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WSHA Announces 2017 Award Winners

Friday, March 3, 2017  
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The Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association (WSHA) and its Foundation recently announced their annual award and scholarship winners. An Awards Ceremony was held Friday, March 3 during the 2017 Annual Convention at the Paper Valley Hotel and Conference Center.

The following winners were nominated by colleagues and presented by the WSHA Honors Committee for their extraordinary service and contributions to the profession and patients:

Honors of the Association
Subhash Bhatnagar, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

WSHA Salutes Outstanding Service
UWSHC Summer Play Group
Medford School District
Jodi Hernandez, M.S., CCC-SLP
Julie Gamradt, M.S., CCC-SLP
Linda Anton, M.S., CCC-SLP
Sarah Smits, M.S.T., CCC-SLP
Dawn Hennes, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lifetime Achievement
Susan Yorio, M.S., CCC-SLP

DiCarlo Clinical Achievement
Lyndsey Craven, Au.D., CCC-A

Van Hattum
Dawn Merth-Johnson, M.A., CCC-SLP

Audiologist of the Year
Shelly Elkin, Au.D., CCC-A

SLP of the Year
Liz Schnell, M.S., CCC-SLP

WSHA Student Mentor
Caitlin Croegaert-Koch, M.S., CCC-SLP
Maggie Watson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Student Leadership
Marie Severson

The following scholarship recipients were recognized by the WSHA Foundation:
• Emily Runnoe, Marquette University - Judith Kulpa Scholarship
• Marie Severson, UW-Stevens Point - Friends of WSHA
• Stephanie Sears, Marquette University - Risa Mari Otto Scholarship
• Donald Malchow, UW-Whitewater - Nancy McKinley Scholarship
• Molly Poeske, UW-Milwaukee - Nancy McKinley Scholarship
• Karen Lien, UW-Milwaukee - Judith and David J Ward Scholarship
• Sharon Tang, UW-Madison – Vicki Lord Larson and James R Larson Research Grant

Since its inception in 2000 the WSHA Foundation has awarded over $120,000.00 in scholarships to outstanding graduate students attending Speech Pathology and Audiology programs in the State of Wisconsin. Visit the WSHA website for more information about the Foundation and WSHA Awards (

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