NSSLHA Executive Council Meeting Report: November 19, 2016

The fall 2016 NSSLHA Executive Council business meeting was called to order at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2016, by President Chelsea Walker. 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, NSSLHA's National Advisor.

President's Opening Remarks

President Walker welcomed the Executive Council and opened the meeting promptly at 8:00 a.m.

National Office Updates

In addition to welcoming the Council, NSSLHA Program Director Tracy White shared NSSLHA programming and operational updates. The NSSLHA Program Manager position will be posted in January, with the hope of hiring someone in Q1 of 2017. NSSLHA is still exploring opportunities for non-dues revenue including list sales.

NSSLHA Experience Updates

Melanie Riland, NSSLHA's Vice President for Programming—Speech-Language Pathology and Erica Gardner, NSSLHA's Vice President for Programming—Audiology, this year's chairs for the NSSLHA Experience, led a discussion to review the strengths and areas of improvement for the NSSLHA Experience. They followed up the discussion with brainstorming for next year's NSSLHA Experience and will be posting on the NSSLHA Community site to solicit member ideas.

Discussion of Chapter Honors Programs

Chelsea Walker led a discussion about the new requirements for NSSLHA Chapter Honors. The team will monitor the chapter engagement in this opportunity and will revisit the topic in future Executive Council meetings.

Reporting Out From Executive Council Members

Each Executive Council member provided updates about his or her mentorship experiences with ASHA Board of Director members along with the ASHA Committees on which they serve.

Meeting With 2017 ASHA Convention Co-Chairs

Anita Vereb, ASHA's audiology Convention co-chair, and Mary Casper, ASHA's speech-language pathology Convention co-chair, met with the Executive Council to get a student's perspective on this year's Convention and to gather input on the 2017 Convention planning process. The 2017 ASHA Convention will be held in Los Angeles, California on November 17–19, 2017.

Meeting With ASHA Presidential Team

Jaynee Handlesman, ASHA's President, Judy Page, ASHA's Past-President, Gail Richard, ASHA's President-Elect, and Arlene Pietranton, ASHA's Chief Executive Officer, met with the Executive Council to discuss NSSLHA's restructure and how the organization has progressed over the year. Everyone in both organizations is pleased with the progress NSSLHA has made this year.

Generative Discussion

The Executive Council engaged in a budgetary discussion of discontinuing some operational activities and taking those savings and developing more member benefits.

The meeting was adjourned at noon.

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