SLP School Issues Advisory Board

Liaisons with the VP for Speech-Language Pathology Practice


The charge of the Speech-Language Pathology School Issues Advisory Board is to identify and monitor critical issues, forecast needs and trends, provide expertise in the development of resources, and recommend actions that support and enhance the work of school-based practitioners.


7 Members: 

  • 2 at-large SLPs who practice in a K-12 organization (1 shall have 10 years or less experience); 
  • 1 SIG 16 representative; 
  • 1 member from the School Finance Committee or a State Education Advocacy Leader (SEAL);
  • 1 member is a graduate from the ASHA Leadership Development Program (LDP); 
  • 1 member who currently supervises school personnel or a school program (i.e., shall be a special education supervisor, speech/language program supervisor, school superintendent or assistant superintendent, state department of education speech/language program consultant);
  • 1 expert who has published and presented on critical topics of school practice (i.e., researcher)


  • Dawn Merth-Johnson, chair - term ends 12/31/2018 (SEAL representative)
  • Marie Ireland, BOD Liaison-Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice
  • Verna Chinen - term ends 12/31/2018 (Supervisory representative)
  • Kim Murza - term ends 12/ 31/2020  (Researcher representative)
  • Tracie Guggenheim - term ends 12/31/2018 (Practitioner prepresentative)
  • Patti Haight-Howard - term ends 12/31/2019 (LDP representative)
  • Katie Christenson - term ends 12/31/2020 (Practitioner with less than 10 yrs experience) 
  • Nancy Ramirez - term ends 12/31/2020 (SIG 16 representative)


3 year term for the chair and 3 year term for members


Conference calls are monthly. Two face-to-face meetings will be held, one at the ASHA National Office and the other on committee day at the annual ASHA Convention. Communication occurs via a collaboration site. Members can contribute to the work of the board in a variety of ways. 

Desired Service Qualifications/Experiences

Expertise and experience pertaining to school-based issues

Staff Liaison

Jaumeiko Coleman (