Communication Disorders Foundation of Virginia

The 2017 CDF Silent and Live Auctions at the SHAV Conference were tremendous successes, thanks to so many of you who donated items and events, and thanks to all who spent so generously in providing slightly more than FOUR thousand dollars. The CDF turns this money over to scholars who will be announced in the Summer SAG. — Brenda Seal, CDF Pres.

Spring 2017:

The student research poster contest was a great success at the SHAV conference again this year. There were 11 entries with the following winners:

1st Place Winner

Joyanna Struzzieri - Longwood University

2nd Place Winner

Kayla Stramat - Longwood University

3rd Place Winner

Stephanie Fields, Lauren McGonagle, Anna Powers, and Hunter Reese - Longwood University

A 21-HUG SALUTE  to Marie Ireland as the      

2017 Martha Mullins-Callender Award Recipient

In the two decades since completing her M.Ed. in Speech-Language Pathology (from UVA, 1997), Marie Ireland has earned the distinguished respect of SLPs and colleagues who work across Virginia’s public schools and university training programs. She became our state Speech-Language Pathology Specialist in 2005, and has dedicated every working day since to the communication needs of Virginia’s children and to the professional needs of those who serve them. Marie is our representative to (and former Chair of) the State Education Agencies Communication Disabilities Council (SEACDC). She has also been an active member of the ASHA School Finance Committee, SLP Advisory Council, and Medicaid Committee. Most recently, Marie joined the newest “Journals” Board of ASHA as the Clinical Representative of Speech-Language Pathology in Schools.

CDF trustees were thrilled to receive wonderfully supportive letters from friends LaVae Huffman and Lissa Power-deFur who recommended Marie as the 2017 Martha Mullins-Callender Award Recipient. As is tradition, the CDF planned to announce the secret award at the SHAV Conference’s business meeting, but Marie was at an ASHA meeting that same day, so we offered the award with much less fanfare. With an imagined drum roll, we proudly offer here our newest honoree, Marie Ireland. Please send her your congratulatory HUGS!

Summer 2016: