2022 SCSHA Student Advisory Council (SAC)

Ashley Balfour, Columbia College

My name is Ashley Balfour. I am the youngest of three girls, born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. I am currently a second-year student in the SLP program at Columbia College. After completing school, I hope to work with young children. I have always been drawn to young children because I love seeing their enthusiasm and progress.


Amarrah Cooks, South Carolina State University
Amarrah Cooks is a graduate student in her last year at South Carolina State University studying Speech and Language Pathology. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University while being a student athlete all four years. Amarrah is a Registered Behavior Technician and has years of experience working with children with autism. After graduation Amarrah aspires to work in the medical setting as an SLP.



Dr. Stephanie Mathis, University of South Carolina

Dr. Stephanie Mathis is a third-year graduate student in the Speech and Language Pathology Master’s Program (MS-DE) at the University of South Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics Education at Clemson University as well as Master’s Degrees from Converse College in both Mathematics and Secondary Administration and Supervision. She received her Education Specialist Degree in Administration and Leadership with a Superintendency Certification from Converse College. She received her Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration from South Carolina State University. In her role as an administrator, she has collaborated with educators in many arenas and looks forward to learning and expanding her knowledge about the field of SLP.


Maya Manigault, Medical University of South Carolina
Maya is a second-year graduate studying at the Medical University of South Carolina. Maya completed her undergraduate degrees in speech-language pathology and psychology at Columbia College. Prior to starting at MUSC she worked as an SLP-A. She loves to collaborate with PTs and OTs and hopes to specialize in pediatric dysphagia in the future.




Olivia Miller, Medical University of South Carolina
Speech-Language Pathology graduate student at the Medical University of South Carolina. Holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Concentration in Neuroscience from Wofford College. Speech Language Pathology Class of 2023 President and current GNSSLHA Chapter President. MUSC College of Health Professions Student Representative on the Waring Library Society Board of Directors.




 Nadia Sabeh Ayon, University of South Carolina
Nadia is a first-year graduate student in the Speech and Language Pathology Masters Program (MS-RES) at the University of South Carolina. In 2019, Nadia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Saint-Joseph, Lebanon. Nadia is currently a graduate research assistant in the SC Family Experiences Lab where a family approach is adopted to study both children affected by neurodevelopmental disorders as well as their parents.




 Kerry Smith, Columbia College
My name is Kerry Smith. I live in Blythewood, South Carolina, and am a 3rd year in the Speech-Language Pathology program at Columbia College. My area of interest is working with children ages 3-12 in a home-health setting. I plan on pursuing my master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology after earning my bachelor's degree.



 Madison Stewart, Columbia College
My name is Madison Stewart. I am from Florence, South Carolina. I am a senior at Columbia College and currently in the second year of the Speech Language Pathology undergrad program. My interest includes working with ages ranging from 3-7. In the future, I hope to continue to education by pursuing my master’s degree. I look forward to learning and expanding my knowledge about the field of SLP.



 Anna Woodhouse, Medical University of South Carolina
Anna Woodhouse is a second year Speech Language Pathology graduate student at the Medical University of South Carolina! She has a passion for individuals with hearing loss, with a particular clinical interest in Auditory Verbal Therapy. She is excited for the opportunity to serve and learn alongside other SCSHA Student Advisory Council members! Anna is happiest when she out on the water with the spaniel sidekick, Lily!




The purpose of the SCSHA Student Advisory Council (SAC) is to provide the SCSHA Executive Board with bi-annual written feedback about SCSHA professional development, leadership opportunities, and programming for undergraduate and graduate students.

Nominations must be submitted by Program/Department Chairs by August 1st.  Each Program/Department Chair will nominate two students who meet the SAC membership requirements listed above.  Membership on the SCSHA SAC will begin Sept 1st and end August 31st of each calendar year.   Members will be required to serve at least 1 term and will be required to attend 2 meetings annually as well as the SCSHA Convention. SAC members will have the opportunity to apply for the following leadership positions:  SAC Chair, SAC Vice Chair and SAC Secretary.