We support, promote, and advance higher education in

Communication Sciences and Disorders


Excellence * Visionary Leadership * Collaboration


Happy New Year! 


Many of us are prepping or have already started the new semester. It is an exciting time as we look toward the future and spring months. I always look at the new year as a time to reflect, reframe, and reimagine ways I can make my classes better or be a better administrator. I hope all of you have had time for reflection and planning. The CAPCSD Board took time at their November meeting to reflect on our past, reframe how we as a team look at things, and reimagine ways we can help our member programs. It is our goal to strive to do our best to support, promote, and advocate for all member programs as we begin the new year.


Be sure to follow the CAPCSD news and website updates to see what is happening at CAPCSD this semester.  

In warm regards,

Jennifer P. Taylor



Update from the

VP of Professional Development


Tricia Montgomery

CAPCSD’s 43rd Annual Conference will be in Orlando, Florida at the Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.
For the past 44 years, our conference has been held in a variety of cities across the United States and has the reputation for being a leading conference in speech-language pathology and audiology education. Faculty and staff in speech and hearing departments, throughout the nation and abroad, benefit from the opportunity to collaborate, connect, explore, and learn together about issues unique to our discipline.
The 2022 CAPCSD conference in Portland was a great success and the evaluations were outstanding. The 2023 conference will build on that success, using your feedback to create a vibrant, engaging event where you can learn and exchange ideas with your colleagues.


Conference registration and hotel reservations are now open. Visit the CAPCSD website for more information. We look forward to seeing you in April!


The Lisa Scott Leadership Academy

We were pleased to receive a record number of applicants for the 2023 Lisa Scott Leadership Academy. The following participants were selected to be of outstanding merit, from among 90 applicants, to participate in this year’s Lisa Scott Leadership Academy. We offer our congratulations to this exceptional group of leaders!


Tessa Bent — Indiana University

Lisa Bowers — University of Arkansas

Wyndi Capeci — Jacksonville University

Christine Carmichael — Our Lady of the Lake University

Kristina Curro — Worcester State University

Stephanie Fowler — The University of Texas at Dallas

Kelly Gillespie — Elmhurst University

Jean Gordon — University of Iowa

Sabine Heuer — University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

AnnMarie Knight — Columbia College

Erin Lundblom — University of Pittsburgh

Angela McLeod — University of South Carolina

Ignatius Nip — San Diego State University

Whitney Perkins — Jackson State University

Ileana Ratiu — Arizona State University

Erin Redle Sizemore — Mount St. Joseph University

Shannon Salley — Longwood University

Whitney Schneider-Cline — University of Nebraska Kearney

Jacqueline Towson — University of Central Florida

Carla Wood — Florida State University


I have had the good fortune of attending many leadership training programs at my university. The Lisa Scott Leadership Academy provided things that other training modules simply ignored. In particular, I learned a great deal about how to do meaningful strategic planning that reflects my goals, vision, and values and those of my department. The tools I learned have helped me to sustain and grow my department, even during the immense challenges of the early waves of the covid pandemic. I recommend it highly to all leaders in our field. ~ 2019 Alumni

Benjamin Munson, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Morse-Alumni Distinguished University Teaching Professor

Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

University of Minnesota


Q & A with CAPCSD’s Treasurer


Ashley Harkrider

What does the Treasurer of CAPCSD do?

The CAPCSD treasurer works with the Board of Directors and management staff to coordinate the organization’s financial responsibilities and records. The treasurer serves as an advisor to the Board and organization on financial matters, including recommending the annual budget and keeping an eye on revenue, expenditures, and financial investments for CAPCSD. The treasurer is a member of its Board, entitled to participate in all board discussions, and eligible to vote on any question put to vote. 


How does CAPCSD’s budget look this year?

The annual budget for CAPCSD is solid. The majority of our revenue is generated via investment income, dues from member programs, conference registration and exhibitor fees, and user fees for the Communication Sciences & Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS). The majority of our expenses includes subsidization of the annual conference, scholarships, professional development opportunities, and operational costs associated with the Board and management company.


What does CAPCSD use our funds to support?

We use our funds to support, promote, and advance higher education programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Sound familiar?  That is CAPCSD’s mission!  For example, we encourage individuals from member programs to attend our annual conference by underwriting nearly 40% of the cost of attendance per person out of our budget. We use revenue to implement endeavors like The Lisa Scott Leadership Academy, eLearning Clinicial Education Courses, DEI Academy, Admissions Summit, and the Clinic Director Basic Training. We also award up to $165,000 for the Frances J. Laven and Ph.D. scholarships to students from member programs in the disciplines.


What does the future hold for CAPCSD’s budget?

What’s happening to the world’s economy impacts CAPCSD, too. Increased cost of food, labor shortages, pandemic-related disruptions, and political policies have driven up operational and conference-related costs considerably. Accordingly, the treasurer and CAPCSD Board keep careful watch on the organization’s finances and protect its reserves. Ideas are always on the table for increasing revenue and decreasing expenses to enable CAPCSD to continue its strong financial support of members. If it appears that expenditures begin to outpace earnings, the Board will be in a position to be proactive rather than reactive, to ensure the fiscal health of CAPCSD.  


Questions for your Treasurer? Email Treasurer@capcsd.org


Strategic Plan Update from the Secretary


JoAnne Cascia

The CAPCSD Board of Directors have been working hard to reach the goals set forth in the 2021-2023 Strategic Plan. We can report that several objectives have been completed and the remaining objectives are on track. 


Since the development of the strategic plan in 2021, the board has successfully:

  • Held a meeting with committee chairs to discuss the strategic plan, provide updates, and review CAPCSD policies.
  • Provided a board orientation.
  • The CAPCSD presidents met individually with each board member.
  • Created new virtual content to diversify educational opportunities for member programs.
  • Developed a Reserve Policy, Special Opportunities Fund, and Code of Ethics Policy.
  • Updated the Policies and Procedures and Bylaws.
  • Evaluated and reviewed the eLearning Clinical Education modules, scholarship program, job posting, and webinar sponsorship with a focus on return on investment and mission.
  • Created a new membership category for SLPA programs.
  • Developed a DEI Academy to assist member programs in the development of DEI best practices and implementation.

The Board of Directors is proud of the strategic objectives accomplished so far and continue the work to accomplish more. The Essential Functions document is being updated to meet current practice standards and ensure inclusivity; the board will evaluate and review the return on investment and mission of The Lisa Scott Leadership Academy and Clinical Director Basic Training; create a member communication plan and continue outreach to program directors, faculty, and staff of member programs; develop a DEI Policy; and this month, the board and staff will complete a training on diversity, equity, and inclusion.


I look forward to providing more updates at the business meeting in Orlando this coming April.


Call for Resolutions


Jennifer Simpson, President-Elect

The Board of Directors accepts resolutions year-round. If you have an idea or issue that you believe the board should address, please submit a resolution for consideration. Proposed resolutions will be discussed by the Board of Directors at their next regularly scheduled meeting.


Resolution Format

  • Brief title. 
  • Background: A sequence of logically ordered “whereas” statements. 
  • Resolved: Detailed description of proposed position, action, investigation, or initiative that the resolution sponsors would like the Board of Directors to pursue. 
  • Sponsored by: Name(s) and program affiliations  

How to Submit a Resolution 

Submit a resolution at any time during the year by email or USPS to:

Deborah Ortiz, Executive Director


CAPCSD, P.O. Box 929, Indian Hills, CO 80454-0929 


The resolution process can be read in its entirety as stated in the CAPCSD bylaws, Article IX, Resolutions.


Upcoming Events

IPE/IPP Information Exchange: Community-Based Pediatric Solutions

Speakers: Michelle L. W. Dawson, MS CCC-SLP, CLC & Lisa Bowers, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Thursday, January 26, 2023

7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. ET

Medicare and Medicaid Knowledge Series Webinars - Part Three

Speaker: Dee Adams Nikjeh, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

What To Do with Health Care Code Sets and 2023 Coding and Payment Update 

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. ET

Putting the Spotlight On Reflective Practice: Research and Activities for Educators, Supervisors, and Students

Speaker: Kate Cook, MSc, MNZSTA

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. ET


Moving Towards Cultural Humility in CSD Programs

Speaker: Lakeisha Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. ET


Medicare and Medicaid Knowledge Series Webinars - Part Four

Speaker: Dee Adams Nikjeh, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

Ethical Challenges - Treatment, Coding and Billing Decisions

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. ET


Meet Saba Ahmed

Saba is the Webinar Coordinator for CAPCSD.  She brings almost 20 years of experience working in education and higher education accreditation systems. Since joining CAPCSD three years ago, Saba has been working with the Online Professional Development Committee to develop and deliver relevant and timely webinars with topics of benefit for CAPCSD member programs.  Saba lives in the suburbs outside of Washington D.C. and spends her free time with her family and is actively involved in volunteer work in her community school systems.  

Saba Ahmed

Webinar Coordinator