The Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement recognizes an individual's significant accomplishments in the advancement of clinical service in audiology and/or speech-language pathology. The recipient of the DiCarlo Award is chosen from among individuals who have been nominated by their state association for the State Clinical Achievement Award. This award is supported by the Louis M. DiCarlo Fund.
- Susan Ostrowski
- Co-Creator; Director
- Niantic, Connecticut
Susan Ostrowski is recognized for creating Reading2Connect, an innovative organization to enable older adults to independently read again by providing adapted reading materials and supportive environments. Working in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities, she observed how little the residents interacted with people and materials. She developed the organization to help prevent adults with dementia from experiencing boredom, helplessness, and loneliness. Recognizing the need for resources to support cognitive-communication therapy, she created dementia-friendly books that are ability- and age-appropriate for adults. The organization also provides interactive trainings to teach staff, families, and volunteers the strategies to encourage adults to read.
- Verna M. Chinen
- Education Specialist
- Hawaii Department of Education
- Honolulu, Hawaii
Verna M. Chinen is recognized for creating a professional learning community (PLC) for speech-language pathologists and special/general education teachers across Hawaii’s public school system. With a goal toward state-wide consistency in training and implementation of assessment and classroom service delivery systems, the PLC supports interdisciplinary collaboration to learn best practices, increase professional knowledge, and improve outcomes for students. She also developed a return-to-learn protocol to train SLPs to support students returning to school after concussions/mild traumatic brain injuries. The resulting network of trained local leaders, mentors, and coaches has produced a system-wide change for effective educational service-delivery throughout the state.
- John Consalvi
- Founder & CEO
- SPEDhunters LLC
- Evanston, Illinois
John Consalvi is recognized for his efforts to provide high-quality services for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. As a speech-language pathologist and businessman, he developed model programs to support and train new graduates who want to specialize in bilingual speech-language pathology. He worked to establish a bilingual immersion training program to teach Spanish to certified SLPs, and founded LinguaHealth to design supportive partnerships with school districts to match bilingual professionals with caseloads in need of services. Through these and other initiatives, he has mentored and assisted speech-language pathology graduate students in identifying clinical settings that match their professional goals.
- Sheryl Rosin
- Speech-Language Pathologist
- Palm Beach Speech-Language Specialists
- Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Sheryl Rosin is recognized for creating the Caribbean Autism Project (CAP), a clinical service and training program to support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Caribbean. Since 2015, Dr. Rosin worked to establish a community-supported ASD assessment and intervention clinic in St. Kitts. This program has provided awareness and education training to more than 100 professionals to enable them to identify and treat culturally and linguistically diverse children with ASD in an under-resourced and developing region.
- Paula Leslie
- Program Director, Doctor of Clinical Science
- Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
- University of Pittsburgh
Paula Leslie is recognized for her leadership to integrate speech-language pathology services into palliative care services at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Over the past six years, she has applied her expertise in speech-language pathology and dysphagia to develop interprofessional protocols, with both speech-language pathology clinical staff and palliative care providers, to benefit patients who are near end of life, resulting in enhanced communication and care for patients throughout the UPMC system. She has impacted many patients, providers, and students through her roles as a clinician, mentor, educator, and continuing education provider.
View Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement recipients before 2016 [PDF].