Candidate Video Transcripts

Note: These transcripts were typed from a recording of the interviews and not copied from an original script.


Elise Davis-McFarland

ASHA is one of the most progressive and well-managed professional associations I've ever been a member of. And I'm interested in being on the Board of Directors because I want to see ASHA continue to be a premiere organization. And there are several different areas that I'm really interested in working in. One of them is our strategic pathways initiative. I think that it's a great blueprint for our future, and I think that meeting the goals and objectives ensures that we continue to move forward and that we are able to be a model of professionalism and member service. Member service is also an area that I'm very interested in. For example, I think that the free continuing education courses that ASHA offered over the past year are a good example of the type of value that our members really do appreciate. And I'll be looking for more opportunities like that. I also want to ensure that we continue to have a seat at the international table. I think not only because ASHA has a lot to offer there, but also because I think we have a lot to learn from our international colleagues. And finally, I will want to work with and encourage our colleagues to recruit more males, more people of color, international origin, and bilinguals to our clinical programs and our graduate programs. Because I think ASHA is strengthened when its membership reflects America.

Luis F. Riquelme

So running for President of ASHA, our national association, is quite an honor, for sure. I'm running because I really believe in change and in re-presentation. Change because I think that takes us to vision, and it's the only way we can really move forward. Whoever thought that a speech-language pathologist was going to be in a radiology suite collaborating on swallow studies? Whoever thought a speech pathologist would be in the classroom working with a teacher with children with reading problems. Or how about an audiologist engaged in intra-operative monitoring? So that's required vision and that's how we really achieve change and move forward. In terms of re-presentation, I truly feel that ties into engagement, and if we, as members of ASHA, are going to be engaged and continue to move forward, we need to be well-represented. And so, I feel I bring to the table my background as a clinician, as an administrator, as an academician, and also as an emerging researcher. So those are perspectives I will bring to the Board of Directors to collaborate with the other members of the Board of Directors and move us forward, because we are ASHA, and we are the future. Thank you.

Neil T. Shepard

I'm running for President for the ASHA Board primarily because I feel like I've developed a skill set that would be appropriate for performing the duties in that position, both because of my experiences with ASHA, and then experiences in leadership outside of ASHA. And during the three years that I would be in a position of that type, if given the opportunity, I would like to engender the work we started in 2012, '13, and '14 on the restructuring of the training programs in both speech pathology and audiology. Specifically, coming up with recommendations for the undergraduate education programs.

Vice President for Academic Affairs in Audiology

Janet Koehnke 

I'm running for this position because after being in academia for more than 30 years, I feel that I've gained a lot of experience. And I would like to use that experience if I'm elected to be a voice for audiologists, as well as to continue moving the profession forward. And there are a number of issues that I think need to be addressed. The first being the AUD Education Model. There are aspects in the model, such as the clinical externship year and the clinical preceptor training, that I think need to be considered and perhaps changed to improve our model of education. The second issue that's been around for a while is the Ph.D. shortage. And I think it's imperative that we make sure there are sufficient individuals in the pipeline, not only to educate the future audiologists, but also to conduct the applied clinical research of our profession. The third issue that I want to mention today is undergraduate education, and that's something I think we need to continue discussing to make sure that we give our students the best possible foundations for their graduate education. And there are lots more issues, but no more time, so I thank you for your support.

Maurice I. Mendel 

I have been involved in higher education for all of my professional career. I've been involved in educating students at the undergraduate, master's, doctor of audiology, and PhD levels; and primarily with producing future audiologists. Also, I've served as President of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. And during my presidency, one of my top priorities was to increase communication among the professional organizations. If I'm elected to this position, I feel that this would give me an opportunity to continue with that effort. In addition, I'm aware of the changing health care field, and I think it's important for audiologists and future audiologists to be involved in the changes that are taking place, and to be proactive. Finally, the educational model for audiology has been changing during the period of time that I've been involved. I think we're in a period of major change at the current time, and I would like to have a proactive role in monitoring future changes in audiology.

Vice President for Planning

Kathy L. Coufal 

The Vice President for planning on the Board of Directors has a very unique and challenging role to fulfill, and I find that to be exciting. Their primary responsibility is oversight for the strategic pathway to excellence, and as such, it allows this individual, hopefully me, to engage with the largest constituency, the most diverse body of members within and external to ASHA. And as I look at this role, I believe that interfacing with both the Advisory Councils, audiology and speech language pathology, with the International Issues Board, the Multicultural Issues Board, and the liaison, back to the Board of Directors is essential to realizing those many goals that we have set in the strategic pathway. There are areas that I think, in particular, I have had experience and I bring resources to bear. But moreover, I'm excited about engaging our members so that they enthusiastically participate in the many initiatives that are ongoing and that are essential to us realizing our goals in the strategic pathway.

Perry F. Flynn 

Hello, I'm Perry Flynn, a professor and clinical educator at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the consultant to the North Carolina Department of Public Construction in the area of speech language pathology. I'm running for Vice President of Planning. Some of the responsibilities of that office are to help the association meet its envisioned future through strategic objectives. Some of the objectives that are of particular importance to me include advocacy, reasonable paperwork expectations for our members in schools, and reasonable and ethical expectations for our members in health care are advocacy opportunities for both the association and members at the local, state, and national level. It will take a top-down and bottom-up advocacy effort to effect change in this area and others. Diversity in the areas of gender, race, and ethnicity are important things to me as well. I hope that our members will become comfortable with their role as global citizens and not merely citizens of one country or culture. I have a long history of service to the association, student organizations, and other associations, so it would be my great privilege and pleasure to help the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as Vice-President for Planning.

Marlene Salas-Provance 

I'm running for VP for Planning because I'm interested in addressing the issues that are important to our work as speech-language pathologists; as audiologists; and as speech, language, and hearing scientists. Such issues as receiving appropriate reimbursement for our services and being able to provide those services without the undue burden of excessive paperwork, being able to educate sufficient numbers of young men and women in our profession to meet the great demand in our field, and being able to provide a sound research base for our evidence-based practice. I would represent these issues at the table for strategic planning. I would also be the liaison for the International Issues Board and the Multicultural Issues Board. Both areas where I have extensive experience providing therapy for children with cleft palate in this country and around the world, and training students in areas of cultural and linguistic diversity. I feel that my extensive experience in looking at issues from a strategic and creative perspective is important for the VP for Planning, and I would be very pleased to serve ASHA membership in this way.

Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology

Barbara Jacobson 

For most of my career, I've been involved in providing clinical services through direct patient care and managing staff. I'm devoted to ensuring that we provide quality services, that we have staff that are competent, and not only competent, but measurably competent, as well as assessing and treating patients using best practices, so that we have great outcomes. I feel that the standards and ethics that have been developed by ASHA over the years really anchor our professional and clinical services, whether we’re emerging clinicians or experienced speech-language pathologists. I'm really excited about the opportunity to work with the Councils and Boards that certify new clinicians, that create clinical specialty certification, that oversee and develop continuing education opportunities, and ensure clinical and ethical practice. I'm looking forward to bringing the excellent work of these Councils and Board to the Board of Directors, and ultimately ensuring that our members achieve the excellence that they desire.

Melissa Jakubowitz 

Many years ago, my friends encouraged me to participate in ASHA through volunteering. I have gotten so much pleasure and joy out of doing that and have met some amazing people and learned so much about how our association works. Being on the forefront of the challenges and changes and advances in our profession has helped me to understand where our profession should go in terms of its standards and ethics. Given my skills and knowledge and ability, I will be able to bring this information and assist in maintaining these high standards that ASHA has set for our profession.

Sherry Sancibrian 

I think there are lots of changes out there on the landscape. And I would like to be part of the Board of Directors so that we can provide guidance to our members to prepare for these changes. There was a great report a couple of years ago on reframing the professions and it gave us some good ideas about things our members are going to need; specific kinds of education and maybe even some new standards that will help them with the things that are changing. The same is happening in education because I don't think we know exactly how that Every Student Succeeds Act [ESSA] is going to affect us. And I feel like I have some background that could be useful in preparing for these changes. A colleague posted something recently and one line of it really spoke to me. It said, "We are defined by the values for which we're willing to struggle." I'm willing to struggle to make sure that our members are prepared for that changing landscape and I'm sure ASHA is too. So I'd like to be part of the Board of Directors and help with that.

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