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2015 Covention

April 16-19, 2015
Tan-Tar-A Resort
Osage Beach, MO

Welcome Tan-Tar-A

Highlighted Presenters

Continuing Education and Disclosure
Convention Planning Team

Winning Together: The Power of Us!Attend MSHA 2015!

Dear Colleagues,

Our 2015 MSHA Convention Planning Team’s goal was to put together a winning line-up of knowledgeable and inspirational speakers whose names and topics were chosen from the powerful suggestions you shared with us at last year’s Convention. We hope to make this an outstanding Convention with many opportunities for learning, growth and networking.

We will begin Thursday evening with a few Pre-Convention sessions. The first session will be the Third Annual Round Robin, featuring a variety of different topics for all work settings, which will be followed by “Ask MSHA”. Two CEUs can be earned from attending both sessions before the Convention officially begins!

While picking up your Convention packet, you will want to check out the MSHA Cares table. All proceeds from this year’s fundraising will be supporting the Special Olympics. Find out all the ways you can support and make a difference in the lives of those who participate in this wonderful event.

Be sure to preregister for your Friday lunch, which will be served in the Exhibit Hall, and don’t miss out on breakfast offered both Saturday and Sunday.

You won’t need to leave Tan-Tar-A to shop! The Exhibit Hall will open its doors Friday morning at 10:00 am and will host the Silent Auction which will be open throughout the day. Enjoy bidding for items knowing that the proceeds go to support the Student Scholarship Fund. Also in the Exhibit Hall, our exhibitors will be offering a variety of professional and personal items that you will definitely want to check out!

Make sure to preregister for the President’s Luncheon where we are honored to have Brad Fritz, a young man who experienced a TBI, share a powerful message through the use of his AAC device. Don’t miss the exciting Quest for the Cup which will take place on Saturday evening with a Tailgate Party occurring before the Quest! Thank you, once again, to EBS for their continued sponsorship of the Quest event highlighting our graduate students’ knowledge. You will have an exciting evening cheering on your alma mater while gaining an additional CEU in the process.

See you at the 2015 MSHA Convention in April!

Ilene Elmlinger, CPT Chair
Leanna Lawrence, CPT Co-Chair

2015 Convention Planning Team

Ilene Elmlinger
25815 State Hwy P
Kirksville, MO 63501
660-349-7390 - h

Leanna Lawrence
605 Wildrose Place
Columbia, MO  65201
573-882-5496 – w
573-875-2948 - h

Adult Chair
Andrea Richards
29805 Archer Lane
La Plata, MO  63549
660-785-4345 – w
660-626-3744 - c

Audiology Chair
Letitia J. White, PhD, CCC-A
Department Head and Program Coordinator
Missouri State University
901 South National
Springfield, MO 65897
417- 836-4710 - w

Day Institutes Chair
Dana Fritz
322 Lewis Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
216 N Strawn Road
Columbia, MO 65203
573-884-7538 - w
573-445-5484 - h
573-863-6633 – c

Exhibitor Chairs
Carlotta Kimble
314 Flora Avenue
Clinton, Mo, 64735
660-543-4107 – w
660-885-7121 – h
660-885-9271 – fax

Ashley Zweifel
601 Charles Street
Richmond, MO  64085
816-651-4509 – w
816-776-3699 – h
MSHA Plus Chair
Shirley Madden
3315 South Avenue
Springfield, MO 65807
417-839-3066 - c

Pediatric Chair
Amy Doorack
17000 Boone and Crockett Court
Wright City, MO  63390
636-327-3863 – w
636-235-694 1- h

Silent Auction Chairs
Jacob Gutshall
3632 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63108
314-533-7415 - w
314-517-0117 – c

Barbara Braddock
One Muirfield Lane
St. Louis, MO  63141
314-577-5609 – w
314-786-5483 - c

Special Projects Chair
Sara Hines
608 South Jamison Street Apt B
Kirksville MO 63501
314-607-0161 – h

Student Interest Chair
Kim Stewart
4402 NE 95th Court
Kansas City, Mo 64156
816-447-2783 - c

Student Activities Chair
Katie Bullock
611 Aspen Trace
St. Peters, MO 63376
314-368-9799 - h

Volunteer Chairs
Jill Josepher
701 NW Rosaceae
Blue Springs, MO 64015
816-797-4949 - h

Jane Webb
1333 Windsor Spring Court
Kirkwood, MO 63122
314-966-6491 - h
314-807-9888 - c

MSHA EB Representative
Jane Webb
1333 Windsor Spring Court
Kirkwood, MO 63122
314-966-6491 - h
314-807-9888 - c

MSHA President
Jayanti Ray, PhD
250 Brandy Lane
Cape Girardeau, MO  63701
573-986-6404 – w
573-450-8540 - c

MSHA Central Office
Joan Blumer, Account Manager
2000 E. Broadway, PMB 296
Columbia, MO  65201


Special Thursday Presentations

MSHA is excited to continue the “Professional Round Robin” and “School Round Robin” following the annual “Ask MSHA” session on Thursday evening. Come learn about three different hot topics from your colleagues in a new format and earn a second CEU before Convention even begins!

Professional Round Robin and School Round Robin
Thursday, April 16, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ask MSHA: State and National Issues Facing Our Professions
Thursday, April 16, 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm

Plan now to attend the Pre-Convention sessions on Thursday night and receive up to .2 CEUs for getting up to date on current affairs of your state association! What a wonderful way to get caught up and start your Convention off on the right foot!


Highlighted Presenters

Marc Brennan, PhD
Hearing-Aid Assessment to Verification: Why Audiologists Love Beeps and
Hearing-Aid Verification to Outcomes: What Do Beeps Tell Us Anyway?


Dr. Brennan is the director of the Amplification and Perception Laboratory at Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha. His research interests include the influence of hearing aid technology on the perception of temporal cues in speech. He also enjoys working clinically with children and adults with hearing loss and is personally motivated by his own experience with hearing loss.


Janet Deppe
ASHA’s Performance Assessment of Contributions and Effectiveness of SLPs


Ms. Deppe is the director of state advocacy in the Government Relations and Public Policy division at ASHA. In that capacity, she coordinates the priorities of ASHA’s state advocacy team, serves as the ASHA liaison to states in the Central/ Midwest region under ASHA’s state outreach initiative and provides assistance and support to further state legislative and regulatory efforts, and administrative and management issues. She monitors credentialing, health and education legislation and regulations in states, and represents ASHA at federal and state meetings. Janet works with states and government agencies to maintain quality standards for speech-language pathologists and audiologists and to assist state associations in developing resources and models for dealing with persistent vacancies in health and education settings. Janet is the ex officio for the School Finance Committee whose focus is to help members understand and access complex federal, state and local funding mechanisms.


Mike Harvey, PhD, ABPP
A Psychological Framework for Providing Audiologic Care and
Psychosocial Aspects of Hearing Loss


Dr. Harvey provides training and consultation on mental health issues having to do with hearing loss, including consultation and training for audiologists regarding motivational interviewing and the psychological aspects of patient care. As a Clinical Psychologist, he has a private practice in Framingham, Massachusetts, and was a consultant faculty member at Salus University, where he taught online courses relating to the psychosocial aspects of hearing loss. He writes a regular column, What’s On Your Mind?, in Hearing Loss, the journal for the Hearing Loss Association of America. In addition to his more than 45 articles, his books include Listen with the Heart: Relationships and Hearing Loss, The Odyssey of Hearing Loss: Tales of Triumph, Psychotherapy with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons: A Systemic Model, and a co-edited book entitled Culturally Affirmative Psychotherapy with Deaf Persons.


Brad Fritz
President's Luncheon - My Story


My presentation is the story of my life. How one minute I was a very popular high school kid, who was an athlete on an academic scholarship, and then I was suddenly fighting for my life. My life  changed the night I was in a car accident and suffered, among other things, a traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for three months. When I woke up, I was unable to walk or talk. During this session I will share my recovery process, what worked and what did not, how as a clinician you can encourage your clients and keep them on track and how all of this impacted my decision to go back to school. I will also share my success with using a Lightwriter communication device and how I dealt with becoming angry at the world, losing my faith, then what changed me.


Don MacLennan, MA, CCC-SLP
The Process of Assistive Technology for Cognition and
Six Approaches to Cognitive Rehabilitation


Mr. MacLennan is the chief of the speech pathology section at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. He has provided cognitive rehabilitation across the continuum of care to veterans and active duty service members for more than 30 years. He is a member of the MVAHCS Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Team assisting veterans and service members’ transition back into the community, including return to work and school.


Jill Molli, MA
Building the School Family & Creating Positive School Climates and
Sit Still, Pay Attention, and Look at Me Understanding and Developing Attention Skills in All Children


Ms. Molli has the uncanny ability to help people laugh and learn at the same time. Her past position in a Title 1 elementary school offered her opportunities to apply Dr. Bailey’s Conscious Discipline® in a school setting and her own family offers her constant real-life experiences to share with her audiences. Jill was selected as a Loving Guidance Associate because of her no-nonsense ability to get to the heart of a situation and her commitment to living Loving Guidance principles at school and at home. She is an entertaining, motivating and heart-felt presenter.  Jill is a “connector” for family needs. She began her teaching career in a behavior disabilities classroom, moved into a regular third grade classroom and then completed her requirements as a guidance counselor.

As a guidance counselor, Jill helped implement Conscious Discipline® school-wide using the three year implementation plan. She has a master’s degree in counseling, a bachelor of arts in elementary education and 15 years of working with children with behavior problems. Since 2003, she has been the owner and operator of Connecting with Kids, a business whose mission is to build connections in families and classrooms. In an effort to stay current and up-to-date with recent issues in the classroom, Jill volunteers weekly in preschool and elementary settings and quarterly in an alternative high school.


Kimberly Murza, PhD, CCC-SLP
Viewing the Common Core State Standards From a Language Lens and
Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Individuals With High-Functioning Autism


Dr. Murza, received her PhD in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Central Florida, where she specialized in language and literacy with a focus on autism spectrum disorder. She is currently an assistant professor in the department of audiology and speech-language sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Murza has worked privately and in the public school system as a speech-language pathologist with children and adolescents in pre-school through high school. She is currently the University of Northern Colorado Scottish Rite program director and a member of the Colorado Department of Education Speech-Language Advisory Council. Dr. Murza has participated in numerous research projects, co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and presentations and professional development workshops. She has been an invited author and presenter for several topics including adolescent language and literacy and the Common Core State Standards. Her main research area is pragmatic language intervention and vocational support for individuals with high-functioning forms of autism spectrum disorder. Additional research interests include systematic review and meta-analysis, strategic learning, workforce literacy, inference generation, disciplinary literacy and the delivery of high-quality professional development.


Jane Yakel, MS, CCC-SLP
Managing Dysphagia: Essential Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment Strategies and
Dementia Intervention: Successful “Staging” With Evidence-Based Treatment Strategies … A Multidisciplinary Focus


Ms. Yakel is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with more than 40 years of experience in the care of persons suffering from neuropathology disorders. Jane is currently a private contractor and consultant in Virginia and has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, skilled nursing homes, independent and assisted living facilities, hospitals and schools. She has taught at the University of Wyoming, Utah State University and DeVry University in Phoenix, Arizona and Fremont California. She has been a regional clinical specialist and a national trainer for rehabilitation program directors and has served as a director of a community re-entry program for traumatic brain injury survivors. She has shared her expertise as an author and presenter at national and state board continuing educational courses on various topics including, Prospective Payment System; Medicare Documentation; Ethics and Professionalism; Comprehensive Assessment of the Adult Patient; Quality Indicators: QA / QI; Customer Service; Nursing Documentation; Managing Dysphagia as well as Cognitive Communication Disorders in the Neurological Impaired; Cognitive Rehabilitation and Dementia.



Convention Hotel

Tan-Tar-A Resort is excited to be part of MSHA's 54th Convention and has been working hard with our Convention Planning Team to make this Convention something special. As you enjoy the MSHA Convention educational opportunities, make time to take advantage of the may recreational or relaxing amenities Tan-Tar-A has to offer.

Make your reservations now! Come and see what Tan-Tar-A has to offer or check out their website ahead of time to schedule your free time. Perhaps a massage, spa treatment, shopping or just relaxing by the indoor pool.

Special Discounted Rates for Convention Goers

Single $115
Double $115
Triple $115
Quad $115
One Bedroom Suite $164
Two Bedroom Suite $244

Two Methods to Make A Reservation

On-Line - Group Access Code: SPCH

Call -1-800-TAN-TAR-A (800-826-8272)


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Continuing Education and Disclosures


The 2015 MSHA Convention provides you with the opportunity to earn up to 24 clock hours; 2.4 ASHA CEUs and 1.55 AAA CEUs. We welcome you to the MSHA Convention. As a courtesy, we remind you that you are responsible for following requirements as specified by the licensing entity in your state.

2015 MSHA Disclosures

NOTE: Amount of CEUs subject to change due to presenter cancellation and other events beyond MSHA’s control.

It pays to be a MSHA member. MSHA, in partnership with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will offer MSHA Plus, a program for Convention goers to earn one hour of graduate credit by attending a minimum of 12.5 hours of Convention and/or day institute sessions. This program is available to MSHA members only.

What Should I Know About MSHA Plus?

  • MSHA Plus is open to MSHA members only.
  • Grades will be assigned based on the quality of the final project submitted.
  • Graduate credit hours accrued from Convention attendance will not count as hours toward a graduate degree, except as elective hours if they are approved by your individual university program director.

How and When Do I Register?
If you want to take advantage of this offer, you must pre-enroll when you register for the Convention. Once MSHA Central Office staff has verified your membership status, you will receive an email with an enrollment form and instructions for completion. Onsite registration at the Convention is discouraged.

How Much Does It Cost?
The registration fee for the course is $110 if received by MSHA Central Office by February 21, 2015. Should you enroll after that date, the fee is $120. The fee covers the charge for enrollment as well as all associated costs on the part of MSHA personnel to process applications and includes compensation to the course instructor for grading final projects.

Once I’ve Registered For The Program, Then What?
Plan to stop by the MSHA Plus table at the Convention. We’ll provide you with a packet of everything you’ll need to get started.

What Are the Requirements For Earning Graduate Credit?

  • A minimum of 12.5 contact hours are required for one hour of graduate credit.
  • Participants will receive instructions regarding a final “course project” that must be submitted in order to receive graduate credit. The participant has four weeks from the end of Convention to send the final project to the instructor. Due date is May 15, 2015.
  • The participant will have at least two project options from which to choose. Project options include lesson plans utilizing new treatment techniques learned at Convention or a reflection paper on a particular topic.
  • A short summary of each session attended is also required.
  • A copy of the CEU Record Form listing sessions attended needs to be submitted with your final project.

Who should I contact if I have questions or need clarification about MSHA Plus?
Contact Shirley Madden, 2014 MSHA Plus Coordinator, at shirlmadden@sbcglobal.net or 417-887-9239.

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