(Rockville, Md.) Arlene A.
Pietranton, PhD, CAE, FASAE, chief executive officer of the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), has been selected to receive the
American Society of Association Executive's (ASAE) 2018 Key Award, it was
announced this week.
One of the ASAE's highest individual honors, the Key Award is presented to an association
chief staff executive who demonstrates exceptional qualities of leadership in
their association and displays a deep commitment to voluntary membership
The award will be presented to Pietranton at the 2018 ASAE Annual Meeting &
Exposition, August 18–21, in Chicago. There she will become part of a rich
heritage of past Key Award recipients that extends as far back as 1960. This
includes ASHA's previous staff executive—Executive Director Frederick Spahr—who
was also a Key Award recipient.
"I am truly honored to be recognized by ASAE with the 2018 Key Award, and to join an
esteemed group of colleagues who have received this tremendous honor," said
Pietranton. "My volunteer service within the ASAE community continues to be one
of the joys of my career, making this designation especially meaningful."
Pietranton has a long history of volunteer service within ASAE. She was a member of ASAE's
Board of Directors from 2008–2015, and she served as ASAE Foundation Chair in
2012–2013 and board chair in 2013–2014. Since 2004, she has been a member of
the Key Professional Association Committee. She is working on the Centennial
Task Force (2016–present) and Power of A Committee. She became a Fellow in 2010
and served on the Fellows Selection Committee (2010–2013).
Pietranton has served as ASHA's CEO since January 2004 and is an ASHA Fellow. Prior to
holding her current position at ASHA, she was the association's chief staff
officer for speech-language pathology (1996–2003) and director of health care
services (1994–1996). Before joining ASHA, Pietranton worked at the George
Washington University Medical Center, 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.
This past March, Association TRENDS honored
Pietranton with its Association Executive of The Year award. In 2015, CEO Update named her Professional
Society CEO of the Year.
About the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for
198,000 members and affiliates who are 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.