December 2018 Gennith Johnson, ASHA associate director of speech-language pathology health care services, was named as one of Association Forum’s 2018 Forty Under 40. The award recognizes 40 accomplished association or nonprofit professionals who are younger than 40, demonstrate high potential for continued success in leadership roles, and exhibit a strong ... People
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The ASHA Leader, December 2018, Vol. 23, 24-25. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.23122018.24
The ASHA Leader, December 2018, Vol. 23, 24-25. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.23122018.24
Awarded
Gennith Johnson, ASHA associate director of speech-language pathology health care services, was named as one of Association Forum’s 2018 Forty Under 40. The award recognizes 40 accomplished association or nonprofit professionals who are younger than 40, demonstrate high potential for continued success in leadership roles, and exhibit a strong passion for—and commitment to—the association management and nonprofit industries … SLP Pablo Antonio Ysunza received the 2018 Robert Ruben Scientific Achievement Award from the Society for Ear, Nose, and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC). He was honored at the recent SENTAC Annual Meeting in Houston … Richard Zipoli, SLP and associate professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Southern Connecticut State University, received the 2018 Connecticut State Universities Board of Regents System-Wide Teaching Award.
In the media
Stephanie Lamm, a school-based SLP from Fallbrook, California, was interviewed on KPPQ 104.1 public-access radio in Ventura County in one installment of the station’s eight-episode series, “Spotlight on Special Education.” She discussed the importance of speech-language intervention and how parents can refer their child … Elizabeth Schwartz, SLP and owner of an accent- reduction practice, Better Speech Now, LLC, in Astoria, New York, was featured in a New York Times article on entrepreneurs who started their businesses later in life.
On the move
SLP Jackie Hinckley joined the faculty in speech-language pathology at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, as associate professor. She was previously the executive director for Voices of Hope for Aphasia.
Published
Heather Panico, an SLP in Thousand Oaks, California, published “Christopher’s First Christmas,” a children’s book.
Retired
John D. Tonkovich retired as professor of special education at Eastern Michigan University. Tonkovich received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology from the University of Michigan and his doctorate in speech and hearing science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. An ASHA Fellow, he holds certification in both speech-language pathology and audiology.
Deaths
Patricia A. Mercaitis, 68, on Sept. 7, 2018, in Brewster, Massachusetts. Mercaitis graduated cum laude from Boston College in 1971 and received her master’s and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts (UMass) at Amherst. She was a professor of speech-language pathology at UMass Amherst until her retirement in 2013, consulted for The Clarke School for the Deaf and other institutions, and provided speech-language treatment for 35 years in her private practice in Amherst.
Lyndrey A. Niles, on Sept. 9, 2018, in Washington, D.C. He was distinguished professor emeritus in communication sciences at Howard University, where he worked for 40 years. Prior to retiring in 2005, he served as a professor of communication, chairman of the Department of Human Communication, director of the Annenberg Honors Program, and associate dean of both the School of Communication and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. An expert on black rhetoric, Niles published groundbreaking studies of traditional black preaching in the early 1980s, when there were few scholarly publications on the topic. Niles also received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the National Speech Communication Association (NCA) in 1996, which honored “an NCA member who exemplifies superlative teaching in higher education, as evidenced by written recommendations of students, colleagues, and campus administrators.”
Gerald Arthur Studebaker, 86, on Sept. 2, 2018, in Memphis, Tennessee. He received his bachelor’s degree in education of the deaf at Illinois State Normal University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in audiology from Syracuse University. After two years with the Veterans Administration in Washington, D.C., he began a 43-year academic career that included positions at the University of Oklahoma, Memphis State University (MSU), and the City University of New York. He returned to MSU as a researcher and graduate school professor until his retirement in 2005. An NIH-supported researcher for more than 25 years, he received two Distinguished Research awards and several other research awards from the University of Memphis, and a Research Career award from the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). A Fellow of ASHA, AAA and the Acoustical Society of America in 1990, he wrote or co-wrote more than 200 published and unpublished scientific and professional papers and book chapters.
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