ASHA's State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs)

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The State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs) are ASHA-member audiologists and speech-language pathologists who advocate in their states for improved health care coverage and reasonable reimbursement. Their targets are key decision-makers in private corporations, public agencies, and the local legislature. Examples are health care insurance executives, benefits administrators, state insurance department officials, and state congress members. STARs create advocacy strategies and share skills with the state speech-language-hearing associations that appoint them.

STARs form a true network. They link states together and to ASHA through monthly conference calls, a STARs-only e-mail discussion group, and periodic meetings. STARs are individuals who:

  • are proactive;
  • will eagerly assist colleagues and others with advice and information;
  • can help seek solutions when members face challenges to their economic viability; and
  • must count on their colleagues (you) to help them effectuate positive changes in private health insurance and Medicaid.

Look for your state's STAR in the roster, below. Communicate reimbursement questions or concerns to your STARs!

Don't see a name for your state? Step up to the plate and get involved! How can you become a STAR? Contact your state association president to volunteer and your nearest STAR for details.

E-mail questions to [email protected].


STAR Network Roster

Alabama
Judy Mann (SLP)
[email protected]

Alaska
Nancy Lovering (SLP)
[email protected]

Arizona
Crystal Brooks (SLP)
[email protected]

Arkansas
Cheri Stevenson (SLP)
[email protected]

California
Shellie Bader (SLP)
[email protected]

Colorado
Jenny Vail-Stencel (SLP)
[email protected]

Connecticut
Meghan Krodel (SLP)
[email protected]

Delaware
Kathleen Anderson (SLP)
[email protected]

District of Columbia
No representative

Florida
Felice P. Abby (SLP)
[email protected]

Georgia
Margaret Ann Parker (SLP)
[email protected]

Hawaii
Olivia K. Uchima (SLP)
[email protected]

Idaho
Tammy Emerson (SLP)
[email protected]

Illinois
Kim Pritikin (SLP)
[email protected]

Indiana
Dee Combs (SLP)
[email protected]

Iowa
Brandon Viet (SLP)
[email protected]

Kansas
Gentry White (SLP)
[email protected]

Kentucky
Renea Sageser
[email protected]

Louisiana
Shelley Chesney (SLP)
[email protected]

Maine
Kim Feeney (SLP)
[email protected]

Maryland
Nancy Brandenburger (SLP)
[email protected]

Massachusetts
Sharon Frank (SLP)
[email protected]

Edith Trafford (SLP)
[email protected]

Michigan
Tim Weise (SLP)
[email protected]

Julie Pratt (SLP)
[email protected]

Minnesota
Sarah Hanson (SLP)
[email protected]

Mississippi
Jeffalyn Trammell (SLP)
[email protected]

Linda Piazza (SLP)
[email protected]

Missouri
Anna Campbell (SLP)
[email protected]

Montana
Carol Morse (SLP)
[email protected]

Nebraska
Nikki Kopetzky (Aud)
[email protected]

Jessica Thoene (SLP)
[email protected]

Nevada
Joyce Marston (SLP)
[email protected]

New Hampshire
No representative

New Jersey
Robert W. Woods (AUD)
[email protected]

Barbara Schwerin-Bohus (SLP)
[email protected]

New Mexico
Michael Kaplan (SLP)
[email protected]

New York
Amy Bamrick (SLP)
[email protected]  

North Carolina
Morrison Robin (SLP)
[email protected]

North Dakota
Kitsy Radermacher (SLP)
[email protected]

Ohio
Patricia Fisher (SLP)
[email protected]

Oklahoma
Teresa Bierig (SLP)
[email protected]

Oregon
Tina Haskins (SLP)
[email protected]

Pennsylvania
Kathleen R. Helfrich-Miller (SLP)
[email protected]

Rhode Island
No representative

South Carolina
Andrea Lary (SLP/A)
[email protected]

South Dakota
Laura Barbera (SLP)
[email protected]

Tennessee
Lynne Harmon (SLP)
[email protected]

Texas
Shannon Butkus (SLP)
[email protected]

Utah
Mindalyn Enlow (SLP)
[email protected]

Vermont
Linda Hazard (AUD)
[email protected]

Virginia
Heather Shirey (SLP)
[email protected]

Washington
Shannon McKeever (SLP)
[email protected]

West Virginia
Pat Ford (SLP)
[email protected], [email protected]

Wisconsin
Stephanie Olive (SLP)
[email protected]

Wyoming
TiAnn R. Poloncic (SLP)
[email protected]

The contact information was current at the time it was submitted to ASHA by the network representative.

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