Dean C. Garstecki, an audiologist, speech-language pathologist and professor emeritus in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University, was honored in April with the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from Marquette University's College of Health Sciences and the Marquette University Alumni Association. The College of Health Sciences Alumni Awards recognize the contributions of alumni who demonstrate exceptional achievement ... Lt. Molly (Pulliam) Rutledge, an active-duty officer for the U.S. Public Health Service stationed at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Ariz., received the 2012 Therapist Junior Officer of the Year award—the first-ever SLP so recognized. The award recognizes a junior officer for the delivery of quality health care and for outstanding contributions in the areas of clinical health care and health care management.
In the news
Nicole Abbatemarco, an SLP in the Tenafly, N.J., school district, was featured in a NorthJersey.com story (March 21) about teaching phonics and early multisensory literacy to kindergartners. Abbatemarco presented the multisensory phonics program "Sounds in Motion"—an intervention program designed to pair physical movement with phonemes—with Principal Darlene Markman and a volunteer third-grader ... Pamela Greenhalgh, an SLP in Anaheim, Calif., was interviewed for the March 2013 issue of California Educator. Greenhalgh drew attention to the all-too-frequent misdiagnosis of English-language learners as having language disorders ... Janet McCarty, an SLP and ASHA's private health plans advisor, was quoted in an ABC News story (March 26) about Carson Rubin, a 5-year-old boy who had cochlear implant surgery in April. McCarty expressed her hope that like cochlear implants, hearing aids and speech-generating devices would be covered under the Affordable Care Act in 2014 ... Rupal Patel, a speech scientist at Northeastern University, was featured in an NPR story (March 11) about creating unique, synthetic voices for people who use speech-generating devices. Patel spoke of finding the melody in voice, and through it a particular "vocal identity" for each client ... Tammy Taylor, an SLP and owner of the Speech-Language Pathology Center in Norwell, Mass., was profiled in a Patriot Ledger story (March 12) about using technology to help clients communicate. Taylor, who has been passionate about helping others communicate from a young age, said that touch-screen technology has revolutionized the field.
On the move
Marta Keane, an audiologist and SLP, has been named chief executive officer of the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, which serves the city of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson in Virginia. A career-long health care industry professional with more than 26 years' experience focused primarily on elders, Keane joined JABA in October 2012 as chief operating officer.
Jeff Alt, an SLP in Glendale, Ohio, published "Get Your Kids Hiking", a guide to safe and fun hiking with children. Alt, who has been hiking since his youth, provides hiking seminars in collaboration with Shenandoah National Park staff and other venues.
Adele Gerber, 96, on March 4, 2013, in Philadelphia. A professor emeritus at Temple University, Gerber was recognized nationally for her clinical research and publications in the areas of articulation disorders, pre-reading skills and language-learning disabilities. Gerber began her career as a classroom teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. After receiving a master's degree in speech-language pathology, she worked as a clinician in Philadelphia and Montgomery County, Pa. She joined the faculty of Temple University's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1967. Upon Gerber's retirement in 1986, the annual Adele Gerber Award was established to recognize a graduating master's student at Temple University who "embodies the academic rigor, clinical prowess and generous spirit of Adele Gerber." An ASHA Life Member and Fellow, she continued to work on projects in the field, primarily as a clinical researcher. After retirement, she was honored as one of the National Points of Light in 2000. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Fitzgerald and Nancy Gerber; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.