Government Relations and Public Policy Board

Liaisons with the Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy


Develop the Association's annual public policy agenda for adoption by the Board of Directors; assure that the strategic needs and interests of ASHA members are represented in the Association's annual public policy agenda; provide ongoing coordination of communication with other ASHA committees, councils, boards, members, and state speech-language-hearing associations concerning the legislative, regulatory, and other public policy activities and initiatives of the Association; and make recommendations to and work with the National Office staff to develop strategies to achieve the public policy agenda of the Association.


The Government Relations and Public Policy Board consists of 10 voting members – 1 consumer (public member); 8 members nominated for selection by the Committee on Committees, the chair of PAC board and one NSSLHA Executive Council student.


  • Doanne Ward-Williams, Chair
  • Katheryn L. Boada, Board Liaison
  • Ingrid Blood
  • Michelle D'Mello, NSSLHA
  • Monica C. Hudnall, ECP
  • Nancy McMahon
  • Kathleen E. Peterson, PAC Chair
  • Martha Van Dam
  • Kathy Wheat
  • Daniel Williams
  • Laurel Stine, Public member
  • Member (Vacant)

Public Member: One additional member, the public member, shall be someone who has first-hand knowledge (i.e., as a consumer or family member of a consumer) or experience with the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. In addition, it is beneficial if the public member - either through employment, education, or volunteer roles - has a foundation of direct or indirect knowledge that relates to the mission of ASHA and/or the work undertaken by the GRPPB.


3 Years; NSSLHA representative 2 years


3 meetings annually (including Committee Day at the Annual Convention), 6–8 conference calls

Desired Service Qualifications/Experiences

Current ASHA member and through service if elected.

Note: The GRPPB conducts much of its business electronically. As such, computer and Internet access is required for service.

The ASHA members appointed shall demonstrate expertise in one or more of the following indicated: expertise in public policy/consumer advocacy, reimbursement issues, or expressed interest in government relations and public policy.

Staff Liaison

Jeffrey Regan, ex officio (