NCSHLA Board of Directors

The association is led by a group of committed speech, language and audiology professionals from across North Carolina elected by the membership. The board meets regularly throughout the year and at the association's Spring and Fall conventions.

Kristen Cline, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Kristen Cline received her undergraduate degree in 1995 in Communication Studies (emphasis on Pre-Speech and Hearing Sciences) with a minor in Linguistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders at Appalachian State University in 1997.

Kristen is a medical speech-language pathologist at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory where she has worked for over 14 years. She has been the SLP Coordinator since 2011. Kristen became a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders in January 2012. She has taught dysphagia courses as an adjunct faculty member in the graduate program at Appalachian State University and has earned several American Speech-Hearing-Language Association ACE Awards. She is an active member of NCSHLA, having previously served as Fall Conference Chair and Board Member At Large. Kristen is also a member of the North Carolina Association of Supervisors in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. She lives in Newton with her husband and their four children.

Nancy Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP

Nancy Roberts received her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology in 1986 from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. Nancy is the Regional Vice President of Operations for Genesis Rehabilitation Services for Florida. Nancy has also served as the Outpatient Administrator for Genesis Rehab Services for the state of North Carolina. Nancy's professional experience includes adult and children services with the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Baltimore, Baltimore City Schools and related subsidiaries of Genesis HealthCare Corporation. Nancy's clinical and professional expertise is evidenced through her professional association presentations on nutrition and dementia, interdisciplinary group therapy, business management and collaboration on the topic of professional ethics. Nancy has severed on the Board for the North Carolina Speech Language Hearing Association.

Elizabeth Burns, CCC, SLP
Chapel Hill

Beth Burns received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently the Lead Speech-Language Pathologist for Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools, where she has worked for the past thirteen years. She is based at Rashkis Elementary School, where she works with students who have a variety of communication disorders. Beth's past service to NCSHLA includes: Secretary to the NCSHLA Board of Directors from 2002 until 2004, Assistant Chair and Chair of the NCSHLA Fall Conference from 2005 until 2006, and served as President from 2009 until 2010. Beth's husband, Keith, is an attorney practicing in RTP. They have a twelve year-old son, David, and a nine year-old daughter, Sarah-Catherine.

Linda Wortman Lowe

Most recently, Linda served as the Director of the Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. Prior to this position she served as the Director of the Early Communication and Learning Lab to provide assistive technology resources to preschoolers and their families. Linda has served NSCHLA as a Board Member- at- Large from 2000-2002 and as a member of the Education and Public Information Committee from 2004 to 2009. Linda is an active member in the North Carolina Association of Supervisors in Speech- Language Pathology and Audiology (NCASSPA) and currently serves as SLP -Assistant Liaison representative. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Speech Pathology from Appalachian State University and has been a career long member of the American Speech and Hearing Association.

Cindy Davis Ling, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Cindy Davis Ling, M.Ed., CCC-SLP received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has been the Owner/Partner of Ling & Kerr Therapy Services, LLP from January 1, 1994 until July 1, 2013. Since that time, she has been contracting her services to provide speech/language therapy to children in various settings. At Ling & Kerr she not only provided direct services to clients in a variety of settings including homes, schools and preschools and in the clinic but also supervised Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists in North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Georgia and Louisiana. In addition to her work as a Speech Pathologist, she has been active in NCSHLA serving as Convention Chair, Finance Chair, Chair of Nominations and currently as President. Ms. Ling has also been active with Operation Smile serving as a Speech Pathologist on numerous medical missions all over the world.

Paige West-Smith, MA, CCC-SLP

I am a graduate of Appalachian State University with an undergraduate degree in Music Performance, a Master's degree in Music Performance, and a Master's degree in Communication Disorders. I have been working as a Speech Language Pathologist with Caldwell County Schools since 2005. I currently provide therapy at two K-8 schools. I also work in a rehab facility as needed. I have supervised several graduate clinicians from ASU, as well as SLP Assistant interns from Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. I am the principal bassoonist with the Western Piedmont Symphony in Hickory, NC and the Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, TN. I have the pleasure of sharing the stage with my husband of 18 years, who is also a musician. Charlie and I live in Lenoir, NC with our two furchildren, Dozer and Gus.