Candidate Video Transcripts
Note: These transcripts were typed from a recording of the interviews and not copied from an original script.
The national changes in health care and education are going to have an increasingly profound effect on the practice of speech-language pathology and audiology. There are going to be new team-oriented service provision models and funding formulas that are tied outcomes-based measures. ASHA has to be on the forefront of these endeavors. And the ASHA President must be an experienced, knowledgeable, and skilled leader. I am duly certified. In over a more-than-30-year-career, I've been able to practice as both a speech-language pathologist and audiologist. And for more than 20 years I've worked in the public schools, where the majority of our ASHA SLP members are employed. I think that's a pretty unique profile for a potential ASHA President. I've also served on a number of ASHA's committees, boards, and councils. And just completed, for example, a three-year stint as the chair of the Audiology Advisory Council, and member of the ASHA Board of Directors. So the question of why I want to be ASHA President is really answered best by the fact that I feel like I'm called to use my experience and knowledge as an ASHA President and to serve this association that has served me so very well over the many years.
I've worked in the public schools and the university setting, including fourteen years as chair of the department, overseeing the education of our future professionals. I've also just finished a term of office on the Board of Directors as a Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice. So I feel like I have a current and good grasp of the issues that our members are facing. So what would I do about those issues? My leadership style is to listen carefully, but after gathering the data and the information, then you need to devise a plan and implement it. I'm not a person who likes to talk things to death. I prefer to address issues and resolve them. I've been involved in ASHA for a long time and I have tremendous respect and admiration for the expertise that our audiologists and our speech-language pathologists bring to our committees, councils, and boards. I've enjoyed that collaboration and I look forward to doing it again. So I'm interested in serving as President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association because I think I can make a difference for our members.
I want to give back to the professions. I've actually had the opportunity to serve as President of two related professional organizations. And recently, I completed a term as Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy. In that capacity, I know that I made contributions to the professions, and to this fantastic organization, which has now grown to 182,000 members and affiliates. However, we have significant challenges ahead. I feel that I have the skill set and characteristics to lead this organization as we face those challenges. I was raised to give back. My whole family was. But I want to mention that this profession has given much to me, personally and professionally. I don't expect that I can give back to ASHA what this profession has given to me. But it would be my honor to lead the organization as President. I thank you for your consideration.
Vice President for Academic Affairs in Speech-Language Pathology
I have 17 years of experience as a university administrator. I'm a leader. I make things happen. I really enjoy making the right things happen. What needs to happen at ASHA? We're facing a shortage of speech-language pathologists. ASHA has predicted that in the decade ending in 2022, we will need an increase in 19% of the number of SLPs. What are we going to do? Sit back? Everybody just increase their case a little bit? Even worse, what if there's an unmet demand? That just invites encroachment from unqualified professionals. We have to respect our academic programs. We can't overburden university clinics. We cannot compromise the quality and the expectations of our graduates. We need ASHA to come forward, bring stakeholders together, generate ideas, develop plans/processes for implementation, and then making good things happen. There was nothing that would give me more pleasure then to be a contributor to a group event where we really made such good things happen.
I've been in academia for 25 years and I've trained students in small and large institutions. And I'm finding more and more today that there are fewer and fewer academic faculty with doctoral degrees to train these students. We have a significant doctoral shortage right now and I'd like to address that in my vice-presidency. It's important because these doctoral level faculty are responsible for the evidence-based practice and the research base of our profession. So I would like to not only identify graduate students that are interested in pursuing doctoral degrees, but also clinical professionals that also might be interested in pursuing these degrees. And I would focus on two things. I would focus both on funding - providing funding for them - and also mentoring, because these two things are critical in order for them to be successful.
As an Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in a college that houses a CSD graduate program, I work with the same critical issues that confront all academic programs and ultimately impact our clinical practice. So I'd like to talk about five issues that I think are important for us to address. First, we need to be responsive to the emerging changes in the educational and healthcare landscapes that require our programs to provide collaborative learning opportunities for our students to work with others outside our profession, using models of interprofessional education. Secondly, we need to develop quality clinical doctorates to advance the clinical practice of our profession. Third, we need to continue to produce research doctorates to fill our faculty positions in our programs. Fourth, we need to engage in the international education initiative that better prepares our students to work in a complex and interconnected global society. And finally, we need to maintain the academic quality of our programs with the pressure to increase enrollment. So my priority would be to balance these important issues while weaving quality outcomes for our students, faculty, clinicians, and researchers. I'd appreciate the opportunity to serve as the Vice President of Academic Affairs in Speech-Language Pathology. And I thank you for your consideration.
Vice President for Audiology Practice
Have you ever heard of the squelch effect? The squelch effect is the ability to hear and recognize a target in a background of noise. And we're able to do that because we have two ears and two sides of the brain. And, not terribly long ago, someone referred to me as "just" an audiologist. And I wasn't even sure what that meant, but the tone was a bit off-putting. And I've worked my career to build relationships and show people that we, as an association, because we are two professions in one discipline, we have the power to squelch that noise; wherever that noise may be; from whatever source it comes. And I have a breadth of experience and professional contacts within the speech-language-hearing community as well as in related professions, to help other members of our association squelch that noise.
As corny as this may sound, I'm running because I want to serve my profession. I've been in a situation for many years to be a practicing clinician, but it's also the same motivation that brought me to the executive board of the state association, where I served for a number years. I'm still a practicing audiologist - going on forty years now - and I understand the frustrations and the challenges of clinical audiology. For the last 20 years, I've also been involved in the middle of a lot of action. For regulatory and reimbursement issues effecting audiology. I've served on the AMA's Health Care Professions Advisory Committee, from about 2002 until January of last year. And so I have a good understanding on what the regulatory challenges are and I'm still privy to some of those conversations. I know that many changes are coming down the road for audiology, as far as reimbursement, as far as clinical practice. We don't know what those changes look like just yet. But the only thing we do know is that the traditional fee-for-service that we've enjoyed is going to go away. I would really like to be in a position to help my profession; to guide it through any new challenges that arise by virtue of these changes that come down from the regulatory side that will impact the clinical side. That's my motivation for running.
First, it's an honor to be nominated. During my career, I have been privileged to witness tremendous changes and advances in the practice of audiology, and, at times, being fortunate enough to be able to contribute to those advances. One of my favorite statements to students and trainees, is that very few things that I currently do in my practice was I actually taught specifically when I was a student because they were simply just not around. So I'd like to use that experience and other experiences I've collected along the way, such as chairing the Government Relations and Public Policy Board to help provide our membership with the best conditions to be able to provide the best quality patient care, and very importantly, in viable practice settings. Collaborating and interacting with other organizations and other professions is very important, but it's also important to safeguard our own scope of practice. And more than ever we need to be forward-looking in defining our position in the marketplace, our scope of practice in a professional identity.
Vice President for Science and Research
My iPhone has computing power that was unimaginable a generation ago. Email, internet, and social media have profoundly changed how we communicate - at a distance, instantaneously, and telegraphically. Our clinical practice has not kept pace with the disruptive changes in communication brought about by technology. We must use technology to better train current and future clinicians. We need to investigate smart home technology for use in telehealth. We must use the massive data available in the electronic medical health record to inform best practices. All of this requires research to help us figure out what works best and what is most cost effective. Why do I want to be the Vice President of Science and Research? I want to imagine and helped create a world where the modern miracle of technology allows us to better train our clinicians and enables us to improve the lives of those facing speech, language, and hearing challenges. Thank you for listening.
I've been an ASHA member from more than 30 years and I've been very very fortunate to be supported by ASHA in so many ways. And this is my opportunity to give back to the profession in a way that I think is very profound for me. My last child left for college and so I've always been targeting this as a time when I can serve. And I'm a clinical and translational researcher, working both in neuroimaging and in treatment advocacy. And so, that kind of background, I think, fits well with what ASHA's looking for in a Vice President for Research. With regard to specifics, we've had just a fantastic history at ASHA of discovery - cell biology, neurology, genetics - so many cutting-edge basic science things, but we're also now moving towards evidence-based practice. And that's a vitally important part of how we go forward, especially in the new managed-care environment. So, of course I'll continue to support and advocate for the basic science side of what we do, but I'm hoping to even enhance further what we do on the evidence-based practice side, because our clinicians - our wonderfully dedicated, working, hard-working clinicians - need even better evidence. And so, as Vice President for Research, I would be seeking to expand and enhance that part what we do as ASHA research.
I'm running for Vice President of Science and Research for the ASHA Board of Directors for what I think are good reasons. I'm very interested in the state of research, as it is right now. I'm very enthusiastic about where we are in our research right now. We have been able to translate basic science into clinical methods for communication disorders. And what is still a challenge for us is implementing those methods in clinical and school settings. And I would like to approach this in several ways as Vice President. I would like to encourage progress in our educational approaches. That they might incorporate translational research more than they are. And this is not just graduate programs, but also continuing education to help clinicians that are out in the field currently to learn how to use these methods that have been developed based on theory and research. And I'd also like to promote better education of health care providers developing new models of rehabilitation that are cost-effective and also address communication needs.