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34th Annual NCSB Conference
Williamsburg, Virginia, Oct 7 - 9, 2021

Event Sponsors

OH Speech & Hearing Professionals Board
Ohio Speech & Hearing

NC Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists
North Carolina SLP & AUD

Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 7
 8am - 5pm
    Glenn Waguespack, Theresa Rodgers & Nahale Kalfas

      Separate Registration Fee Required

        Friday, October 8

      8am - 8:30am



      8:30am - 8:45am

      What a Glorious Morning; Welcome

      • Gregg Thornton, NCSB President
      • Amy Goldman, NCSB Conference Chair

      8:45am - 9:15am

      Coming Out of the Storm: COVID-19 Impact on Licensure Boards

      • Gregg Thornton

      9:15am - 10:15am

      Turning Point: The Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC): What’s Next

      • Nahale Kalfas
      • Susan Adams

      10:15am - 10:30am

       10:30am - 11:15am

      Noble Actions: ASLP-IC Panel Discussion

      • Larry Molt
      • Kerri Philips
      • Vickie Pullins

      11:15am - 12noon

      Revolutionary Battle Grounds: Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids; Remote Programming and Diagnostics of Hearing Aids; Licensure Portability

      • Tammy Brown
      • Glenn Waguespack
      • Vickie Pullins

      12noon - 1:15pm

      House of the Governors: LUNCH and CORPORATE BUSINESS MEETING

      1:30pm - 2pm

      Issue the Orders: Role of the Regulatory Board Member

      • Denise Brown
      • Jolie Jones
      2pm - 2:45pm

      Changing Focus: Telehealth Regulations: During the Pandemic and Beyond – Panel Discussion

      • Larry Molt
      • Erin Haag
      • Nicole Jeffcoat
      • Mark Carroll
       2:45pm - 3:30pm

      Revolutionary Thoughts: Certification Updates

      • Kitty Werner
      • Todd Philbrick
      • Nick Bellack
       3:30pm - 3:45pm


       3:45pm - 4:15pm

      Insightful Reflections: Pros and Cons of Audiology Assistants

      • Mark Carroll
       4:15pm - 5:15pm
      It Takes a Village: WHO – Rehabilitation Competency Framework: Implications for Judging Practice Competency
      • Larry Molt

      Saturday, October 9

      8:30am - 10am

      Fife & Drum Corps - Part 1; State Information Exchange

      • Facilitator: Amy Goldman
      • A state representative should come prepared to speak for 5 minutes on successes and challenges in their state.

      10:00am - 10:15am



      10:15am - 10:45am

      Fife & Drum Corps - Part 2; State Information Exchange


      10:45am - 11:10am

      A New World: Clinical Simulation

      • Kerri Philips

      11:10am - 12noon

      Beyond the Letter: Federal Law, Code of Ethics, and Cultural Humility

      • Amber Franklin
      • Gregg Thornton

      12noon - 12:15pm

      Marching Orders: Wrap-up and 2022 Preview

      • Amy Goldman
      • Gregg Thornton

      Learner Outcomes

      1. Describe the impact that COVID-19 has on speech-language pathology and audiology licensure boards.
      2. Describe the next steps in the activation of the ASLP-IC, and summarize legislative experiences of two states.
      3. List 3 potential components of the FDA's anticipated regulations for over-the-counter hearing aids.
      4. Define the role of the regulatory board member.
      5. List 2 ways states responded to COVID that impacted practice of SLPs and Audiologists.
      6. Describe changes to ETS and AAA and ASHA certifications.
      7. Describe at least one area where assistants must be trained in ethical practice and 2 considerations for states that regulate (or who are thinking of regulating) assistants.
      8. List accomplishments and understand accomplishments and challenges experienced by NCSB member states during the past year.
      9. Describe the technology and purposes of clinical simulation.
      10. Define implicit bias and explain the difference between cultural competence and cultural humility.

      Conference Faculty

      Susan Adams, Esq., CAE is the Director for State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is responsible for advancing the public policy objectives of ASHA by serving as team lead and policy expert on state legislation and regulations affecting speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and consumers.

      Nick Bellack is a client relations director for ETS and is responsble for providing support for professional licensure and certification stakeholders around the country.

      Denise Brown is the Executive Director for the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and has been with the NC Board for 15 years..

      Tammy H. Brown, M.A., CCC-A is a licensed audiologist and Board President of the Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, American-Speech- Language Hearing Association, and the Ohio Speech-Language Hearing Association.

      Mark R. Carroll, M.S., CCC-A, F-AAA, has practiced audiology in Alabama since 1984. His work settings include: The University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1984 until 1990, ENT practice from 1990 until 2012, and is in private practice at Carroll Hearing Associates since 2012. He is serving his second term on the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology. He has been chairman of the Rules and Regulations and Applications Review Committee currently.

      Amber D. Franklin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an associate professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Her research and teaching interests include cross-linguistic and child phonology, Eastern Caribbean English dialects, and social-cultural communication.

      Amy S. Goldman, MS, CCC-SLP is chair of the Pennsylvania Board of Examiners, and president-elect and conference chair of NCSB. She is also president-elect of the US Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC) and Past President of the Pennsylvania Speech- Language-Hearing Association. She recently retired from the national Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training Center (AT3).

      Erin Haag has served as Executive Director of the Oregon Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology since 2015. Prior to that Haag worked for 25 years managing nonprofit organizations.

      Nicole Jeffcoat is a speech-language pathologist on the NCBESLPA. She is a clinical supervisor for speech-language pathology in an acute care setting. She acts as a clinical resource in areas of dysphagia, FEES, PMSV, aphasia, TBI, and cognition.

      Jolie Jones has served as the Executive Director for 7 years for the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, in addition to 7 years as the Board's Administrative Assistant.

      Nahale Freeland Kalfas, Esq. has served as General Counsel for the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists for the past fourteen years, is legal counsel to the Counsel of State Governments National Center for Interstate Compacts (CSG-NCIC) and sits on the Board of Directors for NCSB.

      Lawrence F. Molt, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/AUD, is a Professor and Director of the Neuroprocesses Research Center at Auburn University. He was the ASHA and IALP SLP representative to the WHO Rehabilitation Competency Framework Working Group. An ASHA Fellow, Larry is a past-president of the International Fluency Association and National Council of State Boards of Examiners, and currently chairs the ASHA Financial Planning Board and The Alabama Board of Examiners for SLP/A.

      Todd R. Philbrick, CAE, CS joined ASHA as its Director of Certification and ex-officio to its Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology since 2014. Todd is a gradate of Salisbury University, a Certified Association Executive, and has obtained the Credentialing Specialist certificate with 20 years of healthcare certification and member association experience.

      Kerri Philips, SLP.D., is Professor/Program Director at Louisiana Tech University as well as adjunct instructor at Nova Southeastern. She currently serves at the NCSB President and is a member of the Interstate Compact Advisory Group. Dr. Phillips was has served multiple terms on the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

      Vickie Pullins, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech language pathologist in private practice in West Virginia. She has served on the WV Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists for the past 21 years and currently serves as secretary of the board. Vickie has served as past president of NCSB and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. She has also represented WV on the ASHA Advisory Council.

      Gregg B. Thornton, Esq. is the Executive Director of the Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board. He is an affiliate member with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Academy of Audiology, International Hearing Society, and is on the Board of Directors with NCSB.

      Glenn M. Waguespack, MS, CCC-A is a private practice audiologist and ASHA Fellow. He is a past president of NCSB, former chair of ASHA’s Continuing Education Board and Council on Academic Accreditation, and former Vice-Chair of the Council for Clinical Certification. Having served five years on ASHA’s Board of Ethics, he co-presents sessions in ethics resolution at the annual NCSB Board training.

      Kathryn Werner, MPA is the Vice President of Public Affairs with the American Academy of Audiology. Serving in this role since 2016, her areas of oversight include advocacy, certification and accreditation.

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