OSSPEAC Honors Nominations

Do you know anyone who has made great strides this past year, shown exceptional professionalism or leadership, developed a new or innovative process or made a contribution to our field that has made a positive impact for our profession and/or the children we serve? If so, please consider your colleagues for the awards listed below.

2022 Nominations Schedule

  • Honors nominations deadline of August 3, 2022.
  • Committee on Honors will meet in August to review nominations and select this year's recipients.
  • Award recipients will be notified in August.
  • Recipients will be honored in a special way at the OSSPEAC Conference.

The 3 award categories are Honors of OSSPEAC, Founder’s Award, and Outstanding Service Award.

A short description of the award categories is below. We thank you in advance!  If you have any questions, please contact Oscar Gumucio at ogumucio78@gmail.com.


Honors of OSSPEAC

This honor is awarded to a  speech/language pathologist and /or educational audiologist who has worked in a school/educational setting and is currently an OSSPEAC member. This award is presented to  an individual who has  made outstanding contributions through:

  • Participation in/contribution to OSSPEAC
  • Outstanding work as a clinician/supervisor
  • Providing or initiating innovative programming
  • Contribution to publications/literature/research
  • Other areas of achievement  deemed worthy of nomination

Current Winner 2021: Kathy Tobias

Previous Winner 2020: Jenni Cheek

Founders’ Award

This honor is awarded to up to two members in good standing who exemplify the mission of OSSPEAC,  “Removing Communication  Barriers for  Ohio’s Children” will be honored. The speech/language pathologist and/or educational audiologist will have made an impact through service to their local school district or student(s)  in their school district. The following factors are considered:

  • Improvement of the life of  students who  have speech, language, and hearing needs
  • Collaboration with district  personnel, parents, and students
  • Excellence  in innovative contributions  and programs to the work setting
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership at the  local level

This award is presented by OSSPEAC  in honor of the  Founders’ of OSSPEAC.

Current Winner 2021: Jane Mariani Walker

Previous Winner 2020: Kelley Mendoza

Kathleen D. Shelby Outstanding Service Award

This award is presented to an individual who has provided outstanding support to speech/language pathology and/or educational audiology services being provided in a school/educational setting. Recipients may include a  classroom teacher, administrator, classroom assistant, educational interpreter, intervention specialist, occupational or physical therapist,  counselor, social worker, parent,  legislator, or member of another organization.

Current Winner 2021: Genelle Eggerton

Previous Winner 2020: Tracy Andrews


Current OSSPEAC Award Winners:

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The 2021 Honors of OSSPEAC winner is speech language pathologist Kathy Tobias.

Kathy has been an outstanding mentor to graduate students in the public school setting for over 25 years. She establishes a positive and thorough foundation for delivery of services in the schools and demonstrates to graduate students how important it is to be professional and stay current in knowledge in our field. Kathy states, " A philosophy that I tell my graduate students is that I do not want them to become a clone of me. I want them to develop themselves and their style of delivery services and interacting with staff and families." Kathy was nominated by Dr. Sue Grogan Johnson.

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The 2021 Founder's Award was awarded to speech language pathologist Jane Mariani Walker.

Jane is currently employed in Akron Public Schools. She has had a variety of positions on both building and district level committees; written grants; conducted in-services for staff, and provided pertinent state-level information to colleagues. Jane also completed a time study analysis for Akron SLPs which was shared with the state SLP Supervisory Network. These results were then used to inform and develop the ASHA's Guidelines for School-Based Services Documents. Currently, Jane serves as OSSPEAC's representative to the relatively recently re-formed Ohio School Health Services Association. We thank her in her efforts to advocate for legislation that benefits our profession. Jane was nominated by Laura Novotny. 

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The 2021 Kathleen D. Shelby Outstanding Service Award is Literacy Specialist Genelle Eggerton.

Genelle has been a dedicated advocate for children with disabilities since entering the education profession in 2004. Genelle currently serves as a Literacy Specialist for Wilson Language. She is also a board member of the International Dyslexia Association and a current committee member/co-chair for the Ohio Summit on Dyslexia. Genelle has also served as a building principal, where she firmly advocated for students with communication needs. Genelle was often the first to suggest consideration of AAC. She made sure that staff were trained, parents were on board, and that students had many opportunities to communicate. Genelle is a wonderful administrator with hands-on experience in special education. Genelle was nominated by Terri Farnham.