The deadline for the Nancy McKinley Leadership
Award has been extended to October 15, 2020.
Philosophy and Purpose:
Nancy McKinley, CSAP President 2001, 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. This award is intended
to recognize a member of a speech-language and hearing association
for his or her exemplary contributions to their speech and hearing
association (SHA). This individual should have demonstrated selfless
dedication and commitment to the development of an initiative or
program designed to promote the work of the SHA or professionals
in the field of communication sciences and disorders.
Award: The CSAP Nancy
McKinley Leadership Award will be presented annually at the Fall
CSAP conference. CSAP will provide a $500 check to the State
Speech and Hearing Association of the awardee, and the awardee will
receive a certificate in acknowledgement of the award.
Criteria for Selection:
A nominee for the Nancy McKinley Leadership Award should have demonstrated
outstanding contribution(s)/achievement(s) in the following area(s):
- Leadership in the development of a program
initiative within the SHA which was established to address an
identified need within the state or the SHA. Examples include,
but are not limited to:
- increasing membership in the SHA
- addressing shortages within the field, including
initiatives for outreach to students and retention of professionals
- creating legislative activity programs
- enhancing consumer awareness of the professions
of speech-language pathology and audiology
- providing support to professionals in the
field in terms of workload issues
- establishing partnerships with media, businesses,
related associations or other organizations for the purpose
of consumer outreach or other benefit to the professions
- designing innovative communication programs
to promote the professions and increase consumer awareness,
including the development of web programs
- promoting leadership development within the
- creating outreach programs for employers designed
to support professional members working within those agencies
- other programs/activities which incorporate
the spirit of this award
- The program(s) developed by the individual who
is being nominated must have proven to be sustainable as judged
by measurable outcomes, including but not limited to demonstration
that the program has been in operation for at least two years,
and evidence of impact on enhancing the mission of the SHA.
Sustainability is evidenced by length of time in operation, stable
source of funding commitment from the SHA, specific impact on
professionals and/or consumers, and establishment of program continuity.
- The individual who is being nominated must
have served on the board of directors and/or have been a committee
member of the SHA within the past five years. The award is intended
to recognize recent leaders in SHAs.
- Members of the CSAP Executive Board, including Commissioners and Committee members, are not eligible for nominations or receipt of the award during their term of service to CSAP.
- Nominations for the Nancy McKinley Leadership
Award are to be submitted by the SHA to the CSAP Honors Committee .
- The nomination must include:
- Completion of The
CSAP Nancy McKinley Leadership Award Nomination form.
Submission of the form is restricted to State Speech and Hearing
Associations who are members of CSAP. Signature of the
president of the SHA is required.
- Narrative describing the nomination, not
to exceed three pages (in a font no smaller than 10 point and
double spaced), which addresses the following areas in addition
to providing a complete description of the program initiative(s)
and the contributions of the individual being nominated.
- Background information about the individual
leader, including the individual’s personal efforts which
have led to the program initiative
- How the program addressed a need within the
- Why the program is innovative or exemplary.
- How the program is sustainable.
- How the program is connected to the mission
of the SHA.
- How the program is connected to advancing
the work of the professions.
- How members and/or consumers have benefited
from the initiative
- Concluding statements about how the efforts
of the nominee demonstrated exemplary volunteerism to the SHA
and the professions.
- Two letters of support.
- Each SHA is limited to one nomination per year.
- The nomination packet must be submitted electronically
with a completed hard copy of the packet sent to the CSAP office.
- These materials will be reviewed by the Nancy McKinley Leadership Award Committee and a recommendation made to the CSAP board for approval.
2007 - Vicki Lord Larson, Wisconsin
2008 - Tammy Emerson, Idaho
2009 - Katrina Zeit, Ohio
2010 - Donna Fisher Smiley, Arkansas
2010 - Cherry Wright, Texas
2011 - Laura Jo McKamey, Montana
2012 - Jody O'Donnell, Idaho
2013 - Vernice Jury, Connecticut
2014 - Carolyn Wiles Higdon, PhD, CCC-SLP, Mississippi
2015 - None Awarded
2016 - Tracy Bombara, MS, CCC-SLP, Delaware
2017 - Mary Bahr Schwenke, MS, CCC-SLP, Wisconsin
2018 - Deborah Ross-Swain, EdD, CCC-SLP, California
Jayanti Ray, PhD, CCC-SLP, Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association
What her nominators said…..
- It was clear she was a born mentor, leader and teacher.
- Her drive to stay involved in service at MSHA and ASHA levels is a model not only for me, but for anyone who meets her.
- Jayanti approaches each task and interaction with an optimistic and solution-oriented attitude. She is a natural leader who has the ability to anticipate challenges and take proper recourse.
- She is truly an exceptional individual with highest moral values, great sense of humor and hard work ethic.
Dr. Jayanti Ray is an inspirational leader. She is tremendously knowledgeable yet humble, approachable, and kind-hearted. She not only mentors students and early professionals but provides guidance to other leaders who often seek her counsel. She has a naturally collegial and welcoming nature that infectiously draws people together to accomplish amazing achievements. Dr. Ray is currently a professor at Southeast Missouri State and adjunct doctoral professor at Rocky Mountain University and the University of Missouri.
Dr. Ray has been a transformative force within the Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) for nearly fifteen years. During that time, she has served on the MSHA executive board as the vice president for communication (2006-08) and was the MSHA president-elect (2013-14), president (2014-15), and past president (2015-16). She has led and served on several committees for MSHA including: Minority Student Leadership Program (2005-present), Conference Planning Team (2019-20), Website Review Committee (2019), Awards Committee (2016-present), Nominations Committee (2016-present), and the MSHA Leadership Academy (2018-19). Jayanti has also been a contributor and editor of the Online Journal of the Missouri Speech and Hearing Association (2015-present), the MSHA e-weekly publication (2014-15), and the MSHA Link newsletter (2006-08).
Dr. Ray has also contributed greatly to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as the representative from Missouri on the ASHA Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council (2016-19), a mentor for the Minority Leadership Program (2005-present), a volunteer for the Asian-Indian Caucus (2001-present), a reviewer on the National Leadership Development Project (2017-18), and a reviewer for the SIG 5 newsletter (2006-18).
She has shared her expertise nationally and internationally as a committee/board member for the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (2012-present), the International Association of Orofacial Myology (2008, 2014), and the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2013). In addition, she has been a reviewer/editor for the International Journal of Orofacial Myology (2003-present), International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (2013-present), Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2013-present), Journal of Allied Health (2015-present), United Way Grant Committee (2016-present), Prentice-Hall (2003-04), Plural Publishing (2017), and Jones and Bartlett Publishing (2017). She presents at multiple seminars nationally and internationally each year. Within her community, Dr. Ray gives of her time freely and also sits on several regional boards in eastern Missouri. Her tremendous contributions have been recognized through fifteen different awards and nominations, including several teaching/research awards from Southeast Missouri State, Washington State, International Association of Orofacial Myology, Speech and Hearing Association of India, and All India Institute of Speech and Hearing.
Most notably for the current nomination, while president of MSHA Dr. Jayanti Ray founded the MSHA Mentoring Young Professionals (MMYP) program in 2014. Dr. Ray’s efforts to continue to recruit mentors and mentees have led to the success of this program over the past five years. The MMYP program was initially approved by ASHA for the Emerging Leadership Program for 2014-15. Her passion for nurturing future leaders shines through as this program continues to successfully match graduate students and clinical fellows with career professionals who provide mentorship under her coordination of the program annually.
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