Candidate for President-Elect: Luis F. Riquelme, 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?

ASHA's Strategic Plan outlines a comprehensive approach to achieving our vision and mission. But to make the plan meaningful to all members, we must focus on representation. Representation at a personal level so we each feel it's alright to be who we are: our cultures, ethnicities, lifestyles, belief systems and preferences. We also must feel represented for what we do. Our association works hard to represent us at many levels. Do you feel you are being represented? As president of this great association, I will work to continue to expand our representation and ensure that our work and expertise matter every day, in all settings—because representation allows us a sense of belonging. I hope you agree and will support me.

Dr. Luis F. Riquelme is currently Director of the Center for Swallowing and Speech-Language Pathology at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and is an Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at New York Medical College. He completed a master's degree at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City and a PhD at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, also in New York City.

Dr. Riquelme has authored articles on swallowing disorders, multiculturalism, cultural competence and sensitivity, leadership, and quality improvement. He has presented locally and internationally. He has served on local, national, and international boards and committees, including the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) and the American Board of Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders. Dr. Riquelme is Past Chair of the New York State Board for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and is Past Chair of ASHA's Multicultural Issues Board. He is Past President of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Riquelme also co-founded the Hispanic Caucus for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in 1992.

Dr. Riquelme became an ASHA Fellow in 2009 and received ASHA's Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs in 2006. From the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association, he received the Distinguished Service Award (2001) and the Distinguished Achievement Award (2017).

Dr. Riquelme's research has focused on changes in swallow physiology in the presence of swallowing pills as well as pathophysiological changes of swallow in persons with dementia. Most recently, he has created an overseas program in Puerto Rico through New York Medical College—and in collaboration with Universidad del Turabo—to help further develop medical speech-language pathology services and training on the island. A similar project is in the works with the Public Health Service and Universidad Católica de Uruguay in South America. Most recently, Dr. Riquelme developed the first postgraduate Advanced Certificate Program in Pediatric Dysphagia for practicing clinicians through New York Medical College.

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