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 – October 2020

AAC Committee
The AAC Committee is actively working to increase knowledge of AAC for both members and consumers through development of brochures for the website. We generally meet on the last Thursday of each month. If anyone is interested in joining, please email info@njsha.org .

Audiology Committee

The Audiology Committee has been meeting using technology to discuss the impact of current issues that impact our members and the individuals we serve. We have focused on three areas:1) the development of a webinar to provide updates to our members (as is usually done at the NJSHA Convention, 2) the progress of the enactment of the single license bill for audiologists, and 3) planning for the audiology program at the NJSHA Convention.

First, we are pleased to report that we are having a webinar titled Grassroots in Audiology Advocacy: NJSHA is Listening on November 5th at 7:00 pm. More information and a link to register are available at https://www.njsha.org/continuing-education/town-hall-meetings/ Both NJSHA members and non-members are invited to attend.

Second, as many of you know, in March of 2019, Governor Murphy signed legislation (P.L. 2019, c. 41) that removed the need for audiologists to obtain a separate license to dispense hearing aids. That element of an audiologist’s professional work would become part of his or her audiology license. This came about as a result of a joint effort by the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) and the New Jersey Academy of Audiology.

However, a second step is required in order for that law to become effective and that is the passage of administrative regulations to implement the law. This required approval of the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee and the Division of Consumer Affairs, overseen by the Office of Administrative Law. After many months of waiting, the proposed regulation was finally published in the New Jersey Register on October 5, 2020. This kicks off an official 60-day comment period required for all proposed regulations. NJSHA is preparing a letter of support to be submitted to the Advisory Committee well in advance of the December 4 deadline. Following that deadline, comments will be reviewed by the Division and the Advisory Committee and after that adoption of the regulation is published in the Register, the final necessary action. Unfortunately, there is no specific time frame established between the comment period deadline and final adoption of the rule.

Third, the members of the Audiology Committee are working with the NJSHA Convention Committee to discuss options and planning for continuing educations (CE) opportunities for our members who are audiologists. NJSHA will once again be collaborating with the New Jersey Academy of Audiology to combine efforts and resources for CE. We are planning a full Thursday and Friday Audiology program line up for the NJSHA Convention scheduled for April 22-23, 2021.

The Audiology Committee welcomes new members. To find out more please email info@njsha.org subject line “Interested in joining Audiology Committee.”

Continuing Education Committee
The Continuing Education (CE) committee is looking for new members. If interested please reach out to info@njsha.org.

Convention Committee
Save the date April 22-23 for the NJSHA Annual Convention “Sea-zing the Future”. More details to follow.

Healthcare/EI Committee
The Dysphagia Subcommittee, part of the Healthcare/EI Committee has gathered all of the it’s data and will be holding a meeting on THURSDAY, 10/22 @ 7 PM to begin to work on designing the White Paper regarding issues that pertain to conducting Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). The focus of this committee is to address the need to have an MD on the premises , who has passed a scope during his/her practice or residency. Many patients in nursing home and home health settings are unable to have this objective testing due to the fact that an MD is not on the premises at the time that the speech pathologist is present to complete the FEES. This causes delays in assessing dysphagia objectively. If you have information that you would like to share regarding FEES, or are interested in becoming involved in this subcommittee then reach out to info@njsha.org.

STAR/StAMP
The State Advocates for Medicare Policy (StAMP) Committee are meeting to design two power point presentations which are projected to be presented at the NJSHA Convention in the Spring, 2021:

  • Health Reform 101
  • Medicare 101

This will help speech pathologists and audiologists to better navigate both area.

Multicultural Issues Committee

  • Continue with MIC Mondays.
  • Virtual symposium for various university students in one forum, due to COVID and semester ending early Fall 2020.
  • Two question survey to university students to find out what they want from MIC.
  • Fall reading will feature an article instead of a book
  • Provide additional evergreen articles.
  • Continue to answer questions submitted to MIC by members and non-members.

Media/Publications Committee
Media continues to work with the PR committee to expand the use of Instagram and Facebook to highlight the history and benefits of NJSHA. Posts on social media about new resources or professional development direct members with a link to the specific content on the website. Information on the website is regularly being updated.

Private Practice Committee
The Private Practice Committee is continuing to address the recent insurance reimbursement issues, specifically the ongoing, atypical number of requests for more records or other information by Horizon NJ. If you are a NJSHA member experiencing any problems with reimbursement from Horizon or any other third-party payor, please contact the Committee at info@NJSHA.org

We are also monitoring the recent creation of a new CPT code for reimbursement for PPE. How and when we can begin to use this code will be shared with members as soon as the information is received.

School Affairs Committee
NJSHA School Affairs Committee is seeking new members for more information please contact info@njsha.org Attn: SAC

SEAL
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), within the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, issues this Question and Answer (Q & A) document in response to inquiries concerning implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B provision of services in the current COVID-19 environment. 9/28/2020.
https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/qa-provision-of-services-idea-part-b-09-28-2020.pdf

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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, 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 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 Chairs

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

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.

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.

MIC Chair

Stacey Johnson

Multicultural Issues Chair

Stacey Johnson, 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’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.

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

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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