Convention Information

2023 Convention

April 13-16, 2023
Osage Beach, Missouri

Tan-Tar-A Conference Center
494 Tan Tara Drive
Osage Beach, Missouri 65065

View or Download the 2023 Convention Brochure


We are looking forward to welcoming you at the 64th MSHA Meeting and Annual Convention on April 13-16, 2023 at the Tar-Tar-A Resort! The Convention Planning Team has been hard at work to offer a full program of professional learning opportunities for speech and hearing professionals. We can’t wait to see you in April as we meet to celebrate the 2023 theme: Contribute, Collaborate and Connect!

Highlights to Come:

  • Opportunities for early continuing education on Thursday evening with a session from Ask MSHA and Round Robin.
  • Short Course on Friday featuring Cari Ebert
  • The Exhibit Hall will open at 10:00 am Friday morning. Stop in anytime Friday and Saturday.
  • Bidding at the Silent Auction opens at 10:00 am and closes at 6:00 pm Friday.
  • Come join us for Happy Hour on Friday evening from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
  • Don’t miss out on this year’s keynote speaker, Stacy Julian at the President’s Luncheon on Saturday at 12:30 pm.
  • Root for your university at the Quest for the Cup on Saturday at 6:30 pm.
  • Student presentations, technical and poster sessions will happen Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Don’t Forget:

• Pre-register for a great deal on Convention fees.

• Sign-up for a Short Course for those who want an intense discussion. These are at an additional cost.

• Pre-pay for Friday box lunch and the President’s Luncheon, found on the registration form.

• Recorded sessions are available for additional CEUs for you to view online after convention at your

Before You Come:

  • Download your handouts in advance through the MSHA website. MSHA encourages all presenters
    to post in advance for your convenience.
  • Bring your Silent Auction donation to support our student scholarships fund.
  • Bring your SWAPS materials for our students to assist them as they get a start in their careers.

Register! Volunteer! Download Handouts! Install Pathfinder! Come Ready to Earn and Learn!

Stop by registration to say hi, get all your Convention essentials and Volunteer information and visit the MSHA Cares table to make your contribution to Mid-Atlantic ALS Association. Be sure to thank your Convention Planning Team members for a showcase worth seeing. We thank you, the attendees, for making the 64th MSHA Annual Meeting & Convention a success! We can’t wait to see you!

Kelly Moore, MHS, CCC-SLP/L
Convention Chair

April Jardes, SLPD, CCC-SLP
Convention Co-Chair

Letter From the President

The countdown to our 2023 MSHA Convention has begun and we are beyond excited to see you in April!! The 2023 convention (It’s our 64th convention!!) is designed to bring us to the heart of our purpose: to learn from the vast and robust contributions of our speakers, to
collaborate and work together with our professional colleagues, and to connect in relationships with peers in both work-life and social-life!

While there’s no denying that the last few years have brought about significant changes, the MSHA Annual Convention has continued to be an engaging and valuable resource for all SLPs and Audiology professionals and this year’s convention will be amazing!! It has been truly inspiring to watch the Convention Planning Team work together to bring you presentations that will check all the boxes for our professional needs, including sessions for updated ASHA requirements in diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as ethics and supervision. MSHA continues to strive to bring you the best value and professional development available!

I want to personally invite you to attend the President’s Luncheon on Saturday, April 15th where we will once again include the presentations of MSHA awards that honor our association’s outstanding students, clinicians, administrators, 2023 Ambassadors, and MSHA’s Honors of the Association.

I’m happy and thrilled and SUPER excited to be able to have Stacy Julian as our keynote speaker this year! Stacy is a ‘life-enthusiast’ that will not only entertain us but also show us how to have “Exactly Enough Time” for our priorities in both our professional and personal lives!

Come to the 2023 MSHA Convention and join us as we

Lynette Coward, MHS, CCC-SLP, EdS
2022-2023 MSHA President


Registration is Open!
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Keynote Speaker

Stacy Julian
Stacy Julian is a published author, blogger, podcaster, presenter, and grandma. She is passion- ate about sharing and preserving family stories and making them visible in our homes. Stacy is a lover of trees, cardigan sweaters, and really dark chocolate. She believes in practicing imper- fection and taking naps. Stacy has worked 20+ years in the scrapbooking industry, founding a magazine (2002-2009) and a global education community online, which she sold in 2014. She partners with CloseTo My Heart on her Story by Stacy line of products and loves to teach virtual courses on her website. Stacy loves Geoff and together they are raising and launching five children in Liberty Lake, Washington.

Keynote presentation will take place during the President’s Celebration during lunch on Saturday.

Short Course Speaker

Carrie Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech-language pathologist in private practice in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1993 and her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1995. Cari is a therapist, consultant, author, product developer, and nationally recognized speaker who gets paid to do what she loves most…TALK! She has an energetic personality, and this translates to a high-energy speaking style. Join Cari as she provides clinically relevant strategies and activities that you can begin implementing immediately in your speech therapy sessions.

Full-day presentation titled Assessing and Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech. A young child presents with a diagnosis of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). Now what? Establishing an appropriate treatment plan based on the principles of motor learning is essential when treating CAS. For minimally verbal children with suspected CAS, the principles of motor learning should still guide the treatment approach. This course will cover assessment, differential diagnosis, goal writing, target selection, therapy strategies and activities, and carryover techniques for speech-language pathologists working with toddlers, preschoolers, and early school-aged children who have CAS or suspected CAS.

Invited Speakers

Ed Bice, MEd, CCC-SLP

Ed Bice, is a fulltime Clinical Consultant for IOPI Medical, LLC. He has been an invited speaker on various topics in dysphagia both nationally and internationally. Ed has guest lectured for universities as well as state and national conventions. He also served as an invited reviewer for the American Speech Language and Hearing Association Adult Dysphagia Practice Portal, which provides guidance to speech pathologists treating swallowing across the United States. Ed has been a guest on national and international dysphagia podcasts, written blogs concerning dysphagia and dysphagia-related topics for Dysphagia Café, and has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals. As adjunct faculty, he teaches graduate-level swallowing courses at the University of Maryland and he evaluates and treats people with swallow disorders at a nonprofit speech and hearing clinic.

  • Clinical Application for ASHA Code of Ethics on Sunday
  • Treating People with Dysphagia: Time to Pathologize on Saturday

Jamy Clair-Archer, MS, CCC-SLP

Jamy Claire Archer, a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina, is a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist and a Certified LSVT Clinician. Clinical interests include hearing loss, voice, especially the singer’s voice, vocal hygiene, and birth-to-three intervention. Jamy Claire uses her voice therapy background to direct Heart of Columbia, an award-winning acapella chorus.

  • Interprofessional Collaborative Care in Hearing Loss: A Case Study on Friday
  • Facilitating difficult Conversations with Patients and Families on Friday

Hunter Gerhart, AuD, CCC-A

Hunter Gerhart holds a B.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and an Au.D. from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Gerhart is the Assistant Director of Audiology at Livingston Hearing Aid Center where he provides clinical support and supervision to a team of over 100 Hearing Healthcare Professionals. Dr. Gerhart serves as the Vice-President of Legislative Issues for the Texas Academy of Audiology and is an expert audiology consultant for the State of Colorado. He is Board Certified in Audiology, Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, and he holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

  • When Hearing Aids Aren’t Enough (i.e., assistive listening devices) on Friday
  • Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids: 2023 Update on Friday

Brie Noud, AuD, CCC-A

Brie Noud is an Assistant Instructor of Communication Disorders in the Speech-Language Pathology Program at UCM. She advises the student group, NSSLHA, as well as the Quest Team competing at MSHA. Brie previously worked as a clinical audiologist at The Center for Hearing and Speech, a non-profit in St. Louis. Brie is also the current Audiology Track Chair for the 2023 MSHA Convention.

  • Audiology Tidbits SLPs Should Know (i.e., how to read audiogram, types of hearing loss, how to perform screenings) on Saturday

Karissa Marble-Flint, PhD, CCC-SLP

Karissa Marble-Flint is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Wichita State University (WSU) in Wichita, Kansas. She earned her PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from WSU and Master of Science in Education in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska Kearney. Her major research, teaching, and clinical interests include language and literacy in childhood, literacy and autism spectrum disorder, and technology for language-literacy assessment and intervention.

Prior to earning her PhD, Dr. Marble-Flint was a speech-language pathologist at the Early Learning Center/Grand Island Public Schools in Grand Island, Nebraska and in several schools in the Wichita Metropolitan Area with Quantum Health Professionals. At WSU, Dr. Marble-Flint is the director of the Literacy in Kansas (LinKS) Lab where she coordinates a Summer Literacy Camp for struggling readers and writers and she supervises graduate students conducting language-literacy evaluations and research projects. In addition, she is the co-director of the Center for Educational Technologies to Assist Refugee Learners (CETARL).

  • Written Language Intervention Approaches for School-Age Children and Adolescents on Saturday

Beth McCall, AuD, CCC-A

Beth McCall is a clinical assistant professor and audiologist at the University of South Carolina. Clinical interests include pediatric/adult cochlear implantation and pediatric diagnostics. She is a member of the USC Cochlear Implant Team working closely with Auditory-Verbal Therapists and audiologists to provide optimal collaborative care. Beth also co-advises USC’s NSSLHA chapter.

  • Interprofessional Collaborative Care in Hearing Loss: A Case Study on Friday

Jonathan Mikhail, MS, AuD, FAAA

Dr. Jonathan Mikhail is a clinical research audiologist who is from Joplin, Missouri. He graduated with his Master of Science degree in 2015 from The University of Wisconsin-Stout in Technical and Professional Communication, emphasizing in behavioral methods, and in 2018 from Wichita State University with his doctoral degree in audiology. His research, both for his master’s and doctorate, focused on communication abilities and tactics for the hearing impaired of all ages, as well as the number of communication courses offered in current audiology programs across the nation. His interests in audiology include hearing aid intervention, aural rehabilitation, pediatric assessments, educational audiology, hearing conservation for musicians, in-ear monitors, counseling, and lecturing on best clinical practices.

Currently, Dr. Jonathan is completing his Doctor of Education at A.T. Still University in professional health education with research previewing the effects of COVID-19 on patients with pre-existing hearing loss and is adjunct faculty at Wichita State University in the Doctor of Audiology program.

  • Third-Party Administrators & Keeping Your Practice Relevant: Knowing Your Worth Against Insurance Companies on Saturday
  • A Course in Private Practice: What I learned In My First Semester Teaching a Private Practice Management Course to AuD Students on Saturday

Leigh Ann Porter, MA, CCC-SLP

Leigh Ann Porter is a medical Speech and Language Pathologist in Kansas City. Leigh Ann has worked in rural community hospitals and urban research hospitals across acute, inpatient rehab, and outpatient. Building on a passion for education and implementing best practice approaches, Leigh Ann created the Speech Uncensored Podcast to connect medical SLPs with meaningful resources, emerging research, and practical tools. Leigh Ann’s goal is to empower and connect SLPs to enhance our profession and accelerate the research to practice pipeline. One of her passions is sharing simple and impactful therapy techniques. In addition to nerding out on medical speech pathology, Leigh Ann’s travel goals include hiking at every national park, exploring waterways on her stand up paddle board, and enjoying food adventures – trying local specialties and new cuisines.

  • Person-Centered Language Therapy Ideas on Saturday
  • Person-Centered Cognitive Therapy on Saturday

Katie Sinks, AuD, CCC-A

Katie Sinks has worked at the Center for Hearing and Speech since 2009, and became the director of the audiology program in 2017. After two decades of experience as an audiologist she is still passionate about her chosen profession. She feels communication is a fundamental aspect to her patient’s quality of life. Whether she is providing a child with the building blocks to develop language or restoring an adult’s ability to communicate with their family and listen to their favorite type of music she’s done a small part in fulfilling their hierarchy of needs.

She earned her bachelors from Saint Louis University, her master’s in audiology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and her Doctorate of Audiology from Salus University.

Dr. Sinks is Certified by the American Board of Audiology and holds a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She is a member of the Missouri Academy of Audiology, American Academy of Audiology, and the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

  • Auditory Processing Disorders: Why, How, and What Do I Do Now on Friday
  • Meeting the Unmet Need: Audiology and Speech Pathology Within the Nonprofit Sector on Friday

Adria Thompson, MA, CCC-SLP

Adria Thompson is a speech language pathologist and the founder of Be Light Care Consulting. She has 9 years experience providing one-on-one speech therapy services with adults but found her passion and purpose in specializing in dementia. She has spent the last 3 years developing dementia programs for therapy companies and training other therapists to increase their effectiveness and confidence. She now creates daily videos for those who care for individuals with dementia personally and professionally to provide practical tips and knowledge in hopes of making the caregiving journey a little easier.

  • SLP’s in the Bathroom: Our Role in Activities of Daily Living on Saturday
  • Great Expectations: Results in Great Dementia Therapy Sector on Sunday

Hotel Information

2023 Convention Location:
Tan-Tar-A Conference Center
494 Tan Tara Drive
Osage Beach, Missouri 65065

Tan-Tar-A Conference Center is excited to be part of MSHA’s 2023 Convention and has been working hard with our Convention Planning Team to make this Convention something special. As you enjoy the MSHA Convention educational opportunities, make time to take advantage of the may recreational or relaxing amenities Tan-Tar-A has to offer.

Come and see what Tan-Tar-A has to offer or check out their website ahead of time to schedule your free time. Perhaps a massage, spa treatment, shopping or just relaxing by the indoor pool. Make your reservations now!

Room Rates:
Single Room – $131 (plus tax)
Double Room – $131 (plus tax)
Triple Room – $131 (plus tax)
Quad Room – $131 (plus tax)
One Bedroom Suite – $180 (plus tax)
Two Bedroom Suite – $260 (plus tax)

These rates are available until March 22, 2023, or until the room block sells out, whichever occurs first.

Make a Reservation:
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Hotel Direct Number: 573-348-8594

Discount Code: SPCH


MSHA is now accepting exhibitor registrations for the 2022 Convention.

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Continuing Education

The ethics sessions (S57) is offered separately for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level).
The supervision session (S21) is offered separately for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level).
The DEI sessions (S3, S15) are offered separately for up to 0.2 ASHA CEUs (various levels).

MSHA is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 1.4 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy’s Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.