The National Association of Speech and Hearing Centers exists to provide networking, continuing education and support to CEO’s of not-for-profit, speech and/or hearing centers for the purpose of promoting the highest quality standards. (adopted 9/26/2015)

The NASHC group began in 1986 with a group of 4 Executive Directors in Lynchburg, Virginia. It was originally called “INN”—Independent Not-For-Profit Network. The name was changed to National Association of Speech and Hearing Centers in 1998.

—History of Officers—


David Narburgh, Chair
Mitch Carnell, Vice Chair
Betty Marshall, Secretary
Andrea Hope, Treasurer


DrickHeitman, Chair
Howell Hathorne, Vice Chair
Diane Maleski, Secretary
Diane Brower, Treasurer


Mitch Carnell, Chair
Judyth Tinsley, Vice Chair
Lesley Jernigan, Secretary
Guy Millis, Treasurer


Lesley Jernigan, Chair
Janet Maher, Vice Chair
Annette Wimberly, Secretary
Guy Millis, Treasurer


Janet Maher, Chair
Susan Glasgow, Vice Chair
Jill Wayne, Secretary
Mary Poulin, Treasurer


Jill Wayne, Chair
Susan Glasgow, Vice Chair
Lillian Poms, Secretary
Mary Poulin, Treasurer


Susan Glasgow, Chair
Susie Burdick, Vice Chair
Gay Ratcliff, Secretary
Beth Larrimore, Treasurer


Susie Burdick, Chair
Joe Cozzo, Vice Chair
Renee Davis, Secretary
Beth Larrimore, Treasurer


Joe Cozzo, Chair
Kathie Edwards, Vice Chair (2013-14)
Kathie Edwards, Secretary
Beth Larrimore, Treasurer


History of NASHC By-Laws, Name Changes, and Other Milestones Based on a Fading Memory, Some Meeting Minutes And Other Available Documents as of July 2004

Spring 1986
Executive directors of not-for-profit speech and hearing centers in Virginia (Ernest Edwards, Central Virginia Speech and Hearing Center; Richard Hawkins, Roanoke Valley Speech and Hearing Center; David Narburgh, Prince William Speech and Hearing Center) identified six similar agencies located in Virginia, D.C. and Northeastern Tennessee and invited them to this one-day meeting for the purpose of discussing common issues and forming a support network. The three executive directors named were joined at the meeting by one other (Judyth Tinsley, Washington Hearing and Speech Agency). A second meeting was planned, and the list of invitees was expanded to include a total of 25 directors of known programs in southeastern states, to be referred to as The Network of Independent-Not-For-Profit Speech and Hearing Programs.
Fall 1986
The second one-day meeting was held, with 11 directors representing agencies from six states. Plans were made to continue meeting in the spring and fall, rotating responsibility for planning and hosting. Meetings would begin Friday evening to allow time for travel and proceed for the full day Saturday. The group declined to elect officers or levy dues, citing the appeal of informality.
Fall 1987
The group reversed itself and adopted by-laws at the fourth meeting. Officers were elected to three-year terms. Dues were established. The by-laws identified the group as the Independent Not-for-Profit Network (referred to as INN or the INN Group).
The meetings began the tradition of starting Friday afternoon and continuing all day Saturday.
Spring 1989
The group established a hearing aid purchasing network. Members agreed to sell certain company’s products at a special. contracted rate. Reporting was not consistent, some felt the savings were not substantial and some encountered resistance from audiology staff. It was disbanded in Fall 1992.
Spring 1990
The practice of meeting after dinner Friday evening was discontinued.
Fall 1991
A regular meeting was not planned because the ASHA Convention was held in Atlanta. Network members attending ASHA met during the convention.
Spring 1992
A member survey was completed and distributed with plans for it to be repeated annually.
Spring 1993
The group moved to change its name to Network of Speech and Hearing Executives (The Network for short).
Fall 1994
The meeting included a gathering of clinical supervisors/coordinators who met separately and then reported to the membership.
Spring 1996
By-laws changes were approved that included a name change to Network of Not-for-Profit Speech and Hearing Centers (note: this change is in the minutes but is not reflected in the final by-laws revision) following discussion that it is the agency, not the individual, who is the member. A stipulation was added that if a member organization’s administrative structure varies from the norm of having one chief administrative officer then the organization must choose one person to represent the organization consistently at Network meetings.
Fall 1997
A lending library was initiated to facilitate sharing of informational resources and possibly purchase items such as videos to be shared among the group.
Spring 1998
The organization’s name was changed to The National Association of Speech and Hearing Centers. A new cross-referenced membership directory format was introduced.
Fall 1998
For the first time the meeting began Friday morning, met the full day, re-convened Saturday morning and adjourned about noon.
Fall 1999
A NASHC logo and membership plaque were presented. Consideration was given to rescheduling one of the two annual meetings to coincide with the ASHA Leadership Conference but no change in the schedule was made.
Fall 2000
A re-wording of the mission statement was proposed: the National Association of Speech and Hearing Centers exists to provide networking, continuing education and support to CEOs of not-for-profit centers for the purpose of promoting the highest quality standards. It was to be circulated among the full membership and voted upon at the next meeting.
Fall 2001
Meeting scheduled for Santa Fe NM was cancelled due to the 9/11 tragedy.
Spring 2002
A motion was approved to adopt a document stating “standards of accreditation to be implemented on a voluntary basis and mandatory for membership as of December 31, 2004. An additional processing fee of $25 per member was approved.