GSHA Executive Council (2017-2018)

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President: Sucheta Kamath
Cerebral Matters, LLC | sucheta@cerebralmatters.com

As the founder of Cerebral Matters (www.cerebralmatters.com), 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.

President-Elect: Sonya Floyd
Southern Healthcare | stdodson83@gmail.com

Sonya Floyd holds an M.Ed., CCCSLP; M.Ed. in Communication Disorders. She is currently employed with Speech-Language Pathologist/Southern Healthcare. Sonya’s professional affiliations include the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association (GSHA). Prior to serving as President-elect, Sonya served as Convention Committee Chair, Co-chair, and Member. She received the Jack Bess Memorial Award in 2016.

 

Immediate Past President: LaBrita Cash-Baskett
Fundamental Focus | ljcash@fundamentalfocus.net
 

 

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.

VP of Association Affairs: Jacqueline Yokley Cobblestone Therapy Group | jyokley9@gmail.com

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! gshavpaa@gmail.com.

VP of Professional Practice: Jodie Victor
Victory Speech-Language Therapy
jodievictorslp@gmail.com

Jodie Victor is a graduate from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Merchandising. After five years with a career in retail merchandising and buying, Jodie decided to find a career that would give back to others. She graduated with a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University and moved to Atlanta, Georgia.

Through EBS, Jodie works in Atlanta Public Schools and supervises Clinical Fellows. She has a part time private practice. In addition to school aged children, Jodie has experience with early intervention, home healthcare, and communication disorders and mental health. Jodie has served many roles on the Executive Board of the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association including the ASHA State Education Advocacy Leader (SEAL) for Georgia , Schools Committee Chair, and is  currently  Vice President of Professional Practice (VPPP). In addition to serving GSHA Executive Board, she is the Chair of the GSH-PAC (Political Action Committee) Board of Trustees. She is the recipient of GSHA’s Volunteer of the Year award at the annual convention February 2017.

In her free time, Jodie enjoys dancing and traveling. Leadership within GSHA has taught Jodie to find her voice to advocate for patients, clients, students, and professionals. If you would like to learn more about how you can make an impact in your field, please contact your VPPP, Jodie Victor.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Finance Committee, Chair: Carol Ann Raymond University of Georgia | raymond1@uga.edu

 

Finance Committee, Co-Chair: Wytona Johnson
First Words Speech Services, LLC
wytona80@gmail.com

 

ParliamentarianJacqueline Laures-Gore
Georgia State University -
jlaures@gsu.edu

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.

Convention Committee, Chair: Kara Jones North Fulton Hospital | KAJonesSLP@gmail.com

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

 

Convention Committee, Co-Chair: Sarah Rappillard
The Therapy SPOT | sarahwrapillard@gmail.com

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!

Communications Committee, Chair:
Rebekah Barr | doublerbarr@gmail.com

Rebekah Barr is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist and a licensed realtor. After graduating in 2002, Rebekah worked at the Howard School with middle and high school students with language-based learning disabilities. In 2011, she went to work at the Greenfield Hebrew Academy, working with the same population. In 2014, due to personal and family issues, she took over her family business and now owns and operates AllStaff Solutions, a WBENC and SBA certified woman owned small business providing IT and Healthcare staffing to federal and commercial clients.

Healthcare and Private Practice Committee, Chair
Mavis Ivy | Bryson Phillips Communication Group
mavisdivy@gmail.com

 

Higher Education Committee, Chair
Crystal Randolph | crandolph@valdosta.edu

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.

Membership Committee, Chair: Nina Santus University of Georgia | nsantus@uga.edu

Dr. Nina Santus is a clinical assistant professor at The University of Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Education and her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed her doctoral work at The University of Georgia. In addition, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Speech-Language Department at Misericordia University. 

In addition, Dr. Santus has worked as a speech-language pathologist with both pediatrics and adults in a variety of settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, private practice, and the public schools. At The University of Georgia, she is an instructor as well as a clinical supervisor.  She has also taught at both Georgia State University and Misericordia University as an adjunct professor. Her areas of teaching include: fluency and fluency disorders, evidence-based treatment for children and adults who stutter, research in communication sciences, dynamics of the public schools, trends and issues in education, Dysphagia, ethics in speech-language pathology, service-learning, development across the lifespan, and phonetics.

Her special interests include treating children and adults with fluency disorders.Dr. Santus' specialization and research is in the area of fluency disorders. She has conducted fluency research in the area of frequency and duration of fluency treatment in the public schools as well as research in fluency as it relates to the autonomic nervous system. Her research also focuses on evidence-based practices as well as comfort and knowledge school-based SLPs possess when treating students who stutter.  Dr. Santus has presented her research at state, national, and international conferences.

"Proceed as if success is inevitable. " - Anonymous 

Membership Committee, Co-Chair
Victoria Brickenden | vbrickenden@howardschool.org

Victoria is starting her second year as a practicing SLP (having recently received her CCCs!) at a private school for children with language based learning differences in Atlanta. She received her BSEd in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!!!) and her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders from Georgia State University. In her free time, Victoria enjoys spending time with friends and family at the lake, at Georgia football games, and exploring Atlanta! 

Schools Committee, Chair: Lindsey Hendrix
EBS Healthcare | lindseysuzannehendrix@gmail.com

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’smembership 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
Sharon Sokolik |
Sharon E. Sokolik & Associates, LLC sharonsokolik@gmail.com

Sharon Sokolik has been a working SLP for 27 years. Since 2001 she has run her private practice, Sharon E. Sokolik and Associates, LLC, with the mission of supporting all children and adults with language-based learning issues. Her goal has always remained the same: to help everyone reach their own individual potential and help support and educate parents on how to best advocate for their children. Sharon especially loves to help those with ASD, ADD, NOS and those who have difficulty navigating their social world be more successful. She is trained in Michelle Garcia-Winner’s Social Thinking techniques and regularly runs social thinking groups and camps. By spreading knowledge and awareness to those in the educational community, Sharon believes she can make an impact for people with learning differences. As a proud member of the Executive Committee of GSHA, Sharon hopes to share her years of experience and make Georgia an even stronger voice in the fight to support the speech and language needs of everyone.

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." Albert Einstein

Continuing Education Committee, Co-Chair
Lauren Zimet Early Insights | 
zimet@earlyinsights.com

Lauren Zimet, M.S., CCC/SLP, CNHP serves as the Director of Skills Development at Perspectives Center for Holistic Therapy, overseeing the Early Insights Program and The Powerful Project. Lauren is a licensed speech, language and early communication specialist. She is certified in Neuro-Developmental Training (NDT), is a certified parenting coach, and is a registered Better Brains for Babies (BBB) trainer. In 2014 Lauren received her designation as a Certified Natural Health Professional. Lauren has over 2 decades of experience in the helping fields. Over the years, Lauren has augmented her education by studying nutrition and brain health and in-depth education within the speech, language and feeding arena. She has developed an integrative and holistic approach to her work with clients. Lauren is the co-developer of The Personal Power Tools curriculum which focuses on social navigation and self-regulation. Lauren’s work has been featured in several books, including The LCP Solution, Baby Love, and The Late Talker and in numerous magazines including Parenting, Autism File, and Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists. 

"Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing." 
 - Rollo May

Public Relations Committee, Chair
Lauren Reinkemeyer | laurenreinkemeyer@gmail.com

Lauren Reinkemeyer is a licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist by the State of Georgia and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).   She graduated from Auburn University in 2014 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders. Lauren continued on at Auburn University to receive her Master Degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2016. She has experience working in private clinics, rehabilitation facilities, and public school systems. Lauren is currently working as a speech-language pathologist for EBS Healthcare. This is her second year working at an elementary school in Gwinnett County. Her special interests include early intervention, autism, receptive and expressive language disorders, and articulation/phonological disorders.  In her free time, Lauren enjoys adventurous activities including traveling, hiking, skydiving, and kayaking.

Student Affairs Committee, Co-Chair
Emily Jones | emilyjones1013@gmail.com

 

Student Affairs Committee, Co-Chair
Shelbie Deaton | shelbie.deaton@yahoo.com

 

GSH-PAC, Chair: Jodie Victor
jodievictorslp@gmail.com
GSH-PAC, Secretary-Treasurer: Jane Frobose
froboseslp@aol.com

 

Strategic Planning Committee, Chair
OPEN

 

STAR Representative: Margaret Ann Parker
Therapy Associates of Georgia, P. C.
margaretaparker@bellsouth.net

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. “

SEAL Representative: Laura Nichols lrnichol@uga.edu

 

Tri-Alliance Representative: Kelly Ball
Therapy Solutions of Georgia, Inc.
kellyball@tsg-inc.net

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! 

ASHA CE Administrator: Deborah Foushee
Gwinnett County Public Schools
deborahfoushee@gmail.com

 

Tri-Alliance Representative: Marla Mann
marla.mann@buildingbridgestherapy.com

 

SMAC Representative: Mavis Ivy
Bryson Phillips Communication Group
mavisdivy@gmail.com

 

Lobbyists: Stanley S. Jones, Jr. and Helen Sloat
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
www.nelsonmullins.com


 

SMAC Representative: Edgar Vince Clark
Integra Agency Administrator
edgarvclark@gmail.com | vinceclark@integrarehab.org