History of The American Academy Of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology

The American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology began originally in the early 1960’s. It came about because a number of private practitioners, who were experienced clinicians, felt that they did not get enough information at an advanced level to enhance their professional capabilities at ASHA conferences. A list of the founding members can be found in the Academy by-laws Article VIII Section 1, followed by the list of charter members. These were the members who founded Speech Pathologist and Audiologists in Private Practice (SPAPP) in San Francisco in November 1964. Meetings of SPAPP were, subsequently, held twice a year at major cities throughout the United States.

This organization continued successfully with expanded goals. Then, in February 1969, it incorporated as the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA) and is a national non-profit organization.

In the beginning the by-laws stated that to be eligible to become full member, one must have a Ph.D. A dispensation from the Executive Board was required to enable an individual with a master’s degree to join. In those early years, the membership application required the inclusion of a picture of the applicant. To become a full member of the Academy one was required to attend a minimum of two spring conferences and be interviewed by the membership committee in order to be accepted. First, the picture and then the interview requirements were dropped in the early 1980’s.

Our by-laws were amended in 1987 to eliminate the doctoral requirements since 50% of the membership by that time were master’s degree holders. The requirement of a minimum two-year attendance at spring conferences before becoming a full member was also dropped.

Spring Conferences used to be held not only on either coast and where it is warm, as it is currently the usual case, but at varying locations throughout the United States. The choice of location was then more dependent on who could be talked into chairing the conference. A partially complete list of conference sites is appended to this report.

Honors of the association have been awarded frequently, but not every year and, almost exclusively to members who have contributed above and beyond the amount that is generally considered admirable for any member. Honorary memberships and special awards have been presented to non-members who have made outstanding contributions to the Academy.

In the early stages of the Academy, the arrangement for Board meetings was that the Board and their spouses met for dinner before the meeting. When the Board adjourned to the room in which the meeting was held, the door might as well have been locked. It was not. However, no one was allowed to enter the room and the meetings frequently ran until 2:00 in the morning. As we became more efficient, Board meetings were held starting with dinner, or sometimes breakfast and the meeting began with the start of the meal. Members and guests were allowed to attend those meetings but initially were not allowed any voice at all. As the organization evolved, so did the Board meetings. The meeting at ASHA is now usually held in a member’s room following the Open House and the meeting at the Spring Conference is held at dinner.

Non-Board members are allowed to attend the dinner meetings, provided they have made reservations and paid for dinner in advance. They are allowed to make comments at the end of the meeting, as time permits.

On August 14, 1996, a website was established with La Rita Mason as the founding webmonitor.

Founding member Wallace Goates and his wife bought a piece of Indian jewelry during one of their travels. The piece symbolized mankind on its journey through the Maze of Life. "Wally" presented the piece to the Academy when it was formed, and from that time forward, the "Maze of Life" logo has been synonymous with the Academy.

AAPPSPA Presidents and Date Served - Historical

1968 – 1970
Ray Battin, first president of SPAPP (forerunner of the current AAPPSPA)
1970 – 1972
John Boland
1972 – 1974
Wallace Goates
1975 – 1978
Irwin Lehrhoff
1978 – 1980
Donna Fox
1980 – 1982
Aubrey Fiewell
1982 – 1984
Ed Shulman
1984 – 1986
Frances Smith
1986 – 1987
Barbara Samuels
1987 – 1989
Lois Rogalski
1989 – 1991
Miriam Marzell
1991 – 1993
Patricia Chunn
1993 – 1995
Barbara Samuels
1995 – 1997
Sarah Stram
1997 – 1999
Theodore Richards
1999 – 2000
Marcia Jenison
2000 – 2001
Richard Adler
2001 – 2002
Beverly Gough
2002 – 2005
Mindy Newhouse
2005 – 2009
Janet Krebs
2009 – 2012
Denise Dougherty
2012 – 2013
Eileen Devaney
2013 – 2016
Claudia Ellis

AAPPSPA Academy Board Members - Historical

Year Name 1st Term Ended 2nd Term Ended
1985 Bache-Wiig, Barbara 1988
1984 Caniglia, Joseph 1987
1983 Kalfuss, Helene 1986 1989
1985 Osborne, George 1988 1991
1985 Rittmanic, Paul 1988 1991
1984 Rizner, Constance 1987 1990
1983 Rogalski, Lois 1986 1989
1983 Samuels, Barbara 1986 1989
1980 Shulman, Edward 1983 1986
1982 Singer, Louis 1985 1988
1981 Smith, Francis 1984 1987
1981 Yerger, Josephine 1984 1987
1986 Sheehan, Vivian 1989 1992
1984 Chunn, Patricia 1990 1993
1987 Jensen, Michelle 1990 1993
1987 Morgan, Diane 1990
1987 Marzell, Miriam 1988 / 1991 1994
1988 Esber, Elizabeth 1991 1994
1988 Rousey, Carol 1991 1994
1988 Anderson, Ken 1989 / 1992 1995
1988 Hopkins, Dixie 1990 1993
1989 Yerger, Josephine 1992 1992
1989 Samples, John 1992 1995
1989 Loavenbruck, Angela 1992
1990 Creaghead, Nancy 1993
1991 Stram, Sarah 1992 / 1995 1998
1991 Caniglia, Joseph 1994
1992 Sheppard, Justine 1995 1998
1993 Engle, Alida 1996
1993 Pollack, Sharon 1996 1999
1993 Samuels, Barbara 1995
1993 Stevens, Jamie 1996
1993 Wisnia, Judith 1996 1999
1994 Cook, Lois 1997 2000
1994 Jenison, Marcia 1997 2000
1994 Newman, Barbara 1997
1994 Richards, Theodora 1997 2000
1995 Morgenstern, Doris 1998 2001
1995 Rapp, Kathleen 1998
1995 Etra, Joel 1996 1999
1996 Krebs, Janet 1999 2002
1997 Breakey, Lisa 2000
1997 Harris, Don 1998 2001
1998 Hetzel, Kellie 2001
1998 Adler, Richard 2001 2004
1999 Anderson, Ken 2002
1999 Bachellor, Betty 2002
1999 Gough, Beverly 2002 2005
1999 Newhouse, Mindy 2001 / 2004 2007
2000 Cohen, Gary 2003
2000 Middleton, Denise 2003 2006
2000 Williams, Misty 2003
2000 Matlock, Renee 2003 2006
2001 Grider, Bob 2004
2001 Wolf-Gomola, Patricia 2004
2002 Gill, Pat 2005 2008
2002 Laskin, Rebecca 2005 2008
2002 Werner, Anita 2005 2008
2003 Priceman, Lorraine 2006
2003 Goswitz, Claudia 2006 2009
2004 Krebs, Janet 2007 2009
2004 McLean, Sue 2007 2009
2005 Botstein, Laurie 2006 / 2009
2005 Godfrey, Rose 2008
2005 Ray, Beverly 2007
2006 Westman, Charlene 2009
2006 Ray, Beverly 2009
2006 Matlock, Renee 2009
2006 Ross Swain, Deborah 2009
2007 Devaney, Eileen 2010 2013
2008 Reisler, Laura 2011
2008 Campbell, Cheryl 2011 2014
2008 Kornfield, Roberta 2011
2009 Webster, Brendan 2012 2015
2009 Malone Priest, Jen 2012 2015
2009 Weinstein, Allyson 2013 2016
2010 Werner, Anita 2011
2010 Coulianidis, Niki 2013
2011 Taylor, Barbara 2013 2016
2011 Bourne, Vicki 2014 2017
2012 Eishkin, Elyse 2015
2012 Smith, Leslie 2015
2012 Ellis, Claudia 2015 2019
2013 Arnold, Susan 2016
2013 Sheehan, Marian 2019
2014 Wetherill, Amy 2017
2014 Gatto, Kristie 2017
2014 Leite, Timberly 2017

AAPPSPA Conference Host Cities - Historical

Year City State
1971 New Orleans Louisiana
1972 Louisville Kentucky
1973 San Antonio Texas
1974 Marina Del Rey California
1975 Tarrytown New York
1976 Louisville Kentucky
1977 Oklahoma City Oklahoma
1978 Albuquerque New Mexico
1979 Houston Texas
1980 Salt Lake City Utah
1981 Jacksonville Florida
1982 New York New York
1983 Marina Del Rey California
1984 Boston Massachusetts
1985 New Orleans Louisiana
1986 Chicago Illinois
1987 Atlanta Georgia
1988 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
1989 Santa Rosa California
1990 Houston Texas
1991 Indianapolis Indiana
1992 Washington DC
1993 Orlando Florida
1994 Phoenix Arizona
1995 Boston Massachusetts
1996 Peachtree Georgia
1997 San Diego California
1998 St Pete’s Beach Florida
1999 Phoenix Arizona
2000 Phoenix Arizona
2001 Del Rey Beach Florida
2002 Phoenix Arizona
2003 Toronto (cancelled) Canada
2004 Marina Del Rey California
2005 Miami Beach Florida
2006 San Francisco California
2007 Baltimore Maryland
2008 San Antonio Texas
AAPPSPA At Sea 2008 Ensenada Mexico
2009 Portland Oregon
2010 Orlando Florida
2011 Omaha Nebraska
2012 Las Vegas Nevada
2013 Baltimore Maryland
2014 Phoenix Arizona
2015 Charlotte North Carolina
2016 Seattle Washington

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