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

Volume Forty Six, Number Two, May 2022

Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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2022-23 Executive Board and Advisory Assembly

MSHA Executive Board:
President: D'Jaris Coles-White, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
President-Elect: Rosalyn Davis, M.S., CCC-SLP
Past President:Derek E. Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Secretary: Hope Gerlach, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Treasurer: Gregory J. Spray, Ph.D., 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: Lesloe DeNardis, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP Elect for Prof Dev & Education: Justine Walker M.S., CCC-SLP
VP for Public Relations: Sarah Killinger, M.A., CCC-SLP/BCBA
VP for SLP/Healthcare: Timothy Zmudka, M.S., CCC-SLP
VP for SLP/Public Schools: Anthony Strevett, M.A., CFY-SLP
MSHA Advisory Assembly:
Communications and Networking: Marissa Swanson, M.A., CCC-SLP/BCaBA
Continuing Education: Lauren Evans, M.S., CCC-SLP
Ethics & Standards: Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
SLP Healthcare: Ramya Konnai, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
SLP Public School: Olivia Sowa-Kucharski, 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: Mariko Ito, 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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MSHA’s New Connection to Auburn University

Gregory J. Spray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP has accepted a position at Auburn University in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, which will begin August 16, 2022. Although Greg will be approximately 850 miles from the MSHA office, he will continue to serve on the Board of Directors for MSHF, while also serving as MSHA Treasurer.

2022 Student Poster Session Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the best student poster at the last MSHA 2022 Conference:
Early Pandemic Response and Remote Teaching Preparedness of Michigan Teachers: Brooke Barendsen,  Sydney Padgett and Eric Hunter, Ph.D., all from Michigan State University.

- Strategies for Working with English Language Learners as Monolingual and Bilingual First Semester Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Students: Madissen Vacha, B.S., Zoe King, B.S., and Courtney Karasinski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, all from Grand Valley State University.

Thank you to Psi Iota Xi, Michigan chapters Eta Omicron and Theta Taufor their support of these awards.  Our warmest thanks to both Chapters for their continued support of our students.

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 23-25, 2023 
at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo. For more information, please see the MSHA website at

Diversity Equality and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee had a booth at the 2022 Conference. We hope the Conference attendees had a chance to stop by the table to see what the Committee has been up to. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please email the MSHA office at

Join A Revolution In Speech Pathology

After 5 years of development by Speech-Language Pathologists, Engineers and Univerisites, we are introducing the world’s most advanced computer assisted tools to help revolutionize the practice and experience of speech pathology.

We are looking for SLP agencies and independents with paediatric practices to join our Early Adopter program at no cost.  You will have access to the full suite of SLP tools for you and your patients, and will receive TikTalk Certification Level 1 and 2.0 Certificate Maintenance Hours (CMHs) upon completion of our training seminar.

In certain situations our solution qualifies for reimbursement and can create a new revenue opportunities for private payers.

If you are passionate about continuous improvement and having a leading edge practice, then join us and learn about this unique program.
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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)

Thanks to our 2022 Conference Exhibits

Ali Turfe
Clinton County Resa-OIP          
Saliva Systems
Detroit Institute for Children                            
Seeds of Learning LLC
Eaton RESA   
Simple Thich, LLC
Special Education Mediation Services
Forbes AAC                   
Talk to me Technologies
Gelmix+ Purathick                      
Terry Landa-Discovery Toys
Hillsdale County ISD
Therapy Billing Solutions LCVB                                           
The Stepping Stones Group
METROEHS Pediatric Therapy
Tobii Dynavox
MI Rehab Solutions
Total Education Solutions
Usborne Books & More

From the President

D’Jaris Coles-White, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Greetings everyone! I would first like to thank everyone who participated in our first in person MSHA conference held in Lansing.  This was our first in-person gathering since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2 years ago and it was well received. [INSERT PICTURES] I would especially like to thank Dr. Gregory Spray, Justine Walker, Leslie DeNardis, Kim Wesoloski, Javiera Castillo, our conference volunteers, the vendors, and all the conference speakers, for making this year’s conference a big success!  I  would also like to recognize the MSHA Executive Board and Advisory Assembly for their invaluable input for conference speakers and events. In addition, I want to thank all of you, our conference attendees. Your participation is very much appreciated!
In addition, I would like to extend my sincere thank you to Dr. Derek Daniels for his year of leadership as MSHA President. Under your leadership along with the office staff, executive board, and advisory assembly, we were able to accomplish so much this year!  Under Derek’s leadership we implemented a new executive board position, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, held by Dr. Heather Ferguson along with a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. Another very important accomplishment this year was the work on the educational limited license. With Kelli Pierce’s advocacy and testimony along with Past President Gregory Spray and the sponsorship of Senators VanderWall and Bizon, SB 811 was supported in the House and is moving forward to the Senate! Thank you, Kelli Pierce, our Vice President of Advocacy, for the numerous hours of work you have done and continue to do to ensure that our SLP graduates may stay in Michigan!
Now I would like to formally introduce myself for those who I have yet to meet. I have lived in Michigan twice; once from 1998 – 2004, as a newly appointed assistant professor at Wayne State University, and now, “this time” since 2016. I am a native of Columbia, South Carolina. I received my bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing sciences from Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina, and my master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I moved from the south to the northeast and completed my Ph.D. in communication disorders at the University of Massachusetts in 1998. From there, I moved to Michigan, where I am currently an associate professor in the Department of Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences--College of Health, and Human Services and a recipient of a WMU Presidential Innovation Professorship Award. I enjoy teaching and mentoring students and conducting research in my lab.  My lab supports faculty and student lead research and community outreach on topics related to studying language, social communication development, and practices in neurodevelopmental divergent populations. Specifically, I am focused on the social, cultural, and language learning needs of Autistic children, adolescents, and young adults. I am a wife of 20 years and a mother to 18-year-old triplets, one of which is Autistic, I also have a daughter and a grandson. I have had my own personal journey with communication disorders and its impact on a person’s quality of life and their caregivers’ wellbeing.
I believe in service to the profession. Our associations are built by its members and is only strong as its volunteers. I was appointed by Governor Whitmer to the Michigan Board of Speech-Language Pathology (LARA). I have been an active volunteer on ASHA boards and committees (e.g., Multicultural Issues Board, 2010-2013, and member of Government Relations and Public Policy Board, 2014-2015; Chair in 2016) and with MSHA. I have served on the Advisory Assembly as the MSHA Member-At-Large, Southwest Representative from 2016-2021, and one year on the MSHA Executive Council as President-Elect. These experiences have given me valuable insights into the structure, operation, and needs of MSHA.
In closing, I want to express how honored I am to serve as your President for 2022 - 2023. The Executive Board and Advisory Assembly are here for you, and we encourage you to reach out to us. Our next conference will be at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Kalamazoo, March 23-25, 2022. Keep up the fabulous work!

D'Jaris Coles-White, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
President, Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Conference Updates

Justine Walker, M.S., CCC-SLP

Wow!  It is hard to believe the annual conference is over!  It was so nice to have everyone back in person.  Many conversations were had between colleagues regarding how to propel our profession forward in terms of diversity and inclusion. Our members' willingness to engage in difficult, but needed discussions surrounding these topics will only continue to produce positive changes in our profession. We hope you enjoyed the learning opportunities, luncheons, and networking opportunities. The program committee sincerely appreciates all of your feedback regarding your likes and dislikes from the conference as well as your recommendations for future speakers. 
Many thanks to our 2022 invited speakers, Wanda Lipscomb, Lawrence Prokop, Teresa Zwolan and Kelly Starr, Tera Sumpter, Kerry Mandulak, Derek Daniels, Valeria Matlock, Sara Morley LaCroix, Cathleen Johnson, Laura DeThorne and Kelly Searsmith, Emily Rubin, Greg Robinson, and Rachel Langley. 

The 2023 conference is scheduled for March 23-25, 2023 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. Please consider sharing your expertise by submitting a The Call for Papers.   We look forward to seeing you there!

Ethics and Standars Committee

Heather L. Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Licensure and Compliance
Beginning on Dec. 7, 2013, all speech-language pathologists in the state of MI were required to obtain and keep a current professional Michigan License. This license is renewed every two years. It is important to stay up to date with current educational requirements to maintain that license. For example, professionals must maintain their continuing education, take a human trafficking course, take a pain management course, and take an implicit bias training course. The MSHA website is an excellent resource for staying informed on the most current requirements.
Licensure is a protective measure for professionals and the people we serve. Licensure ensures that only the most qualified individuals are providing services to the children and adults in need of speech-language pathology services in the state of Michigan. Therefore, it is imperative that we protect our profession and our patients by remembering that only professionals with a speech-language pathology license may provide services in our state.
All practicing clinicians must be licensed and in compliance. This means that undergraduate and graduate students may not take positions, SLPAs may not work legally in Michigan and an SLPs with a license that is out of compliance may not work legally.
A recent Google search for SLP assistants in MI yielded too many positions to count for this article. Positions were in medical centers and schools and one salary range was an attractive $78,000-$99,000. With recent shortages across all job markets, we may see more and more advertisements, such as these. Additionally, schools and other centers may feel pressured to seek creative solutions for filling positions while shortages continue. It is imperative that we maintain the professional integrity of our licensure to continue to provide the best possible service to our community. 
Please do not hesitate to contact Heather Balog for further information regarding this issue (

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 on becoming incoming MSHA President, and sincere gratitude to past president Dr. Derek Daniels.  
Congratulations to Dr. Mark Lehman on his retirement. Dr. Lehman joined Central Michigan University's faculty of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1990.  He specialized in speech acoustics and taught courses in normal speech development, descriptive phonetics, acoustic phonetics, and research methods for undergraduate and graduate students.  Mark spent many summers supervising graduate student clinicians during CSD’s Summer Specialty Clinics (SSC).  On SSC’s carnival day, Mark always had a long line of campers eager to clean the shaving cream off his face with a water gun!   Mark could often be found advising students and he built bonds that will extend far past graduation. Mark served two terms as Chair of the department and provided strong and steady leadership during COVID-19.
Dr. Lehman’s retirement plans include travel, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren. 

Congratulations to Katie Strong, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. She was recognized with a Distinguished Contribution Award from the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders in April 2022 in Portland, Oregon.

Congratulations to Courtney Halbower on the birth of her beautiful daughter Haley Alexandra, who was born on February 5th.


Congratulations to the 2022 Michigan-Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Scholarship Recipient! Kassidy L. Blough, B.S. Graduate Clinician, Masters Student, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University.

Congratulations to Kathy Rigley on receipt of funding from the Parkinson's Voice Project. This award will allow us to train 2 SLP clinical instructors and up to an entire cohort of graduate students in Speak Out! & Loud! techniques.

This spring, WMU is proud to have distributed over $1,400 in UG scholarships/awards to 11 different undergraduate students.   

We are excited to share that our recent MA-SLP graduate Lauren Washington received a Promising Clinician Award from Chicago Speech Therapy. Go Lauren!  

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Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Award Winner

Lizbeth Stevens, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, ASHA Fellow, FNAP

Meet our scholarship recipient of 2022, Kassidy Blough, a recent graduate of Michigan State University’s Communicative Sciences and Disorders program. Kassidy received her award at the MSHA conference in March. Here is her story:
 I was introduced to the amazing field of speech-language pathology at a very young age. At 12 years old, I began volunteering at "Camp McYack," which is a camp for children who use augmentative and alternative communication devices. We spend this time utilizing communication opportunities and modeling social language through camp like activities including campfire songs, fishing, and jumping in the bounce house. This camp was started by my aunt, Kary Swiontek, who is also an SLP and who I like to call my lifelong supervisor.
 Through this experience, I knew that this field was right for me, and I was very excited to help all people gain and use their voices through several different modalities. 
After graduation I would love to continue to give back to my community and work within the Jackson, Michigan area. Working with children has been a passion of mine from a young age and I would love to continuing doing so. My goal is to not only provide speech and language therapy but educate and advocate for all people to have their communication needs met.  
I am beyond thankful and honored to have received the 2022 Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Scholarship award. This scholarship means a great deal to me, and I am very excited to graduate and begin my work within this field. Thank you so much to the MSHF board, Michigan State University, my clinical supervisors, and my amazing family for all the wonderful support.
Kassidy’s story appears on the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (MSHF) website along with stories of other award recipients. Check them out at:
The MSHFoundation was founded in 2006. Since 2009-2010 it has provided scholarships totaling over $35,000 to more than 90 graduate students studying audiology or speech-language pathology.  The foundation board would like to thank our many generous donors who make this possible.
Interested in donating? Then go to our website for information.
Lizbeth Stevens, PH.D.,CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow
MSHF President

Thanks to our 2022 Conference Sponsors

Many thanks to our Sponsors and Exhibitors for their support! We could not have done it without you.

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Save the Dates: Upcoming MSHA Conferences

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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