Committee on Nominations and Elections

Liaisons with the Immediate Past President


Provide a slate of at least two but no more than three candidates for each at large BOD member (contested) office to be filled on the BOD; provide a sole candidate for each uncontested office to be filled on the BOD; review, as necessary, procedures for increasing ASHA members’ awareness of candidates for national office; provide input regarding the nominations and election process to ASHA National Office staff; provide oversight on the national election process; identify, cultivate and recruit future candidates for BOD positions and periodically review the campaign and election practices for the BOD.


The CNE will be composed of nine voting ASHA members, including the President-Elect and the Immediate Past President, serving as Chair. The term of office for the President-Elect and Immediate Past President shall be for 1 year. All other committee members shall be appointed by the Committee on Committees. Their term of office shall be for 2 years, or until their successor is appointed, and shall begin on January 1. Their terms shall be staggered. Three (3) ASHA member audiologists, three ASHA member speech-language pathologists and one from either profession will be appointed by the Committee on Committees. Position appointments shall be staggered.  One of the seven appointed members shall be a past member of the Board of Directors. Every effort should be made to select a board member who has served within the last 5 years.


  • Judy Rudebusch Rich, Chair and Board Liaison
  • Jaynee A. Handelsman, Vice Chair
  • Erin E. Donlin
  • Ianthe Dunn-Murad
  • Dawn C. Ellis
  • Barbara Goodson
  • Melanie W. Hudson
  • Tena L. McNamara
  • Steven P. Vertz


2 years


  • ​Review nominations electronically
  • Participate in 4–6 conference calls annually
  • 2 meetings annually (January and Committee Day at the ASHA Convention)
  • 20 hours per month from December–January
  • 5 hours per month the rest of the year

Desired Service Qualifications/Experiences

  • Current ASHA member and through service if appointed
  • ASHA membership for at least 10 years

Note: The CNE conducts much of its business electronically. As such, computer and internet access is required for service.

Staff Liaison

Andrea Falzarano (

ASHA Corporate Partners