Board of Directors

MSHF Board of Directors: 2018-2020

Tamara G. Baubie, M.A., CCC-SLP, MT-BC,  MSHF President
Beaumont Health

Derek Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (2013-2020) MSHF Treasurer
Wayne State University, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Aaron Hardy-Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP (2014-2017)
Wayne State University, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Aaron Hardy-Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP is currently employed at Wayne State University as a Clinical Educator and Lecturer in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Prior to working at Wayne, she worked as a school speech-language pathologist for Calhoun ISD, Allen Park Public Schools, as well as in several charter schools in Detroit.  She earned her B.S. and M.A. in Speech Language Pathology from Western Michigan University.  Her areas of interest in the field include autism as well as servicing culturally and linguistically diverse populations.  She became aware of the field of speech language pathology during a career exploration assignment her senior year of high school, and knew that this was the right field for her!  Aaron was drawn to serve on the MSHF board because she has a desire to help students succeed in becoming professionals in the Communication Sciences and Disorders fields, and can do that through  her work on the board.

Kathy Rigley-Rowell, M.A.,CCC-SLP ( 2017-2020)
Western Michigan University, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Kathy Rigley-Rowell, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a practicing speech language pathologist and Clinical Faculty Member at Western Michigan University.  She specializes in adult swallowing and communication disorders. Kathy has practiced since 2001 and is Past-President of the Michigan Speech Language Hearing Association (MSHA).  She has also served on  MSHA's Ethics and Advocacy Committees.  Kathy attended Central Michigan University for both her undergraduate and graduate studies in Speech Language Pathology.  She is passionate about developing leadership skills in students as well as advocating on behalf of consumers and individuals with communication and/or swallowing disorders.  Kathy enjoys the challenges and gratification of earning the trust of others who are in need of support, intervention and/or education.  

Pamela M. Ansell, M.A., CCC-SLP (2017-2020)
Warren Woods Public Schools
Pamela earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Central Michigan University and her Master of Arts in Speech Pathology from Western Michigan University. During her years in the Warren Woods Public Schools, Pamela has been an itinerant Speech-Language Pathologist, a classroom teacher for students with Severe Language Impairments, and is now the Teacher Consultant for the center-based Severely Language Impaired Program. Pamela also serves on the board of the Macomb/St. Clair Speech Language Hearing Association. She joined the MSHF board in 2017.

Katie Strong, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (2018-2020)
Central Michigan University, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Katie Strong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Central Michigan University. Her research explores how therapists can support people with aphasia and brain injury rebuild their identity by co-constructing stories about who they are. Katie has a B.S. in Psychology from Washington State University where she became an avid fan of Cougar Gold cheese. She has an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Western Michigan University. Katie has 25 years of clinical experience and 20 years of university clinical teaching. Katie is passionate about training the future generation of speech-language pathologists to support their clients in participating in their lives through communication. Katie is a founding member of the Lansing Area Support Group. She is the owner of Strong Speech Consulting, Inc. Katie has been an active MSHA member since moving to Michigan in 1999. Currently she serves as Treasurer for the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders and as a member of the Aphasia Task Force for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. She is a former MSHA Board Member and former Vice Chair of the inaugural Michigan SLP Licensure Board. Katie is a regular host of the Aphasia Access Conversations Podcast. You can download and listen to the podcasts at or on your favorite podcast app.

Ad Hoc Members

Kathy Boyer, M.S., CCC-SLP
Retired, Children's Hospital of Michigan

Fran Eldis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/A, ASHA Fellow
Dr. Frances Eldis, PhD, CCC-A/SLP, ASHA Fellow,  is a native Detroiter who is dually certified as speech language pathologist and audiologist.  She is currently retired from
Wayne State University as the Audiology Clinical Education Coordinator, and has worked in Detroit Public Schools as well as Children’s Hospital of Michigan as Director of Communication Disorders for 37 years.  She obtained her B.A. and M.A. in Speech Language Pathology, and Ph.D. in Audiology from Wayne State University. Fran has served on the MSHF board since 2005.

Ellen Fairbrother, M.A., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow
Ellen has recently retired as founder and president of Accent Reduction, Inc. as well as serving as President of the MSHF.   She received both her B.A. and M.A. in speech-language pathology from Wayne State University. She has always been interested in speech, foreign languages, and diverse cultures.  Ellen comes from a family of educators and becoming a speech-language pathologist seemed like the perfect combination of her interests.  She is also a certified teacher with a specialty in Learning Disabilities.  Throughout her entire career she has been active in MSHA, and now MSHF.  It is her way of “staying current, being proactive, and giving back to my profession.”

Sandra Glista, M.S., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow
Western Michigan University Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology

Ashley Gutowski, M.A., CCC-SLP
MSHA Representative
Ashley Gutowski, M.A., CCC-SLP is currently employed by Global Psychology Services (GPS) as a Special Education Coordinator and Speech-Language Pathologist.  Prior to working for GPS, she worked as a school Speech-Language Pathologist for the Education Achievement Authority.  She earned her B.A. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Michigan State University and her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Wayne State University.  She is a past recipient of the Michigan Speech Language and Hearing Foundation Scholarship while earning her Master's degree. Ashley is looking forward to serving on the MSHF board to give back to the profession that has given her so much.

Liz Stevens, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow
Lizbeth Curme Stevens, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow,  is a professor in the Department of Special Education in the Speech-Language Pathology program at Eastern Michigan University. Prior to joining EMU in 1998, Stevens worked as an SLP for Northville Public Schools and later Warren Woods Public Schools serving students with many different types of communication disorders. She specialized in treating those who could not speak and required assistive technology/AAC.  Stevens worked in the schools for close to 20 years. Childhood experiences with deaf children in her elementary school years and a cousin with Down syndrome made Stevens very aware of communication differences among individuals. A keen interest in language, speech, linguistics, and communication led her to this career choice in the 1970’s.  Stevens earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Michigan in Speech-Language Pathology and her Ph.D. from Wayne State University. Stevens, a long time member of the executive board of MSHA and its president in 2005 envisioned an organization which could provide financial support for many worthy causes beyond the scope of  MSHA, . These included funding for students, specialized training for professionals through sponsored seminars, for example, and support for individuals themselves with communication impairments. Her dream was realized with the founding of Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (MSHF) in 2006. Although MSHF is only now approaching its 12th anniversary, the foundation has made great strides forward. Stevens is excited to work toward another decade of progress and philanthropy with MSHF.