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Wayne A. Secord, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is the Coordinator of School Speech-Language Pathology at The Ohio State University and a Summer Visiting Instructor at Northern Arizona University (NAU). An ASHA Fellow and Honors recipient, Dr. Secord has authored or co-authored more than 90 publications and served as the editor of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools from 1992 to 1998. His publications and other innovations have helped millions of children with disabilities and empowered thousands of professionals in the field. A former school SLP, Dr. Secord is a frequent presenter and a nationally recognized expert on clinical and educational assessment, children with disabilities in speech, language, and literacy, and the delivery of schoolbased speech-language services. Financial relationship: Dr. Secord is a coauthor of several major assessments that may be mentioned during this program. He receives royalties from them. Nonfinancial relationship: None.
Justin Osmond is founder and CEO of The Hearing Fund. He was born with a 90% profound hearing loss. He was told he could never be a musician like his family, the Osmonds. But after tackling/overcoming the inevitable challenges of being deaf, he now plays the violin, viola, piano and drums. And after 12 years of speech-language development and therapy, he can now speak with passion and hear with conviction. He has become determined to not let his challenges stop him from accomplishing his goals and dreams and he now lives by his personal motto: “I may have a hearing loss, but my hearing loss does not have me.” He has served as the Public Relations / Spokesperson for the Starkey Hearing Foundation for over 10 years and played a consulting role for many other hearing service organizations nationally. He recently launched a non-profit charity in honor of his grandmother, the “Olive Osmond Hearing Fund” and continues to help deaf children/adults with the gift of better hearing worldwide. Financial relationship: Honorarium from New Mexico Speech Language and Hearing Association. Nonfinancial relationship: Personal experience with hearing loss.
Dr. Phyllis M. Palmer received her Master’s degree from Emerson College in Boston. She worked as a clinician in various medical settings for 10 years before returning to school for her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Her teaching has focused on the evaluation and treatment of voice and swallowing function. Dr. Palmer’s research has focused primarily on oral, pharyngeal and laryngeal motor function as it relates to swallowing in healthy individuals and individuals with various disorders, particularly Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy (OPMD). Financial relationship: None to disclose. Nonfinancial relationship: Personal friends with designers of many of the instruments for treating dysphagia that will be discussed during her session.
Bridget Guenther, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S: Prior to joining the Atos Medical’s team in 2016 as a Clinical Educator, Bridget dedicated her 13 year career to caring for veterans with head and neck cancer as a Board Certified Swallowing Specialist (BCS-S) and Speech Pathologist in the Department of Otolaryngology at the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (NMVAHCS). In 2010, she earned her Board Certification as a Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S) and achieved renewal in 2015. Bridget was a Lead Telemedicine Clinician while at the NMVAHCS and developed a telemedicine program to provide speech pathology services to veterans in rural areas. She has been an invited speaker at conferences and continues to be an invited guest lecturer at the University of New Mexico training graduate students about voice and swallowing disorders in the head and neck cancer population. Bridget also holds a position on the New Mexico State Speech Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing Board. Financial relationship: Representative of Atos Medical who is a vendor of some of the dysphagia tools that will be discussed during her session. Nonfinancial relationship: None.
Marilee Fini, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a practicing Speech Pathologist and has been running her own private practice, MLF Speech Therapy in Cleveland, OH, for the last 15 years. In her practice, she primarily works with children and adults who stutter. In addition, Marilee serves as an Adjunct Professor at South University and Lakeland College where she teaches public speaking courses. Marilee has been a professional speaker for over 15 years and has traveled across the U.S., presenting to many diverse audiences on stuttering. Marilee sheds a unique light on the subject of stuttering since she has spent most of her life dealing with her own stuttering. Financial relationship: MLF Speech therapy: She is the owner and receives a salary; PESI Inc: Receives a royalty for a DVD created concerning stuttering therapy; Lakeland Community College: Adjunct Professor with compensation; South University: Adjunct Professor with compensation. Nonfinancial relationship: Member and presenter for National Stuttering Association, ASHA member, personally faced challenges of stuttering.
Dr. Sandra Nettleton is currently Clinic Director at the University of New Mexico Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. She teaches classes on professional issues and ethics to graduate students. She has worked as an administrator in school and university settings for 18 years and has actively participated in applicant hiring and job search for a majority of those years. Dr. Nettleton has worked for nearly 40 years as a speech-language pathologist, primarily in preschool, school, and private practice settings. She has presented workshops and seminars, nationwide, in literacy enhancement with augmentative and alternative communication systems, autism, and augmentative and alternative communication options for diverse populations. Financial relationship: No relevant financial relationship. Nonfinancial relationship: No relevant financial relationship.
Dr. Michael Page has 30 years of experience in adult and pediatric audiology, including cochlear implants and aural habilitation. Previous professional employment history includes Audiology Associates of Salt Lake City, Inc., Primary Children’s Hospital (PCH) and Advanced Bionics, LLC. He served as a member of the Utah Cochlear Implant Team (participating in clinical trials for cochlear implants at PCH), president of the Utah Speech-Language-Hearing Association, chair of the Advisory Board for the Utah Division for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, member of the Primary Children’s Hospital Bioethics Committee, and board chair for the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (Audiology and Speech Language Pathology). He has also held adjunct faculty positions at Utah State University, Brigham Young University, and University of Utah. He served as chair of the American Academy of Audiology Ethical Practices Committee and is currently employed as Vice-President, West Region, Oticon Medical. Financial relationship: Vice-President, West Region, Oticon Medical. Nonfinancial relationship: None disclosed.
Theresa H. Rodgers, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and special education consultant, the former Chief Administrative Officer for St. John the Baptist Parish, and a former school-based practitioner whose positions included special education supervisor and speech-language services coordinator. Theresa is an ASHA Fellow and was the 2012-2014 ASHA VP for Government Relations and Public Policy. She is a former President of the National Council of State Boards of Examiners, the Council of State Association Presidents, and the Louisiana SpeechLanguage-Hearing Association. Theresa is the 2016 Vice-Chair of ASHA’s Board of Ethics and is a member of the Louisiana licensure board. A frequent presenter at national and state conferences, she co-authored a Code of Ethics for SLP Assistants and has been instrumental in the revision of Louisiana’s practice act and Rules and Regulations. Financial relationship: Honorarium from New Mexico SpeechLanguage and Hearing Association. Nonfinancial relationship: Member of ASHA Board of Ethics/2016 Vice Chair; Member of Louisiana licensure board (2015-2017), served five previous nonconsecutive terms.
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