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Candidate for Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy: Doanne Ward-Williams, MEd, CCC-SLP

Why are you running for Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy 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 is to energize ASHA members to advocate for themselves and their patients with my fresh perspective as I embody diverse subgroups of ASHA’s membership. I believe that my presence on the Board of Directors will demonstrate that every ASHA member can be involved within ASHA and with advocacy. As immediate past chair of the Government Relations and Public Policy Board, I am extremely knowledgeable and in the forefront of current issues affecting our professions and its impact on our members.  My ability to listen to the viewpoints of our members to ensure that concerns are heard and show our value on Capitol Hill remain my passion within ASHA. It would be an honor to continue to move ASHA forward with advocacy!

Doanne Ward-Williams, MEd, CCC-SLP, is owner and bilingual speech-language pathologist (SLP) at TheraPlay Bilingual Solutions, LLC, where she works with English- and Spanish-speaking children who have a variety of developmental delays and disorders in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Ms. Ward-Williams completed her master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders at North Carolina Central University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

In her private practice, Doanne focuses on monolingual and bilingual children during their early intervention years. She works with families and childcare educators by offering in-services to teach them typical speech and language development and to empower them with the knowledge to advocate for their children and/or students. Ms. Ward-Williams is grateful for the opportunity to serve multicultural populations within her practice. She holds the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) and is licensed with the state of North Carolina. 

Ms. Ward-Williams’s professional service includes serving on the Convention Planning Committee for The North Carolina Speech Hearing & Language Association, as treasurer and a past Convention Co-Chair for the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH), and in several roles for ASHA—including as a reviewer and topic co-chair (2019–2020) for the ASHA Convention Planning Committee, as a member of the Political Action Committee, and as past chair of the Government Relations and Public Policy Board. Ms. Ward-Williams is also a proud alumna of ASHA’s Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP), Class of 2006.

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