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President: Robert Melchionna MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

B.A. in Psychology, College of the Holy Cross, 1992
M.S. in Communication Disorders, Emerson College, 1997

Current Employment:
Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis MA - Speech Language Pathologist/Clinical Specialist
Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

MSHA Service History:
VP of Clinical Practice, 2016 - 2018
President, 2018, 2019
Immediate Past President, 2020
President-Elect, 2023

 President Elect: Dayna Fisk, M.S., CCC-SLP

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

 MSHA Service History:
 V.P. Communications, 2022-2023

Past-President: Thelma Hilton Pierce, EdS, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

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

MSHA Service History:
V.P. Clinical Practice, 2019-2021
President, 2023

Treasurer: Amy Porter Wareham, M.A., CCC-SLP

B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Rhode Island, 1998
M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Maine- Orono, 2000 

Current Employment:
Clinical Educator and Adjunct Faculty Member, Bridgewater State University

MSHA Service History:

Treasurer 2023

Secretary: Irina Ostrovskaya, MS CCC-SLP


B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience, Boston University, 2003

M.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences, Harvard-MIT Division of Speech, Hearing, Biosciences and Technology, 2015

Speech-Language Pathology, MGH Institute of Health Professions, 2015

Current Employment:

Speech-Language Pathologist, Haverhill Public Schools

ASHA and MSHA Service History:

ASHA Sig. 16, Member, 2016-present

MSHA Schools Advisory Group, Member, 2021-Present

Vice President of Advocacy: Jenn Mackey, SLP.D., CCC-SLP

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


Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education at the MGH Institute of Health Professions

Vice President of Administration: Rachel Aghara, PhD, CCC-SLP

SUNY Genesco
PhD University of Texas at Austin

Current Employment:
Director and Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist at Vidya Associates

 Vice President of Clinical Practice: Sandra Stumpf Reams, AuD, CCC-A


B.S. in Communication Disorders from Worcester State College, 1983

M.S. in Audiology from Washington University / Central Institute for the Deaf, 1985

AuD A.T. Still University, 2009

Current Employment:

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital - Cape Cod

Service History:

ASHA Committee of Ambassadors for Massachusetts - Audiology, 2023 Chair

American Academy of Audiology Coding and Reimbursement Committee

Vice President of Higher Education: Meredith Finnie, M.S., CCC-SLP

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

Current Employment:
Regis College - Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor

Vice President Education and Planning: Katrina Woodward, M.S., 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: Joanna Guerrero, M.S., CCC-SLP

B.S. in Communication Disorders, Boston University 2008
M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, Boston University 2010

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.

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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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