2016-2017 Executive Board

Tampa, Florida

President

Lisa Garrett MS, CCC-SLP

Experience

I have been involved with the FLASHA conventions since I was in graduate school. Janet Line recruited me to help with the exhibitor committee. I attended my first FLASHA convention as a graduate student in 2005 and was drawn in by the whole event. I have been honored to serve as Vice President for Convention for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 FLASHA Annual Conventions and am currently planning the 2015 FLASHA Annual Conventions.

Wellington, Florida

President-Elect & Secretary/Treasurer

Lyndsey Zurawski SLP-D, CCC-SLP

Experience

As both a school-based speech-language pathologist and a small private practice owner, I feel that I have diverse views of the filed. I feel I can bring an objective view to address issues that pertain to SLPs working in a variety of settings. When I am elected, my goal will be to continue to work closely with the VP of Education to address issues facing school-based SLPs through the task force, as well as grow the mentoring program. I will work to serve FLASHA members and assist in providing resources and information when needed, and to advocate for the field of Speech-Language Pathology.

Palm Beach, Florida

Immediate Past President

Valerie Herskowitz M.A, CCC-SL

Experience

An integral part of FLASHA and the South Florida Autism & Spectrum Disorder Community here in South Florida. Currently, after her son Blake graduated from high school, Valerie and Blake started The Chocolate Spectrum, an artisan chocolate company. In 2014, Valerie expanded the scope of the company and introduced The Chocolatier Training Program for young adults with developmental disabilities. Using the proceeds from the sale of their chocolates as well as donations and grants, The Chocolate Spectrum is able to provide this training free of charge to all participants. Recently, they have received grants from Autism After 21 and the Autism Services Council (autism License Plate). Imagine 100’s of young adults smiling, working, sharing, and earning...This is the heart of “The Chocolate Spectrum.”

Specialty

An integral part of FLASHA and the South Florida Autism & Spectrum Disorder Community here in South Florida. Currently, after her son Blake graduated from high school, Valerie and Blake started The Chocolate Spectrum, an artisan chocolate company. In 2014, Valerie expanded the scope of the company and introduced The Chocolatier Training Program for young adults with developmental disabilities. Using the proceeds from the sale of their chocolates as well as donations and grants, The Chocolate Spectrum is able to provide this training free of charge to all participants. Recently, they have received grants from Autism After 21

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Vice President For Convention

Carolyn Beaubrun MS, CCC-SLP

Experience

Student Liaison Committee 2003-2004 with the following responsibilities: coordinate Medicare Medicaid workshops at Florida International University, coordinate speakers for presentations, secure space for workshops, advertise & market the event, work in conjunction with FLASHA to provide Continuing Education Units for the professionals. Multicultural Committee Member- 2003-2007; Submitted and published articles for the FLASHA Forum; Convention Committee with Local Arrangements 2006-07, involving advertising & marketing local businesses to participate and support FLASHA Spring Convention. Multicultural Committee Co-Chair- 2005-2006; Multicultural Committee Chair- 2007; FLASHA Winter Conference 2008 Presentation: Addressing the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students and Families.

Tampa, Florida

Vice President For Continuing Education

Michelle Harvey CCC-SLP

Experience

I have been actively involved with FLASHA by serving on several committees since I was a graduate student. Through this and other academic, clinical, and service opportunities, I feel that I have acquired various leadership skills which I would like to bring and share as the next VP for Continuing Education.

Coral Springs, Florida

Vice President For Professional Practices In Audiology

Judy Oremland AuD, CCC-A, FAAA

Experience

Being in an education setting, where I work closely with speech/language pathologists, audiologists, and school personnel, I have a unique understanding of how closely related the two fields are, and how important it is to have both disciplines in collaboration, especially when working with students, parents, teachers, and other health care professionals.

Vice President For Educational Services

Nicole M. Mancini EdD, CCC-SLP

Fort Lauderdale - Davie, Florida

Vice President For Communications

Kimberly Bloom MS, CCC-SLP

Experience

My greatest challenges as a South Florida Speech-Language Therapist with a focus on children 1-21, has been finding new, fun, "alternative therapies" and innovative tools, which engage our autistic pediatric students, while serving to enhance their specific treatment plans. Likewise, adolescence can be difficult for all children, as such, our greatest challenges, and of course greatest rewards, are seeing marked improvements, real verifiable “developmental breakthroughs,” that will translate into our students having a happier young adolescent life, not only communicatively, but emotionally and socially as well.

Specialty

Kimberly Bloom, MS, CCC-SLP, is the Director of Breakthrough Pediatric Speech & Occupational Therapy Center in Davie with a focus on children 1-21 with autism. Breakthrough in Davie, FL is one of the only Broward speech therapy centers offering PROMPT therapy for "Apraxia of Speech."

Vice President For Governmental Education

Charlene A. Westman MA, CCC-SLP

Vice President for Professional Practices in SLP

Shannon Halls-Mills Phd, CCC-SLP

Vice President for Membership Services

Donna Polelle PhD, CCC-SLP

Executive Director

Isabel Vermeer

Deputy Director

Tina Kautter CAE