Candidate for Vice President for Finance: Mel Cohen, CCC-SLP

Mel Cohen

Mel Cohen’s health care career includes 15 years as associate professor and clinical department director in speech-language pathology at Loma Linda University and Medical Center and 10 years in clinical and financial management positions with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His background includes a PhD in speech pathology and audiology, a BBA in accounting, and an MBA in finance.

From 1995 to 2014, he was a speaker/trainer with the Healthcare Financial Management Association, writing and presenting seminars for its members and on-site hospital clients; he has developed self-study courses for health care professionals who are transitioning from clinical positions to management responsibilities.

Today, Dr. Cohen is president of Healthcare Management Workshops, an in-service training and virtual consulting firm whose clients include health care organizations nationwide. He specializes in departmental budgeting for nonfinancial health care professionals.

He has a reputation for presenting technical information in a user-friendly manner with a liberal application of humor. Following the conclusion of a 1-day seminar, a participant told Mel, “In the morning session, you helped me to understand why the chief financial officer is always yelling at me. In this afternoon’s session, I learned when, how, and why to holler back at him.”

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The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:

What is your top priority if elected to the ASHA Board of Directors?

The primary role of the ASHA vice president for finance is communication, which includes reporting on the financial position of the association to the Board of Directors. My top priority is to expand that reporting to include the ASHA membership. I occasionally hear that there is a lack of transparency between ASHA's financial operations and the association’s members. With my genuine respect and trust for ASHA’s financial staff, developed during my four years as a member of the Financial Planning Board, we will unravel the mysteries by translating ASHA's financial operations into informal English, especially for my fellow members who may be allergic to math, providing a clear view of where ASHA's money comes from and how it is used, always to benefit the membership.  

Why are you running for Vice President for Finance on the ASHA Board of Directors?

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