January 2020
The Newsletter of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Volume Forty Three, Number One, January 2020

This is the Newsletter of the
Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Jenny Fedewa, Editor
790 W. Lake Lansing Rd.
Suite 400
East Lansing, Michigan  48823
email address:  jennymsha@gmail.com
Website: www.michiganspeechhearing.org

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

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Welcome Jenny Fedewa

Gregory Spray, M.A., CCC-SLP

New Administrative Consultant Hired
  Dawn Kutney retired from MSHA in December 2019 after serving 35 years as the Administrative Consultant for MSHA. The Executive Board established a hiring committee chaired by Gregory J. Spray (President), and included Lisa Register (Past-President), Derek Daniels (President-Elect), Sherry Riedel (Treasurer), and Kim Wesoloski (Office Manager). The committee reviewed applications, interviewed candidates, and ultimately selected and hired the next Administrative Consultant. After reviewing roughly 20 applications, conducting interviews, and reflecting on the goals and mission of MSHA, the hiring committee unanimously decided to offer the position to Jenny Fedewa.
   Jenny is a life-long Michigan resident, and resides in Portland, where she raised her three children, enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren, and takes pleasure in photography and sewing. She has previously worked in association management, and has extensive experience coordinating conferences, developing membership benefits, and managing fundraisers. Jenny began working for MSHA on Monday, January 6, and looks forward to meeting MSHA members at the annual conference.

   The MSHA Executive Board is excited to begin strategically planning the next several conferences, and expanding membership experiences for MSHA members by utilizing Jenny’s knowledge and skills. When asked about her new position, Jenny stated that she is “very pleased to once again be working in this field,” and is “particularly excited to be a part of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association.”

   On behalf of the entire MSHA board, I would like to thank Dawn for her patience in helping each President and Executive Board/Advisory Assembly member transition into her/his position. The entire MSHA membership is appreciative of her years of service to the organization, and we look forward to celebrating her retirement at the annual conference where she will also receive MSHA Honors of the Association.
Gregory J. Spray, M.A., CCC-SLP
MSHA President

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Thank you 2020 MSHA Conference Sponsors

Jenny Fedewa

On behalf of MSHA I would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:

Andrews University
Central Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Henry Ford Hospital
Michigan State University
Northern Michigan University
University of Michigan Medicine
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University

If you are interested in becoming an industry sponsor please contact Jenny Fedewa at jennymsha@gmail.com

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MSHA Executive Board & Advisory Assembly 2019-2020

MSHA Executive Board:

Gregory J. Spray,  M.A., CCC-SLP
Derek Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Past President: 
Lisa L. Register, M.A., CCC-SLP

Katharine LaPierriere, M.A., CCC-SLP
Sherry Riedel, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Advocacy:
Kelli Pierce, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Audiology Services:
VP for Membership:
Ashley Gutowski, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Professional Dev & Education:
Amy Prichard Sova,  M.A., CCC-SLP
VP Elect for Prof Dev & Education:
Amy Prichard Sova, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Public Relations:
Erica Neller, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for SLP/Healthcare:
Rosalyn Davis, M.S., CCC-SLP
VP for SLP/Public Schools:
Michele Montmorency, M.A., CCC-SLP/A

MSHA Advisory Assembly:
Audiology Practice:
Communications and Networking:
Sarah Killinger, M.A., CCC-SLP/A
Continuing Education:
Sarah Choss, M.A., CCC-SLP
Ethics & Standards:
Chelsea Ozuch, M.A., CCC-SLP
SLP Healthcare:
Rosalyn Davis, M.A., CCC-SLP
SLP Public School:
Alyssa Webster, M.A., CCC-SLP
Student Affairs:
Danae Brownelll, B.S.
MSHA Members-at-Large
N.W. Michigan:
Michelle Baumgartner, M.A., CCC-SLP
S.E. Michigan:
Courtney Halbower, M.A., CCC-SLP
S.W. Michigan:
D'Jaris Coles-White, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
N.E. Michigan:
Upper Peninsula:
Kelli Pfiester, M.A., CFY-SLP
Member-at-Large Representing Students:
Hannah Dale, Western Michigan University
ASHA Advisory Councilors:
Cary Cekola, M.A.,CCC-SLP
AUD:  Margot Beckerman, Au.D., CCC-A
ASHA STAMP Representative:
Karen Kurcz, M.A., CCC-SLP
ASHA STAR Representative:
Julie Pratt, M.S., CCC-SLP
ASHA SEAL Representative:
Courtney Halbower, M.A., CCC-SLP

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Save the Dates: Upcoming MSHA Conferences

MSHA Conference 2020: 
March 19-21, 2020
MotorCity Convention Center and Hotel, Detroit

MSHA Conference 2021: 
March 18-20, 2021
Kalamazoo Radisson Hotel 

MSHA Conference 2022:

March 24-26, 2022
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing

The next et cetera newsletter will be emailed to all MSHA members in mid February.

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Renew Your MSHA Dues Now

Ashley Gutowski, M.A., CCC-SLP

   Thanks to all MSHA members who have renewed their dues for 2020.  Many of you renewed your dues in the fall, and we really appreciate your continued support. Many of our members renew their dues at conference time so please know that we are grateful to receive your renewals whenever you are able to do so!

   We could use your help encouraging your colleagues who have not yet joined MSHA to do so. Membership dues are the lifeblood of our association.  We are stronger with a fuller representation across our state.  The 2020 MSHA Conference Preliminary Program recently was mailed to all MSHA and ASHA members in Michigan, so you and your colleagues should be seeing that in the mail.  We have a wonderful conference planned for 2020 and if anyone asks "What does MSHA do for me?"  that is just one of the answers.

   Thank you!  Hope to see you at MSHA in Detroit!

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MSHA Awards 2020

Gregory J. Spray, M.A., CCC-SLP

  MSHA Distinguished Service Award
   Kathryn Hillenbrand, M.A., CCC-SLP, Master Faculty Specialist and Coordinator of Clinical Education at Western Michigan University, will receive the MSHA Distinguished Service Award for her years of dedication and service to the development and training of students and clinicians. Hillenbrand earned her Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University, and graduated from Northwestern University with a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology. She has served MSHA for many years as a contributor at annual conferences, and as the Vice President for Continuing Professional Education. Her colleagues have described her as “magnanimous, perceptive, and inspiring.” She has continuously supported students and clinicians by providing authentic guidance and support. Past students believe that “Mrs. Hillenbrand’s career has been quite impressive, and she continues to be a role model for her students. It’s impossible to fully appreciate the impact this phenomenal woman has had on us personally and professionally.”
MSHA Honors of the Association
   Dawn Kutney, B.A. former Administrative Consultant for MSHA, will receive MSHA Honors of the Association at the annual MSHA conference for her 35 years of service to MSHA. Dawn has contributed to key legislative goals of the Association, while also contributing many hours to the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation and serving on the MSHF Executive Board.  Her years of dedicated service to MSHA have helped the Association grow and gain recognition as one of the top state associations in the country. In addition to MSHA Honors of the Association, we will celebrate Dawn’s retirement at the MSHA Conference’s welcome reception.
   Congratulations to Kathy and Dawn and please join us at MSHA to help celebrate their accomplishments!
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Research Corner

   Hope Gerl​ach, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an assistant professor at Western Michigan University and the Principal Investigator of the Stuttering and Psychosocial Outcomes Research Lab. Broadly, her research focuses on identifying and reducing disparities in health and quality of life between people who stutter and typically fluent speakers.
   In her primary line of work, Dr. Gerlach studies how stigma and identity-related factors contribute to variability in psychological health outcomes among adults who stutter. In her dissertation work, Hope examined the extent that identity management strategies (such as concealing stuttering and verbally disclosing stuttering) predict variability in depression and anxiety among adults who stutter. This year, she will be releasing a related survey study focusing on first disclosure experiences and outcomes among adults who stutter.
   In her secondary line of work, Gerlach is investigating readiness to make successful stuttering-related change among adolescents and adults who stutter. She is collaborating with Dr. Naomi Rogers at The University of Nebraska Lincoln on a project that applies the Transtheoretical Model or Stages of Change Model to stuttering. She hopes that this research will help speech-language pathologists understand how they can help their clients identify the specific stuttering-related changes they want to make and increase their readiness to enact those changes.
   Outside of the research lab Hope teaches courses in stuttering, speech sound patterns, and counseling. She is committed to working clinically with people who stutter and provides clinical education and supervision to graduate students working with clients who stutter of all ages. She has been actively involved in support organizations for people who stutter and has worked as a speech-language pathologist at several summer camps for youth who stutter. She is the chapter leader of the Kalamazoo chapter of the National Stuttering Association. If you would like to participate in her research or are interested in collaboration, please email hope.gerlach@wmich.edu.

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Congratulations to Recent MSHA ACE Award Winners

   Congratulations to the following MSHA members who were awarded the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) for the period from April through June, 2019:

Margaret Carey M.S., CCC-SLP, St. Mary Mercy Hospital
Melissa Hoffmann, M.A., CCC-SLP, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation
Yvette Hyter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Western University
Sally Jakeway, MA, CCC-SLP, Rehab Care
Megan MacPherson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University
Susan Olney Latham, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, St. Mary's College, Indiana
Lena Samowski, M.A., CCC-SLP, Detroit Public Schools
Angelica Taylor, M.A., CCC-SLP, Michigan Medicine
Elizabeth Turner, M.A., CCC-SLP, Twin Lake
Catherine H M Wright, M.A., CCC-SLP, Team Rehabilitation

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Congratulations New MSHA Life Members

Ashley Gutowski, M.A., CCC-SLP

   Congratulations to our latest MSHA Life Members!! 

Timothy P. Cook, M.S., CCC-SLP, MSHA member since 1986. Retired from Detroit Public Schools
Mary Ann Lucca Dillon, M.A., MSHA member since 1991. Retired from South Lyon Schools
Sandra Glista, M.S., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, MSHA member since 1982. Retired from Western Michigan University
Carol Lunsted, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSHA member since 1982. Retired from Sunrise Rehabilitation
Jan McCosky, M.A., MSHA member since 1989. Retired from Detroit Public Schools 
Gail Mizruchi, M.S., CCC-SLP, MSHA member since 1998. Retired from Rochester Community Schools.

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Calendar of Events Import

Ethically and Legally Defensible Speech-Language Services in Public Schools
Presented by Judy Rich, Ed.D., CCC-SLP. This is an ASHA OnDemand GROUP WEBINAR 19222. This webinar will examine legal cases from around the U.S. that address common challenges that school-based SLPs face when making recommendations and providing services. The course will incorporate the ASHA Code of Ethics to highlight relevant ethical principles and will also review conflict resolution steps to facilitate work relationships that benefit student services. The course meets ASHA new requirement for Ethics CE for certification maintenance.  Offered for ASHA 0.2 Professional Development Hours.

2020 Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Annual Conference
03/19/2020- 03/21/2020
Revving the Communication Engine in the Motor City: Bridging Research & Clinical Practice

From the President

By Gregory J. Spray, M.A., CCC-SLP

Dear MSHA Members,
   Happy New Year! I hope the holiday season allowed you to spend time with family and enjoy a period of rest. As I reflect on the past decade, it is impressive to count the number of accomplishments the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology have observed. For example, we’ve accepted stuttering as a neurodevelopmental disorder, redefined “autism spectrum disorders,” and have also witnessed the expansion of insurance coverage to millions of Americans. At the same time, MSHA has increased the number of attendees at the annual conference (while also drawing an international audience), assisted in the creation and implementation of licensure for audiologists and speech-language pathologists, and has watched the number of undergraduate and graduate programs within the state of Michigan grow.
   This past November, I attended the Council of State Association Presidents (CSAP) meeting, where the challenges and accomplishments of state associations were discussed. As these meetings concluded, I was captivated by the strength of our association and the impressive CEU opportunities offered at the annual MSHA conference. This year, after nearly 40 years away, the MSHA conference will return to Detroit from March 19-21. This year’s conference will showcase students, MSHA members, world-renowned researchers/clinicians, and will serve as a catalyst for learning and discussion. As excitement builds around our upcoming conference, please join me in congratulating Dawn Kutney, B.A., and Kathryn Hillenbrand, M.A., CCC-SLP, who will be receiving MSHA Honors of the Association and MSHA Distinguished Service Award, respectively. Both will be presented Friday, March 20 at the MSHA Awards Luncheon at the MotorCity Hotel & Conference Center. Our annual conference theme, Revving the Communication Engine in the Motor City: Bridging Research & Clinical Practice, will allow us to celebrate 81 years of our state organization along with our special honorees. For more information, or to register for the conference, please visit MSHA Conference 2020.
   In the coming weeks, you will receive an email with your electronic ballot for the MSHA Executive Board elections. Please exercise your right as a MSHA member and vote for the individual(s) you would like to help lead our association forward. In addition to the MSHA elections, I would like to urge each U.S. citizen—regardless of political affiliation—to vote in the Presidential Primary this spring. Voting as a Michigan resident is easier than ever, and you can register to vote here https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/, or request an absentee ballot here. Your participation in this election will likely help speech-language pathologists and audiologists advocate for clients, in addition to increasing our ability to advocate for our profession.
   Finally, I would like to thank each of you for allowing me to serve you as President of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association. As we look forward to the New Year, let’s resolve to recommit ourselves to the values we share as clinicians, and further develop an organization that reflects our vision, provides opportunities for growth, and allows for greater advocacy opportunities. I look forward to serving you to create an environment where communication serves as a bridge, and elevates the human condition.
Gregory J. Spray, M.A., CCC-SLP
MSHA President 
Michigan State University
Michigan Medicine | University of Michigan

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MSHA Conference 2020 - in Detroit!

Amy Prichard Sova, M.A., CCC-SLP, Conference Chair 2020

Join us in Detroit!
MotorCity Hotel and Convention Center
   Join us at our annual MSHA Conference, March 19-21, 2020, at the MotorCity Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Detroit, Michigan. MotorCity offers a full-amenity venue for hosting what is always a packed schedule of conference sessions, events, and activities. Extra Perks: Valet and Self-Parking and WiFi are free this year at the MotorCity Hotel for all of our MSHA conference attendees!  
    Our theme this year is Revving The Communication Engine in the Motor City: Bridging Research & Clinical Practice. We hope our conference attendees will use this time to recharge your batteries in all things speech, language, hearing, and swallowing.
   For reserving a hotel room on the MSHA Block go to  https://booking.motorcitycasino.com/?package=#/
Or follow this link to our MSHA Hotel Reservation form:  MSHA Hotel Reservation Form MotorCity 2020
You can make reservations online or by phone. Here is our Group Code: 031820MSLH You will need this code to access the conference room block. The hotel deadline to reserve a room and receive our Group Rate is February 27, 2020. Reservations made after the room block release date may be subject to higher rates and room availability. 

Follow this link for the 2020 Preliminary Program.

   To register for the MSHA Conference follow this link:  2020 MSHA Conference Registration Form.

Here are the Conference Highlights:

Thursday, March 19:

Breakfast sponsored by Michigan Medicine.

Kathryn Hillenbrand, M.A., CCC-SLP, Western Michigan University will present: Foundations of Competence in Clinical Education. This class will satisfy the new 2020 ASHA requirement on supervision.
Amanda Hopkins, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, Washtenaw ISD, will present: Looking Beyond The Scores: Auditory and Language Assessment for Children with Hearing Loss.
▲ J. Scott Yaruss, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Michigan State University, will present an afternoon Short Course: Early Childhood Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Approach.
▲ J. Bruce Hillenberg, Ph.D., APBB, President of the Midwest Pain Society, formerly of Beaumont Health, will present: Facing Chronic Pain as a Warrior in the evening which will satisfy the requirement for Michigan Licensure; and a Short Course Friday.
Katie Strong, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Natalie Douglas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University, will present: Keeping the Engine Running: Supporting Communication in Individuals with Chronic Language and Cognitive Challenges.
Natalie Wombacher, M.S., CCC-SLP, Kate McConville, M.A., CCC-SLP, and Margaret Tiner, M.S., CCC-SLP, Michigan Medicine, will present a morning Short Course: Nasoendoscopy for the Medical SLP: One Scope Multiple Applications.
Jaime Michise, M.S., CCC-SLP, University of North Texas, and Scott Palisik, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, University of Akron, will present Mindfulness 101: Experiencing Your Mind and the Neurology Behind It.

Welcome Reception: 8:30 - 10:30 pm Sponsored by Wayne State University, Communication Sciences and Disorders Department.  Appetizers and a cash bar - everyone welcome!  MSHF Silent Auction and 50/50 MSHA Raffle happening all day too.
Friday, March 20:

Breakfast sponsored by Henry Ford Health System,  Division of Speech-Language Sciences and Disorders, Department of Neurology
Carol Flexer, Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert, AVT, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, The University of Akron, will present 2 Short Courses: Managing Unilateral, Mild, Moderate, & Fluctuating Hearing Losses in Children and Hearing Loss, Executive Functions, and Theory of Mind: Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists Collaborate.  This class is sponsored by Eastern Michigan University, Speech-Language Pathology Program.
Nancy Telian, M.S., CCC-SLP, Author, Lively Letters, Co-director, Reading with TLC, will present 2 Short Courses: Lively Letters Full Training and Certification for Development of Phonemic Awareness, Speech Production, and Phonics. 
J. Bruce Hillenberg, Ph.D., APBB, President of the Midwest Pain Society, will present a Short Course: Healthcare Provider Stress and Burnout and Suicide Risk Assessment and Treatment.
Kathy Maitland, B.A., Executive Director of the Michigan Abolitionist Project, will present: Education and Awareness of Human Trafficking in Our Communities.  This class will satisfy the Michigan Licensure (LARA) requirement for a class on ending human trafficking.
Alice Silbergleit, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Henry Ford Health System; Elizabeth Esqueda, MM, and Natalie O’Connor, B.A., both of Motor City UpBeats, will present: Enhancing Voice Therapy: Benefits of a Therapeutic Choir and the Development of the Motor City UpBeats.
Georgieva Dobrinka, Ph.D., South-West University, N. Rilski, Bulgaria, will present: Speech and Language Pathology Across the Globe.
Morning and Afternoon Student Round Table classes for Undergraduate and Graduate Students (sponsored by Northern Michigan University, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Program and Western Michigan University, Dept. Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences).
Honors and Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Andrews University, School of Communication Disorders, Speech Pathology and Audiology with Keynote Address by Carol Flexer, Ph.D., CCC-A, Acoustic Accessibility; presentation of MSHA Honors and Distinguished Service Awards; and presentation of MSHF Student Scholarships.
Katie Atkinson, M.A., CCC-SLP/BC-ANCDS; Katie Squires, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; and Laurie Bahlke, M.A, CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University, will present a Panel Discussion: What is a Board-Certified Specialist and Why Should I Want to Be One?
Praxis Trivia Quizbowl, followed by an Open House, sponsored by Michigan State University, Department of Communicative Disorders. 

 Saturday, March 21:
Jonathan L. Preston, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Syracuse University, will present 2 Short Courses: Childhood Apraxia of Speech in Preschool and School-Age Children Parts 1 & 2.
Bonnie Martin Harris, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow, Northwestern University, will present 2 Short Courses: Current and Future Directions in Swallowing Assessment and Treatment: Standardized Protocols and Cross-System Approaches Parts 1 & 2.
Sharon Mankey, M.A.T, CCC-SLP and Mariesa Rang, M.A., CCC-SLP, Purdue University, will present: Communication: Encouraging Liberty and Justice for All.  This class will instruct SLPs how to train first-responders to communicate with people who are nonverbal.
Alice Silbergleit, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Jessica E. Shill, M.D.; and Laura Garcia-Rodriguez, M.D., Henry Ford Health System will present: Interdisciplinary Collaboration of the Transgender Client: Bridging Voice Therapy with Medical and Surgical Care.
Jaynee Handelsman, Ph.D., CCC-A, ASHA Fellow, EHDI Program Coordinator, Michigan Medicine, will present a class on Ethics.
Shannon L. Savino, RN, BSN, will present: Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation in the Healthcare Setting, at the Medical SLP Luncheon.
▲ Lori Skibbe, Ph.D., will present on the topic of Literacy at the Public School SLP Luncheon.​
   Other topics in the Program include: Feeding and Swallowing in the Neonate; Myasthenia Gravis and Dysphagia; Respiratory Retraining for Voice and Swallowing;  Entering Medical Speech-Language Pathology: What the Novice Clinician Needs to Know; MBSS or FEES; Teaching Conversational Skills; Aphasia Roundtables; Preschool ASD Treatment; Graduate Students and Telepractice Pedagogy; Psychosocial Impact of Stuttering; Qualifying Students with TBI; Determining Client Candidacy for Telepractice; Executive Function Skills Following Brain Injury; and more!
See you in Detroit!

  ASHA Certification Changes
   2 big changes to ASHA’s Certification standards for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology are coming your way in 2020. Clinical supervisors and CF mentors will be required to have 2 hours professional development in the area of Supervision post-certification. Another change is that beginning with the 2020–2022 certification maintenance interval, certificate holders will have to earn one of their 30 required certification maintenance hours (CMHs) in Ethics.

   MSHA is pleased to announce that we will be offering a 2-hour class on Supervision and a 1-hour class on General Ethics that will fulfill these new requirements at the 2020 MSHA conference.  We will continue to offer classes in both Human Trafficking and Pain Management to satisfy the LARA requirements. Remember, for  the Human Trafficking requirement you only need to complete it once; for the Pain Management requirement, you will need 1 CPD in that area every time you renew your license.  Please note the article in this newsletter on updates from LARA.  For licensure information please visit:  https://www.michiganspeechhearing.org/licensure.php

   Do you have a  question about licensure?  Please direct all questions pertaining to licensure to LARA at   bhcshelp@michigan.gov
   I hope to see you in the Motor City!


Amy Prichard Sova, M.A., CCC-SLP
MSHA VP for Professional Development and Education

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MSHF Silent Auction Donations Needed

Tamara Baubie, M.A., CCC-SLP

   The Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation's annual Silent Auction will be held once again at the MSHA Annual Conference in Detroit, March 19-21, 2020.  This is MSHF's major fundraiser which allows the MSHF to award their scholarships to our outstanding students.

   We need you!  We need your generous donations and we need you to bid on these great prizes which in the past have included condo reservations, signed sports paraphernelia, wine baskets, gift baskets, tickets to the Red Wings and the Rolling Stones, and many other fun and valuable items.

   Follow this link for the MSHF Silent Auction Donation form, or contact Tamara Baubie at tbaubie@hotmail.com or Pam Ansell at pansell@mywpps.org to make arrangements for a donation. All proceeds will go to the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation to support scholarships for students pursing graduate degrees in audiology/and/or speech-language pathology.

   Please go to our MSHF website to see profiles of outstanding students who have received the MSHF Scholarships at www.msha-foundation.org

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Student Poster Sessions Deadline Extended

   The deadline for Student Poster Sessions has been extended to February 7, 2020.
Please submit your Student Poster Submissions by this date to partake in what promises to be a great MSHA Conference in Detroit!!  Follow this link to the Call for Papers for Student Poster Sessions

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Thank you MSHA and Good-Bye

Dawn Kutney

   Thank you to MSHA members for the wonderful career I have enjoyed while proudly working for you who serve individuals with communication impairments.  I say goodbye to you as I retire after being hired in 1985.  I have witnessed and been a part of an actual revolution in technology and ways to serve our members.  I started at MSHA when your public school case-loads were at 75 and we were working intensely to get them to 60. I saw licensure achieved for AUDs and SLPs.  MSHA Conference attendance has increased tremendously since my 1st conference, which was at Stouffer's in Battle Creek, to our most recent one at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.  (Pictured here above l-r: Dawn Kutney, Rep. Alexander Lipsey, and Sandra Glista).

   It has been a privilege to work for such a wonderful group of professionals who do amazing work.  It has inspired me over the years as I have watched and learned what SLPs and AUDs do for students, patients, and clients who depend on you to help them communicate, learn, recover from injuries, and grow as human beings.  You cannot believe how many people in our state do not know what you do.  I have worked with legislators or insurance representatives who have no idea what you do and yet have power over your services.   I have such a great respect for you and I have enjoyed the many years I have worked for you. I have made so many wonderful friendships which I hope will continue and I certainly plan to be at the MSHA Conference in Detroit this March! It will be a great chance for me to see you all and to catch up as we always do, each year.

   Thank you to the MSHA Executive Board and Advisory Assembly for all of your continued support for me.

   I welcome Jenny Fedewa and wish her the best of luck.  See you all at MSHA!

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In Memoriam: Richard L. Baldwin

   Richard L. Baldwin, Ed.D., MSHA Life Member and former Director of Special Education in Michigan, died on December 5, 2019, after a battle with cancer.  He was 78.  Rich was a friend to MSHA and MSHA members for many years and was a frequent attendee at our conferences as a participant and also as an author and leader of fun activities (remember the murder mystery in Grand Rapids?).  Rich also was a recipient of MSHA Distinguished Service in 1982.

   Our condolences to Patty Baldwin, Rich's wife for almost 50 years.  Patty is also a MSHA Life Member.  Here is Rich's obituary:

   Rich was born Oct. 9, 1941, in Kalamazoo, MI. The son of Louis S. Baldwin and Margaret M. McMillan, he grew up in Grand Haven with his sister, Gayle. Rich married Carol “Patty” Moylan in 1971. He loved her endlessly. She often hid chocolate chips from his sweet tooth, and he called her “Greatest.” When he was moved to hospice, Rich wanted a specific pillow moved to his new room. The pillow read, “Happiness is being married to your best friend.” The two always embodied that. Known as “Nana” to their eight grandchildren, Patty had been his rock and the true love of his life. 

   Diagnosed with severe hearing loss at age two, Rich took an interest in special education, especially education for the deaf. He studied and taught in Texas and Kansas, earning a doctorate and becoming a contemporary voice in his field. Rich ultimately became the Director of Special Education Services for the State of Michigan until 1997. After retiring from state government, Rich started a second career in publishing. He founded Buttonwood Press and published over 25 of his own mystery novels and other works. Other authors, including Hannah Hoffmeister, Mary Morgan, and Ed Kaiser have seen their works published under his care. His 22 “Michigan mysteries,” told about delightful detective Lou Searing, were loved and cherished by thousands of people in Michigan at craft shows, libraries and community events. He loved hearing from readers, especially those who awaited each year’s new mystery. 

   Rich had so many hobbies — he wrote prolifically and often; made rosaries; traveled with Patty; watched MSU basketball; designed comics; and more throughout the years. He was a member of Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, and a parishioner at St. Mary Catholic Church in Williamston. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Patty; one son, Scott Baldwin (Patti) of Grand Rapids; one daughter, Amanda Hoffmeister (Joe) of St. Louis, Missouri; and eight grandchildren: Ben, Nick, Jack and Wes Baldwin, and Hannah, Tom, Louis and Norah Hoffmeister. Rich made an effort to have a special connection with everyone in his family, especially his grandchildren. His sister, Gayle Brink, preceded him in death in October, 2018.

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Scenes from MSHA 2019

   Enjoy these glimpses of the 2019 MSHA Conference!  Join us in Detroit for what is sure to be yet another amazing Conference March 19-21!


Updates from LARA

Kelli Pierce, M.A., CCC-SLP

   I have been asked to provide the following information again to help keep you updated about rules and regulations with LARA.  Here is some information to update you:

R338.621, 338.623, 338.627, 338.629 – Relicensure
►NEW RULE - requirements for continuous professional development (CPD) activities as a requirement for license renewal.
►20 hours required (comparable to other states in the region).
►applying for license renewal constitutes certification of compliance with CPD requirements – no additional documentation required o licensees should retain documentation of completion for 3 years in the event of an audit •   at least 1 CPD credit must be completed in the area of pain management and symptom management.
►acceptable activities for CPD credits:
MINIMUM of 6 CPD credits must be earned from CEUs approved by ASHA, MI board of audiology, MI board of medicine, MI board of osteopathic medicine and surgery, speech-language pathology board of any state in the US.
MAXIMUM of 15 CPD credits can be earned from CEUs per renewal period o other acceptable activities:
•reading an article related to speech-language pathology (not including articles offered as CEU by ASHA); each article worth 1 CPD, maximum of 5
•presenting continuing education program approved by MI board of audiology, MI board of medicine, MI board of osteopathic medicine and surgery, speech-language pathology board of any state in the US – 2 CPD credits for each 50-60 minutes of presentation; maximum of 10 CPDs
•initial presentation of scientific exhibit or paper at state, regional, national, or international speech-language pathology conference – 2 CPD credits per presentation; maximum of 10 CPD credits
•writing an article that is published in a journal – 3 CPD credits per article; maximum of 9 CPD credits
•writing a chapter in a published textbook – 3 CPD credits per chapter; 9 CPD credits maximum
•serving as an instructor of students, staff, or other licensees at a clinical program – 2 CPD credits for each 50 to 60 minutes; maximum of 10 CPD credits
•serving as clinical supervisor for students completing an internship – 1 CPD credit per 1 hour of instruction; maximum of 5 CPD credits
•providing supervision as part of a disciplinary sanction – 1 CPD credit for 1 hour of supervision; maximum of 5 CPD credits
•participating on task force, committee, board, council or association related to speech language pathology – 5 CPD credits per organization; maximum of 5 CPD credits
•participation in development of national examination – 5 CPD credits for participation; maximum of 5 CPD credits
•participating in an in-service program relating to speech-language pathology provided or sponsored by a MI school system – 1 CPD for each hour completed; maximum of 5 CPD credits.

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