Pre-Conference Workshop

SEALs and STARs Workshop (by invitation only / sold out) (WK04)

Thursday, July 19
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Room 314
CE: 0.3 ASHA CEUs/3.0 PDHs

This workshop is not available with Connect On-Demand.

In this workshop, SEALs (State Education Advocacy Leaders) and STARs (State Advocates for Reimbursement) will explore issues affecting speech-language pathology and audiology at the local, state, and federal levels. Specific topics will include Medicaid, Medicare, universal licensure, oversight of the professions, scope of practice infringement, and more. Participants will also discuss how these issues are being addressed in their region of the country and specifically how they are working with their state speech-language-hearing association.

Learning Objectives:

Eileen Crowe, MPA

Director, State Association Relations
ASHA

Eileen Crowe, MPA, is the Director for State Association Relations at ASHA. She is responsible for providing assistance and support on legislative, regulatory, and administrative issues to the Western region of state speech-language-hearing associations. She also oversees the State Education Advocacy Leaders network and serves as the ex-officio to ASHA's Joint Committee on State-National Association Relationships. Crowe has presented in numerous venues nationwide on advocacy and legislative/regulatory issues along with having developed an extensive array of materials to assist the professions in these areas. She is also a trained facilitator and strategic planner. Prior to joining ASHA, she spent 4 years with the Maryland General Assembly as a legislative analyst for the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee and under the Department of Legislative Services, Research Division. Crowe received her BA in political science and her master's degree in public administration from Louisiana State University.

Financial Disclosures: ASHA employee

Nonfinancial Disclosures: None

Presentation(s):

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Catherine D. Clarke, MHS

Director of Education Policy
ASHA

Catherine D. Clarke, MHS, is ASHA's Director of Education Policy within the Health Care and Education Policy team. She is responsible for the identification, development, and management of education policies and related policy initiatives, for the purposes of advancing ASHA's public policy agenda. She also represents ASHA in the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities Education Task Force. Clarke holds a BA degree (cum laude) in biology from Boston University and an MHS degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Prior to joining ASHA's staff, Clarke worked with another professional membership association, the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), in Washington DC. She also has held planning and administrative positions in other health and research organizations.

Financial Disclosures: ASHA employee

Nonfinancial Disclosures: As Director of Education Policy, I would benefit from increased grassroots advocacy in advancing ASHA's public policy agenda

Presentation(s):

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Laurie Alban Havens, MA, CCC-SLP

Director of Health Care Policy, Medicaid and Private Health Plans
ASHA

Laurie Alban Havens, MA, CCC-SLP, joined the ASHA staff in October 2010. With education in health care administration and speech-language pathology, she has worked as a compliance officer, reimbursement consultant, skilled nursing facility administrator, and speech-language pathologist. She is the ex-officio to ASHA's Medicaid Committee and facilitator to ASHA's STAR (state advocates for reimbursement) network.

Financial Disclosures: ASHA employee
Nonfinancial Disclosures: ASHA member; ex-officio to ASHA's Medicaid Committee
These disclosures apply to all presentations listed below.

Presentation(s):

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Susan Adams, Esq.

Director, State Legislative & Regulatory Advocacy
ASHA

Susan Adams, Esq., is the Director for State Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy at 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. Adams received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Towson University and her JD from the University of Baltimore, School of Law. Adams received training in strategic planning facilitation from the American Management Association and holds a Certificate in Association Management from the American Society of Association Executives.

Financial Disclosures: ASHA employee

Nonfinancial Disclosures: None

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Susan Adams

Janet Deppe, MS, CCC-SLP, FNAP

Director, State Affairs
ASHA

Janet Deppe, MS, CCC-SLP, FNAP, is director of state affairs in Government Affairs and Public Policy at ASHA. She coordinates the state affairs team, liaisons with Midwestern states, and assists states with legislation and regulatory issues. Deppe represents ASHA at federal and state meetings and is ex-officio for ASHA’s School Finance Committee.

Financial Disclosures: ASHA employee

Nonfinancial Disclosures: ASHA member and volunteer

Presentation(s):

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Jeffrey Regan, MA

Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy
ASHA

Jeffrey P. Regan, MA, is pleased to have joined the ASHA family in June 2017 and currently serves as Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy. In this capacity, he oversees ASHA’s wide-ranging advocacy activities. A native of Connecticut, Regan completed undergraduate studies at the College of the Holy Cross before embarking on a 10-year career in the U.S. Senate, where he served as a legislative assistant and policy advisor to former Sen. Christopher J. Dodd. After completing graduate studies at Saint John’s University, Regan entered the arena of nonprofit advocacy, in which he led government relations efforts at the American Psychiatric Association before coming to ASHA. Regan is a seasoned advocate with a proven ability in developing winning advocacy strategies to reach meaningful objectives.

Financial Disclosures: ASHA employee

Nonfinancial Disclosures: None

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Jeffrey Regan

Jacquelyn L. Ragland, MS, CCC-SLP

SEAL Champion
Charlottesville City Schools

Jacquelyn La Fever Ragland, MS, CCC-SLP, is the ASHA SEAL for Virginia and the ASHA SEAL Champion for the Southern region of the U.S. She received her MS and BS degrees from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She has been a school-based SLP for 27 years and has served as an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor at the University of Virginia for several years. She has served as her state association (SHAV) president as well as on other state association board and committee positions.

Financial Disclosures: None

Nonfinancial Disclosures: None

Presentation(s):

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Dawn Merth-Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
Iowa-Grant School District

Dawn Merth-Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, is a practicing speech-language pathologist in the Iowa-Grant School District. She has 22 years of clinical and supervisory experience in the schools, long-term rehabilitation, and the university setting as a clinical assistant professor. Merth-Johnson has presented on a variety of topics related to leadership and clinical practice in speech-language pathology. She serves on the WSHA executive board as the State Education Advocacy Leader (SEAL) for Wisconsin. She is also the ASHA SEAL Champion of the Midwest region. Merth-Johnson is a Past President and Past VP-Schools of WSHA. She recently completed two terms as the ASHA SLP Advisory Council Representative (AC) for Wisconsin. Merth-Johnson is the current chair of the ASHA School Issues Advisory Board (SIAB).

Financial Disclosures: None

Nonfinancial Disclosures: ASHA volunteer member and chair of the SIAB; ASHA volunteer SEAL for Wisconsin; SEAL Champion Midwest region

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Dawn Merth-Johnson

Nancy L. Kuhles, MS, CCC-SLP

Retired Speech-Language Pathologist
NLK Consulting Inc

Nancy Kuhles, MS, CCC-SLP, is a retired school-based SLP from Nevada. She served on ASHA’s School Finance Committee and SLP School Issues Advisory Board and graduated from ASHA’s Leadership Development Program. She co-chairs NSHA’s Coalition to Address Personnel Shortages and is NSHA’s co-SEAL and ASHA SEAL Champion Western Region.

Financial Disclosures: None

Nonfinancial Disclosures: Co-chair of NSHA/NV Coalition to Address Personnel Shortages; ASHA SEAL Champion for the Western Region; NSHA co-SEAL; member of ASHA's Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council (ACSLP)

Presentation(s):

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