We are extremely pleased to be able to offer the following slate. Below are nominations received. All nominees have agreed to serve:
- Director, Advocacy — Lewis Golinker vs. Susan Koerner
- Director, Membership – Beth Speaker Christensen
- ISAAC Liaison – Tami Altschuler
- Secretary – Alison Pentland
Here is additional information about each (short bios) nominee:
- Director of Advocacy Nominee – Lewis Golinker. Lewis Golinker is an attorney who serves as the Director of the Assistive Technology Law Center. He has been advocating for expansion and protection of SGD access since 1982. His work has largely been focused on SGD coverage and funding by health benefits sources and he also has worked to support SGD access and funding by school districts and telecommunications equipment distribution programs. He has served for many years as a USSAAC board member and as USSAAC Advocacy Director. He is a frequent contributor to the ASHA SIG 12 list serv and has been a regular presentation leader in USSAAC webinars, and ISAAC and ASHA conferences.
- Director of Advocacy Nominee – Susan Koerner. Susan Koerner is a doctorate student at the University of Kansas. Her main area of study is AAC, with other interests in family-centered interventions, coaching, and professional development. Prior to returning to school, Susan worked for five years as a speech-language pathologist primarily in outpatient settings where she performed AAC evaluations and intervention daily. In addition to her studies, Susan currently works as a clinical supervisor at the Shiefelbusch Speech-Language Hearing Clinic and is a Pardee AAC Lab fellow. She has spoken at state and national conferences in the areas of AAC assessment and intervention, and has been sharing about AAC through her blog AACtualTalk since 2018. Susan received her master’s degree at Fort Hays State University in 2014.
- Director of Membership Nominee – Beth Speaker Christensen. Beth 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 currently second Vice-Chair for 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 help create robust language systems for AAC in many more languages used around the world. There are simply too many countries, languages and families who should be included in the AAC world.
- ISAAC Liaison Nominee – Tami Altschuler. Tami Altschuler is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Specialist in Patient-Provider Communication at NYU Langone Medical Center and in New York, NY. She is spearheading hospital wide initiatives to establish communication access for all patients throughout the continuum of care. Tami is currently a board member of USSAAC in the role of ISAAC Liaison, is on the conference committee for the ISAAC 2021 Conference, and an active member of the Patient-Provider Communication Forum. She has presented nationally and internationally as well as published on the topic of patient-provider communication.
- Secretary Nominee – Alison Pentland. Alison Pentland is a Speech-Language Pathologist providing a range of services in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Since receiving her master’s degree from San Jose State University, she has delivered AAC assessment and therapy services in schools as well as early intervention. In addition to direct clinical work, Alison teaches graduate SLP students at SJSU and coaches school-based SLPs through the Diagnostic Center of Northern California. After work hours, you can find Alison on Zoom with her best friend and fellow AAC Specialist, fostering their passion project, AACtively Communicating.