Political Action Committee

Liaisons with the Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy

Charge

Influence and raise funds to influence the nomination or election of individuals to national office in order to promote the interests and needs of the speech-language pathology and audiology professions and of persons with disabilities; encourage speech-language pathologists and audiologists to understand the institution and procedures of government and the public issues acted upon by governmental officials which affect the professions and those served; promote the interests of the professions and those served by facilitating the participation of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in the political process; do all of the above in order to promote public policies that result in accessible and appropriate services in the areas of education and health care, in the training of qualified personnel to deliver these services, and in research that leads to more effective and quality services and benefits to persons with communication disorders.

Composition

  • Chair
  • Past-Chair
  • Board Liaison (VP of GRPP)
  • Treasurer (Arlene Pietranton)
  • Two Regular Members
  • One New Member (ASHA member for less than 5 years)

Members

  • Lawrence Molt, Chair
  • Carol B. Fleming, Past-Chair
  • Joan Mele-McCarthy, Board Liaison
  • Arlene A. Pietranton, Treasurer
  • Kathleen Peterson
  • Ellen Estomin
  • Chasity Moore

Term

4 years for board members, serving one year each as Chair and Past-Chair; 2 years for the New ASHA Member Position (less than 5 years as an AHSA member).

Commitments/Obligations

  • ​Two in-person meetings (AC Conference in March and Convention in November)
  • Bi-monthly conference calls (1 hour)
  • Ability to ask peers to donate money in person, on the phone, email, and snail mail (if you don't want to fundraise, please do not apply)

Desired Service Qualifications/Experiences

  • Interest in politics, education and health care policy
  • Ability to raise money or a dedication to trying

Staff Liaison

Sam Hewitt (shewitt@asha.org)