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CAA Members

Accreditation Handbook—Chapter V: Operation of the CAA


The CAA is composed of 18 members, including a public member as well as academic and practitioner members who represent the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.

2021 CAA Members

Jaynee Handelsman, PhD, CCC-A (Chair)
2018–2021
Practitioner-Audiology
Michigan Medicine [retired] (Cheboygan, Michigan)

Meher Banajee, PhD, CCC-SLP (Vice Chair for Speech-Language Pathology)
2019–2022
Academic-SLP
LSU Health Sciences Center (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Nicole Chow, MS, CCC-SLP
2020–2023
Practitioner-SLP
Rochester Institute of Technology-National Technical Institute for the Deaf (Rochester, New York)

Laura Cord, MS, CCC-SLP
2018–2021
Practitioner-SLP
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Bethesda, Maryland)

Cynthia Fenstermaker, AuD, CCC-A
2019–2022
Practitioner-Audiology
Mount Carmel Grove City (Columbus, Ohio)

Sarah Hargus Ferguson, PhD, CCC-A
2020–2023
Academic-Audiology
University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Mary Sue Fino-Szumski, PhD, CCC-A (Vice Chair for Audiology)
2020–2023
Academic-Audiology
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee)

Lynn Flahive, MS, CCC-SLP
2019–2022
Academic-SLP
Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas)

Cynthia Fowler, PhD, CCC-A
2018–2021
Academic-Audiology
University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, Wisconsin)

Jean Gordon, PhD, CCC-SLP
2021–2024
Academic-SLP
University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)

Susan Gordon-Hickey, PhD, CCC-A
2021–2024
Academic-Audiology
University of South Alabama (Mobile, Alabama)

Memorie Gosa, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
2021–2024
Academic-SLP
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

Claudia Meyer, MS, CCC-SLP
2020–2023
Academic-SLP
Portland State University (Portland, Oregon)

Nancy Nelson, AuD, CCC-A
2020–2023
Academic-Audiology
Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)

Judith Page, PhD, CCC-SLP
2018–2021
Academic-SLP
University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky)

Mary Reeves, PhD
2021–2024
Public Member
Henderson, Nevada

Gale Rice, PhD, CCC-SLP (Chair-Elect)
2019–2022
Academic-SLP
Fontbonne University (St. Louis, Missouri)

Laurie Sterling, MS, CCC-SLP
2020–2023
Practitioner-SLP
Texas Children’s Hospital (Houston, Texas)

Ex Officios and BOD Liaisons

Kimberlee Moore
Staff Ex Officio
Director of Accreditation
ASHA (Rockville, Maryland)

Patti Solomon-Rice
2021
CAA Ex Officio (CFCC Chair)
Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, Texas)

Elizabeth Crais
2019–2021
Vice President for Academic Affairs in Speech-Language Pathology
ASHA Board of Directors Liaison
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)

Julie Honaker
2020–2022
Vice President for Academic Affairs in Audiology
ASHA Board of Directors Liaison
Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio)

ASHA National Office Staff

Anne Curley
Accreditation Program Manager

Gretchen Ehret Hoshaw 
Associate Director for Accreditation Services

Tess Kirsch
Associate Director of Accreditation for Policy and Education

Jennifer Phelan
Manager, Program Effectiveness

Allen Read
Accreditation Coordinator
CAA Recorder

Kelly Velasquez
Associate Director of Accreditation for Site Visit Operations

About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

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About the CAA

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) accredits eligible clinical doctoral programs in audiology and master's degree programs in speech-language pathology. The CAA relies on a dedicated corps of volunteers serving as Council members and site visitors to accomplish the work of the accreditation program.

Contact the CAA

Questions and/or requests for information about accreditation or the CAA can be directed to:

The Council on Academic Accreditation in
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard, #310
Rockville, MD 20850

800-498-2071

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