ASHA Diversity Champions

In 2009, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, in partnership with Pearson PsychCorp, is proud to recognize our Diversity Champions for advancing multicultural issues in communication sciences and disorders. We thank the diversity champions for their efforts to promote the values of ASHA.

Meet a few of the Diversity Champions and hear in their stories in their own words.

Read their many accomplishments and be inspired!

Alexsandra Lopez, MS, CCC-SLP
Gateway-Longview Therapeutic Preschool
Buffalo, New York

Accomplishment: Bilingual SLP providing services to infants, toddlers and preschoolers who contributed to research on assessment tools and serves as a community activist and advocate.

Anita Kozan, PhD, CCC-SLP
Kozan Clinic for Voice, Speech and Spirit, LLC
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Accomplishment: SLP who contributed to voice care for transgendered/transsexual male to female individuals in a variety of ways for over 35 years.

Annette Forseter, MA, CCC-A
Metropolitan Area Communication Services (MACS)
Washington, DC

Accomplishment: Educational Audiologist who represents the needs of multicultural populations on several Washington DC Advisory Boards and Committees and works to ensure that all children with varying degrees of hearing loss and their families receive services.

April Gibbs Scott, MS, CCC-SLP
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Accomplishment: SLP who founded and coordinates a Student Diversity Council at the University of Pittsburgh to promote diversity, ensure equal opportunity, and eliminate cultural barriers.

Aquiles Iglesias, PhD, CCC-SLP
Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Accomplishment: SLP who has made significant and sustained contributions to the profession in the area of cultural and linguistic diversity as a scholar, teacher, mentor, and advocate.

ASHA's Multicultural Issues Board
Rebecca Reeves,
Lithonia, Georgia

Arnell Brady,
Chicago, Illinois

Marcella Coleman,
Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Alina de la Paz,
Miami, Florida

Ella Inglebret,
Moscow, Idaho

Emi Isaki,
Flagstaff, Arizona

Alison Lemke,
Newton, Iowa

Tedd Masiongale,
Decatur, Georgia

Janna Oetting,
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Barbara Rodriguez,
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Yasmeen Shah,
College Park, Maryland

Greta Tan, CCC-SLP
Palo Alto, California

Elizabeth Hartnett, MA
Spokane, Washington

Accomplishment: Members dedicated to advocacy for individuals from diverse backgrounds who developed a strategic plan related to multicultural issues to increase clinical evidence, members' cultural competence, and awareness by multicultural populations of SLP and Audiology services.

Briseida DeLeon Northrup, AuD, CCC-A
University of Texas, Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders
Dallas, Texas

Accomplishment: Audiologist who conducted annual audiological missions to Panama since the 1990's to serve the hearing impaired population and provide students with unique training opportunities; and who has positively impacted Spanish-speaking and signing patients and their families in the greater Dallas area.

Carlotta Kimble, PhD, CCC-SLP
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, Missouri

Accomplishment: SLP who mentors and enlists mentors for students from diverse backgrounds and who helped initiate a program designed to foster school success for Missouri students from diverse background.

Carmen Vega-Barachowitz, MS, CCC-SLP
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Accomplishment: SLP who has demonstrated sustained leadership in the area of multicultural issues and infusion and developed programs to recruit a diverse and multilingual staff to meet patient needs.

Carol Westby, PhD, CCC-SLP
University New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Accomplishment: SLP with a lifelong commitment to the academic and clinical preparation of students to provide appropriate assessment and intervention to children from diverse backgrounds.

Carolyn Conway Madding, PhD, CCC-SLP
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, California

Accomplishment: SLP who initiated, developed, and supervises the Linguistically Different Clinic at California State University, Long Beach, which incorporates instruction in bilingual assessment and management.

Catherine J. Crowley, MA, CCC-SLP
Teachers College Columbia University
New York, New York

Accomplishment: SLP who has lobbied local, state and federal agencies on assessment, treatment and documentation practices for bilingual children, and who has also developed a unique international clinical experience benefitting students in the US and the population in Bolivia.

Cathy Huaqing Qi, PhD
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Accomplishment: Educator with contributions to the research base on culturally appropriate language assessment and addressing the disproportionate representation of minority students in special education.

Christina Gildersleeve-Neumann, PhD, CCC-SLP
Portland State University
Portland, Oregon

Accomplishment: SLP who developed an innovative required graduate course in multicultural issues, conducts research on bilingual phonology, and who set up a clinical practicum partnership with 5 local Head Starts for children who are Spanish-speaking.

Corine Myers-Jennings, PhD, CCC-SLP
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, Georgia

Accomplishment: SLP who has contributed to the knowledge base related to culture and linguistic diversity for our professions, including a book chapter on Phonological disorders in CLD populations for student clinicians.

Dana Fritz, PhD, CCC-SLP
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

Accomplishment: SLP who developed an Accent Modification Program to serve the Asian Affairs Center at the University of Missouri.

Deborah Hwa-Froelich, PhD, CCC-SLP
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, Missouri

Accomplishment: Associate Professor and SLP who established and coordinates the International Adoption Clinic at St. Louis University to provide evidence-based developmental assessments, intervention, language and literacy, social-emotional development, play behaviors, and hearing services to families and their adopted children from diverse backgrounds.

Dolores E. Battle, PhD, CCC-SLP
Buffalo State College (SUNY)
Buffalo, New York

Accomplishment: SLP who conducted a federally funded fellowship program at Buffalo State College (SUNY) for 10 years to recruit and prepare minority graduates, and who has edited a premier text on communication disorders in multicultural populations.

Donna Marie Valenti, PhD
Long Island University
Brooklyn, New York

Accomplishment: SLP who has educated numerous students about linguistic diversity in NY, established the first bilingual program for children with language impairments at The School for Language and Hearing Impaired Children, and who actively championed appropriate services provision for children in the NYC schools.

Ella Inglebret, PhD, CCC-SLP
Washington State University
Pullman, Washington

Accomplishment: SLP who conducted a detailed analysis of factors contributing to the educational achievement for Native American students and brought visibility to the role of culture in educational service delivery for Native students in Washington State public Schools in partnership with tribal and state leaders.

Ellen R. Cohn, PhD, CCC-SLP
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Accomplishment: SLP who co-authored a pilot program to fund projects that would recruit graduates from Historically Black Colleges and Hispanic Serving Institutions into health careers.

Ellyn Arwood, EdD, CCC-SLP
University of Portland
Portland, Oregon

Accomplishment: SLP who has mentored and trained classroom teachers in methodology she's established to increase academic achievement of English language learners.

Gloria T. Weddington, PhD, CCC-SLP
San Jose State University
San Jose, California

Accomplishment: SLP responsible for procuring federal funding that was used in recruiting and educating students from diverse backgrounds, and who has also established programs in developing regions to raise the level of service delivery in foreign countries.

Henriette Langdon, EdD, CCC-SLP
San Jose State University
San Jose, California

Accomplishment: SLP teaching courses on bilingual development and multicultural issues, and who has published extensively on multilinguistic and cultural issues, especially on how to best collaborate with interpreters in service delivery.

Jane Yager Goodman, PhD, CCC-SLP
Oakton Community College
DesPlaines, Illinois

Accomplishment: Created a unique method for teaching adults to speak standard American pronunciation quickly; introducing classes at many area colleges and universities with multicultural student bodies.

Janet G. Smith, MA, CCC-SLP
Denver Public Schools
Denver, Colorado

Accomplishment: SLP serving as a spokesperson for students from diverse backgrounds who advocates in all settings to raise awareness on multicultural and diversity issues in the school community and make a difference in students' lives.

Joan C. Payne, PhD, CCC-SLP
Howard University
Washington, DC

Accomplishment: A pioneer in cultural diversity demonstrated through mentoring diverse students, multicultural infusion in graduate coursework, and contributions to professional development on diversity and adult neurogenic language disorders.

John Saxman, PhD
Teachers' College/Columbia University
New York, New York

Accomplishment: An SLP who was instrumental in shaping the focus of the SLP program at Teachers College/Columbia University to one with a multilingual/multicultural focus.

Kalyani Mandke, PhD, AuD, CCC-A
Mandke Hearing Services
Pune, Maharashtra, India

Accomplishment: Audiologist in private practice working to accommodate and adapt test procedures and materials to serve the diverse population in India.

Karla Morelli, SLP-D, CCC-SLP
Lenawee Intermediate School District
Adrian, Michigan

Accomplishment: Bilingual SLP assisting school staff in distinguishing language differences from disorders, conducting Spanish language evaluations across 13 school districts, and advocating with school administrators for appropriate services to all students, regardless of language background.

Kay T. Payne, PhD, CCC-SLP
Howard University
Washington, DC

Accomplishment: An internationally renowned scholar procuring over $6 million for personnel preparation and research related to multicultural populations at Howard University.

Kelly Nett Cordero, PhD, CCC-SLP
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare
Miami, Florida

Accomplishment: SLP promoting issues of cultural and linguistic competency within the area of cleft palate and craniofacial issues who also mentors students and serves as a resource to allied professionals and international organizations.

Kenneth Bleile, PhD, CCC-SLP
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Accomplishment: SLP with extensive international contributions including coordinating a study abroad program for SLP students to Peru, Chile, New Zealand, and Nicaragua; authoring a number of publications; and advocating for effective communication for people with communication disorders in the US and around the world.

Kenneth Wolf, PhD, CCC-A
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
Los Angeles, California

Accomplishment: Audiologist responsible for educating a large number of Audiologists, Speech-language Pathologists and other health care professionals on health disparities and multicultural issues, and contributing to policy and professional expectations in California and nationally when working with diverse populations.

Kim Wilcox, PhD, CCC-SLP
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Accomplishment: SLP who founded the Native American Training Program at the University of Kansas.

Lisa Durant-Jones, EdD, CCC-SLP
Nazareth College
Rochester, New York

Accomplishment: SLP who developed a course with innovative pedagogical strategies to engage the surrounding community to explore the role of culture using a sociocultural conceptual framework.

Lucinda M. Kennedy, MS, CCC-SLP
Grand Island School District–William Kaegebein Elementary
Grand Island, New York

Accomplishment: SLP who collaborates with colleagues to promote academic achievement of English language learners, teaches multicultural education, and helps other professionals enhance their knowledge and awareness of second language acquisition and the use of interpreters and translators.

Luis Riquelme, MS, CCC-SLP
Riquelme & Associates PC
Brooklyn, New York

Accomplishment: SLP who has served in numerous leadership roles with the Hispanic and LGBT Caucuses, and the ASHA Multicultural Issues Board, serves as a mentor to Latino students, and who has worked toward the systematic infusion of multicultural content into the ASHA Convention program.

Maria Claudia Franca, PhD
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Rehabilitation Institute
Carbondale, Illinois

Accomplishment: Bilingual SLP who teaches a course on multicultural issues, has sponsored minority students in research projects, and promotes multiculturalism to students and other faculty.

Marlene Salas-Provance, MHS, CCC-SLP
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Accomplishment: SLP who has served as Coordinator of Special Interest Division 14-Communication Disorders in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations and whose vision inspired the Division's first CLD Research Conference.

Mary Boyle, PhD, CCC-SLP
Montclair State University
Montclair, New Jersey

Accomplishment: SLP who provided the opportunity and support for non-traditional students from CLD backgrounds to succeed in graduate training program at Montclair State University.

Minnesota Speech-Language Hearing Association Multicultural Affairs Committee

Kris Christians, MS, CCC-SLP
Saint Paul Public Schools
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Ann Derr, MA, CCC-SLP
Saint Paul Public Schools
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Marilyn Fairchild, MA, CCC-SLP
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sonja Griebel, MS, CCC-SLP
Saint Paul Public Schools
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Deanine Mann, MS, CCC-SLP
Centennial Public Schools
Lino Lakes, Minnesota

Christine Paz, MS, CCC-SLP
Saint Paul Public Schools
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Anne Pionkowski, MA, CCC-SLP
Saint Paul Schools
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Lillian Duran, PhD
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

Accomplishment: Audiologists and Speech-language Pathologists who developed resources for bilingual service provision in the state, collaborated with the MN Department of Education to produce a resource manual for serving linguistically diverse families, mentored graduate students and provided workshops and training across the state on multicultural issues.

Nancy Castilleja, MA, CCC-SLP
San Antonio, Texas

Accomplishment: Bilingual SLP who worked toward changes in policy and practice as chair of the Multicultural Issues Board.

Orlando Taylor, PhD, CCC-SLP
Howard University
Washington, DC

Accomplishment: Staunch advocate for diversity who promoted the idea of social responsibility within ASHA; his seminal research in sociolinguistics and intercultural communication has had a significant impact on the professions in the US and globally.

Raquel Strauss, MS, CCC-SLP
North Carolina Central University
Durham, North Carolina

Accomplishment: Bilingual SLP who has instituted curricular changes at North Carolina Central University to develop state leadership status in the area of educating graduate clinicians to become bilingual SLPs and/or to work with interpreter/translators to help the burgeoning Spanish-speaking populations in North Carolina.

Rebecca Shundich, MS, CCC-SLP
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Mason, Ohio

Accomplishment: SLP who formed a Cultural Diversity Committee within the SLP Department at Cincinnati Children Hospital Medical Center, who has promoted cultural, ethnic and religious diversity in the provision of services to culturally diverse patients, and in the education and clinical training of students.

Robert Mayo, PhD, CCC-SLP
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, North Carolina

Accomplishment: SLP faculty member who has engaged in research mentoring of students of color, and developed a Research Mentoring Program in collaboration with two historically Black colleges to enhance opportunities for students of color to gain admission into graduate school.

Sadanand Singh, PhD
Plural Publishing, Inc.
San Diego, California

Accomplishment: Passionate supporter of our discipline who established the Kala Singh Memorial Fund through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation in 1986 to support a scholarship for an outstanding full-time international graduate student studying in communication sciences and disorders in the U.S.

Sandra Mayfield, PhD, CCC-SLP
Governors State University
University Park, Illinois

Accomplishment: SLP responsible for procuring federal funding to provide extensive scholarship packages for training bilingual, minority and ability-challenged SLPs.

Sharynne McLeod, PhD, CPSP
Charles Sturt University
Bathurst, NSW Australia

Accomplishment: SLP who developed a comprehensive resource guide to assist in the appropriate identification of children from diverse linguistic backgrounds and who has served as Editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

Sheila Bridges-Bond, PhD, CCC-SLP
Department of Communication Disorders, North Carolina Central University
Durham, North Carolina

Accomplishment: Staunch advocate for education in communication disorders as it relates to early intervention, multiculturalism, and augmentative communication who teaches her students to be activists for diverse populations.

T. Rosario Roman, MA, CCC-SLP
Bilingual Multicultural Services, Inc.
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Accomplishment: Bilingual SLP who has employed ethnographic strategies to provide culturally appropriate early intervention services to families, educated administrators on the complexity of assessing children from diverse backgrounds, and has conducted research and intervention projects on reading comprehension and emergent literacy in Native American children.

Talita Fortunato-Tavares, PhD
Universidade de Sao Paulo

Accomplishment: SLP who initiated collaboration between the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York to create new protocols and therapy approaches for Brazilian children at the Speech and Hearing Clinic and the Cochlear Implant Center of the Universidade de Sao Paulo.

Terry Saenz, PhD, CCC-SLP
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, California

Accomplishment: Bilingual SLP with a 30-year career that has focused on multicultural issues and diversity who has contributed to the field's knowledge and understanding of services for persons from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and who has broadened the diversity within our professional ranks through her recruitment efforts.

Toya Wyatt, PhD, CCC-SLP
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, California

Accomplishment: SLP and university scholar who has contributed extensively to the field of communicative disorders, applying her knowledge and expertise almost exclusively within the area of diversity and its impact on the provision of clinical services to individuals from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

University of Missouri AAC–AMP Program
University of Missouri Asian Affairs Center–Accent Modification and Pronunciation Program
Columbia, Missouri

Accomplishment: Program that provides accent modification services to visiting scholars from South Korea to the University of Missouri campus and supervised experiences for CSD graduate students to learn to provide these services.

Vilma E. Reyes Zayas, PhD, CCC-SLP
Universidad del Turabo
Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Accomplishment: SLP teaching a course on multicultural issues at the Universidad del Turabo, who created a tool for assessment and treatment of preschoolers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds living in Cincinnati and who has promoted and mentored Puerto Rican students and colleagues into PhD programs.

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