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.
Emily Stafslien, President
Emily Stafslien MS/CCC-SLP is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology. Currently, she works as a speech language pathologist at a variety of schools in Central Montana with the Central Montana Learning Resource Center Cooperative (CMLRCC). Previous work experiences include SLP services in a sub-acute care brain injury unit and acute care, out-patient, home health and skilled nursing with a Central Montana critical access hospital. She is PROMPT trained as well as trained in assessments for Autism with the ADOS-2. She has training in Aquatic-Based Speech Therapy, PECS, Zones of Regulation, and TEACCH. She has supervised students from the University of Montana CSD Master’s program as well as mentor new SLPs during their Clinical Fellowship Year. She has published articles on sex-based differences in communication after TBI. She welcomed her first baby this past summer and is excited to be President of MSHA this year!
Kathleen DeLapp-Cohn, Past-President
Prior to moving to Montana, Kathleen worked and lived in Texas and Oklahoma and had the opportunity to gain vast experiences in a variety of settings including brain injury rehabilitation centers, hospitals, home health, SNFs, private practice, schools, and treating adolescents in a juvenile detention center. She is the founder and Clinical Director of Rock Creek Teletherapy, LLC, a private practice delivering speech, occupational, and physical therapy to “in person” clients as well as through telepractice. This is her fifth year on the board and is honored for the opportunity to be a part of a dynamic organization that advocates for our profession and the consumers that we serve! She is thankful for the networking opportunities and friends she has made throughout our great state the being a member of MSHA has provided. Kathleen has 4 children, an adorable grandson, and a new granddaughter on the way! Kathleen is happiest when she is spending time with her family, and biking, hiking and exploring Montana!
Shelby Midboe, President- Elect
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 seventh year as the SLP at Target Range School District in Missoula, and is two courses from her Supervisory Endorsement in Special Education. She works PRN for Innovative Rehabilitation in SNFs in the summer, 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, and is a member of a group of school SLPs who are writing OPI guidelines for school speech therapists. In her "spare time," she can be seen on deck coaching swimming for the Missoula YMCA swim team, or taking portraits, a professional hobby. She enjoys river recreation, camping, and cross country skiing as often as possible. She is married and has a son who is a Senior at Big Sky High School in Missoula, and a daughter who is a Junior at the University of Montana.
Sharlene Schmidt, Treasurer
Sharlene Schmidt has been a member of MSHA since she arrived in Montana in June 1999. She loves being an audiologist in this rural area working with a variety of clients in and out of the office. She works part-time as an audiologist which has worked well for raising her family which includes Ken (husband) and children: Dillon, Kennedy, and Brooklyn. She is now a Grandma and is enjoying this new chapter in life. She is a strong believer in giving back to organizations that make a difference and has been committed to MSHA as the Treasurer since 2007. In her spare time she loves flower gardening, reading, watching movies, scrapbooking, bowling and kayaking.
Christina Hansen, Secretary
Christina Hansen earned her master's degree in speech-language pathology with an emphasis in bilingual and multicultural issues from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She then traded mosquitoes for mountains when moving to Montana, where she works for TinyEye Therapy Solutions. In 2018, she graduated from ASHA's Leadership Development Program, during which she collaborated with the district's English Language Learner Coordinator to formalize special education referral procedures for bilingual students. When not working, she can be found with her nose in good book, her hands an a ball of bread dough, or her feet on a trail in the back country.
Crystal Dvorak, Audiology Member at Large
Crystal is an audiologist at Rehder Hearing Clinic in Billings. She is a busy Mom of two girls and in the Army Reserves. She enjoys attending and being involved in theater productions, spending time with her husband, supporting her daughters in their activities (soccer, swimming, dance, etc.), and rallying behind her husband when he does Triathlons.
Danielle Thompson, Speech Language Member at Large
Danielle 'Nell' Thompson, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, is a national educational consultant, teacher of teachers and, insatiably curious about all things that make children’s and teachers’ lives better. She is a National LETRS trainer and is the contributing author for the K-3 reading foundations content at Rollins Foundation’s Cox Campus and a member of the Montana Dyslexia Task Force and contributing author of the OPI Guidance document on dyslexia. Currently, Dr. Nell is an editor for The Reading League Journal; a contributing assessor and teacher trainer for the Boston Children’s Literacy Screener with Harvard University and, the lead consultant of The Transformative Reading Teacher Group. She is truly an inspired human and an agent of positive change working to revolutionize the way teachers think and apply their knowledge for the benefit of all children in their classrooms. As a Speech Language Pathologist and teacher, she taught and assessed PreK, elementary and middle school students for 10 years in at-risk environments from Alaska to Mississippi in public schools, Head Starts, and private practice.
Amy Glaspey, University of Montana CSD Liaison
Amy Glaspey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is Professor in the School of Speech, Language, Hearing, and Occupational Sciences at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. She is passionate about research for speech sound disorders, particularly assessment. Dr. Glaspey has recently published the Glaspey Dynamic Assessment of Phonology, a nationally normed standardized test. She is director of the SPEAK lab (Speech, Phonology, Early Articulation and Knowledge lab). In addition to her work on dynamic assessment, she collaborates on cross-linguistic research of speech sound disorders with Andrea MacLeod at the University of Alberta. She studies the scholarship of teaching and learning for college students. Dr. Glaspey’s courses include Phonological Development and Phonetics at the undergraduate level, and Articulation and Phonological Disorders at the graduate level. In addition, she provides clinical education in the DeWit RiteCare Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic with preschool and school-age children with speech sound disorder in the SPARK Clinic (Speech, Phonology, and Articulation Remediation for Kids).
Madison Larson, CSD Student Representative
Madison Larson is a proud, energetic, small-town girl from Roundup, Montana. She transferred to the University of Montana her junior year from Montana State University Billings to pursue her dream of becoming a speech-language pathologist. After taking a couple courses within the program, she began to feel the field of speech-language pathology was truly the career path that fit her personality and peaked her interest level. Although she is interested in the area of studying and working with people with acquired disorders, she loves the flexibility of the field and keeps an open mind for all the possibilities that lie ahead throughout her journey. Madison enjoys being involved on and off campus. Currently, she is the pre-professional chair for the University of Montana’s National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and the student representative and social media coordinator for Montana’s Speech Language and Hearing Association. She works as an undergraduate researcher in the BRAIN lab which focuses on brain research for aphasia and intensive neurorehabilitation. Madison also works in the DeWit RiteCare Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic as one of the student receptionists. She takes pride in every role she holds and especially treasures the unique experiences she has had in such a short time while attending the University of Montana. Madison feels very grateful to be surrounded by such a diverse and passionate group of individuals who continue to help and inspire her to achieve her dreams.