Newest Faces of the ASHFoundation Board

Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer

Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer, PhD, serves as clinic director of the Voice Disorders Center, and is a professor in the Division of Otolaryngology at the University of Utah. Her involvement with the ASHFoundation goes way back—for many years, she has served as a program reviewer for several ASHFoundation funding mechanisms,has served as the ASHFoundation's University Giving Program ambassador at both the University of Arizona and the University of Utah; and, of course, has been a donor. In addition, Dr. Barkmeier-Kraemer is proud that several of her students have received ASHFoundation support.

"I have a great appreciation and passion for the multi-faceted benefits to our profession and related professions due to the ASHFoundation. Watching the direction of our profession that was influenced, or made possible by the ASHFoundation won me over as a passionate ambassador and donor. I am honored to continue to serve the ASHFoundation more formally."

Dr. Barkmeier-Kraemer is a prolific researcher, author, and presenter. Her list of funded grants, professional presentations, and publications in the areas of dysphagia and other voice disorders is most extensive.

Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer

Melissa A. Behm

Melissa Behm is executive vice president of Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc., a well-known publisher of evidence-based professional references, textbooks, assessments, curricula and other products in early intervention, communication, language, education, disability and other related areas of child development.

"The ASHFoundation does such an impressive job of supporting the next generation of leaders in the field. I have been observing the ASHFoundation's good work for years and now feel honored to be able to contribute to that work as a trustee. I am looking forward to contributing on the Board."

Through her collaborations with authors in academic programs across the country, Ms. Behm is knowledgeable about research and practice in numerous disciplines associated with child development and disability. As an editor, publisher, and financial manager, she has provided guidance and insight to researchers to translate their theory, research and evidence into comprehensive, accessible resources and tools.

Melissa A. Behm

Shari B. Robertson

Shari Robertson, PhD, is ASHA's 2018 president-elect and the provost’s associate for academic programs and planning, and is professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Prior to serving at IUP, Dr. Robertson was a school-based speech-language pathologist and supervisor for speech-language pathology and early childhood intervention programs in West Bend, Wisconsin. There she served populations from preschool through high school. She has published numerous articles, book chapters and clinical materials and has presented hundreds of workshops both nationally and internationally. She also owns several companies, including a publishing company that produces children’s books written by speech-language pathologists and a variety of research-supported clinical materials. 

"I am thrilled to serve both the ASHFoundaion and ASHA this year, and I look forward to helping strengthen the bridge between our two organizations for the good of ASHA’s 198,000 members and affiliates. I am a long-term and enthusiastic supporter of the ASHFoundation and the important, innovative work they do on behalf of our professions and for millions of people with communication disorders. The opportunity to share in the transformational efforts of the ASHFoundation is truly an honor and privilege." 

Shari B. Robertson