USSAAC Board of Directors

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Executive Committee

Wendy Quach

President (Term ends December 2018)

Wendy Quach, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a licensed, certified speech language pathologist and associate professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences at San José State University. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of AAC for people with complex communication needs and motor speech disorders. Since starting her academic career at SJSU, she has developed and initiated two specialized AAC clinics, the SJSU Conversation Club for adults who use AAC, and AAC Kids Camp for children with disabilities who are non-verbal or have limited speech. She serves as an advisor for graduate students in the CD&S department and for the local chapter of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association.

Dr. Quach has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on her research in AAC. She is actively engaged in several collaborative research projects and is supported through several US Department of Education grants. She is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and serves as a reviewer for professional journals. Dr. Quach has a passion for instilling research in her students and has mentored several students on various projects related to AAC.

Kevin Williams

President Elect

Kevin has been using AAC for over 25 years. He presented several talks to various conferences on Employment with AAC, doing theater in real time with AAC, and others to help push the limits of what's expected from an augmentative communicator. As a freelance web developer, he builds tools for greater independence in doing business and sharing information over the internet.

Sarah Blackstone

Past President

Lisa Timm

Lisa Timm, M.S., CCC-SLP/L Lisa earned her Bachelor of Health Sciences in Communication Disorders from Governors State University (Illinois) and completed her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Illinois State University. She has been working with Saltillo Corporation since December 2010. In her current capacity, she conducts trainings and consults with therapy teams about AAC. She was previously employed as a Speech Language Pathologist and worked primarily in the school systems in central Illinois. In this position, she was contracted to school districts to provide speech and language services to students in a life skills program, with many students using various AAC systems. She has worked with preschool age through adults with a variety of speech and language needs. She has presented on core vocabulary at local and national conferences.

Lisa holds a license in Speech-Language Pathology from the State of Iowa, holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), is a member of ASHA’s Special Interest Division 12 for AAC and is a member of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).

Amy Goldman

VP Financial Affairs (Term ends December 2017)

Amy S. Goldman, MS, CCC/L is the Co-Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, PA's University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities where she directs the Commonwealth’s statewide program under the federal Assistive Technology Act of 2004 as well other local, state, and federal projects related to assistive technology across the life span. She is the co-coordinator for the AAC strand for the Assistive Technology Industry Association and a member of the National Joint Committee on the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC). She is past president of the PA Speech-Language-Hearing Association, past chair of the PA Board of Examiners in Speech-Language and Hearing, and past chair of the steering committee of ASHA’s Special Interest Group on AAC.

Yoosun Chung

VP People Who Use AAC (Term ends December 2017)

Yoosun Chung, a professor at the Special Education Department of George Mason University, teaches several graduate level special education courses, mostly related to assistive technology, and uses an AAC device while lecturing due to her speech difficulties. Chung was selected as one of winners for the 2012 Teaching Excellence Awards at George Mason University. Her research interests are individuals who use AAC devices, individuals with disabilities and Internet, and individuals who have cerebral palsy. Chung received her bachelor's degree from the George Mason University in computer science, her master's degree from the Cornell University in computer science and doctoral degree from George Mason University with a focus in assistive technology.

Stephanie Meehan
Director of Professional Affairs

Stephanie Meehan, M.A., CCC-SLP is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kansas. She currently leads a team of clinical practicum students on the Promoting Access and Advocacy to Communication and Education (PAACE) team. This teams serves clients in a local school district as well as in the Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. She teaches the Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication class to speech-language pathology master’s students. Her primary professional interests include improving the school experience for students with complex communication needs who use augmentative and alternative communication, what contributes to long term positive outcomes for people who use AAC, and how school based speech-language pathologists can influence those positive outcomes.

Mike Hipple
Director of Membership

I live in Appleton, Wisconsin. I have been an AAC user for 15 beautiful years and I have been mentoring younger children for 4 years. I believe many families do not know about USSAAC ISAAC because we don’t have any local chapters. I know that the first time I learned about ISAAC was in 2011 when I was at the Pittsburgh Employment Conference. So my mission is getting the word out about USSAAC and ISAAC to families and teachers. I’m also active in my local and state Kiwanis. I’m looking forward to helping USSAAC ISAAC to better help the families who have a AAC user.

Rose Sevcik

ISAAC Liaison

Rose A. Sevcik, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Georgia State University, Atlanta. Her research has focused on the language and communication development of children and youth with significant developmental disabilities. Dr. Sevcik has an extensive publication record and has given numerous presentations to national and international audiences. She is a member of the National Joint Committee on the Communication Needs of Individuals with Severe Disabilities. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and of ISAAC.

Lewis Golinker

Director for USSAAC Advocacy

Lewis Golinker is the USSAAC Advocacy Director. He is the Director, Assistive Technology Law Center, Ithaca, New York. He is an attorney with more than 33 years experience securing funding for speech generating devices (and other assistive devices) from third party funding sources, including Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, health insurance, employer sponsored health benefits plans and telecommunications equipment distribution programs.

Amanda Hettenhausen

Director for Public Information

Amanda is a speech-language pathologist and has worked as an assistive technology consultant for Saltillo Corporation since May 2013. Amanda graduated from Saint Louis University with her Master’s of Arts & Research in Speech-Language Pathology and initially worked in a school setting for five years. It is here where she developed her passion for AAC. Working for Saltillo, Amanda is actively involved in the development of both implementation materials and presentations. She presents locally and online, and has also presented internationally. Amanda is a licensed SLP in the state of Illinois, a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and a member of ASHA Special Interest Group 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication.


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