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2018 FLASHA Elections
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As a member of FLASHA, it is your privilege and responsibility to choose your leadership. It is your privilege and responsibility to choose your leadership.

 

According to association bylaws, the Nominating Committee has prepared the following ballot for your consideration. All REGULAR members of the association are eligible to cast their vote. Voting will be held through the FLASHA website until April 30, 2018. Upon conclusion of the online elections, a final slate of officers will be made available, and their positions will be ratified during the FLASHA Membership Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Saturday, July 28, 2018. 

 

Having been duly qualified and meeting the eligibility requirements, Immediate Past-President and chairperson of the Nominating Committee, Lisa Garrett, is please to offer the below slate of candidates for consideration. Please take a moment to review the slate, candidate qualifications, and candidate statements. 

 

Once you have reviewed the slate, please click on the cast your ballot link at the bottom of this page. 

 

Vice President of Governmental Education

  • The Vice President for Governmental Education shall be responsible for all activities related to legislative and governmental issues.
  • The Vice President for Governmental Education shall observe the general duties of FLASHA Executive Board members as described in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • The Vice President for Governmental Education serves a two-year term.

Candidates

Charlene Westman, M.A., CCC-SLP (incumbent)
Building Blocks, Inc. 
Owner, Speech-language Pathologist

Education

  • BA, University of Florida 1985
  • MA, University of Florida 1987

Service to FLASHA

  • Member, 1985 - Present
  • Member Early Intervention Committee, 1990
  • Member Poster Child Committee, 1990
  • Member Speech-Language Pathology Standards Committee, 1990
  • Member FLASHA Medicaid Task Force, 2008 – Present
  • Presentations at Annual FLASHA Conferences for several years.
  • Vice-President of Governmental Education, 2016-present

 Service to ASHA

  •  Member, 1987 - Present
  • Poster Session Annual Conference in 1987

 Other Professional Activities

  • Miami Area Communication Specialists (MACs) Member 1989 – 1992;
  • MACs Library Committee Chair – 1989
  • MACs Secretary – 1990
  • MACs Treasurer - 1991
  • Pediatric Special Interest Group (Miami) since 1990
  • Chair, Service Committee
  • President, 1991 – 1992
  • American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and
  • Audiology (AAPPSPA) 2002 – Present Member; 2005 – 2006, Secretary

Community Involvement           

  • Autism Society of America, Chapter #555, Southwest Florida 1996-Board Member, 1997- Secretary
  • Collier County Pre-K Interagency Coordinating Council 1996- Council Member, 1997 Secretary,          1998-1999- Chairperson                                                                                    
  • John Maxwell Biasco Autism Resource Foundation of Southwest Florida 2000-2001 President, 2000-2004 Trustee                                                                                                                        
  • ChADD- Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (Collier County) 2002-2004 Professional Advisory Board                                                                                                                   
  • Collier County Public Schools 2004-2005 Reading Steering Committee                                         
  • Southwest Florida Therapy Providers 2011 to present-  Co-Chair    

 Honors and/or Awards

  • ASHA ACE Award 1991, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013                                                                               
  • FLASHA President’s Award 2009                                                                                                
  • University of Florida President’s award for Outstanding Leadership 1986              

 What do you feel makes you uniquely qualified to serve in the position for which you seek election?

In my role as FLASHA’s Vice-President for Governmental Education for the past two years, I have worked closely FLASHA Medicaid Task Force and the FLASHA SLPA Task Force.  Our biggest accomplishments have been working with the licensure board to improve the rules that govern supervision and on-the-job training for licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistants.  Additionally, much has been accomplished in working with AHCA and Florida Medicaid MMAs to helps Medicaid therapy providers better serve their clients.  As an example, I’ve worked closely with Children’s Medical Services to enhance the efficiency of their credentialing process as well as educating them regarding those completing Clinical Fellowships (CFs.)  As a result, CFs are now able to be fully credentialed providers for CMS.  My role as a Medicaid Task Force member for ten years prepared me well to advocate for the needs of FLASHA members, particularly in the areas of Medicaid, and other state-run programs.  All of this has been quite a group effort.  I still believe strongly that there is power in numbers and if we work together we can make a big difference!

What do you see as the most important issues facing our professions and how would you respond to these issues as a FLASHA Board member?

 I believe that the privatization of Medicaid remains an important issue to many of our members.             Members in private practice, hospitals, early intervention and schools can all be impacted by the decisions of the State of Florida, the Agency for Healthcare Administration, and individual       private insurance companies.  As Vice President for Governmental Education, I will work to      encourage fellow professionals to get involved and advocate on these issues.  I will work with   state legislators, AHCA, and all other entities to ensure that the best interest of all FLASHA members, and the consumers we serve, are represented.        

Vice President of Educational Services

  • The Vice President for Educational Services shall be responsible for all activities related to professional practices in educational settings, and to assist in the implementation of legislative and government issues related to the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology in this setting.
  •  The Vice President for Educational Services shall observe the general duties of FLASHA Executive Board members as described in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
  •  The Vice President for Educational Services serves a two-year term.

Candidates

Joan Clark, M.A., CCC-SLP
School District of Palm Beach County
Speech-language Pathologist

Education

  • MA, George Washington University, 1989

Service to FLASHA

  • Member, Workload Taskforce

Service to ASHA

  • Member, Committee for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
  • Member, Convention Topic Committee

Other Professional Activities

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha National Service Sorority (1979 to present)

Community Involvement             

Honors and/or Awards

  • ASHA ACE Award            

What do you feel makes you uniquely qualified to serve in the position for which you seek election?

In my current role as an SLP Administrator, my job responsibilities include advocating for allocation of SLPs, workload consideration, professional development, management of over 400 positions (including contract therapists), and interfacing with other Administrators and private vendors as well, to provide quality speech and language services to our students in a "very large" district. My career began in private practice, then as a school based SLP; which provides me with first hand knowledge and experience of the role of a school based SLP.

What do you see as the most important issues facing our professions and how would you respond to these issues as a FLASHA Board member?

The most important issues facing our profession are: ~Workload/caseload/allocation - I will continue work with the committee to get the caseload cap for SLPs into FL law, and investigate current trends in allocation of Audiologists in schools ~Keeping abreast of current trends - I would work to provide relevant, affordable professional development for Audiologists and SLPs

 

Vice President of Membership

  • The Vice President of Membership shall be responsible for all activities related to the recruitment and retention of membership within the association, and to assist with growing membership across all areas. 
  •  The Vice President for Membership shall observe the general duties of FLASHA Executive Board members as described in the Policies and Procedures Manual. 
  •  The Vice President for Membership serves a two-year term.

Candidates

Amanda Demane, M.A., CCC-SLP 
University of Miami
Speech-language Pathologist

Education

  • MA, University of Central Florida

Service to FLASHA

  • Member, Membership Committee
  • Member, Student Liaison Committee
  • Chair, Student Liaison Committee

Service to ASHA

  • Graduate NSSLHA President (University of Central Florida)

Other Professional Activities

  • American Speech-Language & Hearing Association, 2008-Present
  • Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech Disorders (Special Interest Group 2), Member 2013-Present
  • Voice and Voice Disorders (Special Interest Group 3), Member 2013-Present
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Special Interest Group 12), Member 2015-Present
  • Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Special Interest Group 13), Member 2013-Present
  • Dysphagia Research Society, 2015-Present
  • Associate Member 2015-Present National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders, 2015-Present
  • Member 2015-Present Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer Miami Group Chapter 2015-Present
  • Weight Loss, Oral Intake, and Pain After Oropharyngeal Cancer, Presented American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Annual Meeting, San Diego, C.A., Sept., 2016.
  • Dysphagia Awareness Month, University of Miami, Head and Neck Support Group Deerfield Beach, FL, June, 2016.
  • Dysphagia Grand Rounds, FLASHA Annual Convention, Orlando, FL, May 2016.
  • Better Speech and Hearing Month, University of Miami, Head and Neck Support Group Deerfield Beach, FL, May, 2016.
  • Swallow Outcomes Following Organ Preservation Based on Pre-Swallow Status, Poster Presented at Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting, Tucson, Arizona, February 2016.
  • Dysphagia Grand Rounds, FLASHA Annual Convention, Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 2015.
  • Communication Options Following Total Laryngectomy New Voice Club of South Florida, Fort Lauderdale, FL May 2015.
  • Voice and Speech Challenges after Head and Neck Cancer: Obstacles, Options, Strategies and Aids University of Miami, Head and Neck Support Group Deerfield Beach, FL, October, 2015

Community Involvement             

  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Sylvester Cancer Center at Deerfield Beach Co –Facilitator, 2015-Present
  • Patient Experience Team Sylvester Cancer Center at Plantation Committee Member, 2016 (Inaugural Year)-Present
  • World Voice Day Celebration Presented by the Vocal Health Collaborative at the University of Miami Social Media and Marketing Committee Member, 2015-Present
  • Clinical Fellow Co-Supervisor, 2014-2015 Speech Language Pathology Division Department of Otolaryngology University of Miami Miller School of Medicine American Cancer Society ACS CAN Volunteer 2016- Present
  • Active Volunteer for Relay for Life Committee Volunteer: 2017 ACS CAN SOUTH FLORIDA POLICY FORUM ON ACCESS TO CARE
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Committee Member: Advocacy Lead ACS CAN Chair 2018

 Honors and/or Awards

  • American Speech-Language & Hearing Association Award for Continuing Education (ACE), 2016

What do you feel makes you uniquely qualified to serve in the position for which you seek election?

As a FLASHA Member and Membership committee member, I feel confident given my roles and responsibilities over the past year that I have worked with great determination to advocate for membership and amplifying involvement across our state in all levels of our field. My passion and drive to develop and enhance communication from the student level to the level of seasoned members, will be a key factor working towards achieving great success in this role.

What do you see as the most important issues facing our professions and how would you respond to these issues as a FLASHA Board member?Advocacy regarding access to care and services for patients and professionals is an issue that we are constantly facing although this is evolving over time. Living in a rural area, lack of transpiration or reduced ability to locate a qualified clinician closer to home is an ongoing challenge. As a Board member, I believe it will allow me the opportunity to advocate through our members and their communities while facilitating communication and connectivity throughout our state organization. Our membership committee could potentially create a platform for unifying clinicians across our state and across levels of experience and settings. 

 

Vice President of Communications

  • The Vice President of Membership shall be responsible for all activities related to the recruitment and retention of membership within the association, and to assist with growing membership across all areas. 
  • The Vice President for Membership shall observe the general duties of FLASHA Executive Board members as described in the Policies and Procedures Manual. 
  • The Vice President for Membership serves a two-year term.

Candidates

Alliette Alfano, Pd.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS 
Florida International University
The Alfano Center
Speech-language Pathologist

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Miami

Service to FLASHA

  • Member 1998-present
  • Member of LSLS Track Convention Programming,
  • 2018 VP for Governmental Education
  • 2014-2016 Member of Convention Programming
  • 2009-2011 Medicaid Task Force Member
  • 2014-Present FLASHA Annual Convention 2017: -1 hour invited presentation "Current Issues in Speech and Language Development for HispanicBilingual Children with Hearing Loss" -Poster Session entitled "Language Usage in Hispanic-Deaf Households Using ASL" -Poster Session entitled "Speech Production in Bilingual Children with Hearing Loss"
  • FLASHA Annual Convention 2011: -1 Hour Invited Presentation entitled "Diagnostics Overview"
  • FLASHA Annual Convention 2010: -Hour Invited Presentation entitled "Deafness: A Multicultural Case Study: 8 Years Later" -2 Hour Invited Presentation entitled "Assessment and Treatment Options for Bilingual Populations - An Update"
  • FLASHA Annual Convention 2009: -1 Hour Co-Presentation entitled "Communication and Culture: Implications for Hispanic Mothers with Deaf Children"
  • FLASHA Annual Convention 2003: -2 Hour Co-Presentation entitled "Deafness: A Multicultural Case Study" -1 Hour Co-Presentation entitled "Multicultural Issues Panel" -Poster Session entitled "Naming and Speech Production in a Bilingual Child Pre- and Post-Cochlear Implantation"
  • FLASHA Annual Convention 2002: -1 Hour Co-Presentation entitled "Cleft Palate, Apraxia, and Sign Language: a Trilingual Case Study" FLASHA Annual Convention 2001: -3 Hour Co-Presentation entitled "Assessment Options for Bilingual (Spanish/English and ASL/English) Populations"

Service to ASHA

  • Member since 1998-present
  • Member of Special Interest Division 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
  • Elected to the Steering Committee for 2002 - 2004
  • Topic Committee Members for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity,
  • Convention 2018 Multicultural Issues Planning Group Member for ASHA Conference
  • 2002 ASHA Annual Convention 2017: -Poster Session entitled "Adaptation of the Conditioned Assessment of Speech Production (CASP) in Spanish" -Poster Session entitled "Speech Production in Bilingual Children with Hearing Loss"
  • ASHA Annual Convention 2014: -2 Hour Co-Presentation entitled "Cultural and Linguistic Considerations Across the Discipline"
  • ASHA Annual Convention 2002: -Poster Session entitled "Naming and Speech Production in a Bilingual Child Pre- and Post-Cochlear Implantation"
  • ASHA Annual Convention 2001: -3 Hour Co-Presentation entitled "Assessment Options for Bilingual (Spanish/English and ASL/English) Populations"

Other Professional Activities

  • University of Miami Department of Teaching and Learning TAL 681: Methods for Communication and Language in Young Children
  • March 2013 1 Hour Invited Guest Lecturer for presentation entitled "The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in Early Language Development" TAL 425: Inclusion in the Elementary School October 2009 1 Hour Invited Guest Lecturer for presentation entitled "Teaching Students with Hearing Loss" TAL 638: Communication and Consultation Skills in Special Education
  • July 2004 1 Hour Invited Guest Lecturer for presentation entitled "Speech-Language Pathology" TAL 651: Diagnosis of Reading and Related Learning Disabilities
  • February 2004 1 Hour Invited Guest Lecturer for presentation entitled "Informal Assessment Review: Language Sampling for Mean Length of Utterances" TAL 630: Theories and Models of Learning Disabilities
  • September 2003 1 Hour Invited Guest Lecturer for presentation entitled "Learning Disabilities and Language Disorders" for University of Miami School of Medicine January 2012 1 Hour Invited Lecturer for the 17th Annual Medical Issues and the Growing Child Conference, "Topics in Pediatric Hearing Loss: A Multidisciplinary Approach" Deaf Family Literacy Academy
  • December 2011 1 Hour Invited Guest Panelist for presentation entitled "Keys to a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child's Success: Interactive Panel Discussion" for program "Signing Stories at Your Library" Alliance for Families with Deaf Children
  • October 2007 1 Hour Invited Guest Lecturer for presentation entitled "Language Development Milestones" for program "Signing Stories at Your Library" 2nd Annual Bilingual Symposium - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico August 2-3, 2002 Poster Session entitled "Naming and Speech Production in a Bilingual Child Pre- and Post-Cochlear Implantation" Miami Association of
  • Communication Specialists (MACS) -Member -1998-2006 -Vice President for Continuing Education, 2003-2005
  • Publications: Alfano, A. R. (2015) Professional Supporting the Whole Child and Family: Bilingual Children with Hearing Loss Volta Voices, 22(4), 18-21. Alfano, A. R. (2007) Communication and Culture: Implications for Hispanic Mothers with Deaf Children (Doctoral Dissertation) Alfano, A. R. (2017). Communication between Spanish-speaking mothers and their children with hearing loss who use ASL. Manuscript under peer-review currently for publication. Standardizations: Janelle Publications o Fall 2015:
  • Participated in the standardization of the Structured Photographic Articulation Test-D III (SPAT-D III) Pearson " Summer 2010: Participated in the standardization of the Preschool Language Scales-5 Spanish (PLS-5 Spanish) Janelle Publications " Spring 2010: Participated in the standardization of the Spanish Structured Photographic Expressive Language Test 3 (SPELT-3) Western Psychological Services "
  • Winter-Spring 2010: Participated in the standardization of The Oral and Written Language Scales-Second Edition (OWLS-II) Super Duper, Inc. "
  • August 2007 - October 2007: Participated in the standardization of Contextual Probes for Articulation Competence-Spanish (CPAC-S) The Center for Bilingual Speech and Language Disorders, Inc. " January 2002 - April 2004: Collect data regarding naming, speech production, and auditory discrimination in a bilingual male with a cochlear implant for a case study " July 2000 - April 2004: Collect data regarding deaf subjects' responses to the Oral and Written Language Scales (OWLS) in oral English and with the addition of Sign Language The Psychological Corporation "
  • Summer 2003: Participated in the standardization of the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals Preschool - Second Edition (CELF:P-2) in English "
  • Summer 2002: Participated in the standardization of the Neglieri Nonverbal Assessment Test (NNAT) with deaf subjects "
  • Winter 2001: Participated in the national standardization of the Preschool Language Scale-4th Edition (PLS-4), in Spanish and in English "
  • Summer 2000: Participated in the national item tryout for the Preschool Language Scale-4th Edition (PLS-4) in English and Spanish Pro-ed "
  • June 2001: Participated in the normative data collection of the Receptive Expressive Emergent Language Test-Third Edition (REEL-3) Academic Therapy Publications "
  • Spring 2000: Participated in the standardization of the Expressive and Receptive One-Word Picture Vocabulary Tests-Spanish Bilingual Editions (E/ROWPVT-SBE)

Community Involvement             

  • Girl Scout Troop Leader, 2014-present (Troop 332)

Honors and/or Awards

  • Communication and Culture: Implications for Hispanic Mothers with Deaf Children Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Research Grant Award (2007), $2500 Alliete Alfano, P.I.
  • Mentoring Academic Research Careers (MARC) Mentoring program, 2015-2016
  • Recipient of Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in the amount of $60,000 to fund the Deaf Family Literacy Academy of Dade and Broward Counties for 2013-2014
  • Recipient of Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in the amount of $60,000 to fund the Deaf Family Literacy Academy of Dade and Broward Counties for 2012-2013
  • Recipient of Volunteer USA's Family Literacy Initiative in the amount of $60,000 to fund the Deaf Family Literacy Academy of Dade and Broward Counties for 2011-2012
  • Recipient of Volunteer USA's Family Literacy Initiative in the amount of $60,000 to fund the Deaf Family Literacy Academy of Dade and Broward Counties for 2010-2011
  • Recipient of Preparation of Personnel in Minority Institutions/Doctoral Preparation Program Grant at the University of Miami, 2003-2006
  • Award for Continuing Education (ACE) August 2014, June 2011, July 2010, July 2007, May 2005, September 2003, December 2002, June 2002, October 2001, March 2001
  • Member, Golden Key National Honor Society, 1995-1996
  • Member, Lambda Pi Eta, National Communication Honor Society, 1995-1996
  • Dean's List 1994-1996
  • Member, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, 1993
  • College Honors Transfer Program Scholarship, 1992-1993

What do you feel makes you uniquely qualified to serve in the position for which you seek election?

 My extensive work in several committees and in executive board positions for FLASHA, ASHA, and MACS, paired with my ability to navigate through social media to garner excitement and interest in specific topics make me uniquely qualified to serve in this position.

What do you see as the most important issues facing our professions and how would you respond to these issues as a FLASHA Board member?

The most important issues currently facing our members include caseload sizes, insurance coverage for our services, and changing landscapesin service delivery including teletherapy and diverse populations. 

 Gwen Kowalski, MA, CCC-SLP
Orange County Schools
Speech-language Pathologist

Education

  • North Michigan University

Service to FLASHA

  • I've been a practicing speech and language pathologist for 38 years in a variety of settings - hospital, rehab centers, SNF, private practice, and private and public schools.
  • Member of FLASHA for 35 years.
  • I have presented at FLASHA conventions and one ASHA convention that was in Orlando.
  • I have been licensed in the state of Florida for about 36 years.

Service to ASHA

  • Member of ASHA for 36 years. 

Other Professional Activities

  • Member of Council for Exceptional Children (1980s-1990s)
  • Co-sponsored seminars on Medicare

Community Involvement             

  • Member of St. John Lutheran Church since 1989, on church council for 3 years
  • Head of  Auction committee for church gala event in 2016 and 2017
  • Member of PTA at Edgewater High school where I was head of the Scholarship committee (2003-2005)
  • Volunteer recruiter for University of Miami from 2012 to the present

Honors and/or Awards

  • ASHA Ace Award - 1980s

What do you feel makes you uniquely qualified to serve in the position for which you seek election?

I have been an active member of FLASHA for several years.  In addition, I  believe through my experiences on a variety of professional and community organizations, I know the importance of communication through a variety of personal and electronic methods in order to keep FLASHA members informed and up to date. 

What do you see as the most important issues facing our professions and how would you respond to these issues as a FLASHA Board member?

I believe it is important for FLASHA members to know what is going on in the legislature that will ultimately positively or negatively affect their jobs (caseload, Medicaid, Medicare, insurances, and licensure requirements). In Communications, I would help disseminate this important information to FLASHA members. 

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