Honors of the Association

Honors of the Association:
Jan McCosky, M.A.
Jan recently retired from serving as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Detroit Public Schools for over 25 years and is now teaching a class at Wayne State University on Autism.  She has been an advocate and activist for Michigan's public schools students and teachers for a significant time period.  During Jan's tenure working as an SLP in the public schools she became one of the first to earn an endorsement as a Teacher of Autistic Impaired.  We'd like to acknowledge her long-time commitment to MSHA serving as the V-P for Programs for 13 years.

Congratulations Jan on this well-deserved recognition and thank you for your inspirational leadership MSHA.

Distinguished Service Award:
Matt Green of Media Lounge Productions
We are pleased to recognize the significant contribution he has made to our profession with the informational video he created which allowed us to see the range of persons who are affected with aphasia and to hear their personal stories. The excellent quality of the videos-both the shorter version and the longer one-combined with the many hours he worked to develop the script, produce film and edit the video, are the reason why we felt he is so deserving of this special award. Matt volunteered much of his time above and beyond what was required to make this video so special.

Congratulations to Matt on this well-deserved recognition!

MSHA Healthcare Committee Outstanding Clinican Award
Lynn Driver, M.S., CCC-SLP, University of Michigan Health System. Lynn was honored for her work at Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor where she is an SLP in a multidisciplinary team for treating children with aerodigestive disorders.  She has provided outstanding clinical care to patients with communication and swallowing deficits for 32 years and she is recognized as one of the premier medical pediatric SLPs in the state and in the country.  She was cited for being an excellent teacher, mentor, and supervisor.  Throughout her tenure in SLP, she has demonstrated exceptional skill in four key areas: clinical assessment and treatment, program development, teaching, and clinical research.

Teresa Lyden, M.A., CCC-SLP, University of Michigan Health System. Teresa was also honored for her work as the lead Head and Neck Oncology SLP for the University of Michigan Health System.  She is passionate about the Head and Neck Cancer patient population.  She is extraordinarily talented and plays a key role in counseling patients prior to surgery about what to expect, and in restoring speech and swallowing function following surgery and other treatment, improving their quality of life.  She is an innovator and leader in this field and is honored for her commitment and dedication to providing superb patent-and-family-centered care.  Teresa, as Lynn, are held in the highest esteem by their colleagues and patients.  They represent the highest level of skill and achievement and serve as role-models to us all.

Congratulations to Teresa and Lynn, MSHA's outstanding clinicians!

MSHA Student Scholarship Award:

Gabriella Gilfoy, B.A., Michigan State University. Gabriella is from Marquette, Michigan and received her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio.  As a graduate student at Michigan State University Gabriella is working on her Master's Thisis on a project with the Brain Systems Language Lab. Gabriella's interests include art and music, and she played the violin with the Wooster Symphony Orchestra.  Her interest and passion in Speech-Language Pathology als may hav started with her mother, who is a public school SLP

Callen Gavigan, B.S., Michigan State University. Callen is Northville, Michigan and received her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Michigan State University.  She is working on  her thesis on vocal fatigue and pulmonary function.Callen's goal is to gain experience as a clinician and to follow that with the pursuit of her Ph.D. She has worked as a graduate clinician in the Novi Community School District and also as a research assistant at the Voice Acoustics and Biomechanics Laboratory at MSU.

Student Poster Session Award:

Knowledge of Hearing Loss Among Students Pursuing Careers in Healthcare , Ericka Squires, B.A.A., University of Toledo and Lori Pakulski, Ph.D., CCC-A, University of Toledo