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 2022

AAC Committee

The AAC Committee welcomes new members who are passionate about AAC! We meet monthly on zoom, the last Tuesday of the month from 8:00-9:00. Our next meeting will be on October 25th. Please reach out to info@NJSHA.org if you would like to join us.

Continuing Education Committee

Our Fall Conference is just around the corner and we hope you will join us.  The conference is scheduled for October 22 at Seton Hall University!  This 5 hour CE event   will meet the needs of those who are in Private Practice, Schools, or Clinical Settings, as we learn about meta-cognitive linguistic strategies for speech and language intervention.  Dr. Anthony Koutsoftas will be our school aged expert while Caryn Grabowski, M.S. CCC-SLP will be our adult population expert.  Come be a part of the in-person event and leave enlightened with tools for your toolbox.  Registration is now open on line.

Convention Committee

The convention preparation is well underway.  Shari Robertson has been chosen as NJSHA 2023 Convention Keynote Speaker. The Audiology program has been completed and more information to follow. A Literacy Track will be offered on Friday that will encourage IPP that encourages special education and regular education teachers, reading specialist, reading coaches, and other interested staff to attend. Tell your administration and colleagues. More information to come: stay tune.

Healthcare and EI Committee

The Dysphagia Subcommittee, of the Healthcare Committee, will be meeting on Thursday, 9/29/22. The subcommittee is addressing the issue that a physician must be on the premises who has passed an endoscope either during his/her residency or practice. This is causing a delay in services for patients to receive objective testing to determine if they may eat/drink, to rule out aspiration when eating/drinking, to upgrade diets for quality of life, to downgrade diets for safety accurately, and to stop costly peg or jejunostomy feedings when not needed. This has a significant impact on subacute and nursing home  residents as well as people in the home health setting.  NJ is the only state with this ruling.  The paper is in it’s final phases. The entire subcommittee will look over the conclusion and suggested edits from various professionals at this meeting.

Legislative Affairs Committee

NJSHA’s legislative committee works closely with all committees with the support of our legislative agents to advocate on issues that affect speech language pathologists, audiologists and those we serve.  Current issues being monitored/acted upon include insurance payments for speech and audiology services, proposed changes to the Dept of Education licensing and standards code, licensure infringement issues, scope of practice issues, new availability of over the counter hearing aids and protecting speech language pathology and audiology jobs in New Jersey.    NJSHA is the voice for all New Jersey’s SLPs and audiologists.  Your membership is key to making our voice louder.

Please consider donating to the SLP-Audiology PAC to help support our efforts.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is working on a range of initiative and activities to support our student and professional members. We strive to collaborate and connect with other NJSHA members and committees. If you like to generate ideas and connect with fellow professionals, come join us as we work to insure our 67-year legacy!

Multicultural  Committee

Fall MC meeting TBA.

Looking forward to welcoming new members and student members.

Planning to continue with Monday social media posts.

Our new name is Multicultural Committee.

Media & Website  Committee

Join the media website committee!

Nominations & Elections Committee

Do you love being part of NJSHA?  Do you want to be an advocate for our professions?  Do you see yourself as a leader, or want to grow your leadership skills?  If you answered yes, then consider running for one of the four open positions on the NJSHA Board of Directors.  The term runs for 3 years starting July 1, 2023.  To make a nomination, go to www.njsha.org/nominators-form/ .  To be eligible, someone must have been a NJSHA member for 3 years, including the year of nomination.  Submit a brief letter of interest by December 1, 2022.

Private Practice Committee

The Private Practice Committee will be meeting on the following dates, all from 7:30p to 8:30p: October 12, 2022; and  January 11, March 1, and May 3, 2023. On October 12, we are going to discuss managing waiting lists among other topics. If you have questions or concerns, please submit them in advance to info@njsha.org  if possible. Please feel free to come if you have a private practice, are interested on starting one, working privately on your own, or are just curious.

School Affairs Committee

NJSHA’s School Affairs Committee (SAC) welcomes new members and new ideas! Please email info@njsha.org to join SAC.

SEALS

Find timely updates from ASHA by following https://www.facebook.com/groups/njsha and #NJSEALupdates

Helpful links:

Workload-Management Approaches and Resources for School-Based SLPs

https://leader.pubs.asha.org/do/10.1044/2022-0330-workload-resources-school-slps/full/

ASHA Workload Calculator

https://www.asha.org/slp/schools/workload-calculator/

Caseload and Workload

https://www.asha.org/practice-portal/professional-issues/caseload-and-workload/

  1. The ASHA School Services Team is looking for members who have used the ASHA Workload Calculator and have success stories to share. We’re looking for school-based members who used the tool to advocate for changes in workload, implement changes in service delivery and make any other shifts to address issues.

Please email schools@asha.org with the following:

Name
Contact information
Brief description of your success story

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Audiology Chair

Marykate Vaughn

Audiology Chair

Marykate Vaughn, AuD, CCC-A
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

Barbra Seltzer

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Chair

Barbra Seltzer, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP
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.

Robyn Sacks-Cohen

Continuing Education Chair

Robyn Sacks-Cohen 
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

Mary Faella

Continuing Education Chair

Joan Warner

Convention Committee Co-Chairs

Mary Faella, MA, CCC-SLP and Joan Warner, 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.

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

Donna Spillman-Kennedy

Honors and Awards Committee Chair

Donna Spillman-Kennedy, MS, 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.

Honors and Awards Committee Chair

Robynne Kratchman

Legislative Committee Chair

Robynne Kratchman, ABD, 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

Ursula Glackin

Media Committee Chair

Ursula Glackin, MA, 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 Committee Chair

Donna Spillman-Kennedy

Membership Committee Chair

Donna Spillman-Kennedy, MS, 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.

Betty Kollia

Multicultural Issues Chair

Betty Kollia, 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’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.

Nominations Committee Chair

Robynne Kratchman

Nominations and Elections Committee Chair

Robynne Kratchman, ABD, 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.

Christina Luna

Private Practice Chair

Christina Luna, SLPD, 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 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

Natalie Neubauer

Public Relations Committee Chair

Natalie Neubauer, EdD, 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.

Maria Nordelo

School Affairs Committee Chair

Maria Nordelo, SLPD, 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

Tamara Rehawi

Student Involvement Committee Chair

Tamara Rehawi, SLP Graduate Student- William Paterson University of New Jersey
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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