MSHA is guided by a Board of Directors who are professionals elected by the MSHA membership.
C'Rai Weeden Shannon, M.A., CCC-SLP (Term January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2022)
Multicultural Affairs Director
Jose Ortiz, M.A., CCC-SLP (Term January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2022)
Continuing Education Director
Karen Miranda, M.S., CCC-SLP (Term January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2022)
Karen Miranda, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Spanish-bilingual speech-language pathologist in Prince George's County Public Schools. She is an integral member of the BIlingual Assessment Team. Ms. Miranda is also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) where she teaches a course on language and phonological disorders. Additionally, she coordinates UMD’s Post-Master’s Certificate in Bilingual Speech-Language for Practitioners (BSLP) program.
Ms. Miranda has been a member of the Maryland Speech and Hearing Board since January 2021 as the Continuing Education Director and since 2019 as part of the Multicultural Affairs Committee.
Public Policy Director/President Elect
Mary Casper, M.A., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, FNAP (Term January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022)
Mary Lee Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, FNAP is employed as a Corporate Rehabilitation Director with ProMedica. In her 33 years in the profession, Ms. Casper has been employed in a variety of health care settings, focusing clinically on swallowing disorders in the geriatric population and communication intervention for individuals with dementia. She is a Contributing Faculty member at University of Saint Augustine for the Health Sciences. She is a published author and an invited speaker on clinical, regulatory, ethical and reimbursement topics in local, state, national and international venues.
A dedicated ASHA volunteer, Ms. Casper served as Coordinator of ASHA’s Special Interest Group 15 (Gerontology), Board of SIG Coordinators (BSIGC) and was the BSIGC representative to the Specialty Recognition Board. She was the SLP Co-chair for the ASHA Convention in 2017. She chaired ASHA’s Scientific and Professional Education Board (SPEB) 2019-2020. She was named a Fellow of ASHA in 2018.
Ms. Casper is currently volunteering with the US IDDSI Resource Group (USIRG) to support the implementation of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative in the United States.
She represents the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association as the StAMP (State Advocates for Medicare Policy) liaison, is the interim Public Policy Director on the MSHA Board and participates on the Multicultural Affairs Committee. Previously she held leadership roles in the Ohio and Indiana state associations.
Ms. Casper is a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice; a professional organization focused on Interprofessional practice and education and serves as the 2020 – 2022 Chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Academy. Additionally, she co-chairs the NAP Forum Abstracts subcommittee. She is a member of the American Society on Aging and the Dysphagia Research Society.
Co-Director Position currently vacant (Term January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022)
University Relations Director
Casey Keck, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (Term January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022)
Adult and Pediatric Services Director
Lindsay Knobelauch, M.S., CCC-SLP (Term January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022)
Lindsay Knobelauch, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, received her bachelor’s degree in human and organizational development and special education from Vanderbilt University and her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Virginia. Lindsay has worked in a variety of settings, including school-based, private practice, and skilled nursing facilities. In addition to providing tele-supervision through Simucase, Lindsay currently works as a Director with EBS/The Stepping Stones Group. She is a graduate of ASHA’s Leadership Development Program and feels strongly about advocating for the profession. She serves as the Adult and Pediatric Services Director with the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and volunteers with ASHA as the SIG 11 Professional Development Manager.
State Advocate for Medicare Policy (StAMP) - Mary Casper
State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs) - Lindsay Knobelauch
State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALS) - Meredith Adams