American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Region 8

Regional Councilor and Council Vice President Vanessa Gaiser

Contact Vanessa at

Gaiser_VanessaMajor: Speech-language pathology

Expected Date of Graduation: May 2014

University: University of Missouri

Area of Professional Interest: Geriatrics

Connect with other students in Region 8: Region 8 Facebook page, ASHA Community Region 8

I joined NSSLHA because: Honestly, I stumbled into my first NSSLHA meeting by accident; however it was the best mistake I ever made. I love the opportunities that NSSLHA gave me to meet students, and make close connections with students at all stages of our program. In addition, NSSLHA gave me the opportunity to learn more about the communication sciences and disorders program.

I applied for a position on the NSSLHA executive council because: Having worked as Tara Miller's associate for the 2011–2012 year gave me the opportunity to see the impact that the Regional Councilors have not only on their region, but on all NSSLHA chapters.Having the opportunity to share my ideas and work with other Regional Councilors to make changes to benefit our members is what has motivated me to apply for the NSSLHA Executive Council position.

My two year term on the council will be successful if: My two-year term as Regional Councilor will be successful if I am able to get more undergraduate students to attend ASHA. Having worked with Tara Miller, Regional VIII Councilor, as she planned the 2011 NSSLHA Day at ASHA, I was inspired to get as many undergraduate students, like myself, to attend the spectacular event. I hope to offer more opportunities for funding for undergraduates to attend ASHA, such as the already initiated Member Quest.

My vision for Region 8 is: I hope to get my region to be more collaborative. In order to do this I hope to hold semester conference calls with all of the chapter advisors and presidents, to help them to be more aware of the activities that national NSSLHA offers. In addition, I hope to establish a Region VIII social media site that will allow chapters to show off what their chapters have been doing and allow other chapters to share ideas.

Regional Delegate Sabrina Braun


Academic status: Senior. I will be continuing my education at the University of Missouri this summer starting my master's degree in speech-language pathology.

Major: Speech-Language Pathology

Expected date of graduation: May 2015

University: University of Missouri

Area of professional interest: Pediatrics

I joined NSSLHA because: I was a transfer student and transferred to Mizzou at the beginning of my junior year. I joined NSSLHA so that I could learn more about the field I was beginning to pursue and also to meet other CSD students in both my class and classes above me.

My vision for my region is: Like Vanessa, my vision for my region is to get our region to be more collaborative so that our regions' chapters can be more informed about the wonderful opportunities National NSSLHA has to offer. I recently met several individuals from chapters within Missouri at our state convention and it was great to put names to faces! It was also very beneficial to share the things that work for each chapter as well as to collaboratively explore ideas to increase membership within our local chapters.

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