February 2022
The Newsletter of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Volume Forty Seven, Number One, February 2022

Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Meet our New Administration Consultant

 MSHA would like to welcome Javiera (Javi) Castillo as our new Administrative Consultant. Javi  is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist from the country of Chile. She is here with her husband Adrian, who is on a Fulbright Scholarship at Michigan State University, and their pet baby Mia. 

Javi has been working at MSHA since November and is a much welcomed addition to the staff. Please make sure to stop at the registration desk at the conference and welcome Javi to MSHA!

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 https://www.michiganspeechhearing.org/licensure.php

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


Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (MSHF)
Celebrates its 16th anniversary

The beginning. The year was 2006. Jennifer Granholm was MI governor, completing her first term, to be reelected in November of 2006. ASHA president was Alex Johnson.  It was on February 21, 2006, that the Articles of Incorporation as a NonProfit Directorship Corporation were signed for the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (MSHF). Later, on March 14, 2006, these same Articles were filed with the Corporation and Security Bureau of the State.  MSHF had arrived! (See “Happy 15th Birthday MSHF” in the May 2021 MSHA newsletter for more history of MSHF).  
Time marches on. MSHF awarded its first scholarships or “Book Awards” four years later. In 2009 five university programs were invited to select the students to receive the awards. Two awards of $50 each were given to the following universities: Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Michigan State, Wayne State, and Western Michigan. The very first awards were presented at a banquet in the Kalamazoo Ladies Library Association Building in March 2010. Central and Western selected a single student to receive the whole amount given them (i.e., $100). Wayne State provided matching funds so that 4 students from Wayne received awards. A total of $600 (that include $100 in matching funds from Wayne State) was given to 10 students.
2021-2022.  In these two years of the ongoing Covid pandemic the MSHF has chosen to award a single scholarship of $500. While this is ten times that of our initial award, only one per year is being given due to fundraising limitations.  We hope that you will consider donating to the foundation. In the words of Marin Luther King, Jr.:
Life’s persistent and most urgent question is “What are you doing for others?”

If you are attending the conference, please think about giving an item or basket for our silent auction. If not, please make a donation at www.msha-foundation.org/   Again, thank you for all you do for our professions.
Liz Stevens, President, MSHF

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

MSHA Honors of the Association

Join us on Friday March 25, 2022 at the MSHA Awards Lunch to celebrate Katie Strong, PhD., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University, on receiving 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 $20.00 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!

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)

From the President

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

It’s conference time! As you know, our conference will take place in East Lansing at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center from March 24 to 26. Registration is now open. You can also access the conference program from our website. Our program committee has put together a nice lineup of speakers. We hope to see as many of you as possible. We haven’t been together for two years, so it will be nice to reconnect. We are also pleased to honor Dr. Katie Strong with MSHA Honors of the Association. Dr. Strong is a faculty member at Central Michigan University and has made outstanding contributions to MSHA.
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.
Finally, this is my last “From the President” column. It’s been an honor to serve as your President. Our organization continues to grow and evolve, thanks to the efforts of our leadership and all of you. Together, we are strong!
With much appreciation,
Derek E. Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
President, Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association




2022 MSHA Annual Conference

Justine Walker, M.S., CCC-SLP

The annual MSHA conference is just over a month away!  We are excited to welcome all of you to the Kellogg Center in East Lansing from March 24th-26th for our in-person conference.  This year's conference, Connecting Our Diverse Pathways: Highlighting and Embracing Difference and Change, is sure to bring many opportunities for learning, growing, and networking. We are excited to host experts in our field from all over the country and state. Opportunities will also be provided for earning continuing education in the required areas of implicit bias training, supervision, ethics, human trafficking, and pain management. 
To register for the conference and to see conference highlights, please visit https://www.michiganspeechhearing.org/annual_conference.php.  
Opportunities for sponsorship for the 2022 conference are still available!  If you are interested in sponsoring or hosting an exhibit table at this year's conference, please email msha@att.net.
We look forward to seeing you and learning with you in East Lansing this spring

We look forward to seeing you in East Lansing in 2022!
Justine Walker, MS, CCC-SLP
VP of Professional Development and Education

Conference Program Update

We are one month away from meeting again in a face-to-face format, and we are so excited to see all of you again!!!

We have a great conference planned with speakers from across the country.  On Thursday afternoon Tera Sumpter will present on Cognitive Processing Model for Academic Learning and on Friday morning she will present on Executive Functioning, On Friday morning Kerry Mandulak will present on Predicting Academic and Clinical Success: A Conversion to Examine Beliefs about Merit and Consider How to Diversify the Field of CSD and on Friday afternoon Laura DeThorne and Kelly Searsmith will present Developing Neurodiversity-Affirming Clinical Practice: Implications for Autism  and all day Saturday Emily Rubin will present on Finding the "Fuel" for Learning Social Emotional Engagement-Knowledge and Skills (See-Ks) Part A and B and Greg Robinson will present Working With and Supporting a Gender-Diverse Population: How SLPs and Audiologists Can Dismantle Oppressive Systems to Benefit Everyone and in the afternoon they will present on Gender Affirming Voice and Communication Services 101: Client-Driven Approach. You won't want to miss the great speakers we have for our luncheons!

We will offer courses on Pain Management, Human Trafficking, and Implicit Bias which will satisfy the Michigan SLP License requirement. We will also offer Ethics and Supervision which will satisfy the ASHA requirement.

There have been some changes made to the program. Please see below the changes: 
Thursday, March 24th 
- Cathleeen Johnson, OTD, OTRL, FMiOTA, from Michigan Occupational Therapy Association, is presenting Pain Assessment and Management from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Auditorium Room. This presentation will satisfy the SLP License requirement.

There are some changes to the schedule on Saturday March, 26th
- Rachel Langley M.A., CCC-SLP from Reach Language, LLC, will be presenting a 90 minute double mini-seminar titled Authentic Communication with AAC: Strategies for Implementation in Natural Settings, form 1:30 to 3:00 pm in Room 104 AB. For more information please check the Preliminary Program on the MSHA website.
- Elizabeth Cronkrite, M.A., CCC-SLP 10:30 to 11:30 am in Room 103 AB
- Juliana Codino, Ph.D., CCC-SLP ,  8:30 to 10:30 am in Room 105 AB
- Lady Cantor, SLP, MSc., Ph.D.,10:30 to 11:30 am in Room 105 AB
- Kathryn Genoa-Obradovich, M.A., CCC-SLP and Jeff Searl, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA-F, 10:30-11:30 am in Room 106 A

Please keeping checking the program for any updates


Kellogg Room Reservation New Deadline

We have extended the deadline to Book Rooms for the special rate at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center until February 28, 2022. We encourage you to make your reservation before the deadline to guarantee the group rate.  When reserving your room please use the Group Code 2203MISPEE  We can't guarantee you a room at the Kellogg Hotel after this date.


Early Bird Deadline

The Early Bird Deadline for registering for the MSHA Conference is March 3, 2022. If you register before that date you will save 25% on your registration fee. Who doesn't like to save some money!!  You can find all the registration material on our website at https://www.michiganspeechhearing.org/annual_conference.php

Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

Heather Ferguson PhD., CCC-SLP

The Michigan Speech-Language and Hearing Association is excited to announce the newly formed Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. A timely forward-thinking initiative, by the current President Derek Daniels, Past President, Greg Spray and President Elect, D’Jaris Coles-White led to the development of a list of professionals within the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology with a passion for diverse, equitable and inclusive practices. Twelve MSHA members agreed to form this inaugural committee. The DEI committee members are:
Heather Ferguson (VP of DEI/Committee Chair)
Aaron Hardy-Smith
Jenica Joseph
Gloria Polk
Jouel Truesdell-Lewis
Laura DeThorne
Li Hsieh
Phillip Stone
Tiffany Cobb
Yvette Hyter
Ana Claudia Harten
Jayne McGee
Through its mission the DEI committee acknowledges and recognizes its critical responsibilities. The MSHA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee is dedicated to developing, promoting, and utilizing responsive and transformative practices and policies with explicit inclusion of historically excluded and marginalized individuals in the process of becoming a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization. This mission sets the tone for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, the patients they serve, and students within Communication Sciences and Disorders programs in the State of Michigan. The work of the committee will include but is not limited to engagement that will educate, inform, empower, and advocate on issues surrounding gender, gender identity, ethnicity, disabilities, visible minorities, and other marginalized groups.
Going to MSHA? We would love to meet MSHA members at our information table. If you don’t have time to stop by and say hello, find one of us wearing the “All In DEI!” ribbon. We would love to talk with you. And yes, volunteers to serve on the committee are welcome.

Heather Ferguson PhD., CCC-SLP
V-P Diversity & Inclusion


In Memoriam

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


We are sad to report that Gregory Jacoby passed away on February 8, 2022. Greg was a speech-language pathologist who worked for Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) for several years before his retirement. Greg initially worked in hotel and restaurant management before arriving in speech-language pathology. He completed post-bachelor coursework at Wayne State University and went on to complete his master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati. Greg worked in healthcare before beginning his tenure at DPSCD. While at DPSCD, he served as Special Education Supervisor for Communication Disorders and Audiology, and Exception Student Education Supervisor for Communication Disorders. Greg was an active supporter of MSHA, and a regular MSHA conference attendee. He always presented a kind and positive outlook towards everyone and everything. He cared deeply for his family, friends, colleagues, and the children he served at DPSCD. Greg persevered with uncommon grace, persistence, and thoughtfulness towards all. He will be dearly missed.  
Services arrangements for Greg are as follows:
Saturday, February 19, 2022 
Location:    Sacred Heart Chapel-Marygrove Conservancy
                     8425 W. McNichols
                     Detroit, MI 48221
Viewing:        9:00 am
Funeral:       10:00 am
Cards and Condolences may be sent to:
Mr. Eugene & Mrs. Patricia Jacoby (Greg’s Parents)
1208 S. Timberview Trail
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Donations (Tribute Gift), made in Greg's memory, can be sent to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, or online at: https://www.cskdetroit.org/more-than-about-food/

MSHA Member Updates

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

Eastern Michigan University welcomes New Internship Coordinator.Jennifer Webster, M.A., CCC-SLP is the newly appointed internship coordinator for the EMU Communication Sciences and Disorders program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Impairment with a minor in Children’s Literature at Eastern Michigan University and Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Eastern Michigan University. Jennifer joined EMU in 2018 as a part-time lecturer and has taught courses in phonological, articulation, and language disorders; early intervention; and anatomy & physiology. Jennifer worked as a public-school speech language pathologist for 10 years, and currently provides pediatric services in the private sector.

Hold the date for Western Michigan University's 2022 Van Riper Lecture to be held virtually on Friday September 23, 2022 and to feature Dr. Charles Ellis, who offers expertise in health disparities and neurologic disorders 

Western Michigan University student Abondance Kibadi obtained his first hearing aids thanks to collaborative efforts with Western’s Charles Van Riper Language, Speech, & Hearing Clinic, Sindecuse Health Center, the Student Academy of Audiology, and Phonak; see details here.  

On February 11, 202  Western Michigan University SLHS hosted a Valentines for Healthcare workers event--a small thank you with big heart for our professionals on the front lines of this pandemic.  

Kathryn Fransted, M.A., was granted Life Membership at the Executive Board meeting on January 21, 2022. Katheryn retired in 2020 after working for Pleasant Public Schools from 1991 to 2020 . Congratulations and thank you for your ongoing commitment to MSHA!

If you have content you would like featured please contact the MSHA office, msha@att.net

Career Page

Did you know MSHA has a Career page on the website? If you're looking for a job please check our job listing at https://www.michiganspeechhearing.org/careers.php If you would like to list a job you can find the job form on the website.

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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