NSSLHA Executive Council Meeting Report: July 27–28, 2016
The summer 2016 NSSLHA Executive Council business meeting was called to order at
3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, by President Chelsea Walker. Other
Executive Council members in attendance were Katie Schramm, Tatiana Windley,
Sally Wilson, Madison Saunders, Margaret Pierce, Erica Gardner, Melanie Riland,
Garrett Nathan, Katrina Killian, and Kathy Shapley.
Director Tracy White and Chief Staff Officer Kyle Vickers were in attendance.
President's Opening Remarks
President Chelsea Walker convened the meeting at 3:00 p.m. on July 27, 2016,
and welcomed the Executive Council members to the meeting. She stated that she
especially appreciated the dedication of the Executive Council members as
NSSLHA undergoes its restructuring.
National Office Updates
In addition to welcoming the Executive Council
to the National Office, NSSLHA Program Director Tracy White introduced the
Introduction to Advocacy and Social Media
Ingrida Lusis, Director of Federal and
Political Advocacy, and Erik Lazdins, Associate Director of Grassroots Member
Engagement for ASHA's Government Relations and Public Policy (GRPP) team, met
and shared GRPP's mission with the Executive Council. The team is working with Garrett
Nathan, NSSLHA's Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy, to
develop a year-long effort that will provide National NSSLHA Members the tools
to become advocates at the state and federal levels. This initiative is
scheduled to launch in early 2017.
Introduction and Update From ASHA CEO
ASHA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Arlene
A. Pietranton shared the purpose of ASHA and the services ASHA provides to its
members—many of which are also available to National NSSLHA Members. Of note to
students, the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology continue
to experience steady, unbroken growth and boast a 1% unemployment rate as well
as a high level of professional satisfaction.
Student State Officers—Roles and Responsibilities
Jess Salley, NSSLHA's Regional Councilor—Central,
joined us via conference call to discuss the proposed roles and
responsibilities of NSSLHA's new Student State Officer (SSO) positions. Similar to ASHA's
Advisory Council, NSSLHA's goal is to have one audiology SSO (AUD SSO) and one
speech-language pathology SSO (SLP SSO) from each state where there is at least
one NSSLHA chapter.
The application period for these positions opens in
August 2016, and the first 50 positions will be filled by the end of September
2016. By September 2017, all 100 positions will be filled.
Brief History of NSSLHA
NSSLHA's National Advisor, Kathy Shapley,
provided a brief background of the Association and the number of students
currently in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) programs. She also
provided a brief overview of NSSLHA's financial history and she explained the
reasons behind the new governance restructure implemented this year.
NSSLHA'S Mission and Strategic Plan
NSSLHA's Vice President for Planning, reviewed the 2016–2018 NSSLHA Strategic
Plan. The plan was developed in 2015 and was based on NSSLHA's mission to
inspire, empower, and support students in CSD majors to engage in leadership
opportunities, grow professionally, and excel in their careers.
We set to
accomplish this mission through four goals. The first two goals focused on our
organization as a whole, as we aimed to (1) optimize operational performance
and (2) collaborate with other groups. The last two goals were centralized
around serving our membership at a higher degree, achieved by (3) deepening our
understanding of membership needs and (4) building a strong yet diverse
As the new
Executive Council moves forward, they will continue focusing their efforts on
moving the organization toward these goals.
Executive Council Roles and Relationships
President Chelsea Walker and National
Advisor Kathy Shapley reviewed roles and responsibilities under the new
governance structure. The team discussed the roles and responsibilities of the
Executive Council, which includes the Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty, and Duty
of Fidelity of Purpose. Finally, they discussed the new mentorship opportunities
available to Executive Council members as they begin to be paired with their
ASHA Board of Directors counterparts.
Restructuring of Programs
President Chelsea Walker reviewed the
programmatic changes that were implemented in the Spring 2016 Council meeting. Chapter
honors was restructured to streamline how chapters receive honors and to align
chapter honors with NSSLHA's Strategic Plan. The last issue of Contemporary Issues in Communication
Sciences and Disorders (CICSD) was published in June 2016.
President Chelsea Walker led a
discussion about NSSLHA's Member Honors program. The Executive Council is
evaluating a proposal to revise the Member Honors program so that it more
closely aligns with NSSLHA's Strategic Plan. The revision will be rolled out
later this fall.
NSSLHA's Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy, presented the
progress he is making on developing a 12-month grassroots advocacy plan to
engage NSSLHA members. Once the plan is finalized and approved by the Executive
Council, NSSLHA will send the information to its local chapters and SSOs.
NSSLHA Experience at ASHA Convention
Melanie Riland, NSSLHA Vice President
for Speech-Language Pathology Programming, provided an update on the NSSLHA Experience
activities at this year's ASHA Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Melanie then
co-presented with Erica Gardner, NSSLHA Vice President for Audiology Programming,
to discuss the planning progress of upcoming NSSLHA events at the ASHA
Convention, such as the NSSLHA Lounge, the NSSLHA Honors Luncheon, Student
Social, Knowledge Bowl, Rapid Roundtables, and Praxis Prep course.
Executive Council members contributed to
the discussion to enable the best possible planning of each activity. NSSLHA is
making great progress in the planning of each event, which will significantly
enhance the student experience at the 2016 ASHA Convention.
Erica Gardner, Vice President for
Audiology Programming, provided a report from the Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) Executive Council meeting that
she attended on July 14–16, 2016. The CFCC created an online application for
the clinical certificate, discussed disclosure policies and English language
proficiency, and reviewed addiction and probation period guidelines.
Executive Council Leadership Education
President Chelsea Walker introduced Turn the Ship Around as this year's leadership
training guide. She selected this book because leadership and leaving a legacy
is an essential part of her presidential term. Each month, the Executive
Council will meet to discuss a chapter from the book.
Exploring Non-Dues Revenue Opportunities
National Advisor Kathy Shapley and
Program Director Tracy White presented opportunities for NSSLHA to diversify
its revenue stream, which will allow it to offer additional programs and
services to its members. The Executive Council engaged in generative discussion
to explore possibilities.
"Student's Say" Column in The ASHA Leader
Bridget Murray-Law, Editor-in-Chief of The ASHA Leader, informed the Executive
Council about opportunities for Executive Council members and other students to
contribute to the Leader's "Student's
Review Handbook and Processes
Program Director Tracy White reviewed the Executive Council Handbook, which
contains the recently revised bylaws, governance structure, policies, and other
information about NSSLHA.
Dismissal Policy for NSSLHA Officers
President Chelsea Walker led the Executive
Council in a generative discussion to establish a dismissal policy. Chelsea
will take the lead to draft a policy for the Executive Council to review and
vote on through the NSSLHA Community site.
Introduction To ASHFoundation
Nancy Minghetti, ASHFoundation Executive
Director, and Beverly Ryan, Manager, Annual Fundraising, ASHFoundation, provided
the Executive Council an overview of the ASHFoundation and its events at the
ASHA Convention. They also discussed the NSSLHA Scholarship and other funding opportunities
that are available to CSD students.
Tatiana Windley, Vice President for
Finance, presented NSSLHA's financial update and reviewed the second quarter financial
report through June 2016. NSSLHA's total revenue is down by $3,403, which is 1%
lower than last year. On the other hand, expenses are also down by $28,551—an
8% decrease. In all, NSSLHA is moving toward a stronger financial standing.
To advance the NSSLHA Strategic Plan,
the Executive Council engaged in generative discussion on the following topics:
- How can NSSLHA engage students in advocacy
activities throughout the year?
- What are the most effective ways NSSLHA can
communicate with members and chapters?
National Advisor Update to ASHA Board of Directors
Advisor Kathy Shapley presented her NSSLHA update, which she had prepared to
share at the July 2016 ASHA Board of Directors meeting. Since May 2016, NSSLHA
has updated and approved its bylaws, and the NSSLHA Board of Directors approved
them, as well. NSSLHA held its first national elections. NSSLHA has created a
new handbook and is currently drafting policies and procedures.
The meeting was
adjourned at 3:00 p.m.on Thursday, July 28, 2016.