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Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association

MSHA Message December 2016

December 05, 2016

MSHA Message: A Quarterly Newsletter for MSHA Members
December 2016
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MSHA Message - A quarterly e-Newsletter for members of the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Message from the President 


2016 is coming to a close and I cannot express the honor I feel to have served the association as president this past year. I have learned more than I knew possible, but one aspect of the presidency that was most apparent to me is this: MSHA lives in the answer. For each issue that arose, MSHA has had a board member, chair, or committee member who was proactive and far-reaching in seeking viable solutions. I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude for the unity, support, and dedication that each board member, chair, and committee member has displayed this past year.

The newsletter this December is unique because at the end of each board member’s report is a link to the MSHA website so that you can view that board member’s year-end report. We want all of you to see the activity of each board member in 2016.  Please click the following link to see the highlights of the President’s section.

Rebecca Lowe
2016 MSHA President


President Elect

It is hard to believe 2017 is just around the corner.  We have had a very busy and productive year.  I have learned so much about the responsibilities and duties of becoming your MSHA president for 2017 serving beside our outstanding president and past-president, Rebecca Lowe and Camille Williams. They have both been irreplaceable in their knowledge and guidance as I prepare for the job of serving as your president. 

Diligent plans are being made by Amy Livingston, membership committee, for Student Advocacy-Legislative Day, January 12, 2017.  The students and board members will be meeting the legislators, as well as, advocating for MSHA.

I am very excited about MSHA Conference 2017.  Conference is going to be a new and exciting experience this year.  Not only have we changed the venue from Jackson to Natchez, we have changed some of the format to shack things up a bit.  We will be entertained by Marshall Ramsey, our motivational speaker during the honors luncheon on Thursday, March 30, 2017.  Mr. Ramsey is known for his award-winning cartoons, entertaining radio program and engaging short stories.  He is a two-time Pulitzer Finalist (2002 and 2006) and now hosts a weekly statewide radio program, Now You’re Talking, on MS Public Radio.  Mr. Ramsay is also a cancer survivor. 

The conference business meeting will take place Friday morning, March 31, 2017 with our ASHA speaker addressing the MSHA membership.  A Praxis Bowl with participants from all Mississippi universities involved in this competition will take place Thursday afternoon, and anyone attending this fun event will receive ASHA CEU’s!

MSHA knows that conference is a great time to renew friendships and network with other professionals.  So---there will be a welcoming reception Wednesday evening and a block party Thursday night.
Besides all of the fun you will have in Natchez, you will be gaining professional knowledge from outstanding speakers your conference chairs, Kim Ward and Amy Rosonet, have procured for this event.  PLEASE mark your calendars for March 29 (pre-conference) through March 31, 2017.  You do not want to miss this outstanding conference! 

2016 Year End Report

Claudette Edwards
Past President

My term on the MSHA Executive Board presidential committee now comes to a close.  It has been a tremendous honor and privilege as well as a highlight of my professional career to have served in statewide leadership for the profession.  A rewarding sense of accomplishment for the state association, its members, and clients; an immense amount of professional growth; and the development of professional friendships among the board members and other professionals from across MS and other states will be treasured for a lifetime. My sincere hope is that the strength and power of professional unity in vision and mission coupled with a positive spirit will continue to be reflected by each MSHA executive board and committee, resulting in strong support for all MS professionals and increasingly more accomplishments for the communication-impaired. 

Enjoy reviewing the actions of the MSHA 2016 past president by clicking the attached link.

Camille Williams
2016 MSHA Past President
2017 MSHA Conference



If you are seeking CEUs for the conference please be sure to verify that we have your correct ASHA number and employer in your profile by clicking on the "Update my Profile" link in the Quick Navigation links BEFORE you start your registraton.  If we don't have your ASHA number or don't have your correct ASHA number and your employer, you will not be able to submit your CEUs at the close of the conference. Unfortunately, you will be required to pay a $40 administrative fee if we have to re-open the system or request an update to your ASHA number to allow you to submit your CEUs.

Also, please be sure to turn in your ASHA CEU paper forms at conference.

Kimberly Ward, Au.D, CCC-A, FAAA - 2016 MSHA Conference Chair

Amy Rosonet, M.S., CCC-SLP - 2016 MSHA Conference Co-Chair 


Healthcare issues have included a focus on telepractice and a pursuit of knowledge about HIPAA.  STAR representative Linda Piazza has obtained a Medicaid presentation useful in advocating for services.

Angie Brunson has joined Yolanda Currie-Pope as co-StAMP.  Laurie Havens of ASHA compares the uncertainly of 2017 as that of a fortune teller looking into a crystal ball.  The healthcare committee is organized and will get the knowledge quickly to ensure continual, quality service delivery.

2016 Year End Report Healthcare

2016 Year End Report Star

Jeffalyn Trammell
VP: Healthcare



As we finish up a successful and busy 2016, I am looking forward to the challenges and promises the New Year holds! In 2016, the MSHA Audiology Committee worked with the Legislative Committee to lobby for insurance companies to be required to cover hearing aids for children in our state. Although this legislation was not successful, we will continue to advocate for children with hearing loss in our state in the 2017 legislative session.

The audiology committee will also continue to focus on ways to improve the newborn hearing screening follow-up testing protocol and loss-to-follow-up rate and begin to discuss the threat posed by online hearing device sales.

I hope each of you have a fun and restful holiday season! I look forward to seeing each of you at the continuing education conference in Natchez in March!

2016 Year End Report

Emily York
VP: Audiology
School Issues
Can you believe it is December and very soon we will be entering into 2017?!  It has been a true honor to serve as your VP of Schools Issues during the 2016 year and I look forward to continuing to serve in 2017.  I cannot thank you enough for your support and passion of our work to make our students’ lives more functional and joyful- communication is truly a gift!
The schools committee is very excited to confirm that we will be hosting a track at MSHA Conference 2017 specifically designed for the needs of 216 license holders!  We also are hoping to add in resources and information for 215 license holders that are supervising 216’s.  Please help us share this exciting information and if you have 216’s in your district, encourage them to attend this opportunity for professional growth and development.   They will be able to receive continuing education credits towards their Mississippi Department of Education license through Mississippi College.
Finally, the Employee Satisfaction Survey is still available by visiting the MSHA website.  A pop-up window has been added that can easily direct you to the survey.  This survey is used to help guide the needs of our schools based membership and share your thoughts and opinions with MDE.
Please remember, the schools committee would like to welcome any MSHA member with a passion for the school setting to join our group. Please contact me if you are interested:

Thank you and Merry Christmas and have blessed New Year!

2016 Year End Report

Melissa Ladner, M.S., CCC-SLP
VP: School Issues
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2016 Year End Report

Edie Jones
VP: PR & Marketing


Thank you to all of our new MSHA members and to those of you who renewed your membership.  This year our student membership has grown tremendously and we are happy to have student involvement in our state organization.  These students are the future of our profession.  It is truly an honor to serve alongside so many dedicated, caring, devoted, talented, hard-working professionals within MSHA.  If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please email  Your efforts as a speech language pathologist and/or audiologist in the state of Mississippi are truly appreciated!

2016 Year End Report

Heather Card
Membership Chair

Continuing Education

As Continuing Education Vice President, I look forward to a successful 2017 conference.  I am thrilled and excited about the upcoming conference in Natchez with all of the exciting speakers and festivities planned.

2016 Year End Report

Anita Apperley
VP: Continuing Education

2016 Year End Report

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Natchez Convention Center
Natchez, Mississippi

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