National Student Speech Language Hearing Association's Executive
Council—the student organization's leadership body—comprises 11
student councilors. Ten of the councilors represent specific
regions and one councilor holds at at-large seat. Each of the
councilors works with an associated delegate, who serves as a
deputy councilor, to carry out their specific goals. In addition,
four ASHA members serve as consultants.
The regional councilors and delegates, who serve two-year terms,
represent the interests of communications sciences and disorders
students. New councilors and delegates from five regions and the
at-large position began their terms this year.
Kelly Gorman: Region 1 councilor; second-year
master's student in speech-pathology at the Massachusetts Institute
of Health Professions. Gorman looks forward to "the opportunity to
grow personally as well as professionally ... surrounded by others
who are as passionate about speech and hearing as I am." She will
work alongside Katherine Marks, a delegate and first-year master's
student in speech-language pathology at the Massachusetts Institute
of Health Professions
Cynthia McGuire: Region 3 councilor;
second-year master's student at the University of West Georgia.
McGuire is vice president of her local NSSLHA chapter and serves as
co-chair of the Student Affairs Committee of the Georgia
Speech-Language Hearing Association Executive Council. McGuire
believes that "being a part of professional organizations is
essential to becoming a well-rounded, knowledgeable speech-language
pathologist." She will work with Barbara Paschall, an undergraduate
senior at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville.
Kate Carstens: Region 4 councilor; is an undergraduate senior at the University of Cincinnati. Carstens has been
engaged in professionally relevant activities while working
part-time and maintaining a full-time academic courseload. Carstens
is an officer of the University of Cincinnati's NSSLHA chapter. She
will work with Molly Murrison, an undergraduate senior also
attending the University of Cincinnati.
Chelsea Franzluebbers: Returning region 6
councilor; second-year master's student at the University of
Nebraska–Lincoln. Franzleubbers is vice president of the NSSLHA
Executive Council, and will work alongside Jeffery Millspaugh, a
first-year master's student at Wichita State University. Millspaugh
recognizes that "the real benefit in joining NSSLHA is that you get
to create lifelong ties with others in the field."
Danielle Utianski: Region 9 councilor,
first-year master's student at George Washington University.
Utianski applied for a position on the council after volunteering
at the 2012 ASHA Convention and taking part in NSSLHA's 40th
anniversary. She "had the chance to meet and talk with members of
the council and was able to see their passion for the board and the
speech and hearing professions paralleled in everyday
conversation." She will carry out her vision for the region with
assistance from Max Pell, a second-year master's student at Stephen
F. Austin University.
Nia Potier: Member-at-large, representing
audiology, doctoral research, and culturally and linguistically
diverse students. Poitier is a second-year AuD student at Louisiana
Tech University. Her goal is "to see NSSLHA get more audiology
students to attend the ASHA convention and to participate more in
national activities." She will work with the member-at-large
delegate, Jonathan Schug—a third-year AuD student from the
University of Memphis—to achieve that goal.