American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Health Care & Business Institute

Conference Faculty

Joan Arvedson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is an internationally renowned clinician and teacher. She is the program coordinator of Feeding and Swallowing Services at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a clinical professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Arvedson received her BS, MS, and PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an ASHA Fellow.

Dr. Arvedson has focused on patient care, teaching, and research on swallowing and feeding disorders in infants and children, delivering evidence-based knowledge and immediately applicable strategies via workshops and seminars throughout the world. She emphasizes a functional "whole" child approach, stressing the importance of collaboration among professionals and caregivers.

She has three books in publication: Interpretation of Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies of Infants and Children: A Study Guide to Improve Diagnostic Skills and Treatment Planning, 2007, Northern Speech Services; and Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Assessment and Management, 2nd edition, 2002, with L. Brodsky, MD, Delmar Cengage Learning; Pediatric Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies: A Professional Manual with Caregiver Guidelines, 1999 (with M. Lefton-Greif, PhD), Pearson Publishing. Dr. Arvedson has published numerous articles focused on pediatric swallowing and feeding in peer-reviewed journals.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Salary, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Royalty, Northern Speech Services
  • Royalty, Pearson
  • Royalty, Cengage Learning
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Volunteer clinical professor, Medical College of Wisconsin

Michael Biel, CScD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). He received his master's degree in communication disorders and sciences from CSUN in 1993. In 2010, he received his doctor of clinical science (CScD) degree in medical speech-language pathology from the University of Pittsburgh. From 1993 to 2012, Michael worked as a full-time SLP for the Veterans Health Administration and UCLA Medical Center. His primary interests are the treatment of neurogenic speech, language, and cognitive disorders, with an emphasis on understanding how to improve motivation and engagement during rehabilitation. In 2007, he was the first recipient of the Rick R. Bollinger Clinician of the Year Award from the Association of VA Speech-Language Pathologists.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Michelle S. Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the University of South Florida. She has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer's Association to investigate interventions for spousal and nursing home caregivers designed to improve the quality and quantity of communicative interactions with residents with dementia, to evaluate memory aids and interventions for persons with dementia and traumatic brain injury, and to develop training programs for institutional caregivers. A clinical researcher, Dr. Bourgeois has published numerous research articles, training manuals and CDs, and books. She was the recipient of the 2007 Barry Reisberg Award for Non-Pharmacologic Research, Theory, and Clinical Practice.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Salary, University of South Florida
  • Consulting Fee and Grant Funds, Center for Applied Research
  • Royalty, Health Professions Dementia Press
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Volunteer member, Alzheimer's Association

Adele Cehrs is the founder and CEO of Epic PR Group. Epic is a PR firm based in Washington, DC, that represents Fortune 500 companies and associations. For more than 18 years, Cehrs has provided PR counsel for companies such as 1-800-Flowers.com, Lockheed Martin, and DuPont. She is a frequent on-air expert on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox Business. Cehrs started her career working as a reporter for George magazine and Gannett Newspapers. For more information, please visit the Epic website.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

James L. Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, teaches dysphagia, medical speech-language pathology, human anatomy, and neuroscience in the CSD Department at the University of Pittsburgh. He educates and trains master's students in the CSD speech-language pathology program in his medical practicum in the acute care, ICU, and outpatient sections of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is currently a co-investigator in two research projects, including one NIH-funded study, and he mentors research and clinical doctorate students. His teaching style and interests revolve around the difficult and unique dilemmas encountered by SLPs who simultaneously manage dysphagia and its potentially life-threatening consequences in both rehabilitative and medical settings. He also stresses the need for SLPs to think more like physicians when managing dysphagia, while maintaining the mindset of a rehabilitation professional. He is a former member of the Specialty Certification Board for Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders where he served as chair of the Continuing Education Committee, and he lectures nationally and internationally on various topics pertinent to the practice of medical speech-language pathology.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Laurie Alban Havens, MA, is ASHA's director of private health plans and Medicaid advocacy. In her current position, she is the ex officio to ASHA's Medicaid Committee and serves as facilitator to the State Advocates for Reimbursement (STAR) network, a national network of ASHA members who represent their states for issues of Medicaid and private health insurance. She has provided testimony to the Department of Health and Human Services on habilitation and rehabilitation as part of the essential health benefits package in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She has also written articles for and provided information to ASHA members and others about the impact and implementation of the ACA as it specifically affects Medicaid and private health plans. In addition to her background in speech-language pathology, she holds an additional degree in health care administration and has worked as a health care compliance officer, reimbursement consultant, skilled nursing facility administrator, and an SLP.

Financial Disclosures:

  • ASHA employee

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Ex Officio Committee member, ASHA

Audrey L. Holland, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-NCD, is regents' professor emerita of speech language and hearing sciences at the University of Arizona and research director at the Adler Aphasia Center in New Jersey. Her areas of expertise include working with adults who have aphasia and other neurologic communication disorders, aspects of aging, and counseling individuals with disabilities and their families. She has served on advisory boards for NIH's National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and NIH's National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research. She has edited or co-edited a number of scholarly journals and is currently co-editor in chief of Seminars in Speech and Language. Dr. Holland has received the Honors of the Association, the Clinical Achievement Award from the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences, and the Professional Achievement Award from the Council of Graduate Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In 2013, she won the Kleffner Award for Lifetime Clinical Achievement.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Katherine Hutcheson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is an assistant professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is a board certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders, with expertise in head and neck cancer. Dr. Hutcheson has authored 33 peer-reviewed and invited articles. She is the recent recipient of the UT Health Innovation for Cancer Prevention Research Fellowship Award that has supported her work on late effects in head and neck cancer survivors.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Tom Jelen, BS, has been ASHA's director of online communications since 2005. He manages the ASHA team that is responsible for ASHA's public websites, e-mail marketing, knowledge management, user experience, social media, online collaboration, library/archives, and the intranet. Before joining ASHA, Tom was a web application development team lead for Community IT Innovators, in Washington, DC. He also worked as the first web producer of TechSoup.org in San Francisco.

Financial Disclosures:

  • ASHA employee

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Ann Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP, is senior director of speech-language pathology at Cincinnati Children's and professor of both Clinical Pediatrics and Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati. Under her direction, the speech-language pathology program at Cincinnati Children's has become the largest pediatric program in the nation and one of the most respected. Dr. Kummer does many lectures and seminars on a national and international level on clefts, craniofacial anomalies, VPI, and also on business practices. She has published many professional articles and over 20 book chapters. She is the author of the book entitled Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies: The Effects on Speech and Resonance, 3rd Edition (Cengage Learning, 2014). She is also one of the authors of the text entitled Business Practices: A Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists (ASHA, 2004).

Dr. Kummer has received numerous honors and awards, including a distinguished alumnus award from the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Cincinnati and both Honors of the Association and Outstanding Clinician Award from the Ohio Speech-Language and Hearing Association; she was named one of the 10 Most Inspiring Women in Cincinnati in 2007. Dr. Kummer is an ASHA Fellow.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Everett Leiter, MPh, MBA, CCC-SLP, earned a bachelor's degree in linguistics from Brown University, a master's degree in speech and hearing from the City University of New York, and a master's in business administration from New York University (Stern Business School). He trains corporate executives and employees to improve their communication skills by modifying their pronunciation, optimizing their voice production, and helping them to craft their messages to express themselves clearly in business. He is the author of a series of popular videos and software programs for mastering English pronunciation. In addition, he has worked extensively with the full range of communication problems for people of all ages. He has a strong interest in gender issues and multiculturalism, as well as normal and disordered communication of bilingual speakers. A native speaker of English, he also speaks Spanish, French, and Italian. He was the 2003 president of the Corporate Speech Pathology Network, a professional association dedicated to improving communication skills in the workplace.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Dee Adams Nikjeh, PhD, CCC-SLP, has extensive knowledge of national reimbursement issues and health care coding systems. She is co-chair of the Health Care Economics Committee of ASHA. She has appeared before the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of ASHA to propose new diagnostic codes and modification of existing codes for the benefit of speech-language pathology. Dr. Nikjeh is an ASHA representative to the American Medical Association Health Care Practitioner Advisory Committee where she has presented speech-language pathology procedure codes for valuation of professional service. Her clinical experience spans 30 years. She provides services for patients of West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat Associates specializing in endoscopic procedures for evaluation and management of voice disorders. Dr. Nikjeh is a consultant for the U. S. Department of Justice's Civil Division-Fraud Section and is an associate of Fearon & Levine, a national consulting firm that focuses on practice management and payment policy in outpatient rehabilitation settings. Dr. Nikjeh is an ASHA Fellow and has served on ASHA's Legislative Council and the Executive Board of the Council of State Association Presidents. She is a past-president of the Florida Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA member and volunteer consultant

Richard Noel, MD, PhD, is a pediatric gastroenterologist. He is medical director for the Feeding, Swallowing, and Nutrition Center at Children's Hospital. His patient care focuses on infants and children with a range of gastrointestinal problems, particularly those with feeding and swallowing problems. He does research in varied areas of gastroenterology, including eosinophilic esophagitis. He has multiple peer-reviewed articles in the field's literature.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Ashli O'Rourke, MD, began her professional career as an SLP, earning both her bachelor's and master's degrees in speech-language pathology and audiology from Florida State University. After more than 7 years of clinical speech therapy practice at Emory University Hospital, she attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. She completed her residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and her fellowship in laryngology-voice and swallowing disorders at the Medical College of Georgia. She is board certified through the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Dr. O'Rourke joined the Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2012. She treats adult patients with problems located in the larynx and/or the esophagus. This includes dysphonia/voice disturbances, dysphagia, and breathing difficulties due to airway stenosis. Her clinical interests are particularly in the diagnosis and treatment of swallowing disorders as well as laryngopharyngeal reflux disease. Her research interests include treatment of radiation-induced dysphagia and esophageal dysphagia.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Patricia Prelock, PhD, CCC-SLP, is dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, professor of communication sciences and disorders, and professor of pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Dr. Prelock coordinates parent training programs designed for caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders and has been awarded more than $11 million in university, state, and federal funding as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator to develop innovations in interdisciplinary training supporting children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families, to facilitate training in speech-language pathology, and to support her intervention work in autism spectrum disorders. She has 144 publications and 432 peer-reviewed and invited presentations in the areas of autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, collaboration, language assessment and intervention, and language learning disabilities. Dr. Prelock received the 1998 Friends Award through the Vermont Parent Information Center and the first annual Autism Society of Vermont Excellence in Service Award in 2000. She also received the University of Vermont's Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000. Dr. Prelock was named an ASHA Fellow in 2000 and a University of Vermont Scholar in 2003. She was awarded the Puppets Choice Award through Kids on the Block of Vermont in 2010 for her work in autism. Dr. Prelock earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Kent State University and her doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a board certified specialist in child language, and a Hanen-certified SLP for It takes Two to Talk, More Than Words, and Talkability. She was the 2013 ASHA president and serves as immediate past president in 2014.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Royalty, Pro Ed
  • Royalty, Brooks Publishing
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Board member, ASHA

Ken Shay, DDS, received his DDS from UCLA in 1982. He completed a residency in general practice dentistry and a 2-year dental geriatric fellowship program at the Milwaukee Veterans Administration (VA) and Marquette University in 1986. He was the section chief for Dental Geriatrics at the Milwaukee VA (1986–1993); chief of the Ann Arbor VA Dental Service (1993–1999); and the founding director of the VA Geriatrics and Extended Care Service Line for VAs in Michigan, northwestern Ohio, Indiana, and central Illinois (1999–2005). In 2005, he was appointed director of Geriatric Programs in VA Central Office. In that role, he is responsible for the VA's 19 Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (GRECCs) and national programs in geriatric evaluation, geriatric primary care, and delirium. In 2008, he co-chaired the steering committee responsible for developing a geriatrics and extended care strategic plan that guides the VA's programs for elderly veterans by (1) expanding non-institutional extended care options for veterans, (2) enhancing geriatrics competencies throughout the VHA workforce, (3) adjusting VHA's performance management system to include metrics appropriate for the elderly, and (4) articulating and offering a uniform set of cares and services available to all eligible older veterans.

Financial Disclosures:

  • None

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Alan Silverman, PhD, is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the medical staff section chief of Pediatric Psychology for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. His primary clinical services are provided through the section of Gastroenterology and Nutrition working with families of children diagnosed with feeding disorders of childhood. He also leads the research efforts of the interdisciplinary feeding program at the Children's Hospital in Wisconsin, which includes studies of disease etiology, treatment efficacy, and telemedicine interventions. He has authored many original publications, including a review of feeding and vomiting disorders for the Handbook of Pediatric Psychology.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Edythe A. Strand, PhD, CCC-SLP, is head of the Division of Speech Pathology, Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester Minnesota, and an associate professor in the Mayo College of Medicine. Dr. Strand's research has focused on developmental, acquired, and progressive apraxia of speech and issues related to intelligibility and comprehensibility in degenerative dysarthria. She is an experienced clinician who has worked in the public schools and private practice and currently practices in a hospital and clinic setting. Her primary clinical and research interests include assessment and treatment of children and adults with neurologic speech, language, and voice disorders. Dr. Strand's publications include many articles and book chapters related to motor speech disorders. She frequently gives lectures on the assessment and treatment of motor speech disorders in children and adults, management of communication disorders in degenerative neurologic disease, and neuroanatomy. She is the co-author of Management of Speech and Swallowing in Degenerative Disease and Clinical Management of Motor Speech Disorders in Children and Adults and is co-editor of Clinical Management of Motor Speech Disorders in Children. She is an ASHA Fellow.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Royalties, Pro Ed and Thieme Publishing Companies
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Board member, Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA)

Sean J. Sweeney, MS, MEd, CCC-SLP, is an SLP and technology consultant working in private practice at The Ely Center in Newton, Massachusetts. Sean spent over a decade in the public school setting serving in the roles of SLP and instructional technology specialist. His blog, SpeechTechie, was inspired by the combination of those complementary vocations and a desire to empower those in his field to employ technology in their work. Sean currently consults to and presents for local and national organizations on technology integration in speech and language interventions. He is a frequent presenter at ASHA Convention and has participated as a speaker at the regional Social Thinking® Providers' Conferences. Sean is a regular columnist for The ASHA Leader and CASLPA Communiqué. Contact him at sean@speechtechie.com.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Consulting fee, Midwing Concepts, Inc.
  • Royalty, Smarty Ears Apps
  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member, ASHA

Linda Talley, PhD, brings over 20 years of experience as a speaker, executive coach, and OD consultant, having worked in external consulting roles during her career. Combining her skills as an executive coach with her knowledge of leadership development, Dr. Talley incorporates practical applications and experience in her approach to leadership in order to achieve desired results. Her PhD is in psychology, and she is regularly sought out by the media for her expert opinions on sales, leadership, and nonverbal communication. She presents more than 50 times a year to audiences who want to enhance their leadership and communication skills.

A regularly featured expert and speaker, Dr. Talley masterfully uses real world examples to illustrate how leadership development impacts the success of the organization and individual.

Dr. Talley's inspiring message and practical strategies will transform the way you think, not only about how your internal and external customers communicate, but more importantly, how you communicate when talking with your staff or external clients.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Lyn Turkstra, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and a faculty member in the Neuroscience Training Program. Dr. Turkstra has published extensively on cognitive and communication function after TBI and is co-author of the 2011 text, Optimizing Cognitive Rehabilitation, with Dr. McKay Sohlberg. Dr. Turkstra served on the Academy of Neurological Communication Disorders and Sciences writing committee on Practice Guidelines for Cognitive-Communication Disorders after Traumatic Brain Injury and continues to work nationally and internationally on the development of standards for cognitive rehabilitation. She lectures nationally and internationally on development of evidence-informed models of cognitive rehabilitation for adolescents and adults with ABI in acute, sub-acute, and long-term care settings.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Paul J. Welk, JD, PT, is an attorney at Tucker Arensberg, PC in Pittsburgh. He focuses his legal practice in the areas of business and health care law and in this capacity frequently represents rehabilitation providers and professional organizations. He regularly assists clients with contract negotiations, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, and risk management matters. Paul is a lobbyist and legal counsel for the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association and provides legal services to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and a number of its chapters on a variety of issues. He served as chair of the APTA Committee on Risk Management and Member Benefits and is the founding author of "The Legal Impact," a regular column in the APTA Private Practice Section's Impact Magazine. Paul lectures regularly at professional association events, colleges, and universities and is an adjunct instructor at St. Francis University. He is also a member of the Duquesne University School of Physical Therapy Advisory Board.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for the contents of this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

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