2021 NJSHA Annual Convention

April 28 – May 1, 2021 – NEW DATES
Virtual Convention

For the health and safety of our members and attendees, we are Sea-zing the Future and transitioning our Convention to be offered virtually this year.

  • 16 hours of LIVE continuing education content!
  • Plus, watch recorded presentations and poster presentations ON-DEMAND May 3-17.
  • Schedule has been tailored to meet your needs – we are offering a variety of scheduled programs available evenings, full day and weekend.
  • Presentations will feature the most often requested topics in a range of areas including pediatrics, adults, medical settings, audiology and more!

Mark your calendars for the following LIVE session times:

  • Wednesday, April 28, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm EST
  • Thursday, April 29, 5:30 pm – 9:15 pm EST
  • Friday, April 30, 9:00 am – 4:30 EST, plus the Student Awards Ceremony will be at 5:00 pm EST
  • Saturday, May 1, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm EST

Early Registration Rate
To receive the special early registration rate, register by April 15, 2021. After April 15, registration rates increase by $25.

Payment Options:

  • Make checks payable to: NJSHA.
  • Credit card services are available. (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and AMEX).

Registrants must be a current NJSHA member to register at the member rate.

Online Registration (with credit card payment only)

Printable Registration Form

Cancellations and Refunds

Full refunds (minus a $25 handling fee) will be made only if written cancellation request is received no later than April 15, 2021. Email can be sent to info@njsha.org.  No refunds will be issues after April 15, 2021.

Debbie Abel, AuD received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Kent State University and her AuD from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Dr. Abel spent 13 years in private practice in Alliance, Ohio, after moving an existing practice from the Alliance Eye and Ear Clinic, where she was employed for 14 years, taking the ENT with her.
She is the manager of Coding and Contracting Services for Audigy. Formerly the Academy’s Senior Specialist, Practice Management, she was the Director of Reimbursement and Practice Compliance and served as an Academy Board member-at-large and as the chair of the Academy’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee and a member of the Academy’s Ethical Practice Board. She is the Past President of the Doctors of Audiology. Dr. Abel has authored several chapters in Plural Publication texts including the first, second and third editions of Strategic Practice Management: A Patient Centered Approach/Business and Procedural Considerations and The Essential Guide to Coding in Otolaryngology: Coding, Billing and Practice Management. The audiology companion book, The Essential Guide to Coding in Audiology: Coding, Billing and Practice Management edited by Dr. Abel, was published in December 2017. She was an adjunct assistant professor at A. T. Still. She was the Alliance Area’s 1994 Athena Award recipient, was awarded the first “Active Advocate of the Year” by the State Leaders’ Network of the American Academy of Audiology in 2006, in 2012, the American Academy of Audiology’s President’s Award and in 2017, ADA’s Joel Wernick Award.

Dr. Abel is presenting Coding and Reimbursement: Practice Considerations for the Present and the Future on Saturday, May 1, as well as participating in the Ask the Experts panel discussion on Thursday, April 29.

Amyn M. Amlani, PhD, is President of Otolithic Consulting, a firm that provides market analysis, financial services, professional development and technology assessments. Dr. Amlani has been in hearing care for more than 25 years, with extensive professional experience in the independent and medical audiology practice channels, as an academic and scholar, and in industry. Dr. Amlani also serves as section editor of Economics for Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM), as well HHTM’s Director of Professional Development and Education.

Dr. Amlani will be presenting The Valuation of the Audiologist in a Evolving Healthcare Landscape on Wednesday, April 28.

Anita Archer, PhD, serves as an educational consultant to school districts, state departments and countries on explicit instruction, the design and delivery of instruction and literacy instruction. She has taught elementary and middle school students and is the recipient of 10 awards honoring her contributions to the field of education. Dr. Archer has served on the faculties of San Diego State University, the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. She is nationally known for her professional development activities over the course of her 50-year career. Dr. Archer has co-authored numerous curriculum materials addressing reading, writing and study skills in collaboration with Dr. Mary Gleason.

Dr. Archer will be presenting Improving Written Compositions One Sentence at a Time on Friday, April 30 and Comprehension is not a Strategy: Comprehension is the Outcome on Saturday, May 1.

Barbara Schwerin Bohus, MS, CCC-SLP, has been working in the medical field of speech pathology since 1983. Ms. Bohus also serves on the NJSHA Board of Directors and is the Chair of the NJSHA Healthcare Committee. She is currently a supervisor of an adult acute inpatient care hospital and outpatient based program in which patients with dementia are treated.

Ms. Bohus will be presenting Functional Therapy Approach for People With Dementia on Wednesday, April 28.

Megan Brazas, MA, CCC-SLP, has extensive experience in working with children with complex communication needs. Additionally, Ms. Brazas has experience evaluating and treating a variety of speech and language conditions including orofacial myofunctional disorders, apraxia of speech, and she is PROMPT Trained. She speaks locally and nationally on topics such as core vocabulary, low-tech communication systems and AAC, functional communication and typical language development. She is the creator of the Core Vocabulary Exchange System™ (CVES), a low-tech core vocabulary based communication system which aligns with typical language development, published by Northern Speech Services.

Ms. Brazas will be presenting Low Tech AAC Methodology: The Core Vocabulary Exchange System on Saturday, May 1.

Robert M. DiSogra, AuD, is an audiology consultant in Millstone, New Jersey. During his 43 year career he maintained private practice for 30 years in Freehold, New Jersey until 2015. He received his Doctor of Audiology degree from the Osborne College of Audiology at Salus University. Dr. DiSogra is a frequent contributor to the American Academy of Audiology’s COVID-19 Resource page. He has an extensive teaching, publication and lecture history on pharmacology issues as they pertain to the profession of audiology. He was the 2020 recipient of the award for Clinical Excellence in Audiology from the American Academy of Audiology and the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Dr. Joel Wernick Award from the Academy of Doctors of Audiology for his contributions to the field of audiology and hearing science. Dr. DiSogra is US Navy veteran and served during the Vietnam era.

Dr. DiSogra will be presenting Audiological Management of COVID-19 Survivors on Saturday, May 1.

Catherine Fredericks, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP/CAS, is employed by the Wayne Board of Education. She is a speech-language pathologist with more than 40 years experience helping students with complex communication needs. Credentialed as an Assistive Technology Professional and Certified Autism Specialist, Catherine is also certified as a LAMP professional by the Center for AAC and Autism. Catherine serves as Recording Secretary on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Coalition for the Advancement of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology (NJCART) and is a member of the NJSHA’s Augmentative and Alternative Communication committee.

Ms. Fredericks will be presenting The ABC’s of AAC: An Overview of Evaluation and Implementation on Thursday, April 29.

Stephen Gonzenbach, EdD, CCC-A/SLP, is retired from his position as chief, audiology and speech-language pathology at VA New York Harbor Healthcare System. He served as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University teaching leadership, supervision and program management as well as an adjunct professor in the audiology doctoral program at the graduate center, City University of New York, where he taught ethics. He served as a member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) Ethics Committee and as a member of the VA Audiology and Speech Pathology Field Advisory Council.

Dr. Gonzenbach will be presenting Maintaining Ethical Practice on Friday, April 30.

Kyomi Gregory, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor at Pace University in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department. Her undergraduate degree major was in Communication Sciences and Disorders and she completed a double minor in Black Studies and Linguistics from SUNY-New Paltz. She obtained her master’s degree at University of Buffalo and her PhD from Louisiana State University. For her dissertation she examined assessment of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds that speak non-mainstream dialects such as African American English and Southern White English and explored the use of teacher ratings. She has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for the last 14 years working with both children and adults. Dr. Gregory worked for the New York City Board of Education in Brooklyn, New York, prior to entering her PhD program. She is currently the member at-large for the coordinating committee for SIG 1, Language Learning and Education. In addition, she currently serves on the board of directors for the National Black Association of Speech-Language Hearing (NBASLH) and she is the topic area expert in non-mainstream dialects, cultural humility and awareness for The Informed SLP.

Dr. Gregory will be presenting Let’s Talk About Microaggressions on Wednesday, April 28.

Stefanie LaManna, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with six years of experience evaluating and treating feeding and swallowing disorders in neonates, infants and children. Her clinical experience includes managing dysphagia across the entire spectrum of pediatric inpatient and outpatient care, with her current focus being in neonatal intensive care at Virtua Health.

Ms. LaManna will be presenting Interdisciplinary Management of Infant Dysphagia: Indications for Instrumental Evaluation on Friday, April 30.

Leigh Carrico Mann, MS, CCC-SLP, has been a speech-language pathologist since 2002, is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and her private practice, Sound Effects Speech Therapy, LLC. She has worked with dying patients of all ages, and trained as a death doula.

Ms. Mann will be presenting Death and Dying: Exploring the SLP Role on Friday, April 30 and So Much More Than Pitch: Treating Gender Diverse Clients on Saturday, May 1.

Karli Negrin, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with 15 years of experience working with medically complex children at the Nemours Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children. Ms. Negrin has special interest in preserving both breastfeeding and developmental feeding outcomes in children with cardiac defects. She participates in the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative to support quality improvement of services provided in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and beyond.

Ms. Negrin will be presenting Interdisciplinary Management of Infant Dysphagia: Indications for Instrumental Evaluation on Friday, April 30.

Anne Michele Puglisi, AuD, received her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2005 from The School of Audiology at Salus University. She holds a Master of Science degree in Audiology from Gallaudet University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Deaf Education from The College of New Jersey. Her experience includes employment at both an outpatient rehabilitative hospital (JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute) and two independent private practices (Summit Hearing Aid Center and The Hearing Center.) Dr. Puglisi has a special interest in audiologic rehabilitation, first fostered at Gallaudet, where she worked with undergraduates as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. For seven years, she led The Hearing Society, a local group for older persons with hearing loss, coordinating content, practice and support. She is currently an adjunct professor at Montclair State University, teaching Adult Aural Rehabilitation. In addition to maintaining clinic hours at The Hearing Center in Clark, New Jersey, she is also Director of Hearing Health Coaches at Amptify (a product by clEAR, Inc.) Dr. Puglisi holds New Jersey licenses for both Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Dr. Puglisi will be presenting Group Audiologic Rehabilitation, Then and Now on Friday, April 30.

Kathleen Scaler Scott, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a practicing clinician, Board Certified Specialist in fluency disorders and associate professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Monmouth University. Dr. Scaler Scott has 27 years of experience working in school, hospital and private practice settings. She is author of three clinical and academic resources related to stuttering, cluttering and atypical disfluencies.

Dr. Scaler Scott will be presenting Stuttering, Cluttering, Atypical Disfluencies: Making Practical, Sound Decisions on Thursday, April 29 and Fluency Plus: Managing Fluency Disorders in Pediatric Clients With Multiple Diagnoses on Saturday, May 1.

Barbra Seltzer, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP, is a speech-language pathologist with more than 30 years of experience working with children and adults with complex communication needs. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practice, special needs schools, early intervention and home-based therapy. Currently, Barbra works in private practice providing AAC evaluations and therapy to children and adults in Northern New Jersey. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a New Jersey license to practice speech-language pathology and certification by the New Jersey Department of Education as a speech-language specialist. She is PROMPT trained and is vice chair of NJSHA’s Augmentative and Alternative Communication committee. Barbra is also a member of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America and is certified as an Assistive Technology Professional. She believes that all people have a right to be heard, understood and respected.

Ms. Seltzer will be presenting The ABC’s of AAC: An Overview of Evaluation and Implementation on Thursday, April 29.

Carolyn Smaka, AuD, is editor in chief at continued, the parent company of AudiologyOnline, where she leads a team of editors responsible for the company’s continuing education courses. She has worked as an audiologist in many clinical settings and has held a variety of roles in the hearing industry. Carolyn is passionate about lifelong learning and educational access and currently volunteers as a college coach with ScholarMatch.org, helping underserved high school students to navigate the college admissions process. She also volunteers with audiology professional associations and is currently a member of ADA’s Advocacy Steering Committee.

Dr. Smaka will participating in the Ask the Experts panel discussion on Thursday, April 29.

Brian Taylor, AuD, is the director of clinical content development for Signia. With more than 25 years of experience in the hearing industry, Dr. Taylor is a well-known author and speaker on the hearing-industry conference circuit. He has contributed to more than 50 publications, including several years as a leading contributor and editor-in-chief with Hearing Health and Technology Matters. Most recently he published Audiology Practice Management and the 3rd edition of his Selecting and Fitting Hearing Aids text, which he co-authored with Gus Mueller, and is slated to be published in 2020.

Dr. Taylor will participating in the Ask the Experts panel discussion on Thursday, April 29.

Ryan Walker, MD, is a graduate of Cornell University, where he majored in biological sciences with a concentration in neurobiology and behavior. He went on to receive his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. After completing a five-year otolaryngology residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Walker completed a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital where he received advanced training in disorders of the pediatric airway, ears, sinuses, head and neck alongside nationally recognized expert pediatric otolaryngologists.

Dr. Walker will be presenting Interdisciplinary Management of Infant Dysphagia: Indications for Instrumental Evaluation on Friday, April 30.

Barbara Weinstein, PhD, CCC-A, received her doctorate from Columbia University where she began her academic career as a faculty member. A professor and founding executive officer of the Health Sciences Doctoral Programs at the graduate center, the City University of New York, Dr. Weinstein also holds a position as an adjunct professor of Medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. The author of both editions of the textbook Geriatric Audiology, Dr. Weinstein is a 2017 recipient of the ASHA Louis DiCarlo Award and a 2016 recipient of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award. She developed the Hearing Handicap Inventories (HHI), the world’s most widely used tools to identify patients with hearing loss.

Dr. Weinstein will be presenting Age Related Hearing Loss Matters: Unbundling the Challenges and Solutions on Friday, April 30.

ASHA Continuing Education

This course from 4/28-5/1/21 is offered for up to 1.8 ASHA CEUs (various levels, professional area)
This course from 5/3-5/17/21 is offered for up to 5.0 ASHA CEUs (various levels, professional area)

The ethics course (session 17 & 21) on 4/30/21 is offered for up to 0.3 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level, related area)
The ethics course (session 17 & 21) from 5/3-5/17/21 is offered for up to 0.3 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level, related area)

The supervision course (session 14) from on 4/29/21 is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level, related area)
The supervision course (session 14) from 5/3-5/17/21 is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level, related area)

AAA Continuing Education

New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to
offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program from 4/28-5/1/21 is worth a maximum of 1.5 CEUs. The program from 5/3-5/17/21 is worth a maximum of 1.9 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy’s Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.

Disclosure Statements

NJSHA is making the safety of the vendors, staff, presenters, the membership and the community at large the number one priority by hosting the Annual Convention virtually. To keep you connected to the attendees, NJSHA invites you to promote your company through the virtual opportunities outlined in our partner brochure.

View the 2021 Partner Brochure

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie Specht at 412-366-1177 or sspecht@robertcraven.com.