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

Volume Thirty-Seven, Number Two, May 2014

This is the Newsletter of the
Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Dawn Kutney, Editor
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East Lansing, Michigan  48823
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MSHA Executive Board & Advisory Assembly 2014-2015

MSHA Executive Board:

Julie Pratt, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kathy Rigley-Rowell, M.A., CCC-SLP
Past President: 
Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC- SLP

Beth Economou, M.A., CCC-SLP
Sherry Riedel, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Advocacy:
Kelli Pierce, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Audiology Services:
Angelique Boerst, M.A., CCC-A
VP for Membership:
Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
VP for Professional Dev & Education:
Emmylou Garza-Prisby, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP Elect for Prof Dev & Education:
Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A., CCC-SLP
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:
Laurie Norman, M.A., CCC-SLP

MSHA Advisory Assembly:
Audiology Practice:
Angelique Boerst, M.A., CCC-A
Continuing Education:
Rosalyn Davis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Ethics & Standards:
Cary Cekola, M.A., CCC-SLP
Mary Peterson, Au.D., CCC-A
Public Schools:
Lori Tavtigian, M.A., CCC-SLP
Student Affairs:
Sarah Rose, M.A., CCC-SLP
MSHA Members-at-Large
N.W. Michigan:
Laura Lenkey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
S.E. Michigan:
Karen O'Leary, M.A., CCC-SLP
S.W. Michigan:
Kirsten Mortensen, M.A., CCC-SLP
N.E. Michigan: Open
Upper Peninsula:
Rachel Denis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Member-at-Large Representing Students:
Greg Spray, M.A.
ASHA Advisory Councilors:SLP:  
Karen Kurcz, M.A., CCC-SLP
AUD:  Margot Beckerman, Au.D., CCC-A

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Save the Dates: Upcoming MSHA Conferences

March 26-28, 2015 MSHA Annual Conference
Radisson Hotel/Lansing Center, Lansing
April 21-23, 2016 MSHA Annual Conference
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids
2017 MSHA Conference: Detroit Metro area TBA
2018 MSHA Conference: Westside of Michigan TBA

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MSHA Student Scholarship Award Recipients

Sarah Rose, M.A., CCC-SLP

   Congratulations to MSHA's 2014 Scholarship Recipients:  Alyssa Bickel, B.A., Graduate Student at Central Michigan University; and Amber Clark, M.S., Graduate Student at Eastern Michigan University.  Each of these outstanding students received their $500.00 scholarship award - which is sponsored by Linda Bowers and Rosemary Huisingh, Co-Founders and Co-Owners of LinguiSystems - at the recent MSHA Conference.

   Alyssa Bickel (pictured right) is a first year graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology at Central Michigan University.  She has an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders and a minor in American Sign Language.  She expects to graduate in May of 2015 with her Master's degree.  Alyssa's ultimate goal as a Speech-Language Pathologist is to work with children of any age.  She has an array of experiences working with children as a coach, in the Summer Specialty Clinic at CMU, and as a volunteer.  Alyssa has worked closely with her professors at CMU on writing about students with autism and how SLPs can help teachers work with students using phonological awareness through an RTI approach.  Alyssa is an outstanding student and is originally from Frankenmuth, Michigan.  Congratulations on this award and best of luck to you in your career as a Speech-Language Pathologist!

   Amber Clark, pictured left, is a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University who will complete her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in August of 2015.  She has a B.S. in brain, behavior, and cognitive science, with a minor in German studies, from the University of Michigan.  She also holds a M.S. in medical physiology from Case Western Reserve University.  Amber is currently working as a research assistant at the University of Michigan's Kresge Hearing Research Institute.  Her goal as a Speech-Language Pathologist is to work in a medical setting treating patients who have aphasia and other neurogenic communication disorders.  Amber decided to pursue a career as an SLP after taking an elective course at Case Western on language acquisition.  Her professor was a Speech-Language Pathologist - a profession she was unfamiliar with - but she was inspired by the profession and after educating herself more about the roles and education of an SLP, decided to change her career path.  Amber is from Saginaw, Michigan and is one of the first members of her family to graduate from college!

   Best of luck to both Alyssa and Amber as they complete their educations and begin their careers as Speech-Language Pathologists.  They - along with their excellent fellow students who applied for this scholarship - are inspirations to us all.  MSHA's goal is to continue to help these young people as they become part of this profession.

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Thanks to our Sponsors at the MSHA Conference

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

   This year our MSHA Conference was enhanced by several key sponsors and I encourage you to thank them at any opportunity you may have.  Their support helps fund our receptions and other amenities such as our lanyards this year which highlight our 75th anniversary.  As many of you know, the lovely hotels that hold our MSHA conferences have expensive rates for food, coffee, electricity, wifi, AV, etc., and this is what your registration fees pay for.  Our sponsors' donations help defray these costs to us, but it is always challenging to our program committee to offer these amenities to our MSHA members and stay within a very tight budget. 

   So again, in the order of their event at the MSHA Conference, we thank the following for their generous sponsorship:
Past Presidents’ Reception Thursday afternoon:
•Eastern Michigan University,
Speech-Language Pathology Program, Department of Special Education

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

Coffee & Pastries Saturday morning:
•Wayne State University
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

MSHA 75th Anniversary Lanyards:
• Balog Speech & Language Center, Plymouth
• Children’s Center for Growth & Development, Hartland
• Comprehensive Speech & Therapy Center, Jackson

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Best Student Poster Session at MSHA

Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

   Christine Dits, B.A., Graduate Student at Eastern Michigan University, won $250 for the 2014 MSHA Poster Session Award, sponsored by Psi Iota Xi, the Michigan Chapters (Zeta Theta, Eta Sigma, Eta Omicron, and Theta Tau) of the national philanthropic organization that is dedicated to helping others, especially in the fields of speech and hearing.  Entitled: The Relationship Between Stressful Life Events, and the Development and Maintenance of Stuttering, Christine's Poster was one of 19 outstanding Poster Sessions at this year's MSHA Conference.  Her co-author was Bill Cupples, Ph.D., CCC-SLP.  Congratulations Christine!  And many thanks to all of the wonderful Posters that were on display this year - an enrichment to our conference experience because all conference attendees can attain .1 CEU for visiting 4 of the Poster Sessions during the MSHA Conference.  Thanks to the Michigan Chapters of Psi Iota Xi, for their continued support of our students by their endowment of this annual award.

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MSHA Fall Presentation: Visual Processing

Carolyn Doty, M.A.,CCC-SLP

   MSHA's SLP Health Services Committee is pleased to announce their Fall Presentation:  Visual Processing:  The Missing Link in Adults and Children: How Vision in the Brain Works;  Neuroplasticity of the Visual System; and Visual Strategies for Rehabilitation.  Our guest speaker is Danna Haba, O.D., FCOVD, Excel Institute of Shelby, Neuro Vision Rehabilitation Center.  This workshop will be held Thursday, October 16, 2014, form 4:00 - 7:30 pm, at  Beaumont Health Systems – Royal Oak Campus.  The cost is $50.00 for MSHA members and $60.00 for non-MSHA members.  The rate for MSHA student members will be $25.00.  CEUs will be offered. (Pictured above l-r: Bev Jaynes and Carolyn Doty).

   To register, please contact the MSHA office at 517-332-5691. Beginning June 2nd, registration will be available through the MSHA website:

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Do You Know an Outstanding Clinician?

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

   The SLP Health Care Services Committee is unveiling our new Outstanding Clinician Award.  Our goal is to honor remarkable clinicians who support the overall mission of MSHA in their clinical practice and who go beyond normal work responsibilities.  We would like to recognize our Michigan colleagues working in health care and motivate others to provide excellent clinical service.

   Consider nominating your colleague or someone you know working in health care who demonstrates exemplary professionalism with their clients with communication disorders.  The winners will be notified in January, 2015 and will be honored at the MSHA 2015 Annual Conference, in MSHA publications and on the MSHA website.  Please contact Carolyn Doty at 248-655-5880 or at for more information.

   Please visit our website at for the Nomination FormThe deadline for 2015 will be August 29, 2014.

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MSHA Conference Q & A: From Your Evaluations

Dawn Kutney, B.A., Editor

   For the 500 of you who attended the 2014 MSHA Annual Conference, 20% of you filled out the green evaluation sheets - thank you - and from these we have culled several questions and we'd like to answer them here.  Thank you for your input and suggestions!

Q:  It seemed like we had less vendors this year - why?
A:  Yes, we did have fewer vendors, and we missed their presence quite a bit - in fact we called several of our loyal companies, and a couple of them reported that they hope more people use their online shopping option.   So we need your help!  Contact your favorite companies who were not at MSHA this year, and ask them to come next year!  Tell them why!  Super Duper did not exhibit at MSHA this year and we tried to pursuade them to come - but they need to hear from you if you buy their products!  So let them know about next year's dates & location (March 26-28, 2015, Lansing, Michigan) and email me at the MSHA office and I'll send them the forms.

Q:  I loved the 1 and 2 hour sessions - could we have more of them?
A:  We try to include as many as we can - and we did change the classes on Thursday night from 3 hours to 2 hours, in response to our MSHA members requests.  As many of you stated, 3 hours is a long time to be in one class, but remember that one of our goals - and responsibilities - is to include as many CEUs as possible in our annual conference schedule.  So, when combining this objective with the expense of bringing in these great speakers from all around the country, 3 hour classes just make more sense so we will continue to offer them as well, with as many 1 and 2 hour sessions as we can schedule.

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Jack Lessenberry Shares His Wit and Wisdom at MSHA

Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

   Those of us at the MSHA Awards Luncheon in March were treated to a fabulous Keynote Address by Jack Lessenberry, Journalist and Author, currently the head of Journalism at Wayne State University.  It was a funny and rousing presentation and how great is it to have such an eloquent speaker be a champion of Speech-Language Pathologists!  Thanks to Jack for sharing his thoughts and expertise with us in such an entertaining way - I think most of those present would agree that this year's Awards Banquet was especially meaningful. (Pictured above, l-r: Dawn Kutney, Elizabeth Lessenberry, Jack Lessenberry, and Heather Balog).

   We honored Bev Jaynes for her oustanding role in MSHA; Leo Deal for his inspirational leadership; our MSHA Student Scholarship Recipents (see article above); our MSHF Student Scholarship Recipients - see article to the left; and  finally, Central Michigan University received the M & M Award (Most Student MSHA Members) for having the biggest jump in MSHA Membership. (Pictured above is Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, MSHA VP for Membership, presenting the M&M Award to Katie Squires, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor at CMU, who accepted the award on behalf of the students.)

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Congratulations ACE Winners

   Congratulations to the following MSHA members who received the ACE (Award for Continuing Education) from ASHA.  The ACE Award is a formal redognition of professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning by earning 7.0 CEUs (70 contact hours) within a 36-month period.  Congratuations to:

Keshia Allen, M.S., CCC-SLP,  Detroit Public Schools
Kathryn Atkinson, M.A., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University
Nancy Beneditti, M.A., CCC-SLP, Hamilton, Michigan
Eileen Bessega, Au.D., CCC-A, Birmingham-Bloomfield Audiology
Sheryll Bonness, Au.D., CCC-A, Detroit Public Schools
Mary Jo Burtka, Au.D., CCC-A, Redford-Union Schools
Terri Chmara, M.A., CCC-SLP, Beacon Day Treatment
Jennifer Crouse, M.A., CCC-SLP, Kalamazoo Speech Associates
Ashley Garber, M.S., CCC-SLP, Listening & Language Connections
Joann Goyings, M.S., CCC-SLP, Jackson ISD
Kathryn Hillenbrand, M.A., CCC-SLP, Western Michigan University
Melissa Hoffmann, M.A., CCC-SLP, Mary Free Bed Hospital
Christine Hogan-Henk, M.A., CCC-SLP, Shelby Township, Michigan
Amanda Hopkins, M.A., CCC-SLP, Listening & Language Connections
Gregory Jacoby, M.A., CCC-SLP, Detroit Public Schools
Theresa Jones, M.S., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University
Ronald Kelley, M.A., CCC-SLP, Western Michigan University
Mia Kimmons, M.S., CCC-SLP, Grand Valley State University
Dawn Knuth, M.S., CCC-SLP, Lakeland Healthcare
Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A., CCC-SLP, Warren Woods Public Schools
Samantha Lichocki, M.A., CCC-SLP, Detroit Institute for Children
Maryellen Liening, M.A., CCC-SLP, Wayne State University
Nickola Nelson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Western Michigan University
Karen O'Leary, M.S., CCC-SLP, Wayne State University
Mary Peterson, Au.D., CCC-A, Western Michigan University
Judith Rogan, M.A., CCC-SLP, Encore Rehab
Lisa Saulles, M.A., CCC-A, MOSA Audiology
Susan Schmidt, M.S., CCC-SLP, Innovative Senior Care
Jean Skeffington, M.A., CCC-SLP, Lakeshore Communication Disorders
Lizbeth Stevens, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Eastern Michigan University
Susan Tucker, M.A.,CCC-SLP, Rehab Institute of Michigan
Timothy Weise, M.A., CCC-SLP, Garden City Hospital

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2014 Van Riper Lecture Series at WMU

Yvette Hyter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

   An Early Announcement of the 2014 Van Riper Lectures:
Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition
Elizabeth Peña, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Barbara Conboy, Ph.D., University of Redlands 

   The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Western Michigan University, together with Psi Iota Xi and the College of Health and Human Services, are pleased to announce the 2014 Van Riper Lecture Series. This year’s conference will be held on Thursday, October 9, and Friday morning, October 10. It is anticipated that a total of 9.5 hours toward CEUs can be earned by attending the entire conference.
   These distinguished speakers will outline best practices for children who are bilingual and second language learners. A focus of the lectures will be the foundational skills, such as speech perception and cognitive control of these populations, and how these skills are linked to typical language and literacy development. Finally, best methods for assessment will be discussed, especially in differentiating language variations from language impairments, and implications for intervention will be presented. The titles of the presentations are as follows:
Foundations of Dual Language Development and Implications for Clinical Practice
Semantic Development and Organization in Bilinguals: Preschool through Early School-Age
Language Assessment of Bilingual Children

   Registration will be opening August 1, 2014. More information on the speakers and the agenda will be coming soon! Look for on-line registration during the summer. Contact Mrs. Paula Armstrong or 269.387.8045) for more information. We hope to see you at the Van Riper Lectures this fall!

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From the President

By Julie Pratt, M.S., CCC-SLP

  As we celebrate the past, what are our plans for the future?

   What an amazing celebration of 75 years as a state association we just experienced at our MSHA Annual Conference this past March. The history of this organization is so rich and remarkably solid.   Our longevity - combined with the distinction of being one of the first states (only Minnesota and Utah began before we did) to organize a state association for our profession - is impressive!  What a joy and honor it was to have so many of our past presidents in Kalamazoo to celebrate with us!  Sure, every year at conference I learn something new about our profession, take home a new treatment tool and gather knowledge about one of the many areas of interest I have in our profession.  But the part I love and learn the most from, is the stories - the history - the personal accounts of past presidents and board members and members.  These stories are what MSHA is built on!  The accounts of past challenges and triumphs we share when we come together in MSHA - to better our profession - serves as a motivator for me to continue to serve MSHA’s membership. (pictured right, l-r: Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, and Emmylou Garza-Prisby, M.A., CCC-SLP).  Someday, I will be one of those past presidents that have a story for you!  But, what will that story be...

   As we move toward our future we are looking at goals that involve growth and change.  Don’t panic, change can be good and growth is great!  We have change all around us in our work settings.  We are licensed now (4100+ SLPs currently licensed).  We don’t know how the Affordable Care Act will impact our consumers or jobs.  The looming Medicare cap just keeps hanging around and who has conquered G-Codes?   In the schools we are monitoring special education law changes, battling rising caseloads with decreasing budgets, and just when we conquered RTI we now have Common Core!  For help or information on these or similar  issues contact:

   Don’t worry, none of the changes we have in store will be that big!  The first change you will see is where we will be holding our next two annual conferences.  We asked you, you answered and we listened!  In direct response to our surveys to you and your feedback, we are very excited to host our 2015 MSHA Conference at the Lansing Center/Radisson Hotel, in Lansing March 26-28, 2015.  The following year, we travel west to the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, April 21-23, 2016.  And, in 2017 we will be in the Metro Detroit area, with our hotel site to be announced soon! 

   We hope these changes bring about improved space, access and participation as we seek to reach out and serve members from every area of our state.   Our amazing conference planning committee is already hard at work to make sure these changes in venue happen smoothly.   If you would like to be involved with our Conference Committee contact our Program Chair Emmylou Garza-Prisby, M.A., CCC-SLP at
   Reaching out is our next goal toward growth and change.  MSHA has slowly started to move to a more “Green” organization, reducing paper mailings and making conference handouts available online.  This “Green” movement also served as one of our first steps toward leading an organization during a time of increased online communication and internet access.   Over the next year you will continue to see MSHA grow and change its communication to include increased online presence.  We have an outstanding Public Relations and Social Media committee (Social Media committee chaired by Erica Barker-Erlewein, M.A., CCC-SLP, pictured right) that is working hard to increase the areas of the state we can communicate with and the number of members we can reach and the valuable connections possible throuth social media sites.  Join us at any or all of the following: SpeechLanguageHearingAssociation

   As much as I love social media and believe we can reach out to more members through technology it is important for us to remember the necessity of verbal communication.  This should be easy for us to do since we are experts in the field of communication, right? Unfortunately, I think we are all guilty of forgetting what a personal conversation, a hand-written letter or a phone call means to someone.   Remember I said my favorite part of conference is the personal stories? Well that is partly because those stories are told by my mentors.  Mentorship is the last goal toward growth and change that I want to mention here.  I have been fortunate to have some amazing colleagues and friends mentor me through my many years and roles with the MSHA board.   Now it is time to reach out to you and pay that personal mentorship forward.  It is in all of our best interests. 

   There is a place in MSHA for you -  there is a spot on the board for you in your future!  We will be reaching out to start that personal connection and mentorship with our members.  We invite you to reach out to us!  Maybe you can work on a committee, help with a project or simply provide information and feedback to our board regarding issues you want addressed.  However you serve, remember we have a responsibility to keep this association's history rich and solid!  What will your story be?  I can’t wait to hear it someday! 

   For more information on how you can be involved with MSHA or to contact the board members visit:

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Bev Jaynes Recieves MSHA Honors of the Association

   Congratulations to Bev Jaynes, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSHA's 2014 recipient of Honors of the Association.  Bev received this award - the highest award the Association can bestow - on March 28, 2014 at the MSHA Annual Conference during the Awards Luncheon.  Bev (pictured here holding plaque, left of Heather Balog) has been a MSHA member for over 20 years, 15 of which she has served on the MSHA Executive Council as Vice President for the Community and Hospital Services Committee (now the SLP Healthcare Committee).   During the presentation of the award to Bev, Elaine Ledwon-Robinson, M.S., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, spoke about Bev and cited her consistent leadership within MSHA.  MSHA President Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, shown above to the right of Bev, presented Bev with a lovely engraved plaque, and also gave her a certificate which proclaimed the following:

Be It Known That:
  Whereas, Bev Jaynes has devoted more than 20 years to the discipline of communication disorders and the profession of Speech-Language Pathology as a clinician, mentor,  and advocate, and
  Whereas, during her tenure as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Spectrum Rehabilitation, Bev Jaynes contributed to understanding of the cognitive-communicative and behavioral sequelae of traumatic brain injury, encouraging interdisciplinary approaches to intervention, and
  Whereas, she has served the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association and its members as Vice President for Community and Hospital Services for fifteen years, during which time she played a key role in the creation and continued success of the Clinical Service Award as well as the biennial clinical services conference, and was an invaluable asset in obtaining state licensure for speech-language pathologists, and in contributing to lobbying for insurance reform and,
  Whereas, she has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills, ensuring that issues related to healthcare services were represented, on a consistent basis, at MSHA Executive
Board meetings, and at state advocacy meetings and,
  Whereas,  in her commitment to MSHA, she has contributed to developing the next generation of leaders through generous sharing of her time and expertise, carefully developing a succession plan for the office of Vice-President of Health Care Services, as well as mentoring Committee members in their skills in advocacy, committee participation and leadership, and
  Whereas, she has demonstrated commitment and passion for this discipline, tireless support of MSHA, serving as leader through actions and example, it our great pleasure to recognize Bev Jaynes,  

and  Be It Therefore Resolved that the:Honors of the Association Are Hereby Awarded To: Beverly Jaynes, M.A., CCC-SLP

   Congratulations Bev!

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What an Amazing MSHA Conference!

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

    I want to start by saying a big “Thank You” for the warm welcome and wonderful mentoring Terry Lange-Winkel provided me this past year as I served as VP-Elect for Professional Development and Education.  I learned so much from Terry in this volunteer position to coordinate our MSHA conferences in Michigan.  There are so many talented individuals behind the scenes to host a successful 3-day event. 

   Speaking of conferences, the 2014 MSHA conference at the Radisson Hotel in Kalamazoo was an amazing 3 days!  We celebrated 75 years of MSHA -  Happy Birthday, MSHA!  I am glad to say our association is growing and staying healthy by always inviting new members to join and attend clinically useful sessions at our conference.  The caliber of speakers - from Attorney Michele Eaddy to Occupational Therapist Teepa Snow - (pictured to the left) brought renewed interest and insight to attendees listening to their expertise and returning to work armed with latest information to utilize.  In addition, the Exhibit Hall was filled with excitement and buzz.  Attendees spent time shopping for new materials, books, bags, jewelry, and snacking on complementary popcorn provided by the Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Thank you to the staff at the Lansing CVB for welcoming our association to Lansing!  I also want to say THANK YOU to all the members that attended.  Your attendance and commitment in joining us made this past 2014 conference a wonderful learning experience. 
   As of this moment, the talented members in various committees are already working on next year’s conference, which will be held on March 26-28, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel and Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan.  We already have some great speakers lined up (see article below) and continue to contact more speakers that are amazing.  I am always in search of great speakers, so I encourage you (yes, you) to contact me for future speaker suggestions.  Until next time…

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MSHA Conference 2015: Join us in Lansing!

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

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    Highlights for the MSHA Annual Conference
    March 26-28, 2015
    Radisson Hotel & Lansing Center Lansing, Michigan

Thursday, March 26, 2015 
• Welcome Reception, 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.  Hot hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Everyone welcome!
Friday, March 27, 2015 
• Julie A. Wolter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Utah State University, will present two Short Courses:  Contextualized School-Age Language Intervention: Techniques for Making it Count.
• Donald MacLennan, M.A., CCC-SLP, will present a Short Course: Cognitive Rehabilitation and the Road to College. Don MacLennan has provided cognitive rehabilitation for people with brain injury for over 30 years. He is Chief of the Speech Pathology Section at the Minneapolis VA Healthcare system and serves in the Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program, an inpatient program that emphasizes return to community, work, and school.  He has published in the areas of assessment of pragmatic communication, return to college after brain injury, treatment of mild TBI, and staff development for polytrauma treatment programs.  He has served on National VA and Department of Defense Committees to improve cognitive rehabilitation services for combat injured service members. 
• All-Day MSHF Silent Auction; Exhibitors’ Cocktail Party and Raffle; MSHA 50/50 Raffle Friday at 6 pm. 
Saturday, March 28, 2015 
• Joe Duffy, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP,  ASHA Fellow, Mayo Clinic, Department of Neurology, will present two Short Courses on the topics of Dysarthria and Diagnosis and Management of Acquired Motor Speech Disorders.
• A. Lynn Williams, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning & Development, East Tennessee State University, will present an all-day workshop entitled: Sound Management: It’s About Time.  The purpose of this workshop is to discuss clinical decision-making in designing and implementing the newer models of analysis, target selection, and intervention with children who have speech sound disorders (SSD). These models will be reviewed and then discussed in terms of a case study with emphasis on integrating current research evidence with clinical reasoning to determine the most appropriate approaches to implement with particular subgroups of children with SSD. Specifically, decision trees will be presented for considering which analysis options, target selection approaches, and models of intervention are most appropriate for different characteristics of functional speech disorders in children. Clinicians will be given a data set to consider in implementing sound clinical reasoning in choosing the most appropriate approaches that will lead to increased speech intelligibility with the greatest amount of change in the least amount of time.
• Public School Forum Luncheon will feature a guest speaker of interest to public school speech-language pathologists.
• Medical SLP Forum Luncheon will feature Joe Duffy, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Mayo Clinic, Department of Neurology.
• Additional Short Courses, 1 and 2 hour sessions, and Poster Sessions for both Friday and Saturday on a variety of topics including Telepractice, Aphasia, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  This Conference is a work in progress!  Look for the MSHA Call for Papers online and in coming et ceteras. Great opportunity for CEUs!
Contact MSHA for more info at 517/332-5691
 or visit our website at:

Thank You MSHA Members!

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

   Thank you to all who attended the annual MSHA conference, March 27-29, 2014, in Kalamazoo.  We had over 500 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 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.  A thank you also to Dawn Kutney and her son-in-law, who created the video depicting past MSHA memories.  They spent many hours of time and hard work selecting and scanning photos for this endeavor, and it is much appreciated.  All of you made MSHA’s 75th celebration and annual conference a success!
   The committee for professional development and education 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.  Emmylou Garza-Prisby and committee are already at work for the MSHA 2015 conference and have several great speakers confirmed already.  Check the MSHA website for Conference Highlights - and here they are below. Plan on joining MSHA next year at the Radisson in Lansing - or better yet, submit a Paper!   Follow this link to the MSHA Call for Papers to submit.  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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Leo Deal Receives Distinguished Service Award

   Congratulations to Leo V. Deal, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/A, ASHA Fellow, Michigan State University, retired Professor, for receiving the 2014 MSHA Distinguished Service Award for his work on the MSHA History.  In presenting the award, Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A., CCC-SLP, noted his continued devotion to the field of Communication Sciences and his inspiration and ongoing support of MSHA interests and activities.  As we began the work to celebrate our 75th year as an association - one of the 3 oldest in the country - Leo was the first to ask "How can I help?"  The former (1972-1984) chair of the Audiology and Speech Sciences (now the Communicative Sciences and Disorders - CSD) Department at MSU, Leo's work left a lasting impact with an endLeo surrounded by MSU Colleagues and Familyowment he created in his name to support students and faculty seeking professional and educational opportunities to broaden their international understanding to share ideas with colleagues from around the world.  He helped create the CSD Study Abroad program to England, Scotland and Ireland, now in its 30th year.  Leo is a Past President of MSHA (1972) and a recipient of MSHA Honors in 1990. 

   In accepting the award, Leo showed his typical graciousness and declared that the true service to be admired and appreciated was that which SLPs provide every day to their students, clients, and patients.  Congratulations Leo!  MSHA is a better organization because of your leadership and commitment over the years.

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Happy 75th Birthday MSHA

   Thanks to all who helped celebrate MSHA's 75th anniversary as a state association - including the 18 Past Presidents who came and many of whom shared some special memories in our Program Book!  MSHA began in 1939 - the 3rd state to incorporate (after Minnesota and Utah) - and the goals and mission of the association still ring true today as it continues to meet the needs of its members throughout Michigan.  We remain one of the strongest state associations in the country, and we need your continued support to go forward in today's world.  We need to grow too, and now that we have licensure for SLPs, we know that there are over 4000 SLPs in the state and many are not MSHA members - and if those include your colleagues and friends, than we need your help too to bring them into the fold.  Tell them about us!  Tell them of your good experiences at our MSHA Conferences over the years.  Invite them to join.  Our membership committee, led by Gordon Krainen, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, welcomes your input and help with this goal, so if you have any ideas please contact the MSHA office at and we'll put you in touch with the committee members.
(Pictured here are MSHA Past Presidents)

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MSHF Awards Student Scholarships

Ellen Fairbrother, M.A., CCC-SLP

   Congratulations to the following students who received scholarship awards from the Michigan Speech Hearing Foundation (MSHF), the 501(c)(3) non-profit founded by MSHA: Allison Farat, Wayne State University (SLP); Stefanie Gainor (AUD) and Amanda Bruski ( SLP),  Central Michigan University;Adam Gray, Grand Valley State University (SLP); Alissa Haan, Western Michigan University (AUD); Anna Hardenbergh, and Dana Flowerday, Michigan State University (SLP) - Pictured right; Sarah Hunter, Wayne State University (SLP); Angela Jouel Truesdell-Smith, Eastern Michigan University (SLP) - Pictured left; Mary Kassa, Wayne State University (AUD); Justine Koglin, Grand Valley State University (SLP); Ann Lamons, Western Michigan University (SLP);  and Zachary Zells, Wayne State University (AUD).

   Thanks to Liz Stevens for coordinating this year's Silent Auction at the MSHA Conference - our main source of revenue!  Thanks to all of you who contributed items, bid on items, and paid for items won!  Your participation is vital to our success, and makes the whole effort fun and worthwhile.  Our Silent Auctions - along with our generous donors - have allowed us to give out over $13,000 in scholarships thus far to worthy students - our next generation of professionals!  Finally, thanks to the MSHF Foundation Board, who gives of their time and expertise to make this all happen.  We invite any of our members who would like to serve on this board to let us hear from you on how to become a MSHF Board Member.  Contact me - Ellen Fairbrother, MSHF President - at the MSHA Office at

MSHF Board, pictured l-r, back:  Ellen Fairbrother, Anitta Orr, Lizbeth Stevens, Mary Peterson, Richard Merson. l-r, front: Derek Daniels, Heather Balog, Judy Uznis-Silverman, Kathy Boyer, Dawn Kutney, and Fran Eldis.

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Photos from the 2014 MSHA Annual Conference

Some Scenes from MSHA in Kalamazoo

Memories & Messages from Past MSHA Presidents

   We asked our Past MSHA Presidents to share with us some of their special, unique, or funny memories from their experience serving as MSHA President.  Here are some of their responses:
Leo Deal,  1972:   The “sing-alongs” at MSHA Conferences were the best.  At one of these, the piano keys were so dirty that I got an infected finger from the keys!  Then there was my encounter with Amiss Wilson, during a MSHA conference in Detroit with Ed Hardick and me.  That was unforgettable.  
Ron Laeder, 1975:  When I was President of MSHA in 1975, one of my goals was to achieve licensure for our professions by the end of my term in office.  Thirty eight years later, in November of 2013, I received my first Michigan SLP License in the mail.  It look a “little’” longer than I anticipated!  Patience is a virtue.  MSHA and its dedicated, persevering members never gave up!  Nearly all of us entered our profession with a passion to help others communicate more effectively, sometimes against all odds.  My hope is that we never lose that zeal to serve our clients and their families with care and compassion as we help them realize their goals to the best of their ability.  That passion is what has made our professions rise to the top here in Michigan and throughout the world.  The joy of seeing and hearing our clients and students succeed is a beautiful thing!  Thank you MSHA for your leadership and support.  Happy 75th Birthday!!
Vivian Fahle, 1981:  A funny memory from my presidency occurred during the annual conference in 1981.  At the conference dinner I introduced Dr. Dorothy Dreyer of Wayne State University.  As Dorothy and I passed on the podium, and before I could regain my seat, she began to speak and made an unscripted and unplanned double entendre that brought the house to its collective knees in gales of laughter.  The laughter went on for an extended period of time.  Although I cannot remember what she said, I remember the feeling of complete camaraderie that filled the room.  It exemplified the way the entire organization had come together during that year of trying to obtain licensure.  My wish for MSHA is that you continue to grow as an organization in an atmosphere of collegial support and determination to provide the best services to our targeted populations.  Here’s to the next 75 years!

Fran Eldis, 1982:  It's hard to come up with any one thing, but we did so much laughing.  Invariably a bunch of us would gather somewhere, someone’s room or in the hallway outside a room and have a drink or two and begin to tell jokes - not always squeaky clean - for hours. Many of us got very little sleep during the MSHA Conferences (and we did have two per year).  I remember Ralph Rupp - don't know how many people would today - but he was bald and came to MSHA with a toupee.  The funny part was he would use a pencil to lift up the toupee and scratch his scalp - not shy at all. One year at the President's reception a woman with a very deep southern accent came up to Ted Mandell (he was chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Dept. at Detroit Public Schools) to re-introduce herself to him. She was from the metro Detroit area now working in Atlanta, GA.  Our suspicion was that the accent was phony.  She flirted with Ted (who wouldn't step out of line if his life depended on it) and ended up being invited to his room, along with Ellen and me, for drinks. When he asked her if she wanted water with her bourbon she said  "Ahd  lahk a scahtch on ahce.”  After that Ellen and I would often simply repeat her statement (in front of Ted) and end up saying "Aw sheet!" 
Ellen Fairbrother, 1990:  Plenty of  funny memories…some things I can’t share!  I was part of MSHA for so long, in so many different capacities, that all of my memories blend together.  I particularly enjoyed being on the Program Committee.  Gerry Freeman preceded me as Program Chair,  and our meetings were as much fun as they were productive.  I was once asked (I don’t remember which year, but it was a LONG time ago) to form an Ad Hoc Committee to investigate whether or not we should pursue licensure.  I was told that this task was to take no more than one year.  After the decision was made to pursue licensure, I became Vice-President for Legislation, a position that I held for four years.  This was NOT the highlight of my experience with MSHA, to put it mildly.  It was frustrating, and our goal was elusive.  When I received the email, on January 14, 2009, saying that our licensure bill had passed, I remember just staring at it in disbelief!  The most fun I’ve ever had at MSHA, however, was at the MSHA Conference in 1994.  I have an alternate “ego” as Jelly Bean the Clown.  So, Jelly Bean showed up at the President’s Cocktail Party that  year.  Jelly Bean, of course, did not talk, but mimed.  It was fun to see my colleagues’ reactions, and to have been quite invisible as Ellen Fairbrother!

Anitta Orr, 1992:  During the time I served as President-Elect, President, and Past President of MSHA, there was a theme for the social event connected to the Annual MSHA Conference.  I have been a cowgirl and a southern belle that I can recall  - because I have pictures!  I can't recall the other themes. During one conference which was also in Kalamazoo, I took the train and attended all sessions dressed as my "twin" from another mother.  It was such an eye-popper that our picture was placed in the et cetera because of our uniqueness!  Look it up!  We conducted a lot of business toward making a better MSHA while enjoying ourselves and changing our profession for the better.
Susan Fleming, 1998 and 2002: I once shared with a friend that I’d been MSHA President in 1998 and 2002.  The reply was “Geez, you’ve been with them for two centuries.”  I worked in two centuries, not for two centuries.  Got to appreciate the humor in that.

J. Casey Gershon, 2000:  I so enjoyed working with the dedicated folks that served on the executive board.  I remember driving to a meeting with Sue Fleming and having Highway 94 closed in both directions, due to the President’s “Air Force 1” landing.  We were out on the highway walking around as no cars in either direction were going anywhere.  I remember Laura Billetdeaux inviting us to Crystal Mountain to work and play - it was my first experience of Crystal Mountain.  We worked hard and played even harder. I also remember discussing Michigan licensure and never thinking it would ever happen.  Setting a vision as a group is a powerful tool.  Individual speech pathologists and audiologists can do a lot, but together we can do incredible things.  To quote Margaret Mead: “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

Judy Lytwynec, 2007:  Congratulations to MSHA on its 75 years!  I will be unable to join the celebration with all of you in Kalamazoo, so please pass along these good wishes for a successful conference and continued success for our organization.  It's so inspiring to see the new faces in the Public School Committee, in MSHF, and throughout the association!  My thoughts and good wishes are with all who strive to make this a fantastic organization!

Sherry (Dean) Kuhn, 2003:  My memory is more personal in nature – I was pregnant the year I was President.  My son was born 6 weeks after the annual conference.  He actually attended an executive council meeting as a newborn!  One of the many pursuits for licensure got underway during that time – it may have started while I was President-Elect – we hired a lobbyist as well.  Participation in MSHA has been one of the highlights of my career.  It provided me the opportunity to meet and work with outstanding SLPs and Audiologists, and I highly recommend becoming involved at any point in your career!

Elaine Ledwon-Robinson, 2010:  It was a privilege to serve as MSHA President! I learned much about leadership and advocacy from this experience and I benefited from the opportunity to work with an exceptional group of professionals.  It is a significant (and somewhat weighty) responsibility to lead such an important and vibrant organization.  Fortunately, with the knowledge and skills of MSHA staff, Dawn Kutney and Kim Wesoloski, combined with the dedication and expertise of MSHA Board members and volunteers, we were able to accomplish many goals.  It was an experience I’ll always treasure and one I highly recommend to my SLP and AUD colleagues! 
Richard Merson, 2011:  I kept referring to myself as the President of the Missouri Speech and Hearing Association, because I was President of another MSHA 20 years before Michigan MSHA!   Another funny memory regards the Presidential Plaque I received after serving as President.  There were so many women presidents of MSHA, that my plaque was engraved with thanks for “her” instead of “his” service!  We’re the best in the nation!  Michigan has led the way in the origin of our proud profession - from great universities, strong hospitals, outstanding public school programs, and accomplished clinical service settings.  For 75 years!  We are ready to contribute more great years to our profession and to individuals with communication disorders.

Deanna Klein, 2012:  This might be funny to me, but probably not anyone else, but as President-Elect, I went to CSAP (Council for State Association Presidents – our national organization) with Rick Merson, our then MSHA President.  He told me I had to take pictures for MSHA.  I didn’t have a camera so I went and bought a Kodak instant 1 time-use camera.  I’m walking around taking pictures with my little box camera of these special events, important people, and so on until someone finally asked me “do you have a smart phone?”  “Yeah...”  “Why don’t you just use that?”  uh…smart phone, dumb person!  My advice to SLPs in Michigan is to take advantage of the many resources MSHA has to offer and don’t hesitate to get involved!

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Public School Committee Meetings

Laurie Norman, M.A., CCC-SLP & Lori Tavtigian, M.A., CCC

   Here are the upcoming dates for the Skype MSHA PSC Meetings:
October 17, 2014; November 21, 2014; January 17, 2015; March 27, 2015 at the MSHA Conference; and May 15, 2015. Stay tuned for more details!
(Pictured here, l-r: Laurie Norman and Lori Tavtigian).

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et cetera - May 2014