2017 Annual Convention
April 27-28, 2017
Ocean Place Resort and Spa
Long Branch, NJ

Highlighted Speakers

Bopanna Ballachanda, PhD, holds a master’s in audiology and a PhD in auditory Neruophysiology. He was the founder and CEO of fifteen audiology practices in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. He has held teaching positions at Purdue University and the University of New Mexico. He has lectured on many topics related to audiology at State and National level meeting. He was the past chair of the coding and reimbursement committee of the American Academy of Audiology.

Dr. Ballachanda will present Credentialing, Contracting, Coding, and Billing Trends in Reimbursement on Friday, April 28.

Jay Berk, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and an internationally recognized expert in the child/adolescent behavioral field who brings both a clinical and education perspective to his work with children, adolescents and their families. For over 25 years, Dr. Berk has been treating clients with ODD, ADHD, autism, anxiety and stress, depression, learning disabilities, Tourette’s Syndrome and individuals who have multiple impairments. He conducts 15 social skills/mental health groups for children and adolescents and works daily with school and community professionals, families and parents. Dr. Berk continually consults for several school districts. In his private practice, in Beachwood, Ohio, he provides therapy for children, adolescents, families, testing and evaluation, school consultation as well as an alternative educational program. Dr. Berk presents nationally on the topics of autism, disruptive behavior disorders, mental health issues in the classroom, ODD and social skills competency. In his workshops, he teaches professionals who work with children and adolescents, practical treatment and intervention strategies. He has been invited to present at hundreds of schools and conferences including being a repeated consultant to the Department of Education in Hawaii. As a past consultant to the United Nations, Dr. Berk authored a manual for UNICEF that was used by teachers working with children throughout Bosnia during the war. He has also worked in London, England with defiant teenagers; Kristiansand, Norway with traumatized youth; and the American Red Cross with trauma response.

Dr. Berk will present High-Functioning Autism: Proven and Practical Interventions for Challenging Behaviors in Children, Adolescents and Young Adults on Friday, April 28.

Heather Bupp, Esq, is ASHA’s Director of Ethics, who provides ethical guidance to members, the professions, licensure boards, state associations and the public through informal telephone and email advice, written opinions of the Board of Ethics, continuing education and various speaking engagements. Previously, Heather was a solo practitioner specializing in ethics and professional discipline, including conflicts of interest, malpractice, practice management, and legal technology. She is a 2009 Fellow of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to that, Heather was Legal Ethics Counsel for the District of Columbia Bar in Washington, DC. Heather is currently licensed to practice law in Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.

Ms. Bupp will present Ethics in Practice: An Update on the Clinicians’ Ethical Responsibilities on Thursday, April 27.

Thomas Burke, III, MS, CCC-SLP, is a NYC-based speech-language pathologist and Broadway voice teacher. Tom completed his training at Loyola University in Maryland and provided voice training and rehabilitation services at the Milton J. Dance Head & Neck Rehabilitation center prior to opening a private practice in NYC. The Tom Burke Voice Studio is known for developing the first online vocal conservatory called Broadway VoiceBox or “BVB” which currently serves clients in countries around the world. Tom’s work has been featured on HBO, MTV and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Clients have appeared in a broad range of Broadway, national tour, Film and TV productions and include both Academy and Emmy award winners. In addition to coaching singers, Tom has also been an executive storytelling coach for Google since 2008.

Mr. Burke will present Preparing Professional Voice Users for the Big Stage on Thursday, April 27.

William Connors, MA, CCC-SLP, founder of the telepractice community and aphasiatoolbox, has been providing SLP services using telepractice since 2005. He has helped more than 500 SLPs and organizations acquire competency in providing services at a distance via both in-person presentations throughout the United States and Canada and live, online courses. He has assisted several CDS programs to include telepractice into the graduate curriculum. He is a member of several state telepractice subcommittees, manager of the Telpractice for SLPs Facebook page, and is co-editor of the Telepractice Certification Community Newsletter.

Mr. Connors will present Aphasia-Apraxia Therapy: Exploiting Neuroplasticity and Mindfulness and Start Your Telepractice, Now! on Friday, April 28.

Judith Fuhrman, MS, CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech-language pathologist with varied therapeutic experience including rehabilitative, clinical, itinerant and classroom settings. Her expertise is in high order language function and its relationship to literacy. Ms. Fuhrman has presented at state, national and international conferences. She currently works as a Staff Development Specialist for reading and writing intervention, preschool to high school, in Riverside, California.

Ms. Fuhrman will present Project Read Framing Your Thoughts Curriculum on Thursday, April 27 and Project Read Phonics Curriculum on Friday, April 28.

Diane Games, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Board Certified Specialist-Fluency. She served ASHA as SIG4 Coordinator and Chaired the ASHA Ad Hoc Committee on Oral Reading Fluency and Children who stutter. Awards include the Honors of OSLHA; Elwood Chaney Award and National Stuttering Association Speech Pathologist of the Year. She is in private practice in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.

Ms. Games will present Evidence-Based Treatment Methods for Students Who Stutter and Students Who Stutter: Addressing Social Interactions and Negativity on Friday, April 28.

Diane German, PhD, is Professor Emerita at National- Louis University, Chicago, Illinois. She is holder of the Endowed Chair in Special Education; funded to support her research and scholarly work in Word Finding. She has also been selected as an ASHA fellow and a fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities. She has conducted extensive research in Word Finding, published many articles, presented many technical papers, and conducted numerous state, national, and international seminars in the area of Word Finding. She is the author of the standard in Word Finding assessment: the Test of Word Finding - Third Edition (TWF-3), the Test of Adolescent/Adult Word Finding, Second Edition (TAWF-2), and the Test of Word Finding in Discourse (TWFD). Further, she has authored the Word Finding Intervention Program, Second Edition (WFIP-2) and a user friendly self-help book in word finding, It’s on the Tip of My Tongue, Word Finding Strategies To Remember Names and Words You Often Forget.

Dr. German will present Differentiated Vocabulary Instruction (Teaching Word Retrieval Strategies) for Learners with Word Finding (WF) Difficulties and Picture Naming Is Not Enough: Deep Assessment in Word Finding Using the TWF-3on Thursday, April 27.

Helene Henkel, RN, CCM, is the Team’s Coordinator. Ms. Henkel has practiced as an OR Nurse, a Pediatric Nurse, and now organizes, supervises, and manages the Monmouth Medical Center Regional Cleft Palate Team. With her nursing degree and experience, and her certification as a Certified Case Manager, Ms. Henkel is well equipped to direct services to patients and their families.

Naveen Ahuja, MD, is one of the Cleft Palate Team’s plastic surgeons. He is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and the Regional Site Director of the Rutgers-NJMS Plastic Surgery Residency Program. He is published in peer reviewed journals and is contributing author for several books. Following his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and his residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, he completed a fellowship in Microsurgery and Advanced Reconstruction at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He followed that with a residency in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at the University of California San Diego Children’s Hospital.

Greg Coakley, DDS, is the team Orthodontist. He received his Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in neurobiology from the University of Maryland, and his Doctor of Dental Science Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He completed his Orthodontic Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center, where he was chosen Chief Resident and served on the South Texas Craniofacial Anomaly Team. Dr. Coakley’s practice is Two River Orthodontics in Little Silver, and he is the Clinical Attending Orthodontist at Monmouth Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center and Centre-State Medical Center.

Manolis Manolakakis, DMD, is the Team’s Oral Maxilofacial Surgeon. In addition to his busy private practice, the Center for Advanced Oral and Facial Surgery, Dr. Manolakakis is the Director of Oral Maxilofacial Surgeon for Robert Wood Johnson - Barnabas Health. He is also the Attending Oral Maxilofacial Surgeon at NYU Medical Cener, the Nassau University Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Regional Hospital, and Rutgers Medical School. Dr. Manolakakis received his Dental Degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, completed his residency at the Nassau University Medical Center, and his Fellowship in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Facial Surgery at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Mississippi.

Alan Gertner, PhD, CCC-A, F-AAA, is the Attending Audiologist at Monmouth Medical Center and Team Audiologist on the Monmouth Medical Center Regional Cleft Palate Team. He is a professor in the School of Communication Disorders and Deafness at Kean University and Director of the Audiology Clinic at the Kean University Center for Communication Disorders. Dr. Gertner received his PhD in Speech and Hearing Science as a Joanne Schwartz Scholarship Recipient from Columbia University. He is published in peer reviewed journals and has written text book chapters.

Lauren Buhowski, MS, CCC-SLP, is the team Speech Language Pathologist. She received her Master’s Degree from Loyola University, Maryland and completed her Clinical Fellowship Year at the Somerset Medical Center. She has been, for the past ten years, the Senior Speech-Language Pathology Team Leader at HealthSouth, Eatontown. And chief of Speech-Language Pathology at Monmouth Medical Center. Her expertise in child language, velopharyngeal physiology, resonance and craniofacial disorders has made her an invaluable member of the team.

Ms. Henkel, Dr. Ahuja, Dr. Coakley, Dr. Manolakakis, Dr. Gertner and Ms.Buhowski will present Medical, Dental, Therapeutic Intervention for the Child With Cleft Palate on Thursday, April 27.

Sue Hale, MCD, CCC-SLP, is a retired Associate Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University. She served as the 2009 President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and as a member of the Council on Academic Accreditation from 2013-2016. She has previous ASHA service as Vice President for Quality of Service in Speech-Language Pathology (2002-2004) and as chair of the Council on Academic Accreditation, the Council for Clinical Certification and the Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Supervision. She has been a member of the Board of Ethics, the Committee on Honors, and numerous other working groups, councils and boards. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt in 2000, she was a faculty member at the University of Mississippi for 24 years. An ASHA Fellow, she lectures and publishes in the areas of ethics, counseling, and clinical supervision.

Dr. Hale will present Supervision in the Workplace on Thursday, April 27.

Lisa C. Holland, MS, CCC-SLP, is a school-based and private practice speech-language pathologist with over 25 years of experience in adult long term rehab, child therapy (ages 3-17) in the schools, and as a Clinical Supervisor/Lecturer at Baylor University. She is passionate about her profession and conducting trainings on increasing students’ speech, language and literacy. Previous presentations include: ASHA conventions, Texas Speech- Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) conventions, and Region 12 and Region 16 ESC conferences.

Ms. Holland will present Therapy Ideas 365: A Year of Articulation and Phonology Intervention and Therapy Ideas 365: A Year of Language and Literacy Intervention on Thursday, April 27.

Rachel Scheperle, PhD, AuD, is an assistant professor at Montclair State University. Her research interests involve assessing hearing abilities in both normal and impaired auditory systems, with a specialization in evaluating auditory function following cochlear implantation. She teaches in the areas of auditory physiology, electrophysiological measures, and cochlear implants.

Dr. Scheperle will present Delayed Hearing Loss in Hybrid Cochlear Implant Users on Friday, April 28.

Margaret Payne Shafer, MA, CCC-SLP, has been a medically-based speech-language pathologist (SLP) for 40 years. She encounters EOL issues on a daily basis and simplifies information to assist families in decision-making. She has developed close working relationships with medical and nursing staffs to allow them to recognize the benefit of care that SLPs provide.

Ms. Shafer will present Dysphagia Management in EOL Care and Identification of Medical and Social Issues Compromising Dysphagia Care on Thursday, April 27.

Jeffrey Simmons, MA, CCC-A, is a clinical audiologist at Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH) where he has practiced since receiving his master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1996. He currently serves as the coordinator of the BTNRH Cochlear Implant Clinic in the Lied Learning and Technology Center for Childhood Deafness and Vision Disorders.

Mr. Simmons will present ANSD: What Do We Know For Sure? on Friday, April 28.

Sharon Lee Armstrong, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of PsyD Research and Dissertations at La Salle University is Associate Faculty Member at Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science, and Principal Investigator at the Selective Mutism Research Institute. Her specializations are psycholinguistics, concepts, reasoning, decision making, and metacognition, with applications to special populations.

Evelyn R. Klein, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, is professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at La Salle University. She is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist and licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania with post-doctoral training in neuropsychology. She holds Board Certification in Child Language from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) where she is an ASHA Fellow. Her specializations include evaluation and treatment in the areas of selective mutism, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, language-learning disabilities, and acquired language disorders. She is an author of Focus On Function I & II, Hear It-Say It-Learn It, The Association Memory Test, and the textbook, Acquired Language Disorders: A Case- Based Approach. With more than 25 years experience as a clinician and educator, Dr. Klein conducts evaluations and supervises students at La Salle University’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Clinic. In addition to being a Pennsylvania State Coordinator with the Selective Mutism Group - Childhood Anxiety Network, she conducts research on assessment and treatment practices for children with communication-based anxiety disorders. She is also a research consultant with the Selective Mutism Anxiety Research and Treatment Center (SMart Center) and the Selective Mutism Research Institute (SMRI).

Cesar E. Ruiz, SLPD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at La Salle University. Licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, he holds board certification in swallowing and swallowing disorders from the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. He practices at the La Salle University Clinic, and The Ear Nose Throat Associates of Chester County in Exton, PA. Specialization includes evaluation, treatment, and research in the areas of voice and selective mutism. Dr. Ruiz has incorporated voice evaluation and instrumentation during the assessment of children with selective mutism. Dr. Ruiz has presented at national and international conferences.

Donna Spillman-Kennedy, MS, CCC-SLP, is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who has dedicated her career to helping individuals with speech and language disorders communicate effectively. She provides a range of assessment and treatment services to clients across the lifespan through Integrated Speech Pathology, LLC where she is a partner. Donna has been an Adjunct Professor at Kean University for 25 years having taught lecture classes and supervised clinic. Her areas of specialization include augmentative/ alternative communication and selective mutism. Donna has been a strong advocate for ridding the silence of selective mutism through Social Communication Anxiety Treatment® (S-CAT) developed by Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum. She has worked as a consultant with the Selective Mutism Anxiety Research & Treatment Center (SMart Center) and continues to be devoted to educating professionals and families regarding Selective Mutism. Donna is the ASHA Continuing Education Consultant to the SMart Center. She has been an active member of NJSHA throughout her career having chaired committees and served on the Board of Directors. Donna presents on selective mutism and AAC regionally as well as nationally.

Dr. Armstrong, Dr. Klein, Dr. Ruiz and Ms. Spillman-Kennedy and will present Selective Mutism: Evidence-Based Interventions on Friday, April 28.



2017 Convention Registration Rates

  Two-Day    One-Day
Regular Members $250  $150
Life Members $150 $125
Non-Members $350  $250
Student Members $50 $50
Student Non-Members $110 $110

Early Registration: To receive these special rates, your registration along with payment, must be postmarked or registered online by March 30, 2017. There will be a $25 fee added to registrations received after March 30, 2017.

Online Registration has closed. Please register on-site at the Convention.

Printable Registration Form


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Registrants must be a current NJSHA member to register at the member rate. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact the NJSHA Office at 888-906-5742 or info@njsha.org. For your convenience, you can include your membership dues on your Convention Registration Form.

Cancellations: A refund less $25 processing fee will be issued if the NJSHA Office is notified in writing by April 13, 2017.

Cameras, Photography and Photo Release Policy
Members of NJSHA will be designated at each NJSHA sponsored event to take photos for NJSHA-related publications (i.e. VOICES), NJSHA website, NJSHA social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) or in other Association materials. By registering and/or participating in any NJSHA sponsored event, you agree to allow NJSHA to use your photograph in any the noted media outlets as mentioned above. These photographs will not be solicited for outside use; they will only be used by NJSHA for marketing and promotion purposes. Personal photography is permitted, however, such photographs cannot be posted through NJSHA social media outlets unless sent to and pre-approved by NJSHA. To request approval, send photo(s) along with event description and photographer name to info@njsha.org.


Hotel Information

A special group rate of $179 (parking included) has been obtained for the 2017 Annual Convention at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa. The special group rate will only be honored until April 3, 2017, or until the room block is sold out, whichever occurs first. Please make your reservations early.

Reservations may be made by contacting the Ocean Place Resort & Spa at 732-571-4000 or 1-800-411-6493 and identifying the group as New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Visit the hotel website for additional information, www.Oceanplace.com.

Continuing Education and Disclosures

ASHA Continuing Education

This course is offered for up to 1.75 ASHA CEUs (Various levels, Professional area)

AAA Continuing Education

NJSHA is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 1.45 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

International Institute for Hearing Instruments Studies
International Hearing Society CE credits will be offered for designated sessions. The program is worth a maximum of 14.5 hours.

Presenter Disclosures



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