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OSLA Board of Directors
2018- 2019 

 

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

 

Avital Winer, President

Speech-Language Pathologist - Hospital, District 3

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Avital Winer

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 Rex Banks, Past President

 Audiologist - Not For Profit, District 6

 

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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.

 

 

 

Patty Matsuo, Secretary/Treasurer

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.

 

 

 

Hish Husein

Audiologist - Private Practice, District 3

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Hish Husein

Hish is currently a member of OAPAC (Ontario Association Professional Audiology Clinics) and is the only Nationally certified Audiologist in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, and the only Nationally certified Audiologist in private practice in Hamilton. Hish is a fellow of the ADA (Academy of Doctors of Audiology) and the AAA ( American Academy of Audiology). He is also a member of SAC (Speech Language & Audiology Canada), an organization that nationally certifies Audiologists, and he is a member of CAA (Canadian Academy of Audiology). Hish has Certificates of Completion in the following areas: Vestibular/VNG assessment, Tinnitus Management and Support, Lyric Authorized Training, and Certificate of recognition from the School of Rehabilitation Sciences for his work with clinical education. He has earned a Masters Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (specializing in Audiology) from the University of Western Ontario (UWO), in London, Ontario, Canada. He earned his Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, USA.

 

 

 

Arran McAfee

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.

 

 

 

 

 Diane Webber- Hamilton

Audiolgist - 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 Pathologist - 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.

 

 

 

Kelly Murray, Executive Director

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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.