August 2015 Jennifer Brush, director of the Brush Development Company, which assists health care organizations and families in developing dementia competence, was appointed an inaugural member of the International Advisory Group for Montessori for Aging and Dementia by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). The group is responsible for writing AMI standards ... People
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The ASHA Leader, August 2015, Vol. 20, 20-24. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.20082015.20
The ASHA Leader, August 2015, Vol. 20, 20-24. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.20082015.20
Jennifer Brush, director of the Brush Development Company, which assists health care organizations and families in developing dementia competence, was appointed an inaugural member of the International Advisory Group for Montessori for Aging and Dementia by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). The group is responsible for writing AMI standards for Montessori dementia programs … John A. Ferraro was appointed interim dean of the School of Health Professions at the University of Kansas. He is associate dean for research and chair of the university’s Department of Hearing and Speech … Dee Adams Nikjeh was appointed alternate co-chair of the Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, a group of the American Medical Association that helps determine values for procedures performed by nonphysician health care professionals. These values form the basis of Medicare reimbursement levels. Nikjeh, a speech-language pathologist, co-chairs ASHA’s Health Care Economics Committee.
Raymond Hull, professor of audiology and communication sciences and disorders at Wichita State University, received the College of Health Professions’ Dolores, Etta and Sidney Rodenberg Award for Excellence in Teaching. Students in the college nominate the recipients of the annual award … Julie Raynor, SLP at Reeths-Puffer Public Schools in Michigan and co-founder/co-director of Camp Shout Out, was named one of the top 10 LifeChangers of the Year by financial service company National Life Group. Raynor was selected from more than 600 nominated school employees … Claudia Saad, an SLP and ASHA director of multicultural education, was selected by the American Society of Association Executives to join the 2015–2017 class of its Diversity Executive Leadership Program, which offers networking opportunities, educational programming and career guidance for diverse leaders in the association industry … Catherine Shaker, pediatric SLP and swallowing/feeding expert at the Florida Hospital for Children, received the Pioneer in Neonatal Therapy Award from the National Association of Neonatal Therapists. Shaker was the only SLP among 12 other winners to earn the inaugural award, which honors trailblazing contributions to the field of neonatal therapy.
In the news
James Coyle, associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Teresa Lever, assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, were featured in a May 28 U.S. News & World Report article, lending expertise to an overview of dysphagia … Jennie Herklotz, an SLP based in Milwaukee, appeared on the city’s TMJ4-TV station’s program “The Morning Blend” in May to talk about early interventionMaria Papageorgiou, an SLP at the Kennedy Krieger School in Rockville, Maryland, was featured in a June 1 Washington Post story about a prom given for the school’s students with autism, organized by their siblings … ASHA President Judith L. Page wrote a May 8 column for USA Today highlighting an ASHA survey about tablet use in toddlers and the importance of conversation and interaction between child and parent at an early age … audiologist Janice Trent appeared on Washington, D.C.’s WJLA-TV station to discuss safe listening for children and to promote an ASHA-led Listen to Your Buds concert held at a local Boys & Girls Club.
On the move
Susan Nittrouer, professor in the Ohio State University departments of otolaryngology and speech and hearing science, was appointed chair of the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. She begins her new role Sept. 1 … Lauren Reale has been named clinical/pediatric audiologist at the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in Pomona, New Jersey. In her new role, Reale, who worked as a clinical audiologist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia, will evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with hearing loss and tinnitus and work with school districts to monitor students’ hearing aids and personal FM systems.
Katie Marie Bille, an SLP, recently published her fiction book, “Fifteen Love Stories Under the Florida Sun” … Jennifer Brush, director of the Brush Development Company, has co-written “Creative Connections in Dementia Care: Engaging Activities to Enhance Communication” with Katie Norris, published by Health Professions Press. Another book, written by Brush and Kerry Mills, “I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners for People with Dementia,” received a gold medal in the health care books category of the 2014 National Mature Media Awards, and was a finalist in the health and aging category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards.
Daniel A. Sklare retired from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) in January 2015 after serving for 23 years as the research training officer in the Division of Scientific Programs, where he recruited and supported the development of clinician-scientists. He began his career at the Department of Veteran Affairs and joined the National Institutes of Health’s Intramural Research Program in 1986 as a clinical and research audiologist. Sklare, who received the NIDCD Award of Excellence, directed the NIDCD Balance and Vestibular Sciences Program, was a research training officer, and served as director of the NIDCD research program in the assessment and management of hearing and balance disorders.
Frank R. Kleffner, 89, on June 12, 2015 in Wichita, Kansas. Kleffner served as president of ASHA and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. Kleffner, whose career centered on helping children with communication disorders, received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in speech-language pathology from the University of Wisconsin after serving in World War II. He was director of clinics at the Central Institute for the Deaf at Washington University in St. Louis for 26 years and head of the Institute of Logopedics (now Heartspring) in Wichita for nearly two decades. In 1957, Kleffner and neurologist William M. Landau identified a childhood disorder subsequently known as Landau-Kleffner syndrome and published their findings. He served as ASHA president in 1970, a tenure that reflected social and political issues that challenged ASHA as well as the nation. Kleffner helped establish a team in the national office that eventually became ASHA’s governmental affairs group. Kleffner received ASHA Honors in 1985, and he championed the ASHFoundation as its president from 1981 to 1985. The ASHFoundation’s annual Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award, created in 1986, recognizes his tireless efforts to professionalize and expand the charitable goals of the ASHFoundation.
David Sackett, 80, on May 13, 2015, of cancer in Markdale, Ontario, Canada. Sackett was regarded as the father of evidence-based medicine and was known for his research proving aspirin could help prevent heart attacks. Born in Chicago, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Lawrence College, his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and his master’s in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Recruited by the U.S. Public Health Service, he worked at the Chronic Disease Research Institute in Buffalo, New York, later joining the faculty of McMaster University’s new medical school in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1967, and founding its clinical epidemiology department in 1968. He also served as physician-in-chief of medicine and head of the division of general internal medicine at Hamilton’s Chedoke Hospital. He later launched and directed the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford in the U.K., after years of developing ways for clinicians to systematically evaluate research articles, relying heavily on evidence. During his career, he co-authored a widely used textbook on clinical epidemiology, and co-wrote and wrote many other books. Sackett retired from clinical practice in 1999, moving back to Canada to research and write about randomized clinical trials.
Sharonda Singleton, 45, was killed on June 17, 2015, in the shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, that also took the lives of eight others.
A longtime educator, Singleton worked as a speech-language pathologist at Goose Creek High School, where she also coached the girls’ track and field team. “She cared about her students and was an advocate for them, always willing to listen and talk with them,” Jimmy Huskey, school principal, said in a media statement. “She was always there with a smile.” Singleton earned her master’s degree from Montclair State University in New Jersey and her bachelor’s from South Carolina State University, and she completed doctoral work in speech-language pathology at Nova Southeastern University. She was a member of the South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association (SCSHA), as well as a participant in ASHA’s Clinicians and Researchers Collaborating (CLARC) program and an affiliate of ASHA Special Interest Group 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
Singleton was participating in a Bible-study meeting when a gunman opened fire in the church, where she was an assistant pastor. She is survived by her three children: sons Chris, 19, and Caleb, 12, and daughter Cameron, 15.
Many ASHA members honored Singleton’s life and legacy on social media. A family representative has also shared three ways you can pay tribute to Singleton and her work as an SLP:
1. The Singleton family will establish a fund for the future benefit of Singleton’s children. Visit and ASHA’s Facebook page for more information once it becomes available.
2. SCSHA will establish a scholarship fund in Singleton’s name. Contact SCSHA President Tawana Nash ( for more information.
3. Memorial donations to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation scholarship fund, made in Singleton’s memory, are also welcome. The family representative indicated that Singleton loved being an SLP and that anything that would help others who are entering the field would be a fitting way to honor her memory.
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