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Candidates for Student Representative 2019-2020

Wednesday, July 17, 2019  
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Brianna Ralston

Au.D. Student at University of Wisconsin – Madison


Candidate Statement:
As an aspiring audiologist, language is the reason I work. Language begins and ends with expression and reception, the telling and accepting of words, ideas, thoughts and dreams. I want to help individuals across the hearing spectrum including those that are diagnosed, culturally Deaf, and those presented with auditory processing differences. A few of my clinical placements have been at UW Speech and Hearing Clinic (UWSHC), Waisman Center and Central Wisconsin Center (CWC) in Madison WI. I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of hearing abilities including conductive and sensorineural hearing losses, tinnitus, misophonia, and cochlear implants. In addition to working in clinic, I am the current Wisconsin state ambassador for National Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) and social chair for my local SAA board. As a member of WSHA, I recently had the opportunity to participate on a graduate panel at the Spring convention. I spoke to undergraduates regarding graduate school applications, what to expect and even how life can still happen amid strenuous academia workloads. My goals for WSHA are two fold: 1) to learn and 2) to mentor. I want to be an active participant in meetings discussing concerns directly related to Wisconsin policy and provide a unique perspective as one coming into this profession, and will learn simultaneously from fellow board members. As the student representative I will actively pursue mentoring opportunities by engaging with other students and be receptive to their desires for the future fields. It is my hope that in contributing on the board I will provide a novel perspective open to learning, mentoring and growing as I mature into this field and family.



Erika Baldwin
National NSSLHA SLP Student State Officer for Wisconsin, WSHA Student Member, and Graduate Student Clinician at UW-Milwaukee


Candidate Statement:
I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Ohio State University, and I am currently a first-year graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. At Ohio State, I served as Secretary, Vice President, and President for their local chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). In this role, my responsibilities included chairing two department banquets as well as the 2017 Ohio Statewide NSSLHA Conference for 250 undergraduate students. As a graduate student, I am currently serving as the NSSLHA Wisconsin SLP Student State Officer. Relevant experiences from these leadership positions include planning large-scale events, communicating and collaborating extensively with students and professors across universities, creating advocacy opportunities, and networking with local businesses for event donations. Overall, these positions have allowed me to develop strong leadership, advocacy, and interpersonal communication skills. I have been a student member of WSHA since 2018, and I co-led the NSSLHA Student Caucus at the 2019 WSHA Convention. My vision for WSHA is to increase student involvement across the state in both the organization and the convention, making membership and convention attendance more accessible. I strongly believe that our growth as future speech-language pathologists and audiologists can be fostered by the connections, advocacy opportunities, and professional development WSHA provides. I want to serve as an accessible and approachable liaison for students to be aware of the benefits available to them through WSHA, motivating and encouraging them to be more involved.


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