Regional Councilor Kaci Rogers
Contact Kaci at NSSLHA.Region1@gmail.com.
Academic status: 2nd year master's student
Major: Speech-language pathology
Expected date of graduation: May 2013
University: MGH Institute of Health Professions
Area of professional interest: Augmentative and alternative communication, autism spectrum disorders
Connect with other students in Region 1: Region 1 Facebook page
I joined NSSLHA because: As a student in this field, it is important to me to be aware of the current issues that affect students and the profession. I believe NSSLHA is a good way to be involved, volunteer, and meet other professionals and students who are equally passionate about speech and hearing. I knew NSSLHA would provide with me with an opportunity for growth both personally and professionally.
I applied for a position on the NSSLHA Executive Council because: Not only do I want to keep myself well-informed, but I also want to make other students aware of what NSSLHA has to offer. This position will assist me in strengthening my leadership and communication skills which will, in turn, benefit me as a student and future speech-language pathologist. I have been very involved in NSSLHA on many different levels since I learned about the organization. I began as a member of my local university's chapter and then became the chapter President. I have now also been able to be involved with the Executive Council as an Alternate Regional Councilor. Since I last applied for the position I have much more experience at the local, state, and national level and have been able to attend various conferences and conventions. I think that the insight that I have gained from multiple perspectives will allow me to successfully represent and advocate for students. I am an overall dedicated and creative individual and I think I would be able to more greatly contribute to the council as a Regional Councilor.
During my two-year term on the Executive Council, I will be successful if I accomplish: I will be successful if I am able to improve the overall communication between NSSLHA and ASHA and also between local chapters and the Executive Council. I want to encourage students from all levels to be more actively involved in national NSSLHA, become national members, and take advantage of all of the benefits that NSSLHA membership offers. As someone who intends on pursuing a PhD, I would also like to make more students aware of the shortage within our field.
My vision for my region is: I hope to develop a better relationship between local chapter and the council. I want to make the council available to assist chapters with questions and information associated with NSSLHA, boost attendance and awareness of conventions and conferences, and also to provide ideas and motivation for students. I would love to also make more local chapters have an active NSSLHA status.
Regional Delegate Joseph Motzko
Academic status: Second year of graduate school
Major: Doctorate of Audiology
Expected date of graduation: 2015
University: Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Area of professional interest: Private practice
I joined NSSLHA because: I wanted to have a voice in the future of my profession.
My vision for my region is: One in which all NSSLHA chapters and members utilize the many tools, benefits, and programs NSSLHA offers.