Winter 2014
The Newsletter of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

MSHA Conference in Kalamazoo

The MSHA Annual Conference
March 27-29, 2014
Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Join us!

MSHA Conference Early Bird Deadline March 5

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

Get your MSHA Conference Registrations to the MSHA Office by March 5 to get the Early Bird Discount of 25%.  Enclosed here is all the info you need for the 2014 MSHA Annual Conference 

Spring...soon please!

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:

2013-2014 MSHA Executive Board and Advisory Assembly

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

MSHA Advisory Assembly

Angelique Boerst, M.A., CCC-A
Communication & Networking:
Erica Barker-Erlewein, M.A., CCC-SLP
Continuing Education:
Rosalyn Davis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Ethics & Standards:
Cary Cekola, M.A., CCC-SLP
Mary Peterson, Au.D., CCC-A
Student Affairs:
Sarah Rose, M.A., CCC-SLP
Theresa Sutton, M.A., CCC-SLP
Jonathan Moyle, M.A., CCC-SLP
Laura Lenkey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Rachel Denis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Member-at-Large Representing Students:
Greg Spray, B.A.

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Congratulations to Newly Elected MSHA Members

   Congratulations and many thanks to the following MSHA members who have been elected to the 2014-2015 MSHA Executive Board!  The term for this Executive Board begins March 29, 2014 - the last day of the MSHA Conference.  Newly elected members are:

Kathy Rigley-Rowell,  M.A., CCC-SLP, Western Michigan University - President Elect
Kelli Pierce, M.A., CCC-SLP, Comprehensive Speech & Therapy, Jackson - VP for Advocacy
Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A., CCC-SLP, Warren Woods Public Schools - VP Elect for Professional Development & Education
Melissa Witsil, M.A., CCC-SLP, Wm. Beaumont Hospital - VP for Public Relations
Laurie Norman, M.A., CCC-SLP, Flat Rock Community Schools - VP for Public Schools

   Thanks to MSHA members who voted, and thanks to all of our MSHA members who lend their time and expertise to this organization.

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Come Get Your Tweet On

Erica Barker-Erlewein, M.A., CCC-SLP

   The MSHA Social Media committee is gearing up for the 2014 Conference in K-Zoo.  All registration packets will have information about the Instagram photo contest and Tweet-Up events planned.  And to answer any and all of your Social Media questions, we'll have a table set-up near registration with information, hand-outs, hands-on assistance and a live person to get you up and running in the world wide web.  Be sure to follow all of our accounts, for up-to-date information!

   If you have questions, or would like to get involved with our committee, please email us at  See you in Kalamazoo for #MSHA2014

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From the Advocacy and Ethics Committees

Kathy Rigley-Rowell, M.A.,CCC-SLP

   Our annual conference is right around the corner!  This is the perfect time to network, reconnect with old friends/colleagues and learn about the latest trends in practice.  In addition, this year marks MSHA's 75th jubilee! Join us as we honor the accomplishments and successes of  Michigan speech language pathologists and audiologists over the years!

   This year MSHA's Ethics Committee will have a Poster Session at the conference.  This poster will help explain the role of the committee, how an ethics consultation request is handled, as well as encourage other members to get involved.  Please stop by and take a look at what the Ethics Committee is all about!

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Outstanding Speakers at MSHA

Emmylou Garza-Prisby, M.A., CCC-SLP

   Here's a reminder about our outstanding speakers and topics we have for our upcoming MSHA Conference.  We offer 14 Short Courses, 14 Double Minseminars and Miniseminars, and 19 Poster Sessions.  Below are just a few of the speakers and topics:

Doug Petersen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, University of Wyoming: Oral Language and Progress Monitoring in Schools;

Cindy Wilson, M.A., CCC-A, Innovative Hearing Services: Auditory Processing Disorders;

Richard M. Merson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Beaumont Hospital: CNS Acquired Stuttering;

Michele R. Eaddy, J.D., Thrun Law Firm: Special Education Law;

Jan Lewin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston: Managing the Head and Neck Cancer Patient;

Sean Sweeney, M.S., M.Ed., CCC-SLP, The Ely Center, Newton, Massachusetts:
Aligning Apps with Intervention; Aligning Apps with Common Core; and iPad 101: Mobile Computing Through a Clinical Lens;

Jack Lessenberry, Journalist and Author will provide our Keynote Address on Friday during the Awards Luncheon;

Teepa Snow, MS., OTR/L FAOTA, Positive Approach, LLC, Elfland, North Carolina: Support and Care For Patients with Dementia;

Nancy Telian, M.S., CCC-SLP, Reading with TLC, Author, Lively Letters/MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston: Training and Certification in Lively Letters and Sight Words (and conference participants will receive a certificate stating training in program);

Sarah Wallace, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Duquesne University, Nebraska: Assessment and Multi-Modal Intervention, Including AAC, for Patients with Aphasia;

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Save the Dates

Coming Events and Future MSHA Conferences

   The MSHA Program Commitee is busy planning for future MSHA Conferences and here are some dates to mark on your calendars:

March  26-28, 2015: Radisson Hotel & Lansing Center, Lansing
April 21-23, 2016: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids
2017: Detroit area
2018: West Michigan

Here are some other important dates & events for your calendars:


March 5                    
Deadline for Early Bird Registration for MSHA & Radisson Hotel

March 7                    
"Making Inclusion Work: Transdisciplinary Teaming for Assessment & Intervention Planning,"  U of M Dearborn Fairlane Center Campus, Contact Lia Simpson,

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

April 3
The 2014 Herbert J. & E. Jane Oyer Endowed Lecture Series featuring 2 talks by Dr. Nidhi Mahendra, Ph.D., CCC-SLP:  Access to Speech-Language Pathology Services: Experiences & Barriers Reported by Minority Clients  and Evidenced-Based Assessment and Intervention of Persons with Dementia: Let's do this this, SLPs!  Contact:

October 9-10
2014 Van Riper Lecture Series will focus on assessment and intervention processes for children who are bilingual and/or learning a second langauge.  The Guest speaker will be Dr. Elizabeth Pena from the University of Texas at Austin.  This event is sponsored by Western Michigan University, Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology, and will be held at the WMU Fetzer Center in Kalamazoo. CONTACT: Paula Armstrong at or call 269-387-8045 for more info.

October 16
MSHA SLP Healthcare Services Conference, Beaumont Hospital.  CONTACT: Carolyn Doty at

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From the President

Heather L. Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Celebrating Our Past, Looking Toward Our Future

   As we prepare for our 75th Jubilee Celebration Conference, it occurs to me that this is the time to call upon each of our members to begin to look for small ways each day to exceed their own expectations within their own lives and within our profession. We each have gifts – some that are obvious and some that more subtle.  The challenge is to begin to take our gifts, large and small, and to use them for extraordinary purposes. If we begin to do this, as a profession, we will be able to more toward our future in way that will impact the State of Michigan, our profession and most importantly, our patients and their families. This attitude of expectation will reflect upon our patients and clients, young and old, as we expect them to exceed their own expectations.

   Looking forward to our future – one that is full of great possibilities!
                                      Heather L. Balog, MSHA President

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Happy 75th Birthday MSHA!

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

   Registration is under way for the 2014 MSHA Annual Conference and 75th anniversary celebration. The conference: MSHA’s 75th Jubilee: Celebrating the Past, Moving Toward Our Future will be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan, March 27-29, 2014. The deadline to receive the Early Bird discount of 25% is March 5, 2014.  MSHA members should have received all the conference information and registration forms in the January et cetera.  Click here to view the Conference Program.
   The deadline to register for the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in Kalamazoo is also March 5, 2014.  If you register by this date, you will get the conference room rate of $135.  After that date, your room is subject to availability and a higher rate.  Click here for the Hotel Registration form, MSHA Pre-Registration form, and other pertinent information - all on the MSHA website as well.
     We are really excited to have as our Keynote Speaker Jack Lessenberry, noted author and journalist who has some insightful observations about the current state of affairs in Michigan in healthcare, legislation, and education. 

   Don't forget to download the speaker handouts from the MSHA website!  We post them as we receive them and many are on there now.   Some speakers may choose to bring their own handouts.
   Since thePreliminary Program went to press, several Poster Sessions have been added. We are so pleased to announce we have 19 total Poster Sessions - the most ever - available for our conference which means more choices for CEUs for you!  The complete list of Poster Sessions are as follows:
Gender Dependent Voice Production Issues and Pulmonary Effort
Presenters: Eric J. Hunter, Ph.D., and Russel Banks, both at Michigan State University
Tracking Age-Related Speech Characteristics for More Than Forty Years
Presenters: Eric J. Hunter, Ph.D., and Russel Banks, both at Michigan State University
Swallow Exercise Home Program Compliance After Hospital Discharge
Presenter: Kerry Winget, Au.D., CCC-SLP/A, Agnesian Healthcare
The Use of PICO Components in Foreground Questions for Determining
Treatment Progress for SSD Therapy

Presenter: Denise A. Ludwig, Ph.D.,Grand Valley State University
Providing Ethics Consults for State Association Members:
MSHA Committee on Ethics

Presenters: Robin Pollens, M.S, CCC-SLP, Western Michigan University; Michelle Bailey, M.A., CCC-SLP, Van Buren Intermediate School District; Kathy Rigley-Rowell, M.A., CCC-SLP, Western Michigan University; Mary Peterson, Au.D., CCC-A, and Cary Cekola, M.A., CCC-SLP, Western Michigan University
Language Therapy and Academic Achievement in Mathematics:
Speech-Language Pathologists’ Roles and Perspectives

Presenters: Rachel Richter, B.S., and Ana Claudia Harten, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,
both at Eastern Michigan University
Impact of Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders
 and Traumatic Brain Injury on Speech-Language Treatment: 
Speech-Language Pathologists’ Perspectives

Presenters: J. Whitney Neal, B.S., and Ana Claudia Harten, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,
both at Eastern Michigan University
Global Aphasia: An In-Depth Case Exploration of Traditional and
Non-Traditional Therapy Tasks and Outcomes

Presenters: Jennifer Doyel, B.A.A.;  Megan Vokes, B.S.; Natalie Douglas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; and Kathryn Atkinson, M.A., CCC-SLP, all at Central Michigan University
Botulinum Toxin Injections for Sialorrhea Management in Adults
with Parkinson’s Disease

Presenters: Kelly T. Cooper, B.A., and Peter LaPine, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Michigan State University; Dana McInally, M.A., CCC-SLP, and Jeffrey Howell, M.A., CCC-SLP,
Genesys Regional Medical Center
Transitioning From Face-to-Face Therapy to Telepractice:  A Model for Beginning Provision of Aural Rehabilitation Therapy via Telepractice
in a University Clinical Setting

Presenters:  Sarah Walker, B.A.; Kelsey Callison, B.S.; and MaryBeth Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP, all at Central Michigan University
The Relationship Between Stressful Life Events and the
Development and Maintenance of Stuttering

Presenters:  Christine Dits, B.A., and Bill Cupples,
Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, both at Eastern Michigan University
A Longitudinal Study of Parkinsonian Speech Characteristics
Presenters:  Juliane L. Brinkman, B.A., and Rahul Shrivastav, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,
both at Michigan State University
Acoustic Differences Between Conversational and Lab Speech
Presenters:  DeAnna Pinnow, B.A., and Rahul Shrivastav, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,
both at Michigan State University
Room Acoustics and Speech Intelligibility for Speakers with Parkinson’s Disease
Presenters:  Lisa Kopf, M.A., CCC-SLP; Rahul Shrivastav, Ph.D., CCC-SLP;
Brad Rakerd, Ph.D; and Mark D. Skowronski, Ph.D., all at Michigan State University
 An Investigation of the Language and Communication Characteristics
Observed in Children withSmith-Magenis Syndrome

Presenters:  Anna Hesson, B.S., and Bill Cupples,
Ph.D., CCC-SLP, both at Eastern Michigan University
Special Education in Michigan: Are Juveniles in Detention Being Properly Served?
Presenters:  Leah Miller, B.F.A., and Christine M. Scott, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,
both at Eastern Michigan University
The Effects of Equine Movement (Hippotherapy) on Language in an
Adult with Traumatic Brain Injury

Presenters:  Lauren Orwig, B.A.; Beth Macauley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, HPCS; and Courtney Karasinski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,all at Grand Valley State University
Nepali and English Phonology
Presenters:  Dilli Gautama, and Courtney Karasinski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,
Grand Valley State University
Autism Centered Theatre: Using Theatre and Drama Techniques to Improve
the Social Skills of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Presenters:  Olivia Rhoades, B.S., and Ana Claudia Harten, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,
both at Eastern Michigan University
   The Program Committee is very excited about the entire conference, with continued course offerings in an expanded schedule beginning Thursday morning. Be sure to join us for the MSHA Annual Business Meeting and Reception for Past MSHA Presidents from 4:15-5:15 p.m. on Thursday (new time).  A cash bar and light refreshments will be provided,  sponsored by Eastern Michigan University, Speech Pathology Program.  All are welcome!
   Please join me in thanking the following, who along with MSHA, will sponsor the some of our wonderful conference events:

Past Presidents’ Reception Thursday afternoon:
• Eastern Michigan University, Speech-Language Pathology Program
Welcome Reception Thursday evening:
• Western Michigan University Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
Continental Breakfast Friday morning: •Detroit Medical Center
Undergraduate Student Session Friday morning: •The Abby D Center, Petoskey & Traverse City
Graduate Student Session Friday afternoon:
• Michigan State University, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Snack Break Friday afternoon:
• Central Michigan University, Department of Communication Disorders

Saturday Morning Coffee & Pastries:
• Wayne State University, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
MSHA 75th Anniversary Lanyards:
• Balog Speech & Language Center, Plymouth
• Children’s Center for Growth & Development, Hartland
• Comprehensive Speech & Therapy Center, Jackson

   We look forward to seeing you in March!  Contact MSHA for more information at (517) 332-5691 or visiting the website at

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Countdown Begins

Lizbeth Stevens, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

   As the MSHA Conference is fast approaching, prepare yourself for an outstanding selection of auction items up for bids. Here is a list of a few of the many:
â–ºOne week at the beach (7 nights)-Cocoa Beach, Florida
â–ºHandmade crib quilt w/ bumper pad (for boy or girl)
â–ºSix custom made pillows (variety of styles available-you provide fabric)
â–ºThree sessions w/ a psychologist
â–ºPsychological Evaluation
â–ºPhotograph of your pet (on location at your home)-from
â–ºPortrait of your house by professional artist- Thomas Boyer

New this year! A variety of professional materials including:

â–ºLingraphica TalkPath Suite of therapy apps for adults w/ aphasia (5 apps: Listening, Reading, Speaking Writing, Online Speech Therapy) from Lingraphica

â–ºLiteracy Speaks Kit #1 from Northern Speech Services

â–ºStuttering Severity Instrument-4 from Pro-Ed

â–ºPyramid Approach to Education CD, Book, and Workbook, from Pyramid Education
   It’s not too late to donate!  Bring it to conference!  Please consider providing us with an auction item. Popular selections in the past have included jewelry, vouchers/coupons for restaurants, gift cards (e.g., Barnes and Noble),  spirit gift baskets from our state's universities, and general gift baskets (e.g., food items, toiletries, wines, etc.).

   If you wish to donate anything for the auction, please contact Liz Stevens at:   Or you can simply bring your donated item with you to the conference.  Donors will receive an acknowledgement as a tax deductible contribution.  Proceeds will benefit the Michigan Speech Language-Hearing Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization (for student scholarships  at Michigan colleges and universities). All items are welcome.

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MSHF Scholarship Recipients

Derek E. Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, MSHF Board of Directors

   One important goal of the Michigan Speech, Language, and Hearing Foundation (MSHF) 2013 MSHF Scholarship Recipientsis to provide scholarship money to students of speech-language pathology and audiology in the state of Michigan. This year, MSHF provided funds to support graduate student scholarships. Participating universities were asked to select 2 deserving graduate students to receive a $250 award (or one graduate student to receive a $500 award). Congratulations to the following MSHF Scholarship recipients, who will be acknowledged at the MSHA Awards Banquet on March 28, 2014, at the MSHA Annual Conference.  They will be joined by the two MSHA Scholarship Recipients, who have not yet been selected. 

Congratulations MSHF Scholarship Recipients:
Amanda Bruski, Central Michigan University (SLP)
Allison Farat, Wayne State University (SLP)
Dana Flowerday, Michigan State University (SLP)
Stefanie Gainor, Central Michigan University (AUD)
Adam Gray, Grand Valley State University (SLP)
Alissa Haan, Western Michigan University (AUD)
Anna Hardenbergh, Michigan State University (SLP)
Sarah Hunter, Wayne State University (SLP)
Angela Jouel Truesdell-Smith, Eastern Michigan University (SLP)
Mary Kassa, Wayne State University (AUD)
Justine Koglin, Grand Valley State University (SLP)
Ann Lamons, Western Michigan University (SLP)
Zachary Zells, Wayne State University (AUD)
*Note: Wayne State University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders provided matching funds, so 4 students were selected.
    To further support student scholarships, MSHF will be sponsoring the silent auction. Please stop by the auction table at the conference and make your bid on donated items. We look forward to your continued support!
MSHF Board Members
Heather Balog
Derek Daniels
Ellen Fairbrother, President
Dawn Kutney
Rick Merson
Anitta Y. Orr
Mary Peterson, Treasurer
Judy Silverman, Secretary
Ad Hoc Members:  Kathy Boyer, Fran Eldis, Sandra Glista, Liz Stevens
MSHF is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization to benefit the next generation of speech, language, and audiology professionals, current professionals of speech-language pathology and audiology, and individuals with communication disorders.

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The Winter of Our Discontent

Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

   Oh MSHA members, what a winter we are having this year!  I mean, you probably can’t even remember a worse one ever, can you?  All that driving for extended hours in your car getting to work, when the commute is normally only 15 minutes.   I think I spent more time with my steering wheel this winter than I did with any of my clients.  Well here’s the good news !  When you go to our MSHA conference, you can stay in a lovely hotel in Kalamazoo and not leave for 3 days.  Just think, three days of exciting learning about your field, greeting old friends, making new ones, enjoying great food, maybe even some wine too, who knows!  This year’s conference will be one grand time, seventy-five years in the making.   We have some exciting events planned for you this year.  Don’t pass up this opportunity to earn ASHA CEUs for a really affordable price.  What are you waiting for?  Grab a friend or convince a colleague to join you for this end of winter celebration of all that is good about our mighty profession.  Don’t stay at home discontented with the winter blahs, do something great.  Come to the 75th MSHA conference and enjoy.

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Coming Events

ASHA Webinar at Washtenaw ISD
Washtenaw ISD
Seminar Rooms 1 and 2 1819 S. Wagner Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Inclusion, Collaboration and Differential Learning
03/05/2014- 03/07/2014
Grand Hyatt Hotel and Conference Center
721 Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98101

ASHA Webinar at Washtenaw ISD
Washtenaw ISD
Vogel C Room 1819 S. Wagner Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

2014 MSHA Annual Conference
03/27/2014- 03/29/2014
Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites
100 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The 2014 Herbert J. and E. Jane Oyer Endowed Lecture Series
Michigan State University
Communication Arts and Sciences Building 404 Wilson Rd Room 145
East Lansing, MI 48824

Lindamood-Bell Professional Development Workshops
08/19/2014- 08/27/2014
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The Van Riper Lecture Series
10/09/2014- 10/10/2014
Western Michigan University
Fetzer Center 2350 Business Ct.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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et cetera - Winter 2014