GSHA Executive Council (2021-2022)

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President:

Emily Mohr

 

President Elect:

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 also established an online dysphagia journal club in 2018.  Nicole is a three time recipient of the ASHA ACE award and current member of Special Interest Group-13 for Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders as well as a member of the Dysphagia Research Society.

 

Immediate Past President

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.

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:
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. 

Convention 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, Co-Chair: 

Lauren Hastings 

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

 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. 

 
Finance Committee, Chair: 
Dr. Angelica Gunn
Speech Language Pathologist
Executive Function Skills Coach

Angelica Gunn, M. Ed., SLPD, CCC-SLP, has been a practicing Speech Language Pathologist for 11 years.  Angelica received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Spelman College, and then her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University of West Georgia.  She Graduated from Northwestern University in 2019 and received a Doctorate in Speech Language Pathology. Her culminating Project was : Interventions for Executive Functions Ages 3-22: A Systematic Review.  Angelica has practiced in a variety of settings, including: private practice, hospitals, home environment, post-acute care, and community re-entry.   She has experience assessing and treating adolescents, adults, and geriatrics with a variety of communication disorders, including but not limited to: Aphasia, Executive Functioning, Receptive and Expressive Language, Dysarthria, Cognitive Communication, Dysphagia, and Brain Injury. She has also held management positions where she provided continuing education courses on communication issues after neurological impairments and socio-emotional issues after neurological impairments.  Angelica enjoys traveling, cheering on the Atlanta Falcons, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Finance Committee, Co-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. 

Healthcare and Private Practice, Chair: Caroline Bowman 

Caroline Bowman, M.Ed., CCC-SLP/COM is speech-language pathologist, certified orofacial myologist and private practice owner.  Caroline graduated from Valdosta State University with both her bachelors and masters degree in communication disorders.   During her 19 year career as an SLP, Caroline has worked in hospitals, early intervention, home health, skilled nursing , hospice and private practice.  She opened The Therapy SPOT in 2007.  The Therapy SPOT is a multidisciplinary private practice in Statesboro, GA that provides pediatric speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy.  Caroline specializes in feeding, swallowing and myofunctional therapy.  Caroline serves as chair for GSHA’s Healthcare and Private Practice committee and previously served as the GSHA Habilitation Advocate.  She works closely with the STAR Rep and SLP Trialliance Rep.  Caroline is a member of the International Association of Orofacial Myology and the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology. 

 

“Be the rainbow in someone’s cloud.”  –Maya Angelou

 

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:
Maria Becknell

 

Political Action Committee (PAC), Chair: 
Jane Frobose

 

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: 
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 GSHA School Committee Chair and ASHA State SEAL.

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: 

Sonya Floyd

 Sonya Floyd, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, completed her B.S. Ed. in Communication Disorders at Georgia Southern University-Armstrong Campus, formerly Armstrong Atlantic State University, and M.Ed. in Communication Disorders at Valdosta State University.  Sonya specializes in adult swallowing and swallowing disorders.  Sonya currently holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed to practice in the state of Georgia. 

Mrs. Floyd has practiced in a variety of settings including out-patient, home health, acute care, swing bed, and skilled nursing facilities throughout her career.  Sonya has trained in several areas to include Beckman Oral Motor, Myofacial Release, Vital Stim, and FEES.  Mrs. Floyd currently provides mobile Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES) full-time.

Awards:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Continuing Education (ACE) Award (2011, 2014, 2019, 2020 and 2021)

Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association (GSHA) Jack Bess Memorial Award (2017)

Professional Commitments

Immediate Past President of the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2020-2021)

President of the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing (GSHA) Association (2018-2020)

President Elect of the GSHA (2017-2018)Convention Chair of the GSHA (2017)

Convention Co-Chair of the GSHA (2016)

Professional Affiliations

Member of GSHA (2009-present)

Member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) (2009-present)

Member of ASHA’s Special Interest Group for Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Sig 13) (2018-present)

Member of Council of State Association Presidents (CSAP) (2017-present)

Student Affairs Committee, Co-Chair
Caitlin Franchini

 

 Student Affairs Committee, Co-Chair:

  

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:
Shalli Lewis 

Shalli Lewis received her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University and has since called Statesboro home. She worked in the school system as an RTI educator before attending Armstrong State University for her Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Shalli’s experience in the field includes working in private practice, skilled-nursing facilities, community-based (pediatric) intervention, and most recently, tele-intervention. She enjoys working with children with augmentative and alternative communication devices, apraxia, receptive and expressive language disorders, and dysphagia/aversions. Shalli has a passion for early intervention paired with family involvement and empowerment. This is her first year serving on the GSHA Executive Council and is excited to see what this year holds for GSHA’s members and the communities that we serve.

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 GSHA School Committee Chair and ASHA State SEAL.

SMAC Representative: 
Edgar Vince Clark

 

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