Friday, January 15, 2016

The Washington Speech-Language-Hearing Association (WSLHA) is our state organization which promotes professional excellence in speech-language pathology and audiology. The mission of WSLHA is to act as the primary resource and advocate for its members and those they serve through legislation, continuing education, collaboration, professional endeavors and publications. WSLHA is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) recognized state association.

Faculty member, Kate Krings, is an active member of our state association as the long-time State Educational Advocacy Leader (SEAL) Representative. In her role as SEAL, Kate advocates in the state around education issues which include caseload/workload, salary supplements, and maintenance of personnel standards in school settings. The role of SEALS was established in 1999 and the mission of the SEALs network is to enhance and perpetuate the advocacy, leadership, and clinical management skills of school-based ASHA members at the state and local levels to influence administrative and public policy decisions that affect the delivery of speech-language pathology and audiology services in school settings.

Faculty member, Julie Leonardo, has also been very active in the state association since 2011. She just completed a three-year term as Treasurer on the WSLHA Board of Directors (2013-2015) and was re-elected for another three-year term starting in 2016. In her role as Treasurer, she uses her background and skills in budget and fiscal oversight to oversee WSLHA income and expenditures, develop and monitor budgets, assist with annual convention and continuing education budgeting and planning, and identify funding options for future association goals. Prior to her role on the Board, she was the WSLHA Membership Chair.