MSHA - Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Welcome to the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Janie Magee - VP-CEU candidate

Janie Park Magee, a Delta native, has been practicing Speech-Language Pathology for over twenty years. She graduated from the University of Mississippi, and went on to pursue graduate studies at Louisiana State University earning a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her career path has included working at a residential facility for people with developmental disabilities, with infants and toddlers through Tennessee Early Intervention Services, and with adults in long term care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation hospitals. Currently she is an instructor and Clinical Director at Delta State University in the Speech and Hearing Science Department. has served on the Public Relations and Marketing Committee, Continuing Education Committee, and Health Care Committee for MSHA. She has been a board member as well as volunteer for various civic and community organizations. Janie and her husband Kevin live in Leland and are active members of Leland Presbyterian Church.


Anita Apperley - VP Finance candidate

Anita Apperley, M.S., CCC-SLP, is currently employed at the Gulfport School District in Gulfport, Mississippi. She is responsible for the assessments of children aged 2 to 5 years of age. She has been a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist since 1986. Anita currently holds positions on two executive boards which include MSHA’s Continuing Education Vice-President, and the Gulf Coast Speech-Hearing Association’s President. She has extensive experience with preschool assessments and treatment as well as experience with adult rehabilitation and dysphagia. She maintains her certification through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and her licensure through the Mississippi State Board of Health and the Mississippi Department of Education. She authored five grants, four for Assistive Technology and one for preschool. Anita attends First Baptist Church Gulfport and actively participates in service and outreach programs. Anita is married to Roger Apperley who is Australian and enjoys traveling to his homeland to visit family and friends. Anita has two sons and one grandson and Roger has a daughter, son and two grandsons.


Kim Ward - President-Elect candidate

Kimberly Ward, Au.D., is an Assistant Professor and Audiologist in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi. She is responsible for teaching graduate and undergraduate courses within the department. She also serves as the Audiology Clinical Education Coordinator for the Doctor of Audiology program. She has received the College of Health's Distinguished Teaching Award as well as the Distinguished Mentor Award. She has received the USM Office of Student Activities' Advisor of the Year Award as well as the Community Builder Award. She has recently been awarded an Aubrey K. And Ella Ginn Lucas Faculty Excellence Award.

She serves our professions in numerous ways on local, state, and national levels. She has recently been selected to served as a Council of Academic Accreditation Site Visitor for the 2017-2021 term. In addition, she was one of 25 individuals across the nation who was selected into the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders Leadership Academy in April of 2017. In addition, Kim has been a member of the ASHA Medicaid Committee for the past three years and is currently serving as chair of the committee for the 2017 year.

She has served MSHA for a number of years as a member of the Healthcare Committee, Schools Committee, Audiology Committee, and Conference chair or co-chair for the past 4 years. She received the MSHA Clinical Achievement Award in 2015.


Edie Jones - President-Elect candidate

Edie E. Jones, MCD, CCC-SLP completed her Master’s plus 30 degree in Communication Disorders at the University of South Carolina. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has worked in the public school setting for 20 years. She is currently the Head Diagnostic Clinician and Speech Language Pathologist Coordinator for her school district. She has implemented many new programs over her 20 years in the school setting such as: pioneering new service delivery models; restructuring language services; providing parent trainings; implementing the use of technology for therapy; training and educating administrators, teachers, and staff; and designing reading and dyslexia programs. Most importantly she has positively advocated for the children in her district to receive proper speech-language-hearing therapy and services by not backing down and educating all that are involved with the children. Edie specializes in stuttering therapy, language and reading disorders, severe articulation disorders, and developmental disorders.

Edie is currently serving her second term on the Executive Board as MSHA’s Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing. In this capacity, she has developed and expanded the roles and responsibilities of this position to better serve the members of the association. Under her direction there has been consistent publication of the association’s newsletter. Furthermore, social media is now being utilized to reach the membership and the public with the addition of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Expansion of the social media outlets are being designed and planned. E-Blasts are being utilized more effectively to keep everyone informed of important information. She has also helped to increase partnerships and sponsors for the association.

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