GSHA Executive Council (2020-2021)

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President:
Kara Jones
North Fulton Hospital 

Kara Jones, M.A. CCC-SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in adult dysphagia and neuro-rehabilitation.  She received her Master’s at SUNY University at Buffalo.  Kara works in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at WellStar North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, GA.  She has practiced in schools and hospitals in Georgia, Wisconsin, and California.

 

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” ― Julia Child

 

 

Immediate Past President
Sonya Floyd
Southern Healthcare 

 

Sonya Floyd, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, completed her B. S. Ed. at Armstrong Atlantic State University in May 2006 and M.Ed. at Valdosta State University in May 2008. Sonya specializes in adult neurogenics, swallowing, and cognitive-communication deficits. Mrs. Floyd has practiced in a variety of settings including out- patient, home health, acute care, swing bed, and skilled nursing facilities. In addition to her formal training Sonya has continued to enhance her knowledge and practice evidenced based practice by becoming a certified provider of Vital Stim, Beckman Oral-Motor, and Myofascial Release therapies. Sonya most recently underwent training to become FEES trained (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Examination of Swallow).

Awards

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Continuing Education (ACE) Award (2012)
  • Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association (GSHA) Jack Bess Memorial Award (2017)

Professional Commitments

  • President of the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing (GSHA) Association (2018/2019)
  • 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 Gerontology
  • Member of ASHA’s Special Interest Group for Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

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: 
Lindsey Hendrix
EBS Healthcare 

Lindsey Hendrix grew up in Victoria, Texas and received her Bachelors in Communication Disorders from Texas State University and her Masters from West Texas A & M University. Lindsey’s experience in the field includes working in private practices, skilled-nursing facilities, and the public school system. She is currently working for EBS Healthcare in the DeKalb County School District. She enjoys working with children who use augmentative and alternative communication devices as their voice, receptive and expressive language disorders, and articulation disorders. Lindsey has an interest in international speech programs and has traveled to both Antiqua, Guatemala and Quito, Ecuador in an interest to perfect her bilingual skills in Spanish. When she is not working or planning therapy, Lindsey enjoys volunteering as Zeta Tau Alpha’s membership advisor for Georgia Institute of Technology, becoming a provisional member of the Atlanta Junior League, and attending Passion City Church and serving as a member of the “Touch Team”. She is excited about her involvement as a member of the GSHA Executive Council and is looking forward to how we can together advance our professional influence in helping patients, clients, and students reach their full communication potential.    

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead 

Continuing Education Committee, Chair:
Amanda Gunn 


 

 

Convention Committee, Chair: 
Nicole 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.

 
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 

 

Healthcare and Private Practice, Chair: Caroline Bowman 

 

 

Higher Education Committee, Chair: 
Twyla Perryman 

 

Membership Committee, Chair:
Rachaele LaMana

 

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: 
Janice Hay

Janice Hay, M.A., CCC-SLP is a Pediatric Speech-Language pathologist and owner of the private speech therapy practice, Two Way Speech, LLC.  Before relocating to Atlanta, GA, in August 2017 Janice worked in private practice, at Children’s Innovative Therapy Group (CITG) in Bethesda, MD.  She treats clients from birth through adolescence with a variety of speech, language, and feeding delays. She is also currently serving as the Public Relations Chair for the Georgia Speech Language Hearing Association (GSHA).

Schools Committee, Chair: 
Jill Barton

 

StAMP Representative: 
Sarah Rapillard

The Therapy SPOT

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. This is Sarah's second year serving on GSHA's executive council, and she is excited to see what this year has in store for its members!

 

Strategic Planning Committee, Chair: 
Vince Clark 

 

Student Affairs Committee, Co-Chair
Brianna Childs 

 

Student Affairs Committee, Co-Chair: Abbey Kinast

 

ASHA CE Administrator: Deborah Foushee 

 

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

 

SMAC Representative: 
Edgar Vince Clark
Integra Agency Administrator 

 

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.

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! 

Lobbyists:
Helen Sloat
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP