International Issues Board

Liaisons with the Vice President for Planning


Develop, monitor, and recommend Association policies and actions related to international issues, and facilitate ASHA's strategic planning and engagement with speech, language, and hearing organizations worldwide to promote scientific and resource exchange to improve the science and practice of the professions. This charge involves establishing relationships with speech, language, and hearing organizations around the world and identifying issues of importance both to members in the United States and its territories and those living outside of the United States.


Individuals who represent the global diversity, knowledge, and experience in the varied regions of the globe and includes 10 members with at least two audiologists, two international affiliates or two members living outside of the United States or its territories, and one student member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA).


  • Ekaterina Bruno, Chair
  • Akilah Heggs, Board Liaison
  • Nancy Aarts
  • Afua Mmra Agyapong
  • Karen Harris Brown
  • Martine Elie
  • Laura Epstein
  • Dorothy Gaspard-St.Cyr
  • Krysta D. Green
  • Nathan Cornish-Raley
  • Maheisha Ravendra


Terms of service for members is three (3) years. The chair will have completed at least one (1) year of service as a member and will serve as chair for one (1) year while the student member (NSSLHA) will serve a two (2) year term.


  • 1 2½ day face-to-face meeting at the National Office
  • 1 meeting on Committee Day at the ASHA annual Convention
  • 3–4 conference calls per year
  • communication via the IIB Collaboration site throughout the year

Desired Service Qualifications/Experiences

Members will have experience and expertise working with different countries so that the full compliment of membership will have knowledge across as many regions of the globes as possible.

Staff Liaison

Lemmietta McNeilly, ex officio (

Staff Consultant

Lily Waterston, Director, International Programs (

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