American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Executive Council

Council Charge

NSSLHA is an independent 501c3 association for students interested in the professions of audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech, language, and hearing sciences. NSSLHA is governed by an executive council composed of 10 student Regional Councilors and one student Member-at-Large, 10 student Delegates, and one student Delegate-at-Large.

In addition to students, the council includes of four ASHA members who serve in a consultant role. Consultants serve for a 3-year term and are selected through an interview process conducted by the NSSLHA Executive Council. These positions are the National Advisor, Editor, Consultant for Educational Programming, and Consultant for Student Affairs. The NSSLHA National Advisor serves in a dual capacity on the ASHA Board of Directors, and the NSSLHA Editor serves on the ASHA Publications Board. The Consultant for Educational Programming also represents NSSLHA on the Scientific and Professional Education Board. Read more about the position descriptions of the Executive Council members.

ASHA/NSSLHA members selected for a position on the council will work on committees that establish policy and develop programs to carry out the mission of NSSLHA. Each committee has oversight of NSSLHA's national programs—Student Advocacy Day, CSD Career Awareness, CICSD Mentoring Program, NSSLHA Day at the ASHA Convention, the NSSLHA Grants Program, NSSLHA Honors, NSSLHA Loves, and the NSSLHA Scholarship. The Executive Council also has oversight of NSSLHA's annual operating budget.


  • Kathy Shapley, National Advisor
  • Valerie Boyer, Editor
  • Mitzi Ritzman, Consultant for Student Affairs
  • Suzanne Thompson, Consultant for Educational Programing

Staff Liaison

Dawn Dickerson, ex officio

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