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NSSLHA Elections for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Elections

It's time to vote on next year's NSSLHA office positions.

Please read through each candidate statement and once you have decided, click on the link at the bottom of the page to submit your ballot.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A BALLOT IS 8:00PM, TUESDAY APRIL 26TH, 2016.

*This election is for NSSLHA members only.

Candidates

President

Rachel Greenberg

My name is Rachel Greenberg and I am currently a junior CSD major wishing to pursue a career in speech language pathology. I currently hold a position on the NSSHLA board as secretary, and I am interested in running for the undergraduate President position. Being the only junior on the board right now, I wholeheartedly believe I would excel as President for this organization. My qualifications reaffirm why I am an ideal candidate for President, such as being highly organized, detail oriented and dedicated to this organization. I believe I have the leadership skills to continue to strengthen NSSLHA.

I strongly believe I have the knowledge and commitment to run this club. I have recently been in touch with Fayetteville Public Library to create a program for members of NSSHLA to volunteer to read to children in the area. I would like to continue the work I have started for this club and create more opportunities for our members. I also want to continue to hold many fundraising events throughout the school year for organizations such as National Aphasia Association or National Autism Association.

Genesis Felizola

My name is Genesis Felizola. I’m running for the President position for NSSHLA. The ideas I have planned for the future of NSSHLA:

-More fundraising opportunities with different organizations and schools that need supplies around Syracuse: I have a connection to these schools and some of these organizations due to my job as a Dual Language Tutor and experience, incorporating diversity (disability & disorder, cultures, genders).

-Have social events for CSD students and faculty (I have experience organizing and coming up with events due to being VP of Fellowship for a Greek organization in the past)

-Having more of a presence on campus and reaching out to new CSD majors.

-Keeping NSSHLA organized, inclusive, and accessible to future opportunities


Vice President

Marie Brincat

Helping people has always been and always will be a passion of mine. If I can help another make his/her day brighter or tutor someone in a particular subject, then I will. It is the main reason why I major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and have the aspiration to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. But to achieve that goal I have to take smaller steps in my college career, and becoming the new Vice President of National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, or NSSLHA is a step I need to take. I can breathe new life into this organization and make it even better than it is already. I want to be Vice President because I will be putting NSSLHA first before anything, giving 110% every single time, and do whatever I can to improve. One of the ideas I have is to collaborate more with Phi Delta Epsilon, which is the Medical fraternity here on campus. Reasoning behind this is both organizations have similar mindsets on what they want accomplish and both of us together we can be unstoppable. If you vote for me, you will not regret it!


Treasurer

Lauren Peduto

My name is Lauren Peduto and I will be a senior in the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year completing my major in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I am interested in running for Treasurer because I have always had a passion for numbers and an interest in business. If I were elected Treasurer, I would ensure members paid their dues by a set deadline. If a member could not meet this deadline, I would work with them individually to set up a payment plan. As Treasurer, I would like to plan fundraising events. My hope is that the money raised from these fundraising events would help NSSHLA make a direct impact on the Syracuse community. For example, NSSHLA could use the money raised from these events to buy school supplies for the Karen English as a Second Language program. I feel that I am the best suited for this position because I have prior experience as Treasurer for Lutheran Student Association. I am also a Management Minor in the Whitman School of Management. The classes I have taken for this minor have given me knowledge of how to keep an organized record of finances, formulas to estimate profits and losses, and skills to effectively market events. I also work as a bank teller each summer. My job responsibilities as a bank teller include conducting transactions and tracking finances for individuals. I feel these skills are important to the Treasurer position because I would be able to appropriately record member dues and stay up to date on the finances of NSSHLA as a whole.

Allie Knor

Hello! My name is Allie Knorr, and I am running for either Secretary or Treasurer of NSSLHA. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders on the Speech Pathology track with a minor in Psychology. I have been involved with NSSLHA for the past two years. I am also involved with Orange Pulse Dance Troupe and SU Women’s Choir.

I would love the opportunity be on the NSSLHA board. I think NSSLHA is a great organization that brings students of all years together, and I want to take a more active role in it. I am responsible, organized, and I have great ideas for the future of this organization. In addition to raising money for organizations, such as the National Aphasia Association, I would like for the Syracuse NSSLHA chapter to connect with other NSSLHA chapters at SUNY Cortland or Ithaca College. I think it would be interesting to connect with other students in our field from different area schools through volunteer activities, guest speaker presentations, or fun events.  I am very passionate about this field, and I would love to see the growth of this club.


Secretary

Lauren Peduto

My name is Lauren Peduto and I will be a senior in the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year completing my major in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I am interested in running for Secretary because I would like a leadership role that allows me to exercise my organization skills and provide information to members. As Secretary, I would like to make Minutes available to members after every meeting. A way to accomplish this would be to post the minutes on the Facebook page or Google docs. I would also like to take attendance at the beginning of each meeting to keep record of which members are present. I believe I am an ideal candidate for the Secretary position because I am organized, detail-oriented, and efficient with time management. I have served as Secretary for the Professional Fraternity Council, Lutheran Student Association, and Hendricks Chapel throughout my college experience. As Secretary of the Professional Fraternity Council, I ensured the minutes were sent out no later than one hour after each meeting. In addition, as Secretary for Lutheran Student Association and Hendricks Chapel, I sent numerous emails and made phone calls for community outreach projects. I feel that these skills are important to NSSHLA because I will be able to help plan events and keep NSSHLA members up to date on what the organization is participating in. 

Allie Knor

Hello! My name is Allie Knorr, and I am running for either Secretary or Treasurer of NSSLHA. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders on the Speech Pathology track with a minor in Psychology. I have been involved with NSSLHA for the past two years. I am also involved with Orange Pulse Dance Troupe and SU Women’s Choir.

I would love the opportunity be on the NSSLHA board. I think NSSLHA is a great organization that brings students of all years together, and I want to take a more active role in it. I am responsible, organized, and I have great ideas for the future of this organization. In addition to raising money for organizations, such as the National Aphasia Association, I would like for the Syracuse NSSLHA chapter to connect with other NSSLHA chapters at SUNY Cortland or Ithaca College. I think it would be interesting to connect with other students in our field from different area schools through volunteer activities, guest speaker presentations, or fun events.  I am very passionate about this field, and I would love to see the growth of this club.

Marnie Landau

My name is Marnie Landau and I'm a rising junior in CSD. I am running for the position of secretary for NSSLHA. I've attended most meetings and I believe I know the basic logistics of the club and how it's run. I pride myself in my organizational skills and neat handwriting. I've been told I am approachable. If I were chosen as secretary I would strive for the club to meet more than once a month. It would be in my best interests to make this club more recognized on campus. We all work extremely hard in this major and we should show how much we care about it. Look forward to seeing everyone. 

Madelyn Brouillard

I am extremely organized, easy to contact, and good with time management and working with others. I am new to the group but I would like to beginning doing my part as soon as possible. Community service and volunteer events are a great way to give back, and I would love to help plan current events while also pitching new ideas. For instance, I be interested in looking into whether it would be possible for the club to get together, raise donations, or simply get in contact with people going through communication transformations, such as stroke victims or children with new cochlear implants, as a way to give back as well as be involved with the type of people CSD majors tend to plan a career around. It would also be interesting to look into tabling events to raise more awareness of what the CSD major is and have the opportunity to share this amazing field of study with other students. I think there is an array of wonderful things this group can and will do and I would be so grateful to get involved and make new friends who are interested in the same things I am.


Historian

Annelise Gaffney

My name is Annelise Gaffney and I am a junior in the Communication Sciences and Disorders major. My interest for this major sparked when I was introduced to one of my campers that had a stutter when I was a counselor at a summer camp. I listened to the camper tell me about his times going through speech therapy and how he was told to not feel embarrassed about his lisp (“s" instead of “th”). When I realized how much of an impact this speech therapist had on this child’s self confidence and development, I was inspired. I love working with kids and being able to impact their development in other ways besides being a teacher was something that appealed to me. My intended career is a speech pathologist and am very passionate and in my studies.My interest to be the historian for NSSLHA stems from my understanding of the importance of documenting life events. I have kept a diary since elementary school and have loved the ability to look back on past years by reading my life accounts.The role of the historian to keep records and take pictures of the events that the organization puts on sounds thrilling to me. Because of my desire to want to document events already, I think my genuine passion and interest would greatly benefit the records held on the organization. I have always wanted to have a presence and be a part of NSSLHA and would be honored to hold a position. Due to my regular documentation and organizational skills, I think I would be a great fit for the position and the duties required of me would come naturally. 

Genesis Felizola

My name is Genesis Felizola.  I’m running for the Historian position for NSSHLA. I’m interested in this position because I’d like to help NSSHLA have more of a presence on SU Campus.  In Social Media, I plan to have an Instagram account and Facebook group for NSSHLA, keeping it regularly updated with meeting times, events, and pictures. On Campus, I’m more than ready to create any flyers and headers, Chalk Up the Quad, help with fundraising events, and do anything to better present our club and have our students know what’s going on. I’d also like to introduce the idea of forming committees in NSSHLA so members can help with events and better introduce their ideas, as well as become more involved in the club.   Here’s a little sample of what I’ve done for Alpha Phi Omega.


Graduate Student Representative

Casey Gaul

I would like to run for one of the NSSLHA graduate student representative positions for this upcoming election! I just recently accepted my graduate admissions offer to Syracuse's Doctorate of Audiology program for this upcoming fall semester, so I will be here for an extra 3 years! I'm so excited to continue with the faculty in our CSD department in the city I've come to love throughout my undergraduate career. I think that I would be a great asset to our NSSLHA E-Board because I'm very familiar with our CSD program here. I also tutor in 4 undergraduate CSD classes (212, 316, 325, and 429) on a regular basis. I have made the Dean's List every semester, since the fall of 2012, and I am a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, and the Psychology Club. I also volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House every semester, as well as participate and fund-raise for Relay for Life and the JDRF Walk for Diabetes. I have held positions in other organizations, so I'm very good at and familiar with working among other peers and advisors to work toward goals and helping the organization grow as a whole.  I have served as the Secretary of the Golden Key International Honour Society, the Publications Coordinator in Alpha Gamma Delta, and the floor representative of my residence hall freshman year in Shaw Hall. The responsibilities I've had in these positions have been very similar, and I know that I can carry over these skills into this NSSLHA position. My position and my time in this organization can help me broaden my leadership skills beyond what I have learned in undergrad. I am so excited to continue my education here in Cuse and get the opportunity to run for this graduate representative position.