Kelly Alsip, a speech-language pathologist at Plainfield South High School in Plainfield, Illinois, was one of 30 educators and staff members honored with a District 202 Award of Excellence. The award honors teachers and non-administrative staff who have touched the lives of their students and peers ... Charlette Green, an SLP and Cherokee County (Georgia) School District director of special education, was recognized as the 2011 Outstanding New Special Education Administrator. The award, presented annually by the Georgia Council of Administrators of Special Education, recognizes new directors ... Sondra McMindes, an SLP and founder of Children's Therapy Place in Boise, Idaho, won the 2012 Idaho Small Business Person of the Year award. The award, given annually by the Small Business Council of America, honors an American business person for outstanding accomplishments in promoting a favorable environment for the small businesses of America.
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Judy Beck, an SLP and senior manager for pediatric rehabilitation at Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, was featured in an ABC15.com story (March 29) about actress Alicia Silverstone's practice of pre-masticating her son's food. Beck said there are more risks than benefits to using this method, including the risk of infection ... Laurel Brown, an SLP in the Murray City School District (Salt Lake City) was quoted in a Salt Lake Tribune story (March 22) about high school students who listen to their MP3 players too loudly. Brown seeks to spread awareness of permanent noise-induced hearing loss among the students ... Ellen Markus, an SLP, singing voice specialist, and UNC Voice Center Coordinator, was featured in a Salinas Californian article (April 8) about new treatments to keep aging voices nimble. Markus is part of a team that provides treatment designed to lessen the effects of aging on people's voices ... Margaret McCabe, director of audiological services in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland at College Park, and Jeff Zolt, an audiologist at Auditory Services, Inc., in Silver Spring, Maryland, were quoted in a Washington Post story (April 9) about baby boomers and hearing aids. The story also cites the 2011 AARP/ASHA National Poll on Hearing Health ... Amee P. Shah, SLP and associate professor at Cleveland State University, was featured in an MSNBC.com story (March 14) about "loud talkers." Shah pointed out a few of the many reasons for variations in people's vocal volume, including biology, pathologies, personality, and culture.
Joseph S. Attanasio, professor and former chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, was named "emeritus faculty" by the Montclair State University Board of Trustees in acknowledgement of the numerous and significant contributions he made to the department and the university. Attanasio served the university for 45 years, retiring in June 2011 ... Joan A. Mele-McCarthy, an SLP and head of school at The Summit School, Edgewater (Maryland), has been selected for the Leadership Maryland Class of 2012—its 20th anniversary class. Founded in 1992, Leadership Maryland is an independent, educational, nonprofit organization designed to inform top-level executives from the public and private sectors about the critical issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the state of Maryland and its regions ... Linda Petrosino, an SLP and member of the board of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, was appointed dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, Ithaca College, New York.
Diane Theresa Betman, 46, on March 13, 2012, in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Betman earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and her master's degree in speech-language pathology from Wayne State University. She earned her teaching certificate at Bowling Green State University. Betman was an SLP in the Bloomfield Hills School District and had worked for six years in the Detroit Public Schools. Betman is survived by her husband, Marc; two daughters, Erin and Michelle; parents, Lee Ann and Jerome Salle; and a brother, Alan Salle.
Sally Ann Galt, 74, on November 7, 2011, in Dedham, Massachusetts. Born in Boston, Galt was a lifelong Dedham resident. Galt received a master's degree from Boston University, and was hired to organize and set standards for the first K–12 speech-language pathology program in the Dedham Public Schools. She built a strong department by collaborating with teachers, specialists, parents, and outside services, and was honored on several occasions by the Massachusetts Speech-Language-Hearing Association and ASHA. She was an adjunct faculty member at Boston University's Sargent School of Applied Health Sciences. She leaves no immediate survivors.
Lynne Taggart Young, 63, on February 8, 2012, in Rochester, New York. Young graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, and received her master's degree in speech-language pathology from Boston University. She worked at Rochester General Hospital and later in the Honeoye Falls–Lima School District in New York. Young is survived by two children, Geoffrey and Elizabeth, and two brothers, Thomas and Donald.