Board

 

The SAC Board of Directors includes (2018-2019):

  • the Chair (Executive Committee);
  • the 1st Vice-Chair (Executive Committee); 
  • the 2nd Vice-Chair (Executive Committee);
  • S-LP and audiology Directors;
  • a Director-University; 
  • a Director-Communication Health Assistant; and
  • a Director-Student.

To contact the Chair, click here.

To contact Board members, click here.

To contact the Director-Student, click here

 

 

Linda Rammage

Chair 

PhD, RSLP, S-LP(C)

Jennifer O'Donnell

1st Vice Chair

M.Sc., S-LP(C), CCC-SLP

Speech-language Pathologist, Provincial Voice Care Resource Program, Vancouver Coastal Health;
Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia;
Adjunct Professor, School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, University of British Columbia;
Owner, Vocalizing with Ease Private Practice
Vancouver, British Columbia

Linda Rammage completed her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993 and has been practicing speech-language pathology for 35 years, exclusively in the area of voice dysfunction. She currently works at Vancouver Coastal Health and provides clinical services (assessment and treatment) to British Columbians with voice and laryngeal dysfunction. Linda is an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences. She is also an honorary clinical professor providing teaching and academic support to Otolaryngology Residents, medical students and faculty. She has presented nationally and internationally on speech and voice science, voice dysfunction and management of voice disorders. She has also co-authored several textbooks, authored numerous clinical textbook chapters and published research papers.

Linda has extensive governance experience. In addition to numerous positions on working committees, she has held the positions of BCASLPA President (twice), SAC Board Member, CASLPA President, Board Member of CAASPR and Board Chair of CSHHPBC.

Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Coordinator, Vitalité Health Network
Beresford, NB

Jennifer O’Donnell received her Master's of Science in human communication disorders from Dalhousie University in 2005. She has published her thesis work in the Journal of Fluency Disorders. Since graduation, she has worked as an S-LP, primarily with preschoolers, at the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst. She is a member and coordinator of the Pediatric Developmental Team. She also coordinates clinical services for her department. She is a certified member of SAC, a past President of the New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and a former board director of the Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators. She is also the Co-Chair of the Canadian Entry-to-Practice Exam for S-LP and Audiology Implementation Advisory Group. Her professional interests include administration, early intervention, as well as interprofessional and transdisciplinary assessment and treatment.

Jennifer Cameron-Turley

2nd Vice Chair

M.Sc., S-LP(C), Reg. SK

Colleen Braun-Janzen, Director

Director

RSLP, MA, M.Mus., S-LP(C)

Senior Speech-Language Pathologist, Saskatchewan Health Authority
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Jennifer Cameron-Turley received her M.Sc. in speech-language pathology at the University of British Columbia in 2002. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of settings, largely focused in the adult acute-care setting with a specialization in dysphagia management and head and neck oncology. Beginning her career on the west coast, she moved to Saskatchewan in 2007 and has been working as a senior speech-language pathologist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon since 2012.

Jennifer has been active in governance activities throughout her career. She served as President of her provincial regulatory body, SASLPA, in 2011-2012. She has been an active member — and acted as chair — of several committees at both the provincial and national level with the following organizations: SAC, SASLPA, CAASPR, Pan-Can, NIRO, and CISG. Jennifer enjoys mentoring students and is a clinical instructor affiliated with several Canadian universities.

 

 

Regional Clinical Specialist, Speech-Language Pathology, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority;
Clinical Service Leader for Speech-Language Pathology at Deer Lodge Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Colleen Braun-Janzen completed her Master’s of Arts in speech-language pathology at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington. As the regional clinical specialist of speech-language pathology in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Colleen oversees clinical supervision for speech-language pathologists in the region. She also provides direct support as clinical service leader for speech-language pathologists at Deer Lodge Centre, where she is based. Colleen has experience leading committees and projects at a regional and national level. She maintains a partial clinical caseload in the areas of dysphagia and voice. She served on the SAC S-LP Clinical Certification Examination Committee for 10 years, including four years as Chair. Colleen chaired the Current Clinical Issues in Dysphagia in Canada SAC ad hoc committee (2016-17) and she is an S-LP representative on the IDDSI Canadian expert reference group. In 2014, she received a Presidential Citation from SAC, recognizing her outstanding service to Speech-Language & Audiology Canada.

Andrea Bull

Director 

M.Sc., RAUD, RHIP, Aud(C)

Janet Campbell

Director

B.Sc., M.Sc., S-LP(C)

Audiologist and Business Development Manager, Oticon Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia

Andrea Bull achieved her M.Sc. in audiology from the University of British Columbia and has been practicing as an audiologist and hearing instrument practitioner since 2013. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, private clinics and a non-profit organization. She is currently working as an audiologist and Business Development Manager for Oticon Canada. With Oticon, she focuses on building and maintaining strong customer relationships and providing exceptional business development support, in-depth product training and customer service.

Andrea is also heavily involved in professional volunteer work and has been actively engaged with both her provincial and national professional associations. She recently served on the Speech and Hearing BC Provincial Council as the Director of Public Audiology and continues to serve on committees with both Speech and Hearing BC and SAC, as well as a local non-profit organization to raise autism awareness.

Speech-Language Pathologist, Health PEI
Charlottetown, PEI 

Janet Campbell has been working as a preschool-focused S-LP for 20 years, both in Ontario and Prince Edward Island. She began her career in Sarnia, Ontario at the Rotary Children’s Place before moving to Ottawa. She spent 8 months working with the Language Express Preschool Program in Lanark County before accepting a full-time position with the First Words Program at CHEO. In 2008, Janet returned to her home province where she has spent time working in both the rural and urban environments. She has taken Hanen and Lidcombe training and has pursued her interests in apraxia of speech, early language and autism through continuing education opportunities. She is an active member of her provincial association (PEISHA), has served as the association’s secretary for a number of years and participated on various committees.

 

 

 

 

Amanda Reindorp-Young

Director

M.Sc. Aud(C)

Merrill Tanner

Director

MBA, M.Mus., PhD, R.SLP, SLP(C) 

Clinical Coordinator of the Audiology Department and the NB Provincial Cochlear Implant Follow-up Services, Chaleur Regional Hospital, Vitalité Health Network
Bathurst, New Brunswick

Amanda Reindorp-Young received her M.Sc. in human communication disorders from Dalhousie University in 1992. She currently works as an audiologist and clinical coordinator of the audiology department and the NB Provincial Cochlear Implant Follow-up Services at the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst. Amanda has experience participating in various working groups and committees at a regional, provincial and national level. This includes different committees with the New Brunswick Rehab Services Plan, New Brunswick Universal Newborn and Infant Hearing Screening Program, New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and the Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech language Pathology Regulators. Amanda’s professional interests include pediatric audiology, early hearing detection and intervention programs, cochlear implants and administration. Amanda believes strongly in a team approach to patient care, patient-centered care and equal access to services.

Speech Language Pathologist II, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
Edmonton, Alberta

Merrill Tanner currently works at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital with adult outpatients who have vocal and neurological communication issues, in the Stroke Assessment Clinic and in the collaborative Voice Clinic at the University of Alberta Hospital. Merrill also leads a vocal strengthening group for people with Parkinson’s disease, performs with a classical guitarist and is soprano section leader at McDougall United Church. In her doctoral studies, she developed a vocal strengthening program for Parkinson’s disease that evolved into a community program and vocal strengthening groups at the Glenrose for all related voice disorders. She has written a chapter on “Parkinson’s Disease and Singing” in Volume 3: Singing and Well Being, to be published in 2019 by Routledge as a part of the Advanced Interdisciplinary Research on Singing book series. In addition to supervising speech-language pathology student practicums, she has taught university courses in speech-language pathology, business and music. Her previous SAC experience includes membership from 2012-13 in the Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators (CAASPR) to help develop the foreign graduate assessment tool.

Sharon Walker

Director

EdD, MSLP, R.SLP, S-LP(C)

Andrea A.N. MacLeod

Director-University

PhD

Director of Research, Calgary Reads
Calgary, Alberta

Sharon Walker graduated from the University of Alberta with her Master’s in speech-language pathology in 2001. She completed her Doctor of Education at the University of Calgary in 2016, focusing her dissertation on the changing role of the S-LP in education settings. Sharon currently supports literacy and language development in children through her role as Director of Research at Calgary Reads. For most of her career, Sharon has worked with children, in all areas of communication and has held leadership roles promoting inclusive, collaborative and integrated services.

Associate Professor, Université de Montréal
Montreal, Quebec

Andrea A.N. MacLeod, PhD, completed a Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Vermont in 2002 and her doctorate under the direction of Dr. Carol Stoel-Gammon at the University of Washington in 2006. Andrea is now an associate professor at the Université de Montréal at the École d’orthophonie et d’audiologie (speech-language pathology and audiology) and is a researcher at CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre. Her research focuses on the language development of bilingual children and children with speech sound disorders. The goal of her research is to describe the oral language abilities of these children in both of their languages: their first language and the language learned in daycare or school.

Gillian Purdy

Director-Communication Health Assistant

BA, CDA

Keara Boyce

Director-Student

M.Sc. Candidate

 

Communicative Disorders Assistant, First Words Preschool Speech and Language Program
Ottawa, Ontario

Gillian Purdy completed her BA at the University of Ottawa with a double concentration in French Language and Literature and Public Policy. After a number of years working in sales and administrative positions, she decided to pursue a career in communication disorders.  After completing a number of university level courses in psychology and linguistics, she completed her Communicative Disorders Assistant certificate at St. Lawrence College.

Gillian currently works as a communication disorders assistant (CDA) for the First Words program, which is a preschool speech and language program in Ottawa. As a CDA, she provides intervention to clients and their families with a variety of speech and language disorders, including motor speech, social/pragmatic delays, receptive and expressive language delays and articulation/phonological disorders. 

M.Sc. candidate in Human Communication Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology), Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Keara Boyce completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Ottawa. During her undergraduate degree, she worked as a research assistant and lab coordinator for the Center for Child Language Research. She also completed her fourth-year thesis on the effects of audiovisual integration in speech perception. Keara is currently a first year M.Sc. candidate in Human Communication Disorders at Dalhousie University where she also works as a research assistant for the Child Language Lab. Her current research focuses on the effects of iconic gestures on word learning for children with Development Language Disorder. Keara’s other areas of interest include rehabilitation of geriatric populations (e.g. dementia, aphasia), medical assistance in dying and service delivery for marginalized communities including Indigenous populations and African Nova Scotians.