Restructuring Update

Audiology Organization Restructure

October 17, 2014

Steering Committee for Restructure has met several times in last year. Steering committee members include:

  • Michigan Academy of Audiology (MAA)

    • Adrianne Fazel, Kate Marchelleta, Roger Smith

  • Michigan Speech-Hearing-Language Association (MSHA)

    • Angelique Boerst, Mary Jo Burtka, Mary Peterson

  • MAC on M.A.C. Conference Planning Committee

    • Margot Beckerman, Diane Carter, Lidia Lee, Paulette McDonald, Greg Mannarelli

  • Attorneys Jim Radabaugh and Bob Scafuri have been retained to provide legal counsel regarding formal merger of organizations.

  • New organization will maintain the name “Michigan Audiology Coalition”

  • Merger to be formalized before 10th Annual MAC on M.A.C. Conference in October, 2015 with legal start date of January 1, 2016

  • To offer membership for audiologists, but to not solicit new members who are audiologists.

  • To change current Vice President of Audiology (Executive Board Position) to a liaison position of the Advisory Assembly.

  • This board will serve for the first three years of the organization (2016, 2017, 2018)

  • Board will be made up of MAA board (9 members) and MAC on MAC Directors (7 members)

    • Understanding the time commitment needed to organize the MAC conference, it is anticipated that not all seven members of the MAC group will serve on the Transitional Board. The current proposal is that no fewer than three members of MAC serve on the transitional board.


Future Relationship with MSHA:

MSHA continues to receive frequent updates regarding the restructure discussions. It has become clear that MSHA cannot represent speech pathologists only without risking loss of national affiliation with ASHA. The Steering Committee recognizes the importance of maintaining this affiliation. To that end, the Steering Committee is drafting a letter making the following requests:

A formal letter with these and other requests will be sent to MSHA before year-end.

Transitional Board

The creation of a Transitional Board is currently being discussed. Initial conversations include:

Future of MAC on M.A.C. Conference:

Maintaining the success of the MAC on M.A.C. Conference is a significant concern to the Restructure Steering Committee. To this end, it has been proposed that this group continue its work as an Executive Committee of the unified organization. This group will have specific rights and responsibilities defined and guaranteed under the organization’s bylaws.


Find a member of the Steering Committee or email your thoughts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Ready to join the discussion? Consider running for an open position on the Michigan Academy of Audiology Board!


Sponsors Needed

The Michigan Academy of Audiology's Education committee is busy planning the 2014 Michigan Student Leaders in Audiology Meeting (MiSLAM).  In order to plan and continue to ensure the success of the meeting, the committee is looking for sponsors. Since 2011, the Michigan Academy of Audiology (MAA) has hosted the MiSLAM to provide top audiology graduate students in the State of Michigan with opportunities to grow in their leadership skills so as to ensure a bright future for the profession of Audiology.  The purpose of this meeting is to cultivate and empower future leaders in our profession and excite our future colleagues about becoming active participants in our profession.  In the past, our speakers have presented on topics ranging from advocacy, to leadership, to the history of our field.  Past speakers have included Brad Stach, Erin Miller, Shilpi Bannerjee,  Dave Fabry, and Therese Walden.  Kate Thomas from the American Academy of Audiology, as well as Gail Whitelaw, Ph.D. are among speakers presenting at this year's meeting.  

In order to ensure the success of this event for the students and faculty we invite, we are asking that you consider becoming a sponsor of this year's event.  In the past, sponsors have donated money to help with the overall costs of the meeting, as well as sponsored specific items needed for the event (breakfast, lunches, etc.).  If you are interested in sponsoring the 2014 event or have further questions, please feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we'd be happy to help and answer any of your questions.  Sponsors are acknowledged during the meeting, in meeting materials, as well as on the MAA website.  

We greatly appreciate the generosity of our sponsors and of the Audiology community in Michigan!


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