About NJSHA:
Committee Chairs
ASHA Network Representatives
State Advocate for Reimbursement(STARs)

State Advocates for Medicare Policy (StAMP)
Barbara Schwerin Bohus (SLP)
Kristie Soriano, Liaison
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ASHA Network Representative
State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEAL)
Mary Faella
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Kate Flaxman, Chair
JoAnne Hyman, Vice Chair
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Audiology [ Description ]
Joan Besing, Chair
Marykate Vaughn, Vice Chair & Liaison
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Budget and Finance
Robynne Kratchman, Chair & Liaison
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Continuing Education [ Description ]
Juliette Skoldberg, Chair
Madelyn Kalb, Vice Chair
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Convention [ Description ]
Holly Weinslock, Chair
Joan Warner, Vice Chair
Kelly Pezzanite, Liaison
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Ethics Education [ Description ]
Beth Dux, Chair
Kristie Soriano, Liaison
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Executive
Gerard Caracciolo
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Healthcare [ Description ]
Kathy Palatucci, Chair
Barbara Schwerin Bohus
, Vice Chair
Kristie Soriano, Liaison
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Higher Education and Marni Reisberg Award [ Description ]
Liz Mlawski, Chair
Mahchid Namazi, Vice Chair
Patricia Remshifski, Liaison
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Honors and Awards
Mary Faella, Chair & Liaison
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Legislative Action
Linda Tucker-Simpson, Chair & Liaison
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Media and Publications [ Description ]
Natalie Neubauer, Chair & Liaison
Ursula Glackin, Vice Chair
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Membership
Mary Faella, Chair & Liaison
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Multicultural Issues [ Description ]

Courtney Caruso, Chair
Tatyana Elleseff
, Vice Chair & Liaison
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Nominations and Elections
Linda Tucker-Simpson, Chair & Liaison
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Private Practice [ Description ]
Lina Slim-Topdjian, Chair
Cynthia Marrapodi, Vice Chair
Robyn Merkel-Walsh, Liaison
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Public Relations
Donna Spillman-Kennedy, Chair
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School Affairs Steering Committee [ Description ]
Nicole Ford, Chair
Mary Anne Ferraioli, Vice Chair
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Student Issues [ Description ]

Nicole Konecko, Chair
Patricia Remshifski
, Liaison
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VOICES/Sub-Committee
Beth Dux, Chair
Gerard Caracciolo, Liaison
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Committee Descriptions
AAC Committee

The AAC Committee promotes current knowledge of AAC trends and evidence-based practices. The Committee provides resources and support for members of NJSHA and consumers. Membership is open to all members of NJSHA.

2015-2016 AAC Committee Members

  • Kate Flaxman
  • JoAnne Brown-Hyman
  • Joan Bruno
  • Terri Delmonico
  • Ursula Glackin
  • Laura Haug
  • Jackie Hughes
  • Susan Lesh
  • Bonnie Lisbona
  • Donna Spillman-Kennedy
  • Travis Tallman
Audiology Committee

The Audiology Committee serves as a source of information and advocacy on audiology issues for members and consumers, and addresses current audiology issues affecting provision of services in New Jersey. This includes monitoring proposed changes in the delivery of hearing aids and other services to consumers, regulations and proposed legislation impacting on the delivery of audiology services to consumers. The committee suggests continuing education topics and serves as a resource for the audiology program for NJSHA's annual convention. The Audiology committee is open to all NJSHA members.

2015-2016 Audiology Committee Members

  • Alan Gertner
  • Marykate Vaughn
  • Robert Woods
  • Karen Kushla
Continuing Education Committee

The Continuing Education Committee works cooperatively with the NJSHA Management Company and Continuing Education Administrator to plan, promote and deliver NJSHA sponsored and co-sponsored continuing education events within the parameters of the annual budget. The committee provides high quality continuing education programs to meet the varied needs of speech, language and hearing professionals to serve NJSHA members through regular professional development offerings and generate revenue to allow NJSHA to provide CE as an on-going service to both NJSHA members and non-members. Membership is open to all NJSHA members.

2015-2016 Continuing Education Committee Members

  • Donna Spillman-Kennedy
  • Madelyn Kalb
  • Julie Skoldberg
  • Gail Mitterman
Convention Committee

The Convention Committee plans the program for the Annual NJSHA Convention. Membership is open to all NJSHA members.

2015-2016 Convention Committee Members

  • Joan Warner
  • Holly Weinstock
  • Kelly Pezzanite
  • Michelle Baker
  • Cindy D'Antonio
  • MaryAnne Ferraioli
  • Karen Kimberlin
  • Julie Skoldberg
  • Robert Woods
  • Marykate Vaughn
  • Karen Kushla
  • Donna Merchant
  • Alan Gertner
Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee is charged with researching, deliberating on and responding to questions of an ethical nature from the membership.  The role of the committee is to provide information to the membership as well as the public. Membership is open to all NJSHA members.

2015-2016 Ethics Committee Members

  • Elizabeth Dux
  • Patricia Remshifski
  • Maura Dolan
Healthcare Committee

The Healthcare Committee serves as a source of information on healthcare issues for members. The committee discusses current healthcare issues affecting individuals across the lifespan. The committee monitors issues related to healthcare funding, including early intervention, Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, and provides information and advocacy to members and consumers. The committee suggests continuing education topics to the Continuing Education committee. The committee collaborates with the ASHA State Advocates for Reimbursement to advocate for members on education issues. Membership is open to all NJSHA members.

2015-2016 Healthcare Committee Members

  • Kathleen Palatucci
  • Barbara Schwerin Bohus
  • Marjorie Davidson
  • Lori Deluca
  • Robynne Kratchman
  • Mary McArdle
  • Megan Pellettiere
  • Hilda Pressman
  • Lina Slim-Topdjian
  • J. Joan Sheppard
  • Kristie Soriano
  • Linda Tucker-Simpson
Higher Education Committee

The Higher Education Committee makes recommendations to the NJSHA Board of Directors regarding student and academic issues and promotes developments in higher education including increasing student advocacy and supporting student research projects. Contributions include organization of the annual Marni Reisberg Student Award as well as review of student research submissions to the Annual NJSHA Convention. The committee is open to all faculty and clinical staff from training institutions in the state of New Jersey who are also members of NJSHA.

2015-2016 Higher Education Committee Members

  • Elisabeth Mlawski
  • Machid Namazi
  • Patricia Remshifski
  • Gerard Caracciolo
  • Barbara Miller
  • Amy Hadley
  • Martin Shulman
  • Theresa Bartolotta
  • Natalie Neubauer
  • Janet Koehnke
  • Carole Gelfer
  • Erik Raj
Media and Publications Committee

The Media and Publications Committee coordinates the distribution of information to members and the larger community through VOICES, social media outlets including Facebook and Twitter, and electronic communications, including the NJSHA website. The chair and vice chair of the Media and Publications committee coordinates all updates to information on the website and serve as liaisons between any subcommittees of the Media and Publications Committee to encourage sharing and cross-dissemination of media and publications information to all NJSHA members. Members of the committee collaborate with chairs of other NJSHA committees to support distribution of information to all Association print and electronic outlets. Membership is open to all members of NJSHA.

2015-2016 Media and Publications Committee Members

  • Natalie Neubauer
  • Donna Spillman-Kennedy
  • Tatyana Elleseff
  • Linda Tucker-Simpson
Multicultural Committee

The Multicultural Committee's goal is to raise awareness of multicultural issues related to the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. The committee works to increase knowledge of appropriate assessment and treatment procedures for culturally and linguistically diverse populations (CLD). The committee promotes multicultural topics through VOICES articles and other communication to the membership and suggests continuing education topics to the Continuing Education committee. Membership is open to all members of NJSHA.

2015-2016 Multicultural Committee Members

  • Courtney Caruso
  • Tatyana Elleseff
  • Susane Dardeir
  • Yesenia Concepcion-Escano
  • Linda Tucker-Simpson
  • Brunida Negron
  • Stacey Johnson
  • Marjani Morgan
  • Colleen Takemoto
  • Maria Rodriguez
  • Martha Gomez-Bryan
  • Deb Roberts
  • Michelle Baker
Private Practice Committee

The Private Practice Committee will discuss current private practice issues addressing the needs of private practitioner members who are speech-language pathologists and audiologists. The committee will advocate for SLPs, audiologists, and the students and families they serve, as well as function as an information resource on private practice issues. The committee will monitor issues related to private practice funding and will provide information and advocacy to members and consumers. The committee will suggest continuing education topics to the Continuing Education committee. The committee will collaborate with the ASHA State Advocates for Reimbursement to advocate for members on coding and reimbursement issues. Membership is open to all NJSHA members.

2015-2016 Private Practice Committee Members

  • Lina Slim-Topdjian
  • Cynthia Marrapodi
  • Tatyana Elleseff
  • Robynne Kratchman
  • Natalie Neubauer
School Affairs Committee

The School Affairs Committee addresses the needs of school-based members who are speech-language specialists (SLSs) and audiologists employed in New Jersey schools.  The committee advocates for SLSs, audiologists and the students they serve, as well as function as an information resource on school-based issues.  To accomplish these tasks, the committee engages in a variety of activities related to monitoring and responding to changes in New Jersey Special Education code and other legislative bills, addressing individual members' concerns, and educating consumers about the roles SLSs and audiologists play in the schools. The committee collaborates with the ASHA State Education Advocacy Leader (SEAL) to advocate for members on education issues. Membership is open to all NJSHA members.

2015-2016 School Affairs Committee Members

  • Mary Faella
  • Nicole Ford
  • Julie Skoldberg
  • Jodi Reinstein
  • MaryAnne Ferraioli
  • Angela Rodrigues
  • Melissa Eldred
  • Sue Goldman
  • Robin Kanis
  • Ruth Blackman
  • Nancy Patterson
  • Maria Rodriguez
  • Carol Amato
Student Issues Committee
The Student Issues Committee establishes, maintains and enhances an active, current network among students from all New Jersey training programs to increase both student membership and student awareness of the benefits and activities of NJSHA and solicit student involvement in these activities, as appropriate. Membership is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in communication sciences and disorders, with the goal of balanced inclusion of students across programs and levels of training.
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