Executive Council

Nominations for SDSLHA Executive Council (EC) Officers:
The following SDSLHA EC Board positions are up for nomination with voting to take place in the fall of 2020:
  1. President-Elect: 1-year term (The President shall be elected to a one-year term. This term rolls from President-Elect to President to Past President, for a total of 3 years).
  2. Vice-President of Speech Language Pathology: 2-year term
  3. Treasurer: 2-year term
  4. Editor: 2-year term

EC office nominees are due September 1, 2020. The slate of nominees for SDSLHA EC Officers will be available to the voting membership at the SDSLHA Annual Business Meeting on October 8 via Zoom. Voting will then be submitted via electronic communication. Terms will start January 1, 2021.

If you would like to submit a name for Recognition Awards or EC Officers, please email SDSLHA Past President, Londa DeRouchey, at [email protected]

2020 SDSLHA Executive Council:

2020 President: Jennifer Schultz, M.A., CCC-SLP
  

Jennifer Schultz, MA, CCC-SLP is an instructor for the online speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) program at Mitchell Technical Institute. Prior to teaching, Jennifer provided SLP services at Sioux Valley Hospital (Sanford Health) and educational SLP services for South Central Education Cooperative. Jennifer lives with her husband,  Loren, an elderly dog, and numerous cattle on a farm near Freeman, SD. Their two college-age sons come back from time to time for food and money. Jennifer previously served as SDSLHA president in the early 2000s. She has had the honor of serving as a topic chair for the 2017 and 2018 ASHA conventions and assisting with the development of ASHA certification for SLPAs. Jennifer published the Skill-Based Assessment of Core Communication Skills and has produced continuing education courses through Northern Speech Services and MedBridge. When not living the SLP high life, she enjoys traveling to warm locales and spending time with friends and family.

2021 President-Elect: Shelly Grinde, M.A., CCC-SLP

Shelly M. Grinde, MA, CCC-SLP is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist employed as an instructor and Internship Coordinator in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of South Dakota. She also works PRN in the Skilled Nursing Facilities on the eastern side of South Dakota. Shelly lives near Colton, SD with her family on a farm. She has served as SDSLHA President and CEU Coordinator in the past. Additionally, she is a site visitor with the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

2019 Past-President: Londa DeRouchy, M.A., CCC-SLP
 
Londa DeRouchey, MA, CCC-SLP is employed by Black Hills Special Services Cooperative and works for the Spearfish School District serving students in grades one and two at West Elementary. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Tourism from Black Hills State University in 1992 and in Communication Disorders from Northern State University in 1995. In 2014, she received a Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of South Dakota. Londa enjoys working with students, parents, and teachers for optimal progress. Londa lives in Sturgis, SD with her husband and two children. They operate a farm in Hoven, have rental properties, and love to camp, explore the Black Hills in the UTV, and work on DIY projects. 

Vice-President - Speech Language Pathology: Tiffany Trask, M.A., CCC-SLP

Tiffany graduated with her Master's degree in 2012 from the University of South Dakota. She is currently employed by Rapid City Area Schools where she works with PreK-5th grade students in a low-income, culturally diverse school with a huge variety of speech and language needs. She also works in private practice with the Speech and Language Studio of the Black Hills and assisting clients in her hometown of Wall. Her free time is dedicated to being outside in any and every capacity (backpacking, stand-up paddling, biking, hiking, climbing, etc.), yoga, riding her trusty steed Pearl and continually learning new things. Tiffany is excited to be a part of the board and serve the great SLPs of our rural state.

Vice-President - Audiology: Agelia Stout, AuD., CCC-A, F-AAA
 
Aggie Kennedy (Stout), Au.D., CCC-A, is an Audiologist at West River Ear, Nose & Throat in Rapid City. She graduated from the University of South Dakota (Go Yotes’) with her BS in Communication Disorders in 2014 and her Doctorate in Audiology in 2018. Dr. Kennedy provides clinical support to three otolaryngologists, as well as serving her own patient population. She provides comprehensive audiologic care to all populations, including audiologic assessments, hearing aid care, cochlear implant programming and osseointegrated device programming. In her free time, Dr. Kennedy enjoys spending time with her husband Matt, traveling, going to the river, and hanging out with her dog, Lolly and cat, Beverly.

Treasurer: Deb Flynn, M.A., CCC-SLP

Deb Flynn is a speech-language pathologist who divides her time between the Mitchell School District and the SLPA program at Mitchell Technical Institute. She enjoys the mix of training future SLPAs and providing clinical services. Deb has worked with clients across the lifespan in South Dakota, Montana, and Texas. She and her husband enjoy traveling and experiencing new adventures, and especially love traveling to spend time with their three children. 

Secretary: Danci Hoff, M.A., CCC-SLP
  
Danci Hoff, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is employed by Hands on Health, Inc., based out of Lemmon, SD. She provides school-based SLP services to K-12 students for mutiple districts, medical-based SLP services at a skilled nursing facility, as well as outpatient services. She enjoys experiencing the vast diversity of students' communication needs, and collaborating with professionals across with professionals across a variety of disciplines to best serve students, clients, and their families. Danci originally grew up in Lemmon, SD before attending the University of South Dakota to obtain both her Bachelor’s (’15) and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2017. She dedicates as much of her spare time to being outside as possible – hiking, golfing, biking, camping, gardening, fishing, or exploring the beautiful Black Hills. If not outside, she’s likely to be found amongst her family and friends, or cutting out lamination.

Newsletter Editor: Rebecca Harvey, M.A., CCC-SLP
 
Rebecca is a speech-language pathologist for South Central Educational Cooperative in Tyndall, SD. She currently provides services for children from birth through high school in the Menno and Scotland school districts. Rebecca graduated from the University of South Dakota with her B.A. in 2009 and her M.A. in 2011.  She resides in her hometown of Tabor, SD with her husband, Chris, daughter Quinnly, and their rescue dogs Sakira and Luke. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching the Minnesota Vikings, reading, traveling, and working on home projects.
 

Non-Voting Members

CEU Coordinator: Solveig Sperati Korte, M.A., CCC-SLP
 
Solveig Sperati Korte is originally from Wilmington, Delaware.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Religion from Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa and her M.A. in Speech-Language Patholgy from The Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio.  After a number of years in Nebraska, she has lived in Vermillion since 1992 and been an instructor at the University of South Dakota since 1995.  She has two adult daughters.

StAMP and STAR Representative: Vanessa Anderson-Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP
  
Vanessa is a South Dakota native who attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls and received her masters degree from the University Of South Dakota in 2010. She owns Anderson-Smith Speech Therapy, LLC in Sioux Falls, SD. Her certified trainings include TalkTools Oral Placement Therapy, Level 4 Certification ,PROMPT Bridging trained, feeding specific to Down syndrome, and planning and assessment of sensory motor feeding disorders. Vanessa has also done specialized training in Myofascial Release, Apraxia of Speech, Reflex Integration and Pediatric Dysphagia. In addition to these trainings Vanessa is also pursuing certification in Orofacial Myology (COM®️) and is one of 7 US TalkTools instructors. Vanessa is on the Board of Directors for Wonderfully Made, a Down syndrome family support organization. She lives in her hometown of Canton with her husband Ryan, their son Drake, 2 dogs, and one cat.

ASHA SLP Advisory Councilor: Heather Hewitt, M.S., CCC-SLP
 
Heather Hewitt, M.S. CCC-SLP graduated from Augustana University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has been a Speech-Language Pathologist at LifeScape since 2012. Her focus of services has been in augmentative and alternative communication and feeding/swallowing therapy with individuals with complex communication needs and autism. She has provided training in Aided Language Stimulation and has specialized in S.O.S. feeding therapy and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation. Heather is currently the South Dakota representative for the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s advisory council. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to her family cabin at a lake in Minnesota and being outside.

ASHA Audiology Advisory Councilor: Marni Johnson Martin, Au.D.

Dr. Marni Johnson Martin is the Interdisciplinary Training and Clinic Director at the USD Center for Disabilities.

Membership Chair: Stephanie Ulmer, M.A., CCC-SLP
Stephanie is a speech-language pathologist working for South Central Educational Cooperative. She currently provides serves to the schools of Wagner, Andes Central, and Marty Preschool. Stephanie graduated from the University of South Dakota with her MA in 2011. Prior to going back to get her masters, Stephanie was a kindergarten teacher for two years. She currently resides in Tyndall, SD. In her spare time she enjoys playing various recreational sports, reading, camping, and boating. 

State Education Advocacy Leader: Jessica Schneider, M.A., CCC-SLP
  
Jess Schneider, MA, CCC-SLP is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist who is employed by the University of South Dakota (Go Yotes!) as a Clinical Instructor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. Jess graduated from the University of South Dakota with her B.S. in 2008 and her M.A. in 2010. She lives in Sioux Falls with her husband Tim, 2 daughters Lakin and Bentley, and two dogs.
 
Scholarship Chair: Kaycee Michael, M.A., CCC-SLP
 
Kaycee obtained her B.A. in Communication Disorders in 2012 from Augustana University. (Go Vikes!) She then graduated with her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014 from the University of South Dakota. Kaycee currently provides services for children ages 3-21 in the Rapid City Area Schools, while also having experience both in birth to three programs and in skilled nursing facilities. She has lived in Rapid City since 2014. In her spare time, Kaycee enjoys hiking and frolicking in the beautiful Black Hills with her friends and miniature Australian Shepherd, Huckleberry.

 
Student Representatives

Elizabeth Woods: University of South Dakota

My name is Elizabeth Woods and I am a junior at the University of South Dakota. I am studying Communication Sciences and Disorders with the goal of becoming a Speech Language Pathologist. This year I have been fortunate enough to serve as the 2019-2020 USD NSSLHA President and the 2020 USD Student Representative for SDSLHA. These experiences have taught me lessons on how to be a supportive leader and the importance of advocating on the behalf of our profession in South Dakota. I am excited to learn more through this Student Representative experience and help do my part in getting students involved in SDSLHA!

Morgan Heisinger: Mitchell Technical Institute
Hello everyone, my name is Morgan Heisinger. I am a second year student in the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program. As the 2020 Mitchell Technical College Student Representative, I will strive to advocate for and support my peers. By getting other students involved in SDSLHA I hope that we can grow and learn from each other and our experiences as future support personnel and pathologists. Together we can lay the foundation of communication for individuals in South Dakota!