Board of Ethics Decisions The ASHA Board of Ethics has found the following speech-language pathologists in violation of the association’s Code of Ethics. The information below includes the version of the code violated, the rationale and the sanction, with its effective date. To verify the public ethics violation history of any individual with current ... ASHA News
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Board of Ethics Decisions
The ASHA Leader, November 2018, Vol. 23, 59. doi:10.1044/leader.AN4.23112018.59
The ASHA Leader, November 2018, Vol. 23, 59. doi:10.1044/leader.AN4.23112018.59
The ASHA Board of Ethics has found the following speech-language pathologists in violation of the association’s Code of Ethics. The information below includes the version of the code violated, the rationale and the sanction, with its effective date.
Melissa A. Carwin
Spotsylvania, Virginia
  • Rationale: Received a felony conviction in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division, of one count of theft of public money, for accepting disability benefits while failing to report her income. Failed to respond to correspondence from ASHA Ethics regarding the complaint of alleged violation.

  • Code (2010r): IV, IV-A, IV-C, IV-N

  • Sanction: Withholding of membership and certification for 24 months, effective Aug. 17, 2018.

Sarah C. Cicconetti
West Carrollton, Ohio
  • Rationale: Engaged in an inappropriate relationship with the parent of a child on her speech-language pathology caseload, resulting in a public sanction by the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; and failed to self-report the public sanction from the board to ASHA Standards and Ethics.

  • Code (2016): III, III-B, IV, IV-D, IV-R, IV-T

  • Sanction: Censure, effective Sept. 4, 2018.

Amanda L. Douglas
Katy, Texas
  • Rationale: Did not use best practices in providing speech-language pathology services to students; documented services not provided, misrepresented the length of services provided, and failed to maintain appropriate and accurate records and documentation for services provided; and failed to provide services for multiple students for extended periods of time.

  • Code (2016): I, I-A, I-Q, IV, IV-D, IV-E

  • Sanction: Censure, effective Sept. 4, 2018.

Carol E. Garner
South Lebanon, Ohio
  • Rationale: Convicted of a misdemeanor in the first degree for possession of heroin in Ohio and provided false information regarding these charges to the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; failed to self-report the misdemeanor conviction or the professional discipline she received from the Ohio Board to ASHA Standards and Ethics; and failed to respond to correspondence from ASHA Ethics regarding the complaint of alleged violation.

  • Code (2016): IV, IV-D, IV-E, IV-P, IV-S, IV-T

  • Sanction: Withholding of membership and certification for five years, effective Aug. 17, 2018.

Richard Kalunga
Reston, Virginia
  • Rationale: Attested to completing required continuing education on his license renewal application, failed to provide documentation supporting his completion of required continuing education as requested by the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, failed to respond to the board’s audit requiring evidence of continuing education, failed to pay the board’s imposed fine, and failed to self-report the professional discipline he received from the board to ASHA Standards and Ethics.

  • Code (2016): II, II-D, IV, IV-E, IV-R, IV-T

  • Sanction: Suspension of membership and certification for six months, effective Aug. 22, 2018.

Kerry D. Nau
Arroyo Grande, California
  • Rationale: Received the professional discipline of a stayed revocation by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board with conditions including probation through January 2020 resulting from two misdemeanor convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol; and failed to self-report the professional discipline she received from the board to ASHA Standards and Ethics.

  • Code (2016): I, I-R, IV, IV-D, IV-R, IV-T

  • Sanction: Suspension of membership and certification for 24 months, effective Aug. 16, 2018.

LaTonya F. Parker
Johnsonville, South Carolina
  • Rationale: Stipulated to, and found guilty of, medical assistance provider fraud by submitting false documentation to South Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services, resulting in the revocation of her South Carolina speech-language pathology license.

  • Code (2016): I, I-Q, III, III-D, III-G, IV, IV-E, IV-R

  • Sanction: Revocation of membership and certification for five years, effective Aug. 16, 2018.

Linda S. Oliver
St. Louis, Missouri
  • Rationale: Falsified records, submitted billing for services not provided, and forged a patient’s signature; and failed to self-report her Settlement Agreement with the Missouri State Board of Registration for Healing Arts to ASHA Standards and Ethics.

  • Code (2016): I, I-Q, III, III-D, IV, IV-D, IV-E, IV-T

  • Sanction: Suspension of membership and certification for 12 months, effective Aug. 16, 2018.

Melody Sheldon
North Bend, Oregon
  • Rationale: Failed to develop contingency plans for possible complications or exercise independent professional judgment in determining procedural steps during the changing of a tracheostomy tube in a home environment; and failed to adhere to best practices or explain contingency plans for possible complications related to changing a tracheostomy.

  • Code (2010r): I, I-H, IV, IV-E

  • Sanction: Censure, effective Aug. 8, 2018.

Sandra A. Starch
Folsom, California
  • Rationale: Received numerous DUI convictions in California, including a felony related to alcohol abuse; failed to successfully complete a recommended course of treatment; and failed to respond to correspondence from ASHA Ethics regarding the complaint of alleged violation.

  • Code (2010r): I, I-Q, IV, IV-A, IV-E, IV-N

  • Sanction: Withholding of membership and certification for five years, effective Aug. 17, 2018.

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