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OSLA Board of Directors
2019- 2020 

 

OSLA is dependent on the volunteer contributions of time and expertise from its members in order to achieve its goals. It is governed by a Board of Directors, which is elected from the membership by the members.


The Board includes representatives from each of the Districts of the province. There are also four executive officers: the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary/Treasurer, and the Executive Officer who is responsible for the Nominations and Board Development Committee. There is one student board member who represents the students in each of the professions working towards a Masters Degree in the university programs in Ontario.

If you wish to get in touch with any member of the OSLA Board of Directors, please send your inquiry to mail@osla.on.ca.

Board Members

Patty Matsuo, President 

Speech-Language Pathologist- Hospital, District 2

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Patty Matsuo

Patty Matsuo brings 24 years experience as a hospital-based clinician, where 16 of those years have been as a professional practice leader. She currently works at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga/Toronto. She has delved in related work over the years including clinical informatics, private practice, lecturing and coordination of clinical education at the University of Toronto. She holds status-only appointment with the Department of Speech-Language Pathology of U of T. She has also volunteered over the years on various committees and projects with OSLA, SAC and CAASPR.

Chantal Mayer-Crittenden, Vice President

Speech-Language Pathologist - Academia, District 6

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Chantal Mayer-Crittenden

Chantal Mayer-Crittenden is an experienced speech and language pathologist specializing in bilingualism, primary language impairments (PLI) and non linguistic cognitive intervention. She completed her PhD in 2013 at Laurentian University, Sudbury: "Second Language Learning for Majority-Language children in a Minority Context: Language Impairment or typical second language development?". She also studied interdisciplinary work in the field of communication sciences and disorders. Past and current clinical experience includes but is not limited to dysphagia and speech disorders. She is an assistant professor for the B.Sc.S. and M.Sc.S. ès orthophonie programs at Laurentian University. Courses taught include: Speech Sciences, Voice disorders, Dysphagia.

 

 

 

Arran McAfee, Secretary- Treasurer

Audiologist - Hospital, District 1

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Arran McAfee

Arran is an audiologist working at The Ottawa Hospital as Profession Leader, Audiology. She heads up a team of audiologists that specialize in implantable auditory devices, tinnitus/hyperacusis management, and diagnostic auditory and vestibular testing. She has 26 years of experience working in mostly in hospital settings, including 3 interesting years in New Zealand. Arran is particularly enjoying her more recent involvement in cochlear implant research. She is also a past-president of OSLA and is very pleased to be on the board of directors once again.

Angela Neglia, Executive Officer

Speech-Language Pathologist -School Board, District 6

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Angela Neglia

Angela has 16 years experience working as a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and in private practice. She has actively participated in the OSLA School Services committee. In addition, Angela was engaged in the Association of Professional Student Services Personnel for ten years. She has been a clinical educator of Speech-Language Pathology students for twelve years and has an Adjunct Lecturer appointment with the University of Toronto. Angela holds an Honours B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Toronto as well as an M.Sc. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Western Ontario.

 

 

Jennifer Wadds
Speech-Language Pathologist - Private Practice/Academia, District 1



Jennifer Wadds has 23 years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist in both the private and public sectors. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Western University, and a MHSc in Speech-Language Pathology from U of T. Jenny spent the majority of her career working at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital where she developed a special interest in paediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. In 2012, Jenny moved to Boomerang Health, Powered by Sick Kids, as a Professional Practice Lead. The following year Jenny joined the faculty at the University of Toronto, where she is a Coordinator of Clinical Education and a course instructor. In addition, since 2001, Jenny has owned and operated a small private practice with offices in both Toronto and Port Hope. Jenny is currently involved with several professional initiatives, including participating on the committee tasked with developing the new CAASPER competencies and the new Canadian Assessment of Clinical Competence Tool. In addition, she is completing research for a SAC research grant investigating practice patterns in paediatric dysphagia. Jenny is particularly interested in continuing to support SLPs and Audiologists to maintain and expand their scope of practice in Ontario and to advocate for continued awareness of the importance of our professions.

Emilie Lalonde
Speech-Language Pathologist - Hospital, District 1


After graduating from the University of Ottawa with a Master’s in Health Sciences – Speech-Language Pathology in 2007, Emilie started her career as an S-LP working with school-aged children with language disorders. However, with her background in music and singing, her main clinical interests were in the area of voice therapy, and when a position opened at The Ottawa Hospital to run the multidisciplinary voice clinic, she jumped on the opportunity. In this position, she was able to grow the voice program to include management of laryngeal-based airway disorders, established an S-LP presence in the Complex Airway Clinic, and contributed to resident teaching in laryngology. Over the last six years, Emilie has expanded her areas of practice, working first in acute care providing dysphagia services, and later in rehabilitation providing dysphagia, speech and language services to patients with acquired brain injury, stroke, and neuromuscular disorders. More recently, she has started a position in psychosocial oncology, providing dysphagia and communication services to head and neck and other cancer outpatients. She has also contributed to corporate programs and projects at TOH, including the Interprofessional Model of Patient Care, the TOH medical assistance in dying team, and implementation of a new electronic health record.

Rex Banks

Audiologist - Not For Profit, District 3

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Rex Banks

Rex Banks has been an audiologist since 1989 and is the Director of Hearing Healthcare and Quality at The Canadian Hearing Society. Rex completed his Au.D(Doctor of Audiology) degree from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences; M.A. in Audiology from the University of Tennessee, and a B.A. in Communication Disorders from the University of Mississippi. Rex’s audiology experience spans private practice, ENT physician offices, hospitals, the non-profit sector as well as holding adjunct faculty positions at several universities. He is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO), earned the Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology (CCC-A) designation and is also certified in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). In addition to serving as President of the Board of Directors for OSLA, he has also been President of the Acoustic Neuroma Association of Canada (ANAC) and the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA).Rex has numerous media citations and is often called upon to comment on hearing healthcare issues that affect Canadians.

Alexandra Annibale

Speech-Language Pathologist - School Board, District 3

Alexandra is a school-based speech-language pathologist proudly serving the Thames Valley District School Board in London, ON. She is a passionate provincial advocate for resources to support students with diverse communication needs in and beyond the classroom. Alexandra began her career at the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board where she first became an active member of the OSLA School Services Committee. She returns to the OSLA Board of Directors after having served as a Student Board Member during her graduate school training. Alexandra completed her Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto, her Master of Arts in Linguistics from Western University, and her Bachelor of Health Sciences (Hons.) from McMaster University.

Myriam Génier

Speech-Language Pathologist - School Board, District 4

Myriam obtained her Master's degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Ottawa in 2018. She is currently employed at the Consortium pour les élèves du nord de l’Ontario (CÉNO), an initiative funded by Ontario's Ministry of Education. In partnership with the six Northern Ontario French School Boards and their communities, the Consortium enhances the provision of specialized services in French in order to help children with special needs thrive and succeed. Raised in Cochrane, a small and charming northern community, Myriam is delighted to practice in her hometown and provide services to Francophone students living in rural areas. Furthermore, Myriam understands both the advantages and challenges our professions face in daily service delivery. Myriam is honored to become a board member of OSLA, to learn and network with professionals while also advocating for the North!

Diane Webber- Hamilton

Audiologist - Private Practice, District 5

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Diane Webber- Hamilton

Diane Webber-Hamilton has 22 years of experience as an audiologist in both private and public sectors.She completed her Doctorate of Audiology from A.T. Stills University (2006), her MSc in Audiology from UBC, and has undergraduate degrees in both psychology and linguistics.She currently owns and operates a multi-location/multi-disciplinary private practice with specialties in auditory processing, balance assessment & treatment, and tinnitus therapy. Diane has a variety of other experiences as an Audiologist – an instructor at Georgian both hospitals and care home settings, and with programmes for mentally and administrative and organizational skills, Diane also served as Secretary & Treasurer.

Alexandra Schwabe

Speech- Language Pathologist- Private Practice, District 6

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Alexandra Schwabe

After graduating from the University of Toronto’s MHSc. program in Speech-Language Pathology, Alexandra began her career at ISAND, a not-for-profit interdisciplinary clinic for individuals with autism in Toronto. She then moved to Boston where she pursued further training in the Social Thinking methodology, working at a therapeutic high school and transitions program. After two years, she returned to Ontario and to ISAND to develop and deliver social skills programs and services for children and adolescents. Having grown up in Sudbury, done her undergrad at the University of Ottawa, completed a placement in Timmins, and started her career in Toronto, Alexandra understands some of the unique needs S-LPs and audiologists have in both rural communities and large cities and would love the opportunity to represent OSLA members as a board member.

Danielle Boot

Speech-Language Pathology - Student Representative, McMaster University

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Danielle Boot

Danielle is a second year SLP student at McMaster University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science of Languages at McMaster and has a Masters of Professional Education in the Field of Multiliteracies from Western University. She is particularly interested in evidence-based practice: applying relevant scientific research in clinical practice. She is honoured to fulfill the role of student representative board member and looking forward to learning from and networking with professionals in the fields of speech-language and audiology.

Amr Abamoussa

Audiology- Student Representative, Western University

Amr is a first-year Audiology student at the University of Western Ontario. He is interested in interprofessional practice, and how such practice can be improved upon by drawing on his experience as a cochlear implant user. Additionally, Amr is interested in pediatric audiology with respect to cochlear implant usage and programming. He is honored to fulfill the role of student representative board member with OSLA, and is looking forward to interacting with both Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists to get a sense of what professionals are expected to accomplish in the real world.

Avital Winer, Past President

Speech-Language Pathologist - Hospital

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Avital is a speech-language pathologist with 16 years of experience. The majority of her professional career has been spent in health care working with adults in tertiary care centres, first in BC, and now in Ontario. She currently works at The Ottawa Hospital where she provides inpatient and outpatient services to individuals with dysphagia, acquired communication disorders, and head and neck cancer, including those undergoing laryngectomy.

Kelly Murray, Chief Executive Officer

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Kelly Murray

Kelly brings strong business acumen and knowledge of professional development to the position of Executive Director . She has an MBA from Western University and a Bachelor of Adult Education with Distinction from Brock University.  Kelly has a proven track record in strategic development and leadership in sales, marketing and management working both in the private and public sectors. Among those roles, she has worked in a professional association responsible for both marketing and education and has worked with Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in previous positions at the Hanen Centre and The Canadian Hearing Society.