NCSHLA Board of Directors

The association is led by a group of committed audiology and speech, language professionals from across North Carolina elected by the membership. The board meets regularly throughout the year and at the association's Annual Convention and Audiology Conference. If you would like to attend one of the Board meetings, let us know by contacting

Holly Hanley, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Hanley will join the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Appalachian State University as a Clinical Assistant Professor beginning August, 2018. Prior to this she was the director of the SLPA program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson, NC. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Appalachian State University and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Holly has worked as a speech-language pathologist for 17 years in a variety of settings. I her spare time, Holly enjoys spending time with family including her two golden retrievers, Stella and Cooper.

Bliss Hemric, MA, CCC-SLP

Bliss has been working in the field of Speech Pathology since 1986 and has had experience with both adults and children. She is currently a Clinical Educator in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Appalachian State University where she provides services in the evaluation and treatment of speech-language disorders in young children. At the present time, Bliss supervises graduate students during Clinical Practicum at the ASU Communication Disorders Clinic on campus as well as various off-campus locations.

She has previously been involved with a three year preschool literacy grant at Appalachian State University and the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services, Project SIFTOUT/SCRIPT through FRANK PORTER GRAHAM. Bliss serves as a guest lecturer for CSD courses and has presented at the local, state, and regional levels in her area of expertise.

Bliss participates on the Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC) in Watauga County and Girl on the Run of the High Country. Bliss has been involved with the Southeastern University Clinical Educators (SEUCE) as well as the North Carolina Association of Supervisors in Speech Pathology and Audiology (NCASSPA) for the past 20 years. She has held many positions with NCASSPA and is currently the Historian.

Bliss has been a member of and involved with the North Carolina Speech, Hearing, and Language Association (NCSHLA) for over 22 years where she has held various offices. She is currently the President-Elect.

Jordan Lupton

Jordan Lupton received undergraduate degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill in Linguistics and Spanish, and her Masters in Speech and Hearing Sciences from UNC-CH in 2006. She worked as an elementary school SLP with Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools for 12 years before returning to her hometown of Thomasville in the Spring of 2018. She currently works for Davidson County Schools and serves students in preschool, middle, and high schools. Her interest areas include facilitating functional communication in children with autism and cognitive disabilities, teaching and using augmentative/alternative communication, collaborative teaming with other professionals, and literacy and language development. She has served NCSHLA as 2018 Convention Chair and on various committees since 2010. When she is not wearing her SLP hat, Jordan loves hanging out with her husband, Jonathan, and their two awesome kids, Owen and Leah.

Jackie Jacobs

I was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, but after several family moves we relocated to Moore County, NC. I lived in Southern Pines until I attended college. I played Division II soccer for 4 years and earned my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. After earning my undergraduate degree I moved to Boston, MA for 4 1/2 years. I moved back to North Carolina to pursue my real passion and earn my master's degree in speech pathology. I attended the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and graduated in May of 2013. I currently work for Wake County Public Schools with children at the elementary and high school level. My husband and I have 3 handsome boys; 6 year old, 3 year old, and 18 month old. Thank you for the opportunity to serve on the NCSHLA board.

Joy Kennedy

Dr. Kennedy is a licensed speech-language pathologist with experience within a variety of educational and clinical settings. As a Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. Kennedy recognizes the importance of mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and preparing them to work with culturally and linguistically diverse children. Thus, she seeks to integrate the intersectional understanding of communication, language and culture in her clinical and academic teaching instruction. Dr. Kennedy received her PhD in Educational Studies with a Concentration in Cultural Studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), a MEd in Communication Disorders and a BA in Elementary Education at North Carolina Central University (NCCU).

Leigh Odom
Joya Robertson, MA, CCC-SLP

Joya Robertson, M. A., CCC-SLP obtained her Bachelor’s in Child Development in 2004 from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and her master’s in Speech-Language Pathology in 2009 from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. A native of Asheville, Ms. Robertson currently lives in Greensboro, NC working as Clinical Supervisor at Cheshire Center. She is experienced treating a variety of communication disorders in the early intervention and school aged populations. Ms. Robertson participates on the Local Interagency Coordinating Councils in several counties that Cheshire Center serves and leads a volunteer program for undergraduate CSD students in the clinic. Her career interests include articulation disorders, early intervention, and clinical supervision. She serves as a member-at-large in the North Carolina Speech, Language and Hearing Association (NCSHLA) and is an active member in the North Carolina Association of Supervisors in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (NCASSPA).

Tracie Rice