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ASHA's Arlene Pietranton Named Professional Society CEO of the Year by CEO Update

Association Leadership Award Winners Selected by Cross-Section of Association Community

(Rockville, MD - April 3, 2015)  

Arlene PietrantonASHA represents 182,000 audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. As CEO, Pietranton leads a staff of more than 280 individuals.

ASHA CEO since January 2004, Pietranton has overseen a time of tremendous success and growth for the organization. Major association accomplishments have included adopting a new vision statement, Making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all; completing a new, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly Gold-LEED certified home for its national office in December 2007; restructuring ASHA's governance model, which had been in place since 1969; growing its members and affiliates from just over 114,000 in 1994 to 182,000 today; introducing a slew of new programs and services for members; significantly increasing its international presence; and launching a series of award-winning public education campaigns, among many others.

Pietranton is also a leader in the broader association community. Currently, she serves as immediate past chair of the ASAE Board of Directors. In addition, she serves as a member of various committees of state and national professional and civic organizations.

Prior to being ASHA CEO, Pietranton served as ASHA's chief staff officer for speech-language pathology and as ASHA's director of health services. Before joining ASHA, Pietranton worked at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC, where she held several clinical and administrative positions, including director of speech-language pathology and audiology services, director of rehabilitation services, and administrative director of the Neurological Institute.

Her award will be presented at a CEO Update ceremony at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC, in September 2015.

 

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 182,000 audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

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