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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 Assistant Professor 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 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's and Audiologists.


Past 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 FLASHA members 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.


Vice President for Convention

Stephanie L. Schwartz, MS, CCC-SLP
Plantation, FL

I work as an SLP for the Broward County School Board at Sunrise Middle School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I began working in the field in 1988 while attending the University of Florida's Communication Sciences and Disorders program where I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology in 1992. I continued my work in Hillsborough and Broward County Schools and in private practice. I obtained my Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology at Nova Southeastern University in 2000. Throughout my career there has been a diverse population of interest. I have spent numerous years working with children with medically complex needs who are receiving multiple therapy services.


Vice President for Professional Practices in Audiology

Rachel Cohen, AuD, CCC-A, Cert. LSLS

Estero, Florida

Dr. Rachel Cohen is the owner of Dr. Rachel Cohen Audiology, LLC, a private practice in Estero, FL that contracts Educational Audiology services to both Lee and Desoto County School Districts. She is happy to join the FLASHA board as the VP of Professional Practices in Audiology. Dr. Rachel Cohen is fluent in American Sign Language and also is a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. She is looking forward to helping the families and professionals in the state of Florida with any needs relating to hearing loss.


Vice President for Continuing Education

Jennifer Westmoreland, MS, CCC-SLP
Tallahassee, Florida

I am a school based SLP and an SLP business owner, with a strong passion for our field. Being a Tallahassee resident allows me to work with soon to be SLPs through supervision of graduate students from local universities. I am very active on social media and enjoy building connections with SLPs all over the state and country. I look forward to working with current and potential FLASHA members to increase awareness and advocacy for all that SLPs do in Florida, as well as creating exciting continuing education opportunities for our profession.


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.


Vice President for Professional Practices in Speech-Language Pathology

Robin Edge, Ph.D, CCC-SLP
Jacksonville, Florida

Dr. Robin Edge is a Tenured Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at Jacksonville University where she teaches healthcare ethics, fluency disorders, and counseling at the graduate level. Dr. Edge is published in multiple journals including Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Journal of Voice, Journal of Communication Disorders, and Journal of Fluency Disorders.  Before joining academia full-time in 2012, she owned and operated a rehabilitation clinic for 12 years. Her research interests include stuttering, quality of life, and treatment outcomes.  She is the 2018-2020 Florida representative on ASHA’s Advisory Council and is the chair of the Planning Committee for Business Practice and Management for the 2020 ASHA Convention.


Vice President for Communications

Alliete Alfano, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, Cert. 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.


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!


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.