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The Deadline for the Nancy McKinley Leadership
Award is August 15.
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 or a plaque 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
by August 15 of each year.
- 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
Deborah Ross-Swain, EdD, CCC-SLP, California Speech-Language-Hearing Association
What her nominators said…..
- Deb is a collaborator, who listens thoughtfully and quests with respect, which carefully considering and analyzing a situation.
- She has a reputation for demonstrating extraordinary solution-based creativity, characterized by the ability to identify a problem or a need, then develop an innovative solution, or take a discussion point and turn it into an action plan.
- When Deb is involved at a leadership level, ideas are germinated, grow and come into full flower because her passion and enthusiasm are contagious and impact everyone around her.
- Deb takes on a challenge with a smile, enjoys being part of a team and is willing to expend any amount of effort to work through a phase of a project or, if appropriate, see it through to completion.
- CSHA Leadership Academy
- CSHA Ambassadors to allied professional organizations and associations
- Early Intervention (EI) Advisory Committee which is collaborating with the American Academy of Pediatricians-California and is in discussions with Help Me Grow, an affiliate of First 5 California
- Current Chair of EI Advisory Committee
- ASHA grant awarded to the CSHA EI Advisory Committee to develop a video to increase public awareness of EI
- Coordinator of completed multi-state ASHA grant project, working with leadership of Michigan and South Carolina to develop videos for use by state associations and professional highlighting interprofessional practice
- Marketing committee to increase public awareness of the association and the professions
- CSHA international professional exchange trip to Finland that developed ongoing reciprocal relationships with professionals
- CSHA International Advisory Committee resulted from the Finland exchange trip
- Co-presenter on results of Finland exchange and future possibilities at CSHA 2017 Convention
- Invited co-presenter on results of Finland exchange and future possibilities at ASHA 2018 Convention
- Invited co-presenter on results of Finland exchange and future possibilities at
ASHA 2018 Convention
- Invited co-author of International Interprofessional Collaboration: The Benefits of Global Networking, in Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, SIG
- Current Chair of CSHA International Advisory Committee
- Contracted with one of the top lobbying firms in the state Capital, Sacramento
- CSHA Legislative Day as a BHSM activity for members to attend and meet with legislators and staffers to increase awareness of the professions and discuss legislative priorities
- CSHA SLP Day as BHSM activity initiated to honor SLPs and increase public awareness of the profession
- Appointed CSHA member with expertise in dyslexia to the California Department of Education Dyslexia Guidelines Task Force, for SLPs to have input into the
state guidelines (published)
- Ongoing efforts with Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) and California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to increase awareness of education, training and knowledge of Clinical Fellows (CFs) and Speech Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) to allow them under appropriate supervision to provide early intervention services at Regional Centers throughout the state to increase the number of children served
- CSHA Bylaws update and revision was ongoing during her term
- CSHA Liaison to NSSLHA in California to increase student involvement in
CSHA throughout the state
- Knowledge Bowl, initiated at the CSHA 2017 Annual Convention, has grown in number of universities participating and increased student and university involvement in CSHA
- Increased quality and quantity of CSHA Annual Convention programing for medical SLPs to increase convention participation and association membership
- Current member of the ASHA Government Relations and Public Policy Board
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