GSHA Executive Council (2018-2019)

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Sonya Floyd
Southern Healthcare 

Sonya Floyd, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, completed her B. S. Ed. at Armstrong Atlantic State University in May 2006 and M.Ed. at Valdosta State University in May 2008. Sonya specializes in adult neurogenics, swallowing, and cognitive-communication deficits. Mrs. Floyd has practiced in a variety of settings including out- patient, home health, acute care, swing bed, and skilled nursing facilities. In addition to her formal training Sonya has continued to enhance her knowledge and practice evidenced based practice by becoming a certified provider of Vital Stim, Beckman Oral-Motor, and Myofascial Release therapies. Sonya most recently underwent training to become FEES trained (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Examination of Swallow).


  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Continuing Education (ACE) Award (2012)
  • Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association (GSHA) Jack Bess Memorial Award (2017)

Professional Commitments

  • President of the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing (GSHA) Association (2018/2019)
  • President Elect of the GSHA (2017/2018)
  • Convention Chair of the GSHA (2017)
  • Convention Co-Chair of the GSHA (2016)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of GSHA (2009-present)
  • Member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) (2009-present)
  • Member of ASHA’s Special Interest Group for Gerontology
  • Member of ASHA’s Special Interest Group for Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

Kara Jones
North Fulton Hospital 

Kara Jones, M.A. CCC-SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in adult dysphagia and neuro-rehabilitation.  She received her Master’s at SUNY University at Buffalo.  Kara works in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at WellStar North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, GA.  She has practiced in schools and hospitals in Georgia, Wisconsin, and California.


“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” ― Julia Child


Immediate Past President: 
Sucheta Kamath
Cerebral Matters, LLC 

As the founder of Cerebral Matters (, Sucheta is a trained Speech-Language Pathologist with expertise in the identification and treatment of Executive Function and Neurogenic Communication Disorders in children and adults. She is passionate about educating all kinds of learners and is gifted at translating the neuroscience of re-learning and deep thinking into practical applications that can have a meaningful impact on individuals and the community. She uses current research in neuroscience and clinical expertise to help individuals become more introspective, socially aware, and self-sufficient.

As a celebrated clinician, Sucheta is a recipient of the ‘Stephanie Macaluso Expertise in Clinical Practice Award,’ the ‘Partners in Excellence Award’ for leadership and innovation from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the 'Professional Achievement Award' from the Georgia Speech-Language Hearing Association. In addition, she is a graduate of the prestigious Leadership Atlanta Class of 2015 and continues to serve on many non-profit boards. As a TEDxPeachtree speaker on ‘Mental GPS’, she has brought the term Executive Function into household conversations. Finally, Sucheta has recently started an educational and learning software company, ExQ™, that creates tools for the executive brain for students and working professionals of all ages. Sucheta recognizes the potential in every individual to think differently and she is proud to be a speech-language pathologist as she has witnessed her profession having a deep impact on society. She believes that with great focus and intentionality, strategic thinking, and flexible mindsets every member of society can uplift the world around them."

"Success is the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause higher than oneself" -   Viktor Frank.

Vice President of Association Affairs: 
Crystal Randolph 

Dr. Crystal Randolph is currently an assistant professor in the communication sciences and disorders department at Valdosta State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology at South Carolina State University and her master’s degree in communication disorders at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Randolph completed her doctoral studies at Louisiana State University. She has 13 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist and has worked with numerous populations including birth to school-age individuals. Dr. Randolph’s areas of research interests include early language and literacy, speech sound disorders, and pedagogical innovations in higher education.

Vice President of Professional Practice:  
Kelly Ball
Therapy Solutions of Georgia, Inc. 

Originally from Martinsville, Virginia, Kelly attended the University of Virginia located in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was at UVA where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Communication Disorders in 1995. Kelly then went on to complete a master's program in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Georgia in 1997. Kelly has served as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in both the public and private sector, including as a school SLP in Alaska, a hospital SLP in Georgia, and a private SLP in both North Carolina and Georgia.  Kelly and her husband Chris have owned and managed Therapy Solutions of Georgia, Inc, a pediatric private practice providing booth speech and occupational therapy, for the past 15 years.  Kelly has 20 years of experience as a Speech-Language pathologist and loves working with kids! 

Communications Committee, Chair: 
Lindsey Hendrix
EBS Healthcare 

Lindsey Hendrix grew up in Victoria, Texas and received her Bachelors in Communication Disorders from Texas State University and her Masters from West Texas A & M University. Lindsey’s experience in the field includes working in private practices, skilled-nursing facilities, and the public school system. She is currently working for EBS Healthcare in the DeKalb County School District. She enjoys working with children who use augmentative and alternative communication devices as their voice, receptive and expressive language disorders, and articulation disorders. Lindsey has an interest in international speech programs and has traveled to both Antiqua, Guatemala and Quito, Ecuador in an interest to perfect her bilingual skills in Spanish. When she is not working or planning therapy, Lindsey enjoys volunteering as Zeta Tau Alpha’s membership advisor for Georgia Institute of Technology, becoming a provisional member of the Atlanta Junior League, and attending Passion City Church and serving as a member of the “Touch Team”. She is excited about her involvement as a member of the GSHA Executive Council and is looking forward to how we can together advance our professional influence in helping patients, clients, and students reach their full communication potential.    


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead 


Continuing Education Committee, Chair:
Amanda Gunn 


Continuing Education Committee, Co-Chair:
Jill Barton 


Convention Committee, Chair:
Joy Carter 

Joy Carter is a speech-language pathologist who practices in acute inpatient rehabilitation. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Howard University in Washington DC, and her Master of Science degree from Georgia State University. Joy implemented the Red Yellow Green Program for dementia management at a skilled nursing facility in Macon, Georgia.

Joy is passionate about improving the lives of her patients through evidence-based, functional treatments. She is certified in the McNeil Dysphagia Therapy Program. Her professional interests include brain injury recovery and dysphagia in the dementia population. 


Convention Committee, Co-Chair: 
Nicole Hines  

Nicole A. Hines, MS, CCC-SLP is a speech pathologist currently working with Integra Rehabilitation as an Endoscopist providing mobile Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) to patients in skilled nursing facilities throughout northern Georgia.  Nicole also works with Northeast Georgia Medical Center in the acute care setting as well as the outpatient setting conducting modified barium swallow studies (MBSS).  She received her Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania in 2005. 

With a passion for dysphagia education and advocacy Nicole has previously presented at the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention (GSHA) in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 as well as the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NYSSLHA) Convention in 2018.  She has also has the opportunity to speak at the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association (LSHA) Convention in 2018 and 2019. 

In 2017, Nicole spent two weeks volunteering in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as a clinical instructor training doctors, nurses and therapists in clinical swallow examinations. In 2019, Nicole was invited as a guest lecturer to University of Georgia for the graduate speech pathology students.  She also established an online dysphagia journal club in 2018.  Nicole is a two time recipient of the ASHA ACE award and current member of Special Interest Group-13 for Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders as well as a member of the Dysphagia Research Society. 

Finance Committee, Chair:
LaBrita Cash-Baskett
Fundamental Focus

LaBrita Cash-Baskett is an accomplished speech language pathologist specializing in the application of clinical experience in organizational development and communication. Proven capacities to develop talent, gain strategic alignment, and lead sustainable change. She thrives in results-driven environments where collaboration, skill development, and participative problem-solving are recognized for improving individual and team performance. Known as an effective communicator, LaBrita creates direct line-of-sight between strategic vision and directional steps for implementation. Skilled in building consensus, resolving conflict, and negotiating expectations in order to achieve defined business outcomes. Able to synthesize multiple data points, quickly assess situations and resources, and coach and motivate others to produce extraordinary results.

Finance Committee, Co-Chair: Maryanne Weatherill 


Healthcare and Private Practice Co-Chair: 
Jacqueline Yokley
Cobblestone Therapy Group

Jacqueline grew up in the Washington D.C. area and attended the University of Georgia where she received both her Bachelor of Science and her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. Her experience includes working with patients of all ages in pediatric and adult medical settings as well as in private practice. Jacqueline enjoys treating dysphagia across the lifespan and is trained in S.O.S, The Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding, P.R.O.M.P.T., and Oral Placement Therapy. She is also passionate about early intervention, working with patients with complex airways, childhood apraxia of speech, and mentoring new clinicians!

Jacqueline has been on the Executive Council for the past 3 years and is currently serving GSHA as Vice President of Association Affairs. She is a recipient of the Jack Bess Memorial Award for her volunteer contributions during her role as Convention Chair 2016. She resides in Buckhead and can be found traveling, practicing yoga, contributing to her cooking instagram @veganslovethis, and volunteering in the community through the Junior League of Atlanta. 

Jacqueline truly believes this year with GSHA is going to be the best year yet and it's never too late to get involved! Connect with her! [email protected].

Healthcare and Private Practice Co-Chair: Caroline Bowman 


Higher Education Committee, Chair: 
Jacqueline Laures-Gore
Georgia State University

Dr. Jacqueline Laures-Gore has been a speech-language pathologist for over 26 years. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Iowa State University, Masters of Health Science from University of Missouri-Columbia, and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Georgia State University.  She directs the Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders Research Lab.  Her research interests include aphasia and its relation to stress, depression, and integrative health, as well as studying perceptual-acoustic aspects of dysarthria.  Her work has been funded by NIDCD, ANCDS, as well as other entities.  She is well-published and presents her work at local, national, and international conferences.

Membership Committee, Chair: Carol Ann Raymond 


Membership Committee, Co-Chair: Angelica Gunn 


Political Action Committee (PAC), Chair: 
Jessica Sullivan 


Political Action Committee (PAC), Secretary-Treasurer: 
Jane Frobose


Public Relations Committee, Chair: Caroline Traub 


Schools Committee, Chair: Emily Mohr 


StAMP Representative: 
Sarah Rapillard

The Therapy SPOT

Sarah currently resides in Statesboro, Georgia. She earned her bachelor of science in communication sciences and disorders from Armstrong State University, and her master of science in speech-language pathology from Auburn University. Sarah has experience treating patients across the lifespan, and is currently practicing at The Therapy SPOT. She is passionate about many areas of the field of speech-language pathology including patient advocacy and community education. This is Sarah's second year serving on GSHA's executive council, and she is excited to see what this year has in store for its members!

Strategic Planning Committee, Co-Chair: 
Debra Schober-Peterson 

Debra Schober-Peterson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Clinical Professor at Georgia State University, where she serves as Director of Clinical Education and as Director of the University’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. She is a Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language and teaches courses in speech sound disorders, child language disorders and diagnostic methods. She is the author of Toddler Talk, a family centered language intervention program for young children. She has been an active member of GSHA for more than 25 years and served as GSHA President in 2002-2003. 

Student Affairs Committee, Co-Chair
Megan Williams


Student Affairs Committee, Co-Chair: OPEN


ASHA CE Administrator: Deborah Foushee 


Parliamentarian: Alexis Chambliss


SEAL Representative: OPEN


SMAC Representative: 
Edgar Vince Clark
Integra Agency Administrator 


SMAC Representative: OPEN


STAR Representative: 
Margaret Ann Parker
Therapy Associates of Georgia, P. C. 

Margaret Ann Parker’s passion is providing quality care to patients in an underserved area of Georgia. A native of Southwest Georgia, she returned to the area after completing her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Florida State University in 1981. She started her private practice in speech-language pathology in Bainbridge, Georgia in 1986 where today she serves patients in nine sparsely populated, economically disadvantaged, rural counties with a staff of six therapists. During her career, she implemented start-up programs for seven hospitals, nine nursing homes and three home health agencies in rural Georgia and Florida. Prior to opening her private practice, Margaret Ann established the speech pathology program at John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville and Archbold’s affiliate hospitals and home health programs in Georgia and Florida. She also spent two years working in the public schools.

In 2000, Margaret Ann was appointed by Governor Roy Barnes to serve on the Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology. She served a three-year term on the board. She has served as the ASHA State Advocate for Reimbursement (STAR) for Georgia since 2011. She is often consulted by speech pathology providers on reimbursement issues and has advocated on behalf of Georgia speech pathology and audiology providers with legislators and state agencies. She and husband Bob Parker have two children and two grandchildren. They make their home in Atlanta.

“To ensure access for all to quality care in an economically disadvantaged rural area of Georgia."

Tri-Alliance Representative:
Kelly Ball
Therapy Solutions of Georgia, Inc.

Originally from Martinsville, Virginia, Kelly attended the University of Virginia located in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was at UVA where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Communication Disorders in 1995. Kelly then went on to complete a master's program in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Georgia in 1997. Kelly has served as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in both the public and private sector, including as a school SLP in Alaska, a hospital SLP in Georgia, and a private SLP in both North Carolina and Georgia.  Kelly and her husband Chris have owned and managed Therapy Solutions of Georgia, Inc, a pediatric private practice providing booth speech and occupational therapy, for the past 15 years.  Kelly has 20 years of experience as a Speech-Language pathologist and loves working with kids! 

Helen Sloat
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP