May 2015 Tina M. Rocco, a speech-language pathologist who practices in Islandia, New York, was recently appointed to the board of directors of the American Hippotherapy Association. Rocco, who uses horse movement as part of patients’ larger plan of care, is one of only six SLPs to be recognized as an ... People
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The ASHA Leader, May 2015, Vol. 20, 18-20. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.20052015.18
The ASHA Leader, May 2015, Vol. 20, 18-20. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.20052015.18
Tina M. Rocco, a speech-language pathologist who practices in Islandia, New York, was recently appointed to the board of directors of the American Hippotherapy Association. Rocco, who uses horse movement as part of patients’ larger plan of care, is one of only six SLPs to be recognized as an AHA board-certified hippotherapy clinical specialist.
Vicki Deal-Williams, chief staff officer for multicultural affairs at ASHA, was named a fellow of the American Society of Association Executives. She is one of only four people selected for the 2015 honor, which recognizes thought leaders and key contributors to the field of association management … Bernard Rousseau, associate professor of otolaryngology, hearing and speech sciences, and mechanical engineering, was named Chancellor Faculty Fellow at Vanderbilt University. Rousseau, also director of the Laryngeal Biology Laboratory at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center in Nashville, joins an inaugural class of 15 members from a diverse cross-section of disciplines.
On the move
The Pennsylvania State University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders recently welcomed two new assistant professors: Nicole M. Etter, who focuses on orofacial sensation and skilled movement in healthy aging and in disordered populations, and Chaleece Sandberg, who focuses on aphasia … Jody Vaynshtok, a speech-language pathologist, recently opened Sound Speech and Hearing Clinic, a private practice in San Francisco, with audiologist Melissa Williams. The practice specializes in central auditory processing, among other hearing and speech disorders, using a team approach to diagnose and treat CAPD.
John M. Burkey, director of audiology at the Lippy Group for ENT in Warren, Ohio, has written a new consumer health book, “The Hearing-Loss Guide: Useful Information and Advice for Patients and Families,” released by Yale University Press. The guide includes first-hand perspectives and advice from Burkey’s patients and their spouses.
Roseanne Passero Clausen, ASHA associate director of school services, recently retired after 17 years in the role. Clausen received her bachelor’s degree from Queens College of the City University of New York and her master’s from the University of Maryland. Before joining ASHA, she spent years as a clinicial speech-language pathologist, working with children of all ages in schools in Long Island, New Jersey and Maryland. Clausen’s clinical focus included work with bilingual students, adolescents and people who stutter.
Gordon Blackistone Hughes, 66, on Feb. 15, 2015. Hughes earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He served on faculty at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders for 28 years (1980 to 2008), and was appointed head of the otology and neurotology section in 2001. He then moved to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (of the National Institutes of Health), taking on the role of clinical trials coordinator. Hughes provided leadership and assistance to fund grants supporting clinical trials in hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech and language. He received many awards and honors, including the Honor Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. His textbook “Clinical Otology,” now in its fourth edition, is widely considered a hallmark publication for both practicing and aspiring otolaryngologists and otologists.
Betty Jane McWilliams, 93, on Feb. 20, 2015, in Verona, Pennsylvania. McWilliams earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio State University, later attending the University of Pittsburgh, where she received a master’s degree in audiology and a PhD in speech-language pathology. She joined Pitt’s faculty as an assistant professor of speech and psychology in 1954, and was promoted to associate professor in 1959 and full professor in 1967. McWilliams was director of the Wheeling Society for Crippled Children speech clinic from 1949 to 1950 and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Speech and Hearing Clinic from 1952 to 1963, as well as co-director of Pitt’s Speech and Hearing Clinic from 1954 to 1965. Internationally recognized as an expert in cleft palate and craniofacial disorders, McWilliams also directed Pitt’s multidisciplinary Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Center from 1969 to 1991. She was named professor emerita in 1991, a Distinguished Alumna in 2000, and a Distinguished Alumni Fellow in 2004. McWilliams authored many articles, co-wrote the 1984 textbook “Cleft Palate Speech,” and edited the Cleft Palate Journal from 1975 to 1981. She served as president of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation and the Pennsylvania Federation of Cleft Palate Clinics. An ASHA Fellow and Life Member, McWilliams received the 1995 Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation for “exemplary contributions to clinical science and practice.”
Sylvia Morgan, 93, on Feb. 2, 2015, in Emerson, New Jersey. Morgan received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and her master’s degree in audiology from Columbia University Teachers College. Morgan was a pioneer of pediatric audiology, opening a children’s clinic at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center where she encouraged children with hearing loss to interact with their peers and build practical skills. Morgan was a consultant to numerous school programs in the tri-state area and owned a private practice in Dumont, New Jersey. She was a Life Member of ASHA, as well as a member of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Bergen County Speech Language and Hearing Association.
Mary Pannbacker, 77, on Feb. 16, 2015, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Pannbacker received her bachelor’s degree from the Oklahoma College for Women (now the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma), her master’s degree in communications disorders from the University of Oklahoma Medical Center and her PhD in speech-language pathology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. During her professional career, she held positions at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce), Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, where she was the Albertson’s Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and was named professor emerita in 2014. Pannbacker was president of the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association from 1989 to 1990 and editor of the LSHA News from 2003 to 2011. She was a consultant to the Ark-La-Tex Craniofacial and Cleft Center and received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association in 1992. An ASHA Life Member and Fellow, Pannbacker was a reviewer for several ASHA journals, a member of ASHA’s Legislative Council for more than 25 years, and instrumental in establishing ASHA Special Interest Group 16, School-Based Issues.
George H. Shames, 88, on March 1, 2015, in Pittsburgh. Shames served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from 1944 to 1946, later earning his degrees—bachelor’s in psychology, master’s in speech pathology and psychology, and PhD in speech pathology and psychology—from the University of Pittsburgh. Shames, licensed in both speech-language pathology and psychology, joined the university’s faculty as an instructor in 1950, rising to assistant professor in 1952, associate professor in 1958 and full professor in 1965. He was named professor emeritus upon his 1989 retirement. Shames was associate director of the Pitt Speech and Hearing Clinic for eight years before serving as director from 1962 to 1968. In 1967, he became chairman of the school’s Graduate Training Program in Speech Pathology and Audiology—the precursor to the current School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences’ Department of Communication Science and Disorders. Internationally renowned as an expert in stuttering, Shames collaborated with Cheri Florance to develop an innovative treatment technique, “stutter-free speech,” and presented on it internationally. An ASHA Fellow and Life Member, he received ASHA Honors in 2006. Shames wrote many research articles, textbooks and other publications, and served on many ASHA boards and committees. After his retirement, Shames wrote mystery novels, including “The Company of Truth,” about a boy who stutters.
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