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CSAP Spring Conference

May 19-20, 2017
Louisville, Kentucky

Meeting Handouts

Meeting Location
Louisville Marriott Downtown
280 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(Meeting room location will be provided prior to the Conference)



  • Online Registration has closed. Please visit the On-site Registration Desk at the Conference to register.
  • Printable Registration Form

Registration Confirmations | Cancellations
Confirmations will be sent via email.  Please provide your email address with registration.  If you do not receive a confirmation within 7-10 days of registering, please contact the CSAP Office at 855-727-2836.

Cancellation requests received on or before May 1, 2017 will be accepted.  A $25 processing fee will be deducted from the refund.

Social Event – Included with registration fee
An exciting evening at Churchill Downs has been arranged with special thanks to our hosts the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Their donation will make this an evening to remember.

Live Auction | State Donations
Please bring a gift to donate to the CSAP Live Auction event. The item should have a minimum value of $50. Please select your item carefully as the person winning the item will need to fit it into their luggage. CSAP does not provide shipping services. The item does not need to be related to your state.


Continuing Education and Disclosures


This course is offered for 1.00 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).

Presentation Disclosures


Participants will be able to:

Identify legislative and regulatory trends impacting the professions at the state level.

Describe the pros and cons of collaborative leadership implemented at the state level and across disciplines.

Describe current federal trends and issues and the potential legislative impact for professionals and public policy.


Hotel Reservations

A special room rate of $149 per night will be available until April 19, 2017, or until the room block is sold out, whichever occurs first. For reservations, call the reservations line.

Online Reservations

Toll Free           
Please mention you are with CSAP to get the discounted rate!

Be sure to request a room within the Council of State Speech-Language-Hearing Association Presidents (CSAP) block to receive our special rate.  


Note: Times subject to change.

Thursday, May 18

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

ASHA Welcome Reception
Gail Richard, President, ASHA; Arlene Pietranton, Chief Executive Officer, ASHA

Friday, May 19

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Registration and Breakfast - Included with your registration

8:30 am – 8:45 am

President’s Welcome
Michael Kaplan, President, CSAP

8:45 am - 9:15 am

The Joint Committee on State-National Association Relationships-Working for You
Michael Kaplan, President, CSAP

9:15 am - 10:45 am

How to “Grow” Your Leaders Arlene Pietranton, Chief Executive Officer, ASHA; Deborah Swain, Past President, California Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Judy Rich, President, Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Christie LaCharite, President, Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association

10:45 am - 11:00 am


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Facilitators: Deborah Swain; Judy Rich; Tim Ball; Michael Kaplan; Christie LaCharite

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch On Your Own

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

State Brags and Moans

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Collaborating Across Disciplines
Jerry Caracciolo, President, New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Mary Faella, President-Elect, New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Jeff Adams, President, Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Melodee Owens, Past President, Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm


3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Facilitators: Jerry Caracciolo and Mary Faella; Jeff Adams and Melodee Owens; Tim Ball; Michael Kaplan; Kamela Rowland

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Telepractice: Implications for States
Cheris Frailey, Director, State Education and Legislative Advocacy, ASHA; Debra Burnett, President, Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Liliana Stagakes, President, Colorado Speech and Hearing Association

4:45 pm

Closing Remarks

5:30 pm

Begin to Board Buses – Hotel Lobby
Buses will depart at 5:45 for Churchill Downs. Remember to bring your live auction donation.

Saturday, May 20

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast – Included with your registration

9:00 am - 9:15 am


9:15 am - 10:15 am

Support Personnel
Deborah Swain Past President, California Speech-Language-Hearing Association;
Eileen Crowe, Director, State Association Relations, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Fe Murray, President-Elect, Arizona Speech and Hearing Association; Janet Wagner, VP Finance and SEAL, Oregon Speech and Hearing Association; Sandra Nettleton, President, New Mexico Speech-Language-Hearing Association

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Facilitators: Eileen Crowe; Sandra Nettleton; Fe Murray; Janet Wagner; Tim Ball

11:15 am - 11:30 am


11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Brags and Moans

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch On Your Own

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

State/Federal Legislative Trends – What do we Know so Far?
Susan Adams, Director, State Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy, American Speech-Language- Hearing Association; Janet Deppe, Director, State Advocacy, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Joan Mele-McCarthy, Government Relations and Public Policy, ASHA

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm


3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Facilitators: Janet Deppe; Joan Mele-McCarthy; Eileen Crowe; Susan Adams; Michael Kaplan

4:15 pm

CSAP Business Meeting

5:00 pm


FAQs for First Time CSAPers

What can I expect from my first CSAP?  You can expect to have FUN and will get a lot of valuable information.  You will make friendships that last beyond your participation in CSAP.

What is the dress for CSAP?  Many attendees wear business casual clothing.  Bring a sweater or wrap, as the room temperatures fluctuate.  Dress for the Social depends on the event – it can range from casual to business casual.

What is the 50/50?  The 50/50 drawing is an effort to raise monies to offset the costs of the Fall and Spring meetings.  Participants are able to buy a chance at winning 50% of the total monies raised.  The drawing occurs during the Business Meeting.

What should I bring for the Live Auction?  The item should be at least $50 - $100 in value.  Jewelry, pottery, professional team sportswear and artwork have always sold well.  Consider “travel ability and uniqueness” of the item you bring. 

How is my Live Auction item displayed?  All items will be placed on a table for viewing prior to the auction. 

How can I pay for my Auction items?  CSAP accepts cash, check, or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) to complete your auction purchases.

Why are there 50/50 drawings and Auctions?  These are fun and exciting traditions for members to help raise money for our organization.  The monies raised during the auction and 50/50 drawing help in offsetting the cost of the Spring and Fall meetings.  Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from the Live Auction goes towards the Nancy McKinley Leadership Award that CSAP awards on an annual basis.

What is the Nancy McKinley Award?  This is an annual award which is presented at the spring CSAP conference.  A check is presented to the State Speech and Hearing Association in honor of the awardee. 

Who was Nancy McKinley?  Nancy McKinley (Wisconsin), CSAP President in 2002, was the embodiment of a selfless volunteer dedicated to promoting the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, and supporting those who had chosen one of these professions as their career.  In Nancy’s honor, the Leadership Award was created.   This award acknowledges a member of a state speech/language/hearing association for his/her exemplary contributions to their association. 


Future CSAP Meetings

2017 Fall Conference
November 8, 2017
Los Angeles, California

CSAP Teleseminars

Check back soon for live Teleseminars.


Making Meetings Work with Parliamentary Procedures
Presented by Roberta Jackson, MS, CCC-SLP
Past President, WSLHA

Replay Telesmeinar

Cost: $20

This teleseminar will provide presiding officers with parliamentary tools to assist in planning and implementing meetings. A review of agenda development; techniques for presiding as well as understanding the use for explicit bylaws/standing rules will be discussed.  Emphasis will be on the latest edition of Roberts Rules of Order, newly revised, 11th edition (2011).

Register On-Line

Printable Registration Form



Leadership: Adjusting the Sails
Presented by: Melaine W. Hudson, MA, CCC-SLP

Replay Telesmeinar

Cost $20

For the aspiring and seasoned leader alike!
What the basic qualities of an effective leader?
How to deal with difficult situations that confront leaders.
Stories and examples to inspire and motivate.

Register On-Line

Printable Registration Form

Thinking Outside the Box: On-line Solutions for Your Association

Presented by Mischael Shollenberger, founder of AuthWire

Replay Telesmeinar

Cost $20

Topics inlcuded:

Website management/donations
Online voting
Online membership dues processing
Conferences/Seminars - signups and payment
Continuing education/online courses

Register On-Line

Printable Registration Form


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