to complete the leadership team. The new structure provides greater opportunities for students to hone their leadership skills ... ASHA News
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NSSLHA Names State Officers
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NSSLHA Names State Officers
The ASHA Leader, December 2016, Vol. 21, 59. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.21122016.59
The ASHA Leader, December 2016, Vol. 21, 59. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.21122016.59
As the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) begins its first year under a new governance structure, 42 state officers have joined the four regional councilors and 10 Executive Council members to complete the leadership team.
The new structure provides greater opportunities for students to hone their leadership skills under the mentorship of ASHA leaders and professionals.
NSSLHA—an association for and managed by students—has approximately 13,000 members at more than 300 independently operated chapters on college and university campuses in the United States and abroad.
The NSSLHA Executive Council appointed the state officers in October. As the program grows beyond this transition year, the goal is to have one audiology and one speech-language pathology representative—undergraduate or graduate student—in each state, creating 100 leadership opportunities for students.
Similar to ASHA’s Advisory Council, student state officers work with state associations and collaborate with local NSSLHA chapters in their state to develop a robust communication and advocacy pipeline for students to engage with issues they face now and anticipate facing in the future.
The state officers serve a one-year term that begins each September.
The 10 Executive Council members serve staggered two-year terms. They are:
  • Chelsea Walker, University of Georgia, president

  • Katie Schramm, Northwestern University, president-elect

  • Tatiana Windley, SUNY-College of Plattsburgh, vice president for finance

  • Katrina Killian, University of Pittsburgh, vice president for planning

  • Sally Wilson, Longwood University, vice president for academic affairs

  • Margaret Pierce, University of Maine-Orono, vice president for student state officers (speech-language pathology)

  • Madison Saunders, University of Kansas, vice president for student state officers (audiology)

  • Garrett Nathan, Fort Hays State University, vice president for government relations and public policy

  • Erica Gardner, University of Arkansas, vice president for audiology programming

  • Melanie Riland, West Chester University, vice president for speech-language pathology programming

The four regional councilors, who also serve staggered two-year terms, are:
  • Crystal Garcia, California State University-Los Angeles, western region

  • Jessica Salley, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, central region

  • Katie Lesesne, University of Georgia, southern region

  • Blair Gorenberg, Case Western Reserve University, northeastern region

For more information about the new structure, visit NSSLHA’s leadership opportunities webpage.
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