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

Volume Forty Five, Number Three, October 2020

Jenny Fedewa, Editor
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Email address:  msha@att.net
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MSHA Membership Renewal

It is membership renewal time! Please rejoin MSHA as we celebrate our 82nd year as the sate association fo SLP's and Audiologists.

This past year, more than ever your membership and involvement assisted us as we navigated the COVID-19 crisis. With this in mind, the Executive Board wants to thank you for your service to your clients and our profession. Members like YOU are essential for continuing MSHA's success and your support is greatly appreciated.

Renew your MSHA membership here. IF you renew before NOVEMBER 1, 2020, you will receive a $5.00 discount.

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Enlightening Article

This an enlightening article found on Medium “Black Rockette: Perspectives of a black female speech-language pathologist in academia, by Dr. Ianessa Humber, CCC-SLP (area: dysphagia). The article gives a detailed account of the implicit bias and systemic racism that Dr. Humber encountered throughout her life in academia (from clinical training, to the NIH, to faculty member).

Hopefully, this article will stimulate discussion among our Executive Board, Advisory Assembly, and our membership, while also serving as a catalyst within academic departments.

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MSHA is proud to present the Member Benefit Bonus "Spree of Seminars".

This is a FREE session spree; offered to MSHA Members in good standing. You may choose one or more of the sessions and view them at your convenience.

Lawrence L Prokop, D.O. presenting: Pain Issues Update for Speech Language Pathology
*This class will satisfy the requirement of Pain Management for Michigan Licensure (LARA).

Emily Johnson, LLMSW presenting: Human Trafficking 101
*satisfies the requirement of Michigan Licensure (LARA) for a class on ending human trafficking.

Kathryn Hillenbrand, M.A., CCC-SLP presenting: Foundations of Competence in Clinical Education
*This class will satisfy the new 2020 ASHA requirement on supervision.

Please visit MSHA website to register for these sessions


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MSHA Bylaw Updates

The MSHA Exectutive Board has boted to make changes to the Association's Bylaws. Therefore, consistent with the current Bylaws of the Association, we're required to provide each member with the proposed changes 30 days before the vote. You may visit the MSHA website to view the full Bylaws.The proposed revisions are (bolded in brackets) below.

The Executive Board of the Association shall consist of a President, a President-Elect, a Past-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, a Vice President of Public Relations, a Vice President of Advocacy, (a Vice President of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion), a Vice President of Membership, a Vice President of Professional Development, a Vice President-Elect of Professional Development, Vice President of Public Schools, Vice President of Healthcare, and a Vice President of Audiology Practice.
b) All other officers shall be elected to serve a two year term beginning on the final day of the annual conference following the election. The Treasurer; Vice-Presidents of Public Schools; Public Relations; and Advocacy shall be elected for terms beginning in years ending in even numbers. The Secretary, (Vice-Presidents of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion); SLP-Healthcare; Membership; and Audiology will be elected for terms beginning in years ending in odd numbers.
SECTION 1. The Advisory Assembly shall consist of the following standing committees, chairpersons, members at large invited:
 Standing Committees:
  • Finance Committee
  • (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee)
  • Ethics Committee
  • Advocacy Committee
  • Public Schools Committee
  • Healthcare Committee
  • Program Committee
  • Communications & Networking Committee
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Student Affairs
  • Audiology Committee
SECTION 2. Membership of Committees.
  • The Finance Committee shall consist of the Finance Committee Chair and other appointed members. The Finance Committee Chair reports to the Treasurer.
  • (The Diversity, Equality, & Inclusivity Committee shall consist of the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusivity Committee Chair and other appointed members. The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusivity Chair reports to the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.)
  • The Ethics Committee shall consist of the Ethics Committee Chair and other appointed members. The Ethics Committee Chair reports to (the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion)
SECTION 3. Annual Meeting
There shall be an annual meeting of the Membership of the Association in order to conduct the business of the Association, sponsor educational workshops or conferences, and to further the programs of the Association. (The Annual Meeting may be cancelled by order of the Federal, State, and/or Local Government should a health disaster, natural disaster, or any other “act of God” occur. This cancellation must be unanimous among Executive Board members in attendance at an Executive Board meeting, and should only be considered after consultation with the Federal, State, and/or Local Governments.) Additional meetings may also be scheduled by the Association.

If you are interested in becoming a committee chair or member please contact the MSHA office at msha.att.net or 517-332-5691.
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Save the Dates: Upcoming MSHA Conferences

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

MSHA Conference 2022:

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

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

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Reseach Corner


Stuttering often makes it difficult for people to say what they want to say the way they want to say, resulting in lifelong negative consequences for some people. With support from the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health, the Developmental Speech Lab at Michigan State University is conducting a 5-year longitudinal study to map the development of stuttering and the potential for adverse impact in children.
We are inviting children aged 3-18, their parents/caregivers, and SLPs to participate in series of online surveys assessing the impact of stuttering on children and their families. Children, parents, and SLPs will receive a $10.00-30.00 Amazon gift card (depending upon survey length) for each survey they complete.
If you are a SLP who would like to participate, please complete this short questionnaire and a member of our lab will contact you.
We will also be conducting an in-person study with preschoolers who stutter to study the development of neurological, behavioral, and experiential factors related to stuttering to learn how these factors unfold over time and contribute to different stuttering outcomes in individual children—persistence or recovery. Contact Dr. Bridget Walsh if you have any questions or are interested in participating in our other work. Our research would not be possible without your help. Thank you for participating and for getting the word out about our study!

If you have information you would like posted in the "Research Corner" of the MSHA newsletter, et cetera please contact Jenny Fedewa at msha@att.net

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From the President

By Gregory J. Spray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dear MSHA Members,

I hope you had a wonderful summer that provided rest, rejuvenation, and a renewed passion for our profession(s). The autumn season, for me, has always been an exciting time that symbolizes change and mystery, while also providing a time for reflection. While the leaves begin to change, we slowly try to hold on to every last minute of sun and hope that next summer will be better. However, this is also a time when we begin to realize our accomplishments since the ball dropped in Times Square, and also renew commitments to personal and professional growth. 
This year, MSHA hosted its first virtual conference: the MSHA Summer Symposium. This was a wonderful event that featured three days of speakers (for more information, please see Amy Prichard Sova’s update below). In addition, we’ve created new opportunities for our members to complete continuing education courses online via our “Spree of Seminars” program. In the future, this program will offer rotating presentations on various topics that are of interest to our members. One of the largest accomplishments this past year has been MSHA’s ability to increase our advocacy at the state level to expand healthcare coverage during the global pandemic.
I would also like to highlight the creation of MSHA’s ad-hoc Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Although this committee is currently functioning as an “ad-hoc” committee, the MSHA Executive Board has voted to make changes to the Bylaws of the Association (article below). Thus, you will be receiving a ballot in 30 days to accept this Bylaw revision, which will make this committee permanent. Although many of our committees have prioritized diversity and inclusion, MSHA is committed to elevating all voices and we acknowledge the fact that the addition of this committee is long overdue. The murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Elijah McClain, Sandra Bland, Brayla Stone, Merci Mack, Shakiie Peters, Draya McCary, Tatiana Hall, Bree Black— and so many others— have brought pain, anger, and trauma to many members. It is unacceptable to allow these acts to go unnoticed or unacknowledged: Black Lives Matter and Black Trans Lives Matter. The acts of violence towards People of Color and Black Trans Women are incomprehensible, unjust, and inhumane. Therefore, we must hold ourselves accountable to go beyond inclusion, and infuse diversity training into all continuing education activities. We look forward to garnering your support in establishing this new committee, and also encourage you to join this committee and contribute to increasing our competency in this area.
As MSHA renews their commitment to engaging members, the goals and vision of MSHA continue to grow. However, none of the accomplishments over the past year would have occurred without the support of our current membership. Therefore, I would like to encourage you to renew your MSHA membership, reflect on your time within the profession, and maybe even consider giving to the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (MSHF) or the MSHA-PAC, which will provide critical support in protecting the SLP/AUD Scope of Practice(s) so we can continue to strategically plan for the future of our profession.
Finally, I would like to thank each of you for allowing me to serve as President of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association. I hope you have a healthy and productive fall that is filled with hope for the future. Like one of our great U.S. Presidents said, “We choose hope over fear. We see the future not as something out of our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort.” 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’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you will realize your true potential.” It is through your commitment to our profession, and professional organization, that these visions become a reality.   
Gregory J. Spray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
President | Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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Our First Virtual Conference

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

I am happy to say that our revamped MSHA Summer Symposium was a success. The three-day symposium was 100% virtual with live class participation, a historical first for the MSHA conferences.  On behalf of the MSHA Professional Development-Program Committee, I would like to thank all of those who were able to attend and those that donated to the conference. I hope you found many informative sessions.
We are so thankful for all who submitted work through the Call for Papers process and presented sessions at the conference.  A thank you also to those on the MSHA Executive Board who helped with reading the submissions and providing your input. 
MSHA offers a heartfelt thanks all of our sponsors for their continued support of the MSHA Annual Conference.
The Program Committee is reviewing the evaluations and suggestions from the conference. We consider your input from the evaluation forms and make changes when possible.  As always, if you have something to share, we look forward to hearing from you.

I look forward to seeing you at future MSHA conferences!
Amy Prichard Sova, M.A., CCC-SLP, Conference Chair 2020
MSHA VP for Professional Development and Education

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MSHA 2021 Conference

Amy Prichard Sova, M.A., CCC-SLP, Conference Chair 2021

Propelling our Professions into the Future: Your Connection to Research & Clinical Practice
Mark your calendars for March 18-20, 2021 MSHA Annual Conference. We are back at a member favorite conference location, the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in Kalamazoo! As a 2021 conference attendee you will have the opportunity to increase your knowledge and skill set through an array of comprehensive courses and mini seminars, as well as develop your networking circle through the meeting of fellow clinicians, and vendors, within our field. Both ASHA CEUs and SCECHs will be offered.

View our current Highlights on the MSHA website.
Call for Papers is now OPEN!
We invite you to share your success, research, and/or treatment strategies with your colleagues next year by submitting a MSHA 2021 Call for Paper. If you would like to submit a 2021 Student Poster Submission please submit the Student Poster Session Call For Paper. *A contingency plan is being implemented in the event an Executive Order prevents us from gathering Face-to-Face. All forms can be found on the MSHA website.

For additional information please contact MSHA at 517/332-5691, msha@att.net or visit our website: www.michiganspeechhearing.org
We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021,
Amy Prichard Sova, M.A., CCC-SLP, Conference Chair 2021
MSHA VP for Professional Development and Education

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Thank You Sponsors

MSHA offers a heartfelt thanks to the following companies and universities (in no particular order) for their continued support of the MSHA Annual Conference. With their generosity the association is able to move forward with the mission of "providing professional support and development, public awareness, and advocacy for professionals in communication sciences and disorders and they individuals they serve."


Thanks again! Your commitment to making this event and association so successful is greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in becoming or have questions on becoming a 2021 Industry Sponsor please contact Jenny Fedewa at jennymsha@gmail.com or visit the MSHA website to view all options.
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MSHA Member Updates

Welcome to the MSHA Member Updates Inaugural Article. This section will announce and salute achievements, both personal and professional. Please feel free to contact Jenny Fedewa at the MSHA office with content.

MSHA Past V-P for Public Relations, Erica Neller, her husband Kurt, and son Dutch (2) welcomed Wright Riley on 7.6.20. He is a perfect addition to their family! Congrats Erica!

MSHA has created a new Facebook group that allows members to engage in discussions with each other and share resources. To join, go to “MSHA-Michigan Speech Language Hearing Association” on Facebook, then click “More,” and then select the word “Groups.” This will take you to our “MSHA – Michigan Speech Language Hearing Association Group” so you can engage in the dialogue!

Congratulations to the following MSHA members who were awarded the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) for the period from April-June 2020.  Read More

Michigan State University's, Eric Hunter Empowers Researchers, Raising a Helping Hand to Teachers Who Lose their Voice  Read More

Henry Ford Health System named LGBTQ Equality Leader for Equity, Inclusion Read More

Central Michigan University names Nicole Ferguson, director, clinical instruction and audiology services in Communication Sciences and Disorders and MSHA member as Staff Excellence honoree. Read More

Calvin University's graduate student, Andrea (Andy) Vanslembrouck, makes the most of her downtime during quarantine. Andy's story of how she took a positive approach and was able to give back to those in need is inspirational. Read More

Gregory J Spray finished his dissertation, Neural Correlates of Phonological Abilities in Children Who Stutter, this past summer. He will start a postdoctoral research fellowship with Dr. Scott Yaruss beginning November 1.
(Dr. Gregory Spray & Dr. Pero Dagbovie, Associate Dean, Graduate School at Michigan State University)

2020 marks the 60th anniversary of Eastern Michigan University’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program. The program has been proudly preparing students to work as speech-language pathologists all over the country. EMU CSD current and emeritus faculty, clinical educators, students, and alumni are all part of this milestone. Congratulations to all of you!!

The MSHA Executive Board works hard on your behalf AND enjoys a Happy Hour together. On behalf of the MSHA membership, thank you for all of your time and efforts.

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VOTE 2020

Gregory J. Spray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, MSHA President

I would like to encourage each U.S. citizen—regardless of political affiliation—to vote in the Presidential Election this November. 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 help expand speech-language pathology and audiology services, while also increasing our ability to advocate for our profession. If you’re still undecided, or have questions about each candidate’s platform, you might consider visiting the website www.ISideWith.com, which has been independently reviewed and is considered a “neutral bias” website.
Gregory J. Spray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
President | Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

MSHA Executive Board & Advisory Assembly 2019-2020

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

Secretary: Katharine LaPierriere, M.A., CCC-SLP
Treasurer: Sherry Riedel, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Advocacy: Kelli Pierce, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Audiology Services: Open
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: Open
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: Open
Upper Peninsula: Kelli Pfiester, M.A., CFY-SLP
Member-at-Large Representing Students: Hannah Dale, Western Michigan University
ASHA Advisory Councilors: SLP: Cary Cekola, M.A.,CCC-SLP and 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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