Nominations for the office of Vice President Continuing Education (There are 3)
Gina Jenkins received her undergraduate degree from Delta State University in 1997. She received her MS in Communicative Disorders degree from The University of Mississippi in 1999. She completed a CFY with the Cleveland School District and began working there following her CFY. After a brief stint in the public school system, Gina began teaching at Delta State University until 2008. In 2008, she began working for Therapy Innovations, an outpatient pediatric therapy clinic. Gina served in the role as speech-language pathologist serving pediatric patients in the clinic, Headstart clinics and public schools for 8 years. Gina began working in private practice following the closure of this business in 2016. She continued her work in the pediatric therapy field doing work for the Office of Disability Services, public school systems and Headstart centers. Then, in 2018, an opportunity came for her to become the Interim Department Chair at Delta State University in the Department of Speech and Hearing. In 2019, she was hired as the Chair of the department and she continues to serve in this capacity today. In addition to becoming the chair at this time, she also became the vice-president of continuing education for the Mississippi Speech-Language Hearing Association. She was responsible for the reporting of CEUs of over 500 individuals at the 2019 MSHA Annual conference where there were no discrepancies in reporting noted. She was also responsible for registering MSHA's first-ever online continuing education conference through ASHA.
Jenna Nassar, M.S, CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a pediatric speech pathologist and an instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In addition to these roles, Mrs. Nassar is also the Clinical internship coordinator for the department of Speech Pathology. She specializes in pediatric swallow & feeding disorders, is trained in a variety of treatment approaches to include the SOS approach to feeding and oromyofunctional . She has completed her Board Certification in swallow and swallowing disorders through the ABSSD. She is a member of both the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, the Mississippi Speech Language and Hearing Association, and SIG 13. Her background includes several years of working with swallowing disorders in trach & ventilator patients and now pediatric feeding disorders. She graduated summa cum laude in 2007 from Mississippi University for Women with a BS in speech and hearing science and then graduated in 2009 with high distinction with an MS in Communicative Sciences from Jackson State University. She enjoys the academia related to her profession and has served as an intermittent adjunct professor as well as a student intern supervisor. As student coordinator, she has helped build a strong student intern program at UMMC to help educate future clinicians in the field. With a strong focus on education and research, she is a part of interdisciplinary teams of both physicians and therapists, which serve to better patient care and educate on the growing field of pediatric dysphagia particularly in her area of interest in feeding disorders and tongue and lip tie. She has served as Sponsor and Exhibitor chair for the MSHA continuing education conference now for 3 years.
Terresa Ezell Ross has been a speech pathologist for 25 years. She graduated with her master's from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1995. Terresa has worked in a variety of settings- SNF, acute hospital, inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, schools and for a pediatric private practice. Currently, she works for North Mississippi Medical Center as an adult neuro outpatient speech pathologist.
She has recently earned her fifth ACE award from ASHA. Terresa is certified in Vital Stim and MDTP and recently completed training in Speak OUT! through the Parkinson's Voice Project. Her passion is treating those with aphasia, TBI and other cognitive disorders.
Continuing education is very important to Terresa and she is always looking for new and interesting courses to attend. Giving her patients the best therapy is always her goal. As a way to encourage colleagues to pursue knowledge, she started a journal club at her facility and is hoping to start a journal club in her area for therapists in other facilities to join as well.
Terresa has two children, Cole and Katie. Cole will be a sophomore at MSU and Katie will be a junior in high school. She is a voracious reader and lover of fitness and exercise
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