2016 Continuing Education Board (CEB)

The CEB develops the policies and procedures of the ASHA Continuing Education (CE) program. It comprises nine volunteer ASHA members and two monitoring vice presidents from the ASHA Board of Directors who serve as liaisons. The ASHA CE staff at the National Office implement the policies and procedures developed by the CEB. Nineteen ASHA CE staff directly support the CEB's work. The ASHA CE program:

  • Promotes participation in CE by audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • Approves providers that meet CEB standards
  • Evaluates and registers CE courses offered by ASHA CE Providers
  • Awards ASHA Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to participants in registered courses
  • Issues official ASHA CE Registry transcripts
  • Transmits ASHA CEU information to credentialing and licensing agencies
  • Provides an Award for Continuing Education (ACE) as an incentive for participation in CE
  • Maintains a computerized recordkeeping service through the ASHA CE Registry

2016 Continuing Education Board

2016 ASHA Continuing Education Board From left to right back row: Jo Ann Linseisen, Amy Weiss, Jennifer Fisher, Tracy Ball, Kerri Phillips, Renee Levinson, Ellen Fagan. From left to right front row: Tanya Shores, Valeria Matlock, Lissa Power-deFurr, Ana Claudia Harten, Emi Isaki.

Chair: Amy L. Weiss, PhD, CCC-SLP

Amy L WeissAmy is a professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Rhode Island and serves as the graduate coordinator of their master of science in speech pathology program. She teaches courses in language disorders of young children and school-age children, phonological disorders, fluency disorders, and multicultural issues. An NIH grant recipient, Amy is also a board-recognized Specialist in Child Language (ASHA), the author of the text Resource Guide on Preschool Language Disorders (Thomson Learning) and the editor of the text Perspectives on Individual Differences Affecting Therapeutic Change in Communication Disorders (Psychology Press). She has authored or co-authored more than a dozen book chapters and 35 journal articles. She served as the chairperson of the Board of Division Coordinators for ASHA's Special Interest Division (now SIGs) program (2008-2010), coordinator of SIG 1, Language Learning and Education (2005-2007), a member of ASHA's Scientific and Professional Education Board, and a frequent topic coordinator for ASHA's Annual Convention. Amy has also served as the secretary of the International Fluency Association since 2006. Her career experiences in the clinic have included direction of a language-based preschool classroom, providing hospital-based services, and the clinical training of hundreds of graduate students at Purdue University, the University of Colorado, and the University of Iowa, prior to her employment at the University of Rhode Island. Amy was named an ASHA Fellow in 2007.

Tracy Ball, MA, CCC-SLP

Tracy BallTracy Ball received his bachelor of arts degree in communication disorders from North Carolina State University and his master of arts degree in speech-language pathology from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Tracy started his career in the North Carolina Public Schools where he worked for 6 years as an SLP mentor for new hires. During his time in the schools, he worked with all populations in public self-contained schools, and traditional schools from ages 4–22 years. Tracy was a committee member for the Department of Public Education charged in creating the Speech-Language Pathologist Performance Appraisal Instrument. Before his transition to private practice, Tracy was a committee member on the ASHA Ad Hoc Committee on School Issues from 2013–2014. Tracy currently works as the Director of Operations for Pediatric Theraplay Inc., a private practice located in the greater Charlotte, North Carolina metro area.

Marcia Clark Adunka, AuD, CCC-A

Marcia Clark AdunkaMarcia Clark Adunka served as the Director of Audiology at the University of North Carolina Hospitals until a move to Ohio in late 2014. A native of North Carolina, she attained her undergraduate degree at UNC Greensboro and subsequently received her audiology training at UNC Chapel Hill. After graduating, she joined UNC's adult cochlear implant team and took her first leadership position when she became the clinical coordinator of the program. In this role, she was able to help grow the clinical volume and establish UNC as one of the premier cochlear implant centers in the nation. In 2006, Dr. Adunka completed her doctorate in audiology through the University of Florida, and in 2012, she became the director of audiology at UNC Hospitals. During her tenure at UNC, she grew all aspects of the hospital's pediatric and adult audiology programs and has been a strong advocate for the integration of both academic and clinical practices of audiology.

Ana Claudia Harten, PhD, CCC-SLP

Ana Claudia HartenAna is an associate professor at Eastern Michigan University, teaching courses in Multicultural Issues in Speech-Language Pathology, Neurogenic Disorders, and Voice. She has published and presented in national and international venues, and her research interests focus on teaching and learning in higher education, multiculturalism, phonological awareness, voice, text comprehension, and aphasia. She has served ASHA on different capacities, including as a reviewer for ASHA's Grant Program for the Projects on Multicultural Activities and ASHA's Minority Student Leadership Program. She has also served as a member of ASHA Convention Program Committees (Academic/ Educational Issues, Global Issues, and Cultural/Linguistic Diversity topic committees), as well as on the ASHA Multicultural Issues Board. She is currently the editor for ASHA Special Interest Group 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education.

Jennifer M. Fisher, MS, CCC-SLP

Jennifer FisherJennifer received her Baccalaureate in 1998 from Harding University and a master's degree from the University of Central Arkansas in 2000. She spent 7 years working as a school-based speech-language pathologist. In 2007, she joined the faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Harding University where she currently serves as instructor, externship clinic director, and continuing education administrator. She teaches courses in normal speech and language development, phonetics, and speech sound disorders. Jennifer has served on the Arkansas Speech-Language Hearing Association Board as vice president of continuing education where the role included planning and coordinating the state-wide annual convention.

Emi Isaki, PhD, CCC-SLP

Emi IsakiEmi Isaki is an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She obtained her MS degree at the University of Utah and PhD at the University of Arizona. She currently teaches graduate courses related to medical speech-language pathology and adult neurogenic disorders, guides student research, and supervises graduate students in the NAU Speech and Hearing Clinic. In the past, she has served on the ASHA Multicultural Issues Board. Her areas of research interest include mild traumatic brain injury/concussion with college athletes, pragmatic deficits in clients with chronic traumatic brain injury, multicultural issues in communication disorders, and community re-entry following neurogenic disorders.

Valeria R. Matlock, EdD, CCC-A

Valeria Roberts MatlockValeria R. Matlock, EdD, CCC-A, is an associate professor and the coordinator of the undergraduate concentration program at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. As an audiologist, she specializes in auditory processing disorders, pediatric hearing assessment, audiologic re/habilitation, and auditory evoked potential. She works with clients/patients of all ages. She has additional interest and expertise in continuing and adult education and learning theory, state regulatory and licensure issues, scholarship of teaching and learning, and leadership in the professions. She is a past member of the Tennessee Board of Communications Disorders and Sciences (state regulatory board for audiology and speech-language pathology). Valeria holds her bachelor of science degree in communication disorders, her master's of education degree in audiology, and her doctorate of education degree from Tennessee State University. Valeria is a two-time recipient of the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) from ASHA and frequently presents at state and national conventions. She has served as the Continuing Education Administrator for Tennessee State University's ASHA Approved CE Providership where she planned and delivered continuing education courses according to the ASHA CEB's standards. Valeria previously served on the CEB from 2010–2012.

Kerrilyn "Kerri" Rogers Phillips, PhD, CCC-SLP

Kerrilyn Rogers PhillipsFor the past 30 years, Kerrilyn has practiced as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of settings including public schools, hospital/rehab, private practice, and higher education. She holds the doctor of speech-language pathology from Nova Southeastern University and a master's from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (formerly Northeast Louisiana University). Currently, Kerri is a professor and Program Director for the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology in the School of Communication at Louisiana Tech University. Kerri has been actively engaged in the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association where she served in various leadership capacities including President (2005). Currently, she is Vice-Chair and has served as a member of the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology for 5 terms (2000–2002; 2002–2005 (Chair); 2007–2008; 2008–2011; 2011–2014). Kerri's service to ASHA includes Perspectives editor for SIG 11; Advisory Council Member; and various committees. In 2012, Kerri was elected as a board member for the National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology where she serves as newsletter editor and President-Elect in 2015.

Tanya Shores, MS, CCC-SLP

Tanya ShoresTanya Shores is a district administrator in Exceptional Student Support Services for Seminole County Public Schools supporting ESE services for a number of district schools and working with several programs throughout the district including speech-language pathologists, audiologists, pre-kindergarten diagnostics and services, deaf/hard of hearing, visually impaired, and educational interpreters. She obtained her BS and MS at Florida State University with an emphasis in the areas of autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities through a specialized training program. Tanya has additional interests in implementing speech-language services in a flexible service delivery model within natural environments, targeting language skills within a curricular framework, and the impact of social language deficits on educational success. She has presented at local and national conferences on a variety of topics and serves as the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for Seminole County Public Schools. Tanya was a past participant in ASHA's Leadership Development Program, has served as a S.T.E.P. mentor, and has received the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) five times.

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