Our Vision

We are a thriving community of professionals empowering those in the field to practice at the highest levels of excellence.

Our Mission

Facilitating a community of dedicated professionals through advocacy and excellence.

Our History

Founded in 1945, the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSLHA) is a professional association representing speech-language pathologists and audiologists throughout Ohio. OSLHA is recognized by the national American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA) as the official professional organization for Ohio.  OSLHA members provide services for the evaluation and rehabilitation of communicative disorders.  Members work in a variety of settings including: clinics, health care facilities, hospitals, private practice, schools, and universities. Members must abide by the OSLHA Code of Ethics.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Technology
  • Advocacy
  • Networking
  • Education
  • Membership
  • Finances
  • Communication
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Organizational Structure

Learn more about how OSLHA is structured and the committees we have in place for organizing our association activities and events.

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OUR LEADERSHIP

OSLHA Board of Directors

Functions

  1. Act for the Association and make organizational policy decisions within policies prescribed by the By-Laws and Procedures.  Decisions are reported at regularly scheduled Board meetings.
  2. Serve as the Financial Advisory Council for the Association.
  3. Participate in the development of the annual budget, and oversee Association contracts.
  4. Select and employ the Executive Director, determine the terms of the staff contracts and oversee the management of the business office.
  5. Implement policies established by the Board.
  6. Oversee member needs and direct the Association processes to meet those needs.
Katie Bochi, M.A., CCC-SLP

Katie Bochi, M.A., CCC-SLP

President

Katie Bochi is a full time NICU Speech-Language Pathologist at Russell J. Ebeid Children’s Hospital and an active steering committee member of Wood County Plays, an all-inclusive playground initiative. She has been a member of OSLHA since 2013 and lives in the greater Toledo area with her husband and two rescue dogs.

Kelly Johns, M.A., CCC-SLP

Kelly Johns, M.A., CCC-SLP

Vice President / President-Elect

Kelly Johns is an SLP and supervisor of inpatient and outpatient pediatric rehabilitation at Promedica Total Rehab Pediatrics in Toledo.  She has been an OSLHA member since 2011.

Carol Hofbauer, M.S., CCC-SLP

Carol Hofbauer, M.S., CCC-SLP

Past President

Carol Hofbauer is retired from a rewarding career in Rehab Services at Laurel Health Care Company, a chain of nursing and rehab facilities in 5 states. Carol has been a member of OSLHA since 1979.

Jennifer Brello, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Jennifer Brello, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Director of Education

Jennifer Brello is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University and the Director of the OSU Aphasia Initiative. She has over 20 years of experience working with adults who have experienced acquired brain injury.  Jennifer lives in Columbus with her husband and two children.

Amy Larocca, M.A. CCC-SLP

Amy Larocca, M.A. CCC-SLP

Director of Membership

Amy Larocca is the owner and lead SLP at Polaris Speech and Neurological Rehabilitation private practice.  She has 15 years of clinical and administrative experience in multiple medical settings and a passion for working with adults with speech, language, cognition, and swallowing disorders. She lives outside of Cleveland with her husband and two children.

Amy Tepper, Ed.D. CCC-SLP

Amy Tepper, Ed.D. CCC-SLP

Directory of Advocacy

Amy Tepper is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Baldwin Wallace University. Her interests include the process of clinical skills facilitation, equitable access to resources and supports among the vulnerable and underserved, transformative/innovative educational programming, and mitigating potentially disabling barriers across contexts. She has been a member of OSLHA since 2018.

Amy Vaughn, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Amy Vaughn, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Director of Business Development

Amy Vaughn is an associate professor in the Dept. of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Baldwin Wallace University. She has been an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist for over 25 years.  Her interests include adult neurogenics, clinical education, transgender voice, and interprofessional education. She has been a member of OSLHA since 1995.

Erin Stefancin Taylor, M.A. CCC-SLP

Erin Stefancin Taylor, M.A. CCC-SLP

Director of Technology

Erin Taylor is a graduate of OSU for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She’s currently an SLP at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Erin enjoys cooking and taking walks with her dog, Brady.

 

 

Bridget Chapman, M.A., CCC-SLP

Bridget Chapman, M.A., CCC-SLP

Co-Director of University Affairs / Clinical Education

Bridget Allen Chapman is a Clinical Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University and an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. She serves as the Director of the Flaum Center for Fluency Disorders at OSU and provides academic and clinical instruction to graduate students. She is involved in a variety of stuttering and fluency disorder organizations and has a passion for working with students and colleagues in clinical education.

Jenn Glassman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CHES

Jenn Glassman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CHES

Co-Director of University Affairs / Clinical Education

Jenn Glassman, serves as an assistant professor at The University of Toledo in the School of Intervention and Wellness and has been with university since 2007. While there, she has served in a large variety of capacities and is currently the faculty advisor to UToledo’s NSSLHA Chapter.

Past Presidents

2019:           Laurie Sheehy

2018:           Maggie Kettler

2017:           Michele Kramer

2016:           Donna Edwards

2015:           Davida “Davy” Weaver

2014:           Carolyn “Carney” Sotto

2013:           Sandra Combs

2012:           Michelle Burnett

2011:           Janice Wright

2010:           Colleen Visconti

2009:           Laura Schrock

2008:           Jo-Anne Prendeville

2007:            Katrina Zeit Purcell

2006:            Amy Thorpe Wiley

2005:            Sandra Grether

2004:            Sheryl Back

2003:            Kenneth Ruder

2002:            Dorothea Wise

2001:            Linda Petrosino

2000:            Joy Hyman-Goldberg

1999:            Martha Coen-Cummings

1998:            Diane Games

1997:            Ginger O’Connor

1996:            Dianne Karnes

1995:            Nancy Creaghead

1994:            Bernard Henri

1993:            Margaret Roberts

1992:            Sally Disney

1991:            Patricia Skinner

1990:            Karyn Bobkoff Katz

1989:            Sandra Haack

1988:            Kathy Kelly Ohlrich

1987:            Joann Huprich

1986:            Carole Donnelly

1985:            Jane Warner

1984:            Peggy Fitzmaurice

1983:            Bonnie Gregory

1982:            Carol Kamara

1981:            Carol Leslie

1980:            Richard Nodar

1979:            Dallas Horvath

1978:            Dale DeGirolamo

1977:            Allyn Taylor

1976:            Kathleen Podoba-Lind

1975:            Ann Glaser

1974:            George Fichter

1973:            Jane Cochran

1972:            Joseph Millin

1971:            Jerry Johnson

1970:            Melvin Hyman

1969:            Paul Ptacek

1968:            Robert Valyo

1967:            William Weidner

1964-66:      Robert Stimpert

1963:            George Herman

1962:            Thomas Anderson

1959-61:      Loraine Wilson

1958:            Dorothy Kester

1957:            Loraine Wilson

1954-56:      Claude Kantner

1953:            Mary Quirk

1952:            Ruth Becky Irwin

1951:            Warren Gardner

1950:            Adeline McClelland

1949:            Virginia Sanderson

1948:            A. C. LaFollette

1947:            J. Gerber Drushal

1946:            John Montgomery

1945:            Ruth Becky Irwin

 

Become a Member!

Join our Membership Community Today!

  • Full Membership (Speech & Audiology Professionals): $75
  • Associate Membership (Allied Partners / Consumers / Clinical Fellows): $45
  • Student Membership (Full-time CSD Students): $25
  • Life Memberships Available to Lifetime Membership Participants

 

Benefits: Members receive significant discounts off OSLHA CE activities, member-exclusive online CE programming and accessibility to exceptionally priced professional liability insurance coverage, ALL Included in an annual membership. All memberships expire on June 30th.