The Deadline for the Nancy McKinley Leadership
Award is August 15.
Philosophy and Purpose:
Nancy McKinley, CSAP President 2001, was the embodiment of a selfless
volunteer dedicated to promoting the professions of speech-language
pathology and audiology, and supporting those who had chosen one
of these professions as their career. This award is intended
to recognize a member of a speech-language and hearing association
for his or her exemplary contributions to their speech and hearing
association (SHA). This individual should have demonstrated selfless
dedication and commitment to the development of an initiative or
program designed to promote the work of the SHA or professionals
in the field of communication sciences and disorders.
Award: The CSAP Nancy
McKinley Leadership Award will be presented annually at the Fall
CSAP conference. CSAP will provide a $500 check to the State
Speech and Hearing Association of the awardee, and the awardee will
receive a certificate or a plaque in acknowledgement of the award.
Criteria for Selection:
A nominee for the Nancy McKinley Leadership Award should have demonstrated
outstanding contribution(s)/achievement(s) in the following area(s):
- Leadership in the development of a program
initiative within the SHA which was established to address an
identified need within the state or the SHA. Examples include,
but are not limited to:
- increasing membership in the SHA
- addressing shortages within the field, including
initiatives for outreach to students and retention of professionals
- creating legislative activity programs
- enhancing consumer awareness of the professions
of speech-language pathology and audiology
- providing support to professionals in the
field in terms of workload issues
- establishing partnerships with media, businesses,
related associations or other organizations for the purpose
of consumer outreach or other benefit to the professions
- designing innovative communication programs
to promote the professions and increase consumer awareness,
including the development of web programs
- promoting leadership development within the
- creating outreach programs for employers designed
to support professional members working within those agencies
- other programs/activities which incorporate
the spirit of this award
- The program(s) developed by the individual who
is being nominated must have proven to be sustainable as judged
by measurable outcomes, including but not limited to demonstration
that the program has been in operation for at least two years,
and evidence of impact on enhancing the mission of the SHA.
Sustainability is evidenced by length of time in operation, stable
source of funding commitment from the SHA, specific impact on
professionals and/or consumers, and establishment of program continuity.
- The individual who is being nominated must
have served on the board of directors and/or have been a committee
member of the SHA within the past five years. The award is intended
to recognize recent leaders in SHAs.
- Members of the CSAP Executive Board, including Commissioners and Committee members, are not eligible for nominations or receipt of the award during their term of service to CSAP.
- Nominations for the Nancy McKinley Leadership
Award are to be submitted by the SHA to the CSAP Honors Committee
by August 15 of each year.
- The nomination must include:
- Completion of The
CSAP Nancy McKinley Leadership Award Nomination form.
Submission of the form is restricted to State Speech and Hearing
Associations who are members of CSAP. Signature of the
president of the SHA is required.
- Narrative describing the nomination, not
to exceed three pages (in a font no smaller than 10 point and
double spaced), which addresses the following areas in addition
to providing a complete description of the program initiative(s)
and the contributions of the individual being nominated.
- Background information about the individual
leader, including the individual’s personal efforts which
have led to the program initiative
- How the program addressed a need within the
- Why the program is innovative or exemplary.
- How the program is sustainable.
- How the program is connected to the mission
of the SHA.
- How the program is connected to advancing
the work of the professions.
- How members and/or consumers have benefited
from the initiative
- Concluding statements about how the efforts
of the nominee demonstrated exemplary volunteerism to the SHA
and the professions.
- Two letters of support.
- Each SHA is limited to one nomination per year.
- The nomination packet must be submitted electronically
with a completed hard copy of the packet sent to the CSAP office.
- These materials will be reviewed by the Nancy McKinley Leadership Award Committee and a recommendation made to the CSAP board for approval.
2007 - Vicki Lord Larson, Wisconsin
2008 - Tammy Emerson, Idaho
2009 - Katrina Zeit, Ohio
2010 - Donna Fisher Smiley, Arkansas
2010 - Cherry Wright, Texas
2011 - Laura Jo McKamey, Montana
2012 - Jody O'Donnell, Idaho
2013 - Vernice Jury, Connecticut
2014 - Carolyn Wiles Higdon, PhD, CCC-SLP, Mississippi
2015 - None Awarded
2016 - Tracy Bombara, MS, CCC-SLP, Delaware
2017 - Mary Bahr Schwenke, MS, CCC-SLP, Wisconsin
Mary Bahr Schwenke, MS, CCC-SLP, Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association
What her nominators said…..
- Mary is an inspiration for current and future SLPs because her passion for advocacy is genuine and deeply rooted in her years of servant leadership
- Mary has tirelessly and selflessly served in volunteer and leadership positions at the local, state and national level throughout her career
- Mary’s energy and enthusiasm never cease to amaze me
- Mary has served WSHA with great poise and leadership and her impact on the organization will be felt for years to come
- Active WSHA member for 22 years serving in many leadership roles
- Vice President of Governmental Affairs from 2008-2012
- President of WSHA for 5 consecutive years
- Currently serves as Chair of Governmental Affairs Committee
- Elected to ASHA SLP Advisory Council for term beginning January 2018
- Spearheaded targeted recruitment and retention efforts to address SLP shortages and maintain highest qualified provider in Wisconsin
- Led initiative to block a proposal by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to create a tiered licensing system in 2012
- Authored and co-authored 4 consecutive ASHA Pathways to Excellence Grants which supported WSHA’s goals for Wisconsin to move toward universal licensure
- Led WSHA ad hoc committee to identify stakeholder and regulators’ concerns and licensing facts
- Helped develop a universal licensure survey which was sent to WSHA members
- Led Town Hall meetings across the state and disseminated information in response to survey results
- Worked with WSHA lobbyist to secure legislative support
- Developed and presented educational sessions and a webinar on universal licensure and recruitment/retention of highly qualified SLPs
- Advocacy initiatives of WSHA featured in ASHA Leader State Spotlight edition in July 2015
- Efforts helped to stop the tiered licensure process for the past four years and DPI asked WSHA to provide them with wording for new licensure changes
- DPI has currently recognized the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Standards(DSPS) license as an emergency license for SLPs to provide services in the schools which is a positive step towards universal licensure
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