2022 Executive Council

 The SDSLHA Executive Council is seeking award nominations for the following positions: 

  • President-Elect (3-year term of President-Elect, President, Past President from January 2023 through December2025)
    • President-Elect Recommended Qualifications
      • Active member of SDSLHA in good standing. 
      • Effective oral and written communication skills.  
      • Leadership skills evidenced by a record of responsible service to SDSLHA. 
      • Knowledge of the programs and activities of the SDSLHA.  
      • Fair, reasonable, even-tempered, and impartial.  
      • Ability to be a good facilitator   
      • Ability to exercise good judgment. 
  • Vice-President for Speech-Language Pathology (2-year term from January 2023 through December 2024)
    • Vice-President of Speech-Language Pathology Recommended Qualifications
      • Active member of SDSLHA in good standing. 
      • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in SD.
      • Effective oral and written communication skills.  
      • Fair, reasonable, even-tempered, and impartial.  
      • Ability to exercise good judgment. 
      • Commitment to serving the common interests of SDSLHA members.
  • Treasurer (2-year term from January 2023 through December 2024)
    • Treasurer Recommended Qualifications
      • Active member of SDSLHA in good standing. 
      • Ability to manage and balance checking accounts and work with numbers.
      • Effective oral and written communication skills.  
      • Fair, reasonable, even-tempered, and impartial.  
      • Ability to exercise good judgment. 
      • Commitment to serving the common interests of SDSLHA members.

Nominations can be made here or by emailing [email protected]. Nomination deadline is October 14, 2022.

Make your nomination here

 2022 President: Shelly Grinde, M.A., CCC-SLP
Shelly M. Grinde, MA, CCC-SLP is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist employed as an instructor and Internship Coordinator in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of South Dakota. She also works PRN in the Skilled Nursing Facilities on the eastern side of South Dakota. Shelly lives near Colton, SD with her family on a farm. She has served as SDSLHA President and CEU Coordinator in the past. Additionally, she is a site visitor with the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

2022 President-Elect: Elizabeth DeVelder, M.A., CCC-SLP

Liz DeVelder, MA, CCC-SLP is an Instructor and Clinical Supervisor at the University of South Dakota.   She also serves as the SLP Clinic Coordinator.   Liz teaches many undergraduate courses in the program and loves goal writing, MLUs, and those good old Brown's 14 morphemes!    In clinic, her clinic caseload typically is filled with language, autism, and literacy.   Liz graduated from USD with her BS and MA and then worked in Northeastern Nebraska schools for 7 years before starting at USD.   She lives in Vermillion with her husband, Craig, and occasionally her 2 children make it home. Tyler is at the South Dakota School of Mines and Kate is at Black Hills State.  Liz is excited to be back on the SDSLHA executive board.  She served as treasurer of the organization from 2010-2015. 

2022 Past-President: Jennifer Schultz, M.A., CCC-SLP
Jennifer Schultz, MA, CCC-SLP is an instructor for the online speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) program at Mitchell Technical Institute. Prior to teaching, Jennifer provided SLP services at Sioux Valley Hospital (Sanford Health) and educational SLP services for South Central Education Cooperative. Jennifer lives with her husband, Loren, an elderly dog, and numerous cattle on a farm near Freeman, SD. Their two college-age sons come back from time to time for food and money. Jennifer previously served as SDSLHA president in the early 2000s. She has had the honor of serving as a topic chair for the 2017 and 2018 ASHA conventions and assisting with the development of ASHA certification for SLPAs. Jennifer published the Skill-Based Assessment of Core Communication Skills and has produced continuing education courses through Northern Speech Services and MedBridge. When not living the SLP high life, she enjoys traveling to warm locales and spending time with friends and family.

Vice-President - Speech Language Pathology: Lisa Bauer, M.A., CCC-SLP
Lisa is a Speech/Language Pathologist, licensed through the SD DOH and certified by ASHA. She earned her BS degree from Northern State University and her MA from the University of South Dakota. Lisa has experience working with clients aged birth to 21-years and has over 20-years of experience working in South Dakota schools.

Vice-President - Audiology: Agelia Kennedy, AuD., CCC-A, F-AAA
Aggie Kennedy (Stout), Au.D., CCC-A, is an Audiologist at West River Ear, Nose & Throat in Rapid City. She graduated from the University of South Dakota (Go Yotes’) with her BS in Communication Disorders in 2014 and her Doctorate in Audiology in 2018. Dr. Kennedy provides clinical support to three otolaryngologists, as well as serving her own patient population. She provides comprehensive audiologic care to all populations, including audiologic assessments, hearing aid care, cochlear implant programming and osseointegrated device programming. In her free time, Dr. Kennedy enjoys spending time with her husband Matt, traveling, going to the river, and hanging out with her dog, Lolly and cat, Beverly.

Treasurer: Sam Drury, M.A., CCC-SLP
Sam graduated with her Bachelor’s and Master's degrees from the University of South Dakota. She enjoys working with older elementary and middle school aged students. She was part of the Autism Diagnostic Team for the Douglas School District. Sam received the ASHA ACE Award in 2015, 2017 and 2019. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her two daughters.

Secretary: Danci Hoff, M.A., CCC-SLP
Danci Hoff, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is employed by Hands on Health, Inc., based out of Lemmon, SD. She provides school-based SLP services to K-12 students for mutiple districts, medical-based SLP services at a skilled nursing facility, as well as outpatient services. She enjoys experiencing the vast diversity of students' communication needs, and collaborating with professionals across with professionals across a variety of disciplines to best serve students, clients, and their families. Danci originally grew up in Lemmon, SD before attending the University of South Dakota to obtain both her Bachelor’s (’15) and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2017. She dedicates as much of her spare time to being outside as possible – hiking, golfing, biking, camping, gardening, fishing, or exploring the beautiful Black Hills. If not outside, she’s likely to be found amongst her family and friends, or cutting out lamination.

Communication Coordinator: Rebecca Harvey, M.A., CCC-SLP
Rebecca is a speech-language pathologist for South Central Educational Cooperative in Tyndall, SD. She currently provides services for children from birth through high school in the Menno and Scotland school districts. Rebecca graduated from the University of South Dakota with her B.A. in 2009 and her M.A. in 2011.  She resides in her hometown of Tabor, SD with her husband, Chris, daughters, Quinnly and Chandler, their rescue dog, Sakira, and garage cat, Lola.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching the Minnesota Vikings, cooking (and obviously eating), traveling, and working on home projects.

Non-Voting Members

CEU Coordinator: Solveig Sperati Korte, M.A., CCC-SLP
Solveig Sperati Korte is originally from Wilmington, Delaware.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Religion from Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa and her M.A. in Speech-Language Patholgy from The Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio.  After a number of years in Nebraska, she has lived in Vermillion since 1992 and been an instructor at the University of South Dakota since 1995.  She has two adult daughters.

StAMP and STAR Representative: Vanessa Anderson-Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP
Vanessa is a South Dakota native who attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls and received her masters degree from the University Of South Dakota in 2010. She owns Anderson-Smith Speech Therapy, LLC in Sioux Falls, SD. Her certified trainings include TalkTools Oral Placement Therapy, Level 4 Certification ,PROMPT Bridging trained, feeding specific to Down syndrome, and planning and assessment of sensory motor feeding disorders. Vanessa has also done specialized training in Myofascial Release, Apraxia of Speech, Reflex Integration and Pediatric Dysphagia. In addition to these trainings Vanessa is also pursuing certification in Orofacial Myology (COM®️) and is one of 7 US TalkTools instructors. Vanessa is on the Board of Directors for Wonderfully Made, a Down syndrome family support organization. She lives in her hometown of Canton with her husband Ryan, their son Drake, 2 dogs, and one cat.

ASHA SLP Committee of Ambassadors: Open Position

ASHA Audiology Committee of Ambassadors: Marni Johnson Martin, Au.D.

Dr. Marni Johnson Martin is the Interdisciplinary Training and Clinic Director at the USD Center for Disabilities.

Membership Chair: Sydney Volesky, M.A., CCC-SLP

Sydney graduated with her Bachelor’s (2018) and Master's (2020) degrees from the University of South Dakota. Originally from Rapid City, SD, she is excited to continue helping the community she fortunate enough to grow up in by working for Rapid City Area Schools as an SLP at one of the elementary schools. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time outside, and traveling with friends and family.  

State Education Advocacy Leader: Jessica Schneider, M.A., CCC-SLP
Jess Schneider, MA, CCC-SLP is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist who is employed by the University of South Dakota (Go Yotes!) as a Clinical Instructor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. Jess graduated from the University of South Dakota with her B.S. in 2008 and her M.A. in 2010. She lives in Sioux Falls with her husband Tim, 2 daughters Lakin and Bentley, and two dogs.
Scholarship Chair: Stacie Carlson, M.A., CCC-SLP

My name is Stacie Carlson, M.A., CCC-SLP. I graduated from USD with both my undergraduate and graduate degrees.  I have experience working with a wide variety of clients and age groups, but my primary experience has been working as an SLP in an educational setting.  I am currently a clinical instructor for USD at the USD Scottish Rite Children's Clinic in Sioux Falls.  I love the opportunity to help train future SLPs and still have the opportunity to work with clients!

SLPA Representative: Gina Strain, AAS-SLPA

Gina R. Strain, AAS-SLPA is a licensed Speech Language Pathology Assistant for the White River School District. She provides services to students attending Head Start through High School. Gina has worked for the school district 22 years with the last 11 as a SLPA. Gina attended Mitchell Tech and received her degree in 2017. She enjoys working with her students. Gina and her husband live on a ranch north of White River where they raise black angus cattle. They have 2 grown married daughters and 6 grandchildren. She loves the outdoors (which you have to if you live on a ranch), likes hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Social Media Liaison: Taya Schmidt, M.A., CCC-SLP
I’m Taya Schmidt, one of the Speech Pathologists for the Brookings School District.  This is my 7th year as an SLP, and my first with the Brookings District.  Prior to taking on my current role, I was the SLP for Chester Area Schools for 6 years.  I proudly obtained my undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Hearing Sciences from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and my graduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Dakota.  My husband and I, with our two boys, live in Colman. I’m excited to take on this role as the SDSLHA’s Social Media Liaison.  Check our Facebook page often, and be the first to know all of the important Speech and Audiology related information! Oh! And be sure “Like” and “Follow” our page!


Student Representatives

Ragan Pohlmann: Augustana University

My name is Ragan Pohlmann and I am a senior at Augustana University, majoring in Communication Disorders and Spanish. My goal is to become a Speech Language Pathologist and I’m interested in providing therapy for children with cleft palates and lips. I am honored to serve as one of Augie’s 2020-2021 NSSLHA co-presidents and the 2020 Augie Student Representative for SDSLHA. I look forward to future collaborations and acting as a bridge between Augie NSSLHA students and SDSLHA.

Jessica Sargent: Mitchell Technical College
My name is Jessica Sargent and I am a freshman at Mitchell Technical College. I am currently in the SLPA program with the goal of working as an SLPA while continuing my education to become a Speech Language Pathologist. I am excited to learn more as a student representative and see how my experience as a therapy aide as well as a student at Mitchell Tech will benefit my future patients and my collaboration with other disciplines. I have several years of experience working with children and adults with disabilities and look forward to continuing to build on my knowledge.  

Ruth Kreutner: University of South Dakota
My name is Ruth Kreutner and I am a senior at the University of South Dakota. I am majoring in Communication Sciences & Disorders, and minoring in Interprofessional Disabilities Services and Psychology. My goal is to become a Speech Language Pathologist and work with individuals with disabilities. I am also the President of NSSLHA and Vice President of Best Buddies. I am looking forward to serving as the USD Student Representative for SDSLHA.