Governor of Ohio John R. Kasich recently appointed Lead Educational Audiologist Dr. Carrie Spangler of the Summit Educational Service Center (ESC), to the Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board (SHP).
The SHP regulates the practice of speech-language pathology, audiology and hearing aid fitters by establishing, promoting and enforcing practice standards and professional competency among licensees as defined in the Ohio Revised and Administrative Codes.
The board was newly established and signed into law by Governor Kasich on July 1, 2017, becoming effective at the start of Dr. Spangler’s term on Jan. 21.
Under this new law, both the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and the Ohio Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters Licensing Board were abolished and combined to create the SHP. With this merger, Ohio joins at least eight other states in combining the licensing of speech-language pathologists, audiologists and hearing aid dealers and fitters under the same board.
“Personally, I am grateful to be able to serve consumers in the state of Ohio who have communication needs,” said Dr. Spangler. “Serving on this board gives me an opportunity to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of Ohio through enforcing regulatory practice for our respective disciplines.”
As the representative for Stark Co., Dr. Spangler was appointed to the SHP along with three other individuals, including Helen L. Mayle of Pickerington (Fairfield Co.), Barbara L. Prakup, Ph.D. of Medina (Medina Co.) and Matthew Starner of Zanesville (Muskingum Co.) All of the new members of the SHP will continue their terms until March 22, 2019. Additionally, Karen Mitchell Au.D. of Ostrander (Delaware Co.) and Michael Pratt of Perrysburg (Wood Co.) will serve on the SHP until March 22, 2020 and Tammy Brown of Loveland (Clermont Co.) will serve until March 22, 2021. Though the terms are staggered, each individual can reapply to be on the board at the end of their designated timeline.
“I would like to extend my personal congratulations to Carrie for receiving this appointment,” said Kristin Fazio, director of student services at the ESC. “We are so proud that her dedication to making a difference in the community is being recognized and put to good use.”
During her term, Dr. Spangler will participate in regularly scheduled SHP and committee meetings. During the inaugural board meeting, which took place on Jan. 22 in Columbus, Dr. Spangler was elected as the SHP’s secretary. This position supports the board’s president, officiates meetings when the president is not in attendance and signs licenses issued by the board.
“We are very excited for Carrie to join this board, and we know she will represent our staff and our mission at the ESC well,” said ESC Superintendent Joe Iacano. “It means a great deal to us at the ESC to have one of our staff members on this board. Carrie is the perfect person for the job.”