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.
Kathleen DeLapp-Cohn, 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 fourth 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 is happiest when she is spending time with her family (and her adorable new grandson!), biking, hiking and exploring Montana!
Lezlie Pearce-Hopper, Past President
Lezlie grew up in Great Falls, MT. She attended Montana State for two years and then moved to Portland, OR to complete her undergrad and graduate degrees. Lezlie has worked in many settings over her 38 years of professional life in three states. She is currently licensed in Montana and Oregon. Work settings included: hospitals, early intervention, clinics, schools, rehab facilities, university graduate programs, university clinics, contract services and private practice. Lezlie retired from the University of Oregon CDS program in 2015 following 7 years as a Clinical Instructor and Supervisor.
Lezlie served in all positions of OSHA’s board (Secretary, Public Relations Chair, 2nd Vice President (Conference Coordinator of two yearly conferences), Newsletter Editor and President in 1994 and 2001. She served on the OR Licensing Board for nine years, and ASHA Legislative counsel for 7 years. Lezlie worked to pass legislation for continuing education and speech/language pathology assistants in OR and participated in the writing of rules and regulations for the OR Licensing Board following passage of the legislation. She also served as Time and Place Chair and Secretary for the Council of State Association Presidents (CSAP). Lezlie also volunteered in her communities as Junior League President in Eugene, Booster Fund Raiser and Classroom volunteer, Coordinator of Children’s Miracle Network High School Pageants, 25 years as Team Manager and Appraiser for Odyssey of the Mind and Destination Imagination Creative Problem Solving, Neighborhood Watch Chair and as a member of the Arts Umbrella Board in Eugene. Lezlie has taught piano for 35 years and enjoys fly fishing and time at their cabin on the Smith River in Montana.
Lezlie and her husband, Warren, returned to Montana full time during the summer of 2015. Their son and daughter live out of state and each hold law and additional degrees. Lezlie’s parents are still in their home in Great Falls which she visits frequently and she is resuming part time private practice this fall.
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 so she can still find time to enjoy the pleasures of raising her three kids and spending time with her husband. She is a strong believer in giving back to organizations that make a difference and so she is also on the local hockey board in Glasgow. In her spare time she loves reading, watching movies, scrapbooking, playing racquetball, hockey, bowling and kayaking. This is her sixth year as treasurer on this board.
Shelby Midboe, Secretary
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 sixth year as the SLP at Target Range School District in Missoula, and taking courses to get her Supervisory Endorsment in Special Education. works PRN for Innovative Rehabilitation in SNFs in the summer. She is glad to have the opportunity to practice with clients across the lifespan. She is currently 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 freshman in high school, and a daughter who is a freshman at the University of Montana.
Emily Stafslien, President-Elect
Emily Stafslien is a graduate of the University of Wiconsin-Madison and started her career working in a sub-acute brain injury center in Juneau, WI. After marrying her husband, she moved to Montana in 2014. Currently, she is living in Lewistown. She works as a speech language pathologist at a variety of schools in Central Montana with the Central Montana Learning Resource Center Cooperative (CMLRCC) and per diem with Central Montana Medical Center (CMMC).This year she has started using Telepractice with students in outlying districts as well as assisting with the website and Facebook for MSHA. Montana has created many opportunities for her to continue her love of learning as she was trained in assessments for Autism with the ADOS-2 as well as treatments with Aquatic-Based Speech Therapy, PECS, Zones of Regulation, and many more. Since moving to Montana, 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 enjoys exploring the great outdoors by running on country roads, hiking in the mountains, and fishing on Fort Peck with her husband and dog, Maggie.
Kristy Foss, Audiology Member at Large
Kristy Foss has been an audiologist at Billings Clinic (in Billings) for nearly 30 years. She graduated from the “original” CSD program at the University of Montana and, other than a short stint in Nebraska, has lived and worked in Montana since then. Hearing aids are Kristy’s greatest interest in this field. Helping families coordinate care for their hearing impaired child is also a strong interest. Outside of work Kristy likes to spend time with her family. Kristy has served on the MSHA board in the past and is happy to be a member once again. MSHA provides an excellent opportunity to keep track of old friends and make new ones – the networking is awesome!
Christina Hansen, Speech Pathology Member at Large
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 Billings Public Schools. 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.
Amy Glaspey, University of Montana CSD Liaison
Amy Glaspey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. She is passionate about research and scholarship related to speech sound disorders, particularly assessment. Dr. Glaspey has recently published the Glaspey Dynamic Assessment of Phonology, a nationally normed standardized test. Dr. Glaspey 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 Montreal. 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).
Jessica Reynolds, Political Action Chair
Jessica Reynolds is a school-based SLP currently practicing in her home town of Helena, MT. She graduated from The University of Montana in 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science and received a M.A. in Communication Studies from Texas Tech University in 2010. After leaving politics, Jessica completed post-baccalaureate studies in Communicative Sciences and Disorders in 2012. She received a M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Montana in 2014. Since then, Jessica has worked for Helena School District. She has served as the MSHA Political Action chair since 2014 and is Currently representing Montana SLPs on the ASHA Advisory Council.
Carlee Johnson, CSD Student Representative
My name is Carlee Johnson, and I am a Senior in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders program at the University of Montana. I am from Butte, MT, and I developed a love for Speech Pathology when I volunteered at a local clinic during high school. I function as the MSHA representative from UM, and I am also the treasurer of the National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (NSSLHA). I enjoy being involved within the CSD department through volunteering, as well as participating in the service-learning class MOSSAIC (Mentoring, Organization, and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus).