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MSHA was founded in 1957 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1987. It is a member owned and managed volunteer organization with an Executive Board, nine Standing Committees and 11 Ad Hoc Committees. MSHA advocates for the professional interests of its members and the individuals they serve, as well as provides a forum for the exchange of professional information and ideas.

  2024 MSHA President, Vacant

  Shelby Midboe,  Public Policy Chair

Shelby Midboe is a 2013 graduate of the CSD program of The University of Montana, a member of the self-named the "BCE" (Best Cohort Ever).  She is in her eleventh year as the SLP at Target Range School District in Missoula, and completed her Supervisory Endorsement in Special Education in November 2020. She works PRN for Infinity Rehabilitation in SNFs in addition to her school job, and is glad to have the opportunity to practice with clients across the lifespan. She served many years as the chair of the MSHA Scholarship committee, as the MSHA Secretary for 3 years, was MSHA President-Elect in 2020, President in 2021 and again in 2023. She was a member of a group of school SLPs who wrote the OPI guidelines for school speech therapists.  In her spare time, she enjoys river recreation, camping, playing trivia, cross country skiing and hanging out with friends as often as possible. She is married and has a son who will graduate from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA in May 2024, and a daughter who graduated from UM in November 2020 and is now a professional photographer in the Seattle, WA area.

 Shelby Damaskos, Secretary

Welcome to the Board, Shelby!

  Open Position, President-Elect

Please let us know if you are interested in serving in this position by emailing, 

  Sarah Floyd, Treasurer and Membership Coordinator

Sarah grew up in the small (but proud) community of Eureka, Montana before she moved to Missoula in 2015 to attend the University of Montana. She attended UM for all her postsecondary education, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Sciences and Disorders in 2019 and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2022. Sarah completed a master’s thesis under the supervision of Julie Wolter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, examining which parent and child characteristics impacted a child’s likelihood of receiving speech-language therapy for developmental language disorder (DLD). At this time, Sarah is completing her clinical fellowship in the Butte Public Schools. Sarah is thrilled to be serving on the MSHA Board as the Treasurer. When she’s not working, you may find Sarah reading, knitting, watching a good movie, or spending time with her family (especially her husband and new baby).

  Open Position, Audiology Member at Large

Audiologists please let us know if you are interested in serving in this position by emailing,

  Barbara Doughty, MSHFoundation & Scholarship Representative  

Barbara Doughty earned her Bachelors of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Washington State University.  She has maintained the Certificate of Clinical Competence in her field from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and been licensed to practice in Montana since 1998. Barbara worked in the medical setting for fifteen years, provided supervision for graduate students and CFY candidates,  and represented medical speech therapists on Benefis Healthcare’s Stroke Council for five years.  She collaborated with Quality Life Concepts, Inc. to provide outreach and telemedicine services for clients in northcentral Montana.  Barbara was instrumental in the development of the Benefis Voice Clinic. Since 2013, she has been providing speech therapy services at Great Falls Public Schools.  She actively participated in the writing of the Office of Public Instruction’s Guidelines for the Provision of Speech-Language Pathology under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  She is current Chair of the Scholarship Committee and a member of the Continuing Education Committee.  Barbara maintains a Class 3 Endorsement for Special Education Administration. 

  Chelsea Watercutter, Speech-Language Member at Large

Chelsea is licensed through the state of Montana Speech-Language and Audiology board and holds a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Chelsea attended The Ohio State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science. She completed her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Chelsea has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2011 serving clients in the pediatric and adult outpatient, inpatient, and home health settings. Chelsea has experience with medically fragile children in both NICU and PICU settings. Chelsea’s clinical interests include expressive and receptive language development, cognitive intervention, and feeding and swallowing deficits. She is trained in a variety of modalities including FEES, VitalStim, and the SOS approach to feeding. Chelsea is also a Certified Lactation Counselor.

In her free time she enjoys hiking, skiing, and adventuring throughout northwest Montana 

 Professional Setting Representative: Schools

Professional Setting Representative: Medical

   Professional Setting Representative: Private Practice

  Kim Ramsay, Professional Setting Representative: Birth to 3 

  Julie Vetter, ASHA/MSHA CEU Coordinator

Julie Vetter is the MSHA Continuing Education Administrator for ASHA CEUs and MSHA renewal units. She lives in Missoula with her husband and teen boys.

She works in the school setting as an Autism Specialist for middle and high school students. Her other strong interest area is in the science of reading and evidence-based literacy instruction and intervention.

  Ginger Collins, University of Montana SLHOS Liaison

Ginger G. Collins is a Professor at the University of Montana and Program Director of the School of Speech, Language, Hearing, and Occupational Sciences. Dr. Collins directs the Motivational Adolescent Research in Vocabulary and Expressive Literacy (MARVEL) Lab. She teaches graduate courses in Language Assessment and Intervention with School-Aged Children and Adolescents and Fluency Disorders and undergraduate courses in developmental language disorders. Dr. Collins co-supervises the UM chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

  Sophia Boughey, University of Montana, Student Representative

  Lezlie Pearce Hopper, MSHA Foundation Liaison

Lezlie and Warren moved to Helena, Montana in 2015 from Oregon.  They grew up in Great Falls and always planned to return.  Lezlie has been a Speech/Language Pathologist for 43 years and worked in a variety of schools, early intervention settings and in the graduate program at the U of O. She served  ages 4 thru 7 in East Helena School district for more than a year prior to her second retirement.  Her plans are to continue in private practice once it is safe to do so. Lezlie served twice as President of the Oregon Speech Language Hearing Association and served for seven years on the OR Licensure Board and ASHA committees.  Lezlie was privileged to serve as President of the MT Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has worked closely with the Public Policy/Political Action Committee. She is now serving as liaison to MSHA for the MSHA Foundation Board. She hopes to continue her volunteer activities with MSHA. In her spare time Lezlie enjoys their cabin on the Smith and time with Roscoe.  She very much looks forward to playing with grandchildren in Missouri.

2024 ASHA State-Based Advocacy Network Representatives

The State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs), State Advocates for Medicare Policy (StAMPs), and State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs) are three critical networks that support ASHA’s ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of audiology and speech-language pathology. These networks comprise of ASHA member audiologists and speech-language pathologists—appointed by their state association president—who undertake the following roles and responsibilities:

1. Partner with ASHA staff, ASHA volunteer leaders, other ASHA members, and state association members on ASHA’s advocacy objectives and related efforts

2. Engage in direct advocacy with lawmakers, policymakers, and external partners

3. Serve as an information conduit between ASHA and state associations

4. Raise awareness about relevant public policy topics within the professions

  Angela Conley, Co-SEAL ASHA State Education Advocacy Leaders

Angela Conley currently works in the school setting for the Helena Public Schools serving elementary age-students since graduating graduate school.  She has been serving as a co-SEAL representing Montana since 2022.

Angela enjoys singing with the Helena Symphony Chorale, reading with her cats and hammocks.

Lisa Barber-Kilsdonk, Co-SEAL ASHA State Education Advocacy Leaders

Lisa Kilsdonk spends her days zooming across the prairies of Eastern Montana to deliver speech services to some of her favorite people in the world: children. Prior to earning her degree from the University of Montana as a speech language pathologist, Lisa worked as an English teacher, a preschool teacher, a curriculum editor, a freelance writer and a speech paraprofessional. Along the way, Lisa, and her husband Rod, raised four children, and are now enjoying their twelve amazing grandchildren. Lisa is employed by the Big Country Educational Cooperative and has been serving as a co-SEAL representing Montana since 2022.

Jennifer is licensed through the state of Montana Speech-Language and Audiology board and holds a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) She earned her bachelors degree in communication disorders from Northern Michigan University and masters degree from the Eastern Washington University. Professionally she started her career in 2009 and has worked in the schools, home, skilled nursing facility, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient clinics. She started her private practice in 2011 and provides collaborative family focused care to the Flathead and surrounding communities.

She has experience with a variety of disorders and specializes in feeding aversions/swallowing disorders,  childhood apraxia of speech, hearing impairments, developmental delays, cognitive disorders, early childhood autism and assistive technology in relation to communication. 

She works closely with a team of therapists including: physical therapy, occupational therapy, dietitians and specialists to form a tailored therapy program unique for each child.

In her free time, Jenni loves to be on the river, ski, and get out exploring with her two dogs and husband.  

  Kelsey Storm, Co-STAMP & STAR

Kelsey Storm works in a hospital in both the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings, specializing in post-stroke and brain injury rehab. She strives to provide therapy focused on patient-centered goals and real world application. She enjoys educating families of persons with brain injury as well as advocating for the speech therapy profession. She also holds a certification in the Parkinson’s Voice Project Speak OUT! program and is FEES trained. She earned her bachelors degree from Montana State University in American West History, and her M.S. in speech-language pathology from the University of Montana. She has been practicing since 2014. Outside of the office, she loves adventuring with her husband, two sweet kids, and her dog enjoying everything Montana!


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