Candidate for Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy: Katheryn L. Boada, CCC-SLP

Katheryn L. Boada

Katheryn L. Boada, MA, CCC-SLP, is the director of Audiology, Speech Pathology and Learning Services at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colorado, and a past president of the Colorado Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA). She holds a BA in psychobiology from the University of Virginia, holds an MA in communication disorders from the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently enrolled in the Clinical Sciences PhD program through the Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute at the University of Colorado Denver.  

Boada’s professional service includes active roles on the Board of Directors for CSHA spanning the past 23 years, including president, vice president for public policy, secretary, and Professional Standards Committee chair. Her most rewarding accomplishments on the CSHA Board of Directors include facilitating close collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education and successfully leading the effort for state certification for speech-language pathologists, for which she received the CSHA Outstanding Contribution Award (2010). From 2013 to 2015, she served as ASHA’s Colorado Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council representative. Since 2003, she has served on the Colorado Department of Education’s Speech-Language Advisory Committee.

Boada has worked in clinical management and program development for more than 20 years; her areas of focus have included quality and safety program leadership, outcomes measurement, and departmental leadership. Prior to moving into clinical leadership, she worked in hospitals and outpatient clinics, focusing primarily on the treatment of neurogenic communication disorders, cognitive sequelae of acquired brain injury, voice and resonance disorders, swallowing disorders, and fluency disorders in both children and adults. Her passions include interprofessional collaboration, service access improvement via telepractice, advocacy for rehabilitative services, collaborative program development, and community and professional service. She regularly provides in-services, trainings, and invited lectures on clinical leadership, mentorship, and various clinical practice topics.

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The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:

What is your top priority if elected to the ASHA Board of Directors?

I believe that the top priority for the vice president of government relations and public policy should be to keep ASHA members informed about how pending legislation and regulations affect access to our services and/or our clinical practice. To do this, the vice president needs to foster collaborative relationships with our legislators, stay abreast of current issues and policy considerations, and help members understand the implications of any new regulations or changes to legislation. In this way, we, as an informed membership, can effectively engage our legislators to help them understand the consequences of their votes on their constituents. It is predominantly through connecting legislation to real-life stories and examples that elected officials can make truly informed decisions. This would be my top priority.

Why are you running for Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy on the ASHA Board of Directors?

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