Board of Directors

Officers:

President

Amy Goldman, MS, CCC-Sp\L
Term: 2022 – 2023

Amy S. Goldman, MS, CCC-Sp/L first joined the USSAAC Board of Directors in 2016, serving two terms as the VP for Finance.  A long-time ISAAC member and supporter, she served as Chair, Social Events for the 1992 Biennial Conference (Philadelphia) and co-chaired the ISAAC 2012 Biennial Conference (Pittsburgh).  A past president of the PA Speech-Language-Hearing Association and past chair of ASHA’s SIG 12 (AAC), she is chair of the PA Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Amy represents USSAAC on the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC).  Amy specialized in AAC services and pre- and in-service training about AT and AAC, and has been a vigorous advocate for people with complex communication needs throughout her long career.  


President Elect

Tracy Rackensperger, Ph.D.
Term: 2022 – 2023

Tracy lives life to the fullest! Born with cerebral palsy, she uses assistive technology for mobility, daily living, employment, computer access, and communication. She recently completed her doctorate and is a faculty member at the University of Georgia, Institute on Human Development and Disability, teaching undergraduate students, training and providing technical assistance, and preparing articles for research publication. She has conducted research and published scholarly works regarding AAC, transition and people with disabilities. When not working, you can find her fishing, rock climbing, surfing, tubing, or just about any outdoor activity she can find.


Current USSAAC President Yoo Sung Chung

Past President

Yoosun Chung, Ph.D.
Term: 2022-2023

Yoosun is an associate professor in the Division of Special Education and disAbility Research of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. As an AAC user, she has focused on the use of Mainstream Intelligent Digital Assistant of AAC users, the perspectives of AAC users, the attitudes towards AAC users in public, how to increase awareness of AAC in public, etc.

She was the recipient of the WORDS+/ISAAC Outstanding Consumer Lecture Award from ISAAC in 2006, the Teaching Excellence Award – Teaching with Technology from Center for Teaching Excellent at George Mason University in 2012 and the Edwin and Esther Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture Award from ASHA in 2017. Dr. Chung received her bachelor’s degree from George Mason University and her master’s degree from Cornell University in Computer Science.


Vice President, Financial Affairs

Sarah Blackstone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Term: 2022 – 2023

A founder of USSAAC, Sarah remains deeply committed to addressing barriers to communication ACCESS across settings, circumstances and communication partners.

She served on several non-profit boards and recently stepped down from NIDCD’s Council. Sarah is principal investigator of The Bridge School project, Cortical Visual Impairment and Children who use AAC. She co-chairs USSAAC’s Disaster Relief Committee.    


Vice President, People who use AAC and their Families

Tina Moreno, M.A. CCC-SLP, ATP
Term: 2022 – 2023

Tina is mother to Mateo, who is 22 years old. Born with apraxia and dysarthria, he has been an AAC user since the age of four. Tina has learned about AAC and assistive technology right beside Mateo—returning to school when he was eight years old to become a speech-language pathologist in order to better support him and others. Tina received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Cleveland State University. She is a member of ASHA and an Assistive Technology Professional through RESNA. She serves the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Cleveland, Ohio where she focuses on AAC assessment and implementation, working primarily with school-aged communicators. She is co-founder and co-director of Camp ALEC, a summer literacy camp for children with significant disabilities who use AAC. She also owns a small private practice and presents locally and nationally on AAC and literacy, sometimes with Mateo. Tina enjoys providing training, coaching, and encouragement to individuals, families, and educational teams who are just starting out on their own AAC journeys.


Secretary

Alison Pentland, MA, CCC-SLP
Term: 2021 – 2022

Alison received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from San Jose State University in California where she participated in its AAC in Educational Settings grant. She focuses on AAC assessment and treatment, working with communicators of all ages in their homes and schools. She also provides indirect services and training for family members and professionals in California.  Alison is an advocate and firm believer that communication is a human and civil right.


Lewis while giving a talk

Director, Advocacy

Lewis Golinker, Esq.
Term: 2022– 2023

Lew is a lawyer and Director of the Assistive Technology Law Center. His relevant experience includes over three decades of legal and policy advocacy and professional education services directed to expanding and protecting SGD coverage and access by health and other benefits funding programs. It also includes many years of service as a member of the USSAAC board, both as a regional representative and as its Advocacy Director. He’s also a part of USSAAC’s Advocacy and Public Policy committee.


Director, Membership

Beth Speaker Christensen
Term: 2022 – 2023

Beth Speaker-Christensen is a speech/language pathologist who owns a private practice in Brookfield, Illinois.  She graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1991 (BS. Communicative Disorders) and 1994 (MA. Speech/Language Pathology).  Beth spent the early part of her career working for a contract agency servicing skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, and schools in the Chicagoland area. Beth worked for Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago for 14 years, a special education cooperative for 7 years, a non-profit outpatient therapy clinic for 3 years before opening her own private practice, AAC Helper, LLC.  Beth joined USSAAC in 2016 and has been a member of the Awareness and Membership committees since joining.

Beth is a member of ASHA and an Assistive Technology Professional through RESNA. Beth is a member of RESNA’s Professional Standards Board. She holds an Assistive Technology Certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a LAMP Certified Provider. She has two kids, two cats and enjoys knitting and jigsaw puzzles. Her dream is to be part of the Bruce Baker Language Initiative to create more languages for AAC all over the world.  There are simply too many countries, languages and families who should be included in the AAC world.


Director, Professional Affairs

Betsy Caporale, M.S., CCC-SLP, AAC/AT Specialist
Term: 2022-2023

Betsy has been working in the field of AAC/AT for over 20 years. In 2006 she earned her Competency Certificate in Communication Assistive Technology Applications from The National Association of State Directors of Special Education and was awarded an Assistive Technology Specialty Certificate in Communication Services from the University of South Florida. She has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to Autism and Complex Communication Needs. While working for the California Department of Education, Northern California Diagnostic Center she developed and taught an AAC Assessment and Services Certification Course, certifying over 200 speech-language pathologists serving students in educational settings. Betsy is the owner of Augmentative Communication Solutions, a private practice supporting students and school districts in California.


Director, Public Information

Lois Jean Brady, MA, CCC-SLP
Term: 2022 – 2023

Lois is CEO of iTherapy, LLC. She is a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) & Assistive Technology Specialist. She is a recipient of a National Science Foundation/Small Business Research and Innovation (NSF/SBIR) Grant, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and winner of three assistive technology Hack-a-thons, Benjamin Franklin Award for Apps for Autism, and an Ursula Award for Autism TodayTV. She partnered with Microsoft to add features of artificial intelligence (AI) to InnerVoice Communication App.

Lois is currently a member of USSAAC’s Disaster Relief Committee and is on the Board of Directors for the California Communications Access Foundation & Board of Advisors for the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.


photo of Tami Altschuler, looking at the camer

ISAAC Liaison

Tami Altschuler, MA, CCC-SLP
Term: 2022 – 2023

Tami is a Clinical Specialist in Patient-Provider Communication in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at New York University Langone Medical Center and the Rusk Rehabilitation Institute of Medicine in New York, NY. She is spearheading hospital-wide patient-provider communication initiatives to establish and increase communication supports throughout the continuum of care. She has presented nationally and internationally on the topic of patient-provider communication.

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