2018 Continuing Education Board (CEB)

The CEB develops the policies and procedures of the ASHA Continuing Education (CE) program. It comprises nine volunteer ASHA members and two monitoring vice presidents from the ASHA Board of Directors who serve as liaisons. The ASHA CE staff at the National Office implement the policies and procedures developed by the CEB. Nineteen ASHA CE staff directly support the CEB's work. The ASHA CE program:

  • Promotes participation in CE by audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • Approves providers that meet CEB standards
  • Evaluates and registers CE courses offered by ASHA CE Providers
  • Awards ASHA Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to participants in registered courses
  • Issues official ASHA CE Registry transcripts
  • Transmits ASHA CEU information to credentialing and licensing agencies
  • Provides an Award for Continuing Education (ACE) as an incentive for participation in CE
  • Maintains a computerized recordkeeping service through the ASHA CE Registry

2017 Continuing Education Board

2017 ASHA Continuing Education Board Left to right back row: Miguel Montiel, Tanya Shores, Kyle Epps, Kerrilyn Phillips, Renee Levinson (ASHA CE staff), Ana Claudia Harten, Tracy Ball.
Left to right front row: Barbara Jacobson (VP for Standards and Ethics in SLP), Jo Ann Linseisen (ASHA CE staff), Ellen Fagan (CEB ex officio), Julie Verhoff, Valeria Matlock (CEB Chair).

Chair: Valeria R. Matlock, EdD, CCC-A

Valeria Roberts MatlockValeria R. Matlock, EdD, CCC-A, is a professor and the coordinator of the undergraduate concentration program at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. As an audiologist, she specializes in auditory processing disorders, pediatric hearing assessment, audiologic re/habilitation, and auditory evoked potential. She works with clients/patients of all ages. She has additional interest and expertise in continuing and adult education and learning theory, state regulatory and licensure issues, scholarship of teaching and learning, and leadership in the professions. She is a past member of the Tennessee Board of Communications Disorders and Sciences (state regulatory board for audiology and speech-language pathology). Valeria holds her bachelor of science degree in communication disorders, her master's of education degree in audiology, and her doctorate of education degree from Tennessee State University. Valeria is a two-time recipient of the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) from ASHA and frequently presents at state and national conventions. She has served as the Continuing Education Administrator for Tennessee State University's ASHA Approved CE Providership where she planned and delivered continuing education courses according to the ASHA CEB's standards. Valeria served on the CEB from 2010–2012 and from 2014–2016. She is the CEB Chair from 2017–2019.

Tracy Ball, MA, CCC-SLP

Tracy BallTracy Ball received his bachelor of arts degree in communication disorders from North Carolina State University and his master of arts degree in speech-language pathology from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Tracy started his career in the North Carolina Public Schools where he worked for 6 years as an SLP mentor for new hires. During his time in the schools, he worked with all populations in public self-contained schools, and traditional schools from ages 4–22 years. Tracy was a committee member for the Department of Public Education charged in creating the Speech-Language Pathologist Performance Appraisal Instrument. Before his transition to private practice, Tracy was a committee member on the ASHA Ad Hoc Committee on School Issues from 2013–2014. Tracy currently owns Pioneer Health Group, a pediatric therapy practice based in Huntersville, North Carolina.

Shelia Bernstein, PhD, CCC-SLP     

Shelia BernsteinSheila Bernstein has over 40 years experience as a pediatric SLP. Sheila is an adjunct assistant professor at several universities in the NYC/Long Island area: CUNY Hunter College, Hofstra University, and St. John's University. She has served as a Continuing Education Administrator for many years. She maintains a private practice in NYC and is a consultant to various organizations, conducting evaluations and providing in-service training on multicultural issues, language assessment/intervention of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and animal-assisted therapy. She often includes her certified therapy dog, Sadie in her therapy and research studies. Her research focuses on the effect of animal-assisted therapy on children's language development and cultural concerns in multilingual populations. Sheila has been enthusiastically involved in the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association where she held various leadership positions including President (2005). She served as a site visitor for the ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation and holds ASHA Board Certification as a Specialist in Child Language.

Kyle Epps, MA, CCC-SLP

Kyle EppsKyle Epps has been practicing as a speech-language pathologist in the public schools since 2009. He recently became an administrator of the speech and language program in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In this role, he provides direct supervision and support to approximately 60 SLPs and speech-language pathology assistants on the west side of Los Angeles and manages professional development activities within the program. He served as a committee member of ASHA's Ad Hoc Committee on the Next Generation and participated in the 2011 Leadership in Schools Leadership Development Program. Kyle currently serves on the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (CSHA) Board of Directors as the director of CSHA District 6. He is the co-chair of CSHA's Leadership Academy, which is launched in 2017. He received his MA in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies from California State University, Fresno.

Shatonda S. Jones, PhD, CCC-SLP, CBIST

Shatonda JonesShatonda S. Jones is an assistant professor in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. She has practiced speech-language pathology for more than 12 years. Shatonda specializes in adults and geriatrics with neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders with a particular interest in stroke survivors and their families. Shatonda earned her bachelor of science degree in speech-language pathology (with minors in Spanish and psychology) from the University of Tulsa, her Master of Arts degree in speech language pathology with an emphasis in medical speech pathology from the University of Iowa, and her doctorate of philosophy (PhD) in Therapeutic Science from the University of Kansas. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer through the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) and also completed the Stanford University Internet Based Successful Aging Mini-Fellowship (iSage) in ethnogeriatrics.   

Maryellen Liening, PhD, CCC-SLP  

Nan LieningMaryellen Liening began teaching at Wayne State University (WSU) in 2009 as a clinical instructor. Since then she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Voice Disorders, Craniofacial Disorders, Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Language, Language and Phonological Disorders, and Writing Intensive Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology. She has provided clinical supervision of SLP graduate student clinicians in the Head Start, PLAY, STEPSS and Out Patient programs, as well as through the Craniofacial Clinic at Children's Hospital of Michigan. She is a Detroit native and WSU Alumna, and has worked in Detroit for over 30 years. Ms. Liening has had numerous service assignments, and is the CE Administrator for WSU CSD department, an ASHA Approved CE Provider.

Miguel A. Montiel, MS, CCC-SLP

Miguel MontielMiguel A. Montiel received a bachelor of arts degree in speech and hearing sciences and a master of science degree in speech-language pathology from the University of New Mexico. After earning his master's degree, Miguel spent 8 years working as a school-based, bilingual speech-language pathologist in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and San Diego, California. During this time, Miguel worked with students ages 2–22 and mentored graduate students and clinical fellows. In 2012, Miguel started Coastal Speech Therapy Inc., a private practice in San Diego, California, specializing in evaluation and treatment of child speech and language disorders. Miguel has participated in ASHA's Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) and has served as a mentor and reviewer in ASHA's Student to Empowered Professional (S.T.E.P.) Mentoring Program. Miguel has presented at local and national workshops and conventions on a variety of topics related to speech and hearing sciences. His areas of interest include early detection of speech and language disorders as well as parent education and parent involvement in evaluation and treatment of child speech and language disorders.

Tanya Shores, PhD, CCC-SLP

Tanya ShoresTanya Shores is a district administrator in Exceptional Student Support Services for Seminole County Public Schools supporting ESE services for a number of district schools and working with several programs throughout the district including speech-language pathologists, audiologists, pre-kindergarten diagnostics and services, deaf/hard of hearing, visually impaired, and educational interpreters. She obtained her BS and MS at Florida State University with an emphasis in the areas of autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities through a specialized training program. She received her PhD from the University of Central Florida in 2016. Tanya has additional interests in implementing speech-language services in a flexible service delivery model within natural environments, targeting language skills within a curricular framework, and the impact of social language deficits on educational success. She has presented at local and national conferences on a variety of topics and serves as the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for Seminole County Public Schools. Tanya was a past participant in ASHA's Leadership Development Program, has served as a S.T.E.P. mentor, and has received the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) five times.

Julie Verhoff, AuD, PhD, CCC-A, FAAA

Julie VerhoffJulie is a director of pediatric audiology at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. Julie earned a bachelor of science degree in speech and hearing sciences with a minor in family studies from the University of New Mexico, a doctor of audiology (AuD) from The University of Texas at Dallas, and a doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree in audiology from Gallaudet University. Her volunteer positions include co-chair, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Cochlear Implant Committee; vice president, Educational Audiology Association (EAA) Professional Development Committee; board member, National Association for Hearing and Speech Action (NAHSA); and past chair, ASHA Political Action Committee (ASHA-PAC). Julie's humanitarian efforts have served children in Vietnam, Mozambique, South Africa, and the Dominican Republic. She has worked as a research audiologist for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement (RERC-HE) at Gallaudet University and the Communication Neuroscience Laboratory at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, California. Julie has also served as adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park; George Washington University; and Gallaudet University. She continues to mentor graduate students from various AuD programs around the country. Julie's current research focuses on speech perception of young children with hearing loss. Her clinical interests include pediatric assessment, hearing aid and cochlear implant programming, and aural habilitation.

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