Council of State Speech-Language-Hearing Association Presidents

CSAP Conferences

CSAP… A Place for our Finest Leaders to Connect and Reflect

2021 CSAP Fall Conference

We are excited to be back in-person!

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm | Washington, DC

The CSAP Fall Conference was a great success! Thank you to everyone who attended. We look forward to see you all in Cleveland this June!



Networking with other leaders is crucial for continued growth. This Conference is designed for CSAP members to gather for an exchange of ideas and perspectives. Attendees will be offered numerous educational sessions focused on relevant topics including advocacy, leadership, membership and more. Let’s expand our leadership mindset by building on the best and staying future focused.

State Donations – CSAP Sweeps
Please bring a gift to donate to the CSAP Sweeps. The item should have a minimum value of $50. Select your item carefully as the person winning the item will need to fit it into their luggage. CSAP does not provide shipping services. The item does not need to be related to your state. Items such as jewelry, hats, scarves etc. are always popular.

Attendees will purchase tickets for a chance to win the item you donate. Attendees select which item(s) they wish to win by placing a ticket into a designated gift bag. Winning tickets will be drawn during the last break.

Registration Now Open!

Attendance to the CSAP Conference is open to state association leaders (current president, president-elect and immediate past president) if the state association is a current member of CSAP, as well as for current CSAP alumni members.

If your state association hasn’t renewed membership for 2021, you can renew online today!

If you are a past state association president and are no longer part of your state board of directors, you may be eligible to become a CSAP Alumni Member. Learn more about our Alumni Membership and join today!

Vaccination Verification Requirement
CSAP will abide by the guidelines set forth by ASHA, Washington, DC, and the CDC regarding vaccinations, mask wearing and social distancing. Since the CSAP meeting space is being provided by ASHA, we will follow their policies as stated here.

Registration Rates:
Early registration rates have been extended to November 5, 2021. After November 5, late fees will apply.

Registration includes access to the meeting with CEUs, continental breakfast, lunch and 2 evening receptions.

  • Member (current president/president-elect/past president): $300
  • Alumni Member (includes 50/50 ticket): $125
  • Management Staff: $250

Online Registration has closed. Please visit the on-site registration desk at the Conference on November 17.

Printable Registration Form

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellation requests accepted in writing until October 27, 2021. A $25 processing fee will be deducted. Submit cancellation requests to the CSAP Office.


Note: Times subject to change.
Times listed are EST.

Registration (8:30 am – 9:00 am EST)

Welcome and Opening Comments (9:00 am – 9:15 am EST)

Amy Rosonet LeBert, CSAP President

State Recognitions (9:15 am – 9:30 am EST)

Lynn Williams, ASHA President

BREAK (9:30 am – 9:45 am EST)

Session 1 - Inclusive Leadership: Microaggressions (9:45 am – 10:30 am EDT)

Vicki Deal-Williams, MA, CCC-SLP, FASAE, CAE, Chief Staff Officer, Multicultural Affairs, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Microaggressions are one of the greatest barriers to inclusion for members from underrepresented backgrounds, and have been reported extensively in the experiences described by CSD professionals who are members of minoritized groups. Inclusive leaders understand what microaggressions are, their impact, and they address them when they occur. This presentation will cover the expectations of leaders in distinguishing between intent and impact, and to respond to microaggressive behavior, to empower individuals to actively interact, participate effectively, and contribute as members of diverse committees, boards, councils, teams, or other groups.

Learner Outcomes: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the need to combat microaggressions.
  • Describe the expectations for inclusive leaders to address microaggressions.
  • Identify at least three strategies to use in addressing microaggressions.

Level of Learning: Intermediate

Session 2 - New Normal for State Leaders and Associations (10:30 am - 11:00 am EDT)

Stephen Kneece, MA, CCC-SLP, President, South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association;
Allison McGee, MSP, CCC-SLP, President-Elect, South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association;
Rene Utianski, PhD, CCC-SLP, President, Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Stephen and Allison will briefly walk the participants through the challenges faced by the South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They will discuss their successes, failures and things that have permanently changed due to this unprecedented event.

Rene will detail the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on speech-language pathologists and audiologists in schools, private practices and hospital settings across Minnesota. The presentation will review the new normal for the day-to-day activities of the Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MNSHA), including the impact on membership, committee functions, professional development planning, interactions with management company and legislative efforts. The new normal for MNSHA members in their various settings will also be described. Finally, the expectation for what is a temporary new normal and what is expected to have a positive, persistent impact will be reviewed.

Learner Outcomes: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify virtual options for hosting a state convention.
  • Identify different ways to recruit members.
  • Increase their awareness regarding convention venue contracts.
  • Explain the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
  • Describe the new normal for state associations.
  • Summarize the new normal for state association members.

Level of Learning: Introductory

Session 3 - Roundtable - Driving the Non-Dues Revenue Vehicle: What’s YOUR Role? (11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST)

Moderators: Amy Rosonet LeBert, CSAP President; Debra Burnett, CSAP Past President; Lyndsey Zurawski, CSAP President-Elect; Kari Lim, CSAP Secretary; Mary Faella, CSAP Treasurer

Non-dues revenue is a crucial financial resource piece to the state association budget puzzle. It serves a dual purpose with adding value to the membership while generating and boosting necessary revenue for the association. Non-dues revenue is a vital income stream that contributes to the overall success of the state association. Membership dues alone are not sufficient to effectively keep a state association afloat. The roundtable session will facilitate discussion surrounding how state associations develop avenues for non-dues revenue and the challenges they face. New ideas, trends, and strategies will be discussed with multiple real life scenarios from present and previous events. Types and frequency of opportunity for non-dues revenues will be presented and examined. For example, securing sponsorships, exhibitors, and advertisements will be the lens of focus for this session. Additionally, non-dues revenue streams such as webinars and brand merchandising will be presented.

Learner Outcomes: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify three challenges with securing non-dues revenue.
  • Discuss how state associations benefit from non-dues revenue.
  • List three ways to promote your state association to potential sponsors.
  • Compare methods utilized to generate non-dues revenue within your state association.

Level of Learning: Introductory

LUNCH (provided) (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST)

Session 4 - Lessons Learned: How State Associations Can Survive Financial Disaster and Combat Fraud (1:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST)

Lyndsey Zurawski, SLPD, CCC-SLP, President-Elect, CSAP
Timothy Kowalski, MA, CCC-SLP, President, Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

Think it can’t happen to your organization? The reality is that fraud is a lot easier than you think. Stop and think about some reasons why: a lack of resources, lax internal controls, inadequate training, high turnover and simply too much trust. These factors make our organizations enticing targets because fraudsters know we have fewer resources with which to protect ourselves. So come and be ready to have an eye opening experience about internal malfeasance, fraudulent statements, embezzlement and misappropriation of assets from two who experienced this firsthand and managed to transform their association from the brink of financial disaster to safety in the midst of a global pandemic.

Learner Outcomes: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • List features common in small nonprofit associations that make them targets for fraud.
  • Identify areas your organization can improve upon to decrease your risk for fraud.
  • List strategies you can immediately implement should you fall victim to fraud.

Level of Learning: Intermediate

Session 5 - Persevering During Challenging Times: Accomplishments and Challenges in State and Federal Advocacy (1:30 pm – 2:00 pm EST)

Janet Deppe, MS, CCC-SLP, FNAP, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The last few years have been a challenge personally and professionally for many of us. Pivoting to virtual services in schools, health care and private settings has been difficult for many while reopening during a pandemic has had its own set of headaches. Yet ASHA and our members and state leaders have continued to advocate successfully for their clients, themselves and the professions. This presentation will focus on the efforts, accomplishments and challenges of ASHA and its state association partners in advocating for members, patients, clients and students. An overview of state and federal efforts in healthcare, schools and professional issues will be highlighted. The presenter will share some future forecasts along with the challenges that lie ahead.

Learner Outcomes: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe three healthcare issues for members in states.
  • Identify three resources on the ASHA website to help members reopen safely.
  • Describe three ways that states increased flexibility to allow services to be delivered remotely.

Level of Learning: Intermediate

Session 6 - Breakout Session: Active Membership in a Virtual World (2:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST)

Moderators: Amy Rosonet LeBert, CSAP President; Debra Burnett, CSAP Past President; Lyndsey Zurawski, CSAP President-Elect; Kari Lim, CSAP Secretary; Mary Faella, CSAP Treasurer

This breakout session will narrow the lens on active membership during a virtual environment. State associations are having to be creative to keep engagement high. Many state associations are reporting low renewals and minimal new memberships during these tumultuous times. This in turn results in budgetary issues which have a major trickle down effect. The session will offer strategies and discussion regarding keeping membership active and recruiting new membership. Discussions will explore the changing landscape of state associations and what is not working and how to adapt and change our thinking. Strategies will be shared to inform state leaders how to grow and retain memberships. Additionally, real scenarios of virtual and in-person will be discussed and described to help planning of future events and marketing.

Learner Outcomes: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe three strategies for successful virtual events.
  • Discuss three new recruitment ideas that will result in membership growth and retention.
  • Evaluate the benefits of using social media for membership engagement.

Level of Learning: Introductory

Session 7 - State Advocacy in Action (2:30 pm – 3:15 pm EST)

Rachel Powell, PhD, CCC-SLP, Legislative Chair, Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Understanding the legislative process is a critical component to the success of a state speech and hearing association. Each state has a legislative body that governs the practice and implementation of speech-language pathology and audiology services. If state associations are not actively involved in the legislative process, bills could be passed that could significantly impact the practice in our fields. The purpose of this session is to identify a state’s legislative process, help identify potential areas of legislation that could be prioritized by the state association, and to develop an action plan for state advocacy efforts.

the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify their state’s legislative process.
  • Develop their state association legislative priorities.
  • Define an action plan for increasing state advocacy efforts.

Level of Learning: Introductory

Session 8 - Networks and Your State Association (3:15 pm – 3:45 pm EST)

Eileen Crowe, Director for State Association Relations, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Jacquelyn Ragland, MS, CCC-SLP, ASHA SEAL for Virginia and ASHA SEAL Champ for the Southern US Region

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the requirements associated with ASHA recognition and how this ties in with the three ASHA network opportunities. Attendees will also learn about the role of SEALs Champions and about specific SEAL advocacy efforts in states.

Learner Outcomes: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the charges of the three ASHA Networks.
  • Identify benefits associated with ASHA Recognition.
  • Identity three examples of SEAL advocacy in states.

Level of Learning: Intermediate

Nancy McKinley Leadership Award (3:45 pm – 4:00 pm EST)


CSAP Business Meeting (4:15 pm - 4:45 pm EST)


Happy Hour Sponsored by ASHA (5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST)

Continuing Education and Disclosures:



Presenter Disclosures

In-Kind Support Disclosure: We want to thank ASHA for their assistance in the planning of the 2021 Fall Conference and providing the meeting space.–>

CSAPer Comment Gallery

“This was a wonderful conference. Thank you CSAP for putting this together!”
~ CSAP Attendee Summer 2021

“It was excellent! I am a first timer. I didn’t know what to expect…it was a bucket filler!”
~ CSAP Attendee Fall 2020

“This CSAP board has been wonderful in keeping CSAP going as a resource, a community and a network. Thank you!!”
~ CSAP Attendee Fall 2020

Future CSAP Meetings

2022 Spring Conference
Cleveland, Ohio
Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4

2022 Fall Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

2023 Spring Conference
Richmond, Virginia
Date TBD