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MSHA's Executive Council is made up of audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and faculty who practice in Massachusetts in a variety of settings. MSHA’s council and committees include both young and seasoned professionals.


Martha Testa, PhD, CCC-SLP

B.S.Ed. Speech and Hearing Handicapped Education, State University of New York at Fredonia, 1975
M.A Speech Pathology, University of Tennessee, 1976
Ph.D., Law, Policy and Society, Northeastern University, 1994

President Elect

Thelma Hilton Pierce, EdS, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

B.S – Communications Disorders – Suffolk University / (Cross registered at Emerson College) 1975
M.Ed. – Reading – Suffolk University, 1977
CAGS – Speech and Language Pathology, Northeastern University, 1986
Ed.S.- Education Specialist, NOVA Southeastern, 2017

Immediate Past President

Meredith Finnie, M.S., CCC-SLP

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 2001
M.S., Communication Disorders, Abilene Christian University, 2003

MSHA Service History:
School Affairs Co-Chair, 2009
Vice President Education and Planning, 2010-2011
Treasurer and Secretary, 2011-2012

President, 2013-2014
Vice President of Administration 2015-2018
Vice President of Advocacy, 2019-2020
President, 2021-2022


Leila Denna, M.S., CCC-SLP

B.A. in Communication, UMass Amherst, 2008
M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, MGH Institute of Health Professions, 2016

MSHA Service History:

Current Employment:
Consulting Clinician, Cotting Consulting


Adele Raade, PhD., CCC-SLP

B.S. Speech-Language Pathology, Western Michigan University
M.A. Speech-Language Pathology, Northwestern University
Ph.D. Speech-Language Pathology, University of Florida

Current Employment:
Eastern New Mexico University

MSHA Service History:
Secretary, 2022
Liaison to the Board of Registration for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 2021-2022

ASHA Service History:
SIG 1 Coordinating Committee, Associate Coordinator, 2021
SIG 1 Online Manager, 2021
SIG 1 Continuing Education Content Manager, 2020-2021
SIG 1 Professional Development Committee, 2015-2019
Reviewed Proposals for ASHA Conventions, 2017-2021

Vice President Clinical Practice

Henry Botzum, Au.D., CCC-A


Vice President Education and Planning

Katrina Woodward, MS/CCC-SLP, CDP

Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT
B.A. in Communication Disorders, minor Psychology, Southern Connecticut State University, 2000
M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, Southern Connecticut State University, 2002

Current Employment:
SDX Dysphagia Experts, Vice President
FEES Specialist, Certified Dementia Practitioner

Vice President Communications

Dayna Fisk, M.S., CCC-SLP

B.S. in Communication Disorders, UMass Amherst 2014
M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, Northeastern University 2016

Vice President of Advocacy

Jenn Mackey, M.A. CCC-SLP

B.A., Communication Science and Disorders, University of Vermont
M.A., Communicative Disorders , San Diego State University
Certificate in Teaching and Learning, MGH Institute of Health Professions

Vice President of Administration

Emmaleigh Loyer, M.S.

B.S. in Neuroscience, Bates College, 2014
M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, MGH Institute of Health Professions, 2019

Vision Statement

The Massachusetts Speech-Language-Hearing Association will be recognized as an authority and resource in the fields of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology by legislative bodies, related professional associations and consumers.

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465 Waverley Oaks Road, Suite 421, Waltham, MA 02452

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