Winter 2023
The Newsletter of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Volume Forty Eight, Number One, January 2023

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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-Houck, 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: Leslie 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:  Ana Claudia Harten, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
VP for SLP/Public Schools: Olivia Sowa-Kucharski, M.A., CCC-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:  Ramya Konnai, 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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Honors of the Association

The Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association is pleased to bestow Honors of the Association to Ida J. Stockman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA-F, ASHA-H, Emerita Faculty, Michigan State University.  Her exceptional career as a speech, language, and hearing sciences scholar, educator, clinician and most importantly mentor has spanned more than 50 years. Dr. Stockman has made significant contributions to MSHA, as well as American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the National Black Association of Speech-Language-Hearing (NBASLH). Please join us at the Awards Lunch on March 24, 2023 at the MSHA Annual Conference to celebrate Dr. Stockman. Honors of the Association is the highest recognition MSHA can award an individual. 

Outstanding Clinician Award

Join your MSHA colleagues in celebrating two Outstanding Clinician Award Recipients for 2023 at the MSHA Annual Conference March 23-25, 2023 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. Mary Beth Smith M.A., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University and Scott Kienzle, M.A., CCC-SLP, Henry Ford Health, are both recipients of the Outstanding Clinician Award from the MSHA Healthcare Committee. They will receive their awards on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at the Medical SLP Luncheon Forum. Their exemplary and unique contributions to our profession and to the association have led to them being honored.

University Updates

Join WSU KOPP Seminar on April 28, 2023!!!

WMU Updates
Congratulations to  Dr. Hope Gerlach-Houck and fellow MSU colleagues on a recent award by the National Science Foundation focused on Making Voice-Activated AI Accessible and Fair to People who Stutter.  

Congratulations to  Dr.  Hope Gerlach-Houck on receipt of a 2022 ASHF New Investigator Research Grant for your proposal entitled, Real-Time Assessment of Daily Discrimination Experiences and Mood States Among Adults Who Stutter.


Congratulations to Dr. D'Jaris Coles-White and her colleagues on receiving competitive funding from the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) for their proposal entitled, Comparative Autism Research Effectiveness (CARE)!  

Congratulations to Tanya Timmerman, our ASL instructor and ASL curriculum coordinator was profiled in Voyage Michigan!   

Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Dumican  who was highlighted on the podcast, Swallow Your Pride.  

Congratulations to First-year MA-SLP student Hanna Kim, who was a recipient of the 2022 Asian Pacific Islander Scholarship!  
Congratulations to MA-SLP students, Grace Inch & Kaitlynn Harper, both received competitive WMU Graduate Student Travel Awards to present at ASHA in New Orleans this year.  

Congratulations to WMU students Kelli PierceKarli VanRyswykMariesa Rang, & Sabrina Schafer (together with mentor Laura DeThorne) who received a meritorious poster distinction at ASHA 2022!  

Congratulation to our alumni Dr. Treasyri Williams Wood, who was elected the new ASHA Board of Directors (SLP Member at Large)  
Congratulations to our alumni Jerrold Jackson on receipt of the 2022 ASHA Dorothy Dreyer Award for Volunteerism!    

New VP for the Health Care Committe

The MSHA Executive Board welcomes  Ana Claudia Harten, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Eastern Michigan University, to the Board. Ana Claudia was appointed to the position of Vice-President of the SLP Healthcare Committee in November. Ana Claudia and Ramya Konnai, Committee Chair, would like to invite all SLP Healthcare Clinicians to join the Committee. You can reach Ana Claudia through the MSHA office at

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

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 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 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

D’Jaris Coles-White, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Happy New Year members!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and is rejuvenated and ready to start 2023! As you may know conference time is just around the corner, so, save the date.  MSHA 2023 Conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel, March 23-25 Registration is now open. You can also access the conference program from our website. Our program committee has put together a wonderful lineup of speakers. We hope to see as many of you as possible.
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.
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,
D’Jaris Coles-White, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
President, Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Conference Updates

Leslie DeNardis, M.A., CCC-SLP

 Navigating a Changed Landscape: 
Rebuilding Resiliency

Please join us for MSHA Annual Conference, March 23-25, 2023 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. We are really excited to be back in Kalamazoo! The hotel has been recently renovated and is lovely.
As a 2023 conference attendee you will have the opportunity to increase your knowledge and skill set through an array of comprehensive courses. Both ASHA CEUs and SCECHs will be offered. Registration for the 2023 Annual Conference is open now!
MSHA members will soon receive in the mail the Preliminary Program with all the details for the 2023 MSHA Annual Conference: Navigating a Changed Landscape: Rebuilding Resiliency, March 23-25, 2023. The mailing will contain the Preliminary Program as well as the Conference Registration Form

We will be offering Short Courses, Mini-Seminars, Double Mini-Seminars and Poster Sessions. The three-day conference hosts several amazing speakers, sponsors, and incredible events, including the Welcome Reception, the Praxis Trivia Quiz Bowl, and Exhibitor Cocktail Party.
We are pleased to be able to offer all the required courses for your State License (LARA) and ASHA Certification. These required courses will be on Thursday, March 23, 2023 and will include Pain Management, Human Trafficking, Implicit Bias, Ethics and Supervision.

MSHA is offering an incredible line-up of speakers this year which you can see in the highlights below. 

Conference Highlights
For the Complete Program follow this link:
Thursday, March 23, 2023
▲ Julie Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP, Therapist Neurodiversity Collective will present a Short Course: Neurodiversity Movement and Evidence-Based SLP.
▲ Ross Mayerhoff, M.D., Henry Ford Health, will present: Medical and Surgical Management of Voice Disorders.
▲Cathleen Johnson, OTD, OTRL, FMiOTA, Promedica, will present: Pain Assessment and Client Educational Tools to Use Across the Lifespan. THIS PRESENTATION WILL SATISFY THE REQUIREMENT FOR MICHIGAN LICENSURE (LARA)
▲Rita O’Brien, LLMSW, Kalamazoo Area Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition, will present:  Human Trafficking. THIS PRESENTATION WILL SATISFY THE REQUIREMENT FOR MICHIGAN LICENSURE (LARA)
▲ Katharine Meyer, Esq, Senior Director of Ethics, ASHA, will present: 2023 Updates to the ASHA Code of Ethics. THIS PRESENTATION WILL SATISFY THE ASHA REQUIREMENT.
▲Janice Wright, M.A., CCC-SLP, F-OSLHA, Ohio University will present: Be a Willow-Strategies for Successful Supervisory Relationships. THIS PRESENTATION WILL SATISFY THE ASHA REQUIREMENT.
▲Larry Davis, M.A., LPC, NCC, ACS, LifeStance Therapy will present: Implicit Bias Training. THIS PRESENTATION WILL SATISFY THE LARA AND ASHA REQUIREMENT.
Friday, March 24, 2023
▲ Julie Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP, Therapist Neurodiversity Collective will present a Short Course: Social Skills “Training”: A Neurodiversity-Affirming Framework.  
▲ Joseph Murray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Health will present 2 Short Courses: Update on Instrumental Dysphagia Assessment (Friday AM) and The Oral Biome and Aspiration Pneumonia: Establishing an Oral Care Program (Friday PM).  
▲ Tina Moreno, M.A., CCC-SLP, Voices4All, will present a Short Course: AAC, School-aged Transitions and Beyond: Considerations for Vocabulary Selection, Implementation, and Access to AAC for Authentic and Autonomous Communication.
▲ MSHA Awards Lunch will feature Yvette Hyter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP ASHA Fellow, Western Michigan University speaking on Emerging Resilient. Presentation of MSHA Honors and the MSHF Student Scholarship.

Saturday, March 25, 2023
▲ Amy Ramage, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, University of New Hampshire, will present 2 Short Courses on: State of the Pandemic: How Has COVID-19 Effected SLP Service Delivery and What Shall We Do Moving Forward (Saturday AM) and Standard of Care in a Post-COVID-19 World: assessment and Intervention Workshop for Cognitive Fog in Survivors (Saturday PM).
▲ Marie Ireland, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, Charles Strut University will present 2 Short Courses: Through the Lens of a School SLP: Research and Best Practice for Decision Making (Saturday AM) and Dynamic Assessment: Tools to Reduce Bias and Identify Learning Potential (Saturday PM).
▲ Public School Forum Lunch will feature Kelly Vess, M.A., CCC-SLP, Research to Practice Preschool SLP speaking on: The Power of Narratives to Change Children’s Lives.
▲The Medical SLP Forum Lunch will feature Sarah Baar, M.A., CCC-SLP, Honeycomb Speech Therapy speaking on: A Primer on PROMS as a Key Tool in Person-Centered

We would like to encourage all students to submit a 2023 Student Poster Submission. The deadline for submissions is February 10, 2023. All forms can be found on the MSHA website.

For additional information please contact MSHA at 517/332-5691, or visit our website:

We look forward to seeing you in Kalamazoo!
Leslie DeNardis, V-P for Professional Development and Education

Updates Michigan Speech Language Hearing Foundation (MSHF)

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

Happy New Year to all!  The Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (MSHF) is excited to announce new additions to its board:
Gloria Polk and Sherry Kuhn. They will be joining the board in March. Gloria currently serves on MSHA’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Sherry is a past MSHA secretary and president.  In addition, we are pleased to welcome Tammy Shilling, associate Clinical professor at Andrews University, as the new MSHA liaison to the foundation. Tammy replaces Ashley Gutowski, a past MSHF award recipient, who served faithfully as MSHA liaison from 2017-2022.
Over the past 17 years since the founding of MSHF in 2006, over 100 students have received scholarships. A total of over $30,000 has been distributed.  We have continued to award scholarships annually even over the course of the pandemic thanks to generous donors like you. Please visit our website: or our facebook page for more information about scholarship recipients and ways to donate.  If you are a student, please check out the application for the 2023 MSHF scholarship.
As always, we appreciate all that you as professionals do every day to help individuals with communication disorders. Thank you as well for your support of the foundation and of students. Again wishing you a safe and meaningful year.

Liz Stevens, President, MSHF

MSHF Board 2022-2023
Pam Ansell       
Alyssa Eminhizer            
Courtney Halbower
Sherry Kuhn (2023)
Brian McTaggart
Gloria Polk (2023)             
Kathy Rigley
Greg Spray          
Lizbeth Stevens
John Stevens               
Katie Strong                    
Tim Weise

MSHA Liaison: Tammy Shilling

Association's Bylaws Changes

The MSHA Executive Board has voted 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.

SECTION 1. The Advisory Assembly shall consist of the following standing committees, chairpersons, and members at large, an Advocacy Committee, Audiology Committee, Communications & Networking Committee, Diversity Equality & Inclusion Committee, Ethics Committee, Finance Committee, SLP Healthcare Committee, (Private Practice Committee), Professional Development Committee, Program Committee, Public School Committee, Student Affairs Committee, Members-at-Large for Northeast Michigan, Northwest Michigan, Southeast Michigan, Southwest Michigan, Upper Peninsula and Student.

SECTION 2. Membership of Committees.-proposed
a. The Finance Committee shall consist of the Finance Committee Chair and other appointed members. The Finance Committee Chair reports to the Treasurer.
b. The Diversity, Equality, & Inclusivity Committee shall consist of the Diversity, Equality, & Inclusivity Committee Chair and other appointed members. The Diversity, Equality, & Inclusivity Chair reports to the Vice President of Diversity, Equality, & Inclusion.
c. 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, Equality, & Inclusion.
d. The Advocacy Committee shall consist of the Advocacy Committee Chair and other appointed members. The Advocacy Committee Chair shall report to the Vice-President of Advocacy.
e. The Public Schools Committee shall consist of the Public Schools Chair, and other appointed members. A majority of the committee shall be comprised of members from the public school setting. The Public Schools Committee Chair reports to the Vice President of Public Schools.
f. The Healthcare Committee shall consist of the Healthcare Committee Chair and other appointed members. A majority of the committee shall be comprised of members with interest and/or expertise in these areas. The Healthcare Committee Chair reports to the Vice President of Healthcare.
g. The Program Committee shall consist of the Program Committee Chair(s) and other appointed members, including a representative from the Professional Development Committee. The Program Committee Chair(s) report to the Vice-President of Professional Development.
h. The Communications & Networking Committee shall consist of the Communications & Networking Committee Chair and other appointed members appointed by the Committee Chair. The Communications and Networking Committee Chair reports to the Vice-President of Public Relations.
i. The Professional Development Committee shall consist of the Professional Development Chair and other appointed members including a representative from the Program Committee. The Professional Development Chair reports to the Vice-President of Professional Development.
j. The Student Affairs Committee shall consist of the Student Affairs Committee Chair and other appointed members. A majority of the committee shall be comprised of students in training. The Student Affairs Committee Chair reports to the Vice-President of Membership.
k. The Audiology Committee shall consist of the Audiology Committee Chair and other appointed members. A majority of the committee must consist of members who are audiologists. The Audiology Committee Chair reports to the Vice President of Audiology.
(l. The Private Practice Committee shall consist of the Private Practice Chair and other appointed members. The Private Practice Committee Chair should report to the Vice-President of SLP Healthcare.)

 SECTION 1. Honors and Awards
 (Three) types of Association awards, Honors of the Association, Distinguished Service Award and the (Ida J. Stockman Award for Diversity and Infusion) may be awarded to individuals by the Association upon approval by the Executive Board. An Awards Committee shall be comprised of no fewer than 5 members. A recommendation for Association recognition may be made by any Professional member at any time to the Committee. These nominations should include a vita of the person nominated and must include the reasons for the nomination. Any recommendation for recognition must be considered by the Executive Board at a regular meeting prior to the presentation of the award and be approved by three-fourths of the Executive Board.
Honors of the Association. Honors of the Association shall be awarded to members of the Association in recognition of distinguished contributions in Speech and Language Pathology, Audiology, and/or Education of the Hearing Impaired over a substantial period of time. This is the highest award the Association can bestow.
Distinguished Service Award. A Distinguished Service Award shall be presented to an individual for a specific outstanding contribution to the Association or the speech and/or hearing profession.
(Ida J. Stockman Award for Diversity and Infusion. The Ida J. Stockman Award for Diversity and Infusion shall be awarded to members of the Association in recognition of 
their contributions 1)  to promote the fair treatment and full participation of all individuals with communication and swallowing disorders across service delivery settings, and/or 2) to increase the presence of populations who have historically been under-represented or subjected to discrimination because of their background, identity, or disability.)
 Other committees may establish recognition awards, to be approved by the Executive Board.


MSHA Member Updates

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