How Can I Make a Difference With Advocacy?
SHAV Advocacy Training Event
November 9, 2016
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
This event is free for students and professionals and is available for ASHA CEU Credits
Darlene Robke, MS, CCC-SLP, SHAV President
BioDarlene D. Robke is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) with more than 25 years of clinical and administrative experience. She received her Bachelor of Arts in speech and communication sciences from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received her Master of Science from East Carolina University in speech language and auditory sciences. She has also completed the certification program in assistive technology at George Mason University. From 1994-1998, Darlene worked as a traveling SLP where she provided services in various settings and geographic locations throughout the United States. She has been a rehabilitation manager in skilled nursing and assistive living facilities in Manassas. Darlene was also the interim director of Special Education and the coordinator of Student Support Services for Manassas Park City Schools. She has also provided school-based and early intervention services in northern Virginia. She is a certified EI Provider and has completed the Northern Virginia Master Coach Training. Darlene serves as the professional development manager for ASHA Special Interest Group 11, Administration & Supervision and she is also a member of Special Interest Group 16, School-Based Issues. Darlene is currently a regional director for EBS Healthcare. She greatly enjoys providing mentorship, training and support for therapists throughout the Eastern United States.
Tamara Freeman-Nichols, PhD, CCC-SLP, SHAV, Vice President for Governmental and Professional Affairs
BioDr. Tamara L. Freeman-Nichols brings a unique blend of clinical, qualitative research, teaching, and administrative experiences to her positions as Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Hampton University. Tamara earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Mass Media Arts and a Master of Arts degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia. She continued her training at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia where she earned the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership. Tamara teaches undergraduate and graduate courses addressing language disorders, clinical observation, diagnostic methods, treatment methods, professional communication, and current issues in the field of speech-language pathology. Her research interests include cultural competence in service delivery, supervision and mentorship, and the role of speech-language pathologists in the delivery of academic support for adult learners in institutions of higher education (IHEs).
David Bailey, SHAV Lobbyist
BioDavid Bailey is the lobbyist for SHAV. For 25 years, David Bailey and Associates has developed and maintained effective working relationships with legislators and executive branch elected and appointed officials on all sides of the political spectrum. Bailey and Associates are also the co-founders of the Virginia Association of Professional Lobbyists, a non-profit association which has been formally commended several times by the Virginia General Assembly for developing both a Code of Conduct and Standards of Professional Practice for lobbyists working in Virginia. In addition, they also publish a quarterly political affairs and public policy magazine, Virginia Capitol Connections, which features articles on important public policy and political issues written by leading legislators, executive branch officials, political scientists, lobbyists, and other noteworthy persons.
|10:00 am – 10:30 am||
|10:30 am – 11:00 am||Commission on Healthcare Committee Session|
|11:00 am – 12:00 pm||Get to Know the Legislators|
|12:00 pm – 1:00 pm||Q&A Session with Legislators and Staffers|
|1:00 pm – 2:00 pm||Lunch-N-Learn/Debriefing with Lobbyist and SHAV Executive Board|
Grassroots advocacy remains a mystery to many speech language pathologists and audiologists within our state. Many professionals have no idea how they might advocate and bring about meaningful change for the professions and those that we serve with communication and hearing disorders. This interactive training session will allow participants to observe a legislative committee in action, meet state legislators and staff, ask questions about the legislative process, learn about state and national issues impacting our professions, and expand their knowledge about the grassroots advocacy process.
Learner Outcomes: At the conclusion of this event, participants will be able to:
- Name their key elected officials
- Describe the legislative process and explain how a bill is made
- Identify two previous instances when grassroots advocacy made a difference within our state and brought change within the professions
- List two state regulatory issues and two national legislative issues currently impacting the professions
- Provide two methods/opportunities for their involvement in grassroots advocacy initiatives on the state and/or national level.
The SHAV Advocacy Training Event is filled to capacity and registration is now closed. Please watch the website for details on SHAV’s Advocacy Day Event, January 16, 2017.
This course is offered for .4 CEUs (Intermediate Level, Related Area)
Financial Disclosure: Darlene Robke has no financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Darlene Robke is the President for SHAV and receives no compensation for this role.
Financial Disclosure: Tamara Freeman-Nichols has no financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Tamara Freeman-Nichols is SHAV’s Vice President of Governmental and Professional Affairs and receives no compensation for this role.
Financial Disclosure: David Bailey receives financial remuneration as the lobbyist for SHAV.
Non-Financial Disclosure: David Bailey has no non-financial relationships to disclose.