December 2017 Jodi Kaldahl Grabast, an SLP in Superior, Nebraska, received the Service to Children Award at the Nebraska School Psychologists Association conference in September … Amy McConkey Robbins, an SLP in private practice in Indianapolis, was recognized in April as the 2017 winner of the Dr. Richard T. Miyamoto “Heroes ... People
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The ASHA Leader, December 2017, Vol. 22, 24-26. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.22122017.24
The ASHA Leader, December 2017, Vol. 22, 24-26. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.22122017.24
Awarded
Jodi Kaldahl Grabast, an SLP in Superior, Nebraska, received the Service to Children Award at the Nebraska School Psychologists Association conference in September … Amy McConkey Robbins, an SLP in private practice in Indianapolis, was recognized in April as the 2017 winner of the Dr. Richard T. Miyamoto “Heroes for Hearing” Award for service to the profession and excellence in the field of listening and spoken language … in September, Beth McKerlie, Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association president, was recognized at the 40th Annual Missouri Special Education Administrators Fall Conference Awards Banquet for her collaboration and support on policy issues, specifically her work to revise the criteria for speech-language service eligibility in Missouri schools.
In the media
Rebecca Beckman, an audiologist in Gainesville, Virginia, was interviewed for a WTOP.com article about advances in hearing aid technology … SLP Arnell Brady, a member of ASHA’s International Issues Board, was interviewed by The Windy City Times about the need for cultural competency in the professionsNeil DiSarno, ASHA chief staff officer for audiology, was interviewed by Gray DC about the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid BillRonna Fisher, an audiologist in Chicago, was quoted in an article in the Chicago Daily Herald about the role of the audiologist in treating dementia Sara Green Mele, SLP and clinical instructor, Wendy Jumonville, coordinator of clinical services, and Yunjung Kim, associate professor at Louisiana State University’s Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic, were quoted in an article in The Advocate about voice-banking services available at the clinic’s Speech Acoustics and Movement LabRamya Kumar, an SLP with Banner Health in Phoenix, was interviewed by KTAR News about the effects of screen time on young childrenJulie Norin, an audiologist with the Hearing and Speech Agency in Baltimore, and Erin Stauder, executive director of the Hearing and Speech Agency, were interviewed by The Baltimore Sun on the repercussions of over-the-counter hearing aids.
Named
Jaumeiko Coleman was recently named ASHA’s director of school services. An SLP, Coleman has worked at ASHA since 2008, as the associate director of continuing education and as associate director of ASHA’s National Center for Evidence-Based Practice (N-CEP) … Lynn Williams, associate dean and professor at East Tennessee State University and ASHA’s vice president for academic affairs in speech-language pathology, was chosen to participate in the inaugural Interprofessional Deans Leadership Program of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative, a group that advocates for interprofessional education in health professions training programs.
Published
Molly Dresner, an SLP and feeding therapist based in New York City, wrote “The Speech Teacher’s Handbook: A Parent’s Guide to Speech & Language,” which offers parents functional tips for helping their children improve speech and language skills at home.
Retired
Becky Sutherland Cornett retired in September from The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center after a 29-year career in various roles: director of speech-language pathology, director of inpatient rehabilitation, associate compliance director, director of fiscal integrity and, most recently, director of strategy and planning with emphasis on government affairs. Cornett has contributed more than 130 articles, book chapters and presentations on health care value and quality, regulatory compliance, Medicare policy, professional affairs, and women’s leadership roles. She co-authored “The Clinical Practice of Speech-Language Pathology” with Shelly Chabon and edited “Clinical Practice Management for Speech-Language Pathologists.” An ASHA Fellow, she received the Honors of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has been an active member of many ASHA committees, including the Health Care Economics Committee. Cornett chaired ASHA’s Government Relations and Public Policy Board, the Ad Hoc Committee on Managed Care, and the 2012 Summit on the Changing Health Care Landscape. In October, Cornett was inducted into the Outstanding Alumni Academy of Western Michigan University’s College of Health and Human Services.
Deaths
Janet Cohen, 90, on Sept. 5, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cohen earned a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Tulsa, and focused her career on working with patients who suffered strokes. As one of the first female SLPs in the Tulsa area, Janet founded the Tulsa Stroke Club and practiced for many years, only retiring after developing spasmodic dysphonia.
Thomas Fay, 90, on July 30, in Gainesville, Florida, after a brief illness. Fay earned a bachelor’s degree in speech from the University of Florida and a master’s in music from Columbia University. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Fay received his PhD in speech and hearing disorders from the University of Illinois. Dually certified, he was a distinguished professor of clinical audiology and speech-language pathology in the otolaryngology department at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Fay was also director of the Speech and Hearing Lab at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and concurrently served as the noise specialist on the Environmental Control Board under four New York City mayors. In 1983, he was recognized as honorable deputy chief of the New York Fire Department for his work on its noise and siren protocol. An ASHA Fellow, Fay edited “Noise & Heath,” published in 1991 by the New York Academy of Medicine. He returned to his hometown of Gainesville after his 1991 retirement.
Joe Fulcher, on Oct. 6 in Sea Island, Georgia, after a brief illness. Fulcher served in many capacities for the Stuttering Foundation since 1984, including vice president, assistant secretary, treasurer and member of the annual Audit Committee. The husband of Stuttering Foundation President Jane Fraser and son-in-law of its founder, Malcolm Fraser, Fulcher earned his law degree in 1973 from the University of New Mexico and was general counsel for the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute and Lovelace Medical Center.
Please send news of ASHA members’ awards, new positions, media appearances, honors, retirements and other milestones to leader@asha.org.
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