Candidate for Vice President for Planning: Craig E. Coleman, CCC-SLP

Why are you running for Vice President for Planning 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 will be to promote the professions so that we are better positioned to advocate for important issues such as improved reimbursement, manageable caseload and productivity requirements, stronger licensure laws that restrict encroachment by non-qualified providers, and improved patient access to services. I will improve communication with speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Through monthly web chats, I will allow ASHA members to help identify specific goals for the strategic plan so that you have a voice. Finally, I will work closely with members to identify emerging needs. For example, the opioid crisis is creating a desperate need for resources for clinicians who work with children with neonatal abstinence syndrome. I look forward to working with each of you. I will be your strongest advocate.

Craig Coleman, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is an Associate Professor at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, and a Board Certified Specialist in Stuttering. He teaches graduate courses in professional issues in speech-language pathology and stuttering, as well as an undergraduate course in research. In addition to the many peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters that he has written, Mr. Coleman has given more than 200 presentations on stuttering to audiences around the world, focusing on helping speech-language pathologists become more comfortable with assessing and treating children and adults who stutter. In particular, Mr. Coleman has worked with many school districts to provide specialized training and consultations for students who stutter.

Mr. Coleman has been involved in service to the professions throughout his career. At the state level, Mr. Coleman served two terms as President of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language Hearing Association, where he helped the chapter achieve updated state licensure. At the national level, Mr. Coleman has served on the ASHA Legislative Council, the ASHA Scientific and Professional Education Board, and the 2016 ad-hoc committee to revise the scope of practice document for speech-language pathology. Mr. Coleman recently served as Coordinator of ASHA Special Interest Group 4 (Fluency and Fluency Disorders) and played an instrumental role in the decision to move Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups to peer-reviewed status (in January 2019, the publication became a scholarly review journal). He has also served on the American Board of Fluency Disorders and as Topic Chair for the ASHA Convention.

Mr. Coleman also volunteers in his local community by co-directing a summer program, Stuttering U., for children who stutter and their families. In addition, he serves on the local Little League Executive Board, and devotes his free time to coaching youth baseball.

Mr. Coleman is an ASHA Fellow and has received both the Clinical Achievement Award and Honors from the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He has also received the ASHA Media Outreach Champion Award.

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