Multicultural Issues Board

Liaisons with the Vice President for Planning


Facilitate the ability of all ASHA members and certificate holders to enhance human communication by providing culturally competent services and to provide leadership, guidance, and strategic planning in reviewing, recommending, and developing ASHA policies, procedures, and programs that are responsive to cultural and linguistic influences, particularly those impacting historically underserved and underrepresented populations. These populations include but are not limited to individuals identified by race, ethnicity, culture, language, dialect, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, socioeconomic status, and/or ability.


12 ASHA members and 1 NSSLHA representative


  • Monica Wright, Chair
  • Akilah Heggs, Board Liaison
  • Kevin Renz Ambrocio
  • Elena Babatsouli
  • Sofia Carias
  • Shruti Deshpande
  • Marilyn Fairchild
  • Kyomi Gregory-Martin
  • Kaelan Henman
  • Phillip Hernández
  • Madison Howe
  • Anushree Mundhe
  • Marilouise Nichols
  • Ged Pearson, NSSLHA representative


3 years for ASHA members, term designated by the NSSLHA Executive Council for NSSLHA representative


  • 2 face-to-face meetings annually, one held in the National Office and one held on Committee Day at the ASHA Convention
  • Monthly conference calls, typically 1.5 hours in duration
  • Email messages as needed
  • Work, information exchange, updates, etc. conducted via use of Community site

Desired Service Qualifications/Experiences

Familiarity/experience with responding to the influence of cultural and linguistic factors across the discipline including for example, service delivery, professional preparation, access to services, etc.

Staff Liaison

Karen Beverly-Ducker, ex officio (

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