2013 NSSLHA Session Panelist Bios

Christy Strole

Mrs. Christy Strole received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Illinois University. She also got a second masters in educational administration from Governors State University. She has been a speech-language pathologist in Illinois public schools for 30 years and also sits as the chair of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA) Legislative Committee, 1992–2010. From 1999–2002 she was the vice president of legislation and regulation for ISHA and, in 2006, was the president. While on the ISHA Executive Board, she assisted in drafting five bills that became laws helping speech-language pathologists. Currently, she is the special education supervisor for the Kankakee (Illinois) School District #111. Christy's favorite quote is, "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." —Plato

Dr. Carol Szynal

Dr. Szynal is the director of special education for Kankakee (Illinois) School District #111. She began her career as a school psychologist, also for the Kankakee School District, after receiving a doctorate in educational psychology from Loyola University of Chicago. She was also a clinical psychologist and had a limited private practice. She achieved her bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University. She is published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.  

Kelly Hendricks

Kelly Hendricks graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in communication disorders. She went on to receive her master's degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Buffalo–SUNY in 2002. She has been practicing in an adult inpatient and outpatient medical setting since that time. Kelly is the senior speech-language pathologist at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center (AIMMC), a level I trauma center for the city of Chicago. She has been with AIMMC for over 9 years and has been an alliance representative on the Speech Pathology Practice Council at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago since 2007. As AIMMC's head/neck cancer rehabilitation specialist, Kelly is an active member of the interdisciplinary cancer team with whom she attends bi-weekly head/neck tumor board and bi-monthly Cancer Committee meetings. Kelly initiated the development of referral protocols for the evaluation and treatment of all head/neck cancer patients receiving organ preservation therapy. These protocols are fully supported by AIMMC radiation and medical oncologists. Kelly has led numerous other practice improvement initiatives at AIMMC, including the development of a TBI/concussion screening protocol supported and implemented by the trauma surgery/critical care team in 2010. She maintains advanced competencies in the management of voice and swallowing disorders, including tracheostomy, mechanical ventilation, videofluoroscopic swallow studies, and alaryngeal voice restoration (TEP). Kelly's senior role also requires her to manage the daily operations of the speech pathology department across acute, outpatient, and inpatient rehab levels of care.

Dr. Lisa A. Scott

Lisa A. Scott, PhD, CCC-SLP, is director of clinical education in the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University (FSU), where she also teaches courses in stuttering, counseling, and professional issues. Her teaching has been recognized twice by FSU, having been awarded an Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2007 and an Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award in 2012. She maintains an active clinical practice by supervising graduate students and providing, on a regular basis, direct service to clients who stutter. Dr. Scott serves as the vice president for professional practices for the Stuttering Foundation of America and is a consultant for the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration's Bureau of Medicaid Services. Her research interests are in the relation between stuttering and language production, the application of cognitive-behavioral therapy to stuttering treatment, and the clinical supervision process. Dr. Scott was a member of the inaugural Board-Recognized Certified Fluency Specialists; she has made numerous presentations at district, state, and national meetings and co-authored several publications in the areas of fluency disorders and in clinical supervision. She volunteers as an academic accreditation site visitor for the Council on Academic Accreditation, American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association; as the vice president for professional development for the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders; and for the Leon County (Florida) chapter of the American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery program.

Michelle Zemsky

Michelle Zemsky earned a master's degree in speech pathology from Northwestern University in 1993 and a bachelor's degree in education from Miami University in Ohio in 1992. She spent over 15 years in hospitals and rehab units as a clinician and manager of physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Presently, Zemsky is a program manager for Genesis Rehabilitation Services, a national rehabilitation company serving seniors in residential communities and skilled nursing facilities. In this role, she manages a rehab clinic and treats clients in an independent living community in the Chicago suburbs and writes appeals justifying its provision of skilled services to Medicare beneficiaries. Zemsky is ISHA's vice president-elect of legislative and regulatory affairs, and she serves on its Medical and Private Practice Affairs committee as well as its Ethics Education committee, of which she is a former chairperson. At ISHA annual conventions, Zemsky has presented on topics including ethics, interviewing, and current issues in health care, and she is a former program track chair for motor speech and voice disorders.

Dr. Tena McNamara

Dr. Tena McNamara is dually certified. She graduated with a master's degree in audiology from Bradley University in 1983. She went on to receive her certification in speech-language-pathology in 1992 and her doctorate in audiology from the University of Florida in 2002. Currently she is employed as an associate professor at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois. Her concentration is in aural habilitation/rehabilitation therapy, (central) auditory processing diagnostics/therapy, educational audiology, and literacy. She is also employed part-time as an educational audiologist/speech-language pathologist with the Special Education Association of Peoria County, Illinois. In addition, she has experience working in a private practice and in a medical setting. She has served on the board of directors and as president of the Educational Audiology Association. Currently she is on the board for the Illinois Audiology Association and is a member of the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) and Reframing Committees for ASHA. Dr. McNamara is the faculty mentor for the Eastern Illinois University NSSLHA chapter.

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