GSHA Executive Council (2022-2023)

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President:

Nicole A. Hines, 

Nicole A. Hines, MS, CCC-SLP is a speech pathologist and is the owner of Swallowology Mobile Diagnostics, LLC providing mobile Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) to patients throughout north Georgia.  Nicole also provides therapy services in the NICU.  She received her Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania in 2005.

With a passion for dysphagia education and advocacy Nicole has previously presented at multiple state association conventions including Georgia, New York and Louisiana.  She has also been a guest lecturer at University of Georgia and Stony Brook University. 

Nicole also established an online dysphagia journal club in 2018.  She is a five time recipient of the ASHA ACE award and current member of Special Interest Group-13 for Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

President Elect:

Sarah Rapillard

Sarah currently resides in Statesboro, Georgia. She earned her bachelor of science in communication sciences and disorders from Armstrong State University, and her master of science in speech-language pathology from Auburn University. Sarah has experience treating patients across the lifespan, and is currently practicing at The Therapy SPOT. She is passionate about many areas of the field of speech-language pathology including patient advocacy and community education. 

Immediate Past President

Emily Mohr

Emily A. Mohr, M.S. CCC-SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist working in the Dekalb County School District by way of EBS Healthcare. She recently completed her Master’s degree at University of Hawaii at Manoa, and her Bachelor’s at Central Michigan University. She specializes in adolescent language evaluation and treatment. Additional interests include: supervision of graduate student clinicians, neuro-diversity affirming therapy, and the ongoing learning process of cultural humility. Emily is an ACE award winner. 

Vice President of Association Affairs: 
Joy Carter  

Joy Carter is a speech-language pathologist who practices in acute inpatient rehabilitation. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Howard University in Washington DC, and her Master of  Science degree from Georgia State University. Joy implemented the Red Yellow Green Program for dementia management at a skilled nursing facility in Macon, Georgia. 

Joy is passionate about improving the lives of her patients through evidence-based, functional treatments. She is certified in the McNeil Dysphagia Therapy Program. Her professional interests include brain injury recovery and dysphagia in the dementia population.

Vice President of Professional Practice:  
Kelly Ball
Therapy Solutions of Georgia, Inc. 

Originally from Martinsville, Virginia, Kelly attended the University of Virginia located in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was at UVA where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Communication Disorders in 1995. Kelly then went on to complete a master's program in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Georgia in 1997. Kelly has served as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in both the public and private sector, including as a school SLP in Alaska, a hospital SLP in Georgia, and a private SLP in both North Carolina and Georgia.  Kelly and her husband Chris have owned and managed Therapy Solutions of Georgia, Inc, a pediatric private practice providing booth speech and occupational therapy, for the past 15 years.  Kelly has 20 years of experience as a Speech-Language pathologist and loves working with kids!

 

Communications Committee, Chair: 
Heather Ismay

 

Heather grew up in Pensacola, FL and currently resides in the state of Georgia. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Clinical Health Sciences from The University of Central Florida, and her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Nova Southeastern University. She has practiced in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient, and private practice, and manages her own private tele-practice serving the states of Georgia and California, specializing in early intervention and speech sound disorders. Heather enjoys working with children, caregivers, and other professionals to serve each family’s unique needs. She is passionate about providing education, coaching, and communication among professionals in the field.

Continuing Education Committee, Chair:
Ashley Mohrfeld

 Ashley Mohrfeld, M.Ed. CCC-SLP completed her Master's in Communication Disorders with a Minor in Deaf Studies from Valdosta State University in 2016. She specializes in adult neurogenics, dysphagia, and cognitive-communicative disorders. Ashley has worked in multiple skilled nursing facilities across the Middle Georgia area. 

Convention Committee, Chair: 

Lauren Hastings

Lauren received a Masters of Science in Speech & Hearing Science from Tennessee State University and a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology from Andrews University. She is certified as an ADHD Professional. 

 She has held various clinical positions in Tennessee and Georgia ranging from rehabilitation centers, school districts, and an Autism center. She enjoys collaborating with a variety of professionals including school psychologists, special educators, occupational therapists, neurologists, and gastroenterologists. Her clinical and research interests include child language disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the impact of socioeconomic status on language/literacy development, and early intervention. 

Lauren Hastings is the Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist of Hear to Speak, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. 

 In 2016, Lauren began full-time work in her practice, Hear to Speak, a company based in South Fulton (Atlanta) Georgia which serves the pediatric population using a community-based model. In January 2021, she started a coaching business, Hear to Speak Academy, to help other therapists build their private practice. Currently, she serves on the board of directors of the National Black Association of Speech, Language and Hearing (NBASLH) in addition to being the 2020, 2021, and 2022 convention co-chair for NBASLH. She is also is the convention co-chair for the 2022 convention for the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association (GSHA). She expresses her love for her profession and the African American community through her weekly podcast, Speech Tea. She enjoys co-hosting the podcast with her colleague, Lauren Prather, discussing topics impacting minorities and breaking down special education concepts in understandable terms. 

 

 

Convention Committee, Co-Chair: 

Keisha Lindsey Nurse

Keisha Lindsay Nurse, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and researcher in the fields of communication science and disorders and public health. She received her undergraduate degree from New York University, her graduate degree from the City University of New York - Queens College and her research doctorate from Howard University.  With culturally and linguistically responsive practice and health equity as the foundation of all the work she does, Keisha specializes in pediatric practice, research and teaching, both domestically and globally.  As the current chair of ASHA's International Issues Board and the co-founder and current chair of the Caribbean Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Keisha is proud to serve the professions on both the national and global levels.  Keisha resides in Atlanta with her wonderful family.

 
Finance Committee, Chair: 
Margaret Sandbach Harris 

Margaret lives in Columbus, Georgia where she currently works for Integra Rehabilitation.  She is the Director of Rehab for her home-based facility as well as providing SLP services in several area skilled nursing facilities.  She graduated from Valdosta State University in 2017 and specializes in dysphagia and cognitive communication disorders. 

 

Finance Committee, Co-Chair: 
Deborah Schober-Peterson

Debra Schober-Peterson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Clinical Professor at Georgia State University, where she serves as Director of Clinical Education and as Director of the University’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. She is a Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language and teaches courses in speech sound disorders, child language disorders and diagnostic methods. She is the author of Toddler Talk, a family centered language intervention program for young children. She is a member of several national and state groups and presents frequently at the state and national level on a variety of topics.  She has been an active member of ASHA and GSHA for more than 30 years.

Healthcare and Private Practice, Chair:

Ariella Kaplan

 

Ariella Kaplan is a speech-language pathologist and certified brain injury specialist. She resides in Grant Park where she founded her private practice, Atlanta Speech & Wellness. Ariella received her undergraduate degree in communication sciences & disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her masters from the University of Georgia. Ariella is a native Atlantan and is passionate about helping individuals living with brain injuries as they navigate barriers and reintegrate into their communities.

 

Higher Education Committee, Chair: 
Twyla Perryman 

 

Twyla Perryman, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of West Georgia.  Her clinical expertise and research in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) spans over 15 years. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence and is certified for ASD screening and reliable for ASD assessment in research settings. She has published and presented on diagnosis and intervention services for children with ASD. Some of the courses she teaches include language acquisition, language disorders, counseling in communication disorders, and current trends in communication disorders.

Membership Committee, Chair:
Vince Clark

 

 

Political Action Committee (PAC), Chair: 
Jill Barton

 

 Mrs. Jill Barton has spent the last 21 years working in a variety of settings across the United States including: public schools, pediatric rehabilitation, higher education, and private practice. She has presented nationally, regionally, and locally on the topics of Autism, Speech Sound Development, and a variety of Private Practice & leadership topics. Jill has served on ASHA’s SIG 11 Coordinating Committee on Administration & Supervision and as ASHA Connect 2020 Conference Schools Poster Committee Chairperson. She is the Past President of the Georgia Speech Language Hearing Association and is currently serving as the ASHA State SEAL.

Political Action Committee (PAC), Secretary-Treasurer: 
Kelly Ball 
Therapy Solutions of Georgia, Inc.

 

Originally from Martinsville, Virginia, Kelly attended the University of Virginia located in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was at UVA where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Communication Disorders in 1995. Kelly then went on to complete a master's program in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Georgia in 1997. Kelly has served as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in both the public and private sector, including as a school SLP in Alaska, a hospital SLP in Georgia, and a private SLP in both North Carolina and Georgia.  Kelly and her husband Chris have owned and managed Therapy Solutions of Georgia, Inc, a pediatric private practice providing booth speech and occupational therapy, for the past 15 years.  Kelly has 20 years of experience as a Speech-Language pathologist and loves working with kids! 

 

Public Relations Committee, Chair: 
Cecilia Ciaccia

 

Cecilia Ciaccia M.S. CCC-SLP graduated with her bachelor's from University of Alabama and master's from University of Georgia Southern. Currently, she works full-time at a private practice in North Georgia where she specializes in early intervention. She enjoys working with young children and collaborating with other professionals in order to serve her families' needs. Cecilia is excited to grow with the GSHA team and utilize social media to support existing members as well as expand organization membership. 

 

Schools Committee, Chair: 
Dominique Kennedy

 Dominique Kennedy is a speech therapist, speaker, and trainer. Her mission is to empower professionals and leaders through expert programs, valuable resources, and a thriving community centered around effective communication. Dominique is the author of several books centered on communication and her professional experience includes diverse populations in the healthcare and education sector. Dominique holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), member of ASHA SIG 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders, National Stuttering Association Atlanta Family Chapter Leader, Fayette Chamber of Commerce member, and board of directors for Science, Engineering and Mathematics Link Inc.

StAMP Representative: 
Sarah Rapillard

Sarah currently resides in Statesboro, Georgia. She earned her bachelor of science in communication sciences and disorders from Armstrong State University, and her master of science in speech-language pathology from Auburn University. Sarah has experience treating patients across the lifespan, and is currently practicing at The Therapy SPOT. She is passionate about many areas of the field of speech-language pathology including patient advocacy and community education. 

 

Strategic Planning Committee, Chair: 

Carol Ann Raymond

 

Carol Ann Raymond, MBA, Ed.S., CCC-SLP, retired from the University of Georgia as a Clinical Professor, where she served as the UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic Director. She received her undergraduate, masters, and educational specialist degrees in speech-language pathology from the University of Georgia and her MBA from Troy University. With clinical experiences spanning more than 40 years in a variety of settings, her focus has been in medical administration and supervision. She has been an active member of the GSHA, serving as President, Vice-President for Communication, and GSHA Division-President for Speech-Language Pathology, as well as chairing various other committees. She also served as Vice Chair for Speech-Language Pathology on ASHA’s Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. She currently is the Director of Finance for the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.

 

 

Student Affairs Committee, Co-Chair

Josie Ehrlich

Josie Ehrlich holds a BS in Psychology and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Pre-Professional Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Georgia. She also works full-time as an assistant teacher at The Howard School, a K-12 school in Atlanta specializing in language-based learning differences. Josie hopes to do her graduate work in Communication Sciences and Disorders, starting in 2023.

 

Student Affairs Committee, Co-Chair:

Mary Simpson

 

ASHA CE Administrator: 

Kara A. Jones

 Kara Jones, M.A. CCC-SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in adult dysphagia.  She received her Master’s at SUNY University at Buffalo.  Kara works at Wellstar North Fulton Hospital where she completes Modified Barium Swallow Studies and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES).  Kara is passionate about her work in the Intensive and Neurointensive Care Units.  Kara is a 4-time ACE award winner.

 

Parliamentarian:
Sydney Floyd

 

Sydney Floyd received her Bachelor’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of West Georgia and recently completed her Master’s of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Hampton University. Sydney previously served on the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) board as a student representative where she also received the award for Outstanding Student Leader. For her clinical fellowship year (CFY), she will work in a private practice providing early intervention services. 

 

She is excited to serve on this executive council and help the Georgia community Succeed Over All Roadblocks (S.O.A.R.)!

 

SEAL Representative:

Jill Barton

 Mrs. Jill Barton has spent the last 21 years working in a variety of settings across the United States including: public schools, pediatric rehabilitation, higher education, and private practice. She has presented nationally, regionally, and locally on the topics of Autism, Speech Sound Development, and a variety of Private Practice & leadership topics. Jill has served on ASHA’s SIG 11 Coordinating Committee on Administration & Supervision and as ASHA Connect 2020 Conference Schools Poster Committee Chairperson. She is the Past President of the Georgia Speech Language Hearing Association and is currently serving as the ASHA State SEAL.

STAR Representative: 
Margaret Ann Parker
Therapy Associates of Georgia, P. C. 

 

Margaret Ann Parker’s passion is providing quality care to patients in an underserved area of Georgia. A native of Southwest Georgia, she returned to the area after completing her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Florida State University in 1981. She started her private practice in speech-language pathology in Bainbridge, Georgia in 1986 where today she serves patients in nine sparsely populated, economically disadvantaged, rural counties with a staff of six therapists. During her career, she implemented start-up programs for seven hospitals, nine nursing homes and three home health agencies in rural Georgia and Florida. Prior to opening her private practice, Margaret Ann established the speech pathology program at John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville and Archbold’s affiliate hospitals and home health programs in Georgia and Florida. She also spent two years working in the public schools.

In 2000, Margaret Ann was appointed by Governor Roy Barnes to serve on the Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology. She served a three-year term on the board. She has served as the ASHA State Advocate for Reimbursement (STAR) for Georgia since 2011. She is often consulted by speech pathology providers on reimbursement issues and has advocated on behalf of Georgia speech pathology and audiology providers with legislators and state agencies. She and husband Bob Parker have two children and two grandchildren. They make their home in Atlanta.

“To ensure access for all to quality care in an economically disadvantaged rural area of Georgia."

Tri-Alliance Representative:
Kelly Ball
Therapy Solutions of Georgia, Inc.

Marla Mann

 

Originally from Martinsville, Virginia, Kelly attended the University of Virginia located in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was at UVA where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Communication Disorders in 1995. Kelly then went on to complete a master's program in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Georgia in 1997. Kelly has served as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in both the public and private sector, including as a school SLP in Alaska, a hospital SLP in Georgia, and a private SLP in both North Carolina and Georgia.  Kelly and her husband Chris have owned and managed Therapy Solutions of Georgia, Inc, a pediatric private practice providing booth speech and occupational therapy, for the past 15 years.  Kelly has 20 years of experience as a Speech-Language pathologist and loves working with kids! 

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Marla Mann, M.Ed., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist, certified autism specialist, and owner of Building Bridges Therapy in Cumming, GA. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia and completed her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders at Georgia State University in 2006. Marla specializes in pediatric feeding therapy, early intervention, and language disorders due to a variety of diagnoses. She founded Building Bridges Therapy in 2008 which provides speech, occupational, and physical therapy as well as consultative and billing services for other pediatric therapy practices. Marla and her team also collaborate with Georgia’s DBHDD program working to bring improved access to therapy services for individuals with NOW and COMP waivers.  She has received three ASHA Awards for Continuing Education and is a certified autism specialist from the IBCCES. Marla also served on the ASHA panel creating the standards for board certification in Autism.

Lobbyists:
Helen Sloat
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP