Candidate Video Transcripts

Note: These transcripts were typed from a recording of the interviews and not copied from an original script.


Howard Goldstein, CCC-SLP

I'm running for president elect because I'm confident that I can help us achieve our envisioned future. Most of us are troubled if not downright scared about the uncertainty of our times. But if we can find productive ways to embrace change we will continue to experience highly fulfilling careers. But first we must be forward-thinking. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists have an opportunity to be nimble, pragmatic, innovative. These are the qualities needed to fulfill our noble mission of ensuring that all citizens enjoy the ability to communicate. Second. I want our members to recognize the value of their professional organization. I hope to convince members that ASHA is a wise partner in helping us navigate the changes and service expectations and funding models. Third my strengths are as a listener and a creative thinker. We need to hear the trials and the triumphs of our members, our clients and our scientists. As a leader I will inspire spirited discussion that results in thoughtful and creative solutions. My perspective is unwavering. I will advocate for continual improvement in practices and policies that maximize our ability to improve the lives of people with communication disorders.

Shari Brand Robertson, CCC-SLP

Why am i running for president elect? Well I come from a family of communications specialists. My mom who is 89 years young graduated in 1947 from Michigan State University with a degree in speech correction. So she showed me the way. On the other hand my daughter is an audiologist and she has opened my eyes or as she would say my ears to the opportunities and the challenges that are faced by audiologists. Now I've been a university professor for 20 years and prior to that I was a practicing clinician for 20 years. So I really believe that I could be a fierce and effective advocate for all ASHA members highlighting the work that audiologists and speech-language pathologist in academics do across the country and around the world. Now I'm clear-eyed about the challenges that we face in this rapidly changing professional landscape but I'm also a natural optimist and I'm always looking for ways to do things just a little bit better or create things just a little bit cooler just because we can. And finally personally and professionally I'm at a place where I can devote a substantial amount of time to ASHA and I very much appreciate the opportunity to be President. I would give it my best to make sure that ASHA continues to grow and thrive in the years and the decades to come.

Neil T. Shepard, CCC-A

I'm running for president elect because I have three priorities I'd like to see pushed. The first becomes the issue of speech-language pathologists and audiologists involved in what's called the quality payment program mandated by Medicare but it's likely to be adopted by private insurers. Required involvement starts in 2019. Second pushing the recommended changes in the AuD program for training. And starting a serious conversation about the use of a second tier of non AuD audiology clinicians supervised by AuDs for performing routine audiology tasks. And third expanding the use of workload analysis for developing caseload numbers for speech-language pathologist in the school's. Given my background with leadership both in and outside of ASHA I feel I have developed the skills to be able to perform this in a reasonable manner and looking for the membership to provide me the opportunity.

Vice President for Finance

Mel Cohen, CCC-SLP

We all like to know that our money is being spent wisely and as a member of the Financial Planning Board I'm impressed with how well ASHA uses our dollars to provide outstanding member benefits at the most sensible cost. ASHA does this so well that our reserves have continued to grow even as we've started several new programs including the practice portals and the value of the CCC's campaign. And with all of this there's still no need to increase our dues which have been the same since 2010. As the vice president for finance I'll have the opportunity to translate ASHA's complex budget procedures and financial reports into informal English and then share that information with every member who would like to know how ASHA uses our money for the benefit of our professions.

John Folkins

Funding. Funding. Funding. Might expect this answer from a numbers guy yet I truly believe that the physical strength of ASHA is vital. ASHA members pay a lot to support their association. They need to get their money's worth. As the University administrator I have had experience with budget oversight including financial management practices and sound investment policies. I had direct line responsibility for many budgets through the years these ranged up to about 260 million. I know budgets. I can also help advocate for the financial needs of the membership. Clinical reimbursement, resources for students and/or ensuring that we maximize service to clients. There's much to do.

Rick Talbott, CCC-A

First I've had the opportunity to serve on many ASHA committees over the years and feel that I have a broad-based perspective that would inform decisions made at the board level. Second as to the specific role ASHA is one of the most financially sound healthcare professional organizations in the country. My recent experience on the ASHA Financial Planning Board confirmed my assumptions that this is no accident but due to an organizational integrity. In order to continue to support our members clinical and research and our advocacy on behalf of those we serve maintaining that integrity is essential. And given the opportunity to hopefully meaningfully contribute to that end would be personally fulfilling.

Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy

Katheryn L. Boada, CCC-SLP

Actually I was very excited to receive the nomination as advocacy and public policy have been a passion of mine since early on. Most recently I'm most proud of the work we did here to incorporate clinicians from all over the state and of course our successful lobbying efforts related to state certification for SLPs. What I find most invigorating about the whole legislative process is the coalition building and educating our legislators. That's probably why I also enjoyed my tenure on ASHA's speech-language advisory council so much. Spending time understanding new bills and their consequences and then educating others is truly meaningful work.

Mary Lee Casper, CCC-SLP

Complexities of government rules and regulations may be difficult for ASHA members to grasp. Their priorities are likely caring for patients. ASHA members need someone capable of breaking down those complexities in a way that they can understand. Access to necessary services, payment for services, support for education and research. All these behind-the-scenes aspects are setting the stage for us to be able to do our jobs effectively. I am running to serve as VP of government relations and public policy in order to support my fellow ASHA members in understanding the rules regulations and statutes that affect them as professionals. I want to encourage ASHA numbers to advocate for their patients needs and to advocate for themselves as professionals who seek to make a difference.

Jeffrey Meeks, CCC-SLP

I've dedicated my professional life to service and I see this as another opportunity to serve. There are some serious issues that will be addressed by the legislature and government agencies over the next few years. We need someone who truly understands the issues. Someone who is a dedicated advocate and an experienced leader. I've been president of a state association and served on the ASHA school finance committee. In addition to my roles of a clinician, university educator, public school administrator and director of rehabilitation. I believe these experiences uniquely qualify me to serve and to represent the needs and interests of the Association.

Vice President of Speech-Language Pathology Practice

Craig Edward Coleman, CCC-SLP

There are several reasons I am running for this position. First my colleagues in our field are the most dedicated and caring professionals I have encountered. I am running for you all. We are facing unique challenges such as reimbursement, paperwork in school settings and accessibility of service. We also have unique opportunities with new modalities such as telepractice, utilizing clinical outcome measures to document the life-changing work we do. I believe I have the skills needed to be a strong advocate while also serving as a voice of reason. I have had many leadership opportunities at the state and national level that have prepared me for this position. I have also worked extensively in both clinical and academic settings and understand the clinical trenches. I'm looking forward to representing you all to the best of my ability. Thank you for listening, voting and being engaged members of ASHA.

Marie Ireland, CCC-SLP

I'm running for vice president for speech-language pathology practice to represent providers in all practice settings using the knowledge and skills of came through my work and through my years of service to ASHA. I currently work to support school-based SLPs and have to stay abreast of the latest research trends and issues. I'm also required to know policy and regulation. I've worked extensively on Medicaid issues as well beginning with ASHA's first ad hoc Medicaid committee and more recently developing ASHA's Medicaid toolkit. My goal is to support and improve SLP practice with a focus on knowledge translation and the application of evidence-based practice in all work settings.

Gregory Lof, CCC-SLP

I've been committed to serving ASHA in various ways for a number of years now. I believe that this new opportunity sets very well with my skill set and my prior professional experiences. I think that speech language pathology must confront many challenges now and in the coming years. Such as funding and reimbursement uncertainties, the need to have a strong evidence base. The public and other professionals are not aware of our broad scope of practice. There's encroachment from other professions and we serve an ever increasing number of multicultural and multilingual children and adults. I think I can help to make challenges turning to opportunities to ensure a bright future for speech language pathologist.

Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Audiology

Frederick Britten, CCC-A

When I was nominated for this position I reviewed the description of the responsibilities and feel like it fits my background and my experiences. I have a familiarity with both clinical standards, ethical standards, I feel very comfortable serving as liaison for the scientific and profession education board as well as the Council for Clinical Certification. Having been a recent member of the Board of Ethics I feel like that's a natural progression for me to move in this direction and that my responsibilities on various boards, councils and communities have prepared me to assist ASHA to further the goals outlined in their strategic pathway to excellence.

Arlene Carney, CCC-A

I'm interested in becoming the vice president for standards and ethics because the focus of this position is on fundamental aspects of the professions. What we value in the credentials of speech-language pathologists and audiologists. How I maintain and grow our excellence. And how we behave ethically in all the many aspects of our professions. Although different councils and boards focus on individual functions such as certification, ethics and continuing education, the roles of each group are increasingly interdependent. I've spent a significant portion of my career addressing standards and ethics as an ASHA volunteer and as an educator. I'm eager to expand that role to a wider audience.

Jeffrey J. DiGiovanni, CCC-A

ASHA has been a great partner and friend throughout my career. As a nascent professional ASHA had a structure in place to guide my education and clinical experiences ensure i was a competent capable and ethical professional. Since then I've actively engaged with ASHA's numerous resources to support my professional activities and our own audiology program. I've become increasingly involved with ASHA to ensure that these structures and support are available for future generations of audiologists but I also believe that we're in a critical phase for adapting what the educational model for audiology should become. So being nominated for the VP of standards and ethics in audiology is a natural progression of my efforts and as such I'm happy to do my part in securing our future.

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