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Regional Councilor Kelly Gorman

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2014_KellyAcademic status: 1st year master's student

Major: Speech-language pathology

Expected date of graduation: August 2014

University: MGH Institute of Health Professions

Area of professional interest: Adult neurogenic communication disorders

Connect with other students in Region 1: Region 1 Facebook page, ASHA Community Region 1

I joined NSSLHA because: NSSLHA gives students a myriad of opportunities to connect with professionals and students. Having connections with leaders in the areas of speech and hearing allows students to have access to more than what they would get simply by reading textbooks. Interactions with other NSSLHA chapters and the community gives students the chance to collaborate with others who are also enthusiastic about making a difference. NSSLHA lets students become active participants in their chosen fields before they have even finished school, which I believe is very powerful.

I applied for a position on the NSSLHA Executive Council because: I have already experienced many of the benefits that NSSLHA has to offer students. I currently serve as the treasurer of my local NSSLHA chapter, and have been impressed by the ability that NSSLHA gives members to truly become involved with professionals, students, and the community. It provides an opportunity for me to grow personally as well as professionally while being surrounded by others who are as passionate about speech and hearing as I am.

During my two-year term on the Executive Council, I will be successful if I accomplish: I hope to increase communication between local chapters, as well as between local chapters and the council. NSSLHA offers many benefits to students, and I want to improve communication in order to maximize those opportunities. Seeing more collaboration and support between chapters will give them the opportunity to be more involved and lead to an increase in active national membership. I also would like to see local chapters have a better relationship with the council to provide information and motivation for students.

Regional Delegate Katherine Marks


Academic status: First year graduate student

Major: Speech-language pathology

Expected date of graduation: August 2015

University: MGH Institute of Health Professions

Area of professional interest: Voice disorders

I joined NSSLHA because: The opportunity to collaborate on current issues in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology, to share ideas and beliefs, and to establish professional relationships with other students around the country

I applied for a position because: I believe it will be a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills in the realm of communication disorders. I think it will be a great way to network with other students and professionals in the communication sciences and disorders fields, and it will prepare me for future leadership roles once I become a speech-language pathologist.

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