Thank you to our 2019 Convention Planning committee. Stay tuned for details on our 2020 Planning Committee.

Kia Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,  2019 Convention Co-Chair

 Dr. Kia N. Johnson joins the University of Houston faculty as an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and   Disorders. Most recently she was a professor and Director of the Developmental Stuttering Laboratory within the same department at James   Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA). Her current research interests include (1) an investigation of temperamental variables on developmental stuttering in young children and (2) the examination of speech disfluencies in bilingual children who stutter. Dr. Johnson completed her doctoral training in Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN). She received her Master's and Baccalaureate degrees in Communication Disorders from Howard University (Washington, DC) and Truman State University (Kirksville, MO), respectively. Aside from teaching and conducting research, she has presented her research at local, national, and international scholarly conferences and has first-authored research articles along with many co-authored publications. Dr. Johnson also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence as a speech-language pathologist with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and state licensure with Texas. Dr. Johnson resides in Houston with her husband, Deric, and their two children - Sydney and Chase.


Darius Thomas-Wallace, M.S., CCC-SLP, 2019 Convention Co-Chair 

Darius Thomas-Wallace is a speech-language pathologist and founder of Dynamic Therapy, LLC. Darius has collaborated with multidisciplinary teams to address communication and educational needs of students with a wide variety of disability classifications, including autism spectrum disorder, emotional disturbance, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, speech-language impairment, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. He has also successfully increased communication skills in elementary, middle, and high school clients with a large variety of deficits and disorders. In collaboration with families, Darius has provided early intervention therapy services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays.

Furthermore, Darius has extensive volunteer experience including the District of Columbia Speech-Language-Hearing Association: secretary (2016 – 2018) and treasurer (2018 – present) and the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing: convention co-chair (2018 - present) and student representative (2016 - 2018). In 2014, he was selected to participate in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Minority Student Leadership Program.

Finally, Darius received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Howard University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COSD). He also holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and state licensures with Washington, DC, and Maryland. 


2019 Planning Committee

Shauntelle Cannon: Chair, Audio/Visual Support

Derek Daniels: Chair, Call for Papers

Lakieta Emanuel: Chair, Public Relations

Yolanda Fields-Witherspoon: Chair, CEUs

Lauren Hastings: Chair, Vendors/Exhibitors

Jarin Hawkins: Chair, Photography

Kia Johnson: Chair, Opening Session

Iris Johnson-Arnold: Chair, Volunteers

Jonathan Love: NBASLH Cares (recruitment)

Michelle Norman: Chair, Praxis

Lauren Prather, Chair, Student Activities

Garvin Romane, Chair, Sponsorship's

Byron Ross: Chair, Awards & Scholarship

Darius Thomas-Wallace: Chair, Awards Banquet

Doanne Ward-Williams: Chair, NBASLH Cares (service)