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Candidate for Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice: Mary Lee Casper, MA, CCC-SLP

Why are you running for Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice 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 when I am elected will be the support of ASHA members in addressing professional issues and clinical trends that impact our ability to provide the highest-quality care for the clients, patients, and students we serve, regardless of the unique settings in which we are delivering services. As a profession, speech-language pathologists need to practice at the top of our license, collaborating with interprofessional colleagues and delivering the best possible care based in the current evidence. In my service on the Board, I commit to staying on top of emerging issues such as the interstate compact for licensure, and to work with state associations that are facing licensure challenges as these affect service-delivery capabilities.

Mary Lee Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, FNAP, is employed as a corporate rehabilitation consultant with HCR ManorCare. In her 32 years in the profession, Ms. Casper has been employed in a variety of health care settings, focusing clinically on swallowing disorders in the geriatric population and communication intervention for individuals with dementia. She is a contributing faculty member at the University of Saint Augustine for the Health Sciences. She is a published author and an invited speaker on clinical, regulatory, ethical, and reimbursement topics in local, state, national, and international venues. 

A dedicated ASHA volunteer, Ms. Casper served as coordinator of ASHA’s Special Interest Group 15 (Gerontology) from 2008 to 2013 and was a member of the Board of SIG Coordinators (BSIGC). She was the BSIGC representative to the Specialty Recognition Board. She has demonstrated her broad perspective on the audiology and speech-language pathology professions through her service to the ASHA Convention as  Swallowing Program topic chair (2013 and 2014); Business, Management, Ethics, and Professional Issues topic chair (2015 and 2016); and co-chair of Interprofessional Practice and Education (2019). Ms. Casper was the SLP co-chair for the ASHA Convention in 2017. She is currently chair of ASHA’s Scientific and Professional Education Board (SPEB). She was named a Fellow of ASHA in 2018. 

Ms. Casper represents the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association as the State Advocates for Medicare Policy (StAMP) liaison. Previously, she held leadership roles in the Ohio and Indiana state associations. 

Ms. Casper is a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP), a professional organization focused on interprofessional practice and education and serves as the 2020–2022 chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Academy. She also co-chairs the NAP Forum Abstracts subcommittee and is continuing education lead on the Professional Development committee. She is a member of the American Society on Aging and the Dysphagia Research Society.

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