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

Volume Forty Four, Number One, February 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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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 May.

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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. 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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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:

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From the President

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

Dear MSHA Members,

   I hope you’ve each enjoyed the mild winter as much as I have-- can you believe it’s already time for the 2020 Annual MSHA Conference? It seems like just a few months ago we were gathered in East Lansing celebrating MSHA’s 80th anniversary! This year, after more than 40 years, we will be hosting our annual conference in Detroit at the MotorCity Hotel & Conference Center. Traditionally, MSHA has gone to venues in Troy or Dearborn when the conference is hosted on the East side of the state. However, I was very adamant about hosting the conference in downtown Detroit because of the number of members we have in this area, along with the amazing entertainment options that are offered. 
    As I’m sure you’re aware, this year’s theme is “Revving the Communication Engine in the Motor City: Bridging Research & Clinical Practice.” Amy Prichard Sova and the program committee have put together an outstanding program this year, which includes speakers from around the globe who are experts in their respective specialty areas. In addition, the Executive Board has made several changes, which we believe will increase the overall experience for each attendee. 
   If you haven’t registered for the conference, you still have time to save $50 by taking advantage of the early bird special! Alternatively, if still haven’t decided if you will be attending this year, I would encourage you to browse the conference program to see if something piques your interest. In addition to the amazing CEU opportunities, we have a number of special events planned for this year, including a retirement party for Dawn Kutney on Thursday, an Open House for MSHA members on Friday night, and a screening of “When I Stutter” on Saturday. We will also be hosting a representative from ASHA who will discuss various approaches for moving from a caseload model to a workload model. If you have any questions about the upcoming conference, feel free to check the website, send us an email, or call the office. 
    Finally, I would like to thank each of you for allowing me to serve as President of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Like one of our great U.S. Presidents said, “our stories may be singular, but our destination is shared.” Together, I hope we can better advocate for the clients and students we serve, move the profession forward, and also bridge the connection between research and clinical practice. It is through your commitment to our profession and professional organization that these visions become a reality.
Gregory J. Spray, M.A., CCC-SLP
MSHA President 
Michigan State University
Michigan Medicine | University of Michigan

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May is Better Speech Hearing Month

Thank You to Our 2020 MSHA Conference Sponsors

Jenny Fedewa

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

Andrews University, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Central Michigan University, Department of Communication Disorders
Comprehensive Speech & Therapy Center, Jackson, Michigan
Eastern Michigan University, Speech-Language Pathology Program
Global Psychological Services, Farmington Hills, Michigan
Grand Valley State University, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Henry Ford, Division of Speech-Language Sciences and Disorders, Department of Neurology, Henry Ford Health Systems
Michigan Medicine, Department of Speech-Language Pathology & University of Michigan Speech Neurophysiology Lab
Michigan State University, Department of Communicative Disorders
Northern Michigan University, Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences Program
Wayne State University, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Western Michigan University, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

If you are interested in becoming a conference sponsor please contact Jenny Fedewa at jennymsha@gmail.com
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MSHA Conference 2020 - in Detroit!

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

Join us March 19-21, 2020 at the MotorCity Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Detroit. 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.

To register for the Conference follow this link: 2020 MSHA Conference Registration Form.
Early Bird Discount expires March 2, 2020

To reserve a hotel room go to https://booking.motorcitycasino.com/?package=#/
Or follow this link:  MSHA Hotel Reservation Form MotorCity 2020

You will need the following code to access the room block: 031820MSLH
Group Rate Deadline : February 27, 2020.
Reservations made after the deadline may be subject to higher rates and room availability.

Follow this link for the 2020 Preliminary Program.
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 Awards

Congratulations are in order!  The Michigan Speech, Language and Hearing Foundation (MSHF) is happy to announce the recipients of this year’s graduate student scholarships. Through a competitive process, six full time students studying the field of speech language pathology or audiology were awarded $800 each.  Those students and their respective program of study include:

Abby McConnon, Central Michigan University, SLP

Nafiah Khan, Eastern Michigan University, SLP

Elizabeth King, Wayne State University, SLP

Stephanie Nagy, Michigan State University, SLP

Luke Shepard, Central Michigan University, SLP

Alexandra Winegar, Central Michigan University, AuD

On behalf of MSHF, we congratulate you and wish you all much success in your future endeavors!

MSHA Member Lizbeth Stevens Retires

Lizbeth Curme Stevens retired August 31, 2019, from Eastern Michigan University where she worked for 21 years in the Department of Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders. Stevens served in various administrative capacities including graduate coordinator and program director and taught graduate and undergraduate courses, primarily in child language and AAC. She previously had a long clinical career as an SLP in Michigan public schools, specifically the Warren Woods and Northville districts. Stevens served on the MSHA board as a member at large and then vice president for public schools before becoming MSHA president in 2005. She was instrumental in the founding of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation and served as its first president (2006-2007). Stevens was appointed to the Michigan licensure board for speech-language pathology in 2009. 
At a national level, Stevens was president of the Council of State Association Presidents and served on ASHA’s Legislative Council and Advisory Council. She was a reviewer for SIG 1 and SIG 10 Perspectives. Currently Stevens serves as a Site Visitor for the CAA and a university giving ambassador for the ASHF.  Stevens became an ASHA Fellow in 2007 and also received the Honors of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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In Memoriam: Claudia Marchildon

Elizabeth Marchildon
December 31, 1949 - February 17, 2020
Born in Hamtramck, Michigan
Resided in Rochester Hills, Michigan

Claudia was a MSHA member from 1982-2013. She was a respected and well liked member of the Michigan medical speech language pathology community as she managed the Providence Hospital Detroit Speech Pathology department for many years. She was a officer of the MI Speech and Hearing Directors and often was a great host of this group at her hospital. Claudia was active in her professions, State, and National Association work. She was thoughtful and progressive as she strongly encouraged MI medical speech and hearing programs to report outcome measures and to share them in MI and to the National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS).  She was known to help programs set up their outcomes reporting.

Memorial tributes can be made to Michigan Humane Society of Oakland County
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