November/December 2017 | MSHA eNews | View Online

A message from MSHA

In this Issue:

» From the President

» SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Convention

» MSHA Meetup

» MSHA Strategic Planning Completed

» Collaborative Workshop Held

» MSHA has Big Things in the Works!

» Nominations due February 1 for MSHA Awards & Recognition

» Legislative Steering Committee Update

» ACE Award Listing: April-June 2017

From the President

Happy Wind Down to the End of 2017!

I can’t believe that I am writing my final message as president! It has been an energizing year giving me constant reminders of the wonderful members that make up MSHA, and the amazing skills you all possess as professionals supporting all the people in our state with communication disorders and their families. The range of talents puts me in a state of everlasting awe.

In this year, MSHA achieved maintaining our membership, reaching out to students and new professionals in starting our Future Professionals Committee, strengthened partnerships with the Minnesota Departments of Health and Education, interviewed and selected our new association management company, had many conversations with our ASHA liaison and other representatives, had a successful Annual Convention and two workshops and protected the licensing requirements for SLPs practicing in the schools. BUT the greatest impact is still at our grassroots level where our volunteers make up the Executive Council and Policy Council, lead committees, are ASHA liaisons and participate in committees and events. Thank you to all of you for being MSHA, making MSHA and believing in MSHA.

Extra thanks to Pete Amberg, Judy Gelderman, Maxine Slobof and Allison Isenberg for their tenure on Executive Council. Welcome to incoming President Melissa Lonsky. Their ingenuity and positive can do attitudes will bring even greater things to our Association.

Hope to see you at a MSHA Meetup, at Convention in April or hear from you anytime (I’m still around for a year as Past President). 

With gratitude,
Cindy McInroy
MSHA President

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Convention


2018 MSHA Convention
April 13-14, 2018
Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis
Bloomington, MN


MSHA’s Annual Spring Convention features two full days of local and national speakers presenting on an array of subjects for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. The 2018 Convention will offer the opportunity to earn CEUs and network at the Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis in Bloomington, Minnesota, April 13-14, 2018. Heidi Hahn will be our keynote presenter on Friday, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) 2018 President-Elect, Shari Robertson, will be participating in a Meet and Greet on Friday evening and will be one of our highlighted presenters on Saturday. Plan to join us!

Visit our website for more details.  

Questions? Contact the MSHA Office at 855-727-2836 or via email at

MSHA Meetup

One of MSHA's goals is to give all communication sciences and disorders (CSD) providers (audiologists, speech-language pathologists and all assistants) the opportunity to network and socialize with other CSD providers in their area. Our next MSHA Meetup is being held next week. Details are as follows:


Thursday, December 14, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


LTD Brewing Company
8 8th Avenue North
Hopkins, MN 55343

You do not need to be a MSHA member to attend. There is no fee or ticket needed to attend. You just need to show up!

You are responsible for any food or drinks you choose to purchase. You can come and go as you please. Bring your business cards if you have them. Let's have fun!

Please pass this along to all of your fellow colleagues as everyone is invited.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

MSHA Strategic Planning Completed

What happens for a full Friday evening and all day Saturday in beautiful Minnesota October weather? Why, MSHA strategic planning of course! Current and incoming officers to Executive Council, the Policy Council Chair and Vice Chair, Legislative Steering Committee Co-Chairs, Student Representatives and our management company met with our ASHA liaison, Janet Deppe, to develop a new strategic plan for MSHA.

In upcoming newsletters, we will highlight the primary strategic areas and objectives set for MSHA to achieve over the next five years. We have also written a new mission and vision statement. The planning was based on member feedback in a survey sent out to randomly selected ASHA members living in Minnesota. It was an intensive and thought-provoking day and a half, with an end product that will not be just a nice thought or something on the shelf. Rather, it is a working document for MSHA to measure itself by, as a structure for Executive Council meetings and all committee planning.

Thank you to the University of Minnesota for donating the meeting space and to Janet Deppe and our management company representatives for volunteering their time to travel from Maryland and Pennsylvania to guide this incredible process. 


Collaborative Workshop Held

MSHA and the Interpreting Stakeholder Group (ISG) held a second collaborative workshop on November 4, at the Minnesota Department of Education Conference Center. More than 50 speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and communication disorders students along with 50 interpreters participated in demonstrations of common SLP and interpreter activities. This was followed by dynamic small group discussions of six common topics, which were summarized to the full group for implementation in the fields.

Everyone in attendance supported the idea of ongoing connections between SLPs and interpreters across health and education, so a 2018 event will be in the works! Contact the Multicultural Affairs Committee if you want to be in on the planning.

MSHA has Big Things in the Works!

Keep an eye out in the coming months for announcements on how we are improving our Association. Look for updates to arrive in your mailbox, inbox and on the MSHA website.

Nominations due February 1 for MSHA Awards & Recognition

MSHA recognizes the dedication and efforts made by professionals and patients in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. Each year, awards are presented to worthy individuals at the Annual Convention based on nominations received by MSHA.

For details on award categories, criteria and the nomination form visit the MSHA website.

For all awards, nominators must be current members of MSHA; however, letters in support of a nomination may be from nonmembers.

Questions? Contact the MSHA Committee on Recognition & Honors chair, Sarah James, at 218-590-4174 or email


Legislative Steering Committee Update

As our organization prepares for another legislative session, I thought a review of what the legislative steering committee has been working on was in order.  

  1. Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPA) Licensure - We have not yet secured a license and we are continuing to meet with legislators and stakeholders in order to help our licensure bill pass.
  2. Tiered Licensure for Teachers and how this affects speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and other related service providers - At the last Standards and Rules committee meeting at the Minnesota Department of Education it was proposed and supported that SLPs and other related service providers start at Tier 3 of the four tiers. 
  3. Monitoring the music therapists as they attempt to gain licensure in the State of Minnesota - The music therapists have not been successful in passing a licensure bill.  

The Legislative Steering Committee will begin meeting again so if you are interested in serving on this committee please contact the MSHA office at

Jeremy Braun
Legislative Steering Committee Co-Chair

ACE Award Listing: April-June 2017

During this period, the following ASHA members and /or certificate holders were presented the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) by the Continuing Education Board. The ACE is a formal recognition of professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning by earning 7.0 CEUs (70 contact hours) within a 36-month period.

  • Alexandra Alexander, Duluth
  • Erik Belgum, Shafer
  • Bonnie Berg, Lake Crystal
  • Nicole Boucher, Detroit Lakes
  • Jeremy Braun, Byron
  • Antonio Caldwell, Minneapolis
  • Debra Cowley, Chaska
  • Katherine Feitz, Plymouth
  • Janet Freeman, Robbinsdale
  • Kristen Isaacson, Crookston
  • Marie Johnstad, Erskine
  • Meghan Kelly, Minneapolis
  • Paula King, Blaine
  • Laurie Laqualia, Duluth
  • John Littlefield, Saint Cloud
  • Meghan McKusky, West St Paul
  • Kelsey Mealey, Duluth
  • Carrie Morris, Sartell
  • Valerie Olheiser, Minneapolis
  • Diana Orbelo, Rochester
  • Brenna Pham, Saint Louis Park
  • Kara Sinner, Lakeville
  • Sarah Spoor, New Ulm
  • Kaylen Whetstone, Oakdale
  • Aubrey White, Minneapolis
  • Jena Wilhelmi, Columbia Heights

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