Arlene A.Pieranton (USA)
Speech-Language-Pathology in the USA and ASHA: their History and their Future

Brief biography.
Arlene A. Pietranton, PhD, CAE serves as Chief Executive Officer of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the professional scientific, and credentialing association for over 173,000:  audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; and student, international and support personnel affiliates. ASHA’s staff of 260 individuals are based in the association’s Gold LEED certified national office located in Rockville, MD.
Before working at ASHA Arlene was on staff at The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC where she held several clinical and administrative positions as a speech-language pathologist and member of the medical center administration. She is an ASHA Fellow and past president of the District of Columbia Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Arlene is active in the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and has actively collaborated with association executives throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia on association management and governance. She is an ASAE Fellow and the immediate past Chairperson of the ASAE Board of Directors.
Arlene earned her Bachelor of Arts in biology, Master of Arts in speech-language pathology, and PhD in psychology from the George Washington University. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two adult daughters. Her interests include international history and culture, reading, theater, travel, skiing and spending time with family and friends.

Speech-Language-Pathology in the USA and ASHA: their History and their Future
Arlene A. Pietranton, Judith L. Page
Associations play a vital role to the success of any profession. Through the professional standards we develop, the resources and public awareness materials we disseminate, and the continuing professional development we provide – associations truly help to make the world better, safer and smarter. This session will provide a brief history of the profession of Speech-Language Pathology in the United States and the professional, scientific and credentialing association ASHA (the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association). ASHA’s current organizational and research priorities and its external collaborations will be described. And recent research findings on factors that are characteristic of high performing association Boards will also be shared.

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