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Candidate for President-Elect: Melanie W. Hudson, MA, 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?

During my 40-plus years as a member of ASHA and in my former role on ASHA’s Board of Directors as chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council, I fully appreciate the pivotal role of audiologists and speech-language pathologists as advocates for our professions. My top priority if elected is to empower members to improve the lives of the 40 million Americans living with communication challenges. I will achieve this by underscoring ASHA’s established commitment to diversity and inclusion, while promoting quality resources for advocacy, tools for evidence-based practice, and professional standards of ethics and integrity.

Melanie W. Hudson, MA, CCC-SLP, is the National Director at EBS Healthcare. She provides mentorship, support, and training for Clinical Fellows, certified speech-language pathologists (SLPs), and other related service providers working in school-based and clinic settings. Ms. Hudson works closely with many communication sciences and disorders (CSD) graduate programs in preparing students for their clinical fellowship as part of the EBS University Outreach program. She also serves as Chair of the Advisory Council for the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences MSSLP Program and as a member of the George Washington University Alumni Council’s CSD graduate program.

Melanie has a strong interest in clinical education and ethical standards of practice. She has been a long-time advocate of supervision training and ethics education, having completed more than 100 invited presentations. Her notable publications include Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (4th ed., Lubinski & Hudson, Cengage, 2013, Plural, 2018) and Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (5th ed., Hudson & DeRuiter, Plural, 2019). In her 30+ years of practice in a variety of settings, she has also demonstrated a commitment to interprofessional practice (IPP) and evidence-based practice. She attained funding for an interdisciplinary summer program for at-risk pre-kindergarteners in public schools and has presented on the topic of service delivery models that highlight the benefits of IPP. In partnership with an audiologist, she was also awarded a grant for audiological screening and hearing support services for children with intellectual disabilities.

Melanie served on ASHA’s Board of Directors as Chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council (2016–2018). She also served on the Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators as Coordinator of SIG 11 (Administration and Supervision) and on ASHA’s Board of Ethics. She was a member of two ASHA ad hoc committees—the 2018 Ad Hoc Committee on Governance Review and the 2013 Ad Hoc Committee on Supervision. Melanie received the recognition of ASHA Fellow in 2013 and was inducted into the National Academies of Practice as a Distinguished Fellow in 2019. She received Honors of the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2016, and she received the Hull Leadership Award in 2017. She also received the Honorary Alumni Award from the California State University Northridge Alumni Association, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, in 2012. Melanie currently serves on the Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

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