Resound))) - Winter, 2018

In this Issue:



A Message from the Chair, Cathy Runnels, M.S., CCC-SLP

It's countdown now to the 40th Convention and with your help,  we will surpass the record numbers from the 2017 convention in Atlanta.  While the Hilton Hotel in Crystal City has been remodeled, those of you that attended the 30th convention in 2008, will see familiar surroundings yet will be thrilled by the newness and growth of the DMV (DC, MD, VA).  Look forward to frequent updates from the Convention and PR Teams through Resound, E-Blasts, FaceBook, and Instagram.  Register and reserve your space now.  Add a day or two to your trip if you can, to view the sites in the DC region including the portraits of President and First Lady Obama that was just unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, and to be apart of the Cherry Blossom festivities. 

The Board has also been busy responding to your requests for: 1) access to Board Minutes, 2) By-Law change recommendations and 3) electronic voting.  You will now be able to find this and more in the Member Portal, a private entryway on our website just for member information.  It's here that you will be kept current on Board meetings and can review draft documents ahead of our Membership meeting in April.  Starting this year you will be able to nominate and vote for members to fill new openings on the Board electronically. While we continue to streamline our paper and mailing costs, we are expanding our communications with you in other ways. But the most important connection remains face to face at the convention. Remember to keep track of voting start and end dates (February 14-April 11).

Lastly, should you have contacts that may be interested in sponsorship opportunities with NB ASLH, let our Association Manager, Darla Eastlack, at our New Jersey headquarters, know.  Our best referrals come from the membership.

Thank you for your enduring support of NBASLH!

Cathy Runnels, M.S., CCC-SLP


2018 Convention Update

This year we will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary in Washington D.C., April 12-14, 2018. Rich in history and significance for the African American and American history make Washington D.C. ideal to celebrate four decades of NBASLH’s leadership and accomplishments in the field of communication sciences and disorders.  Every time NBASLH visit Washington D.C., it marks a significant milestone in the rich and ever evolving history of the organization. The 2018 convention theme 40 Years of Legendary Leadership in Speech, Language, and Hearing”. The legendary leadership does not just refer to accomplishments of our pioneers; it also refers to all of the future endeavors by students, clinicians, and researchers. This year we would like to make a spectacular celebration of NBASLH!  We will continue to have highlighted speakers such as Mary Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, Dysphagia Considerations for Older Adults: Moving Beyond Aspiration; Lindsay Meyer Turner, PhD, CCC-SLP, The Bossy Baby Project: Implementation of a Cue-Based Feeding Protocol in a Level III NICU; and Keena Seward, AuD, CCC-A/SLP, Interdisciplinary Assessment of Central Auditory Processing Disorders.

As NBASLH continues to grow in membership and presentation depth, we are keeping the core of what makes NBASLH so special there will plenty of opportunities to network and fellowship. What is new this year at NBASLH? In addition, this year for NBASLH Cares, we will work with our ASHA office at the capital to visit with the Congressional Black Caucus and our state representatives to discuss issues that affect our profession on Thursday morning.On Thursday afternoon, we are planning to have a special leadership symposium for students. This event will be followed by the Donn Bailey lecture series. The Donn Bailey has new panel format this year, which will include perspectives of African American child language from pioneers and future leaders in the field. Our annual awards dinner is an event that is much anticipated every year. This year, it will be a Legends Gala, which will be a formal affair celebrating 40 years of legendary leaders and the cultivation of the next generation.

While the convention program is full of excitement and learning, we encourage you to experience all of the culture, sights and sounds of what “The District” has to offer.  We know that the hottest ticket in town (and almost impossible to obtain) is for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. We have a limited number of time entry passes for NBASLH members and guest for a $5 processing fee per ticket, when you register. We look forward to learning, networking, and celebrating with you at the 40th anniversary of NBASLH.

Jessica and Darius
2018 Convention Co-chairs

NBASLH Awards & Scholarships

NBASLH award and scholarship opportunities are available! Please visit the website for details and to apply today. The application deadline is March 1, 2018. 

Please encourage your colleagues to nominate professionals and encourage students to submit applications!

Panel on Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Students

Dr. Jairus-Joaquin Matthews, assistant professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of West Georgia, will be facilitating a panel on the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in speech-language pathology and audiology at the 2018 NBASLH convention. Overall, only 7.9% of ASHA members are members of a racial/ethnic minority, and males comprise only 4.7% of ASHA members.  Increasing the diversity of the membership is a key objective in ASHA’s strategic plan, given the need for practitioners in the field to reflect the populations they serve. Dr. Matthews says that this is not a new issue but one that has been there for many years.

“The underrepresentation of racial/ethnic minorities and men has changed very little over the years. In fact, for men there has actually been a steady decline. Universities must find ways to recruit, retain, and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.” However, national organizations such as ASHA and NBASLH also have a lot to offer.”

Dr. Matthews has long been interested in this topic, but only began to research it within the past few years when he became a faculty member. That is when he learned that there are many approaches to working on this problem. He views the panel as a coalescence of diverse experts on the topic.     

“There are so many people who are doing, or have done important work on this topic, and this panel is an opportunity to bring together some unique perspectives.” I’m excited about the depth breadth of knowledge that will be shared”

Matthews says that in putting together the panel, he wanted a mixture of skilled researchers, thinkers, and practitioners. Members of the panel include: Mr. Eugene Wiggins, former longtime clinical director at the University of the District of Columbia. Dr. Sarah Ginsberg, Professor at Eastern Michigan University. Dr.Kyomi Gregory, assistant professor at Salus University. Mr. Mike Skiados, director of membership at ASHA. Mr. Jonathan Love, consultant and speech-language pathologist at LRE Consultants. The panel will take place on Friday, April 13, from 10:45 - 11:45 in the Washington I Room.    

NBASLH Student Corner

Please don’t forget to…

  • Register to attend the 40th Anniversary and pay $125.00 before February 28th;
  • Attend the Student Chat with ASHA Past-Presidents;
  • Participate in our first ever Praxis Bowl sponsored by EBS on Saturday, April 14th at 12:00 pm during the student-mentor luncheon! A free registration for the Praxis exam will be awarded to each member of the winning team. Team applications are due by March 14, 2018, and there is only space for 10 teams, so submit your application today;
  • Nominate your next student representative; and
  • Apply for the scholarships listed on our website by March 1, 2018 -;
      1. The NBASLH Executive Board is pleased to announce that again this year four Travel Stipends in the amount of $250 are available for the NBASLH Convention.
      2. NBASLH invites students to submit a research paper to its scholarship competition. Two candidates will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship during the Convention.
      3. Let’s Talk Therapy will award two $1,500 scholarships to an undergraduate and graduate student who is interested in owning and operating a successful private practice.
      4. Invo HealthCare - Progressus Therapy will award one $1,000 scholarship to a graduate student whose primary career goal is to provide services to children in school or early intervention settings following graduation.

Lastly, if you are graduating in 2018 and would like to be in the convention student newsletter, please send your first and last name, professional photo, graduation month to [email protected].

Best Regards,

Darius Thomas
Student Representative

NBASLH Board - Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for four positions on the NBASLH Board of Directors. The term of office for these positions will be September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2021.

A member may nominate a member. All nominees must have held membership in NBALSH for three consecutive years/ self-nominations are acceptable.  You are asked to secure the verbal acceptance of your nominee. Nominees will be ranked according to the number of nominations received. Nominees will then be asked to supply a short biography and photograph to be used by NBASLH during the election process. Campaigning is very acceptable.

Nominations must be received by March 2, 2018.  Click here to submit your nomination online through the NBASLH website or download, complete, and return the Call for Nominations .pdf file.

If you are having difficulty accessing the online nomination form, please email: [email protected]

Thank you,

Cathy Runnels, MS, CCC-SLP, Chair

Timeline for Nominations and Voting Process:
Feb. 13 - Mar. 2: Nominations Open
Mar. 3 - Mar. 5: Nominees Submit Materials for Ballot
Mar. 7 - Apr. 11: Electronic Voting

What is NSIG? – NBASLH’s Neurogenic Special Interest Group

Two years ago the Neurogenic Special Interest Group (NSIG) of NBASLH celebrated its 20th year anniversary and we are proud of its rich history. As we embark on celebrating the 40th year anniversary of NBASLH, we are compelled to share the purpose of NBASLH’s NSIG. Our historian conducted a survey in order for NSIG members to share its history for generations to come. In the words of our every own Dr. Carolyn M. Mayo, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, “The purpose of NSIG is to develop an interest in the neurosciences and neurogenic communication disorders through research, peer-reviewed NBASLH presentations and Journal-NBASLH publications and to recruit, promote and facilitate African-American CSD specialists in neurogenic specialty areas through student and new professionals recruitment, education and support. NSIG was also developed to promote brain and body health and wellness in African-American and other communities of color through marketing and education, thereby preventing or at least reducing neurogenic disorders in those communities.”  

The upcoming NBASLH Convention has two NSIG-sponsored presentations this year which will both be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018, in the Adams Room at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel at the Washington National Reagan Airport in Washington D.C. From 8:45-9:45am, Pamela Rowe, MA, CCC-SLP will present “Neurogenic Stuttering in Vocational Rehabilitation” and from 10:00am-11:00am “Neurogenic considerations in Language Development in Children with Autism” by the NSIG Vice President, Kenyahtta Gray, Clinical Fellow.  

Interested in being a member or just checking us out? The NSIG Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm in the Crystal Room.

Submitted by Kimiko Pears, MS, CCC-SLP, NSIG Historian 

Neurogenic Special Interest Group (NSIG) – New Executive Board Member News!   

The NBASLH-NSIG Executive Board would like to congratulate and welcome our newest member, Kimiko Pears as the new historian for NSIG. Kimiko has been a practicing clinician across various settings including private practice and Headstart programs for 11 years. She currently is based in schools and resides in Mobile, Alabama. Kimiko Pears received a Bachelor’s of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of South Alabama in 2006, a Master’s of Science in Deaf Education from Texas Woman’s University in 2010, and a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University in 2013. Seeing her occupation as helping people and having fun instead of work, Kimiko Pears is currently pursuing a clinical doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology at Nova Southeastern University. We look forward to her continued work with the Neurogenic Special Interest Group during her 2017-2019 term.

Submitted by the Neurogenic Special Interest Group Executive Board

Member News

Byron Ross was promoted to Instructional Associate Professor at the University of Houston during the Spring 2017 Semester

Byron Ross, Instructional Associate Professor in the ComD program at the University of Houston, initiated a peer mentoring program  at the University of Houston for students with autism spectrum disorder. Students enrolled at UH who are registered with the Center for Students with Disabilities are paired with an undergrad NSSLHA student, who provides support with organization, social support, and personal responsibility. The program’s first class of mentors/mentees just completed its first year December 2017.

Dr. Travis Threats is one of three candidates running for ASHA's Vice President for Academic Affairs for Speech-Language Pathology.  Meet him at the convention to learn more about his platform.  Dr. Threats is Professor and Chair at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders--Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University.

Mr. Arnell Brady is on the slate of candidates for for ASHA’s Audiology Advisory Council and Speech-Language Pathology Council for the State of Illinois. Mr. Brady is a member of the NBASLH Board and owns Brady Speech-Language Pathology, Ltd.,  a private practice in Chicago Illinois. 

NBASLH Board Members recently appeared in several ASHA Instagram photo's and video's as they toured the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC during a recent Board meeting preparing for the upcoming convention.  The Board has planned a tour of the museum for members as part of the 2018 convention activities. 

Empowering a Generation of Diverse Speech Language Pathologists

Lisa R. Audet, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor Speech Pathology & Audiology
School of Health Sciences
Provost Faculty Associate, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Kent State University
[email protected]

In the movie “Field of Dreams” the motto was “build it and they will come.” At Kent State University’s (KSU) Speech Pathology & Audiology (SPA) Program the motto is “listen and they will have a voice.” The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at KSU appointed me Provost Faculty Associate in 2016. As a white, female 30-year veteran to SPA, I was not the face of diversity. Still, my goals and deep belief was to increase diversity within SPA. During these two years I have listened and learned, working hard to understand the complexities of creating a culture of diversity. Being “all ears,” I was able to connect with others and word got out.

It is an exciting time in SPA at KSU. Undergraduates from under-represented groups are speaking up about their experiences and have requested to create student groups specific to their perspectives and needs. Each of them has become involved in faculty research, a real hope for SPA future. Urban school districts have contacted us, requesting to create STEM high school educational and grant programs. And we are building partnerships with area universities to host a “Diversity in SPA” conference. All of this activity is of course infectious. Faculty within SPA are also listening and asking questions. Our discussion includes examining our historical practices. As a result, research into microaggressions within our undergraduate and graduate programs is underway. The belief is that we can work to invite other in, but if we do not examine our own practice they will not stay. We can’t just “build it and they will come.” We have to “listen so they will have a voice”. So far, the listening has been most enjoyable, encouraging, and energizing. Surely more good will come from this.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Clinical Scholars Program

Are you a mid-career healthcare provider working to advance health? CLINICAL SCHOLARS is accepting applications now through March 14th!

RWJF Clinical Scholars are teams of health care professionals motivated to leverage their passion and ideas to improve health beyond the clinical setting. Team members are licensed teams of mid-career providers with 5+ years clinical experience from health fields such as speech-language and hearing, dentistry, nursing, medicine, social work, and/or veterinary medicine. Teams receive 3 years of program funding and executive coaching and leadership training to address a complex health issue in their community. Apply at

In effect, you would be paid to learn and to become a better leader, with the support and connections of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, working together to improve the Culture of Health in the US.