NJSHA’s Standing Committees

All committees are open to all NJSHA members, with the exception of those stating specific criteria.

NJSHA is always looking for committee volunteers to provide of their expertise for as much time you are willing to offer. Your involvement is two-fold, giving back to your organization as well as learning new skills and increasing your knowledge about professional issues.

For more information, please contact info@njsha.org.

Committee News – September 2019

Audiology Committee
The Audiology Committee has been working since convention and through the summer on various projects:

  • collaborating on development of content for the new NJSHA website
  • working with the convention committee planning for 2020. To date, four speakers have given verbal commitments and negotiations are underway to establish an exciting lineup for the audiology program. We will continue to fine-tune programming as speaker contracts are signed and after Call for Papers submissions have been received.
  • working with representatives who attended a meeting with NJ DOE to discuss programming and concerns regarding audiology services in the schools
  • monitoring legislative activity including recently enacted and proposed legislation on a wide variety of issues such as insurance contracting, Medicaid coverage for hearing devices, and the newly developed “Deaf Students Bill of Rights”. In addition, the Audiology Committee continues to contribute to the Legislative Committee and work with the Board of Directors and our legislative agent for making nominations to various state entities including the “Working Group on Deaf Education”, “Hearing Impairment Task Force”, “Advisory Council of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing”, and the NJ Speech Language Pathology Advisory Committee, to name a few.
  • development of an article for the ASHA Leader highlighting the passing of legislation in NJ allowing single licensure for audiologists
  • working with the NJSHA task force responsible for developing a program on IPP and IPE that is funded by a grant NJSHA received from ASHA. The program will be presented at NJSHA Town Hall meetings through September.

Continuing Education Committee
Come support NJSHA by serving on the Continuing Education Committee. If you enjoy planning events, researching topics, meeting and speaking with renowned professionals, you will love being a part of NJSHA’s Continuing Education Team. Your CE Team has worked hard to secure an incredible line-up of webinars and an exciting Fall Conference. Please visit the website to view our educational listings and to sign up for NJSHA’s Fall Conference!

Convention Committee
Save the date – NJSHA Convention 2020 – April 23 – April 24, 2019 – Join us as we will be “Sea-zing the Future”.

Healthcare and Early Intervention Committee
The Dysphagia Subcommittee which is a part of the Healthcare Committee will be focusing on issues with completing the Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). Please be on the outlook for a survey for any of you that have concerns with the guidelines in completing this study per NJ State Licensure for Speech Pathology. If you have any interest in joining this subcommittee then please reach out www.njsha.org.

STARS/StAMP

  • New guidelines for Skilled Nursing Facilities payment system will be implemented as of 10/1/19. The Medicare Patient Payment Model (PDPM) which will be an overhaul of the Prospective Payment System (PPS).
  • On 1/1/2020, Home Health Therapy will have streamlined documentation requirements to include a Plan of Care: frequency, duration, and discipline involved for accountability purposes.
  • For more information, reach out to www.njsha.org to join the Healthcare Committee.

Multicultural Issues Committee
The Multicultural Issues Committee is actively seeking new members. If you have any questions or are interested in joining the committee, please contact Maria Rodriguez or Stacey D. Johnson at info@njsha.org.

Audiology Chair

Joan Besing

Audiology Chair

Joan Besing
The chair of the Audiology committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The Audiology Committee works to serve as a source of information for NJSHA members and the individuals we serve. The committee advocates for the association members by monitoring, discussing, and engaging legislators to address key public policy issues at the state level that affect audiologists and the consumers we serve. The committee members also work collaboratively with the New Jersey Academy of Audiology (NJAA) to ensure that the annual NJSHA convention provides opportunities to learn from national leaders in the field of Audiology. The committee suggests continuing education topics, serves as a resource for the audiology program for NJSHA’s annual convention, and presents the Audiology update at the NJSHA Convention.

AAC Chair

Kate Flaxman

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Chair

Kate Flaxman
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for an initial term of two years, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Committee works collaboratively to promote evidence-based practices in AAC assessment and intervention. The committee provides resources and support for members of NJSHA through regularly scheduled online meetings and goal centered projects. A variety of AAC topics are addressed regarding those with complex communication needs along the age continuum and across clinical as well as educational environments. The committee is open to all NJSHA members desiring to grow their AAC knowledge base.

Continuing Education Chair

Juliette Skoldberg

Continuing Education Chair

Juliette Skoldberg, MS, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The committee will work cooperatively with NJSHA’s management company and continuing education consultant to plan, promote and deliver NJSHA sponsored and co-sponsored continuing education events within the parameters of the annual budget. The committee will provide continuing education programs to meet the needs of NJSHA members through regular professional development offerings and generate revenue to allow NJSHA to provide continuing education as an on-going service.

Continuing Education Chair

Cindy D’Antonio

Convention Committee Chair

Cindy D’Antonio, MS, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President and shall hold this position for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. The vice-chair also shall be appointed by the President in conjunction with the committee chair and will be expected to take over the role of chair after a two-year term as vice-chair. The committee will plan the program for the following year’s convention and will submit a quarterly article to VOICES regarding convention updates.

Ethics Chair

Linda Tucker-Simpson

Ethics Committee Chair

Linda Tucker-Simpson, MS, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The Ethics Committee is charged with researching, deliberating on, and responding to questions of an ethical nature from the membership. The role of the committee is to provide information to the membership, as well as the public.

Finance Committee Chair

Joan Warner

Finance Committee Committee Chair

Joan Warner, MS, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee is the Treasurer. The members are the President, President Elect, Secretary, Immediate Past President, and two NJSHA members at large. The Finance committee is responsible for developing a balanced budget to present to the Board of Directors for approval, reviewing proposed expenditures that are not in the budget and making funding recommendations to the Board, reviewing and presenting to the Board the financial implications of suggested new projects. The Finance Committee follows the procedures and policies as delineated in the Financial Policies document.

Healthcare and Early Intervention Committee Chair

Barbara Schwerin Bohus

Healthcare and Early Intervention Committee Chair

Barbara Schwerin Bohus, MS, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The committee shall serve as a source of information on healthcare and early intervention issues for members. The committee will discuss current healthcare issues affecting individuals across the lifespan. The committee monitors issues related to healthcare funding, including early intervention, Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance; and provides information and advocacy to members and consumers. The committee suggests continuing education topics to the Continuing Education committee and presents the Healthcare update at the NJSHA Convention. The committee will collaborate with the ASHA State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs) and the State Advocate for Medicare Policy Network (StAMP) representing New Jersey.

Ethics Committee Chair

Kristen Victorino

Higher Education Committee Chair

Kristen Victorino PhD, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The committee will make recommendations to the Board regarding student and academic issues and will promote developments in higher education including, increasing and promoting the student advocacy initiative and supporting student research projects. The committee will actively collaborate with the Student Involvement committee. The committee will remind each college or university to select its program’s recipient of the Marni Reisberg Student Award and the Outstanding Doctor of Audiology Student Award.

Honors and Awards Committee Chair

Kathleen Palatucci

Honors and Awards Committee Chair

Kathleen Palatucci, MA, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be the President Elect. The President will appoint committee members to include one audiologist and two current NJSHA members who were previous award recipients. The committee will review the categories and criteria for honors and awards, review all nominations submitted, and recommend award recipients to the Board.

Mary Faella

Legislative Committee Chair

Mary Faella, MA, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee will be the Immediate Past President or his/her appointee. The President shall serve as vice-chair. Members of the committee shall consist of the chairs of the following committees: Alternative/Augmentative Communication (AAC), Audiology, Healthcare and Early Intervention, Higher Education, Multicultural, Private Practice, Public Relations, and School Affairs. The committee shall address legislative, regulatory, or other related issues for the Association, and work directly with the legislative agent. The committee members will present the chair with concerns regarding issues that might require legislative action. The primary point of contact for the legislative agent is the Legislative Chair. The chair need not submit a committee report, but rather will relate details of the legislative agent’s report to the Board if the legislative agent is not present during the meeting.

Media Committee Chair

Natalie Neubauer

Media Committee Chair

Natalie Neubauer, MS, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The committee will coordinate the distribution of information to members and the larger community through social media outlets and electronic communications, including the website. The chair and vice-chair will coordinate all information updates on the website. Members of the committee will collaborate with chairs of all NJSHA committees to support distribution of information to all NJSHA print and electronic outlets. The committee will oversee compliance with the NJSHA Social Media Disclaimer.

Membership Chair

Kathleen Palatucci

Membership Committee Chair

Kathleen Palatucci, MA, CCC-SLP
The Membership Committee shall be chaired by the President Elect. The committee will engage in activities to attract new members to the organization and retain current members.

Multicultural Issues Chair

Maria Rodriguez

Multicultural Issues Chair

Maria Rodriguez
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The committee’s goal is to raise awareness of multicultural issues related to the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. The committee works to increase knowledge of appropriate assessment and treatment procedures for culturally and linguistically diverse populations (CLD); promotes multicultural topics through VOICES articles and other communications to the membership; and suggests continuing education topics to the Continuing Education committee.

Mary Faella

Nominations and Elections Committee Chair

Mary Faella, MA, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be the Immediate Past President. The chair appoints five members, consisting of one representative from audiology and no more than one from each of the following professional settings: healthcare, schools, higher education, and private practice. This committee identifies prospective candidates to run for positions on the Board of Directors.

Private Practice Chair

Jennifer Moore

Private Practice Chair

Jennifer Moore
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The committee shall serve as a source of information on private practice issues concerning audiologists, speech-language pathologists and consumers. The committee will provide resources and references that address private practice issues, concerns, and ethics. The committee will propose continuing education topics to the Continuing Education Committee and collaborate with the ASHA State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs) for audiology and speech-language pathology to address scope of practice issues.

Public Relations Committee Chair

Donna Spillman-Kennedy

Public Relations Committee Chair

Donna Spillman-Kennedy, MS, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for a two-year term, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. The goal of the committee is to increase NJSHA’s visibility as a premier health and educational resource among key stakeholders (e.g., school personnel, health care-providers, populations served, legislators, media, and general public) The committee develops a campaign to increase public awareness of speech-language and hearing disorders, and services provided by speech language pathologists and audiologists, as well as its efforts in advocacy and contemporary topics and issues. The primary point of contact for the public relations consultant will be the Public Relations Chair.

School Affairs Committee Chair

Nicole Ford

School Affairs Committee Chair

Nicole Ford, MS, CCC-SLP
The chair of the committee shall be appointed by the President for an initial term of two years, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. A vice-chair shall be appointed by the chair of the committee. The committee will address the needs of school-based members who are speech-language specialists (SLSs) and audiologists employed in New Jersey schools. The committee will work with the legislative agent to advocate for SLSs, audiologists, and the students they serve, as well as function as an information resource on school-based issues. To accomplish these tasks, the committee will engage in a variety of activities related to monitoring and responding to changes in the New Jersey Special Education Code, other codes relative to education, and legislative bills; addressing individual members’ concerns; presenting the SAC update at the NJSHA Convention; meeting annually with the NJDOE, along with the legislative agent, to discuss concerns; and educating consumers about the roles SLSs and audiologists play in the schools. The committee will collaborate with the ASHA State Education Advocacy Leader (SEAL).

Student Involvement Chair

Demi DeAngelis

Student Involvement Committee Chair

Demi DeAngelis, SLP Graduate Student- Stockton University
The chair of the committee shall be the student member appointed to the Board of Directors by the President for a non-voting, one-year renewable term, not to exceed two years. The mentor to the chair shall be a representative on the Higher Education Committee from the program in which the student is enrolled. The liaison to the Board is the liaison to the Higher Education committee. The committee chair shall select six additional student liaison members to represent each of the New Jersey university training programs. The committee’s charge is to establish, maintain, and enhance an active, current network among students from all New Jersey audiology, speech-language pathology, and communication sciences and disorders training programs to help increase student membership and awareness of the benefits and activities available to NJSHA members. The committee will collaborate with the Membership Committees; contribute material to VOICES and the website; work with the Higher Education Committee to plan and execute the student advocacy initiative; and share information with other NJSHA committees that address topics relevant to students. The committee will establish and maintain contact with ASHA’s National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) to help merge national and state associations’ efforts.

VOICES chair

Robbie Lazarus

VOICES Editorial Board Chair

Robbie Lazarus, MA, CCC-SLP
The chair of the Editorial Board shall be appointed by the President and will serve as editor of VOICES. The chair will serve for an initial term of two years, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. The Editorial Board consists of six members: the editor, the President, and four additional members appointed by the editor. There will be one representative from each of the following work settings: Audiology, Healthcare, Higher Education, Schools and a member-at-large. Each member of the Editorial Board will be appointed for an initial term of two years, renewable for a maximum of two additional terms. One of these members shall serve as vice chair. The Editorial Board will oversee all content in VOICES.

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