May 2021
The Newsletter of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Volume Forty Five, Number Three, May 2021

Jenny Fedewa, Editor
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MSHA's April Board Meeting

MSHA's Executive Board and Advisory Assembly would like to thank everyone that registered and attended the April board meeting, which was open to the membership. It was great to hear the feedback and opinions that were offered as well as have the opportunity to answer a few questions. Prizes were awarded at the end of the meeting. Congratulations to the following winners: Lisa Register, Lizbeth Stevens, Tim Weise, Jessica Dean, Diane Jandron, Leslie Denardis and the winner of the complimentary 2022 MSHA Conference registration is Kathryn Fleming. Congrats again!!

2021 Student Poster Winners

MSHA would like to congratulate the 2021 student posters winners! This year the poster sessions were featured on YouTube, as the conference was virtual. Thank you to all that submitted and recorded a poster session.
Why Didn't I Think of This Before? Perceptions of Stakeholder Engaged Research. Presented by: Nicholas Malendowski, Central Michigan University; Clarisse El-Khouri, B.A., Nova Southeastern University; Jackie Hinckley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ANCDS, Nova Southeastern University and Katie Strong, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University

Coding and Analyzing the Variation of Speech in Adults Who Stutter. Presented by: Erika Mueller, Jenna Fisher, Kaylin Gray, Greg Spray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Scott Yaruss, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA, Michigan State University.

Click here to see the full list of poster sessions and their YouTube links.
Each winning poster was awarded $250. Thank you to Psi Iota Xi, Michigan chapters Eta Sigma, Zeta Theta, Theta Tau, and Eta Omicron, for their support of these awards. Thanks to our Michigan colleague Char Holcomb, and others, for continuing to support our students in this manner.

If you would like to submit a poster for the 2022 conference please visit and fill out the 2022 Student Poster CFP

Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation ~ Happy 15th Birthday

Liz Stevens, President, MSHF

What were you doing in 2006? Were you finishing your degree or just starting it? Were you in the middle of your CF or beginning a new position? Do you remember who was President of the U.S. then? Of MSHA? What were major events that year?  It seems so long ago, but 15 years in the grand scheme of things is a very short time. 

On March 14, 2006, the MSHF (aka “the Foundation”) was incorporated. Its very first meeting was held 3 days later on St. Patrick’s Day at MSU. The first board had 9 members: Ken Bouchard, Kathy Boyer, Leo Deal, Sherry Dean, Fran Eldis, Marc Haxer, Kathy Quinn, Linda Lou Smith, and Liz Stevens. Sandy Glista was MSHA’s President in 2006 and served as an ex officio board member. After the election of officers, board members passed the hat and collected enough money ($300) so that Boyer (Treasurer) could open a bank account. During 2006 Stevens (as MSHF President) submitted paperwork to the IRS so that the Foundation would be considered a 501(c )(3). MSHF was on its way!
Over the past 15 years, the Foundation has continued to grow and began awarding its initial “scholarships” then called ‘book awards” to 5 students in 2009. To date MSHF has distributed a total of $35,000 to 75 deserving students. It just awarded its 76th award to Lauren Denti, of Wayne State University, in the Doctorate of Audiology Program. Check out the MSHF website to learn about Lauren and other past award recipients. 
It’s not too late to help us celebrate the Foundation’s birthday by donating today. Click here to donate
Thank you all for your daily steadfast work to help individuals, young and old, with communication, swallowing, and hearing disorders. Thanks especially for supporting the Foundation which impacts the lives of so many by supporting students who then become practitioners. We know that it takes all of us working together to make a difference.
In the words of Helen Keller:
"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."

Thank you for caring and giving back.
Liz Stevens
President, MSHF

MSHF Board 2021:
Pam Ansell                         
Alyssa Eminhizer                    
Courtney Halbower            
Kathy Rigley-Rowell
Liz Stevens                         
John Stevens
Katie Strong                        
Tim Weise
MSHA Liaison: Ashley Gutowski
What happened in 2006?
US President: George W. Bush; 1st class postage is 39 cents; Broadway shows: The Color Purple, Jersey Boys; Movies: Juno, The DiVinci Code, Ratatouille, Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Techies- The first I-Phone was not invented until a year later in 2007!!  
MSHA Public School Committee published the Michigan Speech-Language Guidelines: Suggestions for Eligibility, Service Delivery, and Exit Criteria (2006). Governor of Michigan- Jennifer Granholm (her first term) (SLP licensure passed in 2009 during her 2nd ); Audiology licensure passed separately in 2004.
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Advocating for Workload presentation

"Advocating for Workload and Alternative Service Delivery Models to Achieve a Manageable Caseload"
Janet Deppe, M.S., CCC-SLP, FNAP, Director, State Affairs, Government Affairs and Public Policy, ASHA.

Caseloads continue to increase in school districts across the country with fewer supports available to audiologist and SLP's in schools. ASHA's workload model helps address the need for careful consideration of caseload numbers. This presentation will explore ways to implement a workload model or other service delivery method to achieve reasonable caseloads and provide participants with resources to advocate for change in their school district.

This presentation was originally scheduled during the MSHA Annual Conference. Because of technical difficulties we have rescheduled this presentation and invite all previously registered conference attendees and others to attend. Registration will be available in early July.

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Outstanding Clinician Nomination

The MSHA Healthcare Committee is looking for outstanding clinicians in the healthcare setting. Do you have a colleague who motivates others to provide excellent clinical service or demonstrates exemplary professionalism with individuals with communication disorders? If so, please visit the MSHA website to complete the nomination form. The deadline to nominate an outstanding clinician is Friday, August 20, 2021. Clinicians will be honored at the MSHA 2022 Annual Conference. If you have any questions, please contact Rosalyn Davis at  

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May is Better Speech Hearing Month

Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of ASHA members in providing life-altering treatment. For 2021, the theme is "Building Connections."
Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) was founded in 1927, by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The aim of BHSM is to raise awareness about hearing and speech problems, encouraging people to analyze their own hearing and speech, and to take action if they think there might be a problem. Treatment can then be given to improve the quality of life in people with communication problems. AHSA offer many resources for this annual BHSM campaign held throughout May. These resources are tailored for patients, health professionals and members of the public. A section of their website is dedicated to BHSM, which features personal stories about this month. BHSM also encourages parents to identify possible speech and language problems in their children which can affect a child's learning and self esteem. BHSM educates people about the signs of hearing loss.  As in previous years, ASHA will be offering free templates, graphics, and more. ASHA will also host its annual social media campaign/contest, Speaking Up For Communication.To learn more about BHSM or to access ASHA's resources please click here.

University Research Projects

A variety of University research projects are available HERE on the MSHA website. If these projects are of interest to you please take time to complete the survey(s). 

Save the Dates: Upcoming MSHA Conferences

MSHA Conference 2022:
March 24-26, 2022
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing

MSHA Conference 2023:

March 23-25
Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, Kalamazoo

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Cheryl Goettsche

My name is Cheryl Goettsche, I am the Outreach Coordinator for FRIENDS: The National Association of Young People Who Stutter. I have been associated with them since 2000, as a parent of a son who stutters. I have recently stepped into a more formal role to spread the word of this amazing association with others. We are an association for people who stutter of all ages. We have a multitude of events both in person and on line which includes FREE group meetings for children, teens, young adults, adults and parents. FRIENDS provides a safe place for people who stutter and gives them an opportunity to meet others who stutter. Check out our story, how it began and what we are all about...
Who We Are: FRIENDS is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support and education to young people who stutter, their families, and professionals, through annual conferences, one-day workshops, and outreach. Our vision is to help build a world in which all young people who stutter feel empowered to communicate whenever, wherever, and however they want to. FRIENDS is directed by Lee Caggiano, the mother of a son who stutters and a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP).
Our Story: In 1997, FRIENDS was founded to meet the need for organized support and education for young people who stutter and their families. Over the years, we have expanded into a national organization that hosts a large annual convention each July and many regional one-day conferences around the country throughout the year. We primarily serve young people and their families, but also provide invaluable education to SLPs and graduate students and welcome adults who stutter into our community as volunteers. Please visit our website for more information
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From the President

By Derek Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dear MSHA Members,
Greetings everyone! I would first like to thank everyone who participated in our first virtual MSHA conference. I would especially like to thank Amy Prichard Sova, Jenny Fedewa, Kim Wesoloski, Dr. Greg Spray, our conference moderators, and conference speakers, for making the conference a success, and the MSHA Executive Board and Advisory Assembly for their valuable input for conference speakers and events. In addition, I want to thank all our conference attendees. Your participation is much appreciated!
In addition, I want to thank Dr. Greg Spray for his additional year of leadership as MSHA President. The COVID-19 pandemic brought about many unanticipated changes, including cancellation of our 2020 in-person conference, and offering a successful summer 2020 conference symposium. With Greg’s leadership, and with the help of the office staff, executive board, and advisory assembly, we were able to adjust and move forward like the strong organization we continue to be. Thank you again!
Now I would like to formally introduce myself for those who I have yet to meet. I have lived in Michigan for 14 years. I am a native of Houston, TX. I received my bachelor’s degree in sociology from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, and my master’s degree in communication disorders from the University of Houston. I completed my clinical fellowship year in Clear Creek Independent School District, just outside of Houston. I moved to the Midwest in 2003 and completed my PhD at Bowling Green State University in 2007. From there, I moved to Michigan, where I am now an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wayne State University. I enjoy my clinical work as a speech-language pathologist, teaching and mentoring students, and research on identity, intersectionality, and psychosocial experiences of individuals who stutter. I am a person who stutters, so I have had my own personal journey with communication. I have been an active MSHA member for a number of years. I have served on the MSHA Student Affairs Committee (2009-2011), two terms on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (2013-2019), and two years on the MSHA Executive Council as President-Elect. These experiences have given me valuable insights into the structure, operation, and needs of MSHA.
Over the last year, our world has experienced change, grief, and transition. As such, I am pleased to observe how MSHA has responded to the call of duty, by offering a virtual 2020 summer symposium, and a virtual conference for 2021, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and also by implementing a new VP for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion executive board position, along with a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. We will continue to update you on these efforts as they continue to develop. In addition, I hope to work with the executive board and advisory assembly to continue to address the needs of students and the general membership.
In closing, I want to express how honored I am to serve as your President for 2021-22. The Executive Board and Advisory Assembly are here for you, and we encourage you to reach out to us. Keep up the fabulous work!
Derek Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
MSHA President
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MSHA Conference Wrap-Up

Amy Prichard Sova, M.A., CCC-SLP

On behalf of myself, the MSHA Program Committee and Executive Board, we want to thank you for attending this year’s annual conference, “Propelling the Professions into the Future: Your Connection to Research & Clinical Practice” on March 18-20, 2021. Thanks to volunteer leadership, sponsorship, and our attendee’s flexibility, we were able to hold our conference virtually to meet your needs.

Despite a few technical hiccups the Virtual Conference was by all measures, very successful. We had over 400 attendees and the majority of comments on the course evaluations were positive. Even though we could not meet in person, we were able to still able to network, catch up with friends and colleagues, and use in room “chat features” to interact in real time with our speakers and other course participants.

Our student members were able to engage in our annual Praxis Bowl tournament. Our student members in SLP/AUD university programs from Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University and Grand Valley State University competed to answer potential questions that could be found on the Praxis Examination. Congratulations to the students of Michigan State University on their win!
Thanks to all of you who took the time to complete evaluations and let us know what you liked, what you didn't like, and how we can make improvements. We read all of the evaluations and appreciate your suggestions for future speakers. Speaker suggestions have been passed on to both the Healthcare and Public School committees. It has been a pleasure serving you and I hope that you will continue to be engaged with MSHA.

On that note, please mark your calendars: The next MSHA conference will take place March 24-26, 2022. More information can be found in the article below!

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


2022 MSHA Annual Conference

Justine Walker, M.S., CCC-SLP

I am excited to announce that we have been working hard on planning the next annual MSHA conference! The conference will be held March 24-26, 2022 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing. We are looking forward to gaining a wealth of knowledge again next year froma variety of speakers from across the country. In addition to our courses on clinical topics, we will continue to offer courses necessary for maintaining ASHA certification as well as Michigan lisensure. 

If you are interested in presenting at the 2022 conference please see the Call for Papers form. If you would llike to exhibit, sponsor, and/or advertise all opportunities can be found here. For more conference information please visit the MSHA website

We look forward to seeing you in East Lansing in 2022!

Justine Walker, MS, CCC-SLP
VP of Professional Development and Education

2021 MSHA Awards and Honors

Honors of the Association
Angela Massenberg, Ph.D. was awarded the Honors of the Association posthumously on March 18, 2021 at the MSHA Annual Conference. Dr. Massenberg received her Ph.D., in Audiology and Speech Sciences specializing of Communication, Child Language and Counseling from Michigan State University. She was one of the first people to graduate from a Michigan university with a doctoral degree in the area of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in the field of speech-language pathology. Dr. Massenberg was the President and CEO of Massenberg & Associates, an all-inclusive therapeutic services for more than 23 years. She served on the MSHA Executive Council as the Vice President of Programs in 2008 and 2009.  The Honors of the Association is the highest award the Association can bestow.

Dr. Ida J. Stockman Achievement in Diversity and Infusion Award
Yvette D. Hyter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA-F, Professor Emeritus, Western Michigan University.  Dr. Hyter's research focuses on the influences of culture on communication with an emphasis in culturally and linguistically responsive and trauma informed assessment in children who speak African American English, speak more than one language, and in children with histories of maltreatment. She has served in national and international leadership positions regarding global practice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Congratulations Yvette!

MSHA Member Updates

Welcome to the MSHA Member Updates Section. This section will announce and salute achievements, both personal and professional.

Katie and Logan Laperriere welcomed their first baby on April 3. A healthy boy, Mason Carter Laperriere greeted the world weighing 6 lbs. 13 oz and was 19.5 inches long. Congratulations to the family as they begin this new journey!

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MSHA Healthcare Committee Virtual Workshop

Save The Date: September 23, 2021

The MSHA Healthcare Committee Fall Workshop will take place September 23, 2021. The workshop will be virtual this year. 

The MSHA Healtcare Committee has secured speakers Pat Nizio and Melissa Hoffmann to present on AAC in the Healthcare System  

Registration will be available in July of 2021.

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Thank you 2021 MSHA Sponsors

MSHA offers a heartfelt thanks to the following companies and universities (in no particular order) for their support as a 2021 Industry Sponsor of MSHA.  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."






If you are interested in or have questions on becoming a 2021 Industry Sponsor please contact Jenny Fedewa at or visit the MSHA website to view all options.
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MSHA Executive Board & Advisory Assembly 2020-21

MSHA Executive Board:
President: Derek Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
President-Elect: D'Jaris Coles-White, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Past President: Gregory J. Spray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Secretary: Hope Garlich, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Treasurer: Sherry Riedel, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Advocacy: Kelli Pierce, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Membership: Ashley Gutowski, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Diversity & Inclusion: Heather Ferguson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
VP for Professional Dev & Education: Justine Walker,  M.S., CCC-SLP
VP Elect for Prof Dev & Education: Justine Walker, M.S., CCC-SLP
VP for Public Relations: Sarah Killinger, 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:
Communications and Networking: Marissa Swanson, M.A., CFY-SLP
Continuing Education: Sarah Choss, M.A., CCC-SLP
Ethics & Standards: Healther Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
SLP Healthcare: Ramya Konnai, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
SLP Public School: Alyssa Webster, M.A., CCC-SLP
Student Affairs: Hannah Dale, M.A., CCC-SLP
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: Allison Mezo, M.A., CCC-SLP
N.E. Michigan: Beth Laframboise, M.A., CCC-SLP
Upper Peninsula: Wanda Kiiskila, M.A., CCC-SLP
Member-at-Large Representing Students: Anthony Strevett, B.A.,  
ASHA Committee of Ambassadors:  Alice Silbergleit, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
ASHA STAMP Representative: Rosalyn Davis,, M.S., CCC-SLP
ASHA STAR Representative: Julie Pratt, M.S., CCC-SLP
ASHA SEAL Representative: Courtney Halbower, M.A., CCC-SLP

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