Leon “Jigger” Sirois
For Leon Sirois, trauma of being in a tornado at age three caused muteness for several days. When Mr. Sirois resumed talking, he stuttered. It began to control him in the third grade as therapy was nonexistent. Feelings of embarrassment, shame, inferiority and fear were prevalent, although self-pity wasn’t. Lengthy therapy after high school wasn’t effective, but he persevered and became 85% fluent at age 65. One hundred hours of intensive therapy at Hollins Communications Research Institute in Roanoke, Virginia, changed his life and inspired his dedication to helping people who have this affliction, youngsters in particular.
Mr. Sirois will present My History of Stuttering during the luncheon on Friday. Pre-registration is required.
Susan Adams, JD
Susan is the director for state legislative and regulatory advocacy at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is responsible for advancing the public policy objectives of ASHA by representing the Association in all phases of state legislative and regulatory advocacy on state licensing and certification, relative to education and health-related matters. Susan has lobbied nationwide and presented in numerous venues on advocacy. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Towson University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Ms. Adams will present Advocating for the Professions and Yourself and Stretch Your Knowledge of Telepractice: Service Delivery, Regulation, Reimbursement on Friday and Embarking on Your Career: Understanding Issues Impacting the Professions on Saturday.
Elise Davis-McFarland, PhD, CCC-SLP
Elise Davis-McFarland, PhD, CCC-SLP, has enjoyed a rewarding career in higher education that includes teaching, development, and leadership of speech-language pathology programs; research; and executive-level college administration. She began her career as a school speech-language pathologist (SLP) in North Carolina. Following an audiology internship at the VA and Duke Hospitals and graduate study, she joined the faculty of the University of Houston. In Charleston, South Carolina—in the absence of an academic program in her discipline—she was able to take on new experiences, first as vice president of Governmental Affairs for the Charleston Chamber of Commerce and later as director of Institutional Research at The Citadel. Dr. Davis-McFarland was also a commissioner for the state’s Medicaid program. At the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the opportunity to develop and lead the interdisciplinary graduate Communication Sciences and Disorders program led to a teaching award and to her research at the MUSC hospital. Later, she became vice president for Student Affairs at Trident College, where she provided executive-level leadership. Dr. Davis-McFarland’s interest in international practice led to a Rotary Faculty Fellowship to teach speech-language pathology at the Medical University of Southern Africa. Her interest in global issues in the speech-language pathology profession continues.
Dr. Davis-McFarland’s service to ASHA includes current President-Elect, membership on the Committee on Practice Guidelines for SLPs, the Professional Practices Committee, the Ethics Committee, the Executive Board Subcommittee on Examination Performance, and the Multicultural Issues Board. She was one of ASHA’s representatives on the committee formed by ASHA and the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC). She chaired the Committee on Honors and was the coordinator for SIG 14. Currently, she serves on the SLP Advisory Council, the SIG 17 Coordinating Committee, and ASHA’s Ad Hoc Committee for Technical Support to the Ministry of Health of Guyana. She has also been a reviewer for Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. Her areas of research and publication include speech and language development in infants and children with HIV-AIDS, multicultural issues in language assessment, literacy development, and pediatric dysphagia.
Dr. Davis-McFarland will present Children Living in Poverty: Evidence Based Assessment and Intervention Strategies and Ethics for School SLPs and CFY Supervisors on Friday and Meet with ASHA’s President-Elect on Saturday.
Kelly Farquharson, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Farquharson is a speech-language pathologist, assistant professor and director of the Children Literacy and Speech Sound Lab at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Her research interests include school-aged children with phonological and language disorders, the effect of those disorders on the acquisition of literacy skills and the cognitive, environmental and academic factors that contribute to phonological and language disorders. Prior to pursuing a research degree, she was a school-based speech-language pathologist in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Farquharson will present Persistent Speech Sound Disorders: Cognitive Implications for Assessment and Treatment on Saturday.
Meredith Finnie, MS, CCC-SLP
Meredith Finnie is a speech-language pathologist and the New England Regional Director with EBS Healthcare. She is currently licensed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut and holds her Massachusetts Teacher Certification as well as her CCCs from AHSA. Meredith is very active in the Massachusetts Speech-Language Hearing Association holding various positions and is currently the VP of Administration. Meredith has spent the past 14 years working with the pediatric population in various school districts and has provided speech-language services to children K0-12th grade. Meredith has supervised countless Clinical Fellows in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut during her career with EBS.
Mrs. Finnie will facilitate the Student Praxis Bowl on Friday.
Ellayne Ganzfried, MS, CCC-SLP
Ms. Ganzfried is a speech-language pathologist and the former executive director of the National Aphasia Association. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Ellayne has created and managed several speech, hearing and rehabilitation programs in New York and Massachusetts. She is an adjunct instructor at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. Ellayne has written articles and presented regionally, nationally and internationally on a variety of topics including aphasia, advocacy, rehabilitation and leadership skills.
Mona Greenfield, PhD, CCC-SLP, LCSW
Dr. Greenfield is a speech-language pathologist and clinical social worker. She has taught in many graduate programs in speech-language pathology, including New York University, and has supervised and trained students in speech-language pathology and social work. She has lectured nationally and internationally. For the past 13 years, she has blended her training in speech-language pathology and social work by founding and directing the Metropolitan Communication Associates and in her private practice.
Caroline Knight, BA
Caroline is an award winning student-director with a special interest in non-fiction film. As a Nashville native living in Knoxville, Tennessee, Caroline works as a director, photographer and editor while earning her degree from the University of Tennessee. Caroline is drawn to broad social issues while her work narrows on the individual successes. Caroline plans to graduate with a degree in Cinema Studies in the spring of 2017. Still Sophie is her second short documentary film.
Mr. Golden is a practicing emergency medical technician (EMT) and former critical care and flight paramedic with North-Shore LIJ and New York Presbyterian Emergency Medical Service. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and has extensive experience as a practicing paramedic both in the United States and with Magen Adom David in Israel. After experiencing a stroke in 2007, and experiencing resulting aphasia, he now educates the medical and lay community and advocates for aphasia awareness.
Ms. Honigsberg was an acquisitions editor of academic medical books. In 2009, she had a stroke, resulting in aphasia and hemiparesis. She has worked hard on her recovery and continues to be involved in many activities. She volunteers for several organizations including iMentor, AmeriCorps Literacy Program, SHARE – a breast and ovarian cancer support organization, Center for Independence of the Disabled and English Speaking Union (ESU) as an English conversation tutor. Ms. Honigsberg readily shares her story and is an aphasia advocate.
Ms. Ganzfried, Dr. Greenfield, Ms. Knight, Mr. Golden and Ms. Honigsberg will present The Word Escapes Me: Voices of Aphasia on Friday with an encore presentation on Saturday.
Lisa Haynes, MS, CCC-SLP
Ms Haynes is manager of clinical affairs at Lingraphica, a health care technology company offering long-term solutions for individuals with speech-language and cognitive challenges through software and innovation. Lisa has extensive experience in AAC and working with individuals with aphasia. She graduated from Kansas State University with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. During her career, Ms. Haynes worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities and as director of AAC services.
Swathi Kiran, PhD, CCC-SLP
Swathi Kiran is professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Boston University and Assistant in Neurology/Neuroscience at Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to Boston University, she was at University of Texas at Austin. She received her doctorate from Northwestern University. Her research interests focus around lexical semantic treatment for individuals with aphasia, bilingual aphasia and neuroimaging of brain plasticity following a stroke. She has more than 70 publications and her work has appeared in high impact journals across a variety of disciplines including cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, rehabilitation, speech language pathology and bilingualism. She is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and serves on various journal editorial boards and grant review panels including at National Institutes of Health. Her work has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health/NIDCD and American Speech Language Hearing Foundation awards including the New Investigator grant, the New Century Scholar’s Grant and the Clinical Research grant. She is the co-founder and scientific advisor for Constant Therapy, a software platform for rehabilitation tools after brain injury.
Dr. Kiran is Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Boston University. She examines language treatment for individuals with aphasia, bilingual aphasia and neuroimaging of brain plasticity. She has over 80 publications in high impact journals of cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, rehabilitation, speech language pathology and bilingualism.
Ms. Haynes and Dr. Kiran will present How Can Technology Enable Rehabilitation in Chronic Aphasia? on Saturday.
Linda Hazard, EdD
Dr. Hazard is the director of the Vermont Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program. She has a master’s degree in audiology and a doctorate in leadership and social policy. Dr. Hazard is also a consultant for Utah State University through NCHAM as a quality improvement advisor for EHDI programs. Dr Hazard has published and presented nationally and internationally. She is currently the STAR and habilitation representative for Vermont, past president for DSHPSHWA and was recently appointed to the Medicaid committee for ASHA. Dr. Hazard received the Antonia Brancia Maxon Award in 2017 for EHDI Excellence.
Dr. Hazard will present Do States Have a Role in Health Reform? Habilitation Advocacy in Vermont on Friday and The Importance of Congress Re-Authorizing the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Bill during the Friday luncheon.
Kathleen Howland, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Howland is both a speech-language pathologist and music therapist. For the past 35 years, she has worked with a variety of clinical populations using music to enhance speech, language, cognition and movement in habilitation and rehabilitation settings. Her doctoral studies in music and cognition have informed and supported her interest in bridging the communities of science and art in order to identify best practices. She filmed a TEDx talk entitled How Music Can Heal Our Brain and Heart that has been seen by more than 41,000 viewers. She is the founder of Music Therapy Tales which collects clinical stories about the beauty and power of music in addressing a wide variety of diseases and disorders.
Megan Quimby, MS, CCC-SLP
Ms. Quimby is a speech-language pathologist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She obtained her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology at Boston University. In the past, she has worked at an adult day health program, Constant Therapy (a speech-language iPad application company) and MGH as a research assistant doing Alzheimer’s research. She provides evaluation and treatment services that focus on facilitating functional communication to patients with progressive language disorders. Her current focus is on conducting research on progressive language disorders in Dr. Bradford Dickerson’s laboratory at MGH.
Dr. Howland and Ms. Quimby will present Harmonizing Together: An Overview of PPA and the Importance of Music Therapy on Saturday.
Paula Leslie, PhD, CCC-SLP, FRCSLT
Dr. Leslie supports clinicians with complex decision-making, ethics, end of life and vulnerable populations, including non-traditional advanced training. As a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, she directs the clinical doctorate in medical speech-language pathology. She is proud to be a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, to have received the SWPSHA Honors of the Association and the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for contributions to palliative care and speech-language pathology work.
Dr. Leslie will present Decision Making and Ethical Practice: Lessons From End of Life on Friday.
Lesley Maxwell, MS, CCC-SLP
Ms. Maxwell is associate professor and director of clinical education in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston where she is also director of the Speech, Language and Literacy Center. She is an expert in pediatric language, literacy and speech disorders as well as autism. Ms. Maxwell has lectured nationally and internationally on these topics and is an active school coach and professional development provider. She loves all of her work but her favorite thing to do is to teach people how to facilitate first words.
Ms. Maxwell will present Facilitating First Words and Word Combinations: Practical Strategies That Work! on Saturday.
Marianne Nice, MS, CCC-SLP
Marianne Nice is a speech-language pathologist and reading specialist with 19 years of experience in K-12 education. A five-time presenter at the ASHA National Convention, Marianne is part of the adjunct faculty at the University of New Hampshire Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology. She regularly provides professional development and consults to school systems on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) models. As a consultant, Marianne works with schools to improve interventions and core instruction and she leads data teams in making data-based decisions for improved student outcomes. Marianne is trained in more than 11 reading intervention programs and provides case consultation and private evaluations for individual students through her private practice.
Ms. Nice will present Integrated Interventions: Maximize Instruction While Simultaneously Targeting Speech, Language and Literacy on Friday.
Bonnie Singer, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Singer is the founder/CEO of Architects For Learning, where she trains educators and consults with schools world-wide. She also directs a staff in the Boston area that provides academic intervention, assessment and consultation services. With expertise in language, literacy and learning, she is passionate about working with students who struggle academically, especially with written expression. In partnership with Dr. Anthony Bashir, she developed EmPOWER®, a method for teaching expository writing, and Brain Frames®, graphic scaffolds for language, literacy, teaching and learning. Her primary research and publications focus on the relationship between spoken and written language, cognition, spatial processing and self-regulated learning. Dr. Singer currently holds an adjunct teaching position at Endicott College.
Dr. Singer will present Writing Instruction and Intervention: Strategies for SLPs on Friday.
Sean Sweeney, MS, Med, CCC-SLP
Mr. Sweeney is a speech-language pathologist and technology specialist working in private practice at the Ely Center in Needham, Massachusetts, and consults to local and national organizations on technology integration in speech and language interventions. His blog, SpeechTechie (www.speechtechie.com), looks at technology “through a language lens.”
Mr. Sweeney will present Outside the Box Applications for SLPs: Integrating Technology in Interventions on Saturday.
Nancy Telian, MS, CCC-SLP
Ms. Telian is the author of the Lively Letters program, and is the co-director of Reading with TLC. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of reading disorders, and continues to maintain a private practice in Weymouth, Massachusetts, where she provides diagnostic evaluations and treatment of individuals with reading disorders. Nancy is an adjunct faculty member at Boston’s MGH Institute of Health Professions Graduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders where she had served as a clinical supervisor. She was involved in the Massachusetts Department of Education Bay State Reading Initiative, having served as a reviewer of the state’s training modules for phonemic awareness and phonics, and was also a master teacher trainer for the Massachusetts Department of Education Teacher Training Institutes under the Reading First Grant and the No Child Left Behind Act. A frequent speaker at state and national conventions, including the national ASHA Convention, for the past 24 years, Ms. Telian has also presented professional training workshops to thousands of speech-language pathologists, educators and clinicians within the United States and in Canada, not only providing sessions in the Reading with TLC approach, but also on various topics of literacy. Her program, Lively Letters, which she created in the early 1990s while working as a speech-language pathologist in the Boston Public Schools, is being used throughout schools, clinics and university settings across the nation and globally. Known for bringing her passions to work through art and music she composed and performed the music for the Lively Letters Character Songs, and is the composer and performer of the piano CD, From Dream to Reality.
Penny Castagnozzi, BA
Ms. Castagnozzi, who has a background in elementary education, has been a specialist in the development and implementation of the Reading with TLC programs since 1991. She has provided reading therapy in both the public school setting and in the private practice that she currently maintains in Weymouth, Massachusetts. As well as speaking on the topics of reading disorders and educational strategies for improving literacy, she has been a repeat motivational speaker at national sales conventions in Dallas, Texas. She is the creator of the Sight Words You Can See program, which trains the acquisition of phonetically irregular sight words, and is the author of several educational books, including the highly popular Lively Letters Character Poem Book and Let’s Practice Reading with TLC, and was instrumental in revising the Lively Letters program. A singer/songwriter since her teens, Ms. Castagnozzi was the lyricist and one of the singers for the Lively Letters Character Songs CD. Also a writer of children’s literature, she is the author of Wedding Time for Emmie and Jake, A Roomful of Rainbows and Sight Words Stories You Can Read.
Ms. Telian and Ms. Castagnozzi will present Introductory Training in Lively Letters for Phonemic Awareness, Phonics and Speech Production on Friday with an encore presentation on Saturday.
Lyn Turkstra, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Lyn S. Turkstra is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, Assistant Dean for Speech-Language Pathology, and a member of the McMaster Integrative Neuroscience Discovery & Study (MiNDS) program. She is a co-investigator on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Award (ME-1403-14083), Better Rehabilitation Through Better Characterization of Treatments: Development of the Manual for Rehabilitation Treatment Specification.
Dr. Turkstra will present What Are We Actually Doing in Therapy for Cognitive and Communication Disorders? on Friday.
Jarrad Van Stan, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Van Stan is an instructor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, a speech-language pathologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation, and an adjunct assistant professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. His clinical research program hopes to improve the assessment and rehabilitation of behaviorally based voice disorders through the use of cutting-edge technology (e.g., ambulatory voice monitoring and biofeedback, virtual environments, machine learning) and testing/development of clinical treatment theory.
Dr. Van Stan will present Beyond Simple Narratives: How to Describe Swallowing and Voice Treatments on Friday.
Kim Winter, MA, CCC-SLP
Ms. Winter is a speech-language pathologist at Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Connecticut. She has more than 20 years of experience working exclusively with adults in the medical setting. Kim provides services in the Outpatient Department, as well as the Neuromuscular and Movement Disorders Clinics, providing interventions to individuals with motor neuron diseases, muscular dystrophies and Parkinsonian disorders. Much of her career has been spent providing AAC services to adults with a wide variety of both acquired and developmental disabilities. She has served as a guest lecturer for the graduate level AAC class at the University of Connecticut and in 2011, was selected as a co-presenter on ALS and Management of Dysphagia at the ASHA National Convention.
Ms. Winter will present Taking the ‘OMG’ out of AAC on Friday.
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