When I continued my SLP career from the mainland to Oahu several years ago, one of the first ways I felt welcomed and rooted in Hawaii was with HSHA. The members and volunteers welcomed me with open arms, and immediately put me to work supporting various HSHA events. They accepted me and shared their love of speech- language pathology, and from then I knew this was where I was meant to be!
After enjoying a few years on Oahu, I moved to the Valley Isle three years ago. What an adventure it has been, serving such a unique population! On Maui and Lanai, I started noticing the need for HSHA to continue to make more of a presence amongst the neighbor islands, and so I began to look into ways to connect SLPs, audiologist, and the people we serve together in support of advocating for our profession and for services within our community. I served as our Neighbor Island Affairs director in 2015-2016, and was enthusiastic to trial new ways to connect our SLP/AuD community through video conferencing and other methods.
Flash forward to present, and here I am ready to serve as your 2017-18 president. What an honor to be chosen to represent such a passionate group of SLPs and audiogists! I'm looking forward to continuing to provide opportunities for as many SLPS, audiologists, students, and clients we serve with learning opportunities and quality, evidenced-based services.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or suggestions at HSHA808@gmail.com
I'm looking forward to an exciting year ahead!
Melissa Friscia, M.S., CCC-SLP