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Candidate for Vice President for Finance: Cherry Wright, 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 priority will be to work collaboratively with the Board to preserve the autonomy of our professions, promote and advance the professions through advocacy, provide resources for members, and support for consumers. My objective as vice president for finance is to ensure the association is fiscally responsible and accountable in our efforts to achieve outcomes. I will seek member input, assist in developing a budget to address needs (focusing on affordability and cost benefit), monitor the budget and investment portfolio, and make sound fiscal recommendations. I will apply knowledge, skills, and expertise acquired during my career in public school administration, serving on a school board, and in professional leadership roles, including chair of the ASHA Financial Planning Board, to fiscally manage the association’s financial operations.

Cherry Wright earned her master’s degrees in speech pathology and audiology at Texas Tech University. She had a 33-year career in various work settings—including university, private practice, health care, and primarily in the Texas public education system. She was a speech-language pathologist (SLP) in the schools, a supervisor of SLP Services, principal of a school for students with severe handicaps, elementary principal, director of special education, and assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. Ms. Wright is an experienced leader who has expertise in responsible management of fiscal resources and accountability for results. Following retirement, she worked as an educational consultant and served as an elected member of a school district board of trustees for 10 years.

Ms. Wright served on the ASHA Legislative Council and is currently chair of the Financial Planning Board and a member of SIG 16. She served as president of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) and currently serves as chair of the TSHA Financial Advisory Committee. She facilitates the TSHA/Texas Council of Administrators in Special Education (TCASE) Public School Advisory Joint Committee to collaboratively address issues in the schools. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (TSLHF) and on Honors Committee of the Council of State Association Presidents (CSAP). 

Ms. Wright has received the TSHA Hall of Fame Award, the Jack L. Bangs Award, and the Award of Honor. She also received the CSAP Nancy McKinley Leadership Award. She has recently been named Distinguished Alum of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences.

Ms. Wright has established an endowed scholarship in speech-language pathology at Texas Tech University and an Educational Loan Support Trust administered by the TSLHF for qualifying SLPs working in the public schools to assist in re-payment of loans accrued while completing graduate degrees in programs accredited by ASHA.

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