Theresa H. Rodgers, MA, CCC-SLP, ASHA-F, EdS (LD), is currently a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and special education consultant, and the former Chief Administrative Officer for St. John the Baptist Parish in south Louisiana. She practiced in the public schools for 33 years as an SLP, diagnostician, coordinator of speech-language services, and supervisor of special education. Theresa received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology as well as a Certificate of Education Specialist degree in learning disabilities from Louisiana State University (LSU). She has completed numerous postgraduate hours in administration and supervision at LSU and at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Theresa's most recent (2015–2018) ASHA service has been with the Board of Ethics as member and Chair. She was the 2012–2014 Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy and, in that capacity, was a member of the Political Action Committee (PAC) Board of Directors and liaised with the Government Relations and Public Policy Board, Joint Committee on State-National Association Relationships, Health Care Economics, Medicaid, and School Finance Committees. Previous ASHA service includes the Continuing Education Board, Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (chair in 2007 and 2008), Ad Hoc Committee on Board/Committee/Council Review, SLP Advisory Council, and Legislative Council. She has served as a Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) site visitor and was a member of the 2008 Subject Matter Expert Panel (contributed to development of the SLP Practice Analysis Survey ).
Theresa is a former President of the National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (NCSB), Council of State Association Presidents, and the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association (LSHA). She served six (nonconsecutive) terms on the Louisiana licensure board, including three years as Chair, served five terms on the NCSB Board of Directors, and was on the Standards Committee for the International Commission on Healthcare Professions of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS). Theresa has co-authored a Code of Ethics for SLP Assistants and was instrumental in the revision of Louisiana’s practice act, rules and regulations. She is a recipient of LSHA Honors and Fellow, Honors of NCSB, and Speech Pathologists and Audiologists in Louisiana Schools’ Elizabeth Borel Leadership Award. Theresa is a frequent presenter on the topics of ethics, advocacy, credentialing and standards, supervision, and utilization of support personnel.