Our Legislative Council Leads Our Mission:

Facilitating a community of dedicated professionals through advocacy and excellence.

OUR 2021 ELECTION SLATE

Kelly Johns, M.A. CCC-SLP

Kelly Johns, M.A. CCC-SLP

Vice-President / President-Elect

 

Promedica Total Rehab Pediatrics
SLP, Site Leader
Toledo, OH

 

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Meet Kelly

Kelly Johns graduated from the University of Toledo with her master’s degree in 2008 and has worked for Toledo Hospital/Toledo Children’s ever since. She has spent time in adult acute care, adult outpatient, adult inpatient rehabilitation, pediatric acute care and pediatric outpatient settings. She is currently the site leader of Total Rehab Pediatrics and works with a great team of therapists. She has lived in the Toledo area her entire life but loves to travel and hopes to see as much of the world as possible (when travel is advisable again). She’s been married to her husband, David, for 6 years and they have 2 adorable dachshunds.

Professional Affiliations

Northwest Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association, 2 years as secretary
OSLHA Elections Committee 2 years (1 year as committee chair)
OSLHA Vice President of Council Leadership (2019 to present)

WHAT DO YOU FEEL THE IMPACT OF OSLHA SHOULD BE ON OUR PROFESSIONS?

OSLHA’s impact should include:
• Supporting professionals and consumers in our field via continuing education and advocacy.
• Serving as a centralized forum for discussion of ideas and collaboration for the outstanding professionals across our state.
• Keeping members informed on the latest research, trends and legislation that affect our work and our patients and should continue to work with members across the state to direct the future of our profession.
• Engaging with students, sparking passion for our fields and supporting the next generation of SLPs and audiologists.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR THIS POSITION?

For OSLHA to continue to succeed and have a meaningful impact the organization needs to continue to grow it’s membership and demonstrate its value. Choosing priorities seems daunting right now as everything feels like it has shifted over the last year but without an enthusiastic and engaged membership base, it will be difficult to achieve the organizations legislative, advocacy & education goals.

WHAT SKILLS OR QUALITIES DO YOU POSSESS THAT WILL BENEFIT YOU MOST IN THIS POSITION?

I would say I am quieter and more reserved than some of my SLP friends but a good listener and able to handle conflicts and stay calm. I enjoy problem solving and working with others on creative solutions. I’m reliable and follow through on commitments. I believe that challenging myself and doing things that are outside of my comfort zone is a great way to grow and improve.

Jennifer Brello, M.Ed. CCC-SLP

Jennifer Brello, M.Ed. CCC-SLP

Director of Education

 

Ohio State University
SLP, Clinical Associate Professor
& Director of the OSU Aphasia Initiative
Columbus, OH

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Meet Jennifer

Jennifer Brello, MEd., CCC-SLP 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 received a MEd from the University of Toledo in 1998 and worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist and Team Leader of the TBI System of Care at Wexner Medical Center from 1998-2009. She also served as the Program Director of the Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation from 2009-2012, where she planned and directed educational programs, conducting training courses on accommodating the effects of traumatic brain injury and coordinated research protocols. Jennifer lives in Columbus with her husband and two children.

Professional Affiliations

I am a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the Ohio Speech-Language Hearing Association, and Aphasia Access. I have been an active member of OSHLA for the past several years. I have served as a Professional Practice Representative, Convention Planning Committee Member, and on the Student Volunteer Committee. I currently serve on the Executive Board of At Home by High, a community organization that provides support to keep aging seniors in their homes. I also work as an unpaid consultant for the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio and Faith Mission Health Care Clinic. I am also an active member of Aphasia Access and currently working on a project focused on supported communication strategy training for healthcare providers. At OSU, I am the NSSLHA advisor and the MA SLP academic advisor. I place high value on student-life activities and feel student development is one of the most important ways to contribute as professionals.

WHAT DO YOU FEEL THE IMPACT OF OSLHA SHOULD BE ON OUR PROFESSIONS?

I feel OSHLA should impact Ohio Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists by providing high quality affordable continuing education on contemporary issues facing our profession. The organization should be a leader in advocacy efforts to influence legislation and systems change. And finally, OSLHA should be dedicated to developing leaders across the state.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR THIS POSITION?

My priority for the position of VP of Continuing Education would be to develop an action plan to increase membership and involvement by providing high quality continuing education on contemporary issues facing our industry. I am interested in learning what drives clinicians to OSLHA and how we can work to meet the needs of our changing environments.

WHAT SKILLS OR QUALITIES DO YOU POSSESS THAT WILL BENEFIT YOU MOST IN THIS POSITION?

With over 22 years of experience in the field, I feel I understand issues facing students and professionals across settings. Ohio has a tremendous amount of talent in the speech and hearing science industry. I often share with colleagues that I feel OSLHA offers a valuable service by providing the mechanism to network with professionals across the state. I enjoy working on teams to examine processes, analyze challenges, and identify opportunities for improvement. I would bring the same team-centered approach to enhance continuing education offerings through OSLHA.

Amy Larocca, M.A. CCC-SLP

Amy Larocca, M.A. CCC-SLP

Director of Membership

 

Baldwin Wallace University
SLP, Clinical Faculty/Assistant Professor

Polaris Speech & Neuro. Rehab, Owner
Twinsburg, OH

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Meet Amy

Amy Larocca, MA, CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor/Clinical Faculty in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at Baldwin Wallace University as well as Owner and Lead SLP at Polaris Speech and Neurological Rehabilitation. Amy has 15 years of clinical and managerial experience from her work in acute rehabilitation hospitals, acute hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient and home health clinical settings. Her areas of interest include dysphagia, cognitive-communication, motor speech disorders, as well as, intergenerational programming. Her primary focus is in clinical education where she supervises speech therapy intervention in both group and individual sessions in the campus clinic and community partnerships. She is an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association as the current chair of the Elections Committee and is licensed by the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology. In addition to serving as a clinical supervisor, Amy teaches at the graduate and undergraduate level including Motor Speech and Dysphagia, Integrations, and Advocacy and Policy. Amy has also provided programming and presentations for various local support groups as well as patient and caregiver symposiums for People with Parkinson’s in Northeast Ohio.

Professional Affiliations

ASHA – 14 years
OSLHA – 4 years
Baldwin Wallace University Service-Learning Advisory Council – 4 years
Dysphagia Research Society – 3 years
OSLHA Elections Committee – 2 years
OSLHA Elections Committee Chair – 1 year
Volunteer for 4 years with various Parkinson’s Support Groups as well as with various events for the Ohio Parkinson’s Foundation Northeast Region, the Parkinson’s Caregiver Retreat, and EmpowerU.
Volunteer as Lead Content Contributor for Speech Uncensored Podcast

WHAT DO YOU FEEL THE IMPACT OF OSLHA SHOULD BE ON OUR PROFESSIONS?

I feel OSLHA should serve as a resource for members to connect, learn, and advocate for each other, our profession, and our clients. Resources including quality CEUs, practice area-specific resources as well as networking opportunities should be available to help support best practices within our profession as well as support newer clinicians through their growth. Advocacy should also be a priority of OSLHA to help support our clinicians within their practice areas as well for our profession to best serve our clients and students.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR THIS POSITION?

Within this position, I would strive to continue to support OSLHA and communicate the value of participation within OSLHA. There are many great benefits within OSLHA, from educational to networking opportunities as well as advocacy opportunities for our profession. I would ensure our clinicians are aware of these opportunities to ensure that Ohio SLPs are supported at the start and throughout their careers. Continuing to support the development of resources and helping to make those resources accessible to clinicians is key to helping to strengthen our profession as a whole. I would also support the elections committee and practice reps in order to strengthen leadership within OSLHA as well as strengthen the quality of care we provide our patients and students.

WHAT SKILLS OR QUALITIES DO YOU POSSESS THAT WILL BENEFIT YOU MOST IN THIS POSITION?

My previous employment experience as the Manager of the Rehabilitation of an inpatient rehabilitation hospital provided me with experience of collaborating with colleagues within a leadership team to support each other’s efforts as well as help to progress our organization forward in alignment with our organization’s mission. In that position, I also had the opportunity to support the clinician’s within my department to develop their own clinical and leadership skills to both ensure our department was providing the best therapy possible, but also that they were able to continue to progress their skills to work toward their own professional goals. As the chair of the elections committee, I have had to opportunity to get to know the structure of LC and EC as well as the great opportunities currently available in order to continue those efforts. I have also had the opportunity to speak with many professionals within our organization about becoming more involved in OSLHA and have heard their enthusiasm for becoming more involved, but not knowing how. I would like to utilize this information to continue the efforts to support our current members as well as provide support and encouragement for other clinicians to feel confident joining OSLHA and possibly serving on committees and leadership teams.

Amy Tepper, Ed.D. CCC-SLP

Amy Tepper, Ed.D. CCC-SLP

Directory of Advocacy

 

Baldwin Wallace University
Assistant Professor
Berea, OH

 

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Dr. Amy Tepper is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. Prior to her transition into higher education in 2016, she served as a school-based practitioner for 18 of her 20 years in the field. Her doctoral thesis was about mitigating potentially disabling barriers in education, and she is passionate about ensuring equitable access to educational and social resources and supports for individuals presenting with disabling impairment(s).  She has co-taught a course on policy and advocacy at Baldwin Wallace University each year since 2017. Through this course, I empower, enlighten, and educate graduate students, via content and activities, to effectively advocate on behalf of their clients, themselves, and our profession.

Professional Affiliations

ASHA member in good standing since 1997
OSLHA member in good standing since 2018
OSLHA Election Committee Member since 2018

WHAT DO YOU FEEL THE IMPACT OF OSLHA SHOULD BE ON OUR PROFESSIONS?

It is my sense that OSLHA should aspire to serve the needs and interests of its professional members, the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, and the greater community at-large. Whether those needs and interests are met via various opportunities in: education; advocacy and/or activism; and/or, community outreach/engagement, OSLHA’s impact should be in its leadership and in its service to others.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR THIS POSITION?

As the Director of Advocacy, among my priorities would be to make meaningful connections/effectively collaborate with those serving in positions that impact current and future professional practices in the field of communication sciences and disorders for practitioners (irrespective of work setting), and equitable access to services, resources, and supports for community stakeholders. Additionally, I would aspire to advocate on behalf of professionals and stakeholders to ensure current policies and initiatives effectively meet the needs of those operating within established systems.

WHAT SKILLS OR QUALITIES DO YOU POSSESS THAT WILL BENEFIT YOU MOST IN THIS POSITION?

It is my sense that my high-interest in the areas of legislation and advocacy will serve me well in this position. I consider myself a critical scholar and radical structuralist- as such, I am passionate about interrogating systems and structures in order to determine ‘who benefits’ from the established rules and laws that guide professional practice, as well as determine access to resources and supports for the public at-large. In addition to my passion for legislation and advocacy, I consider myself a personable and approachable change agent. While I am not one for confrontation, I am willing to vehemently support my cause(s) and stand my ground regarding issues related to social (in)justice and the empowerment of those historically marginalized and oppressed.

Amy Vaughn, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Amy Vaughn, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Director of Business Development

 

Baldwin Wallace University
Assistant Professor
Strongsville, OH

 

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Amy Vaughn, PhD, CCC-SLP is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Baldwin Wallace University. She holds her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Case Western Reserve University and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University with an emphasis in student development and internationalization of higher education. She holds a Post Master’s Certificate in College Teaching.  Prior to her employment at Baldwin Wallace University, Amy served as the Speech Clinic Coordinator for Kent State’s Speech-Language Pathology program. While working in the field, she held both staff and administrative positions, primarily in health care settings. As an administrator, Amy enjoyed program development/project management, and facilitating growth and change for the organizations for which she was employed.  As a faculty member, Amy teaches course content that covers the lifespan from speech and language development to disorders associated with adults and special populations. Her research interests include clinical education, interprofessional education, and transgender voice/communication and well-being. She has been an invited speaker on the topics of dysphagia, clinical education, and ethics in communication sciences and disorders professions. In addition, she has spoken internationally on transgender communication and authenticity (July 2020), interprofessional education (2019), and clinical education and adult learning theory (2016). Amy enjoyed being an active participant in Baldwin Wallace’s SLP 2 B in Zambia program during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Professional Affiliations

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 26 years
Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association 26 years
ASHA SIG 11-Administration and Supervision 4 years

Norton Music boosters 9 years (2 years as President)
Strongsville Women’s League 2 years-Membership Committee-1 year
Peer Reviewer for eHearsay 1 year
Greater Cleveland S.T.E.M Foundation Speaker Registry

WHAT DO YOU FEEL THE IMPACT OF OSLHA SHOULD BE ON OUR PROFESSIONS?

I believe OSLHA has three primary areas of impact- advocacy and ethics; professional development; and, encouraging strong leadership within our field. By focusing on these three crucial aspects, OSLHA can support the growth and development of young pratitoners and as well as enhance the professional lives of its membership. In doing so, we can better serve our State and ethically and effectively meet the needs of the communities in which we serve.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR THIS POSITION?

My priorities, should I serve as your Director of Business Development, would be to ensure financial integrity for the Association. I would do my best to ensure the use of funds support the mission of the Association. Additionally, I would work collaboratively as a member of the Board of Directors to support initiatives equitably.

WHAT SKILLS OR QUALITIES DO YOU POSSESS THAT WILL BENEFIT YOU MOST IN THIS POSITION?

My terminal degree in administration has afforded me the opportunity to develop a deep and rich understanding of organizational structures, including the roles and responsibilities of those who serve on the many committees within OSLHA. I am firm advocate for collaborative processes that yield favorable results. I appreciate opportunities to lead as well as follow. As a volunteer, I have had the opportunity to lead an organization through a difficult transitional phase and worked hard in that organization to rebuild their financial stability as I served in the role of President.

Erin Stefancin Taylor, M.A. CCC-SLP

Erin Stefancin Taylor, M.A. CCC-SLP

Director of Technology

 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
SLP
Columbus, OH

 

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Meet Erin

Erin (Stefancin) Taylor MA, CCC-SLP, is currently an SLP at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Ohio State University’s Department of Otolaryngology, where Erin also completed her CFY. Erin received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Ohio State University, graduating in May 2019 with her masters. Erin’s areas of clinical interest include TBI, aphasia, early intervention, aural rehabilitation and Auditory Verbal Therapy. Erin currently works as a pediatric speech-language pathologist at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her area of focus at NCH includes early intervention and facilitating listening and spoken language development for pediatric patients with hearing loss. Erin is currently pursuing certification as an Auditory Verbal Therapist (AVT). Erin is also employed with the Ohio State University’s Department of Otolaryngology, working as a speech-language pathologist on the Cochlear Implant team with a specialization in Aural Rehabilitation (AR) with adult patients. Erin currently services as a member of “Strategic Partners” at NCH with a focus on employee engagement and ensuring everyone’s voice is heard at NCH. Additionally, Erin has served as a team member providing marketing and technology support to promote the 2021 OSLHA Learning Academy.

Professional Affiliations

OSLHA Member, 3 years
OSLHA CE Committee Member, 1 year
Strategic Partners Committee Member at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

WHAT DO YOU FEEL THE IMPACT OF OSLHA SHOULD BE ON OUR PROFESSIONS?

It should provide an easy way for professionals in the state of Ohio to engage in EBP, understand developments in legislation that affect their profession, and provide leadership opportunities to grow and learn even more in their field.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR THIS POSITION?

1. Ramp up all social media with more regular posts
2. Create more fluid social media posts with a color scheme selected that is visually pleasing
3. Engage with members more in platforms (through giveaways, Q & A’s, facebook lives & instagram lives)
4. Provide more structure to the HOW behind marketing and social media engagement
5. Create more structured timelines for the creation and initiation of marketing on social media platforms

WHAT SKILLS OR QUALITIES DO YOU POSSESS THAT WILL BENEFIT YOU MOST IN THIS POSITION?

I am a hard worker who is motivated to always do better. I am constantly working to increase my knowledge as an SLP and as a human being in this world today. I am a very organized person and have a strength for creating structure to allow efficiency within a team.

Bridget Chapman, M.A. CCC-SLP

Bridget Chapman, M.A. CCC-SLP

Co-Director of University Affairs / Clinical Education

 

The Ohio State University
Clinical Assistant Professor
& Coordinator, Flaum Fluency Pgrm.
Columbus, OH

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Bridget Allen Chapman, M.A. CCC-SLP is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. She currently teaches and provides clinical supervision to graduate students in the OSU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Ms. Chapman is the coordinator of the Flaum Fluency Program at the OSU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and has clinical interests in stuttering across the lifespan, school based issues, professional issues, and innovative clinical education practices. She is involved in SSPEAK: The Annie Glenn Chapter of the National Stuttering Association at The Ohio State University, the National Stuttering Association, the International Fluency Association, and serves as the Clinical Education Coordinator for FRIENDS: The National Association for Young People Who Stutter.

Professional Affiliations

ASHA Member, 2009-Present
OSLHA Member, 2017-Present
Ohio Dept of Education, Pupil Services License 2009-Present
International Fluency Association Member, 2019-Present
FRIENDS: The National Association of Young People Who Stutter, 2015 – Present
ASHA Special Interest Group 04 Fluency Disorders Member
ASHA Special Interest Group 11 Administration and Supervision Member
ASHA Special Interest Group 18 Telepractice Member
ASHA Special Interest Group 16 School-Based Issues

Service:
ASHA Student To Empowered Professional Mentor (ASHA S.T.E.P.), 2018, 2019, 2020
ASHA Minority Student Leadership Program Applicant Reviewer, 2018
FRIENDS: The National Association of Young People Who Stutter, SLP Program Director, 2019-2020
FRIENDS: The National Association of Young People Who Stutter National Convention Facilitator 2018, One Day Conference Host 2019

WHAT DO YOU FEEL THE IMPACT OF OSLHA SHOULD BE ON OUR PROFESSIONS?

OSLHA should be a platform for students and professionals to engage in mentorship, scholarship, and advocacy at the state level. It should be an inclusive community focused on supporting professionals clinical interests and career advancement through continuing education not only for our members but for the community at large to gain better understanding on what we do as professionals and how we help all people with a variety of communication disorders.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR THIS POSITION?

1. Evaluate degree of participation from students across the state in OSLHA activities
2. Increase the visibility of OSLHA and the role of state organizations within undergraduate and graduate level communication science and disorders majors
3. Engage clinical educators across the state in discussion about best practice and encourage collaboration and consultation to problem solve challenging scenarios related to University settings
4. Create avenues for more students to attend the OSLHA CE activities

WHAT SKILLS OR QUALITIES DO YOU POSSESS THAT WILL BENEFIT YOU MOST IN THIS POSITION?

I have a passion for working with students and colleagues in clinical education. I am very driven to support clinical educators and market OSLHA to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I feel that the personal connections I build with people and my ability to network are great assets to this position. In addition, I am a creative problem solver and bring a positive attitude to my professional and personal life. Within my current position, I utilize marketing strategies through our program website and social media campaigns. I work directly with the Office of Advancement to pursue, develop, and maintain relationships with department and program benefactors. Through this role, I have learned skills related to marketing, engagement, and fundraising. These skills could positively impact my contribution to OSLHA.
Qualities: love of learning, optimism, organization, team building, big picture thinker
Skills: Experience working in mentorship at the national level, experience in clinical education, attention to detail

Jenn Glassman, Ph.D. CCC-SLP

Jenn Glassman, Ph.D. CCC-SLP

Co-Director of University Affairs / Clinical Education

 

The University of Toledo
Assistant Professor
Ottawa Hills, OH

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Jennifer Glassman, PhD, CCC-SLP, CHES serves as an assistant professor at The University of Toledo in the School of Intervention and Wellness and has been with university since 2007. During that time she has also served as a visiting professor, clinic manager, and supervisory clinician for the speech language pathology program . She earned her doctorate in Health Education in 2017. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist as well. She teaches courses in childhood speech and language disorders. Jennifer also assists in coordinating the Interprofessional Education (IPE) program at The University of Toledo where she works with students from 11 health disciplines to improve patient-centered health care. Her research interests include the relationship between communication disorders and health. Currently she is conducting a study on student health and wellness and the associated relationship with academic performance and graduation rates. Jennifer is also the faculty advisor to UToledo’s NSSLHA Chapter.

Professional Affiliations

ASHA 15 years OSLHA,
CHES 4 years, certified Resiliency and Thriving Facilitator (NWI)
APHA member,
SOPHE member conference abstract reviewer
Faculty co-advisor of NSSLHA 2008-2010
Faculty advisor of UToledo NSSLHA 2017 to present
Volunteer work with Food for Thought, Wood County Plays,

WHAT DO YOU FEEL THE IMPACT OF OSLHA SHOULD BE ON OUR PROFESSIONS?

– Setting standards and advocating for our clinicians. We need to continue to be a leading state organization through our initiatives, conferences, and national presence.
– Our impact should come from being supportive of new professionals in our field. The world is changing quickly and our new professionals are the ones who will be leading the way. To support them we need to be listen to them, not only about what they want in an organization in the form of support and guidance but what they know of the world. How have the demands on their lives changed through their educational process? What support was helpful and how can we do it better? The more input we have the new professionals, the more we stay on top new ideas and concerns.

So in summary, I would say we need to continue to act and involve our younger members in shaping our actions to keep us ahead of the changing demands of our field/world.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR THIS POSITION?

1) I would really love to establish a communication platform that allows NSSLHA exec board member and advisors to communicate with each other on a regular basis. I know we have amazing things happening in so many of our NSSLHA chapters and I want us to be able to support one another. We can accomplish more together.
2) I would like to implement a plan for the Ohio NSSLHA conference that give chapters 2 years to plan and volunteer to host the event.
3) I want to find a way to support our NSSLHA chapters in a way additional to the caucus, which was a great addition. Student feedback has been amazing at UToledo.
I don’t know exactly what that support would look like but it would stem from what the students convey. Perhaps even connect senior undergrads in a meaningful way to all the universities in Ohio.

WHAT SKILLS OR QUALITIES DO YOU POSSESS THAT WILL BENEFIT YOU MOST IN THIS POSITION?

I have been teaching at UToledo for 13 years, been the faculty advisor for the UToledo NSSLHA chapter for 3 years now, and was the clinic coordinator for the UToledo Speech language Hearing clinic for 5 years. Getting to know our students on so many levels is one of the greatest perks of my job. These three experiences have given my an appreciation for the student perspective, an understanding of the university needs, and a desire to do more for both. I have a certification in Resiliency and Thriving Facilitator from the National Wellness Institute that was obtained 2019. My sole purpose for seeking out that certification was to better my skills in helping students. I know I can bring that skill set, and empathy, to our state organization and spread it through our students.