Meet the Newest ASHFoundation Board Members

April 14, 2019

Here we grow again!

Lorraine A. Ramig, PhD is chief scientific officer, LSVT Global, Inc.; research professor, University of Colorado, Boulder; and adjunct professor, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Throughout her career, Ramig has been driven by a "rapture for the quest for knowledge," and is dedicated to advancing treatment efficacy research. As a co-founder of LSVT Global, and with her team, Ramig developed a speech treatment to improve speech and voice in Parkinson’s disease (PD), which later expanded to help people with PD improve their movements. She enjoys sharing the science and training clinicians in a treatment that helps patients experience success and an improved quality of life. "I look forward to igniting ‘rapture’ in students and professionals in collaboration with the ASHFoundation Board of Trustees," said Ramig.

Theresa Rodgers, MA is ASHA's 2019 president-elect. She is a speech-language pathologist and special education consultant, and the former chief administrative officer for St. John the Baptist Parish in Louisiana. Rodgers practiced in public schools for 33 years as an SLP, diagnostician, coordinator of speech-language services, and supervisor of special education. She has served in numerous leadership roles, received many honors and awards, and is a frequent presenter in the communication sciences and disorders communities. "Connecting with individuals and sharing the importance of the work of the ASHFoundation is extremely rewarding,” said Rodgers. “It is an honor to serve on the 2019 ASHFoundation Board of Trustees."

Holly Storkel, PhD serves as associate dean of Academic Innovation and Student Success, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Kansas. She has been involved in efforts to enhance the research success of faculty, including her participation in ASHA’s Lessons for Success conferences and ASHA/ASHFoundation Grant Review and Reviewer Training workshops. A recipient of numerous research awards, Storkel is dedicated to enhancing research rigor in the field. "I think I have a broad understanding of the research and education needs of our discipline and I am excited to help lead the ASHFoundation’s efforts to meet those needs," said Storkel. "And as a past recipient of an ASHFoundation grant early in my career, I am committed to helping emerging scientists just as I was helped by the ASHFoundation." 

Anne Marie Tharpe, PhD is professor and chair of the Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and associate director of the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center.  As chair of a large academic department, and as a recipient of training grants when she was a student, Tharpe understands the financial needs of students and the stress those needs can generate. She spends a great deal of her time searching for new philanthropic sources and stewarding of those gifts. "I have both a personal and professional understanding of the significant impact charitable giving can have on one’s life," said Tharpe. "I'm excited to work with the ASHFoundation’s fundraising board and I look forward to the synergy that can come from our combined efforts."

Mary Sweig Wilson, PhD is president and chief executive officer, Laureate Learning Systems, Inc., and professor emerita, Communication Sciences & Disorders Department, University of Vermont. She was among the first to recognize the important contributions that computer technology could make for people with special needs, and she has dedicated much of her career to bringing forth innovative software that is research and theory based to help people with communication disorders. Wilson is a prolific author, researcher, and presenter. "Through my experiences in academia, clinical practice, and business, I understand the importance of translating research into practice," said Wilson. "I have also learned the significance of passion, and I’m eager to bring my passion, experience, and knowledge to bear for the good of the ASHFoundation."

Chelsea Woodard is the National Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) student representative to the ASHFoundation Board of Trustees. Hailing from California, Woodard is a student at James Madison University. She is studying speech-language pathology and serves as the vice president for academic affairs on the NSSLHA Executive Council. "I am honored to be a member of this exceptional team of innovators. My hope is that I can inspire our student population to become more involved with the ASHFoundation."

Meet all of the ASHFoundation Trustees.