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Candidate for Vice President for Finance: Bernadette Mayfield-Clarke, PhD, CCC-SLP

Why are you running for Vice President for Finance on the ASHA Board of Directors?

The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:

What is your top priority if elected to the ASHA Board of Directors?

My top priority, as an advocate for the professions, is to continue the legacy of sound financial stability to and for ASHA. Given judicious bearing, I will uphold transparent alignment of the budgetary provisions to the Strategic Pathway to ensure successful outcome and task completion. Ultimately, utilization of an active, ongoing collaboration with the Board of Directors and ASHA members on such issues will yield continued growth of the investment portfolio and mitigation of risk, given financial best practices, policies, and strategic planning for the future of this organization. While applying the financial policies and procedures, I will work to ensure maintenance of an innovative, responsive stance towards health care service delivery trends that influence the professions’ accountability and cost-effectiveness analysis. 

Bernadette Mayfield-Clarke, PhD, has had a fulfilling, versatile career as an administrator employed in various settings (i.e., school-based services, contract services, clinical settings, health care service provider, university professor, program director, and associate dean for research and graduate studies). She received her PhD and master’s degrees in human communication sciences and disorders from Howard University in Washington, DC, and a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Dr. Mayfield-Clarke currently functions as a private practitioner and consultant with a specialization in corporate speech-language pathology for government employees and English language learners (ELLs). In addition, she serves as a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services as a member of a standing panel that addresses issues related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

With her in-depth knowledge of programmatic and university operations, Dr. Mayfield-Clarke has worked as program professor for two programs—the master of science in speech-language pathology (MS-SLP) and the doctor of speech-language pathology (SLPD)—at Nova Southeastern University, College of Health Care Sciences, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At the University of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, she served as associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and as tenured associate professor and program director for speech communication and speech-language pathology and audiology.

Prior to relocating to North Carolina, Dr. Mayfield-Clarke was an adjunct professor and a  member of the clinical faculty at California State University, Northridge; director of speech-language pathology for a 200-bed skilled nursing facility; and a contractor for school-based services and rehabilitation hospitals.

Her volunteer services to ASHA have included the following: chair, Financial Planning Board (2017–2018); appointed member of the Financial Planning Board; S.T.E.P. mentor and a member of SIG 11, Administration and Supervision. Dr. Mayfield-Clarke has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) and as convention chair. She was an advisory board member of the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union–Stoney Creek branch. Dr. Mayfield-Clarke is an ASHA Fellow.

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