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Candidate for President-Elect: Judy Rudebusch Rich, EdD, CCC-SLP

Why are you running for President-Elect 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?

As ASHA members our vision is: Making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all. I see evidence of commitment to our vision with measurable progress along the strategic pathway. Internal to ASHA, there is the possibility of change in governance structures. My top priority on the Board of Directors is to develop effective communication strategies with, to, and among ASHA members. With change in governance structure, we must engage members and groups of members who have not felt included or deeply connected to ASHA. We can empower these members by demonstrating that the change in governance allows for a legitimized voice in ASHA. And then energize those who have not had a voice to a new level of engagement in ASHA.

Judy Rudebusch Rich, EdD, CCC-SLP, is currently a speech-language pathologist (SLP) as well as an education consultant and lecturer at The University of Texas at Dallas and a retired assistant superintendent for student services in a suburban school district in North Texas. She worked in public schools for 35 years as a campus SLP, program specialist for speech and language services, special education director, executive director, and assistant superintendent for student services. In this role, she provided school district leadership for state and federal programs in bilingual/ESL education, special education, gifted–talented education, Title I and other federal programs, adult education, services for at-risk students, resiliency programs, parent involvement, and community engagement. Dr. Rich participates in national and state initiatives to improve services in schools and is a frequent presenter at state and national workshops and conferences. 

Dr. Rich has a keen interest in the application of systems theory and best practice models for continuous improvement based on data-driven, team decision making. For more than 3 decades, she has applied continuous improvement models to school-based speech-language pathology in the following areas: using a workload approach, evidence-based and outcomes-based models for treatment, eligibility and dismissal guidelines, staffing and funding models for school-based speech-language pathology, addressing the shortage of SLPs in school settings, and preventing placement in special education through response to intervention (RTI) models. 

Dr. Rich, an ASHA Fellow, served as the ASHA Vice President for Finance (2015–2017). Other ASHA service includes Division 16 Steering Committee (2011–2013), School Finance Committee (2007–2009; chair in 2009), Ad Hoc Committee on Caseload/Workload in Schools (2000–2004), Clinical Specialty Board (1996–2000), and Legislative Council (1996–1998). She has been active on state association committees and task forces since 1994 and served as Vice President for Research and Development (2012–2014) and President (2014–2017) of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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