Wednesday, February 22, 2006

*BONUS* NSSLHA Meeting! Feb. 27 @ 6:20 P.M.

For the first time ever, NSSLHA is holding a *BONUS* meeting!

Whether you are a local NSSLHA member or not (fabulous deal for $5 per quarter or $20 per year ~ especially when you put it on your resume! ~ Please see any of the officers), we highly encourage you to attend this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

This event is so rare that we are hosting for the first time ever, a NSSLHA *BONUS* meeting!

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Please join us as the honorary Arlene Pietranton, PhD, CCC-SLP, Executive Director of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) graces us with her presence! Dr. Pietranton is the third Executive Director in the 80-year history of the nation’s largest association for speech, language, and hearing professionals.

From ASHA's website:

"[Dr.] Pietranton has been ASHA’s chief staff officer for Speech-Language Pathology since 1996. She also serves as a liaison to several federal agencies and organizations; and facilitates government relations, ASHA’s special interest divisions, and international relations units. In collaboration with the current executive director and other chief staff officers, Pietranton coordinates operations and determines priorities for the 220-person staff of ASHA's Rockville-based national office.

Prior to coming to ASHA, Pietranton held several positions at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC, including director for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Services and director for Rehabilitation Services. Before leaving the Medical Center, Pietranton was administrative director of the university's Neurological Institute where she oversaw the implementation and operation of a unified multidisciplinary center for neurological disorders. Pietranton received her bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees from George Washington University.*

Pietranton was an active ASHA volunteer before joining the National Office staff. She was a legislative councilor (1989-1994), chair of the ASHA political action committee-PAC (1993-94), and served on several ASHA committees. She also served as president of the District of Columbia Speech and Hearing Association (1993) and of the Society of Hospital Directors of Communicative Disorders Programs (1994)."

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As promised, here is the interesting tidbit of how Dr. Pietranton is connected w/ CSULA ~
she and our very own Dr. Ed Klein, COMD Department Chair and February FUNdraiser winner, were colleagues at George Washington University while studying for their Masters Degrees!

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Please join us on Monday, February 27, in King Hall B-111, at 6:20 P.M.
X-hour snacks will be provided beginning at 6:06 P.M. See you then!

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