2020 Convention Planning Committee

Darius Thomas-Wallace, M.S., CCC-SLP, 2020 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. 

Lauren Hastings, M.S., CCC-SLP, 2020 Convention Co-Chair 

Lauren Hastings is the Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist of Hear to Speak, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. Lauren received a Masters of Science in Speech & Hearing Science from Tennessee State University and a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology from Andrews University.

She has held various clinical positions in Tennessee and Georgia ranging from rehabilitation centers, school districts, and an Autism center. She enjoys collaborating with a variety of professionals including school psychologists, special educators, occupational therapists, neurologists, and gastroenterologists. Her clinical and research interests include child language disorders, bilingual language development, the impact of socioeconomic status in language/literacy development, feeding disorders, and early intervention.

In 2016, Lauren began full-time work in her practice, Hear to Speak, a company based in South Fulton (Atlanta) Georgia which serves the pediatric population using a community-based model. Currently, she serves on the social media team for NBASLH assisting in the maintenance of the Association’s Facebook page.


 2020 Planning Committee

Shauntelle Cannon: Chair, Audio/Visual Support

Derek Daniels: Chair, Call for Papers / Keynote Speakers 

Darius Thomas-Wallace: Chair, Public Relations

Garvin Romane: Chair, Continuing Education

Lauren Hastings: Chair, Exhibitors/Sponsorship

Jarin Hawkins: Chair, Photography

Darius Thomas-Wallace: Chair, Opening Session, Opening Reception, & Awards Gala 

Lauren Hastings; Chair, Closing Reception/Poster Presentations/Affiliates Mixer 

Iris Johnson-Arnold: Chair, Volunteers

Lauren Prather: Chair, Student Activities

Byron Ross: Chair, Awards & Scholarship

Darius Thomas-Wallace: Chair, Awards Banquet

Brittani Hightower: Chair, NBASLH Cares