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Candidate for Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice: Melissa Jakubowitz, 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?

Today, practice issues in speech-language pathology are wide and complex. It is one of reasons I am excited about running for this position, as it represents both a challenge and an opportunity. Looking at the changing landscape of our professions, the issues arising over the next three years are multifaceted: education, health care and interprofessional practice are all affected by these changes. As a member of the Board, I want to ensure that our association is proactive in providing timely guidance in speech-language pathology practice and all its implications for clinicians in each practice setting along with the various issues that affect early-career as well as seasoned professionals. Connecting research and evidence-based practice, being vigilant with legislation, and encouraging interprofessional practice would be top priorities.

Melissa Jakubowitz, MA, CCC-SLP, is president and founder of əLiveNow, which provides telepractice services and training to clinicians and universities. She is a Board-Certified Specialist in Child Language with extensive administrative experience running a multi-office private practice and leading a telepractice company clinical department. Ms. Jakubowitz has presented on a variety of issues, including private practice, language disorders in school-age children, and telepractice. She has extensive experience working directly with school-age students in various settings. 

Ms. Jakubowitz has strong interests in providing children with communication disorders high-quality services—whether on-site or remotely—and is dedicated to ensuring that clinicians are able to provide these services with tools that will facilitate the work–life balance they seek. She has worked diligently to ensure that clinicians can work at the top of their license in providing services to clients—while keeping in mind work–life balance. Ms. Jakubowitz has consistently advocated for the professions while developing innovative programs to serve her clients in her private practice and in schools. 

Ms. Jakubowitz, an ASHA Fellow, was appointed to the ASHA Board of Ethics. Ms. Jakubowitz has served as a member of two ASHA Convention topic committees: (1) Language and Learning in School-Age Children and Adolescents and (2) Business, Management, and Professional Issues. She also served as the topic chair for the Telepractice topic committee for 2 years. Recently, Ms. Jakubowitz completed 6 years on the SIG 18 Coordinating Committee, 3 of which were as coordinator. She served as ASHA Convention co-chair in 2018 and was recently appointed chair of the Board of Special Interest Groups Coordinating Committee (BSIGC). While serving as the SIG 18 coordinator, she worked tirelessly to advocate for telepractitioners to move the Licensure Compact forward and sat on a subcommittee of the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) to assist in developing supervision guidelines for those working in a telepractice setting.

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