NSSLHA Executive Council Meeting Report: March 23, 2017
The spring 2017
NSSLHA Executive Council business meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday,
March 23, 2017, by President-Elect Katie Schramm.
Executive Council members in
attendance were Chelsea Walker, Tatiana Windley, Sally Wilson, Madison
Saunders, Margaret Pierce, Erica Gardner, Garrett Nathan, and Kathy Shapley,
NSSLHA’s National Advisor. Executive
Council members Melanie Riland and Katrina Killian were not in attendance.
Director Tracy White and Program Manager Sara Mischo were in attendance.
President-Elect Katie Schramm welcomed the Executive Council and opened the
meeting promptly at 8:30 a.m.
Program Director Updates
In addition to welcoming the Council, NSSLHA
Program Director Tracy White shared updates about ASHA’s new food reimbursement
policy and schedule for Hill Day.
Tracy White and Sara Mischo shared updates about
the Executive Council and Regional Council election schedule, process, and
promotion plans, as well as statistics on how many applications have been started
New Leadership Transition Plans
Chelsea Walker shared the proposed process and
schedule for onboarding new leadership. The Executive Council engaged in
discussion about how to onboard new leadership without having an in-person
Honors Program Update
Sara Mischo shared updates about the Honors
Program schedule and statistics on how many submissions are in the queue. Vice Presidents
of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Student State Officers will contact
Regional Councilors and Student State Officers to encourage members and
chapters to apply for the Honors Program.
2017–2018 NSSLHA Loves Recipient Discussion
Erica Gardner shared a list of potential 2017–2018
NSSLHA Loves recipients and
facilitated a discussion and vote. The NSSLHA Executive Council selected the John
Tracy Clinic as the NSSLHA Loves recipient
for the 2017–2018 academic year. The John Tracy Clinic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization that provides clinical services for children who are deaf or hard
of hearing and their families.
Reporting Out from Council Members
Executive Council member provided updates about his or her role:
Vice President for Finance—Tatiana Windley
shared updates about NSSLHA’s 2016 budget, compared to 2015. The Executive
the role of the National Office versus the Executive Council to meet financial
and planning goals. The auditors are still closing out the 2016 books, but it
is expected that NSSLHA will finish 2016 with $116,843 revenue over expense.
Vice Presidents for Programming—Erica Gardner shared updates about work on
the Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) committee. The committee
is discussing audiology assistants and speech-language pathology assistants and
how they play a part in the professions. Erica also provided updates on the Special
Interest Group committee and the future plans for its newsletter to engage
Vice Presidents for Student State Officers—Margaret Pierce and Madison
Saunders shared updates about (a) transition plans for outgoing Regional
Councilors and Student State Officers and (b) ongoing discussions to identify what
responsibilities can be changed and/or added between the Regional Councilors
and the Student State Officers. The Executive Council discussed the need to increase
National NSSLHA membership and ensure that the transition is smooth.
Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy—Garrett Nathan shared an
update about advocacy, Hill Day, Virtual Advocacy Day, Student Hill Day in the
fall, and his involvement on NSSLHA’s GRPP Committee.
Vice President for Academic Affairs—Sally Wilson shared an
update about the ASHA Academic Affairs Board planning to create PhD-focused information
at the ASHA Convention for students. Sally discussed the possibility of working
with both Vice Presidents of Student State Officers to find ways to solicit
member input for the Academic Affairs Board.
Vice President for Planning—On behalf of Katrina Killian,
Tracy White shared an update about Katrina’s meeting with the ASHA Multicultural
Issues Board (MIB) and plans to partner with NSSLHA to create educational
webinars and seminars. The MIB has a strong interest in partnering with NSSLHA
to increase diversity in both organizations.
President—Chelsea Walker shared an update about her
attendance at the Committee for Leadership Cultivation meeting and the conversations they had about engaging
young professionals and speech-language pathology students who are in their clinical fellowship and are transitioning between NSSLHA and ASHA membership. Chelsea
and Katie Schramm will be presenting to ASHA about student leadership
development at the local and national levels.
President-Elect—In addition to Chelsea’s update, Katie Schramm
shared an update about (a) attending and maintaining a booth at the Audiology
Now! conference and (b) setting up a meeting with her new ASHA mentor, ASHA President-Elect
National Office Update
Tracy White shared updates about the execution
of tasks related to NSSLHA’s Strategic Plan. The Executive Council is steadily
making progress. In the past year, the Executive Council has focused its
efforts on the area of Strategic Goal 1: Improving operational performance. In
2017, the Executive Council and National Office staff will continue its work—in
particular, developing tools to help NSSLHA achieve the other three goals enumerated
in the Strategic Plan.
The Executive Council engaged in a discussion
about website content improvements in preparation for launching a new website.
Report from NSSLHA National Advisor
Kathy Shapley congratulated the Executive
Council on their accomplishments during the past year under the new governance
Report from ASHA Chief Executive Officer
ASHA Chief Executive Officer Arlene A. Pietranton
updated the Executive Council on issues currently being addressed by ASHA and
answered questions from the Executive Council members. Arlene provided an
overview of the interstate compact for licensure that ASHA is currently
underwriting regarding the opportunity for the Council of State Governance to
put together an interstate compact. In addition, Arlene discussed the Value of the CCCs campaign that helps
policymakers and decision makers understand who is qualified to provide
services, who should have access to services, and how services are paid for.
The meeting was
adjourned at 4:06 p.m.