We would like to take this time to congratulate EBS Director, ASHA Fellow, and Professor Emerita, Ruth Stonestreet, Ph.D., CCC-SLP on her upcoming induction as a 2020 Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP)! Ruth was invited to join NAP in San Diego, CA for its induction ceremony on March 14, 2020.
A Distinguished Practitioner, Scholar, or Policy Fellow within NAP is a very high honor that acknowledges outstanding achievements. Melanie is a recognized leader in the profession, and colleagues in other Academies of NAP recognize her ability to help establish and lead the new Academy in the days to come.
To learn more about the process and primary responsibilities of a Distinguished Fellow, please visit the NAP website: https://napractice.org
Ruth H. Stonestreet, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow and Professor Emerita, is a graduate of Mississippi University for Women where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Drama and Speech Therapy and her Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology. Her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale was in Communication Sciences and Disorders with an emphasis on infant-toddler-preschool communication disorders and a cognate in rehabilitation administration. She holds licensure in the states of Georgia, Florida, and Oklahoma, and Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Significant contributions in her career have impacted speech and language for children in Mississippi, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan and Georgia with particular contributions to young children with oro-facial anomalies and syndrome disorders and severe and profound delays in early communication development. She has developed programs for children from ages birth to five and their families and was instrumental in developing the Early On Michigan (Part C of IDEA, formerly Part H of IDEA) for Macomb County, Michigan. Dr. Stonestreet has presented over 350 presentations at national, regional, state and local meetings and conventions on a variety of topics from evaluation, assessment, intervention techniques and procedures to parent/family collaboration techniques. She is active in professional organizations and has served a variety of positions in state speech-language-hearing associations from committee member to convention chair to President and has served on the Financial Planning Board for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Dr. Stonestreet was awarded Fellow of ASHA, Honors of the Association for Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Dr. Robert Hull Leadership Award for Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Professor Emerita form Valdosta State University. Dr. Stonestreet is active in her community and presently serves on two boards: President of the Lowndes Advocacy Resource Center (LARC) state board and President of Parent2Parent of Georgia local board. She serves as an usher and a committee member for her church and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Since her retirement from Valdosta State University in 2012, she has worked for EBS Healthcare as Area Supervisor for Georgia and Florida. Ruth enjoys mentoring and supervising first year speech-language pathologists for their state license and certification from ASHA, and developing and presenting continuing education events for EBS Healthcare.