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President Message


photoIt’s the BEST TIME OF THE YEAR!    That may be a different reason for everyone.    For many, we just arrived back from a very inspiring ASHA Convention in Denver…. in which the fitting theme was “Changing MINDS, Changing LIVES, LEADING THE WAY”.    For others, it may be the beginning of basketball season.    For others, it’s the holiday season with all the lights, food, and celebrations with beloved friends and family.  

Your PSHA Executive Board has been having lively discussions about what PSHA can do for you.   It is obvious to us that many members (and non-members) seek advice and guidance to professional issues.     We have used your questions to guide us to future decision making for continuing education ideas, website enhancement and social media growth.    Please refer to the PSHA website as we publish the FAQs.     The age old notion of “if you have the question, others probably do too” is real and we want to make sure that we are you source of information and guidance.     Please continue to contact us with questions and suggestions for how we can better be your go to resource.

PSHA, with our lobbyist David Tive, have been closely following the current status of our new licensure law.     We have learned that the proposed package has made it to the Office of secretary of state (will go to attorney general’s office and governor’s office next).   As mentioned and we are certainly feeling, this is a lengthy process that has also been hampered by the activity related to the delayed budget.    Our New Year’s wish will be that the regulations will move swiftly in 2016.

2016 is a very exciting year for PSHA.    First, Mary Beth Mason-Baughman and her planning have worked diligently to confirm an all-star line-up of presenters at the April PSHA Convention in Pittsburgh.    The theme for the convention is Collaborating for Successful Outcomes .     It will be can’t miss convention!       In addition, ASHA is coming to Philadelphia in November 2016.    Several of our board members have been working closely with ASHA developing Host State activities and functions.    Another can’t miss!    

On behalf of the PSHA Executive Board, PSHA Business Office, I wish all of you the good health and happiness for the 2016 New Year.    It’s going to be a great year!

Anne Gilbertson, MS, CCC-SLP
PSHA President

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