Coordinator's Column This journey began in 2009 and it is hard to believe that five years have passed since the inauguration of SIG 17. The inaugural group included Carol Higdon as coordinator, DeAnne Owre, Cate Crowley, Dolores Battle, and Diana Gonzales (editor) as committee members, Clarissa Rodriquez as continuing education (CE) ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   September 01, 2014
Coordinator's Column
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Coordinator's Column   |   September 01, 2014
Coordinator's Column
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, September 2014, Vol. 4, 41. doi:10.1044/gics4.2.41
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, September 2014, Vol. 4, 41. doi:10.1044/gics4.2.41
This journey began in 2009 and it is hard to believe that five years have passed since the inauguration of SIG 17. The inaugural group included Carol Higdon as coordinator, DeAnne Owre, Cate Crowley, Dolores Battle, and Diana Gonzales (editor) as committee members, Clarissa Rodriquez as continuing education (CE) manager, and Lee Deussing as ex officio. It is hard to end the amazing journey. With this column I say goodbye to my coordinator's position with SIG 17, but definitely not to my continued work in the international arena. It has been a pleasure to be a member of the SIG coordinating committee these past 5 years and I have had the pleasure of working with a superior team of professionals. Among the best has been our editor, Maria Diana Gonzales. She has provided us with excellent leadership in this area by planning and delivering solid Perspectives issues for the past five years. Most editors have a three-year commitment, but Diana took on an additional two years to stay by my side as I also finished off an additional two years, following the departure of Carolyn Higdon to the ASHA Board of Directors. By Diana's side has been her right-hand woman, Clarissa Rodriquez. Clarissa has also been a committed member as the CE manager. She took care of a multitude of details so that you could receive your CEU's. There were many changes that occurred in the management of the editorial and CE structure during their tenure and I applaud them for handling everything with little fanfare and the highest standards. Thanks to both of you! I also want to thank the other committee members, Yvette Hyter, who will be your new coordinator, and Rosario Roman. Finally, I could not have done this work without Lily Schuermann, the director of ASHA's International Programs and SIG 17 ex officio. She is passionate about international issues, one of our best advocates, and truly committed to this organization. I know she will continue to offer her excellent support from the ASHA national office.
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