Board of Directors

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. If you would like to attend one of the Board meetings, let us know by contacting [email protected].


Jordan Lupton, MS, CCC-SLP

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 has worked as a school-based speech-language pathologist (SLP) for 14 years and has experience working with children from ages 3 to 21. After 12 years of working for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Jordan and her family moved back home to Thomasville in 2018, where she now works for Davidson County Schools and serves Pre-K through 5th grade students. Her interest areas include facilitating functional communication in young children with autism and cognitive disabilities, teaching and using augmentative/alternative communication, collaborative teaming with other professionals, and literacy and language development. Jordan has served NCSHLA in various roles since 2006, including VP of Public Relations and University Affairs (2019-2020), Secretary to the Board (2018-2019), and 2018 Convention Chair. When she is not wearing her SLP hat, Jordan loves hanging out with her husband, Jonathan, and their two awesome kids.

Jackie Jacobs, MS, CCC-SLP

Jackie Jacobs was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, but after several family moves they ended up in Moore County, NC. She lived in Southern Pines, NC until attending college in South Carolina in 2001. She played Division II soccer for four years and earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. She earned her master's degree in Speech Pathology at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Jackie has been active in NCSHLA since graduating from UNCG through a variety of committees and roles. She currently works for Wake County Public Schools, in Raleigh, NC. She provides services at the elementary level and is the Northern Area Team Lead in WCPSS. Her interest areas include functional communication with low incidence populations, augmentative/alternative communication, articulation, language development, and supporting special education team members and other staff. She is married and has 3 boys; 8, 5, and 3. Jackie is thankful for the opportunity to serve on the NCSHLA Board of Directors.

Erica Altamirano, MS, CCC-SLP

Erica Altamirano completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Appalachian State University. She has worked in the North Carolina public school system and clinical settings since 2014. She previously served NCSHLA as VP of Public Relations and University Affairs. She has provided services to all age ranges with special interests in complex communication needs, autism, AAC, and early intervention. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two dogs.

Deb Culbertson, Ph.D, CCC-A

Deb Culbertson is a Clinical Professor of Audiology at East Carolina University. Her primary practice, teaching and interest areas relate to auditory rehabilitation and include communication strategies use, assistive listening devices, auditory training and counseling. She has taught and practiced in these areas for over 25 years. Currently, she is finishing a term as Coordinator of the ASHA Special Interest Group 7 Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation. While at her previous position in Virginia, she served a term as Vice President of Audiology for the Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia.

Beth Fisher, M.Ed, MBA, CCC-SLP

Beth Fisher M.Ed, MBA, CCC-SLP currently works as a Performance Improvement Advisor at Wake Forest Baptist Health. Prior to that she was the Clinical Director at the Cheshire Center, a pediatric private practice in the NC Triad area. Beth worked at the Cheshire Center for more than 10 years, providing early intervention services, supervision of clinical fellows, and general support and management of the clinical staff. She has seen NCSHLA engage in important advocacy efforts, provide quality continuing education to SLPs and AUDs in North Carolina, and keep members informed of issues impacting the field. Beth has been honored to serve on the NCSHLA Finance Committee for the past 3 years and is looking forward to the opportunity to serve the association and support its mission as VP of Finance.

Dawn Botts, Ed.D, CCC-SLP

Dawn Botts has served as a speech-language pathologist for over thirty years and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Her experience includes teaching academic and clinical courses in assessment, speech sound disorders, and language learning disabilities. Dawn conducts research and publishes in the areas of language and literacy and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Kellyn Hall, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Kellyn Dailey Hall, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a teacher, clinician, researcher, and author with over 30 years’ experience working in a variety of academic and medical settings. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at NC Central University, where she teaches the research courses and directs student capstone projects in addition to teaching courses in dysphagia, voice, and fluency. Her clinical and research interests are in healthy aging, culture considerations in dysphagia, and telepractice. She is also the ASHA State Advocate for Medicare Policy for North Carolina.
Carley Prenshaw, MDiv, MS, CCC-SLP
Carley received a BA from Pfeiffer University, an MDiv from Duke University, and an MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University. Carley currently works for UNC Health as an acute care SLP and is the owner of Dogwood Speech and Swallowing. She has been a speech-language pathologist for five years and is a two-time ASHA Ace Award recipient. Her interest areas include swallowing, end of life, dementia, memory, aphasia, ethics, and clinical supervision. She currently resides in Hillsborough with her husband and two children.
Emily Hornback, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Emily Hornback is originally from Mount Holly, NC, and now lives in Boone with her family. Emily attended college at Appalachian State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. After working in a skilled nursing facility for four years, Emily returned to ASU as a clinical educator in 2016. Emily specializes in the treatment of adults and geriatrics and is Board Certified in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Emily enjoys being active with NCSHLA, NCASSPA, and the Medical SLP Collective. Emily’s interests include being her family, reading a good book, enjoying the mountain air, and learning to be a new mom to her daughter, Eliza.