David A. Shapiro, the Robert Lee Madison distinguished
professor of communication sciences and disorders at Western Carolina
University (Cullowhee, N.C.), received the 2013 State Clinical Achievement
Award from the North Carolina Speech, Hearing and Language Association at its
annual spring convention on April 25 in Raleigh. He was also elected 2013–2014
president of the International Fluency Association, as
announced at IFA's seventh World Congress on Fluency Disorders last summer in Tours, France ... Scott D. Rankins, a speech-language pathologist at Blueridge
Therapies in Lynchburg, Va., won a Longwood University (Va.) "For the Professionals That Make a Difference" Award. The annual awards recognize professionals in the disciplines of Longwood's College of Education and Human Services who have made significant contributions to their professional fields.
In the news
Elisa Green, an SLP and clinical instructor in the graduate
speech-language pathology program at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa,
was quoted in a Quad City Times article (May 7, 2013) about a partnership between Eagle Ridge Elementary
School and St. Ambrose to help prepare incoming students for the curriculum.
Green said the children have responded positively to the interventions ... Joanne
Marttila Pierson, an SLP and program officer of development marketing and
special projects at the University of Michigan's Institute for Human Adjustment, was interviewed by StrokeSmart (March 14, 2013) about the university's state-of-the-art speech-language therapy. Pierson says they've seen results as late as 10 years after a patient's stroke ... Lemmietta McNeilly, ASHA chief staff officer for
speech-language pathology, was featured in a Today Show segment (May 31, 2013). McNeilly explained why our voices sound different to
us in recordings than when we speak ... Tara Toone, an SLP in Gooding, Idaho, was
quoted in a KMVT.com story (May 30, 2013)
about the importance of hearing, vision and developmental milestone screenings.
Toone explained how therapy can help children "come out of their shells."
Sulyn Elliott, 55, of cancer, on May 8, 2013, in Columbia,
S.C. Director of special services for Sumter School District 2 for 20 years,
Elliott was a champion for children with special needs. She earned three
advanced degrees, including a PhD in speech-language pathology from the
University of Southern California, where she identified the moment of
stuttering as part of her dissertation in the 1980s. She earned a master's in speech-language pathology, a master's in school administration and a bachelor's in elementary education from the University of South Carolina. She had a lifelong passion for social justice and equality. Elliott is survived by two brothers, Curt and Kevan; two nieces; and a nephew.
Linda A. Guenette, 58, of cancer, on May 5, 2013, in Vernon,
Conn. Guenette received her bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont and her master's degree in audiology from the University of Connecticut. She joined the University of Connecticut in 1995 as a clinical faculty member. As a pediatric audiologist, she was particularly interested in hearing loss management in young children and auditory processing disorders. In addition to providing clinical services, Guenette served as the clinical liaison for off-campus supervisors and taught a course in pediatric audiology. She is a co-author on a paper on auditory central deafness and has made many presentations at the state and national level. Guenette was vice president for governmental affairs of the Connecticut Speech- Language-Hearing Association for six years, and a member of the ASHA Audiology Advisory Council for the past five years. Guenette is survived by an aunt and uncle.
Laura Jo Parker McKamey, 55, in a car accident, on May 13,
2013. The child of an Air Force navigator, McKamey grew up in Montana, Utah and
Alabama. Her family eventually settled in Bountiful, Utah. McKamey studied
elementary education at Brigham Young University and earned a master's degree in speech-language pathology at Utah State University. She was involved in local activities in her town of Shelby, Utah, including Special Olympics, Destination Imagination and Fine Arts Parents. Survivors include her husband, Alvin; parents, David and Wyoma Parker; children, Brandon, Kristal, Russell, Brigette, Sandra Jo, Alvin James (A.J.) and Lucas; three grandchildren; and a brother and three sisters.
Elmer Owens, 93, on April 23, 2013. Owens was a professor
emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco. After serving as a
fighter pilot during World War II, he earned master's and doctoral degrees in speech pathology and audiology at Syracuse University. He also worked with famed speech pathologist Wendell Johnson at the University of Iowa on stuttering remediation. Owens was instrumental in developing the first audiology clinic at UCSF and was one of the original faculty members of the joint speech and hearing sciences doctoral program between UCSF and UC Santa Barbara. Owens was part of the UCSF cochlear implant program team from its inception. He developed methods and materials for determining implant candidacy and for evaluating speech understanding pre- and post-implant. Owens was the lead author of the Minimal Auditory Capabilities Battery, one of the batteries developed to test elements of speech understanding of cochlear implant recipients. His unwavering interest in the investigation of speech understanding in people who are deaf and hard of hearing led to his co-development of the California Consonant Test. He also published many articles on speech perception in adults and children with hearing loss. In addition to his work with hearing loss, Owens—who stuttered since childhood—provided career-long treatment for people of all ages with dysfluencies. Owens was a lifetime member of both ASHA and the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Survivors include his sister, Alice.