Annual Continuing Education Conference

Speaker Bios

MSHA 2018 CONTINUING EDUCATION CONFERENCE SPEAKER BIOS

Invited Conference Speakers

Dr. Beckerman is the Assistant Director of Michigan Balance—Vestibular Testing and Rehabilitation at Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan Health) in Ann Arbor. In addition to providing direct patient care, she is responsible for clinical and operational oversight of the clinic. The clinical team is comprised of audiologists and physical therapists who are exclusively dedicated to caring for patients with vertigo, dizziness, and balance disorders. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan in 2012, Dr. Beckerman was the Audiology Program Director at Allegiance Health, a community health system in Jackson, Michigan, where she developed and implemented a Balance and Falls Prevention Program. Dr. Beckerman has served on ASHA’s ASHA’s Board of Directors and Audiology Advisory Council and has been active with her state association in various capacities. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Audiology from Northwestern University, and she received her Au.D. from A.T. Still University.

Melinda F. Bryan, Ph.D., CCC-A is currently a Professor and the Program Director of the Doctor of Audiology Program at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. In 2017, she received the Outstanding Research Advisor award at Louisiana Tech University. She has published articles in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, International Journal of Audiology, and the Journal of Educational Audiology. Her areas of teaching interests include amplification and aural rehabilitation. Her current research agenda includes the examination of the effectiveness of digital hearing instruments; the effect of earmold impression taking on HPD performance; and the benefit of soundfield amplification in classrooms.

Marie Ireland has 20 years experience supporting professionals, families, and children with disabilities. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language and Language Disorders (BCS-CL) who has served for 12 years as the Virginia Department of Education Specialist for Speech Language Pathology. Her areas of interest include comprehensive assessment, dynamic assessment and the impact of socio-economic, cultural and linguistic differences. Marie serves as the Vice President for SLP Practice for ASHA.

Scott Rubin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at LSU Health Sciences Center - New Orleans, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Tulane University, Department of Psychology. His research focuses on neurological function and associated deficits. Recently, his work has focused on quality of life (QOL) in neurogenic disorders. He has 25 years of academic and clinical experience in neurological processing and associated disorders. Dr. Rubin has had numerous scientific and professional publications, as well as many national and international presentations. He is also Co-Founder of "David’s Apple", an active not-for-profit stroke and aphasia advocacy program based in New Orleans.

Molly Thompson, M.S.,CCC-SLP has worked the entire age spectrum, from b-3, schools to nursing homes. She has part of a collaborative private practice, Ability Group, with a focus on toddlers through teens for over 25 years. Her clinical expertise includes profound speech disorders and treating language-learning disabilities. Making therapy fun increases the learning curve. She enjoys mentoring and advocating in our profession. She is the associate coordinator for SIG 1 (Language, Learning and Education) and an ASHA Fellow.

 Dr. Yaruss is a Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University. In addition to conducting research on the development of stuttering in young children, Dr. Yaruss has extensive experience working with children and adults who stutter in a wide variety of clinical settings. He has served on the board of directors of the National Stuttering Association and on the Steering Committee of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Special Interest Division for Fluency Disorders. Dr. Yaruss frequently presents continuing education workshops to help speech-language pathologists feel more confident in their ability to help preschool and school-age children, adolescents, and adults who stutter. He has authored or coauthored than 130 papers, articles, chapters, or booklets on stuttering. He is also co-author of the Overall Assessment of the Speaker’s Experience of Stuttering (OASES), as well as School-age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, Early Childhood Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, and Minimizing Bullying in Children Who Stutter: A Practical Guide for SLPs, and other guides published by Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc. (www.StutteringTherapyResources.com).

Linda Watson, EdD, CCC-SLP, is a Professor of Speech & Hearing Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and brings over 30 years of clinical and research experience with children with ASD. Since 2007, she has been involved in the development and evaluation of an intervention to improve pretend play and social-communication skills in preschoolers with ASD, carrying out research on this intervention within public school classrooms across 4 states. Dr. Watson will draw heavily on this intervention, called "Advancing Social-communication And Play (ASAP), and related interventions for the MSHA presentation. Dr. Watson’s keen interest in research that applies to “the real world” also is reflected in other projects, including the development and validation of a parent questionnaire to identify one-year-olds who are at-risk for later diagnoses of ASD, and a study in which she and her colleagues used this questionnaire to identify infants at-risk for ASD at 12 months of age and then evaluated the effects of providing in-home coaching to their parents on the use of responsive strategies to support their infants’ social-communication and sensory-regulatory development. Dr. Watson enjoys serving as a research mentor to undergraduate, Masters’ and doctoral students and teaching Introduction to Research Methods to graduate students in SLP and AuD programs, preparing them to evaluate the applicability of research findings to clinical practice questions.

Annette Hurley, PhD, is the Audiology Program Director and Interim Head of Communication Disorders at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans LA. As an associate professor she teaches classes in Auditory Processing Disorders, Electrophysiology, Pediatrics, and other courses. She also is active in the clinic.

Sherry Sancibrian is a University Distinguished Professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, where she has been the Program Director for Speech-Language Pathology for 18 years. She is an ASHA Fellow, a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language, and Presiding Officer of the Texas licensure board. She teaches coursework in pediatric language and speech sound disorders, and supervises clinical services for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Conference Speakers

Meagan Allen, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a graduate of Mississippi University for Women. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for clinical competence. Meagan had two years of clinical experience with the geriatric population targeting cognition, speech, language and dysphagia in the skilled nursing facility and outpatient therapy settings prior to joining the faculty within the Department of Otolaryngology at UMMC in 2013. She received the "Extra Mile" Award in the Department in 2014. Meagan's areas of interest include evaluation and treatment of feeding/swallowing disorders and cognitive-linguistic skills with medically complex infants, children and adolescents. She currently provides services at Batson Children's Hospital in the following areas: inpatient acute care, inpatient rehabilitation services (CRS), and outpatient modified barium swallow studies.

Josie Sevier Alston is Chief of the Division of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She currently specializes in the evaluation and treatment of resonance and voice disorders in adults and children and Head and Neck Cancer. Ms. Alston has over 20 years of experience treating patients and has presented at numerous state, regional and national conferences. In addition, she has authored several articles and published research related to vocal tremor. Ms. Alston has always been active with her state association and she currently she serves MSHA in several roles but most recently as Vice Chair of the Healthcare Committee. In addition, she is a Board Member for the Council of Developmental Disabilities in Mississippi and devotes her free time to her husband and two young children.

Robert Arnold, SLP.D., M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is the Chief Clinical Officer for Southeastern Biocommunication  Associates, LLC and has over 25 years of experience in Medical Speech-Language Pathology as a diagnostician, therapist, applied clinical research scientist, author, inventor, and adjunct professor.  He has made numerous presentations at the regional, national and international level.  Dr. Arnold has twice been presented with the Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award from the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama.  In addition, Dr. Arnold is the inventor of the Oromotor Dynamometer.

Brianna Barrett is an undergraduate senior at MUW in Columbus, MS.

Rebekah Bosley is a graduate clinician in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include literacy in children and pronoun comprehension in adults with intellectual disabilities.

Lauren Briscoe, CF-SLP, who is completing her Clinical Fellowship at North Mississiippi Medical Center - West Point. Lauren completed her Master's with the University of Mississippi speech-language pathology graduate program. She was selected to present her poster at the ASHA conference in Nov. 2017.

Danielle Brooks is an undergraduate senior at MUW in Columbus, MS.

Cindy Brown, B.S., is native of Jackson, MS. Cindy has worked in the Healthcare field for over 23 years and 19 of those years were associated with The MS Division of Medicaid. She is a VP of Membership of Toastmasters “Guess Who’s Talking Now” Club Number 3284. She has served as the Financial Advisor for The Jackson Rattlers AAU Basketball Team. She is a Youth Leader, Sunday school teacher and a member of the Leadership Board at Grace Inspiration Church; as well as an original Mississippi Mass Choir Member. Cindy has been married for 22 years to Percy Brown III and they have two sons; Percy Brown IV (19) and Peyton Omar Brown (18). Cindy received an Associate’s Degree from Hinds Jr. College and her Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management from Jackson State University.

Angie Brunson  is a full time speech pathologist practicing in Jackson, MS at the University of Mississippi Medical Center which is the state’s only Level 1 Trauma Center.   She is part of the adult acute care team and is a faculty member and instructor within the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences.  Angie enjoys supervising and training students and new clinicians for practice within a very challenging complex medical setting.  Evaluation and treatment of Dysphagia and voice/swallow within the head and neck Cancer population is Angie’s area of interest.   She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Southern Mississippi and Master of Science Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences.   She has over 20  years of experience in the field. 

Kaley Bufkin is a senior in Speech-Language Pathology at MUW.

Catherine Camargo is working towards pursuing a career as an SLP working in a primary or elementary school setting. She has developed an interest in this age and ensuring all students have maximal activity participation and inclusion in the school environment. Catherine obtained her Bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and is currently finishing her second year of graduate school at Ole Miss.

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Lauren Collier is an undergraduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Mississippi. Her research interests consist of adaptive functioning in young children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Kaitlin Connors is an undergraduate student majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include prosody and language comprehension of foreign accented speakers.

Tracy Curtis, M.S., CCC-SLP, Tracy earned her Bachelor of Science in General Science with emphasis on Communication Disorders at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS and completed her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Southwest Louisiana in Lafayette, LA.  She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language Association and is the recipient of multiple ACE Awards for continuing education. Tracy has worked with children in the public education setting for 20 years since receiving her Masters in 1997.  She has also worked with children and adults in various hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities and clinics during this time.  During the past three years, Tracy has expanded her education and role in AAC in the schools and has supported many students in using AAC within their school and community environments.

Mikayla Clouse is a senior in Speech-Language Pathology at MUW.

Olivia Davis is a senior Speech-Language Pathology major at the Mississippi University for Women.

Genna Edmondson is a senior in Speech-Language Pathology at MUW.

Sarah Fischer is an undergraduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Mississippi. After graduating in May 2018, she plans to pursue her master’s in Speech Language Pathology.

Kim Fowler is a senior Speech-Language Pathology major at the Mississippi University for Women.

Barbara Fox, MS, CCC-SLP has been an elementary teacher, school therapist, home health therapist, and contract therapist. Over a period of more than forty years she has learned from every client she’s seen but her experience as Mom to a daughter with Down syndrome has truly enhanced her skills more than anything else.

Edward L. Goshorn, Ph.D., CCC-A/SLP, is the Chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has more than 40 years of teaching, clinical, and research experience. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and presented over 75 papers at national or regional meetings. His scholarly areas of interest are: word recognition/speech perception, electrophysiology, and simulation/modeling of communication disorders.

Claire Gremillion is a senior Speech-Language Pathology major at the Mississippi University for Women.

Kimberly Grubbs is a Senior at The University of Southern Mississippi, majoring in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Spanish. Her primary focus is on increasing resources for cochlear implant recipients and those who are hard of hearing. Grubbs's research focuses on job preparation of current and future Speech-Language Pathologists who may work with clients who have cochlear implants.  Grubbs plans to earn a clinical doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology with the end goal of opening a clinic designed to provide services to low-income families

Kayla Hall is a senior Speech-Language Pathology major at the Mississippi University for Women.

Kara Hawthorne, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of CSD at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Her research focuses on prosodic development in children, as well as the role of prosody in language comprehension in various populations, including ID and cochlear implants.

Kym Heine, M.S., CCC-SLP, Kym earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and completed her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders at The Pennsylvania State University.  She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is the recipient of multiple ACE awards for continuing education earned. Kym has worked exclusively in the field of AAC since receiving her Masters in 1982.  She has been employed in a variety of settings to include rehabilitation centers, hospitals and outpatient clinics.  She previously owned a private practice which provided contractual services emphasizing the training of AAC facilitators in schools, group homes, residential facilities, and private homes.  Kym is a frequent presenter at conferences on topics relating to the use of speech generating devices and has presented at ASHA, ATIA, and numerous state conferences in both Louisiana and Mississippi.

Carolyn Wiles Higdon, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a professor at the University of Mississippi/UM Medical Center, and CEO: Wiles Higdon & Associates, LLC. Dr. Higdon holds national/international committee/board appointments, with a significant publication history. Her credentials include department chair, association president and chair of state licensing boards. Her honors include Fellow of ASHA, Phi Kappa Phi, and Honors of MSHA and CAPSCD. Dr. Higdon is a University of Alabama Faculty Scholar in Geriatrics. Dr. Higdon’s holds bachelor/master degrees from Kent State University and doctorate from the University of Georgia.

Caroline Hunter is a licensed speech-language pathologist who has been practicing speech therapy in the Jackson, MS area since 2010. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2008 and received a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Montevallo University in 2010. Caroline has 7 years of experience with pediatric populations in schools and medical settings. The majority of her experience has been working extensively with toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. She specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of communication disorders to include: receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation disorders, stuttering, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, social skills, and other developmental delays.

Edie E. Jones, MCD, CCC-SLP, completed her Master’s plus 30 degree in Communication Disorders at the University of South Carolina. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has worked in the public school setting for 20 years. She is currently the Head Diagnostic Clinician and Speech Language Pathologist Coordinator for Smith County School District. She has implemented many new programs over her 20 years in the school setting such as: pioneering new service delivery models; restructuring language services; providing parent trainings; implementing the use of technology for therapy; training and educating administrators, teachers, and staff; and designing reading and dyslexia programs. Most importantly she has positively advocated for the children in her district to receive proper speech-language-hearing therapy and services. Edie specializes in stuttering therapy, language and reading disorders, severe articulation disorders, and developmental disorders. Edie is currently serving her second term on the Executive Board as the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing. In this capacity, she has developed and expanded the roles and responsibilities of this position to better serve the members of the association. Under her direction the MSHA website has been totally redesigned and a Blog has been implemented into the new website. Furthermore, social media is now being utilized to reach the membership and the public with the addition of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Expansion of the social media outlets are being designed and planned.  E-Blasts are being utilized more effectively to keep everyone informed of important information. She has also helped to increase advertising partnerships and sponsors for the association.

Hortencia Kayser, Ph.D. CCC-SLP is a Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. Dr. Kayser is a graduate from the University of Arizona and New Mexico State University. She has presented on the topic of assessment and intervention at national and state conferences. She has written 3 books on assessment and intervention for bilingual children. Dr. Kayser is a Fellow of ASHA and has received the Award for Contributions to Multicultural Populations.

Gina Keene is a speech-language pathologist with over twenty years of experience working in a variety of populations. She has worked in schools, outpatient clinics, early intervention programs, and university settings. Her interests include AAC evaluation and therapy, language and literacy instruction, language development in natural settings, and engagement of parents and caregivers as primary players in the acquisition of language.

Karen Kellum, Ph.D., currently serves as the Associate Director of Institutional Research and Assessment and Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Mississippi.  Her research interests include student preference and contextual manipulations to improve student learning.

Kendall King is a senior in Speech-Language Pathology at MUW.

Melissa A. Ladner, M.S., CCC-SLP, is from Biloxi, MS.  Melissa is currently serving her third year as the Vice President of School Issues and is leading the 216 Track. The Schools Committee actively represents MSHA at the Mississippi Department of Education and other educationally relevant organizations.  The Schools Committee has a long history of promoting SLP’s in the state and improving work conditions to increase the quality of services to children with communicative impairments.  A few recent initiatives and hot topics of the Schools Committee include 216 Conference Track, 216 Mentoring Tool, Telepractice, Employee Satisfaction Survey, and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Overall, the Schools Committee is dedicated to advocating for Mississippi’s children and the Speech Language Pathologists that serve in the school environment.

Donna Landry, M.S., CCC-SLP, has over 29 years of experience in Medical Speech-Language Pathology with extensive eclectic clinical experience in diagnostics, treatment, and prevention of Cognitive Communication Disorders, Motor Speech Disorders, Voice Disorders, and Swallow Disorders.  In addition to her 21 years of experience practicing in Long Term Care facilities, she also has significant experience practicing in home health, outpatient, hospital, schools, and Head Start.  She is Vital Stim Certified and LSVT Certified.

Teresa Laney, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a Speech Language Instructional Specialist with the Mississippi Department of Education. In this role, she provides professional development to school districts both regionally and individually as needed. She has 12 years of experience as a school-based Speech-Language Pathologist in three different districts in Mississippi. Teresa has a B.S. in Speech-Language and Audiology from the University of Southern Mississippi and an M.S. in Communication Disorders from Western Kentucky University, and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also certified in dyslexia testing and has seven years of experience tutoring children with reading difficulties. Teresa currently lives in Madison County with her husband.

Alyse Lemoine is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Mississippi, studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and her research interests include hearing protection and noise induced hearing loss.

Kylie Lindsey is an undergraduate student majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Mississippi.  Her research interests include prosody in intellectual disabilities.

Greg Little, Ph.D., is a nationally known speaker and motivator, has presented seminars on laughter and mental health treatment extensively throughout the United States.  They emphasize active involvement by participants.  Greg has pulled together his education (including a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation and a Ph.D. in Adult Education) and employment background to lead dynamic seminars. Whether teaching participants to cope with stress, bond as a productive group or realize their hidden strengths, his seminars are hard hitting and memorable.

Amy Livingston, MS, CCC-SLP is an instructor and speech-language pathologist. She is director of the Hearing Impaired Language Literacy Transition Lab at Ole Miss. She supervises graduates students as they work on multidisciplinary teams around North Mississippi transitioning students who exhibit moderate/severe language disorders with documented transitioning issues into their least restrictive environment. Amy teaches undergraduate courses in speech sound disorders, diagnostics and SLPs/ SLP-As working in the schools.

Susan Loveall-Hague, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in Communication Sciences at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include language and literacy in developmental disabilities.

Rebecca Lowe, Au.D., is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Mississippi and co-director of the University of Mississippi Speech and Hearing Center. Her research interests include audiologic rehabilitation, audiologic disorders, and hearing protection.

  1. Andrea Lowrie, M.S., CCC-SLP, received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Alabama in May 1997. She then completed her CFY at LifeCare Center of Tullahoma. She then worked at inpatient rehabilitation facilities, Methodist Rehab Center and University Rehab Center, for the next 16 years before transferring to the acute care setting in October 2014.

Erin Keefer is an undergraduate senior at MUW in Columbus, MS.

Mary Grace Key is an undergraduate senior at MUW in Columbus, MS.

Shelby Matthews is a senior Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate at the University of Mississippi. She is currently a research assistant to Dr. Lowe investigating the Effects of In-Service Training on school personnel in regards to hearing loss and student amplification devices.

Madeline Mabus is an undergraduate senior at MUW in Columbus, MS.

Charles G. Marx, Au.D., CCC-A is an Audiologist and Associate Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi. A graduate of Mississippi State University (B.A.) and the University of Southern Mississippi (M.S., Au.D.), Dr. Marx teaches courses involving the electrophysiological assessment of hearing and balance.   His primary clinical duties at the University involve the electrophysiological assessment of hearing in infants and young children and general Pediatric and Adult behavioral audiometry.  Prior to working at USM, Dr. Marx served as the director of Wesley Medical Center’s Neurodiagnostics Department for 25 years. 

 

Hailey Middleton, M.S., CCC-SLP, has a Master in Science degree in Communication Disorders from Jackson State University. She is currently employed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS where she provides diagnostic and outpatient therapy services for cognitively impaired children and adolescents.  She also has two years of experience working alongside Adult Neurology Associate Professor, Amanda Witt, as well as other Nurse Practitioners in Trauma services to provide cognitive screening for concussion management in concussion follow up clinics. Hailey has a keen interest in the application of whole brain learning utilizing interhemispheral techniques which have aided in quicker recovery of post-concussive symptoms as well as those that suffer from TBI and various neurocognitive diagnoses.

Laura McCarty, M.S., CCC-SLP has been an instructor and faculty-level speech-language pathologist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center since 2010. She received her undergraduate and graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The recipient of the "Graduate Clinician of the Year" award, she went on to begin her career as an adult inpatient rehabilitation therapist at UMMC. After 3 years, she transitioned to work with adults in the acute care hospital at UMMC, which is where she currently resides, seeing patients from a wide range of acuity levels anywhere from ventilator-dependent TBIs to TIAs.

Molly McCleskey is a senior Speech-Language Pathology major at the Mississippi University for Women.

Ashley Bourque Meaux, PhD, CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Southeastern Louisiana University. Her research interests include language and literacy development from early childhood through school-aged children. Her clinical experience spans from early intervention to early elementary school.

Clarion Mendes, MA CCC-SLP/L is a clinical assistant professor and Director of Clinical Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to working in higher education, Clarion worked for 5 years in skilled nursing. In 2012, she and her fellow clinician, Jean McCarthy, MHS, MS OTR/L, developed the First Friday Journal Club, an interprofessional monthly journal club, focusing on collaboration and clinical issues. At the University of Illinois, Clarion instructs the graduate courses in voice disorders and motor speech disorders. She developed a graduate course in Medical Methods for Speech-Language Pathology and co-developed a course on traumatic brain injury (TBI). She also serves as a clinical educator for the university's in-house clinic and for an external, dementia care program which she co-developed with Dr. Raksha Mudar, CCC-SLP.

Chloe Morgan is a senior in Speech-Language Pathology at MUW.

William D. Mustain, Ph.D., CCC-A, CNIM, BCS-IOM, is Professor, Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences and Professor, Neurology, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS.  He also serves as Director of Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring, Neurophysiology Laboratory, University Hospitals and Clinics.  As a licensed audiologist, Dr. Mustain has been involved in intraoperative facial nerve monitoring and clinical facial nerve assessment for over 30 years.

Jenna Nassar is a pediatric speech pathologist and an instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In addition to these roles, Mrs. Nassar is also the Clinical internship coordinator for the department of Speech Pathology. She specializes in pediatric swallow and feeding disorders and is trained in the SOS approach to feeding. She is a member of both the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and the Mississippi Speech Language and Hearing Association. Her background includes several years of working with swallowing disorders in trach and ventilator patients. She graduated summa cum laude in 2007 from Mississippi University for Women with a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science. She then graduated in 2009 with high distinction with a Master’s degree in Communicative Sciences from Jackson State University. She enjoys the academia related to her profession and has served as an intermittent adjunct professor with Jackson State University as well as a student intern supervisor. She resides in Madison with her husband, 2 daughters, and 2 dogs. In her free time, she enjoys photography, travel, skiing, and being with family.

Lesley Parker is an undergraduate senior at MUW in Columbus, MS.

Marietta Paterson, Ed.D is Director of the Education of the Deaf program and Associate Professor in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department of the University of Southern Mississippi. She has taught in university preparation programs in Canada, the United States and Australia. She has presented many times on the topics of early auditory-oral intervention for children with hearing loss using cochlear implants and hearing aids, parent guidance, and speech and spoken language development through audition. Dr. Paterson has three recently co-authored chapters with Dr. Christina Perigoe: Understanding Auditory Development and the Child with Hearing Loss (2017, second edition); Speech Production Assessment for Children with Hearing Loss (2015); Functional Auditory Assessment for Children with Hearing Loss (2016). Dr. Paterson has been an educational leader as Principal of St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis and Director of the Vancouver Oral Centre for Deaf Children in British Columbia

Susan Perry, M.S., CCC-SLP, CALT, is Research/Data Coordinator at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi.  She received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from USM and is pursuing a doctorate in Research, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment from USM.  Mrs. Perry holds Mississippi licensure in the areas of speech-language and education.  She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the Academic Language Therapy Association.   She is an adjunct instructor in the Dyslexia Therapy master’s degree program at Southern Miss.

Rachel K. Powell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a past President of the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Rachel received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Southern Mississippi, and her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Louisiana State University. She specializes in language development and disorders, and literacy acquisition and disorders. She has served as a speech-language pathologist, diagnostician, Response to Intervention Specialist, and Data/Language Special Education Coach in both Louisiana and Mississippi public schools for 14 years. Rachel is currently employed by the University of Southern Mississippi as a Visiting Professor. She serves as the Mississippi representative for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council, on ASHA’s Scientific and Professional Education Board, is the Legislative Chair for MSHA, and is the MSHA State Education Advocacy Liaison (SEAL) to ASHA.

Ivy Robbins is a senior Speech-Language Pathology major at the Mississippi University for Women.

Madison Savoy is an undergraduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include language development and comprehension in individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Jessamyn Schertz, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in Linguistics at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on speech perception and production.

Missy Schraeder, M.S., CCC-SLP, CALT-QI, is the Interim Director at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi.  Previously, she served as the school’s professional development coordinator and a classroom teacher.  She received her master’s degree from Southern Miss and is a nationally certified speech-language pathologist. She is an adjunct instructor at The University of Southern Mississippi and is a Certified Academic Language Therapist and a Qualified Instructor.  She holds Mississippi licensure in Speech-Language Pathology and Education (speech-language, K-8).  She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Academic Language Therapy Association, the Mississippi Chapter of the Academic Language Therapy Association, and the Alliance Review Committee.  She has presented at regional and national conferences in the areas of oral and written language disorders (including dyslexia), multisensory instruction, and childhood apraxia of speech.

Katheryn Singer is a senior at The University of Mississippi graduating in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Minor in Education. Katheryn has initiated her research in ASD this year, in hopes of continuing it in graduate school.

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Jordan Stark, B.S., is a speech-language pathology student at the University of Mississippi where she plans to graduate with her Masters' degree in May 2018. Her main interests in the field include working with clients who are deaf or hard of hearing, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and pediatric medical.

Sarah Strickland is a speech language pathology Graduate school student at the University of Mississippi with an interest in the diversities of language.

Susan Stringer, M.S., CCC-SLP, joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center faculty in 2005 as an instructor in Speech-Language Pathology. She received her undergraduate degree in Communicative Sciences in 2002 followed by a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2004 from The University of Southern Mississippi. Susan is currently licensed by the State of Mississippi, and is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association. Susan has worked in various areas in speech pathology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center with both pediatric and adult patients.  She currently focuses on evaluation and treatment of acquired swallowing and communicative disorders in the adult acute care setting.

Emma Kate Thome is a senior honors student at the University of Mississippi. Following her time at Ole Miss, Emma Kate plans to earn her MS in Speech-Language Pathology. Her research interests include SLP’s use of evidence-based practice.

Delaney Tice is a senior Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate at the University of Mississippi. She is currently a research assistant to Dr. Lowe investigating the Effects of In-Service Training on school personnel in regards to hearing loss and student amplification devices.

Courtney Turner, Au.D., CCC-A, is an educational audiologist at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development and a clinical supervisor at the University of Southern Mississippi Speech & Hearing Clinic. She currently serves on the advocacy committee of the Educational Audiology Association and will graduate from the ASHA Leadership Development Program this Summer.

Rachel Tyrone, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a Pediatric SLP. She obtained her bachelors and masters degree in speech language pathology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She specializes in evaluation and treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. She has practiced in this field since January 2016 and had the privilege of attending multiple conferences relating to the management and treatment pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders by renowned therapists like Joan Arvedson, Catherine Shaker, and Krisi Brackett. She has also attended a behavioral management training course from UMMC's own behavioral psychology department. Rachel is passionate about her specialty and educating and encouraging other therapists in the field of feeding/swallowing.

Mary K. Ulmer, M.S., is the Office Director for Medical Services in the Office of the Governor, Division of Medicaid for the State of Mississippi.  Ms. Ulmer earned her MS in Marriage & Family Counseling from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi and her BA in Psychology from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi.  Ms. Ulmer is responsible for the coordination and management of ancillary and certain facility services for the Division of Medicaid (DOM) which includes: Dental, Oral Surgery, Orthodontia, Hearing, Vision, Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and Medical Supplies, Orthotics and Prosthetics, Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHS), Rural Health Clinics (RHC and Home Health services.  Ms. Ulmer is also responsible for ensuring DOM contracted vendors provide transportation services for eligible Mississippi Medicaid beneficiaries, utilization management and quality reviews for fee for services beneficiaries, family planning services, extended services for high risk pregnant/postpartum women and early intervention services for Medicaid eligible children.  In addition to her role with the Office of the Governor, Ms. Ulmer has experience working in community mental health, behavior health, addictions and marriage and family counseling.

Mallory Upchurch, M.S., CCC-SLP, joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center faculty in March 2015 as a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. She attended graduate school at the University of Mississippi where she received a MS degree in speech-language pathology. She is licensed by the state of Mississippi and is certified by American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Her clinical interest are pediatric speech and language, developmental delays and syndromes, pediatric feeding and swallowing, neonatal intensive care unit, and rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury. She is currently serving as the CEU coordinator for the speech department.

Annalise Valle is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Mississippi, studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and her research interests include hearing loss in Down syndrome and language development.

Jordan Wade is a senior Speech-Language Pathology major at the Mississippi University for Women.

Kimberly Ward is an Assistant Professor and Audiologist at The University of Southern Mississippi where she serves as the Audiology Clinical Education Coordinator for the Doctor of Audiology program. Dr. Ward teaches graduate courses in the doctoral program and also provides direct service provision and supervision to patients across the lifespan for diagnostic evaluations, hearing aid fittings, and cochlear implant evaluations and subsequent programming. Dr. Ward is serving her second term as chair of the ASHA Medicaid Committee as well as President-Elect for MSHA. She received the MSHA Clinical Achievement Award in 2015.

Mary Kendall Ware is a senior in Speech-Language Pathology at MUW.

Amber Watson received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Alabama and is currently a second year graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Mississippi. Her interests center on speech and language services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Alison Webster, MS, CCC-SLP, CALT, is the professional development coordinator at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi. Previously, she served as the school’s enrollment coordinator and a classroom teacher. She is a nationally certified speech-language pathologist and certified academic language therapist. She holds Mississippi licensure in Speech-Language Pathology (K-12) and an endorsement in Mild to Moderate Disabilities in Special Education(K-12). She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Academic Language Therapy Association and the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi.

Kathy Wentland, MA, CCC-SLP, instructor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center since 1999. Serves as the speech language pathologist in the Muscular Dystrophy Clinic, providing AAC evaluations to patients with neuromuscular disorders and head and neck cancer. Ms. Wentland also provides evaluation and treatment of adults with acquired neurologic speech and language disorders. Previous employment involved evaluation and treatment in acute brain injury rehabilitation units and outpatient clinics.

Madden Wilbert is a senior Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate at the University of Mississippi. She is currently a research assistant to Dr. Lowe investigating the Effects of In-Service Training on school personnel in regards to hearing loss and student amplification devices.

Cindy Wiltcher, M.S., CCC-SLP graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1981 and worked as a speech language pathologist for the Jones County Schools for 33 years before retiring in 2014.  For the past three years, she has worked as a part-time reading tutor at Moselle Elementary School.  She is currently working with the Hattiesburg Headstart Centers in the area of reading readiness.

Peyton Willoughby is an undergraduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Mississippi. Willoughby’s research interests include the development of phonological awareness in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Andie Zang is an undergraduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include the effect of the prosody on language interpretation in individuals with intellectual disabilities as well as in individuals with cochlear implants.

Alexis Zosel is a junior at the University of Mississippi studying Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor focus in Spanish and Psychology. She is currently involved in research surrounding foreign accent perception.