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Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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2017 CONFERENCE SPEAKER BIOS

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MSHA 2017 CONTINUING EDUCATION CONFERENCE SPEAKER BIOS

 

Invited Conference Speakers

Linda Ross Aldy, President and owner of Aldy & Co., began overseeing the operations of the Mississippi Optometric Association as its Executive Director in 2005 and is only the third executive director in its history. She also serves as Association Manager for the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education and is on the faculty of the State of Mississippi’s Personnel Board Training Division. She is a graduate of and advisor to the MEC’s Leadership Mississippi program, the nation’s second oldest state leadership program. She serves on the advisory board for the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis and on the executive board of the International Association of Optometric Executives as its President. She has earned the Certified Association Executive designation through the American Society of Association Executives. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Society of Association Executives and continues to be actively involved in the organization. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Nurses’ Foundation and is a Past-President of the National Alumni Association of Miss. University for Women, commonly known as The W. She and her family own and operate three Cups coffee shop franchises in the Jackson, MS metro area. An author, former newspaper reporter and editor and television host, she has been named as one of Mississippi’s “50 Leading Businesswomen”. She is a cum laude graduate of Mississippi University for Women, the Stennis Center Executive Management Institute, and has completed coursework through the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, Executive Development Program. She is a former state agency director, having served as Executive Director of what is now the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, and has worked for two Mississippi Governors.

Erin S. Burns, Au.D., CCC-A is a graduate faculty member and clinical supervisor at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. She is currently the Audiology Clinic Director for the Lamar University Speech & Hearing Clinic where she serves primarily adult populations and supervises students, and manages audiological services for the Big Thicket Special Education Co-Op and South East Texas Regional Day School Program for the Deaf. Dr. Burns currently teaches Introduction to Evidence Based Practice and Instrumentation as well as the lab components for vestibular courses. She is currently a licensed audiologist through Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Board Certified in Audiology, a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, American Academy of Audiology, and the Texas Academy of Audiology.

Dr. Craig Formby completed his Masters degree in audiology at Memphis State University and his doctoral degree in communications sciences at Washington University and the Central Institute for the Deaf, with subsequent post-doctoral training in neurology at UAB. He began his academic career at the University of Florida, followed by appointments at the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Schools of Medicine, where he directed audiology and speech-language services, serving in a dual assistant dean capacity for the latter. Dr. Formby also directed the research program at the University of Maryland Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Center from 1999 until 2006, when he was appointed to his current position as a distinguished graduate research professor in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering at the University of Alabama. Dr. Formby has been continuously funded by federal research awards, totaling in excess of $10 million, since 1987. He currently is the principal investigator for two NIH research awards, including direction as the study chair of the NIDCD-sponsored Tinnitus Retraining Therapy Trial, a $6 million, phase III, multi-site trial, which is being conducted in military treatment centers across the United States in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Formby is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and a past editor of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Tricia Hedinger, MS, CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Ms. Hedinger graduated with her Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Penn State University in 1999 where she provided clinical services for a two-week intensive stuttering treatment program. In 2011, she presented at the Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children on identifying stuttering and other speech disorders in early childhood. Currently, she teaches the Clinical Education Series class for graduate students at the University of Tennessee, including a 5-week course dedicated specifically to the evaluation and treatment of stuttering. She was awarded a full scholarship to the one-week Stuttering Foundation Mid-Atlantic Workshop in 2014. In 2015, she co-authored a paper titled "The perceived impact of stuttering on personality as measured by the NEO-FFI-5". Ms. Hedinger recently published articles in the ASHA Leader related to self-disclosure for people who stutter and alternative clinical education experiences for graduate students. She serves as the director for a week-long summer camp in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She is also the Chapter Leader for the Knoxville Area Stuttering Support Group in conjunction with the National Stuttering Association.

Jordan King, Au.D., received her doctoral degree from Central Institute for the Deaf at Washington University School of Medicine in 2006. Dr. King currently practices at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas where she has worked exclusively with pediatric and adult cochlear implant recipients for the past eleven years.

Timothy P. Kowalski is internationally known for his work with social-pragmatics and Asperger syndrome, Timothy Kowalski has six books published on the topic. He is the recipient of the 2010 Clinician of the Year Award by the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists for his work with Asperger syndrome and was one of the eight national nominees for the 2011 ASHA Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement.

Dr. Gregory L. Lof is a the Chair and Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, a graduate school founded by the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. His research, teaching and clinical interests deal with children who have speech sound disorders and how to effectively use evidence to guide practice. Dr. Lof twice was the topic coordinator for speech sound disorders for ASHA conventions and has served on seven ASHA Convention Program Committees. He was a member on ASHA’s Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders that conducted evidence-based systematic reviews of oral motor exercises. He just finished his term as the treasurer for the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorder (CAPCSD). He serves on ASHA’s Scientific and Professional Education Board (SPEB), was the Massachusetts elected representative for ASHA’s Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council, and served two terms on the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Speech-Language Pathology. He became an ASHA Fellow in 2012. Dr. Lof has published 24 articles and chapters, primarily on childhood speech sound disorders and evidence-based practice. He has presented over 50 peer-reviewed and 85 invited presentations/workshops at ASHA conventions, universities, school districts, state and international association conventions in 38 states and five countries. His PRAXIS study guidebook was published in 2015 with his co-author, Dr. Alex Johnson.            

 

 

Dr. Scott S. Rubin is Associate Professor of Communication Disorders at LSU Health Sciences Center and Adjunct Associate Professor at Tulane University, Department of Psychology. His research focuses on symbol processing and quality of life in neurogenic disorders. Dr. Rubin is also CO-Founder of David’s Apple, a stroke and aphasia advocacy program in the southern region of Louisiana. He has had numerous scientific and professional publications, as well as a large number of national and international presentations.

Wendy Switalski is the Audiology Development Manager at Audiology Systems, a hearing and balance instrumentation company. Dr. Switalski previously owned a private audiology practice in metro-Detroit. In addition to her role with Audiology Systems, she also provides quarterly hearing care in the South Pacific territory of American Samoa. Dr. Switalski holds an M.B.A. from Saginaw Valley State University and a Doctor of Audiology degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry School of Audiology

Kelli Watts is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Auburn University. She trains and supervises audiology doctoral students in the university speech and hearing clinic. Her areas of interest include vestibular assessment and rehabilitation, hearing aids, humanitarian audiology, and telepractice. Each year she travels to Guatemala with the Auburn University Audiology Outreach in Guatemala Project.

 

Conference Speakers

Meagan Allen, M.S., CCC-SLP is a graduate of Mississippi University for Women. Meagan had two years of clinical experience with the geriatric population targeting cognition, speech, language and dysphagia in the skilled nursing facility and outpatient therapy settings prior to joining the faculty within the Department of Otolaryngology at UMMC in 2013. She received the "Extra Mile" Award in the Department in 2014. Meagan's areas of interest include evaluation and treatment of feeding/swallowing disorders and cognitive-linguistic skills with medically complex infants, children and adolescents. She currently provides services at Batson Children's Hospital in the following areas: inpatient acute care, inpatient rehabilitation services (CRS), and outpatient modified barium swallow studies. Meagan serves as the pediatric SLP Team Leader and is on the "Best Practices" committee.

Angie Brunson, M.S., CCC-SLP University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson, MS Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences Speech Language Pathologist and Instructor. Angie is a practicing medical speech pathologist with over 20 years of experience in the field. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern Mississippi and graduate degree was completed at the University of South Alabama. She is currently practicing at UMMC which is the only level one trauma center in the state. She currently practices in the adult acute care hospital with specialty areas that include dysphagia management, head and neck cancer, and management of the tracheostomy patient. She has practiced in the settings of adult acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient therapy as well as skilled nursing facilities. She also enjoys training graduate speech clinicians as well in the challenging setting of a busy adult acute care hospital setting.

Dawn McGinty Burgess, M.S. is an Early Oral Interventionist and Speech-Language Pathologist at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. Mrs. Burgess has been employed with The Children’s Center for seven years where she provides specialist services for children ages birth to five years with hearing loss and their families focusing on developing listening and spoken language skills. These services are provided in individual and small group sessions in the home, daycare, and center-based settings. Mrs. Burgess holds a Deaf Education bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi as well as two Master's degrees, Early Oral Intervention and Speech-Language Pathology, both from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. LaQuisha Burks joined the faculty at University of Mississippi Medical Center in the Spring 2010. She specializes currently in dysphagia management in head and neck cancer, alaryngeal voice, and prosthetic management for speech and voice function, and rehabilitation of tongue thrust. She has a background in laryngeal voice rehabilitation and assessment and adult neurogenic evaluation and rehabilitation. Dr. Burks is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, California Speech and Hearing Association, Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association, Dysphagia Research Society, and the Buteyko Breathing Educators Association. She complete undergraduate training at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004 with a double major in Psychology and Speech Language Pathology/Audiology with simultaneous completion of two minors in Sociology and Deaf Education. Ms. Burks completed her undergraduate thesis entitled, “Errorless Reading Design for Improved Reading Comprehension,” as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar award recipient. She completed her graduate degree in 2006 in Speech Language Pathology at Loma Linda University, where she taught and trained other clinicians on the Computerized Speech Lab and other technologies used in assessment and treatment of speech and language disorders. She completed additional specialized training for VPI and craniofacial disorders with Dr. D’Antonio at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She hold certifications and advanced training in myofascial release, neuromuscular electrical stimulation (with Vital Stim), FEES interpretation and instrumentation, videostroboscopy, Certified Provider of Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation, McNeill Dysphagia Therapy program provider, and a Buteyko Level 1 practitioner. She has given multiple lectures on dysphagia management, tracheostomy and ventilator management, Passy-Muir Speaking and Swallowing valve, dysphagia in head and neck cancer patient; on the campus of UMMC and Jackson State University. She began the multidisciplinary panel to discuss dysphagia management (January 2014); Dysphagia Board, that meets weekly to discuss imaging studies and clinical presentations of patients with swallowing disorders at UMMC. She has been serving on the File Review Committee for the for the University of Mississippi Medical School Admissions Board, since Summer 2014. Ms. Burks was the 2015 recipient the Office of Faculty Affairs at UMMC and the Hearin Foundation award to complete Millsaps Business Advantage Program. She presented a poster at COSM (Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting) in 2014 - “Manual Therapy Applications for Dysphagia In Head and Neck Patients” and two posters and SHRP Research Day 2016 and UMMC Research Day 2016. Dr. Burks presented at the 2012 MS Craniofacial Symposium. Dr. Burks also lead as principal site investigator for the TALC Study (Observational Study of Swallowing Function After Treatment of Advanced Laryngeal Cancer) from November 2015 until its completion in May 2015; this was a multi-institutional study that investigated the effects of radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery on the muscles of deglutition. Her research interest include dysphagia and voice in the head and neck cancer population. Dr. Burks was selected as the 2015 recipient of “Who’s Who in Medical Education” award.

Marie Byrne, Ph.D. has been a speech-language pathologist for over 40 years and has spent the past 20 years as a professor at the Mississippi University for Women. Her areas of interest include neurogenic communication disorders and dysphagia.

Cheris Frailey is the Director of State Education and Legislative Advocacy for ASHA. She serves as a liaison to the southern states by providing resources, assistance and support regarding legislative regulatory issues and guidance to state association leaders, members and government agencies. She monitors and addresses issues in telepractice and education. Cheris holds a certificate in association management from the American Society of Association Executives and received training in strategic planning facilitation from the American Management Association. Cheris previously worked as a speech-language pathologist with experience in all settings. She has supervised assistants, Clinical Fellows and student interns. She has co-authored several children’s games and Apps and assisted with the development of many other products currently on the market as well as worked and consulted for several companies in the expansion and selection of their speech therapy product line.

Ricki R. Garrett, PhD is the Executive Director of the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She also manages the Mississippi Association of Nurse Practitioners. Ricki is a former board member and president of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, governing the eight public universities in Mississippi. She is also the former Executive Director of the Mississippi Nurses Association. She is a former gubernatorial appointee to the Mississippi Ednet Board, The Mississippi Commission on Volunteer Service, and the Mississippi Humanities Council. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the 50 Leading Business Women and the MUW Medal of Excellence and Woman of the Year awards.

Kym Heine earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and completed her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders at The Pennsylvania State University. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is the recipient of eight ACE awards for continuing education earned. Kym has worked exclusively in the field of AAC since receiving her Masters in 1982. She has been employed in a variety of settings to include rehabilitation centers, hospitals and outpatient clinics. She previously owned a private practice which provided contractual services emphasizing the training of AAC facilitators in schools, group homes, residential facilities, and private homes. Kym is a frequent presenter at conferences on topics relating to the use of speech generating devices and has presented at ASHA, ATIA, and numerous state conferences in both Louisiana and Mississippi.

Dr. Carolyn Wiles Higdon, CCC-SLP, professor at the University of Mississippi/ UM Medical Center, and CEO: Wiles Higdon & Associates, LLC. Dr. Higdon holds national/international committee/board appointments, with a significant publication history. Her credentials include department chair, association president and chair of state licensing boards. Her honors include Fellow of ASHA, Phi Kappa Phi, and Honors of MSHA and CAPSCD. Dr. Higdon currently is part of the University of Alabama Faculty Scholar Program in Geriatrics. Dr. Higdon’s holds bachelor/master degrees from Kent State University and doctorate from the University of Georgia.

Kristin Johnson, M.S., CCC-SLP has worked at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport for over 20 years. Her setting experience includes SNF, Home Health, Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient Rehab and Acute care services. Kristin’s areas of expertise in patient populations that include acute neurogenic deficits, progressive neurogenic deficits, voice disorders and head/neck cancer with diagnosis of aphasia, dysphagia and cognitive-linguistic deficits. She has specialized training in NMES, videostroboscopy, videofluoroscopy and tracheoesophageal prosthetics. She has a passion to provide the best, evidence based practice to all of her patients in the most efficient manner. Kristin also has the distinct privilege to be an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Mississippi where she has taught aphasia, dysphagia and traumatic brain injury at the graduate level.

Elizabeth King is an undergraduate senior speech-language pathology student at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. She is a member of the Ina E. Gordy Honors College and serves as treasurer of her local NSSLHA chapter. Her research study was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Marie Byrne, professor at MUW.

Melissa A. Ladner, M.S., CCC-SLP is from Biloxi, MS. Melissa serves as the Vice President of School Issues. She is passionate about advocating for special needs children and the MSHA membership in the school setting. She is a full time employee of the Biloxi Public School district, serving children ages 3-5 in the Preschool Special Education program. Prior to working with the preschool population, Melissa spent several years working in the schools with children from kindergarten through the fifth grade. Melissa also works PRN at Merit Health Biloxi in both the outpatient clinic and inpatient hospital. Additionally, she works PRN at a nursing home in Biloxi. Melissa is a 2009 and 2011 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, receiving a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Speech Language Pathology. In 2012, Melissa was recognized by Biloxi Chamber of Commerce as the Biloxi District’s “Rookie Teacher of the Year”. In 2016 Melissa was a recipient of the Biloxi First Grant. Melissa is an active MSHA member, severed as the ASHA co- SEAL (State Education Advocacy Leader) from 2013-2015, 2015 MSHA Conference Exhibitor Chair, and has served on several committees and task forces representing MSHA at the MS Department of Education.

Teresa Laney is a Speech-Language Instructional Specialist with the Mississippi Department of Education. In this role, she provides training and support to school districts both regionally and individually. She has twelve years of experience as a school-based Speech Pathologist in three different districts in Mississippi. Teresa has a B.S. in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Southern Mississippi and an M.S. in Communication Disorders from Western Kentucky University. She also holds certification in dyslexia testing and has seven years of experience tutoring children with reading difficulty. Teresa is married and has two daughters and a son-in-law, and currently lives in Madison County with her husband and five pets.

Beth Lawrence, MA, CCC-SLP Northwestern University, 1994 Pediatric SLP Co-Author of Test of Semantic Reasoning, published November, 2016 Presenter: ASHA 2013, 2015, 2016 Created: InferCabulary 1, 2, 3, for iPad, InferCabulary Pro and WordQuations for iPad Beth has worked in early intervention, medical and rehab facilities, elementary schools, a school for students with language-based learning disabilities, and has had a private practice for the last 15 years.

Amy Livingston is a speech-language pathologist and instructor at the University of Mississippi. She has supervised and trained students, clinical fellows and SLPs across the United States and internationally. She currently supervises the Hearing Impaired Language Literacy Transition class for children ages 5-7 at Ole MIss, working with school districts and parents to help children acclimate to their least restrictive environments. This program focuses on academic readiness, sensory modulation, behavioral support and language therapy. She also teaches several undergraduate classes.

Rebecca Lowe, Au.D. CCC-A, began her career in 1994 at the North Mississippi Regional Center where she worked for almost seven years as a clinical audiologist specializing in pediatric audiology and audiologic (re)habilitation with infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age. In 2001, she began working at the University of Mississippi. She was the Director of Audiology from 2003 – 2011 and then became the Co-Clinic Director of the University of Mississippi Speech and Hearing Center, which she currently holds. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in audiology, audiologic rehabilitation and sign language; supervises graduate students; and works as a clinical audiologist specializing in auditory processing disorders and audiologic (re) habilitation. She has served MSHA as VP-Audiology and president in 2016. She currently serves as past-president.

Keith Magnon - A graduate of the University of Louisiana who worked in a Civil Service capacity running the University's mainframe computer to put himself through school. Currently performs database administration for six associations including MSHA. He lives in Ocean Springs with his two dogs Sophie and Shugga.

Charles G. Marx, AuD, CCC-A Associate Professor The University of Southern Mississippi. Hattiesburg, MS. Charles G. Marx, Au.D., CCC-A is an Audiologist and Associate Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi. A graduate of Mississippi State University (B.A.) and the University of Southern Mississippi (M.S., Au.D.), Dr. Marx teaches courses involving the electrophysiological assessment of hearing and balance. His primary clinical duties at the University involve the electrophysiological assessment of hearing in infants and young children and general Pediatric and Adult behavioral audiometry. Prior to working at USM, Dr. Marx served as the director of Wesley Medical Center’s Neurodiagnostics Department for 25 years. Edward L. Goshorn, Ph.D., CCC-A/SLP, is the Chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has more than 40 years of teaching, clinical, and research experience. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and presented over 75 papers at national or regional meetings. His scholarly areas of interest are: word recognition/speech perception, electrophysiology, and simulation/modeling of communication disorders.

Ashley Bourque-Meaux is an Assistant Professor and Program Director at Southeastern Louisiana University. She has worked clinically with early intervention and school-aged children. Dr. Meaux's interests include child language and literacy acquisition. Her research explores effective reading strategies and delivery for students at-risk for or experiencing language and/or reading delay.

Ashley Bourque-Meaux is an Assistant Professor and Program Director at Southeastern Louisiana University. She has worked clinically with early intervention and school-aged children. Dr. Meaux's interests include child language and literacy acquisition. Her research explores effective reading strategies and delivery for students at-risk for or experiencing language and/or reading delay.

Virgi Mills, M.E.D., a certified Educator in the state of Florida, is also a bilateral MED-EL recipient, serving currently as a Consumer Outreach Manager for MED-EL in the southeast region. In this role, she provides support and outreach services for cochlear implant clinics, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, educators, MED-EL recipients, Cochlear Implant (CI) and Electric Acoustic System (EAS) candidates. Previously, Virgi taught students who have hearing loss using listening and spoken language for the School Board of Alachua County, FL and also Duval County Public Schools, FL. Virgi received her Master in Education of the Deaf in the Auditory-Oral tradition from the Smith College/Clarke School program in 2008.

Dr. William D. Mustain, Ph.D., CCC-A, CNIM, BCS-IOM is a certified and licensed audiologist who has been involved with intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring for 30 years. He is board certified in IONM and currently serves as Coordinator, Intraoperative Monitoring, Armin F. Haerer Neurophysiology Lab, Department of Neurology and Audiologist, Department of Otolaryngology & Communicative Sciences, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Sarah Rouse Myers, M.S, CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist and Assistant Director at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. She has been employed with The Children’s Center for Communication and Development for seven years and provides services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in home, daycare, and center-based settings. Sarah also participates in developmental assessments and provides trainings for parents and teachers in the use of augmentative and alternative communication and other assistive technology in the classroom and at home. She provides assessments for children who are at risk for having Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI) and implements sensory modifications in the classroom setting to increase language building while working with children with CVI. She provides feeding and swallowing therapy services and participates in the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit’s (NICU) follow-up clinic for children discharged form Forrest General Hospital’s NICU.

Jenna Nassar  M.S., CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech pathologist and an instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In addition to these roles, Mrs. Nassar is also the Clinical and Education Coordinator for the department of Speech Pathology. She specializes in pediatric swallow and feeding disorders and is trained in the SOS approach to feeding. She is a member of both the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and the Mississippi Speech Language and Hearing Association. Her background includes several years of working with swallowing disorders in trach and ventilator patients. She graduated summa cum laude in 2007 from Mississippi University for Women with a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science. She then graduated in 2009 with high distinction with a Master’s degree in Communicative Sciences from Jackson State University. She enjoys the academia related to her profession and has served as an intermittent adjunct professor with Jackson State University as well as a student intern supervisor. She resides in Madison with her husband Matt, 2 daughters Presleigh and Harlee Kate, and 2 dogs. In her free time, she enjoys photography, traveling, and being with family.

Jan Norris, Ph.D., LSU Professor has received ASHA's State Clinical Achievement Award once in the state of Nebraska and twice in Louisiana, and is the 2005 recipient of the national DiCarlo Award for clinical achievement. She also received the ASHA Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Higher Education in 2009 for her efforts to involve undergraduates in service learning and research in the schools. She has published articles, books, book chapters, and intervention materials related to both preschool-aged and school-aged students.

Dr. Celeste Parker is an Assistant Professor and Interim Clinical Coordinator in the Department of Communicative Disorders at Jackson State University. Prior to her appointment at Jackson State University she served as an Assistant Professor at Nicholls State University. She received a B.S. degree in Speech Pathology/Audiology from Xavier University of Louisiana, a M.A. Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Iowa and a SLP.D., in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University. She has been a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist for 10 years. She has worked in several settings including elementary school, middle school, high school, hospital, skilled nursing, private practice, and academia. Dr. Parker is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the National Black Association of Speech-Language Hearing, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She served as a Reviewer for the 2013 Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) and as a Panelist for the FCC Connect2Health Beyond the Beltway Series: Telehealth Forum in Jackson, MS. Her research interests include Clinical Supervision, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and Autism.

Veta E. Parker is a doctoral candidate at Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she is pursuing her degree in Educational Leadership and Research with a major in Higher Education Administration. She holds an Education Specialist certification from LSU, a Master of Education in Counselor Education from Nicholls State University and a Bachelor of Science from Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College at Baton Rouge. Veta has 20 years of experience in K-12 education where she worked as a teacher and a professional school counselor. Veta has great interest in helping underrepresented students to gain access to higher education and explore career options. She is an advocate and supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and her research centers around educating Black students and helping them to successfully complete their degrees. In addition, her research centers on improving admissions policies to be more inclusive of overlooked applicants. Veta’s goal is to work with students beginning in the 8th grade to help them navigate the college application process.

Susan Perry is Research/Data Coordinator at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi. She holds licensure in speech-language and education from the Mississippi Department of Education. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the Academic Language Therapy Association.

Linda L. Piazza, M.S. CCC/SLP is the Owner of Speech Care Associates Provider of speech/language services to preschool children in the Mississippi Delta ASHA STAR

Rachel K. Powell, CCC-SLP, is a past President of the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Rachel received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Southern Mississippi, and her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Louisiana State University. She specializes in language development and disorders, and literacy acquisition and disorders. She has served as a speech-language pathologist and diagnostician in both Louisiana and Mississippi public schools, and is currently employed by Brookhaven School District at a primary school as an SLP and Special Education Instructional Coach. Rachel currently serves as the Mississippi representative for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council, serves on ASHA’s Scientific and Professional Education Board, is the Legislative Chair for MSHA, and is the MSHA State Education Advocacy Liaison (SEAL) to ASHA.

Beverly Ray has been an SLP since 1972. She is owner of Speech Pathology Associates, Inc. in Bogue Chitto, MS.

Haley Rishel, M.A, is an Early Oral Interventionist with The Children’s Center for Communication and Development on the Gulf Park Campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. She teaches and coaches families with children affected by hearing loss to develop listening and spoken language in home, school, and community settings. She holds a Special Education Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi and a Master’s Degree in Early Intervention in Deaf Education from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. Haley has 13 years’ experience working with children with hearing loss and their families in Missouri, Texas, and Mississippi. While in Texas, Haley was the preschool coordinator for Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children, where she co-authored an early childhood curriculum which focuses on the specific needs of students with hearing loss. Before working with children through The Children’s Center, Haley provided services to children with hearing loss and/or developmental delays and their families at Magnolia Speech School and Long Beach School District. Haley is currently the Hearing Resource Consultant for District IX under the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program in Mississippi (EHDI-M) whereby she educates and counsels families with young children with hearing loss and provides information on local resources for audiological testing and management, as well as communication and educational options available in Mississippi. She also teaches both undergraduate and graduate level classes at The University of Southern Mississippi Deaf Education departments.

Christine Ristuccia, M.S. CCC-SLP, received her Master of Science degree in communicative disorders at the University of Redlands, Redlands, CA and a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences from San Diego State University. Christine is an experienced school-based speech-language pathologist who has worked with a wide range of communicative disorders ranging from preschool to adulthood. Christine founded Say It Right in 1999. Her phonemic approach to /r/ remediation, The Entire World of R, sets the standard for efficient, successful correction of /r/ articulation errors. Christine is the author of several books and has spoken throughout the United States on articulation disorders.

Elizabeth Robinette has over 25 years experience in private, school, and hospital settings in New York, Virginia and Maryland, and Vermont. She has extensive experience with dyslexia, learning differences, and the right brain thinker. Trained in Orton Gillingham, Visualizing/Verbalizing Program for Thinking and Comprehension, Lindamood Bell LIPS program, she is passionate about serving the learner with language based learning differences. She earned her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with honors and her B.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Loyola University in Baltimore Maryland, Alpha Sigma Nu.

Pamela Rowe,MA, CCC-SLP is Clinical Director of Pamela Rowe Speech and Music therapy, a speech and music therapy practice in Florida with five locations. She is a published author and national presenter on various topics regarding Speech Language Pathology and supervision.

Sara Schultz, MS, CCC-SLP earned both her undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of South Alabama, completing her education in May of 2004. Sara’s sole intent throughout her educational experience was to help find voices through the use of Augmentative Alternative Communication for those with the most significant physical and intellectual delays in her community. She currently works in the public school setting providing services for students ages 3 - 21 years old with the most significant needs from 3 different school districts.

Deena Seifert, MS, CCC-SLP M.S. from University of Mississippi Deena has a wide experience with pediatric and adult clients in her 25+ year career. She has owned Figure of Speech Therapy, a private practice in Maryland, for 15 years. She is co-author of Test of Semantic Reasoning, and co-founder of Communication APPtitude, which has created InferCabulary and WordQuations apps.

Jan Shook has practiced Speech-Language Pathology since 1985, primarily in Mississippi. Having worked in most all settings and with many populations and ages, has yielded her with a "tapestry of clinical skills". Early Intervention has been at least a part-time segment of her work since 1991 when she attended ASHA Infant Project at George Washington U. in D.C. She organized one of the initial MSHA Legislative Days where EI and mandatory Infant Hearing Screening was suggested to Legislators...later becoming laws. Partially retired, but continuing to work EI, do private Dyslexia evaluations and treatment, and consult with AAC in schools and with adults. "She lives a block off the Beach...and an hour from the French Quarter...."

Mary Lou Sorey MS, CCC-SLP, IBCLC holds the American Speech and Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses’ Neonatal Developmental Care Specialist Designation, and certification by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. Mary Lou serves as feeding specialist in the NICU at UMMC, and has played an integral role in establishing a multidisciplinary developmental team and facilitating developmental care in the NICU. She is a member and Vice President of the Mississippi Breastfeeding Coalition, and currently holds the office of Secretary on the board of directors of the Mississippi Mother’s Milk Bank. Mary Lou has presented on numerous occasions, both locally and statewide, on the topics of infant and pediatric feeding.

Gordon Stanfield, Ph.D has been a practicing clinical audiologist for over 46 years, since graduating from

Indiana University with a Masters in 1967. He served as head of audiology at Keesler Medical Center Audiology for

thirty years. He also operated a private practice in audiology with offices in Biloxi and Pascagoula. During this time he also complexed a PhD in audiology at The University of Southern Mississippi. He was a founding member of

Auditory Verbal International which now is a wing of Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf. He has had special interest in young hearing impaired children, in noise induced hearing loss, noise exposure and hearing aids. He has served as an expert witness and consultant in cases of occupational hearing loss, acoustic trauma, audibility

and the law, and the proper placement of hearing impaired children. He has testified in seven states and lectured in three foreign countries. He presently resides in Gulfport and continues to provide clinical services every four or five weeks, and consults for a national insurance provider on matters relating to hearing services.

 

Dr. Grace Gore Sturdivant is Assistant Professor and Vice Chief of Audiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, specializing in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of adults with hearing loss. She earned her Au.D. from Vanderbilt University Medical School in 2011, prior to which she received a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders from the University of Mississippi.

Alicia Swann, M.C.D, CCC-A, is an educational audiologist and owner of Auditory Processing Center, LLC, in Clinton, MS. She has over 20 years’ experience in assessment and treatment of auditory processing disorder (APD). She has worked in both a private practice and a specialized school setting for children with hearing impairment, APD, and language disorders. Her areas of expertise include assessment and intervention for children and adults with APD, developing listening skills in children with communication disorders, and auditory training for cochlear implant recipients and hearing aid users. She has lectured nationally and published research on auditory processing disorders and developing listening skills in children with communication disorders. She received her M.C.D. in Audiology from Auburn University, is board certified in audiology through the American Board of Audiology, a licensed Audiologist by the Mississippi State Board of Health, a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, a certified member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, and a licensed Audiology Educator by the Mississippi Department of Education. Her passion for helping children with listening comprehension problems led to the development of the Auditory Processing Center, LLC, to help meet the needs for APD evaluation, treatment, and therapy. Due to her expertise, and the high quality and effectiveness of services offered at Auditory Processing Center, she provides consultations internationally, and it is not uncommon patients to travel from other states for evaluations and/or therapy.

Courtney Turner, Au.D., CCC-A is an educational audiologist at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development, as well as an adjunct instructor and clinical supervisor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi. She received her Doctorate of Audiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Turner provides diagnostic and (re)habilitative audiology services to children from birth to 5 years of age, as well as educational support for families and professionals. She currently serves on the Advocacy Committee of the Educational Audiology Association, the Conference Committee of the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and as a STEP Mentor through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Rachel Tyrone is a Speech-Language Pathologist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She specializes in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.

Mallory Upchurch joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center faculty in March 2015 as a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. She attended graduate school at the University of Mississippi where she received a MS degree in speech-language pathology. She is licensed by the state of Mississippi and is certified by American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Her clinical interests are pediatric speech and language, developmental delays and syndromes, pediatric feeding and swallowing, and rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury. She is currently serving as the CEU coordinator for the speech department.

Kathy Wentland MA CCC-SLP has been an instructor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center since 1999. She specializes in assessment and treatment of adults with acquired neurological disorders. Primary interests include augmentative and alternative means of communication and assessment and treatments of adults with acquired neurogenic communication disorders. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Ms. Wentland has extensive experience in inpatient head trauma rehabilitation units, providing cognitive rehabilitation to adults with traumatic brain injury. Certifications include LSVT, Vital Stim, Interactive Metronome and Buteyko Breathing Level I.

Poster Presenters

Rebekah Bosley is a Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate student at the University of Mississippi. She currently works as a research assistant with Dr. Kara Hawthorne and is investigating the subject or first-mentioned bias in adults with intellectual disabilities. Ms. Bosley plans to attend graduate school to earn a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders after graduating in May 2016.

Lucille Davis is a senior student at the University of Mississippi majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Mississippi.

Sarah Fische is an undergrad at the University of Mississippi majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. After graduating in 2018, she plans on getting her masters in Speech-Language Pathology.

Candace Franklin is currently attending the University of Southern Mississippi to earn her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi in May 2016, graduating summa cum laude. During her undergraduate career, Candace wrote an honors thesis titled "The Effect of Easy Onset Time Treatment on Voice Onset Time in Stuttering" under the supervision of Dr. Ramesh Bettagere, CCC-A, CCC-SLP. She presented her research and poster at the Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity at the University of Southern Mississippi and received second place. Candace will graduate with her master's degree from USM in December 2017.

Kimberly Gibson is a senior undergraduate majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Mississippi. Kimberly's research focuses on speech-language pathologists' education, knowledge, and scope of practice in literacy.

Dr. Laura Hahn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Hahn's research focuses on early social, cognitive, and communicative development in infants and young children with neurogenetic disorders.

Dr. Kara Hawthorne is an Assistant Professor of CSD at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Her research focuses on prosodic development in children, as well as the role of prosody in language comprehension in various populations, including ID and cochlear implants.

Dr. Tossi Ikuta is an Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Ikuta is interested in linguistics and neural science, including genetics in neuroimaging

Laticia Johnson is from Ripley, Mississippi. She is a senior at Delta State University. Laticia plans to attend graduate school after receiving a Bachelor's degree from Delta State.

Elizabeth King is an undergraduate senior speech-language pathology student at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. She is a member of the Ina E. Gordy Honors College and serves as treasurer of her local NSSLHA chapter. Her research study was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Marie Byrne, professor at MUW.

Dr. Susan Loveall-Hague is an Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Loveall's research focuses on language and learning in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Janie Park Magee, M.A., CCC-SLP is the Clinical Director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic and an instructor in the Speech and Hearing Science Department at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. Her areas of interest include neurogenic communication disorders, developmental disabilities, the supervisory process and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Mason Mault, B.A. is an Audiology Doctoral Student at The University of Southern Mississippi, and serves as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Nursing at Southern Miss. Mason received his undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2014, and he plans to receive his Doctor of Audiology degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in May, 2018. Mason is very interested in military hearing conservation, and hopes to pursue a career as an Officer in Navy Audiology.

Ollissea Morganfield is a senior attending Delta State University in Cleveland Mississippi. She is originally from Glen Allan Mississippi, and graduated from Riverside High School. She is currently a member of NSSLHA and has completed a minor in Special Education. Ollissea plans to attend graduate school upon completion of her Bachelors degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences to receive a Masters degree. Her goals are to continue to further her education in order to provide the best care possible to others in the field of Speech Pathology.

Allie Neumann is a Master's student studying Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Nikki Osso is a graduate student at the University of Mississippi, her research interests include reading skills, executive function, and the Down syndrome population

Anjani Patel is a graduate student at the University of Mississippi pursuing a master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her research interests include language and speech variations in individuals with developmental disabilities.

Tayler Peoples is currently a senior at Delta State University from Brandon, Mississippi. Tayler is majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Special Education and plans to graduate with her Bachelors in Science from Delta State University in May of 2017. She currently serves as the President of her NSSLHA chapter at her university. Tayler plans to pursue her education in Speech-Language Pathology at the Master's level.

Beverly Ray has been an SLP since 1972. She is owner of Speech Pathology Associates, Inc. in Bogue Chitto, MS.

Madison Savoy is an undergraduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Mississippi. Madison's research interests consist of social and language development in young children with intellectual disabilities.

Anna Scarbrough, a current 3rd year graduate student in the Doctor of Audiology program at the University of Southern Mississippi, earned her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2014.

Amber Watson is a first year graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Mississippi in Oxford in Oxford, MS and received her Bachelor’s Degree in CSD at the University of Alabama.

Quanisha Williams is a Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate student at the University of Mississippi. She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree. As a first year graduate student, Ms. Williams worked as the graduate assistant to Dr. Lennette Ivy, past Chair of the Communication Sciences and Disorders department. She currently works as a graduate/research assistant to Dr. Kara Hawthorne and is investigating the subject or first-mentioned bias in adults with intellectual disabilities. Ms. Williams plans to pursue a career as a speech language pathologist in addition to furthering her education and research in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Stephen Williams, B.S. is an Audiology Doctoral Student at The University of Southern Mississippi, and serves as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Southern Miss. Stephen received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2012, and he plans to receive his Doctor of Audiology degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in May, 2018. Stephen is passionate about hearing conservation in the arts, and plans to work closely with musicians and other performing artists after graduation.

Shelby Wilson is a senior at Delta State University from Panther Burn, MS. She is currently serving as her NSSLHA chapter's NSSLHA and MSHA Liaison. Shelby is to graduate with her bachelor's in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Special Education this May. She plans to attend graduate school this upcoming school year and begin her exciting career helping others!

Alexis Zosel is a sophomore at the University of Mississippi studying Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor focus in Spanish. She is currently involved in research surrounding cochlear implants with Kara Hawthorne.