ASHA represents 182,000 audiologists; speech-language
pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and
speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. As CEO, Pietranton
leads a staff of more than 280 individuals.
ASHA CEO since January 2004, Pietranton has overseen a time
of tremendous success and growth for the organization. Major association accomplishments
have included adopting a new vision statement, Making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable
for all; completing a new, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly
Gold-LEED certified home for its national office in December 2007; restructuring
ASHA's governance model, which had been in place since 1969; growing its
members and affiliates from just over 114,000 in 1994 to 182,000 today;
introducing a slew of new programs and services for members; significantly increasing
its international presence; and launching a series of award-winning public
education campaigns, among many others.
Pietranton is also a leader in the broader association
community. Currently, she serves as immediate past chair of the ASAE Board of
Directors. In addition, she serves as a member of various committees of state
and national professional and civic organizations.
Prior to being ASHA CEO, Pietranton served as ASHA's chief
staff officer for speech-language pathology and as ASHA's director of health services.
Before joining ASHA, Pietranton worked at the George Washington University
Medical Center in Washington, DC, where she held several clinical and administrative
positions, including director of speech-language pathology and audiology
services, director of rehabilitation services, and administrative director of
the Neurological Institute.
Her award will be presented at a CEO Update ceremony at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC, in
About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association
for 182,000 audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and
hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel;
and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and
balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing
aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and
language problems, including swallowing disorders.