Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement Recipients

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.


Awarded $2,500

Verna M. Chinen

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.



Awarded $2,000

John Consalvi

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.



Awarded $2,000

Sheryl Rosin

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.



Awarded $2,000

Paula Leslie

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.



Awarded $1,500

René H. Gifford

René H. Gifford
Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University
Director, Cochlear Implant Program, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
Associate Director, Implantable Hearing Technologies
Nashville, Tennessee

René Gifford is recognized for innovation in the area of cochlear implants, specifically, in the advancement of research on hearing preservation and electroacoustic stimulation. Until recently, individuals with residual hearing were either not considered candidates or would have lost their hearing during the surgical process of receiving a cochlear implant. Her work, based on original ideas and scientific rigor, and tested in the clinic, is significantly transforming surgical approach and rehabilitation of those with hearing impairment.

View Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement recipients before 2015 [PDF].