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Communication Sciences and Disorders


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Dear CAPCSD Member,


I am thankful I was able to visit with many of you during the Annual Conference in April. It was a wonderful time with many amazing sessions, events, and sun!


It is the end of another semester and a new set of graduates are ready to start their careers. I feel enthusiastic about the future of our profession as I watch these graduates set out on their new paths in the discipline. I am grateful to you for your contribution in preparing the next generation of professionals!


A reminder to encourage your faculty to update their CAPCSD member profiles when they login to the InfoHub on the website so they, too, can participate in all of the exciting opportunities offered throughout the year.


In warm regards,

Jennifer P. Taylor



Board of Directors Election Results

CAPCSD is pleased to announce the results of the 2023 Board of Directors elections. Katie Strong and Christie Needham will join the board beginning July 1st.

Katie Strong, Ph.D.
Central Michigan University
Associate Professor

Christie Needham, M.A.
Baldwin Wallace University

Director of Clinical Education

We invite you to take a few minutes to read their bios and CVs and get to know them. Welcome Katie and Christie to the Board of Directors!


NEW - A Guide for Future Practitioners in Audiology and
Speech-Language Pathology: Core Functions


The CAPCSD Board of Directors approved A Guide for Future Practitioners in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology: Core Functions on April 3, 2023. This document is intended as a guide for educational programs in speech-language pathology or audiology and individuals seeking a career in these professions. It identifies the core functions that individuals of such programs typically are expected to employ in didactic and clinical experiences to acquire the knowledge and demonstrate the competencies that will lead to graduation and successful entry into professional practice. This document replaces the Essential Functions document previously offered by CAPCSD, and continued use of the previous document is strongly discouraged.

The Core Functions document is available on the CAPCSD Academic and Clinical Resources page.


A Thank You Note for Volunteers!


CAPCSD wishes to thank the many volunteers for their dedication and hard work in support of our mission and strategic plan. The willingness to give their time and energy is greatly appreciated.  We are grateful for everything they have done and their contributions have not gone unnoticed.


Dear Volunteers - We thank you for your invaluable support and look forward to continuing our work together to promote and advance higher education programs in CSD.

Committee Members Terming Off


CAPCSD recognizes the following committee members who reach the end of their terms on June 30, 2023. We thank them for their time and service to CAPCSD!

Admissions Committee 
Doug Parham

Laura Plexico  


Clinical Education Committee 
Tammy Fredrickson 
Lee Robinson 

Conference Planning Committee 
Samantha Lewis


DEI Committee 

Danai Kasambira Fannin

Kerry Mandulak  
Teresa Girolamo 

Honors and Awards Committee 
Judy Vander Woude 


Media Strategy Committee 
Kelly Farquarson 
Elsa Wagner 
Stacie Hatfield Greene

Elsa Wagner 

Membership Committee 
Jennifer Smart 
Erica Williams 


CAPCSD Annual Conference Recap

The 2023 Annual Conference was held from April 12th - April 15th, in Orlando, Florida, at the Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. The conference theme, "Reimagining Our Future: Engaging Minds, Empowering Success," drove the sessions and the discussions in the halls. 


The conference was the second largest in CAPCSD history, with 28 exhibitors and sponsors and 545 participants from 48 states, two territories, and five countries.


In addition to the conference and pre-conference sessions, CAPCSD hosted three other events. 

The Admissions Summit was facilitated by Kerry Mandulak and Danai Kasambira Fannin, Jeff Buller led The Lisa Scott Leadership Academy, and the new DEI Academy speakers were Nidhi Mahendra, Benjamin Munson, and TaJuan Wilson with Jayne Brandel and Maya Clark moderating.

Admissions Summit


CAPCSD DEI Academy Florida

The CAPCSD Board of Directors met before the conference and held the spring business meeting for the membership on Saturday morning.

It was announced that Deborah Ortiz is retiring on June 30th. Deborah is pictured with several of the CAPCSD presidents she has worked with over the last seven years.

Many thanks to the Conference Planning Committee for their time, hard work, and contributions to make this conference a success:

  • Heidi Verticchio, Chair (pictured left)
  • Kimmerly Harrell
  • Leanna Lawrence
  • M. Samantha Lewis
  • Erica Williams
  • Tricia Montgomery, Monitoring Officer
  • Ned Campbell, Director of Meetings and Continuing Education



We look forward to seeing you at the CAPCSD 2024 Annual Conference, April 3rd - 6th, at the New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, LA.


Your CAPCSD Connection to the



Did you know that CAPCSD has an invited presence at the meetings of ASHA’s Council for Academic Accreditation (CAA,), Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) and Academic Affairs Board (AAB)?


As non-voting liaisons at the CAA and the CFCC meetings, and as a voting member of the AAB meetings, CAPCSD representatives have an opportunity to listen and contribute to meeting discussions and offer an update on CAPCSD activities and member issues. Shubha Kashinath, VP of Research and Academic Affairs serves as the CAA liaison and AAB member, and Kevin McNamara, VP of Clinical Education serves as CFCC liaison. We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to share input and concerns from your programs with these groups.


For CAA related issues (academic program standards and accreditation) and AAB issues (needs, trends and resources related to academic and faculty/researcher preparation) contact Shubha.


For CFCC issues (clinical certification standards and requirements) contact Kevin.


Not sure which council to address? Send your comments to either of us and we will direct them appropriately. We will consolidate and anonymize member program issues and share them in our liaison reports to preserve confidentiality.

Kevin McNamara

VP of Clinical Education



Shubha Kashinath

VP of Research and Academic Affairs



Message from Deborah Ortiz, Executive Director

Dear CAPCSD Friends,
As many of you know, it was announced at the annual conference that I will retire as executive director on June 30th.
I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with all of you over the past seven years. The dedication, expertise, and constant support has been instrumental for CAPCSD to achieve its mission and goals. The impact in CSD is meaningful and long-lasting. It has been an honor to serve as executive director alongside such a committed group of individuals and professionals.

I am confident that CAPCSD will continue to thrive under the guidance of the board and its future leadership. I am committed to assist in any way I can to ensure a smooth transition and will remain available as a resource through the end of the year.
I will miss my time with you but am excited to see CAPCSDs continued growth in the future. Thank you for your friendship and all that I have learned and experienced. I will look back on my time with CAPCSD with fondness and gratitude and will carry the memories with me into the next chapter of life – retirement!

Wishing you all the best with one final Cheers!

~ Deborah


Spotlight Your Program!

Every month is designated as the national month for many groups that speech-language pathologists and audiologists serve. In addition, specific dates are designated as days of remembrance. CAPCSD would like to recognize programs who go above and beyond to serve these special groups. Please let us know a little bit about what your program does for these individuals. We would love to highlight your program on our social media pages! 


The following are recognized during the month of June:

  • Alzheimer’s Awareness
  • Immigrant Heritage
  • Pride Month
  • PTSD
  • Pet Appreciation
  • Cancer Survivors


Send your submissions by Friday, May 26th to:

Matt Carter, mdcarter@valdosta.edu


Upcoming Events

Designing and Measuring Interprofessional Education Experiences for

School-Based Collaborations

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

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

Speaker: Danika Pfeiffer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Meeting the Challenge of Leading in Academia: Finding Your Path

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M. ET

Speaker: Mark DeRuiter, MBA, Ph.D.

Building a Diverse Workforce: Exploring Trends in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in CSD Academic Programs

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

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


Judy Blackburn, ASHA, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
JoAnne Cascia, CAPCSD, Ed.D. CCC-SLP
Loretta M. Nunez, ASHA, M.A., Au.D., CCC-A/SLP