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

Volume Forty Five, Number Five, December 2021

Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Renew Your Membership Dues

Thanks to all MSHA members who have renewed their dues for 2022.  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 2022 MSHA Conference Preliminary Program will soon be 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 2022 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 East Lansing

2021-22 Executive Board and Advisory Assembly

MSHA Executive Board:
President: Derek E. 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 Gerlach, 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: Leslie DeNardis M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Public Relations: Sarah Killinger, M.A., CCC-SLP/BCBA
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., CCC-SLP/BCaBA
Continuing Education: Sarah Choss, M.A., CCC-SLP
Ethics & Standards: Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
SLP Healthcare: Ramya Konnai, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
SLP Public School: Alyssa Wirth, M.A., CCC-SLP
Student Affairs: Hannah Dale, M.A., CCC-SLP
MSHA Members-at-Large
S.E. Michigan: Courtney Halbower, M.A., CCC-SLP
S.W. Michigan: Allison Mezo, M.A., CCC-SLP
N.E. Michigan: Beth La Framboise, M.A., CCC-SLP
N.W. Michigan: OPEN
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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New License Requirement

Starting in June of 2022 all Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in Michigan will be required to complete implicit bias training as a condition for initial licensure as well as license renewal. Training on Implicit Bias is in addition to any continuing education training already required. Implicit Bias is required every time you renew your license unlike the human trafficking requirement which is a “one time” training. The new requirement takes effect on June 1, 2022. New applicants for licensure are required to have
completed 2 hours of+implicit bias training within the 5 years immediately preceding issuance of the license. If you renew your license+after June 1, 2022 you would only be required to have 1 hour of training+for this initial renewal cycle. Subsequent renewals will require 1 hour of implicit bias training for each year of the license cycle.+For SLPs and Audiologists, this means 2 hours of training during each renewal cycle. You can take one two-hour training course or two one-hour training courses to satisfy this requirement. Trainings can be completed in-person or online; however, online trainings must be completed live and allow for participant interaction with the speaker.
We will be providing a speaker at the MSHA Annual Conference, March 24-26, 2022 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. For more information, please see the MSHA website at

Update - Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (MSHF)

Happy New Year!  Greetings from the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (MSHF).  
We are pleased to begin the year with two new additions to the board: Greg Spray, past MSHA president, and Brian McTaggert, a 2018 MSHF scholarship recipient.  We remain confident that the MSHF will continue to grow under the board’s leadership with your help.    
Please encourage any eligible student you know to apply for a foundation scholarship. See the accompanying article by Katie Strong for details. MSHF has provided scholarships continuously since 2009. Over the past 16 years since the founding of MSHF in 2006, over 100 students have received scholarships. A total of over $30,000 has been distributed.

Won’t you consider giving a helping hand to a deserving future professional? Think about signing up to be a “SAINT” (i.e., Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Investing in the Next Generation of Therapists and Scholars). With a pledge of $100 a year over 10 years you can join the ranks of our most generous donors. Of course, we appreciate any level of giving. Go to our website: or   Click here to donate
As always, we appreciate all that you do every day to help individuals with communication disorders. And thank you for your support of the foundation. Again wishing you a safe and meaningful year.

Liz Stevens, President, MSHF

MSHF Board 2022
Pam Ansell       
Alyssa Eminhizer            
Courtney Halbower
Brian McTaggert              
Kathy Rigley
Greg Spray          
Liz Stevens
John Stevens               
Katie Strong                    
Tim Weise
MSHA Liaison: Ashley Gutowski

MSHA Honors of the Association

Join us on Friday March 25, 2022 to celebate Katie Strong, PhD., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University, on recieving Honors of the Association.
The Honors of the Association is the highest recognition MSHA can award an individual. The Honors of the Association recognizes sustained, outstanding accomplishments in the profession of speech, language, and hearing. The Honors of the Association is conveyed to individuals who actively demonstrate their expertise through ongoing service which directly benefits MSHA and the field as a whole and has a significant impact on persons with communication impairments. The Honors of the Association is considered a coveted and earned award given to truly deserving professionals.


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Raffle for a 20 Dollar Giftcard

In keeping with the MSHA conference theme, Connecting Our Diverse Pathways: Highlighting and Embracing Difference and Change, we would like to highlight collaboration and connection in our social media.  Beginning in February, snap a picture that represents a collaboration with your colleagues and use #MSHAconnect to be entered into a raffle for a $20 Amazon gift card. The first raffle will be held February 7th-11th with the winner announced on February 12th. The second raffle will be held February 14th-18th with the winner announced on February 19th. The third raffle will be held February 21st-25th with the winner announced on February 26th.  Search #MSHAconnect to connect with your fellow Michigan SLPs!


Rosalyn Davis, M.S., CCC-SLP

Protect Beneficiary Access to Critical Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Services
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the House introduced legislation to address the impending Medicare Part B payment reductions. Payments for Medicare Part B outpatient audiology and speech- language pathology services are scheduled to be reduced in 2022 to offset increases for certain primary care related services finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2020. Impending Medicare Part B payment cuts to audiology and speech-language pathology services will impede beneficiary access to critical hearing, balance, speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive care.

Please ask your members of Congress to cosponsor H.R. 6620, the Supporting Medicare Providers Act of 2021, and stop the 2% Medicare sequestration cuts next year.

Email your members of Congress today!

New Virtual Group for High School Students

Western Michigan University Charles Van Riper Speech & Hearing Clinic is developing a new virtual group that offers a disability-friendly space for high school students to share their experiences and build self-advocacy skills. All skill levels are welcome; spoken language is not required. This group is open to students throughout  the state of MI and includes an option for individualized social communication support as well. Anyone interested can contact Kelli Pierce at

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, 2023
Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, Kalamazoo

MSHA Conference 2024:

March 14-16, 2024
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing
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From the President

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

Greetings everyone! As we approach the beginning of a new year, I wanted to reflect on a few of the accomplishments we have made this calendar year. We advocated for changing a state bill to include speech-language pathologists and audiologists as professionals who can certify the presence of a communication “impediment” on state ID cards and driver’s licenses. We advocated for extending the Educational Limited License back to 24 months with the opportunity for a renewal. We advocated for telehealth reimbursement and supporting parent-implemented interventions for individuals with a diagnosis of ASD to establish billing codes for providers. Our Student Affairs Committee Newsletter has been a wonderful resource for student information and student engagement. And we established an Executive Board position and a committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to address the diverse needs of students and professionals. I appreciate the efforts of our Office Staff, Executive Board, Advisory Assembly, general membership, and students in continuing to make MSHA a strong association.
Our annual conference is approaching! It will take place in East Lansing at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center from March 24 to 26. Registration will be available in January.
As a reminder, there are three required courses for Michigan licensure: human trafficking, pain management, and implicit bias. These courses will be offered at the MSHA conference. Please refer to the MSHA website for further details about the courses, specific requirements for licensure, and other venues for completing the courses.
As always, I thank you for your continued support of MSHA. We thrive as an association because of your commitment and engagement. Therefore, I encourage you to renew your MSHA membership, and perhaps encourage someone who is not a member to join us. In addition, I also encourage you to support the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (MSHF), which supports the next generation of speech-language pathologists and audiologists, and the MSHA-PAC, which supports our lobbying efforts.
In closing, I want to continue 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.
All my best,
Derek E. Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
President, Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association


2022 MSHA Annual Conference

Justine Walker, M.S., CCC-SLP

The MSHA 2022 Annual Conference is quickly approaching.  We are excited to learn, grow, and network at this year's conference, Connecting Our Diverse Pathways: Highlighting and Embracing Difference and Change.  The conference is scheduled for March 24-26, 2022 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. Speakers are coming from around the country to share their expertise with us.  We are especially excited to announce our keynote speaker for this event, Dr. Greg Robinson, from the University of Arkansas.  We are looking forward to them sharing their knowledge with our members on the topic of diversity within the fields of speech pathology and audiology.  In addition, we have invited speakers scheduled to talk on the topics of executive functioning in adolescents, social-emotional engagement for effective learning, treatment of transgender voice, holistic admissions, osteopathic manipulation for voice and swallowing, the neurodiversity paradigm, and early childhood stuttering. We will also be offering courses in supervision, ethics, human trafficking, pain management, and implicit bias training. Each of these courses is required for Michigan licensure and/or ASHA certification maintenance.  For more information about the conference and to see the conference highlights please check the Annual Conference section of the MSHA website.  We look forward to seeing you in East Lansing in March!

All conference forms can be found on the Annual Conference page, on the MSHA website.

It is not too late to get your Student Poster Session Submission in for the 2022 MSHA Annual Conference. The deadline is February 11, 2022. We are excited to once again have posters at the conference. Follow this link for the MSHA Call for Student Poster Session Papers.

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

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

How to Recruit Minority Students

Alice K. Silbergleit, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

How to Recruit Minority Students to the field of Speech-Language Pathology?
As a member of the newly formed Committee of Ambassadors (CoA) for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), I was excited to begin my two-year term educating the community about the diverse aspects of speech-language pathology (SLP).  In addition to promoting SLP, finding ways to expand the diversity within our profession by recruiting males and minorities to the field was a goal of mine. According to ASHA’s 2020 Annual Demographic and Employment Data (, only 3.7% of speech-language pathologists are males and only 8.5% of ASHA members and affiliates identify as members of racial minorities (27.6% of the U.S. population identifies as a racial minority).

Although a lofty goal, how does one go about spreading the word of the wonders of SLP to the high school or undergraduate minority students in our community? Discussions with my friend and colleague, Tausha Moore, Clinical Instructor at Wayne State University (WSU), led to ideas of being part of a career day at local Detroit high schools (virtual or in-person) and networking with the student recruiting office at WSU among others.

While in the process of researching our ideas, a fortuitous phone call in June 2021 helped pursue this goal on a national level.  Earlexia Norwood, M.D., Service Chief, Family Medicine Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Director, Practice Development and Community Education for Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) and Assistant Clinical Professor WSU School of Medicine called me to explain that under the leadership of Dr. Steven Kalkanis, CEO of the Henry Ford Medical Group (HFMG), and Thomas K. Hudson, President of Jackson State University (JSU), a new partnership was being formed between the two organizations to recruit minorities into medicine and related healthcare professions.  Collaborating with JSU was strategic as it is the sixth largest of the 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in our nation, has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a research-intensive university and was the recipient of the “First in the World” grant for STEM. The HFMG/JSU program involved a month-long observation and research experience for undergraduate students interested in the medical field. Dr. Norwood inquired if I would be willing to accept an undergraduate Communication Sciences and Disorders student in July as part of this pilot program.  Of course, I was happy to do so, and informed Dr. Norwood of the serendipitous nature of her call given the background work I was already doing related to the same topic. The student, Verlondrea Austin, and I met on a virtual interview in which she expressed her love of working with children.  In order to provide Verlondrea with a variety of opportunities in SLP, she was scheduled for adult and pediatric inpatient and outpatient supervised experiences so she could learn from the wide breadth of patients we see in our field, and with a variety of supervisors. After two weeks of observations, Verlondrea worked with the HFMG department of Public Health Sciences to present a final research project on incidence of autism in the metropolitan Detroit area.

According to Verlondrea “…as a student, you always look for someone to give you a chance whether that is a chance to network, or just have a certain exposure that would help you advance in life. I took advantage of each opportunity that everyone has given me and I did not let any learning opportunity slip, especially when it came to questions or added knowledge that I gained from any SLP that I shadowed. This HBCU Pilot experience is something that I would never put in the same company as regret, but a blessing in disguise. With all the people I have met, the knowledge that was poured into me, the conversations I was able to hear, and the rooms I was able to enter, it’s a student’s wildest dream.”

Although the program has ended for the summer, it is the beginning of what we hope to be a lasting relationship with JSU and other universities to expose minority students to the varied aspects of speech-language pathology in a health care setting.  We continue to focus our work in the local communities of Detroit as well and hope to report back on other successful programs in the future.

Alice K. Silbergleit, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Director, Speech-Language Sciences and Disorders
Speech-Language Pathologist
Senior Bio-Scientific Staff
Department of Neurology
Henry Ford Health System
Associate professor (Clinician Educator) FTA
Department of Neurology
Wayne State University School of Medicine


Foundation Scholarship Competition

Katie A. Strong, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing-Foundation Graduate Scholarship Competition

The Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation is pleased to announce the application process for a competitive scholarship. This scholarship award is intended for graduate students in their final year of a professional program (Master’s SLP or AuD) in the state of Michigan who intend to work in the state of Michigan following graduation. The scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $500.00. Application Deadline: Friday, February 4, 2022 at 5:00pm Eastern Time. Visit for more information.


MSHA Member Updates

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

Congratulations to Dr. D'Jaris Coles-White, a  groundbreaking leader in the field of speech-language pathology who is joining the Western community as a Presidential Innovation Professor. Dr. Coles-White's research focuses on multicultural issues in speech disorders and development of social language skills in children with autisim spectrum disorders.

Congratulating Karen O’Leary for Her Years of Service. Karen O’Leary, Director of Speech and Language Clinics and Clinical Coordinator for Speech-Language Pathology at Wayne State University is retiring at the end of the 2021 calendar year.
She has been a dedicated member of the speech-language pathology profession since 1981 and has been a long-standing active MSHA member. Karen received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, and her Master of Arts degree from Wayne State University. She joined the faculty of Wayne State University in 1990, and has served as course instructor, clinical supervisor, and advisor to undergraduate and post-bachelor’s students. In 2009, she became Director of Wayne State University’s Speech and Language Center (now Speech and Language Clinics), Clinical Program Director for Speech-Language Pathology, and Clinical Coordinator for Speech-Language Pathology. During her time at Wayne State, Karen has mentored and advised students, supervised student projects, presented at ASHA, MSHA, and other local institutions, organized and presented continuing education events on clinical education, ethics, and student supervision throughout Michigan, and served on numerous university and professional association committees. Karen has also consistently secured funding for supporting Wayne State’s Speech and Language Clinics. She is deeply admired by students, having received the Wayne State CSD department’s “Professor of the Year” award multiple times, and an “Excellence in Teaching” award from Wayne State’s College of Liberal Arts and Science. Her dedication and support of students and clinical education is noteworthy and admirable. In honor of her parents, Karen and her husband, Dr. John O’Leary, developed the Walter and Cecelia Mayor Schultz Endowed Scholarship for graduate students in Wayne State’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. We appreciate her presence and tireless efforts for continually raising the bar for student success, and wish her well in the next chapter of her journey!
Wayne State University Welcomes New Clinic Director, 
Tausha Moore, M.A., CCC-SLP, is the newly appointed Director of Speech and Language Clinics and Clinical Coordinator for Speech-Language Pathology at Wayne State University, beginning in January 2022. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences at Michigan State University and Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Memphis. Tausha joined Wayne State University as a full-time Clinical Instructor in 2008 and has also served as advisor to undergraduate students. She has been team leader for the Speech Therapy Education Program for Stroke Survivors (STEPSS) within the Wayne State Speech and Language Clinics, and has taught courses in neurogenic communication disorders, clinical practicum, and dysphagia. Tausha’s areas of specialty are medical speech language pathology, adult neurogenic communication disorders, and dysphagia, including neonatal feeding and swallowing. She also maintains an affiliation with the Henry Ford Hospital. We gladly welcome Tausha into this position!

Wayne State University Welcomes Two New Faculty

Keri Morgan, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a clinical instructor and supervisor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech communication from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Master of Arts degree in communication studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Keri teaches undergraduate courses in language and phonological disorders, and clinical practicum. Her clinical interests include child language disorders and speech sound disorders.

Xiying Guan, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. He received his Ph.D. Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in audiology. Dr. Guan’s research focuses on understanding the structure-function relationship of the ear under normal and pathological conditions, with the long-term goal of developing diagnostics and devices to treat hearing loss and other hearing disorders.

Congratulations to Allison Mezo, M.A., CCC-SLP for the birth of her baby Kristofer Gabriel on September 11 of 2021.

Helen D. Frizzo, M.A., was granted Life Membership at the Executive Board meeting on October 29,2021. Helen retired in 2002 from Detroit Public Schools after working as a Teacher of the Speech-Language Impaired for 20 years. Congratulations and thank you for your ongoing commitment to MSHA!

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Thank You 2021 Conference Sponsors

MSHA offers a heartfelt thanks to the following companies and universities (in no particular order) for their support as a 2021 Conference Sponsors 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 2022 Conference Sponsor please contact MSHA office at or visit the MSHA website to view all options
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