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Board of Directors

President

Lyndsey Zurawski, SLP.D, CCC-SLP
Loxahatchee, Florida

Working as a school-based speech-language pathologists, a small private practice owner, and an adjunct professor provides the ability to see diverse views of the field. My goal is to work closely with the rest of the FLASHA board to address issues facing not only school-based SLPs, but also Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists across the state of Florida to address the various needs and to advocate for our profession.

president@flasha.org



 

Past President Emeritus 

Lisa Garrett, MS, CCC-SLP
Tampa, Florida

I have been involved with FLASHA conventions since I was in graduate school, attending my first FLASHA convention as a graduate student in 2005. I was drawn in by the entire event, the experience, and the connections. Janet Line recruited me to help with the exhibitor committee, and since then I knew I wanted to serve as a volunteer. I have been the Vice President for Convention (2012, 2013 and 2014), and have served in numerous other roles with the board as well as having the honor to serve as your president. 

pastpresident@flasha.org

 
 

President Elect, Secretary and Treasurer

Shannon Halls-Mills, PhD, CCC-SLP
Tallahassee, Florida

I am a native Floridian and have worked as an SLP primarily in education-based settings (eg., public schools, higher education, state department of education) as well as early childhood centers. In all aspects of my career I've worked with other SLP's and Audiologists. As an Academic Faculty member in the School of Communication Science and Disorders, at Florida State University I help train future SLP's and Audiologists. My courses, research and service activities focus on speech, language and literacy development and disorders in children and adolescents, educational policy and practices for students with disabilities, and school-based issues in speech-language pathology. I live in Tallahassee and enjoy advocating at the Capitol for our professions. I've been a FLASHA member for over 15 years and believe our profession needs a strong association to realize further advancement of our professions. It's an honor to serve on the board and work on behalf of Florida's SLP'sand Audiologists. 

 president.elect@flasha.org

 
 

Vice President for Convention

Timothy P. Kowalski, MA, CCC-SLP
Orlando, Florida

Tim has been an active FLASHA member since 1982 and previously served on the FLASHA board as VP for Professional Practices in Speech-Language Pathology. He regularly presents on topics related
to Asperger syndrome and social-pragmatics. It is his goal to use the
experiences acquired from these venues to enhance upcoming FLASHA CE activities.

 vp.convention@flasha.org

 
 

Vice President for Professional Practices in Audiology

B. Judy Oremland, AuD, CCC-A
Coral Springs, Florida

Over my 30 plus years as a clinical and educational audiologist, my professional experiences include working in both the private and public sectors. I have had the privilege of gaining a multitude of experiences that have given me a substantial understanding of the needs of audiologists working in diverse locations. Presently, I work in the Broward County School System as an Educational Audiologist. In addition, I am an Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University and teach future SLPs about the field of audiology. I am a preceptor for third year doctoral students attending the School of Audiology at NSU, thus exposing interns to the field of Educational Audiology. The past five years on the Executive Board has enlightened me with respect to speech and language concerns, and the importance for both professional groups to work together on many similar issues and concerns, including legislative matters and membership growth. As a board member, I stay committed to working on both these issues that affect audiologists in the State of Florida.

vp.audiology@flasha.org

 
 

Vice President for Continuing Education

Sheryl Rosin, PhD, CCC-SLP
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

 Sheryl Rosin Ph.D.,CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and Certified Autism Specialist with 20 years experience in the field. Dr. Rosin has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to evidence-based practices in assessment and intervention for individuals with ASD. She is currently the program director for an international autism project with the Ministry of Education and the University of Medicine and Health Sciences-St. Kitts. Dr. Rosin is the owner and director of Palm Beach Speech-Language Specialists, a Professional Education Instructor with Summit Professional Education, a PLAY Project Consultant, Supervisor, and Trainer, an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University, an adjunct Research Fellow at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Vermont, the chair of the tele-practice committee and the VP for Continuing Education for the Florida Speech-Language Hearing Association. 

vp.continuinged@flasha.org

 
 

Vice President for Educational Services

Joan Clark, MA, CCC-SLP
West Palm Beach, Florida

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.

vp.edservices@flasha.org

 
 

Vice President for Professional Practices in Speech-Language Pathology

Mario Landera, SLPD, BCS-S
Miami, Florida

Mario A. Landera, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Landera specializes in the evaluation and treatment of voice and oropharyngeal swallowing disorders, as well as head and neck cancer speech and swallowing restoration. He is also an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University where he teaches graduate courses on voice and swallowing disorders. Dr. Landera has been involved with FLASHA since he was a graduate student over 10 years ago where he was a student liaison. Since then, he has continued to serve on several committees (membership and multicultural) and has previously held the position of Vice Present for Continuing Education (2013-2015).

vp.slp@flasha.org

 
 

Vice President for Communications

Alliete Alfano, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, LSLS
Miami, Florida

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.

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

vp.communications@flasha.org

 
 

Vice President for Governmental Education

Charlene A. Westman, MA, CCC-SLP
Naples, Florida

Charlene Westman is owner of Building Blocks, Inc., a private practice in Naples, FL that provides Occupational and Speech-language therapies to children.  She has been a FLASHA member since she was enrolled at the University of Florida in the mid 1980’s.  She has served on various committees through the years.  In 2008, she joined the Medicaid task force and began to recognize the need and the benefit of advocating for our clients to representatives of state government, as well as Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration and various private insurance companies.  Recently, providers have needed flexibility and more importantly knowledge on how to best serve our clients and continue our very valuable services.  I’m proud to be a speech-language pathologist and a FLASHA member.  There is strength in numbers, and our voices need to be heard! 

vp.governmentaled@flasha.org

 
 

Vice President for Membership Serivces

Amanda Demane, MA, CCC-SLP
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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.

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. 

vp.membership@flasha.org