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.

2021 Nominations Schedule

  • Honors nominations deadline of May 15th.
  • Committee on Honors will meet in late June to review nominations and select this year's recipients.
  • Award recipients will be notified in mid-July.
  • Recipients will be honored in a special way in the fall.

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 2020: Jenni Cheek

Previous Winner 2019: Samantha Hofmann

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 2019: Kelley Mendoza

Previous Winner 2019: Original Founders of OSSPEAC

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 2019: Tracy Andrews

Previous Winner 2019: Ali Neidert


Current OSSPEAC Award Winners:


The 2020 Honors of OSSPEAC winner is speech language pathologist Jenni Cheek.

Jenni is forward thinking SLP and the voice and go-between for 13 therapists and the superintendent at the ESC, as well as the building principals and special educational coordinators in the district. Colleagues say they most admire the way Jenni communicates with students, parents, teachers and administrators as she makes everyone "feel heard. "

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The 2020 Founder's Award was awarded to speech language pathologist Kelley Mendoza.

Kelley has had many roles in OSSPEAC: AV coordinator in 2000, secretary from 2001-2003, treasurer from 2003-2009, financial advisor from 2009-2014, ethics chairperson from 2012-2015, treasurer (again) from 2015-2017, assistant treasurer and ethics chairperson (again) in 2017-2018, president-elect 2018-2019 and is currently the OSSPEAC President 2019-2020.

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The 2020 Kathleen D. Shelby Outstanding Service Award is intervention specialist Tracy Andrews.

"Tracy has spent 30+ years in special education teaching students with the most significant disabilities. She is an outstanding special educator, and fearless advocate for children with communication needs."