Meet the Candidates for ASHA’s Board of Directors Elections for members of ASHA’s Board of Directors and Advisory Councils open May 3 and close at 3 p.m. ET on May 25. Election ballots will arrive by e-mail. Information on the Board candidates—including their answers to the question “Why should ASHA members vote for you?”—appear below. Their answers will ... ASHA News
ASHA News  |   May 01, 2011
Meet the Candidates for ASHA’s Board of Directors
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ASHA News   |   May 01, 2011
Meet the Candidates for ASHA’s Board of Directors
The ASHA Leader, May 2011, Vol. 16, 20-23. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.16052011.20
The ASHA Leader, May 2011, Vol. 16, 20-23. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.16052011.20
Elections for members of ASHA’s Board of Directors and Advisory Councils open May 3 and close at 3 p.m. ET on May 25.
Election ballots will arrive by e-mail.
Information on the Board candidates—including their answers to the question “Why should ASHA members vote for you?”—appear below. Their answers will help you decide who you believe are the most qualified and have the skills required for effective leadership. ASHA members with questions for the candidates may contact them by e-mail.
President-Elect (2012) Candidates
Elizabeth S. McCrea, CCC-SLP
Clinical Professor Emerita, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University (Bloomington) MEd, University of Virginia; PhD, Indiana University
I would bring a variety of experiences that cut across work settings and professional responsibility to the presidency: service provision in public schools and pediatric medical settings; academic instruction, clinical education, and clinical administration at a major teaching and research institution. In addition to these professional responsibilities, I have also developed a record of more than 20 years of volunteer service to ASHA, culminating most recently in a term as vice president for academic affairs in speech-language pathology. All of these experiences have coalesced into a broad understanding of contemporary issues and challenges across the discipline and have facilitated the development of the organizational management and communication skills necessary for successful leadership of the Board of Directors and the association.
Patricia A. Prelock, CCC-SLP
Dean and Professor, University of Vermont, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, (Burlington) MA, Kent State University; PhD, University of Pittsburgh
I would bring a unique and broad perspective to the job of president. My current role as dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Vermont requires administrative skills, but I also teach, have an active research agenda with strong student involvement, and continue to engage in clinical practice. I believe these experiences give me perspective on the needs for students in training, and the support required for our scientists who are working diligently to contribute to the knowledge base and for our clinicians who are making a difference for individuals with communication disorders. I feel confident that I have both the leadership skills and the “in-the-trenches” experience to be a steward for our wonderful organization.
Brian B. Shulman, CCC-SLP
Dean and Professor of Speech-Language Pathology, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Seton Hall University (South Orange, New Jersey) MA, PhD, Bowling Green State University
I believe a number of issues deserve our attention and support: advocating for school-based members; preserving ASHA as the home for our audiologists; advancing the scientific bases of the professions; and advocating for clinical service delivery through multidisciplinary collaboration/teaming within a multicultural context. Given my ASHA leadership roles as vice president for speech-language pathology practice; chair, Board of Division Coordinators; coordinator, SIG 1, Language Learning, and Education; Convention chair (twice); and NSSLHA executive director—coupled with my understanding of the critical issues noted above—I am uniquely qualified to promote this agenda.
“Leaders don’t force people to follow—they invite them on a journey” (C.S. Lauer). Join me on the journey to make a difference in our professions.
Vice President for Finance (2012–2014) Candidates
Judy B. Rudebusch, CCC-SLP
Division Director for Special Services and Acting Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Irving (Texas) Independent School District; Adjunct Professor, Texas Christian University (Irving) MA, EdD, University of North Texas
I have experience with association work, association governance, and association leadership, and I thrive when engaged in teamwork. I have experience in managing large budgets with multiple funding streams, each with their own set of rules, and unfortunately have experience making decisions about scaling back during tough economic times. I am committed to relational leadership and the energy that is created when people pull together to reach a common goal.
But the main reason to vote for me is that I get it. I understand that money is not the main thing. Our work is the main thing, and money/finances support the important work we do in advocacy, research, primary and secondary prevention, habilitation, and rehabilitation on behalf of individuals with communication disorders.
Christopher N. Walker, CCC-SLP
Professor, University of Redlands (Calif.) MA, California State University, Northridge; PhD, University of Iowa
The vice president for finance must have significant experience with budgets and investments. As a department chair, I had to balance a budget for a department of 10 faculty. Over those 17 years there were periods of robust and slim funding; yet, the budget still had to be balanced. At times it took creative thinking as well as a collaborative but strong hand to say no when we simply didn’t have the money. My four years as a member of the Financial Planning Board, the last two as chair, have provided me with an opportunity to work with the ASHA budget as well as with the investments of the association. This experience would allow me to provide sound financial advice to the Board of Directors.
Carolyn Wiles Higdon, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor, University of Mississippi (Oxford) MA, Kent State University; EdD, University of Georgia
Personal strengths that I would bring to this position are my diversity of experiences in practice settings (schools, medical, academia, private practice) over my professional career, a strong foundation in financial, investment and budget management, as well as a history of volunteerism (Financial Planning Board, GRPP, Divisions/SIGs, committees/boards) in ASHA. I am a licensed mediator (family/disability/educational law), useful training when building collaborative solutions to difficult problems.
In this current economy I want improved transparency of ASHA’s financial foundation so members understand the monetary benefit of being a member of ASHA. I want members to know that I am committed to the creative development of nontraditional approaches to our financial needs.
Bottom line: I want the members to have increased financial ownership in their professional future.
Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy (2012–2014) Candidates
Perry F. Flynn, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Consultant, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction MEd, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Professionally I live in the world of government relations and public policy, and because of that I am the ideal candidate for this ASHA office. As the consultant to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, I am the major contributor to current public policy for the schools of North Carolina and regularly interact with the State Board of Education, state legislature, and state speech-language-hearing association. Through my extensive committee work at ASHA, including chair of the School Finance Committee and member of the Advisory Council, I have demonstrated skill in leadership, consensus-building, problem-solving and collaboration. Vice president of government relations and public policy is a perfect fit and natural professional progression for me. I hope to serve the association in this capacity!
Ninevah W. Murray, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist, Guilford County Schools (Greensboro, North Carolina) MS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
I once heard someone say, “When it comes to life’s challenges, one can either be part of the problem...or part of the solution.” As a recent chair of the Government Relations and Public Policy Board, I saw ASHA members becoming involved in the solution by being advocates for their profession and the public we serve. I want to be a part of the solution by encouraging and leading our membership to recognize that we are the experts in concerns related to hearing, communication, and swallowing, and we have a voice.
Theresa H. Rodgers, CCC-SLP
Supervisor of Special Education, Ascension Parish School Board (Gonzales, Louisiana) MA, Louisiana State University
My experience on the state level and Capitol Hill has focused on advocacy related to public policy for professionals and the public. I possess the requisite experience and qualifications, including president of two national organizations, SLP Advisory Council member, and former chair of state-national association relationships. In addition to involvement in revision of the state licensing law, a career highlight was authoring a bill establishing a salary supplement for ASHA-certified professionals and another mandating insurance reimbursement for children’s hearing aids. My experience on ASHA committees, including CFCC Chair and CEB member, has heightened my awareness of ASHA’s role in providing services for members. It would be an honor to continue my volunteer service to ASHA and to my fellow professionals as VP for GRPP.
Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Audiology (2012–2014) Candidates
Frederick Britten, CCC-A
Professor of Audiology and Graduate Coordinator, Fort Hays State University (Kansas) MS, University of Wyoming; PhD, Wichita State University
This position deals with standards and ethics within the profession of audiology and the disciplines of communication sciences and disorders. I would bring considerable experience to this position. I have dealt with standards and ethics for much of my professional career through service to the association and teaching standards and ethics to future professionals. I currently serve on the Board of Ethics and have gained considerable experience in the role. In addition, I would like to be a member of the Board of Directors to have a part in the association maintaining a member-oriented philosophy and listening to comments and issues from the members. If the audiology members of ASHA will give me this opportunity, then I am ready to accept this challenge.
Robert E. Novak, CCC-A
Head, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University (Lafayette, Indiana) MA, PhD, University of Iowa
Two top charges for this board position are: 1) to identify issues and forecast needs and trends in audiology and 2) initiate appropriate actions to ensure high-quality, culturally competent service delivery by audiologists. In my academic positions at San Diego State University, the University of Virginia, and Purdue, and state/national professional organization service roles, I have provided leadership in audiology education, and service to and advocacy on behalf of persons with hearing loss, audiologists, and the audiology profession for over 35 years. I believe my multicultural/multiregional living and professional experiences have given me a sensitivity to the breadth of issues/opportunities facing audiology across the United States and internationally, and that my approaches to inter-professional and inter-organizational collaboration could be of benefit to the ASHA, its audiology members, and the audiology profession.
Colleen M. O’Rourke, CCC-A
Associate Professor, Georgia State University (Atlanta) MA, PhD, Wayne State University
I hope ASHA members will vote for me because of my commitment to the association and to the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology. I believe that ASHA plays a critical role in the professional lives of its members and in the daily lives of the clients we serve. I will work to continue ASHA’s commitment to providing outstanding services and resources to our members while staying faithful to the duty of sound fiscal management. My previous leadership roles in state and national organizations have allowed me to develop the skills needed by association leaders: thoughtful review of issues, respectful discussion, and reasoned decision making. I would be honored to work with other Board members to move ASHA forward on its strategic pathway.
Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice (2012–2014) Candidates
Ellen R. Estomin, CCC-SLP
Retired, Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) School District; Facility Instructor, University of Pittsburgh; Consultant, School-Based Issues MA, University of Pittsburgh
One of the strengths of an organization is its vision and mission; however, the most valued asset is dissemination. I lead by example. I have dedicated my professional career to promoting the relevance of the profession by implementing creative, ethical, practical, practices and solutions; maintaining high standards and expectations; listening and collaborating with practitioners and other colleagues; preparing future professionals; mentoring future and practicing clinicians; researching and disseminating updated knowledge and interventions; continually improving services to clients and their families; and continually improving work environments. Although we are employed in a variety of settings, there are more similarities than differences within the practice of speech-language pathology. I will continue to be a voice for the profession.
Gail J. Richard, CCC-SLP
Chair, Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, Eastern Illinois University (Charleston) MS, Eastern Illinois University; PhD, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
The practice of speech-language pathology has evolved dramatically over my 30-plus years. Changes in the scope of practice, service delivery, insurance codes, practice infringement, and disorder categories are a few of the variables that continue to influence the provision of speech-language pathology services. The opportunities I’ve had to serve in various state and national organizations allow me to stay apprised of factors that affect the discipline, while interacting with a network of professionals to address the challenges encompassed within various employment settings. I listen carefully and quickly assimilate key points raised, to then engage in generating possible solutions to resolve problems. I would welcome the chance to advocate for SLPs engaged in the day-to-day practice of the profession on the ASHA Board of Directors.
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