Chief Staff Officers
Lemmietta G. McNeilly,
Chief Staff Officer for Speech-Language Pathology
Lemmietta G. McNeilly, PhD, CCC-SLP, has served as ASHA’s Chief Staff Officer for Speech-Language Pathology since 2004. She is responsible for Government Relations and Public Policy, Speech-Language Pathology Practices (Clinical Issues, Health Care, and Schools), and Special Interest Divisions and International Liaison Programs.
Prior to joining ASHA, Dr. McNeilly served as founding chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Florida International University in Miami. Her administrative experiences span higher education (University of Florida, Howard University, South Carolina State University), health care systems (Braintree Hospital Rehabilitation Network, The Hospital for Sick Children), and educational settings (Anchorage School District). Her research and clinical expertise is in language disorders and swallowing disorders of medically fragile children. She has published and conducted seminars internationally for leaders in health care and academic arenas on various topics, including genomics for health care professionals, working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations in neonatal intensive care units, and children living with prenatal exposure to drugs and HIV.
Dr. McNeilly earned a BS in communicative disorders from Hampton University, an MA in speech-language pathology from South Carolina State University, and a PhD in speech-language pathology from Howard University. She is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a Diversity Executive Leadership Scholar of the American Society of Association Executives. She currently serves on the ASAE International Council and the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics Board. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons.