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.

Amy Sherman Mitchell
Holly Ridge

Amy Sherman Mitchell is an educational speech- language pathologist currently serving as Related Services Lead for Onslow County Schools. In her leadership position, she manages and trains 60+ speech, occupational, and physical therapists along with Administrative duties. As a proud ECU graduate, Amy served children and adults in various settings throughout Eastern NC including home health, skilled nursing, hospitals, and schools for 20+ years. Her clinical passion is preschool assessment and working with young families. For the past 7 years, Amy has served NCSHLA as Executive Secretary, Convention Chair, and Nominations Committee member. As President, she hopes to motivate and cultivate the next generation of professionals by modeling strong teamwork and leadership skills to promote ongoing advocacy.

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.

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 Raleigh. They have a son, David, and a daughter, Sarah-Catherine.

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.

Jackie Jacobs
Philip Griffin
Joy Kennedy

Joy is a licensed speech-language pathologist with experience which encompasses a variety of educational and clinical settings. She enjoys working with school-age children and using evidence-based practices to increase their oral and written language skills. As a Clinical Assistant Professor, Joy integrates the intersectional understanding of language, literacy and culture in her clinical and academic teaching instruction. Joy received her PhD in Educational Studies with a Concentration in Cultural Studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She received a MEd in Communication Disorders and a BA in Elementary Education at North Carolina Central University (NCCU).

Stefanie Nance

Stefanie graduated from UNC-Greensboro in 1994 with her Bachelor degree and in 1997 with her Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She began working in the Alamance Burlington School System in August 1997 serving as speech-language pathologist at a middle and high school until 2000. At that time she moved to an elementary school where she served as SLP and EC Chair until 2003. She moved into the role of EC Program Specialist and More at Four Coordinator in 2003. She now serves as an EC Program Specialist for Related Services, Fee for Service Reimbursement and Non-Public School referrals.