State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEAL)

The SEALs network exists to enhance and perpetuate the advocacy, leadership, and clinical management skills of school-based ASHA members at the state and local levels to influence administrative and public policy decisions that affect the delivery of speech-language pathology and audiology services in school settings.


Miranda McCarthy-Grice, MSP, CCC-SLP

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State Advocates for Medicare Policy (StAMPs) Network
ASHA's State Advocates for Medicare Policy (StAMP) network enhances and perpetuates the advocacy, leadership, and communication of ASHA members at the state level to influence administrative and public policy decisions that impact the Medicare coverage, reimbursement, and delivery of speech-language pathology services and audiology services.

Amber Heape, ClinScD, CCC-SLP

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State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs)  

The State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs) are ASHA-member audiologists and speech-language pathologists who advocate locally with legislators, state insurance commissioners, health plans, unions, and employers on matters related to Medicaid and private health plan reimbursement.

Lori-Ann Ferraro, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
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South Carolina ASHA Committee of Ambassadors

These members Act as Ambassadors of ASHA by providing advocacy on and communication about the priorities of the Association to officials, constituents, peers, and the general public at the workplace, local, state, and national levels.

The Committee of Ambassadors is comprises 54 member audiologists and 54 member speech-language pathologists who represent each state; Washington, DC; International constituents (members who reside outside the United States); U.S. territories; and the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA).


 Angela N. McLeod, Ph. D., CCC-SLP
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