May 2013
The Newsletter of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

MSHA Executive Board 2013-2014

Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Julie Pratt, M.S., CCC-SLP
Past President: 
Deanna Klein, M.A., CCC-SLP
Beth Economou, M.A., CCC-SLP
Sherry Riedel, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Advocacy: 
Kathy Rigley-Rowell, M.A., 
VP for Audiology Services:
Angelique Boerst, M.A., CCC-A
VP for Membership:
Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
VP for Professional Development & Education: 
Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP-Elect for Professional Dev & Education: 
Emmylou Garza-Prisby, M.A., 
VP for Public Relations:
Melissa Witsil, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for SLP/Healthcare:
Carolyn Doty,, M.A., CCC-SLP
Julie Kiefer Eaman, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for SLP/Public Schools:
Ellen Gehl, M.A., CCC-SLP
Lindsey Halpin, M.S., CCC-SLP

The MSHA Executive Board:
Above, standing l-r: Beth Economou,
Melissa Witsil, Gordon Krainen,
Angelique Boerst, Julie Kiefer
Eaman, Carolyn Doty,
Terry Lange-Winkel, and
Emmylou Garza-Prisby.
Seated, l-r: Kathy Rigley-
Rowell, Deanna Klein, Heather
Balog, Julie Pratt, and Sherry

MSHA Advisory Assembly
Audiology Practice: 
Angelique Boerst, M.A., CCC-A
Continuing Education:
Rosalyn Davis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Ethics & Standards: 
Mary Peterson, Au.D., CCC-A
Cary Cekola, M.A., CCC-SLP
Student Affairs:
Sarah Pray, M.A., CCC-SLP
MSHA Members-at-Large:
S.E. Michigan:
Theresa Sutton, M.A., CCC-SLP
S.W. Michigan:
Jonathan Moyle, M.A., CCC-SLP
N.W. Michigan:
Laura Lenkey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
N.E. Michigan: Open
Upper Peninsula:

Rachel Denis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Member-at-Large Representing Students:
Max Corning
ASHA Advisory Councilors:
SLP:  Karen Kurcz, M.A., CCC-SLP
AUD:  Margot Beckerman, Au.D., 

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Volume Thirty-Six, Number Two, May 2013

This is the Newsletter of the

Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Dawn Kutney, Editor
790 W.Lake Lansing Rd. Suite 500-A
East Lansing, Michigan  48823
email address:

Save the Dates

Save the Dates for the upcoming MSHA Events:

Thursday, May 9, 2013: 
MSHA Day at the State Capitol, Lansing, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

MSHA Annual Conference, March 27-29, 2014
Radisson Hotel, Kalamazoo, Michigan

MSHA Annual Conference, March 26-28, 2015
Radisson Hotel and Lansing Center, Lansing, Michigan

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WMU Students Receive MSHA Scholarship Awards in Dearborn

Sarah Pray, M.A., CCC-SLP

  Congratulations to Kaley Gerke, B.A., and Claire Carpenter, B.A., both graduate students at Western Michigan University in the Speech-Language Pathology Program.   Shown left, receiving the award from Richard Merson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, MSHA Past President.  The students received the award of $500 each, which is sponsored by Linda Bowers and Rosemary Huisingh, Co-Founders and Co-Owners of  LinguiSystems, the nationally renowned publisher, who sponsors these awards in support of graduate education in the Communication Sciences and Disorders professions.
   Kaley Gerke has a B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Michigan University and she continues her graduate studies at WMU in the same program.  She serves as a Graduate Clinician in the the Van Riper Language, Speech, & Hearing Clinic.  She also serves as a Graduate Clinican at Winchell Elementary School in Kalamazoo.  Her long term goals involve teaching and research.  Kaley believes her clinical practicum experience in the Aphasia Communication Enhancement Program at WMU helped her to realize the importance of assuring all health care professionals understand how to communicate with patients who are either temporarily or permanently unable to communicate.  She is currently the graduate president of WMU's NSSLHA.  Originally from the Grand Rapids area, Kaley plans to graduate in April of 2014.

   Claire Carpenter has a B.A. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, graduate of the Honors College from Michigan State University, and she too is in the graduate program of Speech-Language Pathology at Western Michigan University.  Claire has served in the Preschool Language Intervention Program at the Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic and she has also served in the Voice Diagnostics & Therapy Program.  Claire's initial goals are to work as a pediatric diagnostician.  She cites the value of her experience working as a member of the Children's Trauma Assessment Center team in Kalamazoo.  Claire is originally from Brighton, Michigan, and she plans to graduate in April of 2014.

   Congratulations to both Kaley and Claire for their outstanding academic achievements and for their commitment to the field of Speech-Language Pathology.  MSHA is pleased and proud to have you as members and colleagues!

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Ethics Committee Continues its Work

Cary Cekola, M.A., CCC-SLP

   The MSHA Committee on Ethics will continue into 2013 with Cary Cekola, M.A., CCC-SLP and Mary Peterson, Au.D., CCC-A as co-chairs. Michelle Bailey, M.A., CCC-SLP, Robin Pollens, M.S., CCC-SLP, and Kathy Rigley-Rowell, M.A., CCC-SLP,  will serve as committee members. In 2012, the committee explored ethical issues surrounding social media usage. This issue is changing rapidly and can impact you personally and professionally. We have added some links to our committee page that members may find helpful. 

Pictured above l-r: Cary Cekola and Melissa Witsil, MSHA 2013

    In 2013, the committee met at the MSHA conference and began working on a consult, submitted by a member. We plan to complete an ethics CEU as a group, in order to serve the MSHA members better.

   If you have a question related to an ethical concern in your work setting, and would like some peers to assist you with thinking through your options and reviewing resources related to your topic of concern….contact the committee at

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Dr. Jerry Johnson Receives MSHA Distinguished Service Award

   The 2013 MSHA Distinguished Service Award goes to Jerry Johnson, M.D., Executive Medical Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.  Dr. Johnson received this award for the significant contributions he has made for patient access for treatment of communication disorders.  He has exhibited true concern and empathy for patients who require the most appropriately trained individuals.  His diligence has resulted in Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield policy for the betterment of those with cognitive disorders stemming from a stroke or closed-head injury. He has demonstrated for more than twenty years what it is to be a tenacious and committed advocate of the Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Professions.
   When presenting the award, Elaine Ledwon-Robinson, M.S., CCC-SLP and Bev Jaynes, M.A., CCC-SLP noted that he has been a professional supporter of the children and adults with communication disorders by demonstrating his sensitivity and medical understanding of the speech, language, voice and cognitive problems which can interfere with an individual's ability to function at work, in the community, and in their personal lives.

   Congratulations to Dr. Johnson (shown above with Rick Merson on the left, and Mike Rolnick on the right). 
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Best Poster Session Award at MSHA

   A $250 Award for the Best Poster Session at MSHA, was awarded to graduate students Allyson Doyle, B.S., and Caitlin Hurban, B.S., Western Michigan University.  Their poster: Real Word and Nonword Spelling: How They Relate and Why it Matters was co-authored by: Nickola Nelson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, and Michele Anderson, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, Western Michigan University.  Congratulations!  

   This award is sponsored by the Michigan Chapters (Zeta Theta, Eta Sigma, Eta Omicron, and Theta Tau) of the Psi Iota Xi Organization.  These four chapters continue to donate money for this scholarship award in spite of the loss of their state association in Michigan.  Psi Iota Xi is a national philanthropic organization that is dedicated to helping others, especially in the fields of speech and hearing.  The local chapters - listed above - have been contributing $250 to MSHA for this type of award since 2004, and we are grateful for their continued support.

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M & M Award goes to Northern Michigan University

   Students at Northern Michigan University joined MSHA in greater numbers - relative to how many students are in each schools' program - than any other university in the state, according to Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, MSHA VP for Membership.  Thus, NMU received the 2013 M & M Award (Most Student MSHA Members) at the MSHA Awards Banquet in Dearborn.  Arica Altobello received this award on behalf of her fellow NMU Student MSHA members.  She is pictured above, with Gordon Krainen.  Congratulations!

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Coming Events

Mark Your Calendars!  Upcoming Events & Meetings

May 3
Fundamentals of African American English and Pragmatics: What You Need to Know Now,a workshop sponsored by Washtenaw ISD, featuring speaker Yvette D. Hyter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, WMU.  1:00 - 3:30 pm. held at Washtenaw ISD in Ann Arbor. Contact: or call 734/994-8100 ext.1313 Terri May.

May 9
MSHA Legislative Day at the Capitol, State Capitol, Lansing, Michigan.  See article in this newsletter.  Contact: MSHA Office at or 517/332-5691.

June 14
MSHA Executive Board and Advisory Assembly Meeting, University Lutheran Church, East Lansing.  CONTACT:

July 12-14
ASHA Schools Conference, Long Beach, California.  CONTACT:

September 13
MSHA Executive Board Meeting, East Lansing.  CONTACT:

October 3-4
Van Riper Lecture Series, Cognition and Communication: Working With Children and Adults with Traumatic Brain Injuries, featuring speakers Nancy Helm-Estabrooks from Western Carolina University and Roberta DePompei, from the University of Akron.  This event is sponsored by Western Michigan University, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, and held at WMU in Kalamazoo.  CONTACT: Paula Armstrong at or call 269-387-8045.

October 11
MSHA Executive Board and Advisory Assembly meeting, East Lansing, Michigan. CONTACT:

October 17-18
8th Annual MAC on M.A.C. conference held at the East Lansing Marriott Hotel in East Lansing.  CONTACT: Michigan Audiology Coalition at

November 14-16
ASHA Convention, McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois.  CONTACT:

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From the President

Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

   As I write this, it has been several weeks since our Annual MSHA Conference. I have to say MSHA outdoes itself every year! I learned so much at this year’s conference and have already begun applying what I have learned in my private practice.

   I have been reflecting on how fortunate I am to have the privilege to be involved with such an active and vibrant state association. After all, I have only moved to the state nine years ago, and in some circles that would make me a newcomer for the next 20 or 30 years. MSHA is not like that. In fact, we welcome people to our committees and Executive Board regardless of their level of experience. If you are looking for a place in MSHA to belong, be sure we can find a home for you!

   No where did the vibrancy of our MSHA shine more than when Deanna Klein and I attended the Council for State Association Presidents (CSAP) conference in November in Atlanta, Georgia. This is a one-day conference that the MSHA President and President-Elect attend every fall. Interestingly, our association faces the same struggles as other states.  They worrty about low membership numbers and the threat of deregulation. However, we shine in that our conference is well-attended every year, we have active advocacy, positive leadership, and good relationships with other allied health groups.

   May is Better Speecl-r: Liz Kaurich and Heather Balogh and Hearing Month. This is an exciting time for our professions. Join us on Thursday, May 9, 2013, MSHA Legislative Day at the Capitol  to help us advocate for our hard-fought-for licensure and to help ward off possible attempts at deregulation. You will have the opportunity to earn .1 CEUs at this event, meet your state legislators and much more, so please consider joining us!  Contact the MSHA office for more info or to confirm that you'll be there: or 517/332.5691.

 Above, l-r: Liz Kaurich and Heather Balog at the MSHA Student Session, MSHA 2013
    I also want to remind you that the deadline to be licensed in Michigan is December 7, 2013.  Your first license will be for 1 year, then after that first year you will renew your license every 2 years.  Every SLP will have to renew in September of each year.

   In conclusion, I would like to extend my thanks to my colleagues who are leaving the MSHA Board after serving for many years:  Rick Merson after his three-year term as President-Elect, President, and Past President; Maureen Staskowski after her role as Secretary (following her three year commitment as President);  and Bev Jaynes  after her role as VP for SLP/Healthcare, which she served so well for over 10 years!  I would also like to extend my congratulations and thanks to those stepping up to their new roles on the MSHA Board:  Julie Pratt as President-Elect; Beth Economou as Secretary; Emmylou Garza-Prisby as VP-Elect for Professional Development & Education; Kathy Rigley-Rowell as VP for Advocacy (Legislation): and Carolyn Doty and Julie Kiefer Eaman as VPs for SLP/Healthcare.

   Looking forward to seeing you on May 9 at our MSHA Legislative Day at the Capitol!

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MSHA Conference 2013: Thanks To All of You Who Participated

Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A., CCC-SLP

   Thank you to all who attended the annual MSHA conference, March 21-23, 2013, in Dearborn.  We had close to 600 participants this year. We hope that you found the conference beneficial, informative, and a chance to network and connect with friends and colleagues. A big thank you to all of those MSHA members who presented at the conference, assisted in the planning process, and worked hard to make our conference a success. Thank you also to members of the MSHFoundation for your work on the Silent Auction; to those organizations that sponsored breakfast, snack breaks, and student sessions; and to the students who volunteered their time behind the registration table, collected short course and luncheon tickets, and presented poster sessions.  Without all of you, this conference truly would not be as meaningful and worthwhile as it was this year and in years past!

Above: Terry Lange-Winkel, Deanna Klein, and Maureen Staskowski, MSHA 2013

   The committee for professional development is reviewing the evaluations from the conference. We seriously consider your input from the evaluation forms and attempt to make changes when it is possible. See the following article for some answers to the questions we received this year. We are already at work for the MSHA 2014 conference and we have several great speakers confirmed already.  Check the MSHA website for Conference Higlights - we'll post info as we confirm it. If you have suggestions for speakers or changes you would like to see, please let us know at

   Next years’ conference is scheduled for March 27-29, 2014, at the Radisson Hotel in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  This venue is a favorite for our members and the site fits our needs very well.  A spacious and beautiful hotel with plenty of meeting rooms; a lovely downtown with lots of restaurants and shopping within walking distance; and an easy driving distance from around the state for our members. This will be MSHA’s 75th anniversary and in addition to a top-notch conference with all of the usual events, we are looking forward to a little fanfare to celebrate our anniversary!  If you have suggestions, photographs from “days gone by”, or would like to assist us, please let us know.  The Call for Papers form is on-line now.  As always, if you have something to share, we look forward to hearing from you and encourage participation in the conference from our members across the state.  In the meantime, enjoy the summer and mark your calendars for our upcoming conferences!  

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Margot Beckerman Recipient of MSHA Honors 2013

   Congratulations to Margot Beckerman, Au.D., CCC-A, Assistant Director of the Vestibular Testing Center, University of Michigan Health System, who received the 2013 MSHA Honors of the Association Award at our recent conference in Dearborn.  Margot we presented the Award - the Highest Award MSHA can bestow - from Angelique Boerst, M.A., CCC-A, at the Friday Awards Banquet.  In presenting the award Angelique was joined by MSHA President Deanna Klein, M.A, CCC-SLP, who said this:  "Be It Known That:

  Whereas, Margot Beckerman has devoted more than 20 years to the discipline of communication disorders and the profession of audiology as a clinician, mentor, director and advocate, and

  Whereas, during her tenure as the Audiology Program Director at Allegiance Hospital, she  improved access to audiology services for patients throughout Michigan who have hearing and balance disorders through expansion of audiology services including the creation of universal newborn hearing screening and vestibular testing programs; and in her current role as Assistant Director of the Vestibular Testing Center at the University of Michigan she has continued the growth of the Vestibular Testing
Center, and

  Whereas, she has served the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association and its members as Vice President for Audiology for twelve years, during which time she played a key role in the creation and continued success of the Michigan Audiology Coalition  Conference Planning Committee, and was an invaluable asset in obtaining state licensure for audiologists, and,

  Whereas, she has made tremendous contributions to the field both at the state and national levels, serving as ASHA Audiology Advisory Council member, Michigan EHDI Advisory Committee member and the 2008 MAC Conference Chair, and,

  Whereas, she has mentored students and externs to hone their clinical skills while also modeling the highest level of professionalism among patients and colleagues, and demonstrating the importance of service to state and national organizations and contributing to the growth and development of future generations of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists, and,  

  Whereas, she has demonstrated commitment and passion for this discipline, serving as leader through actions and example, it our great pleasure to recognize Dr. Beckerman and so, be it Therefore Resolved that the Honors of the Association are hereby awarded to Margot L. Beckerman, Au.D., CCC-A."

   Much applause and admiration ensued.  Margot's parents were there to look on as well as Margot's husband, fellow Audiologist and MSHA Member Mike Macione.  Congratulations Margot!  Well done!

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Questions & Answers from the 2013 Conference

Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A., CCC-SLP

   Thanks to all of you who filled out the evaluation sheets from the MSHA Conference.  The following is a sampling of some of the most frequently asked questions from not only the evaluations, but also your comments and questions on site or by email.
   The MSHA Program Committee makes every effort to plan the most cost-efficient conference for our members, with the maximum amount of CEUs possible.   We have standards we must adhere to set by ASHA and the State Board of Education of Michigan which allow us to offer CEUs.  We look at other state and in-state conferences to be sure we are comparable in terms of costs to our members and our exhibitors.  

    We are limited to certain hotel sites in Michigan because of the size of our conference.  Our concerns are not just sleeping rooms availability, but adequate meeting room space.  When we select and book a hotel site, we are obligated to book a certain amount of sleeping rooms in order to have the meeting room fees waived, which could be as high as $5000 per day.   We look at sites keeping in mind the needs of our members in terms of cost, driving distance, hotel amenities, and locations in cities that provide restaurant and shopping choices.

Pictured above, l-r: Dan Skog, Catherine Bushery, and Robert Leyder, MSHA 2013.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:

Q:  Why can't we have tables to write on when we attend classes?

A:  By providing tables or writing surfaces in classes it would cut the room capacity in half.  We cannot offer classes to our members without providing the maximum attendance possible.

Q:  Can MSHA go up north to Traverse City? 

A:   We would love to go to Traverse City but we would lose so many of our members who can neither afford the time or money to travel 4-5 hours each way for a MSHA Conference.  Many years ago when we met in Traverse City, our conference attendance was extremely low.  We are however considering holding a smaller conference up north to meet the needs of our MSHA members who do live in northern Michigan.

Q:  Why weren't all the speakers' handouts online?  And several of them were expensive to print.

A:   We make every effort to get all of our speakers' handouts online but some of our speakers provided their own handouts, or just didn't get them to us on time.  We have sent out several after the conference upon request.  As for the printing, we are happy to provide instructions on how to print handouts using the least amount of ink and/or printing more info on each page. 

Q:  Could you please provide longer breaks between sessions?

A:   This year we did indeed provide breaks between many of our sessions - though we could not do so in all of them,  we did schedule 15 minute breaks between several classes on Friday and Saturday.  However, it is very difficult to provide breaks between all sessions because it would decrease the amount of time available during the day thereby limiting the amount of CEUs possible.

Q:  Could you please explain the MSHA CEU fee, the ASHA CEU fee, and how the SCECH CEU process works?

A:  This is our most frequently asked question by far, and we did offer 2 classes this year at conference that we hope explained some of the requirements.  One clarification is that SCECH CEUs are overseen by the State of Michigan, Department of Education, and ASHA CEUs are through ASHA.  MSHA is the facilitator - we are the approved sponsor to offer - we process the CEUs - but we don't make the different rules for either SCECH or ASHA regarding how to access your transcripts, or deadlines to request, etc.

   We continue to try and improve the CEU process for our members and because next year we will be licensed, and therefore all need CEUs, we will eliminate the separate CEU fee and just include it in the registration cost.  Everyone will get the CEU paperwork in their conference registration folders.  Thanks to several of our MSHA members, who suggested this on the evaluation form!

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MSHFoundation Awards Presented at MSHA

Ellen Fairbrother, M.A., CCC-SLP

   The MSHFoundation acknowledged its Scholarship Awards to the following students at the 2013 MSHA Annual Conference:

Jessica Babcock, B.A., and Krista Dornbos, B.A., Central Michigan University;
Melissa Krieg, B.A. and Kellie Krefft, B.A., Eastern Michigan University;
Kailey A. Filush, B.A. and Julie Fain,  B.A., Michigan State University; Daniel M. Skog, B.A., and Charles B. Pudrith, B.A., Western Michigan University;
Samantha Crow, B.A., Wayne State University.

   Congratulations to these outstanding scholars!  Pictured above, l-r: Ellen Fairbrother, Jessica Babcock, Mel Krieg, Kellie Krefft, Daniel Skog, and Charles Pudrith.

   These awards are made possible by the donations you make to the MSHF and the very successful MSHF Silent Auction held at the MSHA Conference every year.  We thank all of you who donated items and or bid on items and were lucky winners who purchased their items which ranged from vacation trips to scarves to a signed basketball by Tom Izzo!

   The Board of the MSHFoundation continues to improve how we raise funds and our goal is to increase the number and amount of scholarships provided to the future generation of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.  Please consider a donation to the MSHF as a gift to someone important in your life, or as a memorial to someone who has passed away, or simply as a gesture of stewardship for the future.  Thank you for your important help to the charitable partner of MSHA!

Pictured above, front l-r: Derek Daniels, Judy Uznis Silverman, Heather Balog.  Back row, l-r: Lizbeth Stevens, Ellen Fairbrother, Richard Merson, Dawn Kutney, and Anitta Orr.
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Legislative Update

Kathy Rigley-Rowell, CCC-SLP

   What better time to enter the arena of advocacy than now....coming down from this year's outstanding conference: Feed Your Passion: Knowledge, Networking and Resources - I can't think of a better time than now - for myself or for anyone in the field of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Above l-r: Kathy Rigley-Rowell and Julie Pratt

   That's exactly what I thought after humbly accepting the position of VP of Advocacy for MSHA.  I have served as an advocate and clinician for adolescents and adults in the rehabilitation field for the past twelve years. I am aware of the need for a strong and determined voice for our profession and most importantly for our patients. do we make our voices heard by those who can affect meaningful and lasting change?

   We get involved. We ask questions. We listen. We offer support. We lend a helping hand. This includes but is not limited to the work we do in the clinic, in the classroom or in the office. As our profession grows, so too does our need to learn, educate, welcome and advocate on behalf of ourselves and the populations we serve.

   As your colleague and representative, I am excited to be a part of such an outstanding and evolving organization. While we proceed with state licensure, embrace and secure coverage for autism spectrum disorders and fight deregulation threats, we also strive to provide consistent and efficacious services to endless deserving people.

   One way to get involved is to join us at this year's MSHA Legislative Day at the Capitol event on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the State Capitol in downtown Lansing. This is a great way for any member to learn and share about concerns and ideas related to our profession.  Contact the MSHA Office at or 517/332-5691 with questions or to register.

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Public School Committee Notes

Ellen Gehl, M.A., CCC-SLP

   Before we know it, the end of the school year will be here.  The MSHA Annual Conference was a great opportunity to get re-energized for the rest of the school year - hope you had a chance to attend.  During the Public School Forum Luncheon, we had a panel discussion where questions were gathered prior to and during the luncheon.  Sincere thanks go to panel members:  Janet Deppe, M.S., CCC-SLP, ASHA; Katie Strong, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSU;  and Elaina Swartzlander, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinton County RESA.  We had some lively discussion about licensure in addition to other topics.  Thanks also to Katy Spedoske, M.A., CCC-SLP, Ingham ISD who graciously took notes for us and  they are posted on MSHA’s website at

   Another outcome from the conference was renewed interest in completing the updates to the Articulation Guidelines of the Michigan Speech-Language Guidelines: Suggestions for Eligibility, Service Delivery, and Exit Criteria, Revised.  Stay tuned to MSHA updates regarding our progress.

   The schedule for the PSC meetings, for the upcoming year, is:

September 27, 2013
November 22, 2013
February 21, 2014
March 28, 2014—at MSHA conference
   Our meetings will be held via Skype, from 2 p.m.-3 p.m.  Of course, the March 28 meeting will be held in person, at the MSHA conference in Kalamazoo.  For more information on joining us for the PSC meetings, please go to:

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SLP/Healthcare Services Committee News

Carolyn Doty M.A., CCC-SLP Julie Kiefer Eaman M.A., CCC-SLP

   The MSHA Healthcare Services Committee would like to send a huge thank you to Beverly Jaynes, M.A., CCC-SLP who has been our fearless leader for over ten years.  Beverly has worked tirelessly to support and promote Healthcare Speech-Language Pathology.   She has stepped down as Vice President of Healthcare Services but fortunately will continue as a committee member.   Under Bev’s direction, the committee identified and set goals in four focus areas: a) Continuing Education; b) Clinical Practice Issues; c) Reimbursement;  and d) Supervision of Students.  

In 2012 we achieved the following:

• The Conference subcommittee identified the Invited speakers for the 2013 MSHA Conference.
•  Organized the successful fall Continuing Education workshop Going Mobile featuring speakers Pat Nizio, M.A., CCC-SLP and Lisa Bardach, M.S., CCC-SLP.  Thank you Pat and Lisa!  We are now planning an event for every other year.
• Continued to follow the legislation that affects our ability to provide services to clients/patients.
• Initiated the revision of the Clinical Service Award so it will be clinician, not department focused. 
• Explored collaborating with representatives from University programs and the Public Schools Committee to examine supervision issues.

   These areas will continue to be the focus of the committee that will be led by Carolyn Doty, M.A., CCC-SLP and Julie Kiefer Eaman, M.A., CCC-SLP. 

   Carolyn has been a Healthcare Services committee member since 2005 and a co-chair of the committee for two years.  Carolyn is a Manager in The Center for Adult Communication Disorders at Beaumont Health System.  She is pictured here along with,  l-r, Jennifer Peacock, M.A., CCC-SLP, Henry Ford Hospital, and Sarah Abbott.

   Julie Kiefer Eaman is the Clinical Coordinator of Speech-Language Pathology and the Education and Research Manager at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan.  She has been a member of the committee for four years.

   Present Committee members include: Karen Al Saadi, M.A., CCC-SLP; Lisa Bardach, M.S., CCC-SLP; Erica Barker-Erlewein, M.A., CCC-SLP; Stacy Brown, M.A., CCC-SLP; Ann Comstock, M.A., CCC-SLP; Ann Ratcliff, M.A., CCC-SLP; Randy Sax, M.A., CCC-SLP;  Margaret Tiner, M.A., CCC-SLP;  Sue Tranquilla, M.A., CCC-SLP; and Tim Weise, M.A., CCC-SLP.

   Please join our committee!  We need input from MSHA members from all areas of the state who specialize in adult or pediatric healthcare.  The committee meets five to six times a year in the Detroit area.  If you are unable to be present in person at the meetings, you can participate via conference calling and perhaps even skype.   Please contact Carolyn at or Julie at  if you are interested.

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et cetera - May 2013

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